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									December 1,1999
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Mooresville Moments
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111 honor of Mooresville 's 175th Anniversary and the 200th anniversary
of the birth of Mooresville's foamier, Samuel Moore, the Mooresville Times
is publishing regular articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore.
Children of Depression remember
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As ihe Revitali/ation Committee	or orange. Colored balloons often
completes plans for this year's Vic-	filled the stage to be claimed by
torian Christmas, children of the de-	each child.
pression remember a celebration on Si* circles were formed separat¬
a smaller scale.	ing children into age groups led by
About 1924. the Dorcas Society	Elsie Record. Mrs. Will Wilson,
of the Methodist Church sponsored	Maud Kitchen. Clair Cook. Ina
a Christinas party for Mooresville	Comer and Myra Belle Heater
and Brown Township. Though	where games were played and sto-
Samuel Moore boasted there was no	ries told and ice cream was served,
aristocracy in his town, by 1924	Once they were entertained by a
.there was a difference between	trained monkey and another time
"haves" and "havenots." That	there were clowns. Once there was
changed on a Saturday just before	a Santa's Doll House and Mrs.
Christmas each year when the old	Claus (Mrs. Arthur Rushton).
gym took on a festive air and young	dolls — Ancel Kipp. Marian Th-
and old were treated to an exciting	ompson, Betty Jane Cook, Emma
experience. At each business place.	Francis Couch. Jcanette Fleencr,
red cans were provided by the	Catherine Alice Lydy, Jane Haltom
Dorcas Society asking forcontrihu-	and Hyla Jane Hadley — were
lions which made the party possible;	wooden soldiers. Maurice Haasc.
often the only treat less fortunate	Jack in the Box. and Martha May
children would have.	Kitchen was Felix the Cat. There
Mildred Thompson was in	was music and games and all sorts
charge many years and the program	of exciting surprises,
changed each year. Often Santa ar- The community party continued
rived by sleigh pulled by elves since	into the 1950's.
reindeer were not allowed in the Children of a younger genera-
gym. and yes. there were still some	lion remember sitting on the remov-
real sleighs still around in those days,	able wooden steps to talk to Santa.
His bag was filled with little sacks	The same magic prevailed over the
of hard candy and maybe an apple	years.
The historical articles for Mooresville Moments are taken or copied
from various materials located in the Indiana/Local History Room of the
Mooresville Public Library and include newspaper clippings and notes
from books edited by Reeky Hardin. Clara Richardson andAlmira lladley.
Material is managed by Wanda Potts.

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