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In 1999, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the town's founding, Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library, edited and wrote newspaper columns entitled "Mooresville Moments," in which she recounted the local history of Mooresville, Indiana and the surrounding area in Morgan County, Indiana.
December 1,1999 2a < â ' . Mooresville Moments VvT*f:> â -â > 111 honor of Mooresville 's 175th Anniversary and the 200th anniversaryâ¨of the birth of Mooresville's foamier, Samuel Moore, the Mooresville Timesâ¨is publishing regular articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore. Children of Depression remember <v ? V . â¢fifryrvXt^j j A [/ - 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 separatÂ¬â¨a smaller scale. ing children into age groups led byâ¨About 1924. the Dorcas Society Elsie Record. Mrs. Will Wilson,â¨of the Methodist Church sponsored Maud Kitchen. Clair Cook. Inaâ¨a Christinas party for Mooresville Comer and Myra Belle Heaterâ¨and Brown Township. Though where games were played and sto-â¨Samuel Moore boasted there was no ries told and ice cream was served,â¨aristocracy in his town, by 1924 Once they were entertained by aâ¨.there was a difference between trained monkey and another timeâ¨"haves" and "havenots." That there were clowns. Once there wasâ¨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 â 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 â 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,â¨changed each year. Often Santa ar- The community party continued rived by sleigh pulled by elves since into the 1950's.â¨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 The historical articles for Mooresville Moments are taken or copiedâ¨from various materials located in the Indiana/Local History Room of theâ¨Mooresville Public Library and include newspaper clippings and notesâ¨from books edited by Reeky Hardin. Clara Richardson andAlmira lladley.â¨Material is managed by Wanda Potts.
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