by Rita Hooper
Oh, I’m so looking forward to spring — with daylight savings this weekend — we are on our way…Easter won’t be far off!
And spring cleaning isn’t far behind, unless you have to get caught up with your fall cleaning first!
I can hardly wait for garage sale season to begin! Isn’t it funny, the first things I collect to put in my church sale are the things I’ve bought at other garage sales?
A friend of mine and I have agreed that we have retired so we can spend our next 20 years sorting — be it papers which seem to multiply in the dark or “stuff” we’ve seemed to become the depository for from generations passed.
My aim is to empty the storage shed I rented when I sold my home almost two years ago. Oh how I wish my nearby son would buy a house so I can pass the “stuff” on to him!
It’s not anything valuable – mostly papers and books no one else wants. It amazes me what we can’t seem to part with! Speaking of which…
Some of my readers will remember a lady of Hannibal by the name of Bea Howell Welling Scott. Bea was widowed early and ran the farm and raised her family alone. She also served as village and town clerk for many, many years and served in just about every capacity in the Community Church and organizations in town.
When I moved from Hannibal for five years, she took up the slack and wrote the Hannibal column. When she died, her daughters passed on to me some of her materials that she had collected for use in the column.
Among which was a copy of The Fence Jumper. The copy I have is dated November 1930 – at the height of the depression.
Evidently, the Fence Jumper was a magazine published by the larger parish of Hannibal – participating churches were: Bethel M.E., Bowens Corner M.P., Dexterville M.E., Fair Haven United, Granby Center M.E., Hannibal Community, Hannibal Center M.E., Ira M.E., Martville M.E., Oswego Center M.E., Sterling Baptist, Sterling M.E., So. Hannibal Baptist, S.W. Oswego Baptist, S.W. Oswego M.E., So. Hannibal M.E. and Sterling Presbyterian.
That’s a trip down memory lane for some of my older readers and a testament to how society changes.
The Business Manager of the magazine is listed as Rev. F.W. McDermott. He was the first pastor of the Community Church which united the Baptist and Presbyterian Churches of Hannibal. Rev. C.E. Henry is listed as an associate editor from Hannibal.
The paper must have been underwritten by ads. Harry Hendricks of Crocketts advertised that he was willing to demonstrate a “phono’ or Radiola Radio. Oswego City Savings Bank was paying 4.5 percent on your monthly balance! There were ads for the Sodus Co-operative Creamery Co. seeking farmers who produced Dairyman’s League Grade B milk and Oswego Motor Co. was promoting the greatest Chevrolet in Chevrolet History!
Mrs. William Byrne was the Hannibal representative for the Sun Wall Paper and Paint Co. in Oswego. Marsh and Petrie sold furniture and drygoods in Hannibal and were also licensed undertakers and embalmers.
A number of the articles could be printed today as current – those of us in church circles will recognize current topics such as revitalizing/resurrecting churches and eating as a sacrament.
There was an article on the Rangoon Riots in Burma, present day Myanmar. In the 1930s, it was under British control and gained it’s freedom in 1946. Now I know why as a child Burma was always talked about in mission terms!
There was a most interesting article on what the church should be doing to help those out of work and their families.
“Now is the time for churchmen to tackle the problem of unemployment in their local communities and do their utmost to help meet the present crisis. They will not be able to duplicate the action of the financiers, but they can do something…Such a crisis tests the reality of our version of the religion of the Christ we follow, the Christ who refused to be king, who scorned the ease and soft contentment, and whose earthly mission was aglow from beginning to end with burning concern for the poor and helpless. What would Jesus do about the jobless men and women in your town?”
If the Fence Jumper were printed today, it might still be talking about how to make the church relevant to today’s people, it might be speaking out on issues of the mid-east and the poor – will they always be with us? What would Jesus do?
As every church newsletter is always looking for humorous filler, so they did then:
“Thanks very much,” said the Vicar, as little Tommy handed up his offering for the harvest festival: “I must call ‘round this afternoon and thank your mother for these eight beautiful apples.”
“P –please, sir,” stammered Tommy, “would you m-mind thanking her for t-welve apples?”
The camp counselor was explaining the rules of a new game.
“If the enemy calls your number from his side of the battlefield,” she said. “you must be a ‘dead man’ immediately. Drop just where you are and lie still.”
Ten minutes later, came an agonized whisper from the youngest camper:
“Please may I move now? I’m a dead man, but I’m on an ant-hill!”
Must be time for the news.
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The Sons of the American Legion Post 1552 will hold their monthly breakfast buffet Sunday, March 10 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Post on Rochester St. in Hannibal.
The Enoch Thomas Cluster of the United Methodist Churches have begun their Lenten services.
All services are held at 5 p.m. with refreshments following. This Sunday, the service will be at Martville United Methodist Church, March 17 at Hannibal and the Palm Sunday, March 27 service will be at Bowen’s Corner featuring the annual Choir Festival.
The Senior Nutrition Program meets at the Senior Center, next to the library on Oswego Street Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Lunch is served at noon but they are open by 10 for coffee, news and games. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation now at 564-5471. Monday’s menu is hot meat ball subs, Wednesday is meatloaf and au gratin potatoes and Friday is pork chops and stuffing.
Deanna Hubbard will be providing musical entertainment on Wednesday at 11 a.m. They will also be holding an Indoor Yard Sale and Doll Show at the Community Center, Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All proceeds go to Oswego County Meals on Wheels. Donations for the yard sale welcome, call Rosemary at 564-5471 or drop off at the library.
The Elderberries will meet this Tuesday at noon for a covered dish dinner in the Senior Wing of the Community Center (library.) They will be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day so bring a “green” food if you can! You are also asked to bring a hobby to share!
The Hannibal Instrumental Music Department will present a concert celebrating Music in Our Schools Month Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school Lockwood Auditorium. This concert will feature the seventh and eighth grade band, senior band and senior jazz band. Admission is free. Please come and support local school music programs and the children in the Hannibal community.
Nominees for the library’s Woman of the Year are Jean Derby, Kim Sitzer Heins, Ann Mahaney, Brittany Pickel, Linda Remig, Shelly Stanton and Kelly Taylor.
The voting on the nominees will end Saturday, March 16. The award ceremony for the winner will take place Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 3 p.m.
The Tri-County Singers will be performing the cantata “Upon this Rock,” under the direction of Terry Pawlenko, Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hannibal Methodist Church. Refreshments will be served following. The concert is free, open to the public and promises to be wonderful. See you there.
The next Hannibal Ecumenical Lenten Soup Supper will be March 19 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church across from the Hannibal High School. There is no charge for this dinner and all are invited to attend.
The Friends of the Library have another raffle basket at the library: Tea for Three, which includes cups and saucers, dessert plates, tea, cookies and more. Drawing will be held March 23 at the Hannibal Woman of the Year Tea.
The Sterling Valley Community Church will be hosting The Tri-County Singers Saturday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. They will be performing the Easter Cantata, “Upon this Rock” written by Pepper Choplin. Everyone is invited to a reception following the performance. There will be a free-will offering.
The Hannibal Historical Society will meet Monday, March 25 at the Hannibal Community Center at 7 p.m. Lowell Newvine, historical society historian, and Debbie Davis, manager of the Hannibal Branch of Community Bank, will share the History of Banking in Hannibal. The Brewster Bank failure in 1901 and Hannibal’s current bank, which had its beginning in 1967, will be discussed. Refreshments will be served.
If you know that your organization is planning an event and you don’t see it in the Hannibal column, please e-mail me or give me a buzz (both e-mail and phone are posted at the top of this column.)