Sticker news from a century ago
Editor’s note: This week’s issue from a century ago is missing from the Sticker’s archives. Instead, this week’s column includes a pair of items from 90 years ago. The first concerns a carnival worker who suddenly died in town. The story incorrectly states that he was from Jamestown, Pa., the site of a great flood in 1889 that killed the man’s parents. The name of that town was actually Johnstown, Pa. The second item recounts Halloween traditions from that time. Today’s youth seem somewhat tamer (or lazier) by comparison.
November 2, 1923 - Show man dies here suddenly
James Grimsley, aged about 58 years, died here very suddenly Tuesday night about 8:15 at the Harry J. Lewis Show Grounds. The general understanding was that he had been drinking for several days and was feeling badly all day Tuesday, the end coming late in the day. A physician was summoned who tried everything to restore him but in vain. He evidently got hold of some bad stuff.
Very little is known of him, all his folks are reported to have drowned in the Jamestown flood in Jamestown, Pa. He followed the show game all his life.
He was highly respected by all the show people and loved by them, he was a good worker and honest. He had been living with another man on the show here the past four years who spoke very highly of him. His one weakness was drink, and this proved his undoing.
As explained by the show people here he was born at Jamestown, Pa., and that is about all they know. When a man enters the show game his past and his history is his own, it is never asked or cared about. Everyone accepts a new man by whatever name he gives and that’s all they care to know.
The remains were laid to rest here in the City Cemetery Thursday afternoon.
The Sticker tenders its sympathy to the show people in the loss of one of their members.
The ghosts and gobblins were out in profusion here Wednesday night. Thursday morning all the business men were out hunting their store signs, etc., which the gobblins had carried away or exchanged. A windmill tower was placed in front of H. P. Schaefer’s store and a buggy mounted on the top of it.
Most of the fun was innocent fun with very little damage, however it is reported that one Ford car was badly damaged.
More tricks would have been played we believe but the cold rainy weather interfered.