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Fitzmorris, Grand River Hotel. Grand River Chronicle, E. There were also two or three dram-shops, and the groceries kept whisky on hand.
Clarno, in the advertisement of his eat house, said: Also, ale and cider for persons opposed to strong drink. In the Livingston County Agricultural and Mechanical Association was organized and held an exhibition on its grounds, near Chillicothe, on the first Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in October.
The officers of the Association were R. Gill, James Hutchison, Geo. Kirtley, John Barnes, Spence A. Musicians, Chillicothe Brass Band.
The first cemetery was established in August,when the county clerk ordered that two acres in the northwest corner of the southwest block "be set aside for a Berrying Ground.
In March,the citizens were allowed to use the old log court house, the first one built, "for a publick school house," and the first school in the town was taught here. Mansur, Tilton Davis, J. Yeager, Levi Lingo, Ed.
Haight, Jourdan Graves, Jacob Eberly, and the orchestra! Greene, with his violin. At this time amusements were extremely rare, and diversions not numerous: In the warm season an occasional circus, or circus and menagerie made its appearance on its perambulating tour through the country, and gave an exhibition, and sometimes a ventriloquist, or "slight-of-hand performer" came along and held forth, always to a good audience.
It will be noticed that there were no lady members of the society. So circumspect were the daughters of Chillicothe that none of them could be found willing to become even an amateur "play actor.
Lingo, and so well did they render their impersonations that they uniformly received great applause. The ladies of the town furnished them with wearing apparel, and gave them many hints in regard to making up, and much useful and perhaps surprising information respecting certain devices and contrivances, useful in the production of magnificent effect in the adornment of the human form divine.
The result was that the boys were au fait in the matter of costume, and Tilton Davis, especially, seemed every inch a lady! The Society gave its first entertainment in what is now known as the Lauderdale building, on the southeast corner of the square or southeast corner of Locust and Jackson upstairs.
Very excellent appropriate scenery had been painted by Amos Bargdoll, and all the stage appointments were very good. The hall was narrow, and it was lucky there was no need of dressing rooms.
The stage and wings extended entirely across the room, and the boys changed their wardrobes in the flies.
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