THE ONCE A WEEK
February 24, 1876
Keeler Brothers
Editors and Publishers
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The Once a week
February 24, 1876

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Miss Isabelle Heartt lost a very valuable shawl a short time ago. She left it in a car of the main line of the S.R.R. while exchanging cars at Valley Stream for Hempstead. No tidings could be obtained of it although she immediately telegraphed to the next station.

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Stir up a citizen and tell him that his father and grandfather are lunatics and see how quickly he'll crook his elbow. Yet, let that citizen shoot somebody, and he'll bless you if you'll help him prove that his ancestors were not only crazy but the biggest set of jackasses in the world.

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The new factory under the superintendency of Mr. D. K. Elmendorf, is being pushed right ahead by Mr. H. M. Symons, the contractor, assisted by Mr. Leonard Holmes. The building is to be 25 x 40 feet, flat roof, sheathed, papered and clap boarded and will, when completed, be used for the manufacture of toys, tinware, &c., &c.

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There are a number of young men in this and neighboring villages who, by a careful perusal of the biography of our second page, can gather sufficient knowledge of a self-made man to greatly benefit them. Young man, it is not money that will secure you a commendable and long-lasting name--one which will be handed down from generation to generation--but a truthful, hardworking Christian life. Mr. Hulsart was a poor orphan boy without money--we cannot say friends, for he made them wherever he went--and by his own exertions he has arisen to the high and responsible position he now holds and the name of this self-made man will live long after his body is mouldering away into dust.

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Mr. Whitman Mathews, we are informed is about to make a half-mile race course on his property partly bounding the burying ground of the First Methodist Church.

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Reed.-Mr. John Reed is a licensed auctioneer. He knows how to talk and as the auction sale season is near at hand, parties disposing of their property in this way will do well to make Mr. Reed a call and get his rates which are remakably low. He resides a short way South of the Methodist Church.

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Party.-Miss Mary Shaw and a few other young persons gave a social party at the residence of the former last Wednesday evening. Our devil was invited but did not go because he says they threatened to kiss him to death. Was not that awful of the girls to talk that way.

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Carman.-Mr. Ezra Carman, so long engaged in Pearsall & Davison's meat market in this place, and so well and favorably known by our people, is about to leave Rockville Centre. He things of going in the butcher business in Hanson Place, Brookly. Mr. Carman resided near there formerly.

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We are sorry to learn that Mrs. Mansfield French is quite ill.

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Mr. E. E. Norton, our village tinsmith is repairing the chapel roof which was torn up by the wind of the recent gale.

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There is no truth in the report that John D. S. O'Brien is about to sell his bakery.

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Losea.-Mr. H.C. Losea, proprietor of the La Roza House, is to remove to Babylon, in a few days.

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Crossman.-Mr. Wm. Crossman, proprietor of the Crossman Hotel, will remove from this place in a short time.

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Pearsall & Davison expect to dispose of their "Excelsior Meat Market," we understand.

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Wood-Our readers will be pleased to learn that the services of Mr. John H. Wood, as sexton of St. Mark's Church, have been retained. Mr. Wood tendered his resignation to take effect on the 13th inst., but he was liked so well they could not let him go, and the officers thereof declined to accept it. The trustees having made favorable arrangements with Mr. W., his numberous friends will be as glad as ever to find him sill at his post of duty.

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Roll of Honor for Public School No. 21 (Rockville Centre) for the week ending February 18, 1876.
INTERMEDIATE DEPARTMENT
  1. Chas. S. Hendrickson,
  2. Charles H. Losea,
  3. Bessie Weeks,
  4. Sarah A. Robinson,
  5. Fred. W. Upton.
  6. James Moore.
  7. E. D. Kesaler,
  8. Lizzie Smith,
  9. Irving S. Cozine.

PRIMARY DEPARTMENT
  1. Charles S. Smith
  2. William Smith.
John Reed, Principal

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Large Fire.- The large tinware factory at Woodhaven, L.I., owned by Lalance & Crossjean, was totally destroyed by fire on Monday morning-This was the largest factory on Long Island, 200 machines were constantly kept in motion by a monstrous engine. The loss is estimated at $300,000.

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