NEW YEAR'S PAST
JANUARY 3, 1901 THE TRI=STATES UNION
FYI This home still stands on River Rd.
"There will be a mite social and union watch service at the Montague Reformed church, new year's eve, and Rev. E. L. Patterson and Rev. H. Bockmyer will have charge of the service."
DECEMBER 9, 1915 THE EVENING GAZETTE
"THE sole record of the observance of the New Year by the pilgrims in the new world, named New England, was most prosaic, most brief. "We went to work betimes," said Alice Morse Earle, the famous investigator of old-time American customs. Many of the good Puritan ministers thought the celebration or even notice of the day In any way savored of improper and unchristian reverence for the heathen god Janus. Yet they came from a land where New Year was second in importance and in domestic observance only to Christmas. Throughout every English county New Year's eve was always celebrated. In many it was called by the pretty name of Singing E'en, from the custom which obtained of singing the last of the Christmas carols at that time.
In Scotland the last day of the year was called by the uglier name of Hogmanay, a name of unknown and inexplicable derivation, and in Scotland It was regarded as the most popular of all the "draft days," as the Christmas holidays were termed. Scotch children of the poorer class In small towns still ask on that day from door to door at the house of wealthier families for a dole of oat bread, calling out "Hogmanay" or some of the local rimes which are given in Chambers' "Popular Rimes of Scotland," such as:
Give us of your white bread And none of your gray!
They also ask for cheese, which they call "nog money," and Brand's "Popular Antiquities" gives this begging rime used by Scotch children:
Get up, gude wife, and binno sweir
Deal cakes and cheese while ye are here,
For the time will come when ye'll be dead
And neither need your cheese nor bread.
As the children on these forays are swathed in great sheets formed Into a deep bag or pouch to carry the oatcake, they form quite a mumming and fantastic appearance."
JULY 6,1918 THE EVENING GAZETTE