"The house wa​rming held at Fred Reinh​a​rdt's future home on New Year's eve was well attended by all the young p​e​op​l​e of Montague. The music wa​s​ ​furnished​ by t​he Montague ba​n​d."  ​​

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."

Some New 
Year Customs

"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."

"The beginning of the real growth of Port Jervis came with the opening of the Erie Railroad. On New Year's Eve, 1847, the first engine to come to Port Jervis was pushed over the tracks by man-power, so that the railroad might be open before the dawn of the New Year, 1848."    

Wreaths Across America in Normandy

The last survivors of WW2 still honor their fallen comrades.
There is a time for us to Remember, Honor and Teach,
 as this year's theme is "Be Their Witness"!

 236 years ago: 

Below text is excerpted from 
pages 903 & 904 of the 
                     by Alfred Mathews                     

{Capt. Bonnel was stationed with the militia in Montague.}

Get into the spirit of
 an Old-Fashioned Christmas!
Stop by the

Courtesy of the Facebook page of
Montague Assoc. for the Restoration of Community History
Located at 320 River Road &
open 1- 4 PM today and tomorrow  ( 12/8 & 12/9 )

Today the Montague Elementary School Bell Choir
 performs at 2:00 pm, along with their music teacher,
 Mrs. Jody Taylor.

On Sunday,  Pop in to listen to some caroling by
Harmony In Motion 1:30-3 PM.

House tours of the decorated  rooms on the first floor 
will be held before and after the performances. 
This is the historical society's last weekend, 
so don't miss out.
No tickets for the play. Just show up and get ready to laugh.