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Christmas tradition continues on

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Annette and Charemon Dunham conducted the Iroquois American Legion military rites last Monday at the service for Hugh Evans.

Marlin and Jeanette Clendening attended the graveside services for Larry Riden at Emmanuel Lutheran northeast of Howard last Saturday. Larry was the husband of Joan (Hoeye) Riden, who grew up in Esmond.

I stand corrected – I have been reporting that the Esmond Community Christmas Party, which has been held for more than 135 years, would not be held this year. I did not know that last Wednesday night, the night it was scheduled for, that Curt Wehlander and our granddaughter Rosalie Wehlander went to the Esmond Hall and turned on the Christmas lights (still up from last year). Rosalie went on stage, played a version of “Joy to the World” and then did the traditional all kids and adults on stage singing “Jingle Bells” while ringing the bells. So, a party was held, and Christmas in Esmond continues on.

History Note –

1892 – The M. E. Ladies (of Esmond Methodist church) held an ice cream social and raised $13 with Rev. Carpenter as minister. Regardless of how hard times were, the church always held a big Christmas program each year with much decorating being done for the event

1912: Started out with the Esmond girls basketball team playing a game at Lake Preston and losing by a score of 2-1.

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