A LOOK AT BROOKVILLE:Christmas in Brookville 1924


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BROOKVILLE — Santa Claus came to Brookville by aeroplane on December 20, 1924 through the combined efforts of several Brookville businessmen.

The plane landed at the Overholser farm, better known as the Gish farm, at the back of the Brethren Church. All the children in Brookville were invited to meet him there. He then took them to visit several businesses which had backed the event and the children were given a treat.

The plane circled over Brookville for ten minutes before landing. This was a new stunt for Brookville and was well received.

Brookville grade school students presented a Christmas pageant entitled ‘The gift We Bring’ on Dec 24 at the Brookville School auditorium. The Pastime Theatre featured Zane Gray’s ‘The Call of the Canyon.’

Marshall & Smith’s Drug Store was selling a Brownie Gift Box Camera set for $5. In their ad they also featured 22 different styles of Bibles ranging in price from $2.50 to $6, silver tinsel garlands for twenty-five cents, Hot Point irons for $6.25 and Tinker Toys for 69 cents.

Brookville Auto Company advertised Atwater-Kent Radio sets for $65 to $120 for family entertainment. Somers Department Store offered gift hints for ‘Useful Gifts’ such as socks, gloves, sweaters etc. Brookville Department Store advertised a $1 days sale.

The Rike-Kumler Department Store in Dayton ran a three-quarter page ad ‘Welcome to Toyland’ in the Brookville Star. The Everybody Book Store also ran a Christmas ad in the Star.

Loy’s Mill in Pyrmont was selling Hickory Smoked Salt for smoking your own meat. W.H. Libecap opened a meat market in the McMillen room on Market Street. Charles Prass Shoe Store was selling Star Brand Shoes.

Smith’s Grocery Store located on Market Street advertised a 25 pound bag of sugar for $1.98, Swans Down Cake Flour for 29 cents a box, and fresh creamery butter for 42 cents a pound.

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