Contributed by Karen Seeman

From the Stark County News
Dec. 23, 1908

Toulon Academy

 Those of use who attended the Tuesday evening session of the Farmers’ Institute heard a most excellent talk on “Our Friends, the Birds,” by Rev. W.H. Mason, of Bethany, Illinois.  This is a subject of which young people never tire, and yet one with which too few are acquainted.  Why not have a Bird Study club in Toulon?  We were delighted to have Mr. Mason in chapel Wednesday morning.  He is an earnest Christian as well as a friends to the birds.  His remarks were such as to give each one greater inspiration for his work.  He thoroughly believes that each one ought to be able to do something.

 The meeting of our literary society Friday afternoon was a marked success.  The program consisted of a song by the members, current events, by Carrie Nicholson; declamation by Iona Standard; debate on a question relating to large mail order houses, by Paul Nixon, Roberto Stonier, Robert Vivian and George Peets; instrumental solo by Dorothy Hazen.  The debaters were evidently much interested in the subject, and it was encouraging to see how they handled it.  We predict that those who take part in these exercises will be greatly benefited.  Miss McLennan acted as critic.

 Apollo Quintette and Bell Ringers next Friday night at 8:15.  General admission, 50 cents; reserved seats, 75 cents.