News: Spencer - Goodies for Kids (1880's)


Surnames: Sanford, Messer

Source: Spencer Centennial Book (1874 – 1974)

Mrs. Sam Sanford sold children gum which she made by boiling pitch from the spruce and tamarack trees of the marsh.  Children chewed this at school on the sly and then secluded it under their desks.  There were nuts and candies for Christmas and birthdays.  There was peppermint stick candy and wintergreen, horehound and rock candy.  There was popcorn and lemonade at picnics.  They had little fresh fruit, except apples.  Grandma Messer made and sold ice cream once a week throughout the summer.



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