100 Years Ago: 1923

A fir tree presented to President Coolidge for use as a national Christmas tree was loaded on a special car in Middlebury, Vt. today for shipment to Washington. The fir, cut in the heart of the Green Mountains, was given to the president by Middlebury College as a gift from his native state.

The tree will be set up immediately behind the White House and it will be illuminated nightly from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve by nearly 3,000 electric bulbs. Special ceremonies will be held on several evenings during that period, particularly on Christmas Eve. when 3,000 school children accompanied by the Marine Corps band will sing carols.

President Paul M. Moody, of Middlebury College, wielded the axe for the first blow at felling the tree.

50 Years Ago: 1973

A Christmas concert is being prepared by students at the Stevens Mills School to be presented Dec. 19 at the Stevens Mills Grange Hall at 7 pm and among the children participating will be Susan Kimborough, Stephen Skillings, Jonathan Hall, Debra Dufresne, Lee Ross, Kelly Schrepper, Chris Reynolds, Alison Fahey, Cynthia Duplissis and Albert Ouellette.

25 Years Ago: 1998

Political cartoons featuring the late US Sen and Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie drawn by cartoonist Pat Oliphant will be featured through May 30, 1999 at Bates College Muskie Room.

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