Friday, September 7, 2012

"Your Home Town"

I recently posted information about the Princeville Academy which was a private high school in Princeville in the late 1800s, early 1900s.  That post was from a school catalog which described the school and listed students.  The Princeville Academy published a quarterly school newspaper titled "Princeville Academy Sol".  Each quarter, the newspaper would include essays written by the students as well as other articles submitted to the paper.  One that caught my interest was titled "Your Home Town" and was published about 1900.  Below is the article in its entirety.  The words that were written over 110 years ago are still true today.  Princeville is rich in history and we should all be proud to call Princeville home.


Your Home Town

The only way to build a town is for all to go hand-in-hand, every man to the wheel.  Banish all feelings of discord, if any; let harmony prevail, and you are sure to prosper.  Talk about your town, write about it, speak well of it, encourage your people at the head of municipal affairs, choke the croakers, beautify the streets in every way, patronize the merchants, refrain from sending outside for goods, advertise in its newspapers, favor home enterprise in every way, and if you can not think of some good word to say, just keep quiet.  There is nothing to gain and everything to lose in slandering the home of your adoption.  There are those who delight to oppose every enterprise advocated but upon investigation these men will be found to be the most despised of all.

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