Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Coshocton Halloween in 1911

October 1911--Iron fisted Mayor Cassingham warned would be pranksters and vandals that Coshocton would beef up police presence for Halloween festivities. Any offending revelers caught would face arrest.

According to the Coshocton Daily Age, every street would be patrolled by police and "special men". Cassingham stated that anyone caught "tearing up street crossings, carrying away porch chairs and rugs or anything of the nature of property destruction" would be arrested.

Young tricksters would be allowed to use corn and "tick tack contrivances" without fear of police involvement.

The Age went on to editorialize in the article, "To say that Tuesday night (Halloween) is cabbage night would be to convey a closer meaning to the several hundreds of youngsters of the city, between the ages of 7 and 15, those creators of eternal vigilance to whom the day merely means a time when destruction of property can be accomplished and clothed under the word fun."


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