In spite of wartime conditions and the shortages of sugar and coal reported in the Herald in November of 1917, indications pointed to a very joyful Christmas time. A clip of the schedule of "Christmas in the Churches" is shown below, which lists all of the activities for the local churches.
For those in Story City with a loved one serving in WWI it was announced that Christmas packages needed to be shipped by November 15th to ensure delivery by Christmas Day. You can read the description of how to properly address packages in the Herald clip below. There is also an ad shown below from The Fashion Shop, a local Story City business, with suggested gifts for soldiers.
A cantata titled "The Star of Promises" was presented by the united Lutheran choirs of Story City on Christmas at St. Petri Church. According to the Herald, there was a full house at St. Petri and "it was one of the largest aggregations of singers ever brought together in this town and the verdict is pretty unanimous that the cantata was finely rendered." A collection of $ 77.50 was taken during the performance which was donated to the Red Cross.
The Commercial Club had organized a sleigh ride for the children of the community on December 27th. Twenty men from the community had promised to furnish teams and sleighs for the ride. It was planned that the the sleighs would drive in procession up and down the main street and various other streets in town. Unfortunately, it was announced in the Dec. 27th edition of the Herald that the sleigh ride had to be postponed due to the lack of snow.
We hope you enjoyed this look back at Christmas in Story City 100 years ago. Merry Christmas from the Historical Society!
This document holder is on display in our Story City in the Great War exhibit at the Carriage House Museum.