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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Tue., Dec. 31, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

John Pugh, deputy county auditor, celebrated his 75th birthday “by recording deeds at the courthouse.”

 He also listed his secrets for a vital and happy old age.

• Smoke little, drink little and do not eat too much.

• Do not worry.

• Do not try to get along on less sleep than is required to rest your mind and body.

• Do not get to the office late.

• Cultivate your memory. “It is one of the most convenient files ever invented. The man who can rely on his mind conserves his brain.”

• Marry a good woman and then take an interest in your home and children.

From the accident beat: Ed Bergquist, a chauffeur, did not have a peaceful Christmas Day. He was drinking that morning at the Monogram Saloon, at Main Avenue and Bernard Street, when he apparently made a nuisance of himself by “bumming drinks.” The proprietor whacked Bergquist with his fist a few times and then forcibly ejected him onto the sidewalk.

Bergquist died several days later of a blood clot on the brain.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1879: Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.

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