(Tim, w/thanks to Barbara) Earlier today, my heart was warmed when I received this newspaper clipping from the Bloomington Telephone one hundred years ago--on January 3, 1908:
WOMEN FIGHT IN CHURCH
A quarrel at the Handy Christian Church, five miles east of town, last Sunday between Mrs. Mamie May and two daughters and Mrs. Alice Shields and daughter has led to a suit for assault and battery before Square Littell against the parties in the mixup. Some alleged slighting remarks made by the Mays against Mrs. Macy Hays, the daughter of Mrs. Shields, caused the women of the two families to get together after the morning services and exchange some blows in the rear of the church. The two mothers mixed and exchanged blows while Emma and Myrtle, the daughters of Mrs. May, are alleged to have struck Mrs. Hays. The Mays came from the front of the church and engaged in a quarrel with the Shields women over some alleged scandal which the families had accused each other of. When the real trouble started, one of the Hays girls is said to have thrown her baby aside and entered the fray in earnest. No one was seriously injured.
Reading the account to my son Taylor just now, he informed me that 1908 was the year the Cubs last won the World Series. You can tell what's on his mind. As they say, "Hope springs eternal in the human pest."