I wrote the above article for the late, great MERCER MESSENGER nearly 20 years ago. It gives an idea of what it was like living in then relatively rural Hamilton Township. As they used to say in that Virginia Slims commercial, "You've come a long way, baby." Note that even back then and for many years before, I bemoaned the fact that Hamilton Township placed pitifullylittle interest in preserving documents and memorabilia from the past. Apparently, countless valuable records were considered out of date and non-essential.