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COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Whitley County children were spending Christmas Eve preparing for the visit of Santa Claus, Columbia Cityâ€™s firefighters were preparing to keep a tradition alive. CCFD firemen greeted children with bags of candy and an orange at the courthouse on Christmas Eve â€” a tradition that has been in place for more than a century.
â€śWeâ€™ve traced this (tradition) as far back as the 1880s,â€ť said CCFD Chief Tom LaRue.
Although young residents may not think too much about the orange they were given, the children of the 1800s most likely did.
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