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Thanksgiving 1892

The Sunday Gazetteer
November 27, 1892

The Thanksgiving hop Wednesday evening at the exposition building, under the auspices of the Bachelors’ Club, was not only largely attended by Denison people but quite a number of young ladies and gentlemen were present from as many as a half dozen neighboring towns and cities.  New and handsome toilets were the rule and not the exception, as is usually the case with regular social clubs.  Sixteen numbers composed the program.  The building was never in a more inviting condition, and the dancers danced to their heart’s content.  The mineral and agricultural displays that remain in the building permanently were not exactly in harmony with the elegantly dressed young ladies and gentlemen, but we western people soon learn to adapt to our surroundings.  Big stacks of coal, coke, stove wood, oats and corn make excellent ornaments for a dancing pavilion as well as an exposition hall.

The Baptist ladies did exceedingly well with their public dinner and supper Tuesday.  It was advertised that the tables would be spread at 206 Main street, but the room having been rented, the room at 111 Main street was secured.  A better meal for 25 cents was never served in Texas.

The dinner and supper given by the Baptist ladies Tuesday in the Ourand building  at 111 Main street was a most pleasant and successful occasion.  Among the ladies who assisted in the enterprise were Mrs. R.C. Foster and daughter, Miss Edna; Mrs. N. Woodring, Mrs. J.W. Roberts; Mrs. John Robinson, Mesdames C.W. and W Dawley, Mrs. Darby, Mrs. W.S. Pearson, Mrs. Tom Hume, Mrs. N. Wright and daughter, Miss Emma; Mrs. A.J. Kincaid, Mrs. S.S. Derling, Mrs. Dr. Terry and Mrs. Bell.  Miss Henderson sold flowers and altogether something over $90 was taken in.  Mr. Ourand donated the use of his building, for which he has the thanks of all the Baptist people in the city.  During the afternoon a man, evidently from the territory, came in and took a seat at one of the tables.  He carried a Winchester rifle and his clothes were rather unkempt, and on taking his seat placed the gun across his lap.  Many of the ladies were badly frightened, thinking the fellow on mischief bent.  He did not remove his hat but proceeded to call for turkey, chicken and hot coffee in a rather gruff manner.  The girls who were waiting on the table skipped around quite lively and furnished him with the nicest of everything on hand.  When he had finished he called he called to the cashier and said : “Come here, young gal. Here’s a dollar and a quarter for you.  My mother was a Baptist lady.  The quarter is for my dinner and if the dollar will be of any good to you take it along.”  So saying he gathered up his gun and walked out.

Thursday noon and night the ladies of the Methodist church north spread dinner and supper in the room next to the postoffice on Woodard street, and a full purse is the reward of their labors.  The dinner consisted of turkey, chicken, boiled ham, vegetables, salads, breads, cakes, pickles, pastries and hot coffee and tea, all for 25 cents.  From noon until 2 o’clock the tables were crowded.  In the evening the crowd was again large, and the sale of flowers formed quite an impressive feature.  Mr. W.M. Oldham assisted the ladies very much, and no little amusement was occasioned by his auction sale of Baby Ruth, Baby McKee and Jim Hogg bouquets.  Mrs. John Ourand had charge of the floral department, and including the proceeds from the auction about $15 was realized.  Mesdames Ellerton, Bray, Wingrove, Schultz, Young, Kline, Clark and McIlvaney had charge of the tour tables, and the gross proceeds of the evening was $114.  It was a pleasant, profitable and successful occasion.  The ladies were not at all stingy and the excellent meals were greatly appreciated by the public. 

It was an evening replete with delights and surprises.  The society ladies and gentlemen of the city were out in generous numbers.  The Philharmonic Society did its best and all “went as well as a marriage bell.”  The Society Vorwaerts had been arranging and preparing for its Thanksgiving masquerade ball for some time and certain it is that all, and even more, was realized than expected.  Indeed, one thing has been established, the building will have to be enlarged if it accommodates the increasing crowds.  The grand march began at 9 o’clock and was participated in by forty to fifty couples.  Following this was the dance program with 18 numbers.  Masks were removed at 11:30 o’clock, and pending the intermission of 30 minutes the guests gathered around the testal boards where sparkling Budweiser and foaming Tony Fuast held the winning hand.  The crowd was greater than the collation, but it was a time to dance rather than to eat and indeed, it was on the dance floor with joy unconfined.  It was just 2 o’clock Friday morning when the last number had been finished.

Elaine Nall Bay

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