Edward L. Boyd Family
1028 West Gandy
"Mother Goose" Party
The chief social interest of last week centered not about the grown-up set, but around the clever "Mother Goose" party, given by Mrs. Edward Boyd at her home, 1028 West Gandy Street, Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 5 o'clock in celebration of the sixth birthday of her little son, Edward Boyd Jr. For ten days previous, a bubble of enthusiasm went the rounds of the families in which the little folks were preparing to go in fancy costume to this unique party, the most elaborate and delightful of the kind ever given in the city for the little folks.
Promptly at the hour a bevy of bright and interesting children, all in fancy costumes, arrived at the home of this little man to help him be merry on the happy occasion. On entering they were met by the little host, who was handsomely dressed in a blue suit representing the style of the Colonial gentleman; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd; and a real "Mother Goose," whose smiling face strongly impressed the treats in store for this afternoon to be spent in the land of childish lore. There were representatives of the many favorite characters from the much loved rhymes of "Mother Goose"—from the graceful Little Bo-Peep, the cunning babes in the wood, the charming Little Boy Blue with his horn, to the much-feared Jack the Giant-killer, with his weapon of warfare.
It was indeed a beautiful sight to behold these attractive children masquerading in pretty costumes, watching their innocent, happy faces and surprised looks at the unfolding of new delights. The group was ranged on the lawn and pictures taken, after which they returned to the parlor and enjoyed various games and marches. The grand march was formed and the beauty of the scene made perfect as the happy little ones marched to the dining room, where around a beautiful table refreshments of ice cream and cakes in pink and white were served. The table was beautifully decorated in pink and green. Ivy and rosebuds were festooned from the chandelier to the corners of the table, and graceful sprays of ferns were traced over the snowy linen.
The beautiful birthday cake, bearing the six candles, formed the table centerpiece. The places were marked by rose cups of pink, containing bon bons as favors for each guest. The candles were lighted by some of the little friends, making as many wishes as he is years old, after which the cake was cut amid much excitement in search of the trophies contained therein. The dime went to little Miss Elizabeth Mathis, the thimble to Robert Austin, and Paul McLaughlin secured the needle.
Games were resumed till late in the afternoon, when the merry characters from the land of lore reluctantly departed for their homes. One of the best treats of the afternoon was kept to the last, when the children were invited in the hall where the "old woman who lived in a shoe," from her abode in an enormous shoe, gave each guest a souvenir of the occasion in the form of some novel toy. She was a nice smiling "old woman," and certainly knew just what "to do" to make her many children happy.
A large number of ladies, mothers and friends of the little children, were present to enjoy the festive occasion, and many were the exclamations of delight and admiration heard on every side. Master Edward received a host of pretty gifts, and was congratulated for his gracious hospitality dispensed in his capacity of little host.
The following is the list of the little folks present and the characters they represented: Misses Edith Alice Hearne, Little Miss Muffet; Marion Platter, Mary, Mary Quite Contrary; Elizabeth Mathis, Little Miss Muffet; Katherine Tinsman, Little Red Riding Hood; Mary Frances Shaughnessey, Little Red Riding Hood; Sara Cumming, Queen of Hearts; Mildred Tone and Daugherty Collins, Babes in the Wood; Mary Brennan, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary; Eleanor Boldrick, Miss Daffy Down Dilly; Margaret Tone, Little Bo-Peep; Estelle Sanders, Old Mother Hubbard; Janet Lingo, Queen of Hearts; Kathleen O'Herin, Old Mother Hubbard; Masters Edward Boyd, colonial boy; Harry Moore, Old King Cole; Charles Winters Jr., Spanish gentleman; William Murphy, Prince Charming; Charles Rutledge, Little Boy Blue; Will Kingston, priest; Dillon White, Jack the Giant Killer; Elwin R. Thompson, Jack of Hearts; Franz Kohfeldt Jr., Little Boy Blue; Freddie Butchard, Buster Brown; Sidney Elkin Jr., Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son; Henry Arthur Ashby, good King Arthur; Edward Leeper, Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son; Barry Reynolds, clown; Neil Boldrick, Jack of Hearts; Robert Austin, Little Boy Blue; Paul McLaughlin, Santa Claus; Robert Browder, Little Boy Blue; Sam Flannigan, soldier; James Howard, soldier; John Thomas Suggs Jr., Little Boy Blue; Jake Henry Jr., Little Jack Horner.
[Source: Denison Daily News, November 3, 1906]
James Boyd, who retired from the clothing business in 1926, died on June 5, 1927. He and Sallie, as well as Richard and Edward Boyd, were buried in Fairview Cemetery.
Elaine Nall Bay