Celebrations
1920s
Parties, showers, socials, etc.

 


MRS. SCHAEDEL ENTERTAINS

“Moiyo, engenyi waikimi. Nyoto. (“Greetings, my friends. Enter”) were the words of greeting which each guest received as the welcome hand assisted her entrance, where old and young were compelled to bend the knee and bow the head.

When greetings were ended, Mrs. Schaedel invited everyone to accompany her on an elephant hunt. High and low, behind pictures, under books, and over windows were nestled the most amiable of brown paper elephants. After much counting and exclaiming, Mrs. F. A. Verser was acknockleded [sic] the Diana and awarded a beautiful, little ivory elephant. Four ladies were then bibbed, blindfolded, and fed bananas by the blindfolded partners, while four others climbed strings for the beloved “date.” Mrs. A. S. Morton, Mrs. Fred S. Robbins, and Mrs. Fisher were awarded prizes for successfully completing the assigned tasks. Since archery is practiced by all true natives of Africa, it now seemed necessary that the “practice” should begin. Bows and arrows were brought in, while on the door appeared a real monkey skin. Competition began, some placing arrows upside down, some visa versa; but at last, Mrs. William E. Moreland was awarded a small ivory ring for “shooting the monkey.” Just at his time several talented musicians were discovered who rendered African anthem upon native instruments.

Mrs. Schaedel designated several mothers and asked each to choose four or five children for her family. “Family circles” having been formed, a large howl of “Ma” was placed in the center; each member was given a fork, and a test for the “survival of the fittest” began. The next course consisted of sliced pineapple and roasted peanuts. It is hardly necessary to state that all present enjoyed this delightful and instructive “trip through Africa.”

In addition to the honorees, Mrs. W. M. Robertson of Gonzales and Miss Tommie Woolsey of Houston, the following guests were present: Mrs. Vernon J. Woolsey, Bartlett; Miss Stella Matthews, Houston; Mesdames Thos. H. Lewis, A. S. Morton, Fort Verser, Fred S. Robbins, L. Z. Moreland, L. A. Pierce, P. G. Secrest, W. E. Moreland, John Castleton, George Helmecke, A. Fisher, Z. W. Ziegenhals, Misses Mamie Gusman, Bess Storey.

The Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, March 6, 1925
 


BIRTHDAY PARTY

Mrs. Eloise Holcomb entertained Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 in honor of her son, Billie’s third birthday. The color scheme of blue and yellow was carried out, the table being set for eighteen, with the birthday cake, three blue candles in yellow holders adorned the center. Each tot received a balloon and immediately became engaged in games of all sorts which caused great merriment.

The little honoree was presented with many beautiful gifts.

Delicious refreshments were served to the following, Misses George Anna Posey, Barbara Rae Hamil, Bobby Porter, Marion Cartes, Pamelia Ann Martin, Louise Sexton, Audrey Pape, Martha Rugeley, Millie Belle, Marion Parks, Margaret Cox, and Messrs. M. C. Vogelsang, Van Shaw Taylor, Dick Bachman, Charles Dickey, Jr., John Watson, Junior Gillette, James Barber Gillette and the honoree.

The hostess was assisted by Mesdames Gillette, Ross and Green.

The Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, March 13, 1925
 


A DANCE

Mrs. Roching entertained with a dance on Saturday the fourteenth of March. Musicians from Bay City supplied excellent inspiration for dancing until a late hour, when hot coffee and cakes were served. Every guest was very grateful to this charming hostess for a lovely time.

The guests were: Misses Nora O’Connell, Ora Lee Shiver, Lucille Berryhill, Midlred Vaughan, Rhea Kirk, and Helen Livengood; Mesdames Mike and Allen O’Connell; Messrs Boyd and Allan O’Connell, James Berryhill, Douglas Shiver, and Herbert, Bryan and Lampton Bickham.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, Friday, March 27, 1925
 


SEWING CLUB

The Silver Thimble Sewing Club spent a most pleasant afternoon at the home of one of its members, Mrs. E. C. Anderson, Tuesday. The ladies brought their sewing, and the time was given over to needlework.

Mrs. W. G. Brown also gave several beautiful piano selections.

Dainty refreshments were served to the following: Mrs. F. Carrington, Mrs. H. A. Blaylock, Mrs. Will Anderson, Mrs. F. Craft, Mrs. Hensley, Mrs. W. G. Brown, Miss Helen Schwartz, Mrs. H. A. Verser and the hostess.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, April 24, 1925
 


MRS. HUSTON ENTERTAINS

Mrs. P. G. Huston was the charming hostess to a one o’clock luncheon Wednesday, April the fifteenth, given in honor of Mrs. Ralph Byars of Benicia, California.

A handsome cloth of Italian cut work overlaid the highly polished table, on which were appointed places for nine guests. A beautiful bowl of yellow Marshal Neil roses formed the center piece of the table, while yellow tapers added a glow of loveliness to either end.

Artistically painted place cards together with dainty little boxes of chocolates, as favors, marked the place of each guest.

A delightful four course luncheon consisting of fruit coctail, banana salad, creamed chicken, potato chips, sandwiches, peach pickles, lemon parfait and angel food cake was enjoyed. After which a demi tasse was served in the drawing-room.

The personnel of this lovely hospitality besides the hostess and honoree were: Mesdames S. R. Sholars, S. S. Taylor, Will Stinnett, A. H. Wadsworth, S. O. Eidman, Fred Carleton, M. J. Murphy, and Allen Stinnett.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, April 24, 1925
 


MRS. HUSTON ENTERTAINS

Mrs. P. G. Huston was the charming hostess to a one o’clock luncheon Wednesday, April the fifteenth, given in honor of Mrs. Ralph Byars of Benicia, California.

A handsome cloth of Italian cut work overlaid the highly polished table, on which were appointed places for nine guests. A beautiful bowl of yellow Marshal Neil roses formed the center piece of the table, while yellow tapers added a glow of loveliness to either end.

Artistically painted place cards together with dainty little boxes of chocolates, as favors, marked the place of each guest.

A delightful four course luncheon consisting of fruit coctail, banana salad, creamed chicken, potato chips, sandwiches, peach pickles, lemon parfait and angel food cake was enjoyed. After which a demi tasse was served in the drawing-room.

The personnel of this lovely hospitality besides the hostess and honoree were: Mesdames S. R. Sholars, S. S. Taylor, Will Stinnett, A. H. Wadsworth, S. O. Eidman, Fred Carleton, M. J. Murphy, and Allen Stinnett.                            

The Matagorda County Tribune
, April 24, 1925
 


A PARTY

Boyd and Nora O’Connell entertained with a party on Saturday, Feb. 28. The evening was passed very pleasantly by playing forty-two and card games. A delightful candy course was served throughout the evening and the guests discovered a pleasant novelty in the “pink fudge.”

Those partaking of this generous hospitality were: Misses Melba Ewing, Ora Lee Shiver, Rhea Kirk, Mildred Vaughan, Irma Bickham, Mesdames Ewing, Watts, O’Connell, Messrs. Ottis, Bryan, Lampton and Herbert Bickham, Boulden O’Connell, Thomas Ewing and Edwin Gibson.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, Friday, May 13, 1925
 


PHILOMATHEAN SOCIETY

The Literary Society programs had been postponed until after basketball season due to a conflict between the two. Now that we are thru with basketball, we have begun by giving a very interesting program last Friday afternoon.

The meeting was called to order by President Bickham and the minutes were read by secretary Chambless. The program was as follows:

“Can you bring Back the Heart I Gave you”, song by chorus.

“A Proposal,” dialogue by Otis Bickham and Margaret Gibson.

“Follow the Swallow,” duet.

Declamations by, Mildred Hall, Mildred Berryhill, Lela Sansing, Elizabeth McMahon, Elsie Rainey, Thelma Sansing, Jenoye Cole, Alpha Laird, Viola Sansing, Vivian Hall, Ganell Watkins, and Wilmoth McMahon.

“You’ll Want Me Back Someday,” Song by chorus.

Instrumental Pierce, Vivian Hall.

“Land of My Sunset Dreams,” song by chorus.

This ended our program. We’ll admit we were rather puzzled when Irene arose and stated in a load, clear voice, “You’ll Want Me back Someday.” We wonder who he is, but we suspect that she was looking at James.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, Friday, May 13, 1925
 


MISS MARGARET KILBRIDE HONOREE

Mrs. W. D. Wilson entertained yesterday afternoon with a lovely bridge party honoring Miss Margaret Kilbride, one of the graduating class. The personel included class friends of the honoree, making four tables of bridge. After several games a delicious salad and ice course was served to the following:

Misses Frances Taylor, Virginia and Violet Creech, Savanna Hawkins, Elizabeth Taylor, Tootsie Whitaker, Anna Lou Gartrell, Bonnie Green, Velma Wilkins, Jean Steele, Emma Garner, Cleo Tetts, Esther Dienst, Betty Kilbride, Letty Himel of San Benito, and the honoree.

Miss Jean Steele was presented with a lovely trophy for high score while Miss Emma Garner won consolation. The graduates, Misses Margaret Kilbride, Vivian and Violet Creech and Bonnie Green, were each presented with beautiful hankerchiefs.

As a delightful finish to the dainty refreshments a large cake was brought in with eighteen candles on it honoring the birthday of the honoree.

The Matagorda County Tribune, May 29, 1925 
 


GRADUATES HONORED

Tuesday afternoon from 4 5o 6 Miss Tootsie Whitaker entertained with bridge, honoring the graduates, Misses Margaret Kilbride, Vivian and Violet Creech and Miss Beatrice Poole, The Whitaker home was artistically decorated and after several games of bridge a lovely refreshment course was served to the Misses Jean Steele, Anne Lou Gartrell, Betty Kilbride, Hazel and Velma Wilkins, Elaine Brunner, Emma Garner, Beatrice and Fannie Louise Poole, Cleo Tetts, Frances Taylor, Savanna Hawkins, Esther Dienst, Mrs. Nell Blakely, the honorees and the hostess.

Mrs. Blakely was presented with high score prize while Miss Violet Creech was presented with consolation.

The honorees were also presented with lovely trophies.

The Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, June 12, 1925
 


MISS STEELE HONORED WITH BIRTHDAY PARTY

Misses Margaret and Betty Kilbride were hostess to a most delightful bridge party Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 6, in honor of the birthday of Miss Jean Steele.

The high score, a dainty little vanity, was won by Miss Steele, while Miss Violet Creech was consoled with a novelty letter opener. The honoree was presented with a most exquisite piece of lingerie, besides being the recipient of many beautiful gifts.

After a very delicious salad course, the lovely birthday cake was brought in, which, with delicious ice, the honoree then served to the following guests: Misses Vivian and Violet Creech, Martha Moore, Tootsie Whitaker, Beatrice Poole, Annalou Gartrell, Marion Taulbee, Esther Dienst, Velma and Hazel Wilkins and Mrs. H. J. Clark.

The Matagorda County Tribune, July 17, 1925
 


SILVER THIMBLE CLUB

Mrs. H. A. Verser entertained the Silver Thimble Club and a number of guests Tuesday afternoon, with one of the most thoroughly enjoyed meetings of the year.

By four o’clock games of 42 were in progress and intermingled with the games was much merriment and a number of musical selections by Misses Schwartz and Carrington.

Dainty refreshments of cream, cake and mints were served by the hostess, assisted by Miss Helen Schwartz.

All too soon the time came to leave and each one very emphatically said that she had a lovely time.

Those present were Misses Clarabel Carrington of Caldwell, Helen Schwartz, Gertrude Adler, Mesdames E. E. Bond, C. Bess, Hoover, W. N. Anderson, H. A. Blaylock, D. E. Cates, W. G. Brown, T. Craft, E. C. Anderson and the hostess.

The Matagorda County Tribune, July 21, 1925
 


THE MISSES CREECH ENTERTAIN

Misses Vivian and Violet Creech entertained with four tables of bridge yesterday afternoon from four until six. The room was prettily decorated with cut flowers. Punch was served throughout the afternoon and after several games a salad course was served to the following:

Misses Margaret and Betty Kilbride, Tootsie Whitaker, Jeanette Steele, Anna Lou Gartrell, Velma Wilkins, Esther Dienst, Opal Boney, Melba Collins and Marian Taulbee, Mrs. Spence Clements and Mrs. I. C. Ferguson.

The out of town guests were: Mrs. Periman Moore, of Houston, Misses Tugg Small, of Oklahoma, Velma Smith of Matagorda and Mary Annete Johnson, of Gulf.

Mrs. Spence Clements won the high score while Miss Small was presented with consolation.

The Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, July 31, 1925
 


SILVER THIMBLE CLUB

Mrs. E. C. Anderson was hostess to the Silver Thimble Club Tuesday afternoon. All the members were present in spite of the warm afternoon. Sewing and a cross word puzzle contest, which caused much merriment, were features of the afternoon. At a late hour delicious refreshments of punch and cakes was served, and all departed after a good time, and eagerly looking forward to the next meeting.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, Friday, July 31, 1925
 


DELIGHTFUL BIRTHDAY PARTY

Miss Marion Dean Cates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Cates, celebrated her third birthday anniversary Wednesday afternoon with a lawn party. Many delightful games were played and the young folks donned brilliantly colored caps and had their picture taken, after which they were served with ice cream and cake The table was decorated with pink and white and centered with a pink birthday cake with three white candles and each small guest found a pink and white horn. Miss Cates wore a pink gown and was a very charming little hostess. She received many lovely gifts.

Those present were: Margaret Alice Cox, Aubin Cox, Mary Jean Coleman, Barbara Ray Hamill, Bonnie Louise Blakely, Edna Louise Sexton, Georgana Posey, Edna Anderson, Mary Ann Davant, Genevieve Verser, Elizabeth Matchett, Allie J. Sisk, Mary Louise Huebner, Laurie Lee Harrison, Pete Harrison, Mary Nell Verser, Lucile Carr, Mary Frank Carr, Tony Carr, Parelia Ann Martin, Martha Rugeley, Waldina Arlitt, Billie Arlitt, Dick Bachman, Everett Wood Bond, Carl Anderson, Richard Clement, Berton LeTulle, Farnk Craft, Jr., Mrs. Gussie Henley, Mrs. W. R. Franz, Miss Jessie Phillips, Miss Larry Phillips.

The Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, October 9, 1925
 


A SPANISH PARTY

Thursday evening the Spanish Club entertained with a party for their initiates at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. M . Bell.

The spacious rooms reminded me of old Spain and amid the laughter and songs of the Spanish senors and senoritas Miss Katherine Klein danced the Spanish fandango and also the Charleston. Among the gay assemblage one could find torredors, counts, senors and senoritas, all dressed in bright colors, some with mantillas, shawls, fans, swords and daggers.

Various Spanish games were played and then came the initiation which was enjoyed by all.

Delicious candy and nuts, hot tamales and coffee were served.

The initiates and guests were presented with miniature guitars decorated in Spanish colors. Miss Theo. Monihan and Mr. Glen Ellis received the prizes as the best representatives of a senorita and senor.

The High school Orchestra furnished the music. The evening was most enjoyable spent and the Spanish Club wishes to express its appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Bell for their charming hospitality.

This party was the inspiration of the charming and accomplished Miss Morgan, the Spanish teacher, who is authority on anything “Espanol.”

The personnel included: Misses Morgan, Monihan, Bogardus, Laverne Cobb, Katherine Ruse, Lydia Little, Rose and Annie Porter, Ella Mae Noster, Lucille Curry, Madeline Simons, Myra Pickard, Eleanor Chapman, Mary E. Cash, Louis Taylor, Frances Taylor, Velma Wilkins, Margaret Brewer, Katherine Klein and Savanna Hawkins; Messrs. Hutcheson, Key, Bert Steves, James Bankhead, Joe Patterson, Hayden Curtis, Lofton Watson, Glen Ellis, Ovid Horn, Billy Vest and Crawford Mearns.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, Friday, February 12, 1926
 


COMPLIMENT FOR BRIDE-ELECT

Complimenting Miss Irby Stinnett, her brides-maids entertained with a bridge shower at the home of Miss Frances Taylor Thursday afternoon.

A pink and green motif was emphasized in decoration of the reception suite, and score pads featured dainty brides, white tallies were in the form of bouquets of roses.

Eleven tables of enthusiastic players enjoyed the interesting games, at the conclusion of which Mrs. Hugh Gill held high score, and was presented a green crystal bridge set as a prize. Low score prize was awarded Mrs. Annie Lee Martin, a green crystal lemon plate, and the honoree was the recipient of a green crystal ice tea set.

Following the games, Mrs. Merlin Vogelsang, accompanied by Mrs. Geo. Serrill, sang in her lovely lyric soprano, “When You Look in the Heart of a Rose,” and at the conclusion of the song, Miss Stinnett looked in the heart of a beautiful pink rose which covered the top of the grand piano, the petals concealing numerous beautiful gifts in crystal, silver and linen. The honoree was assisted in unwrapping the gifts by the other principal in next Tuesday’s event―Mr. James Preddy.

After the “shower,” pink ice cram roses and cake were served. The hostesses for this enjoyable affair were: Misses Katherine Klein, Helen Wilson, Beulah Erickson, Maurine DeLano and Frances Taylor, and the personnel of guests included: Mesdames Spence Clements, P. R. Hamill, D. M. Duson of El Campo, Ruby Hawkins, Blakeway, E. L. McDonald, R. L. Williams, J. P. Keller, L. Winston, Holcombe of San Benito, A. S. Collins, M. A. Vogelsang, Hugh Gill, H. E. Gaedcke, C. Groce, Schelling, A. S. Morton, Martin, J. W. Ingram, Weldon Smith, Norman Barclay, Mickey Hart, J. M. Corbett, Jno. Guynn, R. J. Capps, H. Jamison, J. S. Mayfield, Rowland Rugeley, M. G. Klein, Jack Walker, Grover Moore, P. G. Huston, Annie Sanborn, E. N. Gustafson, Sam Sholars, W. D. Wilson, Z. DeLano, C. A. Erickson, S. S. Taylor and Misses Shirley Carter, Gladys Broughton, Russie Moreland of Wharton, Marie McCain of Houston, Hazel Webb of El Campo, Sylvia Boney, Kitty Cobb, Alam Sophie Doubek and Irby Stinnett, the honoree.

The Matagorda County Tribune
, Friday, June 28, 1929
 

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