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Friday, March 27, 2015

11 January 1923: Woman's Club Gives Party

From The Fallon County Times, page 1:

     The Baker Woman's Club gave the annual entertainment of husbands last Tuesday evening at a combined card and dancing party at the Hubbard's Hall. About one hundred people were present and twenty tables of Bridge and Five Hundred were played. Mesdames Yokley and McArthur superintended the card playing. High score prizes for bridge were awarded to Mrs. Comstock and H. S. Proctor, low score prizes were awarded to Mrs. Al Hansen and Chas. LaCross. High score prizes for 500 were awarded to Mrs. L. Wilson and Ped Akers, low score prizes were awarded to Mrs. Lee Biffle and O. Christopher. After the prizes were awarded a lunch of appetizing chicken sandwiches, delicious rocks, pickles and coffee was served by the hostesses, Mesdames Kelling, Neveux, Hough, Ravey, Car  Hanson and Ladwig. Mr. Hough held the seat of honor at a table with the three best looking young ladies. It must be said, however, he had to hold the place with the aid of two wicked looking knives. None but the brave deserve the fair.
     After lunch Mrs. Leon LaCross delighted every one with the solo "The Sunshine of Your Smile." She was repeatedly encored until she responded with the refrain.
     Dancing followed until 1:30, Ped Akers furnished the music. Everyone had a real good time and the husbands are satisfied to let the Woman's Club go on for another year.


     The Sunshine of Your Smile was recorded by John McCormack in 1916, and it sounded just like this:

     As sung by Mrs. Leon LaCross at the Baker Woman's Club party, I imagine it sounded a lot more like this version by June Bronhill:

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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