Muscatine County, Iowa
Muscatine Journal & News-Tribune
Centennial Edition
31 May 1940

Section 5 - Page 10 & 11, Submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, May 26, 2012

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Fitzgerald Lawn Scene of Event

The beautiful lawn party of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Fitzgerald, Miss Belle Fitzgerald, and Mr. T. H. Fitzgerald, took place last evening at the beautiful home on East Fifth street, and was enjoyed by about two hundred and fifty invited guests. The beautiful lawn was a glittering arena for the display of the lovliest of summer toilets in the softening and entrancing lighting of the many Chinese lanterns tastefully hung about the yard. The lawn of Mr. H. J. Fitzgerald was also thrown open, and in the rear thereof a platform was erected which was covered with canvas, making the smoothest platform floor that could be desired. The guests were received by their entertainers and then sought out cool and pleasant seats in the yard, the inspiring and fascinating chords from Eichoff’s orchestra adding greatly to the joyousness of the occasion. The orchestra occupied a raised platform in the rear of the yard, and an abundance of folding and camp chairs scattered about the lawn furnished accommodations for the guests who were from all ages of society, from the oldest settler to the sweet graduate in her teens. The congeniality which reigned supreme proved that the hospitable home was masterful in its ability to entertain.

Elaborate refreshments were served on tete-a-tete tables in the lawn and with dancing and conversation the hours flitted rapidly away.

The elements seemed propitious indulging only in a few drops of rain to scare the company for a few minutes. This passed away quickly and its only effect was to simply add to the consequent pleasures which were not by any means spoiled as they would have been by its continuance.

Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald and Miss Bell and Mr. T. H. Fitzgerald have the honor of giving Muscatine what many of the guests considered (and so expressed themselves) as the handsomest lawn party Muscatine has had.

Mrs. H. G. Wickham, of Niles, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Weippert, of Chicago, and Miss Austin of Linesville, Ia., were guests from abroad. – June 21, 1890.

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“Elisha Beatty, light keeper on Muscatine Island, has received notice from the U. S. light house inspector at St. Louis to set out a light at his place from this time until the close of navigation.” – Muscatine Journal, April 11, 1878.

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A Novel Social

Notwithstanding the fierce gale that made it most uncomfortable out of doors last evening, there was a large attendance at the social of the Epworth League at the M. E. church, and those who braved the chilly blasts felt well repaid for coming out, for the evening’s entertainment proved very enjoyable indeed. The exercises opened with song and were followed by fervent prayer by Mrs. W. G. Wilson. The select choir then rendered a song very beautifully and was followed by a happy welcoming speech in behalf of the league by J. H. Lukens, which was well received by everyone.

The most entertaining and novel feature of the program was the presentation of a card to each one, bearing upon it some topic, a duplicate being given to the ladies. Each gent then sought the lady having the duplicate of the card held by him, and when all had found partners, a line was formed and a promenade ensued, each couple discussing the topic of their card and nothing else for two minutes. There was a wide diversity of opinions and the discussion covered a large scope of territory while the continuous buzz of voices for two minutes made one think they were in the neighborhood of some large factory. It was a very pleasant feature, nevertheless and was immensely enjoyed.

Another pleasant feature was the elegant repast served, and after a pleasant social converse the entertainment closed, each one retiring with the feeling that it had been a delightful affair. – March 15, 1890.

Lindle and Fuller Wedding Performed

At St. Mathias church, Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, 1890, Rev. P. Laurent officiating. Mr. George W. Lindle and Miss Josephine Fuller, both of this city.

Many of the friends of the contracting parties were in attendance to witness the impressive ceremony and extend hearty congratulations to the contracting parties. The groom is the proprietor of the popular Mulberry grocery, and since moving to the city has made a host of friends by his straight-forward and courteous manner of doing business. He is the son of J. B. Lindle, the popular apiarist of Lake township. The bride is the daughter of B. Fuller and has lived here from infancy and has gained a host of friends, who now will wish for her and her choice the happiest life that King Providence may bestow upon them.

Mr. and Mrs. Lindle departed on a bridal tour eastward this morning. – Jan. 29, 1890.

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Another Carload of Paper for The Journal

We won’t attempt to estimate how many carloads of paper we have delivered to The Muscatine Journal but we could tell you exactly by checking back over the twenty-one years of our business.

They tell us that it will take nearly ten tons of paper to publish this centennial issue of the Journal . . . enough to reach 600,000 feet or 114 miles and 3 feet wide.

To The Muscatine Journal We Extend Our Congratulations
Local and Long Distance Hauling
Transfer       Phone 693       Storage

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Reception Enjoyed By 150 Ladies

Festive Event – Yesterday afternoon from half-past two until six o’clock, the elegant new home of Mr. and Mrs. D. Powell Johnson, Jr., was the scene of a most charming reception. One hundred and fifty ladies had been invited, nearly all of whom were present. The fair young hostess with easy grace received her friends in the lovely drawing room on the left of the large entrance hall. Everywhere were cut flowers, roses and sweet peas in profusion. In the large library and music room is placed one of the finest pipe organs in the state. There the host gave a recital during the afternoon. Frappe was served in the dining room where a table with a rarely beautiful display of cut glass and china was set. The rich fragrance of cut flowers was here as everywhere through the house, which was entirely thrown open and the lovely interior finish in fine woods and furnishings, elicited much admiration. In the spacious and beautiful lawn seated under the magnificent old trees, the guests were served with delicate cakes, ices and bonbons, enjoying the beauty of their surroundings the ladies lingered until the afternoon was entirely spent. – Muscatine Journal, Aug. 13, 1897.

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Kelloggs Hosts on Anniversary Day

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Kellogg last evening enjoyed their fifteenth wedding anniversary. They were not alone in these enjoyments for about one hundred friends responded to the invitations issued and were on hand to share with them the pleasures, and wish for them many more years of happiness and prosperity. One of the most pleasant features of the evening was the elegant lap supper served by the host and hostess. Before the party separated for their various homes, the bride and groom fifteen years ago, wre surprised by being made the recipients of a number of fine and costly gifts, which in future will serve as reminders of their anniversary. – March 4, 1890.

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“Cinch” Provided Plenty of Fun At Musser Residence

The popular game this winter seems to be “cinch.” It is played nearly everywhere, but never has it been so successful and delightful in entertaining a party of friends as it was last evening at the hospitable mansion of Hon. Richard Musser, when his second daughter, Miss Katryna, acted as hostess and was unanimously voted the queen of entertainers. The guests were received by the charming hostess, assisted by her mother and father and Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman, in the east parlor, and after a brief pleasant social intercourse the party wended its way to the west parlor, where Eichoff’s orchestra was stationed and discoursing their sweetest strains. Large white cards bound with ribbons, the latter corresponding in number and color with those on the various tables were distributed, and after a search for partners 20 tables were soon occupied by 80 persons who at once engaged themselves in the fascinating game of progressive “cinch,” and thus the hours passed merrily away until midnight, when a very sumptuous repast was served quickly and successfully, which it is unnecessary to say was heartily appreciated. The honors of the evening were carried off by Miss May brown, she receiving a vase of lovely hot house plants, and Mr. Wm. R. Parkins a fine Mexican wood cane.

The tables were then removed and the orchestral strains were heard once ore, when the merry party resolved itself into a terpsichorean, and tripped away a few hours very delightfully It was one of the most successful and brilliant events of the season and will long be remembered. – April 12, 1890.

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Opportunists These Gals of 1840 Proved

The girls were anything but slow to take advantage of their added “Leap Year” perogatives back in the days when Muscatine was an infant.

During the first “Leap Year” of which there are any figures of record – 1840 – there were 19 marriages in the town of Bloomington which then had a population of 507. Not so many you many say in comparison with present day statistics, but a right formidable record when you take into consideration that one out of every 13 or 14 people in the whole town got married that year.

And the bustling young town proudly thumped itself on the chest and boasted to the outside world that here was a record.

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A new pipe organ at the Trinity Episcopal church was dedicated with a concert under the cirection of W. E. Battey. – April 23, 1883.

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On this date (April 29, 1884) the City Council decided to grade Seventh street between Iowa Avenue and Chestnut streets.

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