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

Section 5 - Page 8, Submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, May 26, 2012

Anniversary Date Noted at Surprise

Too rainy! O. no! not for the party of merry-makers that wended their way to the country residence of W. A. Shew’s in Grandview township, Saturday evening. The friends and neighbors, to about forty in number, thought to give Mrs. Shew a genuine surprise and they did in fine style. It being her 50th birthday anniversary, Mr. Shew had planned to take her to spend the day at his sister’s. Well, Saturday morning came, and O! what a gloomy prospect it was, too. Mr. Shew and the family, mother partly sick and the roads in not a fit condition to travel, but nevertheless, progress for the party was still going on in various houses. Early in the evening relatives came pouring in. She rather thought it was something unusual to have so many relatives to come at the same time. Next came J. D. McCully and family, Mrs. Shew took their basket and set it on the kitchen table, wondering all the meantime what they brought that basket for, and what it contained. But still no idea of a party entered her mind. Mr. Shew came in from doing the evening chores and told his better half that this being her birthday, he and the family thought to give her a surprise. Hardly had he left the room until crowds came pouring in at the front door and in a few minutes, shorter time than it takes to tell it, the house was crowded with young and old. The Thompson band, Gus,. Joe and John, furnished the guests with some excellent music. Oysters and trimmings were served by the host and by the looks of well filled baskets that the cooks got hold of, the readers might guess what a supper we had. The tables fairly groaned under the weight of good things that were spread before the assembled company. The glitter of the tables, the merry voices and the excellent music made the old folks think that once more they were young. The old people were all seated at the first tables, and it need not be said that they did not do ample justice to the viands that were spread before them. The party broke up before the hour of midnight, each one feeling that they had spent a pleasant evening with Neighbor Shew and lady.

The following presents were left by some of the guests and the family: W. A. Shew, gold finger ring; Mr. and Mrs. E. Michael and Mr. and Mrs. E. McDaniel, water set and tray; Mr. and Mrs. J. Browning, cup and saucer; Mr. and Mrs. J. D. McAully and family, glass set; Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Lyman, water set and tray; Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Chandler, pair scissors; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McGill, pair pillow cases; Mr. and W. E.. Shew, pair scissors; Mrs. H. Thompson, apron; Mrs. M. Charles, lace; M. Charles, half dollar; Miss Mattie Thompson, glass dish; Miss Emma Browning, small fruit dish; Miss Jamie McGill, jelly stand; Miss Nettie Kemp, cup and saucer; Miss Elma Kemp, apron; Miss Ora Kemp, handkerchief; Master Earl Kuder, cup and saucer; Master John Browning, handkerchief; Miss Flora Browning, towel; Master Dick Thompson, handkerchief; John Thompson, neckwear; Gus Thompson, set napkins; Joe Thompson, towel; Miss Ella Lyman, fancy basket. Jan. 20, 1890.

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Grand Masquerade Ball Is Enjoyed

Turner Opera House was an unusually gay scene last evening, the occasion being the grand masquerade ball given by the Champion Hose, Hook and Ladder company. The large hall was filled with merry dancers, whose faces and forms were so well disguised that even their best friends failed to recognize them. The gallery was filled with spectators who enjoyed the festivities as much as the participants. At 11 o’clock the order was given to unmask and after the maskers had formed a circle the decision of the judges, Messrs. Matt. Houdek, Audley Molis and John Van Buren, were announced. The first prize of $5 for the best lady costume went to Miss Kate Wier, while the best character mask prize of $2.50 was equally divided between Misses Appel and Lou Kramer.

The gentlemen prizes were awarded to Geo. Nicholaus for best costume, amounting to $5, and George Bitterman for best character, amounting to $2.50. – Jan. 30, 1890.

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Mattie Fassett, Asa Silverhorne Vows Are Spoken

There was a brilliant social event in town last Wednesday night (Jan. 8th) and a popular young lady of North Tonawanda became a bride. Miss Mattie A. Fassett was united in bonds of holy wedlock to Mr. Asa K.Silverhorne, formerly of Chicago, and now connected with one of the leading lumber firms of the Lumber City. The ceremony was performed at the elegant residence of the bride’s father, Mr. James A. Fassett, of Christiana street, at 7 p.m., Jan. 9th, and was performed by Alfred Gay, of Corry, Pa., who is well known as a former pastor of the Presbyterian church of this village. An elegant reception followed which was attended by many friends of both the bride and groom, rom both at home and abroad. Among the guests present were Mrs. A. D. Silverhorne of Chicago, Messrs. A. E. and W. E. Silverhorne, also of Chicago, brothers of the groom; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Warnock and Miss Inez Cutler, of Gait, Ontario; Mr. Frank Weed of Brooklyn, N. Y., and many others. Both the bride and groom have many warm friends in Tonawanda social circles who testified their regard not only by their presence, but also by their presents, which were many, elegant, and costly. The happy pair will pass a month or more traveling in the south. TONAWANDA ENTERPRISE

The above clipping was sent us from Chicago, but by whom we cannot say. The groom was formerly of this county and is well known here. – Jan. 17, 1890.

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Miss Alice Mulford Entertains Group

Miss Alice Mulford, one of the most popular teachers in our public schools, pleasantly entertained a party of over 40 young men from South Muscatine who are scholars in the South Muscatine school or the Green street Sabbath school, in both of which the fair hostess takes an active interest. She had prepared a pleasant program for the occasion, and was ably assisted in the entertainment of her interesting guests by Mrs. Cora Weed, Miss Ella Mulford, the Y. M. C. A. quartet, and a few friends. At the conclusion of the program the entire party partook of the elegant collation, served by the hostess, which was heartily enjoyed by all. It was one of the most pleasant evenings that could have been hoped for, and the guests will have occasion to long remember it. – Feb. 15, 1890.

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