February 19, 1897


Hard Times Party


The biggest variety of hobos, wandering Willies, shabby genteels, ladies in plain but pretty calico, ladies in old polka dots, cast off gowns and sun bonnets of a decade ago, in fact all kind of costumes except the swell party suits, appeared at Castle hall in the mazy dance last Thursday evening. Coffee, sandwiches and bologna sausage was on the refreshment menu. Everybody present had a good time. Music by Ideal orchestra, with Chas Yorkson prompter. There were two prizes given. Mrs. George L. Lord, Mrs. H. Nordvi and Mrs. Beach were the lady judges. They based their ideas on the prize to be awarded to the lady whose costume was the most inexpensive and still looked neat ant serviceable. Mrs. Will Evans was awarded the hand painted china plate. A. H. Richardson, William Rasmussen and M. E. Wait, three traveling men who were present, were appointed to judge the men. They selected a person who had on a "wandering Willie" suit and outfit, believing that a "tramp" represented the nearest approach to hard times, and ye editor was awarded the gold sleeve buttons.