Thursday, April 09, 2015

Surprise Party for Mrs. George Allen, 1914

"A Surprise Party," announcement, Alexandria Times-Tribune, 22 October 1914; online images, ( : accessed 21 March 2015).


Mrs. George Allen, who resides south-west of the city was very pleasantly surprised Tuesday night when a large company of friends gathered at the home to spend the evening.  The time was spent in enteretaining music and games.  Pop-corn, apples, candy and melons were served to the guests.  Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Manring, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thurston and daughter, Lolaa, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Gaither and son, George.  Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Bowers and Son, Herbert, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Davis and son, Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Peet, Mr. and Mrs. Webster and family, Mr. and Mrs. Horace McCord and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wid Carver, Mrs. Clyde Clevenger and daughters, Misses Hazel Nichols, Nellie Smith, Frances Wright, Hazel Folden, Elsie McCord, Marie Etsler, Louise Auler, Gladys Cox, Katherine Brown, Mary Moore, Elizabeth Auler, Olivia Wright, Katherine Cox, Nellie Scott and Messrs. Will Nichols, James Ferguson, Will Smith, Robert Gaither, Charles Sexton, George Hardcastle, Joseph Gaither, Kenneth Allen, Byford Brown, Virgil Wright, Jesse and Lawrence Gaither, Will Baxter, David Bowers, Clifton Jones, Virgil Wright, Thurel Markle and Wid Nickols.

Another social gathering attended by my maternal great-grandfather, Virgil Lee Wright (1894-1972) was covered by the society pages in the paper.  Many of these listed were family friends and neighbors who have appeared in other gatherings.

Virgil was listed twice in the list of names, I wonder if the second time should have been mention of his brother, Chester.

The Frances Wright and Olivia Wright mentioned in attendance were Virgil's cousins, daughters of James and Clara (Hicks) Wright.

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