An Avalanche of Salem Friends

From the January 17, 1902 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

On Monday evening, last, a few minutes after Mr. J. C. Botkin and family and Mr. John Knecht and family arrived at Mr. J. W. Stevenson’s to spend the evening, Messrs. Geo. Stevenson, Ernest Stevenson and Oscar Fox were completely surprised by an avalanche of their Salem friends — about twenty in number.  The guests evidently came to enjoy themselves and the time was merrily spent in games and music until the wee sma’ hours.  Everyone voted surprises to enjoyable that it was decided to have another, Wednesday evening in honor of Miss Eva Hubbard.