Bridal shower for Miss Minta Howden

Social news from the March 19, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 12:

Shower the Bride-to-Be.

The friends of Miss Minta Howden, whose engagement has been announced and marriage is to take place in April, gave her a shower in the I. O. O. F. hall Monday evening.

The Christian church of which she is a member, the Neighborly Club to which she belongs, and the young folks of her set, all went together and gave her a shower and reception in her honor.  Committees on hall, invitations, luncheon and arrangements were appointed and everything was in readiness.

The whole affair was kept a profound secret from Miss Minta.  Her sister, Mrs. Howard Garrett of Clearmont, who with her husband was visiting at the Howden home that evening, persuaded Miss Minta to go to the millinery store with her to pick out a hat.  The store is on the same floor with the hall and when they arrived at the top of the landing of the stairway, Mrs. Garrett opened the hall door and pushed Miss Minta into the midst of her guests.

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Howden, Miss Minta and Mr. Taylor and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Garrett all took their places at one side of the hall and the guests marched by giving them the “glad hand” and wishing Miss Minta many happy days in her new life.

A delicious luncheon of ice cream and cake was then served.  After which Miss Minta and her guests were invited into an adjoining room to view the long list of beautiful presents spread upon tables as souvenirs of the occasion and as a token of esteem in which her friends held her.

“These little presents,” said Miss Howden, “will always be treasured by me and when I look at them in future years, they will bring back the sweet memory of my friends of Skidmore.”


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