Burr Oak Social Life

Winter may have lingered, but the youth of Skidmore and surrounding communities were hardy souls and did not let a little cold weather keep them from socializing. From the March 9, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Burr Oak Social Life.

Monday evening, February 26, a company of young people gathered at the home of Miss Mabel Barrett, it being the occasion of her — birthday. The arrangements had been made so quietly that to say she was surprised would be expressing it mildly. However she soon regained her self-possession and proceeded to make the evening enjoyable for all. Authors, dominos, crokinole and other pleasant games were played.

At 9:30 the guests were conducted to the dining room where refreshments of oysters, ice cream and nuts were served. Afterward the guests reassembled in the parlors and until the “wee small hours” the merry making went on.

After wishing their hostess many happy birthdays the company dispersed feeling that they had spent a very pleasant evening.

On the Friday evening following, the same merry young people, with several others, met at the home of Miss Emma Murray. In her own charming manner Miss Emma received her guests in such a way as to place each at his ease. Soon the house was sounding with laughter of those engaged in the mirth-provoking games. At ten o’clock a dainty supper was served, after which a shadow pantomime furnished entertainment for some time.

The musical part of the entertainment deserves special mention as every one was delighted with the piano, violin and accordion music, also a solo rendered by Miss Rura Morford was much appreciated. Miss Emma and her brothers are noted for their musical talent and the young people always find it a treat to hear them.

Shortly after midnight the guests departed feeling that this had been one of the pleasantest evenings of their lives and realize that occasions of this kind make life really worth living.

– One Present.