Edith Torrey’s Social, 1899

The Skidmore newspaper reported on many successful parties over the years, but we can’t remember seeing an account of another party that featured an apple peeling contest. Here’s the review from the September 29, 1899 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri).


Tuesday evening was made one of merry making at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Torrey, east of town. Miss Edith entertained a number of her friends so delightfully that the occasion is very happily remembered by all who were present. The young men were given the task of trimming hats for the young ladies. It was great fun and the hats “looked funny” when they were finished. Then there was an apple peeling contest, followed with music and refreshments. A prize was awarded for the best trimmed hat and also for one to the couple that finished their apples first. Those present were Misses Laura Ashbrook, Anna Medsker, Mina Porter, Floy and Irene Dodds, and Messrs. James Lawson, A. C. and A. L. Dodds, E. A. Miller and the writer.

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