New Year’s Party at the Pierpoint House

Dr. and Mrs. J. E. Pierpoint sure knew how to throw a party.  We bring you another example, as reported in the January 5, 1918 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri):

New Years Party

Good times prevailed at the home of Dr. and Mrs. J. E. Pierpoint on Monday evening when Mrs. Pierpoint entertained for the soldier and sailor boys and the girls and boys who were home from school for their Christmas vacation.

The evening was pleasantly spent in playing som’r’set and other games.  A diversion from the usual modes of securing partners for the evening was employed when each young man was wrapped in a sheet and placed on the auction block, and the girls would pay fabulous prices (in beans) for them.  Many were the surprises when the bundles were unwrapped and much mirth was occasioned in this novel method of securing partners.  Bert Garnett was auctioneer and expounded upon the merits of each package offered.

Refreshments were served in two courses; the first course consisted of creamed chicken, waldorf salad and pickles and the second course of ice cream, cake and cocoa.

Those in attendance were:  Misses Florence, Grace and Ada Foster, Frances Montgomery, Helen Randolph and Gladys Seyman of St. Joseph, Bernice Walker, Meta Dewitt, Hildred Goslee, Ethel Porter, Fannie and Delma Albright, Bessie Mitchell, Fannie Devers, mary Ashbrook, Mrs. J. D. Montgomery of Maryville, Messrs Ralston McClain, Clyde Collins, Douglas Haynes, Floyd Brown, Rollo Howden, Harold Hutt, Leonard Jordan, Bert Garnett, Vern Curnutt, Harry Barrett, Lannie Reese, Ellis Dawson, Frank Collins, Adrain Hoblitzell, Everett Pierpoint, and the host and hostess.

The guests remained until after midnight to see that 1917 departed so that 1918 could come in on time.