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On the Porch

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Marshall News-Messenger on Nov. 11, 1910:

The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Clifton Presbyterian church will hold a basket social and sale of articles in the town hall of Dudley, Friday evening, November 18th.

Dr. Gray was over from Vesta on Monday, supervising the tearing out of the interior of the second ward school house, which he is transforming into a first class hospital. The Doctor will be here much of the time till the building is in shape for occupancy.

The new Fourth Street bridge on the east side of town is attracting much attention from the public, and while it is no better structure than two other town bridges, it is more attractive in appearance, and is easily the handsomest bridge here, owing to its location, and the wing approaches swinging in on either side.

Don’t forget to throw a robe over the hood and radiator when you let your car stand outside, and let the water out of the cylinders each night. New cylinders are expensive and repairs necessitate long waits.

The Woman’s Relief Corps supper on Saturday evening was a fine success, of course it was, as are all the efforts of this body of women. It was a splendid supper served to more than two hundred people in the dining hall of the Congregational church, netting the Relief Corps over one hundred dollars. The Relief Corps pledged one hundred dollars to the Old Soldiers Monument Fund.

Miss Mary Bond entertained a few couples at her home Wednesday evening for Miss Ethel Beard. The new game “700” was the feature of the evening.

The Harden home has been a scene of merriment during the past week, through the presence of Mrs. Harden’s mother, Mrs. Standring, and her sister and niece, Mrs. Beard and Miss Ethel Beard, of Decorah, Iowa. Friday afternoon Mrs. Harden gave a reception party at their home for the guests, at which some seventy ladies of Marshall participated in an unusually pleasant social event.

The photograph featured this week is the William Harden home in Marshall. The photograph was taken around 1900. The house was located on West Redwood Street, and it was torn down in 2012. The Lyon County Historical Society is a non-profit, member-supported organization. For more information on membership, research, volunteering, or the museum’s collection, please contact us at 537-6580 or director@lyoncomuseum.org. Like our page and follow us on Facebook.

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