Easter Party - Wray Rattler April 13, 1901
Mrs. M.C. Blust and Mrs. J.N. Counter united in giving a charming Easter party to about thirty of the young friends of their two sons, Ben Counter and Ray Blust, aged respectively 15 and 16. The party was given at the Counter home and appropriate invitations were sent out last week to announce the coming event. The two mothers spared no effort to made (sic) the party one which should remain a delightful memory in the lives of their two boys, as well as in the hearts of their companions.
All of the decorations were suggestive of Easter: Lilies were scarce, but potted plants, ferns and eggs of every conceivable design and color were in abundance.
Caroms, dominoes, checkers, progressive history, etc., were among the games of the evening while some of the more lively ones were given the use of a large chamber where they might be free to play "Ruth and Jacob" "Whistle" and other like plays.
Supper was served at 10 o'clock and many exclamations of delight were heard as the guests were ushered into the brilliantly lighted dining room. The centerpiece on the large dining tale should be seen to be appreciated. The following description conveys only a faint notion of its beauty: Twelve or fifteen colored eggs had been cut in shape to appear like lilies and in the center of each was a tiny lighted candle. These floated about in a large glass dish filled with water, and upon a high cake stand and surrounded by lime green excelsior, which looked like grass. This was placed upon a mirror laid flat on the table and surrounded by the artificial grass. Eggs of many different hues nestled at intervals in the grass border. At one end of the the (sic) table was a huge birthday cake, baked in pyramid shape, iced and decorated in white and having thirty-one lighted candles -- the combined age of the two boys. At the other end of the table was a huge cake with chocolate icing, decorated with white. The fruit and bonbons were tastefully arranged, and by each dish of ice cream was a litle nest made of shreded (sic) coconnut (sic), resting on a cookey (sic) and containing three tiny candy eggs, variously colored.
Clara Counter, Bertha Blust and Anna Bancoft in pretty party dresses met the guests and conducted them to the dressing rooms. hey also distributed the souvenirs and otherwise assisted.
The souvenirs consisted of bonbon boxes, match holders and pen-wipers, satchet (sic) bags and beautifully decorated eggs. All were artistic and the penwipers wee a real novelty. On top of each was set an egg on which was drawn a Chinese face. A long pig-tail and a fanciful Chinese cap completed teh little celestial's head.
The boys received a number of pretty presents from their friends.
Those present were Ora Elliott, Bay and Minnie Courtney, James Carwin, Roy Mason, Jeff Grant, Lizzie Cox, Nita and Victor Robison; Vesta and Janet McKee, Essie and Orlo Sechrist, Anna and Charlie Lawrence, Katie Weaver, Vica Finn, Will Diss, Fearn Willis, Fred Bullard, Carrie Staininger, Beryl Lepper, Ruby Cumley, Del Johnson, Myrtle Neal, Jessie Hays, Belle Slick, Oscar Hadlock.