The Caddo Herald
January 5, 1917
Music Club Banquet
One of the most brilliant social events of the season was the six-course dinner given by the Music Club at the Royal Hotel on New Year’s evening.
Covers were laid for eighty. Promptly at seven-thirty the doors were opened and the guests were greeted by a burst of splendid music by the orchestra which played throughout the evening.
The dining room was decorated with an abundance of carnations, the club flower. Much merriment preceded the names on the dainty little place cards; after all were seated Mrs. Bilbo, president of the Fourth District, acted as the toastmistress, and in her most gracious manner gave a short welcome address, followed by the club singing “You’re as welcome as the Flowers in May”.
After the first course Mrs. Ed F. Brown, past president of the Music Club, was introduced and gave a history and toast to the club and the New Year in a most charming manner, which was heartily responded to by all.
After the next course the dearly beloved president, Miss Phyllis Hancock was introduced, who in a modest capable way gave an outline of the present workings in club life.
After the third course, Mr. W. F. Dodd, one of the club husbands, who in all the seventeen years of club life in Caddo has never failed to respond to all the demands made upon him, gave a splendid talk on “Fellowship”.
After this “The Sweetest Music on Earth” a woman’s tongue, a string which has no discord, was aptly and amply proven by a dainty little reading by Miss Mary Odell Mitchell.
After the next course John L. Boland on behalf of the young men of Caddo in an able manner invited all guests present to attend the New Year’s ball at the McCoy building immediately following the dinner.
After the last course, most of the guests having made known their wishes, the invitation was accepted by leaving the room, all singing “There’ll be a good time in the old town tonight.”
The dinner was served by the young daughters of club members in a very capable manner. Much of the success of the dinner was due to the efforts of Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Manning, Mr. Kuschke and Mr. Mills.