On Friday evening last, a
very enjoyable event took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs.
G. D. Bannister, "Stonecroft Farm," Townsend, it being
the 25th anniversary of their marriage.
About five o'clock a large
concourse of friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr.
Bannister, where they passed the time with pleasant chat and music
until eight o'clock, when they all repaired to the supper room and
partook of the well prepared supper.
The room was decorated
with the national colors, the effect being carried out with
draperies and flags, in keeping with the patriotic feeling of the
The tables were decorated
with carnations, roses and vines, and the effect was very pleasing
in the lamp light.
After supper a short
program of speeches, music and readings was given.
Speeches were called for
E. B. Freeman, N. W. Pursel, N. Gordon,
O. McAllister, C. O. Boughner and
C. H. McAllister.
Music was furnished by
Mrs. T. R. Clark and Mrs. C. H. Westbrook.
Reading were given by Miss
Ethel Bannister and Miss Vera Bannister, the latter giving a short
account of the wreck of the steamer Scotsman, written by Miss Ida
Smith of Aldershot, who was one of the passengers, which was very
The program closed with a
short speech from Rev. T. R. Clark, and the singing of "In
the Sweet Bye and Bye," after which all departed for their
homes, reporting a very pleasant time.
Mr. and Mrs. Bannister
were the recipients of a large number of elegant presents which we
all hope they may live long to enjoy. -- Com.