Etc. -- Ewing's 1901 Surprise Party
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A lightly edited page 1 article in 30 May 1901 issue of the Waterford Star newspaper.

Surprise Party.

On Wednesday afternoon, 22 May 1901, one of those pleasant gathering, which are called surprise parties, took place at the home of Mr. A. R. Ewing, near Boston.

It was the occasion of Mr. Ewing's 50th birthday, and as he had spent the greater part of these 50 years in the Township of Townsend, and in the place where he now lives, it was thought just and proper to honor him in this way, thus showing him the respect and esteem the people have for him; and this was thought proper to be done while Mr. Ewing was with us and engaged in a public capacity for the good of the public at large.

It was about 30 years ago that Mr. Ewing came to the carriage works of Mr. Wm. Lutes, at Lutesville, and began to learn the trade of painting and carriage trimming.

Some five years later, he married Miss Agnes Slaght, the eldest daughter of David Slaght, and settled on the place where he now lives.

During the time Mr. Ewing has been in Townsend he has taken an active interest in the advancement of the agricultural and civic interest of the Township, having acted as director, Sec-Treas. and President for some time in the Townsend Agricultural Society and has been one of the Councillors of the Township since January 1897.

In this, as in every other capacity of honor and trust, Mr. Ewing has given his time and energy with will and force, and whatever was undertaken was well done.

The esteem in which Mr. Ewing is held was manifested at this surprise party as some 85 of his neighbors and friends met and gave him a real old fashioned surprise. And it was indeed a genuine surprise as Mr. Ewing was very busy working in his shop when the teams from the east and west drove up to his residence and gave him the first salute of the surprise.

After the party had assembled, two large tables were set up and were tastefully spread by the ladies with all the good things the ladies in this township can provide.

After the inner man had been fully satisfied, the Rev. S. G. Harris took the chair and called on the following to respond to the toasts given them:
Messrs. S. Cunningham, George F. Brown,
John R. Taylor, James Dunlop,
J. R. Wilson, and Rev. W. Mason.

Other toasts were on the programme, but owing to the lateness of the afternoon they were dispensed with. The party broke up with the feeling that it had been a perfect success and had resulted in good to all connected therewith.

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