Over 50 of the friends of
Miss Anna Murray made her a surprise party on Wednesday evening.
She had been taken away
visiting one of her friends, and on returning was astonished to
find her home lighted up and filled with her neighbors and tables
spread for tea.
Mr. Cecil Langs read the
following address and Mrs. Oden Serles presented the purse.
Dear and Respected Friend -- It is with feelings of regret
that your many friends in this community have learned that you are
about to leave this, the home of your childhood and youth, and
take up your abode in a distant land.
We deeply sympathize with
you in your recent bereavement, caused by the death of your aged
parents, which renders such a change of location necessary for
yourself; and we know that while you may grieve and mourn
their absence, yet you have no cause of regret on your part, for
certainly never were parents more tenderly watched and cared for
by the loving consecrated hands of their children that yours were
As a citizen of this
neighborhood and a public servant as postmistress in this place
you have honorably and faithfully discharged the arduous duties in
connection therewith, often at great self sacrifice and self
denial in order to accommodate the inhabitants of this vacinity.
We cannot let you go away
without expressing our thanks to you for the many kindnesses
received at your hands, and we ask you to accept this purse of
money as a slight token of our esteem and we hope and pray that
you may have a safe journey and that Providence will bless you in
your new home.