Parties almost always made the news, and most stories included the two most important details: who attended, and what they ate. This happy occasion was reported in the December 6, 1917 Skidmore News:
Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Barrett were host and hostess to their children and grandchildren last Sunday. All their children were present except Harry and family who live in Nebraska and Jesse who is an army musician, now stationed at San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Barrett had prepared a roast turkey for the occasion.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Barrett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Wright and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barrett and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Barrett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lehman, Joseph T. VanAusdall and Harry Barrett.