Bread to Feed the Five Thousand: Gaylord Dilts’ Birthday Party

From the July 22, 1920 Skidmore News, page 1:

Dilts Anniversary

Sunday, July 18th, 1920, was a notable day in the experience of Gaylord Dilts. He was 49 that day. On his return home from church he found the entire community had turned out to help him celebrate his natal day.

They all fetched something with them. On a long table stretched under the shade of friendly trees, a feast fit for the gods was spread. There was chicken, the commodity that has such a tenacity for entering the ministry, real honest to goodness hog ham, beef galore, bread enough to feed the five thousand, all vegetables of the season, every kind of salad known to the house-wives here about, pickles and relishes in abundance, both open and double faced pies, of diverse and sundry compositions, angel food and devil food cakes in great plenty with ice tea to wash down and ice cream and lemonade to top off on.

When all things were ready, 128 of Gaylord’s friends fell to with a will. They did not clean up all of the original packages by any sort of means, as many more could have been fed. But on the plates of those who co-operated, there were no fragments, nothing was wasted.

After dinner in the diversion period a picture of the three men of prettiest face and form was taken. It sure was a peach. This distinction fell to W. S. Linville, Gaylord Dilts and Hugh McClellan. These lads were all born in 1871, the first in March and the others in July and a few days apart. Among the gobicles on the ground were counted 27 automobiles, one carriage and one buggy. It was an enjoyable occasion long to be remembered.

Those present were: Robert Montjoy, Henry Elsworth, Lewis Gaukel, Roy Riggle, John Edward Mountjoy, John Crider, Edward Charles, Clarence Gaukel, Oliver McNeal, Everet Fox, Frank Dakan, Wm. Sanders, Randolph Manning, Joseph Manning, Misses Lizzie Russnogle, Mary Freece, Minnie Sanders, Minnie Gaukel, Martha Freese, Audra Linthecum, Mary Crawford, Emma Gaukel, Louise Gex, Ruby Dilts, Violet Lent, Elvie Russnogle, Roberta Freese, Bertha Crider, Minnie Fox, Mary Popham, Cloe Riggle, Neola Saxton, Vae McDowell, and Mary Ruth McGinness. Messrs. Geo. Baugher, Virgil Gex, Lee Shull, Raymond Dilts, Henry Russnogle, Homer Gile, Marvon McGinness, Glen Shull, Arless Dilts, Brook Gex, Lawrence Charles, Jack McDowell, Lawrence Gaukel, Earl Riggle and Arthur Charles. Rev. Hugh McClellan, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Linville and sons Lawrence and Byron, Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Manning, all of Skidmore. Mrs. and Mrs. A. J. Anderson, Greely, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eads, Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. Brent Charles, St. Joseph, Mr. and Mrs. Rankin Lyle, Maryville, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gile, Maryville, Mr. and Mrs. John Gaukel, Mr. and Mrs. Art Shull, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Russnogle, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dilts, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Saxton, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Freese, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Coler, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mountjoy, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ware, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gex, Mr. and Mrs. Dick McDowell, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Charles, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Lesley McGinness, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Ellsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Popham, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Crider, Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shinabarger, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Riggle, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Dakan, Mr. and Mrs. James Linthicum, Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Dilts, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Stevenson, Mr. Henry Anderson, Grandma Riggle, Mrs. Martha Brown, Mrs. Fred Fox, Mrs. Cyntha McAllester, Mrs. Bart McNeal and Mrs. Oliver McNeal.

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