Happy Birthday, Henry Linville

From the Skidmore Standard, February 4, 1899, page 1:

Birthday Surprise

Monday, January 30, 1899, in remembrance of the 69th birthday of Uncle Henry Linville, quite a number of relatives and friends gathered at his beautiful home 2 3/4 miles east of Skidmore to celebrate that event.  Mr. John Yates being acquainted with the fact had Uncle Henry to accompany him north in view of purchasing some timber land, and on his return home he was completely surprised to find the house crowded with people.  Uncle Henry admitted that he was surprised, but in his good, kind way bade all hearty welcome and was soon as merry and jolly as any in the crowd.  On the outside the winter winds were raging and the sky was o’er clouded with a mass of dull leaden hue, through which the rays of the sun could not penetrate, but within all was warm and cheerful, and the only evidence that the whole world was not so was the streaks of the frost on the window panes.  It was certainly a pleasant occasion and all present seemed to have a good old fashioned time.  Dinner was served by the good ladies and for two long hours the 57 guests were engaged in satisfying the inner man.  If anyone present went away hungry it surely was their own fault as the table fairly groaned under its weight of good things to eat.  The next in order was the presenting of a beautiful rocker to Uncle Henry.  Stratford Saunders made the presentation speech and it was one of thought quite well suited to the occasion touching many things pertaining to our present and future welfare.  Uncle Henry responded by returning many thanks to all and after trying the chair, pronounced it to be one of ease and comfort.

Those present were:  Mr. John Linville and family, Wm. Strickler and family, Stratford Saunders and family, Frank Goslee and family, L. N. Torrey and wife, S. Peter and wife, L. W. Miller and wife, D. Mitchell and wife, John Yates and wife, Wm. Linville and wife, Aaron Linville and wife, Boone Linville and wife, Miss Martha Linville, Miss Anna Linville, Mrs. Wm. Graves, Mrs. B. F. Bagby, Mrs. John Powell and family, Charles Graves and wife of Graham, James Millard and wife of Maryville, Thomas Graves and family of Graham, and Mr. Len Brown.

As the day seemed to pass away so swiftly the folks prepared to leave, all feeling the day was one long to be remembered and each one wishing Uncle Henry many more years of pleasantness.

— One Who Was Present

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