Big Time at Rebekah Masquerade, 1910

The Rebekah lodge of Skidmore, Missouri sure new how to thow a party — even the costumes were above average. Here’s one example from the December 1, 1910 Skidmore New Era (page one, of course):

Big Time at Masquerade.
The masquerade given by the Rebekahs at Odd Fellows Hall, last Saturday evening, was well attended and all present seemed to enjoy the occasion greatly.

About thirty-five ladies and gentlemen were masked and many of the costumes were far above the average usually seen at such affairs. There were those dressed to represent the Irish, the German, the Ethiopian, the Indian, the cow-boy and cow-girl, ghosts, maids, old ladies, Satan, etc. and it was a sight well worth the price of admission to look upon this assemblage of differently attired characters.

The prize given for the best disguise, a copy of George Barr McCutcheon’s “Nedra,” was awarded to Mrs. Ray Strickler, who wore the costume of a Red Cross nurse.

Much merriment was caused by the pantomimes enacted by those who wore masks and, after the masks were removed, by the different games that were indulged in. Before going home, near the midnight hour, an excellent oyster supper, prepared by Mrs. George Patterson, was partaken of by the merry-makers.

Portrait of Laura Ashbrook Strickler, circa 1917. She is wearing a Red Cross scarf which covers her light red hair. She looks off into the distance.
Laura Ashbrook Strickler, along with many other Skidmore, Missouri women, aided the efforts of the Red Cross through work on the home front during World War I. This image was probably taken by her father, photographer G. C. Ashbrook, around 1917.

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