Surprise Party for Melvin Reese, 1907

From the October 24, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

A Pleasant Surprise Party.
One week ago Tuesday was the eighteenth birthday of Melvin Reese, son of Charles Reese and wife, living southwest of town, so some of his young friends and chums arranged to surprise him. They did not try to get together on his birthday, but set the date for last Saturday evening and invited about fifty of his young friends.

Some neighbors called early that evening and engaged in a parlor game with Melvin, who became so interested that the young people went into the house and filled the room before Melvin realized there was anyone there.

The house opened wide to receive and entertain this happy crowd. Games of sport were played on the lawn and in the house until a late hour when Mrs. Reese made arrangements for refreshments. A dainty luncheon was served at several different tables and was enjoyed by all.
The Sabbath day was close at hand when these young folks departed for home, wishing for Melvin many more happy birthdays and thanking Mr. and Mrs. Reese for their genial hospitality.

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