Thursday, December 1, 2011

1880 Social Events

Remember the ice cream social next Wednesday evening at the residence of Dr. Defendorf. A pleasant time may be expected.

Dr. Defendorf's house, which formerly stood ats the southwest corner of East Grand River and South Second Street, until it was relocated to 701 East Grand River, has long been considered one of the oldest houses in the village still standing, built in approximately 1855. On a side note, in 1925, Dr. Byron Defendorf of Chelsea, celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday on July 4th, with his children, grandchildren and great grandson. Dinner was served at twelve o'clock, covers being laid for eleven. The table was decorated with red roses and English ivy, the place cards were made to represent small American flags in accordance with the day. Mrs. Gertrude Rug of Flyer, Idaho, and Charles B. Defendorf of Casper, Wyoming, were there for the occasion.

We understand a match game of base ball takes place in this village to-morrow. The contestants are a nine from the country and a picked nine from the village.

"Base ball" was new to the area, spelled as shown in the article.

The ladies and gentlemen of the Reason House on Wednesday presented Miss Rosa Hathaway, it being sixteenth birthday, with a fine set of jewelry consisting of bracelets, earrings and pin, as tokens of appreciation for her service and courtesy.

In 1880, the Reason House was a new structure at the southwest corner of West Grand River and South Grand. The wooden structure had burned in February 1878.

All of the above-informational blurbs, purple italicized, were found in The Fowlerville Review.

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