|Original Newspaper Clipping|
about "bachelor party" in
Middlesboro, KY, 1905
This is how the article begins in the newspaper clipping I found in my granddad's files. Sounds like a bachelors' party to me! What really caught my attention when I read this article is the writer's description of my granddad's shyness: he was "known to go around a block to keep from meeting a girl face to face." This sounds SO much like my dad, Frank Welch Lee! Family and friends often told me stories of how shy and reserved my dad was--and he remained a bachelor until he was 47 years old and eloped with my mom. Like father, like son seems true in this case.
With this old newspaper clipping in Granddad's files, was a 13-page, typed transcription of the speeches given at the bachelors' party. Really? Yes, really. The transcript is titled as follows:
TOASTS AND RESPONSES HEARD AT THE 'PARCEL SHOWER' GIVEN BY MR. GEORGE VEAL IN HONOR OF THE ELECTED GROOMS--MESSRS. RALSTON, SAMPSON, HEINRICH AND LEE--MIDDLESBORO, KY., THURSDAY NIGHT,
OCTOBER 19TH, 1905
|Transcript of Bachelor Party Speeches|
Middlesboro, KY, October 19, 1905
Setting the tone for the evening, the "Toastmaster," Major E. S. Helburn, addresses the crowd:
Gentlemen & Friends: There are times in the lives of all men when great things are expected of them. Most men walk through life with out seeing the good things, and others see the good things and pass them by; but there seem to be four gentlemen present tonight who have not only seen the good things, and have failed to pass them by, but have scooped them up and carried them off in glorious victory.
The festivities will end with a poem written and read by Mr. Veal to my grandfather, who in response reads aloud a poem he has written for Mr. Veal. I'll share these poems with you on my next Amanuensis Monday post. Don't miss it!
Until then, I'll wish you a wonderful weekend and welcome any comments you have. This transcript seems very unique to me. Has anyone else run across something similar while researching family history?
|Frank Lewis Lee during the waning days of his bachelorhood|