The big success of a Plain Dealing apron party was announced in the June 10, 1926 issue of the Bossier Banner.
“The apron party at the Methodist Church Tuesday night, sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Society for the purpose of raising funds for the [purpose] of buying seats for their handsome brick church recently completed, was a complete success from every angle. The following program was rendered:”
Song—Mesdames Kidd and Palmer, Piano reading—Louise Nuckolls, Pageant—The Waiting Guest, Missionary Society.”
“After the completion of the program the guests were invited out on the spacious lawn where the Plain Dealing ‘kitchen band’, trained by Mrs. M. M. Ward, equipped with every kind of kitchen utensil—one of the performers using a large wash tub, and you can imagine what sort of music was furnished. It was evidently good, for the band was recalled and they even put a little more ‘pep’ in their second appearance.”
“The next was a pie-eating contest [in which] Carl Flaitt and Harold Purcell toed the line, Messrs. Ben Turnley, Clyde Allums and R. C. Purcell, acting as judges. The pies were handed to each contestant and instructions given to commence after the counting of three. Harold evidently hadn’t been to a picnic during the day and no doubt thought this was the last chance of the season, and while Carl seemed to think, from his actions, that the pie was like those ‘mama used to make’ he was a loser as decided by the judges.”
“Refreshments consisting of cake and punch were then served to the waiting throngs, showing, no doubt to the waiters, that several of the audience hadn’t attended a picnic during the day.”
“The aprons, with pockets, one having been furnished each guest were then gathered up and the enclosures [in the pockets] taken out and counted, and that’s where the friends of the church scored. There was more than $240 gathered into aid on the purchase of the seats and money still coming in.”
“Thus passed off a pleasant fete, greatly enjoyed by every one present.”
Bossier Parish Library has a collection of aprons and photographs of people wearing aprons. Visit us to see them or look at them in our online database www.bossierlibrary.org Collections Database.
Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or by e-mail at email@example.com