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THE STORY OF THE

275th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

OF THE FOUNDING OF

SOUTHOLD TOWN




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THE STORY OF THE
275th ANNIVERSARY
CELEBRATION OF
THE FOUNDING OF
SOUTHOLD TOWN

JULY 21-25, 1915



BY

ELLA B. HALLOCK



COVER DESIGN BY
MR. &. MRS. HENRY PRELLWTTZ



Come and lite with us in the Fondly Remembered Past,
the Happy Present, and the Promising Future.

— Celebration Poster



GARDEN CITY NEW YORK

DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY
1915



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Copyright, 1915, by
DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, INCLUDING THAT OF

TRANSLATION INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES,

INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN



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CONTENTS

PACK

Foreword 3

Official Program 6

Officers and Committees 8

Story of the Celebration 15

Opening Reception

Academy Reunion

Parade

Ball Games

Minstrel Show

Memorial Gateway

Water Sports

Fireworks

Pageant Play

Closing Concert

Sunday Morning Services

Union Religious Service

Union Memorial Service

Historic Exhibit

Tea House

Dancing Platform

Conclusion

Synopsis of the Pageant Play . . . .52

Prologue
Prelude

Spirits of Nature

Indians
Episode I. First Twenty Years of Southold
Interlude — Dance, "America"

Episode II. Political Government of Early Southold
Interlude — Early Southold School

Episode III. French and Indian War— " Spinning Song"
Episode IV. Early Revolutionary Days
Episode V. Return of Peace
Finale — Tableau and Recessional

Early History of Southold 68



CONTENTS



Old Home Sites and Settlements .
Letters from Southwold, England
Celebration Poems and Songs
Letter from the Chairman .
Report of the Treasurer
Southold Sun Dial



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FACING PAGE 82



THE STORY OF THE

275th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

OF THE FOUNDING OF

SOUTHOLD TOWN



FOREWORD

The history of an event cannot be written a few months
after it takes place, but the story of it can be told at any
time by anybody who chanced to be an eye-witness, and
usually with a certain degree of interest. Such an account
will not be accurate in every detail, possibly, but it will
convey an impression that is honest at least, and that may
not as a whole be far from the truth. The report that
appeared in the Long Island Traveler the week following
the Celebration, seemed to serve the purpose for which it
was designed, viz., to portray to friends who were far-
distant from the old town, and recall to those who were
present, the four eventful days of the Celebration. It is
therefore used as a basis of the story that will attempt, in
lieu of history, to preserve a record of events that time may
prove as epoch-making.

"How did it all happen?" is the eternal question that
must be answered first. Like many other large growths, it
came from small plantings, and this is another fact that
adds to the interest in the great Celebration of 1915. About
one year before it took place, a few people were casting
about in their troubled minds as to ways and means of rais-
ing funds for the Southold Library. A summer resident,
Miss Mabel Stone, suggested a Pageant. What was a
Pageant ? That was an old word, but it had a new meaning.
Anybody who desired to know what it meant, might go on a
certain afternoon to the home of Mrs. Mary H. Dayton and
then and there the modern mysteries of the word would be
revealed by Miss Stone. About a dozen people listened to
the description of a Pageant in which the speaker had been
interested, with the result that not one of the listeners
thought such a form of dramatic representation practicable
for Southold. However, the matter was to be taken into
consideration and in three months another meeting would

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be called. Again in January the little company came
together in the Southold Reading Room. Quite a full
report on the history of Pageants and their manner of pro-
duction was given, but all to the confirming of the opinion
that a Pageant was not for Southold. Hearts failed at the
thought of the labor and expense of such an undertaking.
The suggestion that Southold plan for an Old Home Week
or at least a Four Days' Celebration was met with approval.
This should include field and aquatic sports, a parade, feat-
ures commemorative of the founding of Southold, and also
entertainments by means of which the desired funds could
be raised. There was approval, resignation, determination,
but no enthusiasm as yet, and — no officers.

A couple of months passed. The matter had gone too far
to be dropped. The president of the Library Board, Dr.
John W. Stokes, called a meeting in Belmont Hall. Forty
people responded to the call. At this meeting Mr. Edward D.
Cahoon consented to act as chairman of the Celebration, and
Mr. Frederick K. Terry as secretary and treasurer. Mrs.
Albert A. Folk and Dr. John W. Stokes, who had been inter-
ested in the movement from the start, were elected assistant
chairmen. Before accepting the office of chairman, Mr.
Cahoon said :

"Do all the people really want a Celebration? Do they want it
enough to pay the price?



"The opportunity is rare to associate all classes of our citizens in
the bonds of unity and closer friendship by working harmoniously
together in a common interest, with an unselfish purpose. If the
undertaking is approached in this spirit by all, it will not be too large
for us, but will bring to our community more than a passing show or
anniversary spectacle. It will leave us better friends and neighbors
because of our better understanding of one another and self-denial in
a common cause. This should be our first thought and chief aim as the
thing most worthy of the immense amount of time and thought
required to make a creditable Anniversary Celebration. It is too big
an undertaking for an executive committee or a few people. It must
enlist not only the sympathy, but must claim also the time and the
talents of our whole people — and this is what I mean by paying the
price. It is not money — that is easy to give. I want to know that we
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Assured of this, I have no anxiety about the financial success. Failure
could mean only poor business management by your executive com-
mittee. This liability they are ready to assume and nobody will be
asked for financial assistance or to help make up deficiencies."

The key-note of success had been sounded — and a higher
note, also, that was dominant to the end. Something awoke
in those quiet souls that were gathered on that afternoon in
one corner of Belmont Hall. They would give themselves
wholly to the service of Southold. What concerned her
should concern them. The success of this new enterprise
should mean something more than four days of spectacular
entertainment. From this time on doubts vanished, com-
mittees were formed, and Southold became a network of
organized labor toward a single end.

One other signal step in the progress of events must be
recorded — perhaps the most important one of all. As the
program for the Old Home Week or the Four Days' Celebra-
tion was assuming definite shape, a letter came to the enter-
tainment committee bringing news that seemed too good to
be true. The letter was from May Marshall Addy, whom
Southold can claim almost as its very own, so many seasons
has she summered here and so closely allied are her interests
with those of the town. She informed the committee of her
study of, and experience in, the presentation of pageants,
and expressed her willingness to direct a Pageant Play of
Ancient Southold Town. Again doubts and fears were
thrown to the winds, and decisions as to the impracticability
of a pageant in Southold were forgotten. Without omitting
a single feature already agreed upon, the pageant, with May
Marshall Addy as directress, was incorporated into the pro-
gram, and the celebration committee went forward with
perfect confidence that its great plans could be carried out.



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PROGRAM OF CELEBRATION EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21

8:00 p.m. Public Reception in Southold Academy, in

costumes of early days, under auspices of the Tuesday
Morning Club.

THURSDAY, JULY 22
6:00 a.m. Ringing of all the bells in town.

9:00 a.m. Informal Academy Reunion of Teachers,
Pupils and Friends in the old Southold Academy.

2:00 p.m. Grand Carnival and Historical Parade.

Dr. J. H. Marshall, Grand Marshal

4:00 p.m. Ball Game — Newark Female Stars vs. South-
old. On High School Grounds.

Charles T. Gordon, Manager

8:00 p.m. Open- Air Old-Time Minstrel Show on the

Pageant Green on Bliss Lawn.

J. Leo Thompson, Manager

FRIDAY, JULY 23

1:30 p.m. Ball Game — Sag Harbor vs. Southold. On
High School Grounds.

4:30 p.m. Dedication of Founders' Landing Memorial
Gateway, erected by the Ladies' Village Improvement
Society, at Founders' Park, Town Harbor.

5:30 p.m. Grand Community Beach Party — Prize Con-
tests ; Athletic and Water Sports. Basket Lunch on Beach.

In the evening, Water Carnival of Decorated Boats,
Magnificent Display of Fireworks.

Music by Greenport Cornet Band.

SATURDAY, JULY 24

1:30 p.m. League Ball Game — Orient vs. Southold. On
High School Grounds.



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3:30 p.m. sharp. Historical Pageant Play of Ancient
Southold Town, the great event of the Celebration, on Bliss
Lawn. May Marshall Addy, Directress

8:15 p.m. Closing Concert. William Faversham and
Julie Opp Faversham in Dramatic Recitals. Hazel Carpen-
ter, Pianist. Clara Strong Tuthill (Soprano), Marie Mor-
risey (Contralto), Os-ke-non-ton in Indian Songs, William
M. Campbell (Baritone), Soloists. May Horton Hummel,
Accompanist. Held in the First Church.

SUNDAY, JULY 25

Sunday Morning, Regular Services in all the Churches.

2:45 p.m. Union Religious Service by all the people of
Southold Town, on the Lawn of the First Church, Rev. Wil-
liam H. Lloyd, presiding. Opening Remarks by Rev. Epher
Whitaker, D.D., Pastor Emeritus of the First Church, now in
his ninety-sixth year. Rev. William Force Whitaker, D.D.,
pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, N. J.,
Orator of the Day. Prayer by Rev. Herbert E. Marsland.
Responsive Reading, led by Rev. George Wilson Scudder.
Benediction by Rev. Charles E. Craven, D.D. Music by
Singers of Southold Town, under the direction of Rev.
Harris K. Smith.

7:30 p.m. Union Memorial Service in the First Church,
Rev. Charles E. Craven, D.D., the principal speaker.



Every day and evening from 10 o'clock a.m., ample
refreshments served in the Colonial Tea House.

An interesting and valuable historical exhibit in the old
Col. John Young's House, built in 1647.

Dancing every evening on the Tea House Lawn.

Merry-Go-Round and Carnival Sports on the lot of
Lewis W. Korn, Main Street.

Pennants, Buttons and Medals designed by Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Prellwitz, and Southold Souvenir Sundials, designed
by Dr. Geo. W. Fitz, and other souvenirs on sale at the Infor-
mation Bureau and other places.

Information Bureau at Colonial Tea House Corner.



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CELEBRATION OFFICERS

Chairman of Celebration

Edward D. Cahoon

Assistant Chairmen

Mrs. Albert A. Folk

John W. Stokes, M.D.

Secretary and Treasurer

Frederick K. Terry

Pageant Directress

May Marshall Addy



Ella B. Hallock
Lewis C. Austin
Henry A. Reeves
John L. Kahler



CELEBRATION COMMITTEES

Publicity

Alfred H. Cosden, Chairman
Wm. T. Gagen
Mrs. Frank D. Smith
Herbert M. Hawkins
Lewis P. Wilkinson
Charles Gildersleeve



Albert A. Folk



Auditing
H. Howard Huntting, Chairman
Thomas Farley
William H. Joost



Albert T. Dickerson
Wm. H. Terry
John M. Howard
Daniel H. Horton
James M. Grattan
S. Lester Albertson
Wm. L. Williams
Robert F. Carey
Wm. O. Salmon
E. D. Cahoon
Richard Hogan
Stephen 0. Salmon



Admission and Sales
Lewis W. Korn, Chairman
George Hogan
Clair Van Dusen
Myron Glover
John Ruebsamen
Jay Glover
Joseph Carroll
Edward Grattan
Edward Donahue
Thomas Fox
Israel P. Terry
Richard Hodgins
William Grattan




Officers
Edward D. Cahoon,
Dr. John W. Stokes,
Asst. Chairman



Chairman
Frederick K. Terry,
Secretary and Treasurer



275th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION



Religious and Literary
Rev. Epher Whitaker, D.D., Honorary Chairman
Frank R. Mitchell, Chairman
Albert T. Dickerson Chas. L. Sanford

Archie W. Symonds Rev. Wm. H. Lloyd

John H. Lehr Rev. Francis Uleau

Edward D. Cahoon Rev. H. E. Marsland

Thomas J. Phillips Rev. Geo. W. Scudder



Mrs.
Mrs. Frank D. Smith
Mrs. A. F. Lowerre
Mrs. W. A. Cochran
J. Leo Thompson



Evening Entertainments

Ella B. Hallock, Chairman

Fred G. Prince

Harry Vail

Joseph H. Marshall, M.D.

Nat S. Tuthill
Charles Gildersleeve



Historical Exhibits

Mary L. Dayton, Chairman
Mary Jane Corwin Mrs. George H. Terry

Mrs. Albert A. Folk Mrs. William H. Taylor

Mrs. Joseph A. Wells Gertrude Corwin

Amy Sturges Mary Huntting

Margaret Harper Henry Heath, M.D.

Edith Prince Mrs. Henry Heath

Marcella Fox Herbert L. Fordham

Mrs. Annie A. Spooner Mrs. Herbert L. Fordham

Richard S. Sturges



George H. Fleet
Alfred H. Cosden
William W. Griffin
Samuel P. Hedges
Edwin D. Tuthill
Charles F. Smith
Walter Grabie
Charles Stephenson
Nathan H. Sayre
Melrose I. Booth
Louis N. Sanford
John Ruebsamen
W. Corey Albertson
Henry Wolff
William Holden
Frank F. Overton



Historical and Carnival Parade

Dr. Joseph H. Marshall, Chairman
Alvah M. Salmon
Frank Turner
George H. Wells
William Batterman
Nathaniel E. Booth
Frederick W. Bridge
Samuel Dickerson
William H. Glover
Dr. Joseph M. Hartranft
Frederick T. Jennings
John Kenney
Walter T. Smith
Milton R. Terry
Arthur Taylor
Benjamin B. Tuthill
John H. Young
Philip H. Horton



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Aquatic Sports and Water Carnival

Dr. E. L'H. McGinnis, Chairman
Arthur Jones, Commodore Shelter Island Yacht Club
Edwin M. Millard Rensselaer G. Terry

Wm. F. Moore Benj. F. Macomber

Milton R. Terry Albert Taylor

John Ruebsamen Teunis Bergen

Edwin Prellwitz Nathan Davis

John Messenger John J. Conklin

Albert G. Case



Decorations,

George W. Smith
Wm. R. Newbold
Richard S. Sturges
Frederick Fickeissen
J. Edward Corey
E. Ernest Boisseau
Spencer W. Petty
Chas. H. Becktold
Louis Baumann
Frank Strasser



Illuminations, Grand Stand and Grounds

Wm. T. Gagen, Chairman

Thomas C. Fox
J. Leo Thompson
Fred E. Booth
Herbert W. Simons
Henry F. Van Wyck
George R. Jennings
Fred. G. Prince
Millard W. Golder
Benj. L. Prince
John Breitstadt
Fred. C. Leicht



Henry L. Jewell
Jonathan T. Overton
S. L. Bennett
Nicholas Carey
Wm. F. Moore
Albert W. Albertson
Theo. Hoinkis



Fireworks

Lewis W. Korn, Chairman
Frank Gagen
Theo. Nenninger
Wm. H. Swartwout
Fred. E. Booth
Wm. Schwicker
Louis A. Tuthill
Charles T. Gordon



Dedication

Mrs. Sarah E. Wheeler, Chairman
Mrs. Geo. R. Jennings Henry W. Prince

Mrs. M. Belle Van Dusen Wm. H. Beebe

Lewis W. Korn



N.
Frank T. Wells
Frank P. Pottinger



Historic Sites
Hubbard Cleveland, Chairman
Frank C. Horton
Edward II. Green



275th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 11

Social Dancing
John W. Stokes, M.D., Chairman
Mrs. Irving R. Wiles W. Corey Albertson

Mrs. E. A. Bell Israel P. Terry

Mrs. Elizabeth Hall Geo. F. Hummel

Georgia Marshall John V. M. Howell

Mrs. James M. Grattan Stephen 0. Salmon

Edward A. Bell Albert Taylor

Joseph Carroll

Community Beach Party

Frank D. Smith, Chairman
Geo. F. Hummel Mrs. H. N. Booth

Jesse L. Case Mrs. Wm. J. Conway

Mrs. Louise Ruebsamen Mrs. David T. Conklin

Mrs. Wm. F. Moore Mrs. J. Ernest Howell

Mrs. Thomas Farley Mrs. P. J. Mahoney

Mrs. Martin Lehr Mrs. Wm. H. Taylor

Mrs. Geo. W. Smith Mrs. Geo. C. Terry

D. H. Jackson

Badges, Flags and Posters

Henry Prellwitz, Chairman
E. A. Bell W. I. Hagerman

Harry G. Fitz May Mitchell

James Matthews Richard C. Addy

H. M. Hawkins Wilson Glover

Otto Schafer

Field Sports
Chas. T. Gordon, Chairman
Israel P. Terry C. W. Booth

John Diller, Jr. Wm. T. Gagen

Fred. T. Jennings

Refreshments

Ladies' Village Improvement Society and Others
Mrs. Horatio N. Booth, Chairman
Mrs. David T. Conklin Mrs. Albert A. Folk

Mrs. M. Belle Van Dusen Mrs. Caroline Howell

Mrs. Thomas Farley Mrs. George C. Wells

Mrs. Sarah Wheeler Mrs. Louis Baumann

Miss Jane Corwin Mrs. Thomas Billard

Mrs. George R. Jennings Mrs. Annie Tillinghast

Mrs. David H. Jackson Anna Beebe

Mrs. Edward 0. Harrison Margaret Harper

Mrs. Benjamin L. Prince Frances W. Booth

Mrs. Theodore Nenninger Mrs. Catherine Cogan

Mrs. Theresa Davis Mrs. Theodore Smith



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Tea House

Whist Club and Others
Louis N. Sanford, Chairman



Mrs. Albert W. Albertson
Mrs. John W. Stokes
Mrs. Frederick K. Terry
Mrs. Daniel H. Horton
Mrs. Frederick W. Bridge
Mary Freeman
Millard W. Golder
Albert A. Folk
Archie W. Symonds
Albert T. Dickerson
Mrs. Henry L. Jewell
Mrs. Frederick G. Prince
Mrs. Henry F. Van Wyck
Mrs. Henry Fisher
Emma Teague



Mrs.
Mrs.
Mrs.
Mrs.
Mrs.



Ernestine Boutcher
Amy Sturges
May Case
Agnes McCabe
Susie May
Ellie Terry
Susie Terry
Hilda Leicht
Miriam Boisseau
Doris Hagerman
Josephine Grattan
Isabel Boisseau
Edna Cahoon
Vera Terry
Mary Kenney



Caroline Taylor

Opening Reception

Tuesday Morning Club
Mrs. Joseph N. Hallock, Chairman



Mrs. Thomas J. Phillips
Mrs. Frank R. Mitchell
Mrs. Joseph M. Hartranft
Mrs. Joseph H. Marshall
Mrs. Alfred H. Cosden
Mrs. Albert Steiner
Mrs. Edward D. Cahoon
Mrs. Edwin M. Millard



Mrs. Edward A. Bell
Mrs. Oliver V. Penney
Mrs. Elsie Williams
Mrs. John M. Howard
Mrs. Frank D. Smith
Mrs. Frederick W. Bridge
Mrs. Elizabeth Hall
Mrs. Richard C. Addy



Academy Reunion

Miss Mattie A. Wells, Chairman
George W. Fitz, M.D. Miss Ida F. Wells

John V. M. Howell Mrs. Louise Pond Jewell

Mrs. Ella Judd Bennett Mrs. Annie Allis Payne

Hospitality

Mrs. Frederick G. Prince, Chairman

Music

Professor C. Oscar Moore, Leader of Pageant Play Orchestral Music

Mrs. Regina Sturmdorf, Leader of Pageant Play Vocal Music

Rev. Harris K. Smith, Leader of Choral Music

William M. King, Leader of General Orchestral Music

Mrs. May Horton Hummel, Piano Accompanist



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Pageant Play Dances

Hazel King, Chairman

Costumes

Georgia Marshall, Chairman

Reporting and Printing

Joseph N. Hallock, Chairman
John L. Kahler Harry Lee

Henry A. Reeves Lewis C. Austin

Horace H. Williamson Harry Brown

Transportation

Silas A. H. Dayton, Chairman
John S. Jenkins W. Corey Albertson

Chas. B. Byron John B. Coleman

Charles L. Stephenson



Benjamin F. Macomber
J. Leo Thompson
Leo Gagen
Albert W. Albertson
James J. Gagen
Andrew Gagen
Thomas J. Carey
Nicholas Carey
Patrick Carey, Jr.
John Carey
William J. Conway
Benjamin Gaffga
George Gaffga
Ernest Ullerich
George Price



Police and Public Safety
Fred E. Booth, Chairman
Frank Moffat
Spencer W. Petty
Harry Myers
Frank T. Wells
Harold Booth
Treat Merwin
Thomas Fleming
Theodore Nenninger
John Turner
Charles Turner
Henry Wilkinson
Fred T. Jennings
Otto Schwan
Edward H. Green
Charles T. Gordon



Israel P. Terry
Clement W. Booth
Albert W. Albertson
Carlisle Cochran
John J. Turner
O. V. Penney
W. J. Grattan



Ushers

Rensselaer G. Terry, Chairman

Henry Jennings
J. Irving Fanning
W. Germond Cochran
Philip L. Danz
Albert G. Francis
Millard Howard
John Ruebsamen



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Program

May Marshall Addy, Chairman
Louise Pond Jewell Joseph N. Hallock

Auxiliary

Riverhead
Mr. Robert P. Griffing, Chairman
Rev. William I. Chalmers Mrs. Otis G. Pike

Aquebogue
Miss Mary L. Aldrich, Chairman
Miss Nellie W. Young Mr. George C. Young

Mattituck
Mr. Charles Gildersleeve, Chairman
Mrs. Herbert R. Conklin Rev. Charles E. Craven, D.D.

Cutchogue and Nero Suffolk
Mrs. Harrison H. Tuthill, Chairman
Mrs. Frederick G. Beebe Mrs. James Wickham

Greenport
Mr. Seward S. Travis, Chairman
Mr. Fred B. Corey Mrs. George E. Post

Mr. Frank D. Schaumburg Mrs. Joseph Townsend

Mrs. John J. Bartlett

East Marion
Miss Effie Mull, Chairman
Mrs. Edward T. Rackett Mrs. Halsey Wiggins

Orient
Miss Leila M. Young, Chairman
Mrs. Estelle B. Dearborn Dr. Henry Heath



The Story of the Celebration

The Celebration of the Two Hundred and Seventh-fifth
Anniversary of the Founding of Southold Town ! How can
its story be told — what it meant to the people and what it
revealed of them ? The most interesting thing about it was
its transforming power. The quiet streets and fields were
unrecognizable. There was pageantry everywhere — by day
and night — color, music, motion, brilliancy, and a vast,
happy throng of people. Men and women who have gone
staidly about their homely duties were found perfectly equal
to meeting the strain and quick emergencies of the great
occasion. Farmers who have jogged slowly behind work-
horses all their lives became tense, alert policemen, guiding
with perfect safety and without confusion the thousands of
people and automobiles that completely filled the streets.
Southold may be old and her people staid, but she is not dead
or even decrepit. She can be keenly alive when there is
occasion to be such.

Opening Reception

The evening of the 21st came. The wind blew east,
clouds hung low, storms raged near, but at eight o'clock the
magic hour struck and the old town sprang to life and soul-
stirring excitement. Regardless of rain, the automobiles
began rolling to the door of the old Academy in that
ceaseless stream that marked a feature of the Celebra-
tion. It was a magic hour and a magic scene. Time
seemed to have turned back. Ladies and gentlemen in
grand and dainty costumes, true to the period of more
than a hundred years ago, glided swiftly up the grass-grown
walk, under the porch, past the stately, well-trained serv-
ants, into the beautiful old parlor, where they were gra-
ciously received by George and Martha Washington (Mr.

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R. S. Sturges and Mrs. Elsie Williams). The room itself
was well worth visiting. Deft hands and exquisite taste had
gathered together just the articles to give the right feeling
of a lovely, old-time parlor. The room was dimly lighted
with candles and shaded lamps, their soft glow adding to the
impression that the beautiful, gay figures were a part of a
phantom scene of long ago.

True to the traditions and tastes of Southold, that some-
thing grave must be mixed always with the gay, on this
historic occasion a valuable paper relating to the settling of
Southold and the sites of its old homes, was read. It was
written in 1876, by the late Albertson Case, Esq., when he
was Town Clerk of Southold. Mr. N. Hubbard Cleveland,
who is one of the best authorities on local history and was
chairman of the historic sites committee, brought the paper
to the attention of the chairman of the Celebration and at
Mr. Cleveland's request it was read by the present Town
Clerk, Mr. Joseph N. Hallock. (A part of the paper is printed
elsewhere.)

Solos that touched hearts were sung by a true daughter
and son of Southold, Anna Prince Hedges, a descendant of
William Wells, the lawyer, and Don Salmon Whitcomb,
descended from one of the early settlers. The words of Mrs.
Hedges's song of greeting, "Our Own Folk," were written by
her for the occasion, and sung to the tune, "My Ain Folk,"
proved fitting and beautiful. And Mr. Whitcomb's brilliant
rendering of Bruno Huhn's "Invictus" — who will ever forget
it or the message of the song?

Throughout the evening old-fashioned airs were played on
stringed instruments from King's Orchestra, of Greenport.
In spite of the crowd, the grand march took place, George
and Martha Washington leading, and then to the joy of the
older generation, followed the quadrille and lancers, danced
in a manner quite to their satisfaction.

Thus the Tuesday Morning Club, through its able sub-
committees, worked out in detail and met the expense of
every arrangement for a reception that might fittingly open
the Celebration and sound the first note of a grand success.




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