My answer disappeared the first time, well here goes again!
AHandkerchief shower was just that, everyone took a pretty hankie or handkerchief as
a gift, the fancier the better. Gifts were not expensive years ago, most people
couldn't afford it. This way the honored guest got a useful gift and everybody
shared in a party to honor her.
----- Original Message -----
From: Karima <quest(a)springnet1.com>
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2000 8:38 PM
Subject: [ILJACKSO] BASTIN <> BELLAMY <> ELLIOTT <> DAVIS <> LEE
<> LIGHTFOOT <>
MCCARTHY <> ROGERS <> SMITH <> THOMPSON <> TODD <> VANCIL
<> WARD Carbondale, IL
Carbondale (IL) Free Press
9 October 1905
p. 2, c. 2
SURPRISE HANDKERCHIEF SHOWER
Miss Gay ROGERS, whose marriage is announced to occur Wednesday evening
was the "victim" of a handkerchief shower Saturday evening at the home
of Mrs. Fay Curtis BELLAMY, at Hallidayboro, where she had been spending
A party of ten young lady friends from this city [Carbondale, IL] went
to Hallidayboro on No. 6 at 5 p.m. and treated Miss ROGERS to a
handkerchief shower, much to that young lady's surprise. Elegant
refreshments were served by the hostess. The young ladies returned at 9
Those in the party were: Misses Mollie VANCIL, Muriel DAVIS, Bessie
TODD, May WARD, Mary THOMPSON, Kate BASTIN, Alma ELLIOTT, Anna LIGHTFOOT
and Pearl MCCARTHY and Mrs. Minnie (SMITH) LEE.
NOTE: Does anyone know what a "handkerchief shower" was?