The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, March 23, 1905
'St. Patrick's Day Feast' Hundreds Sat at the Big Banquet Table. -------------------------------
St. Patrick's Day was properly observed in this city and a banquet and entertainment was held in the armory building in the evening under the auspices of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Elaborate provisions had been made for the occasion and surely it met the expectation of all. Not only was the attendance large from this city and from the country but from neighboring towns as well. The banquet was a great affair and for more than three hours the multitudes were fed. It was just the quality of repast to be enjoyed and was the full and conclusive evidence that the ladies of St. Mary's know how to cook. It was served with a true hospitality and the fact that a 75c supper was being given for 25c was sufficient to convince all present that it was a fraternal affair, incidental to raise funds for the benefit of the church. The members of St. Mary's donated the provisions else they could not have accomplished the desired purpose. The program was rendered after the banquet and consisted of music and recitations. Most excellent was the execution and its reception appreciative.
After this came the drawing and awarding of prizes. Attorney STEVE HICKMAN had been selected to "umpire the game" and great interest was manifested as the tickets were being drawn from the box. The door prize fell to MISS GERTRUDE LYONS and consisted of a piece of bronze statuary. Her number was 153. The next lucky number was held by MISS ANNA DENEEN, 58, and called for the gold watch. PAT COADY of Melrose got the quilt, on No. 79, and fortune smiled on him so suddenly that he wanted to be wrapped up in his prize immediately and go to sleep. MAMIE HAMBACH was awarded the silver set, she holding ticket No. 29. Next came the great contest of the evening for the gold headed cane. It was finally awarded to MR. W.T. PATON. The cane brought a good price and everybody seemed happy. It was a splendid evening and the prevailing good will manifested strengthens that brotherhood which binds. The net proceeds of the evening was something over $200.