|Vesta Price Fitzpatrick, 1890-1988|
Plateau Voice, Collbran, Colorado, October 21, 1921
A Fine Children's Party
Our little folks were given a great good time at the home of Mrs. J. A. Fitzpatrick one evening last week. A friend writes an account of it as follows:
All weather conditions being just right Mrs. J. A. Fitzpatrick [Vesta Price, 1890-1988] and [her sister-in-law] Mrs. Karl Price [Clara Pitts, 1893-1971] planned a party for the little school folks, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades last Saturday evening at the Fitzpatrick home, hours 6 to 9.
About forty of the little folks were greeted at the gate by huge, beaming faces as harbingers of the mysterious surprises held within.
Common games were played for a while till the crowd had gathered. Then all were taken into the house to see a "circus." Near the door stood a black bear (the "preacher's bear") and some of the smaller children shied off only to be stared at by the "Old Original Witch of Endor" and more jack-o-lanterns and then assured of the fun of it by a very tame kitten in a cage, representing the tiger. The "cabbage head", the ¦ "old woman that lived in the shoe", the caterpillar, the South African zebra and others were funny surprises. The greatest bat in captivity (baseball bat) was hidden, behind a curtain and only a hurried glance allowed lest it escape. The "great North American monkey" was securely caged near the ceiling and it was very funny as well as interesting to see the expectancy and wit of _the children as each climbed to the top step of the _ladder and looked into the cage which held only a looking glass.
The circus over, all were taken into the grove where a big bonfire, well surrounded in the distance by more Jack-o-lanterns, awaited them. Also a tub of apples and sacks of pop-corn, candy and peanuts and for more substantial "fillin" sandwiches, pickles and cake.
Last of all the bunch, one by one, _was blindfolded and sent to the house to pin a tail on the donkey. The girl winning the best prize for getting the tail nearest the right place was Ethel Thompson; the boy, Richard Snider. The boobie prize went to Robert Franklin and Mabel Hill. By this time the clock had begun to strike nine and good-byes were said with cheers and noise as only a bunch of happy youngsters are capable of and each said, "Oh! I'm so glad I came."
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