New Years Eve in Columbus, 1916

New Years Eve has long been a time for celebration with parties held across America in anticipation of the upcoming year. 

Columbus, Mississippi is no exception!

On January 2, 1916, the Columbus Commercial highlighted a New Year’s Eve Dance held by the Choctaw Club at the Hotel Gilmer.

The Hotel Gilmer

“The brilliant dance given on Friday evening by the members of the Choctaw Club at the Hotel Gilmer surpassed any function in  point of beauty and enjoyment ever before attempted  by them.  The arrangement committee spared no time or means to make the affair elegant, and the result was most gratifying.

The spacious dining room was artistically festooned in evergreens and bunting, while streamers from the chandeliers overhead were effectively arranged.  In the rear of the dance hall “Welcome to 1916” stood out in relief.

The large company went en masque, and presented a gay and brilliant scene.  There were represented colonial dames, counts, princesses, shepherdesses, Dutchmaids and Dutch men, Turks, Egyptians, fairies, Indians, clowns, soldiers, sailors, convicts, Red Cross nurses, Mary Jane girls and devils.  Mr. and Mrs. Bailey Hardy, who went in Dutch costumes received first prize.  Miss Adine Lampton, of Jackson, who went as “Pierotte,” was given the ladies’ prize, while Mr. T.C. Billups, as a “wounded soldier,” received the gentlemen’s prize.

The German was led by Mr. and Mrs. Bailey Hardy…were distributed.  At midnight the masks were laid aside and amid a…confetti the real enjoyment began.

Splendid music was furnished by the Princess Theatre orchestra.

During the evening punch was served by Misses Elizebeth Kennedy and Lucy Carter.”

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