Monday, April 29, 2013

This Week in Titusville, March 29, 1888


Mrs. Brady's lovely little daughters,  Aline and Daisy, spent last week visiting their aunt, Mrs. W. N. Hendry.

A special game of lawn tennis was played Saturday afternoon in honor of  Miss Julia Feaster, who leaves in a few weeks to spend the summer in South Carolina.  Miss Julia will be greatly missed by the members of the club.

What They Wear
--Apple green is the latest French color.
--Prophecy says yellow will be the most fashionable color this spring.
--The pretty textiles called Neapolitan silk crepalines are very popularly worn for dancing toilets.
--Cloth jackets imported for early spring days are of plain, plaid or striped cloths in higher colors than usually worn for wraps.
--Jaunty costumes imported for the first warm days are of Suede colored homespun or of canvas, with a full skirt and outside coat.
--Long raglans for traveling cloaks are made of striped and plaid chevoits, homespuns and serges of very rough surface in gray, tobacco brown and copper colors.
--Most of the spring jerseys have the sleeves slightly full at the wristband, and some are tucked at top and bottom, while others are shirred around to match the shirred yoke of bodice.
--On the new bonnets all the trimmings are lowered, though they are by no means flat.  But the towering pointed bows of last year have given place to soft, wide loops, put on to give a broader effect.
--Double breasted corsages are becoming too long for slender figures, as they have the effect of making them appear shorter in the waist.  Irregular arrangements are preferred for double breasted bodices.
--A novelty is the Tosca mantle, made very short in the back, but long in the front, and almost covered with lace and jet; this is worn with a Tosca hat, with long, projecting front of the brim, short, close back and nodding ostrich plumes.
--Braiding is by no means had its day of favor as a trimming on jackets, and is done with both metal and mohair braids, some of which are flat and others tubular, while the twisted cords of silk or of metal are used in most elaborate designs, hitherto done only in soutache braid.
--The stylish coats of smooth faced cloths for dressy occasions come in copper colors, in the new green shades, in tobacco browns, Suede color, the odd blues with green tints, and in bright red shades, while the rougher homespun jackets are in stripes or bars or melanges of two or three of these colors together.
--A new idea for bridesmaids is the use of very fine, soft, cream velveteen, trimmed with otter.  The skirt falls in easy, graceful folds, and the material is soft as doeskin.  The bodices are arranged so that the fur crosses in the front.

Local Laconics

  The stolen(?) yacht Gleam has returned up all right, and all parties are satisfied- that is if it is not repeated again.
  "When the Swallows Homeward Fly" is more popular here now than any other song, owing to the fleeting Northward of our winter friends.
  The fire alarm was sounded here yesterday evening, and an investigation showed that the flue from the kitchen of Titus House had caught fire.  Through the prompt action of those near by, no damage was done.
  We learn that Mr. Sam Childs was married to Miss Gracie Hardee, both of Rockledge, yesterday morning.  The happy couple immediately started north on their wedding tour.  Miss Julia Roberts and Mr. Bob Hardee accompanying them as far as this place.
  Mrs. Hovey of Rochester, N.Y., who has been spending a few weeks at Titusville with Mrs. L.H. Decker, returned North Tuesday.
  Mr. H.B. Archibald, of St. Lucie, appeared before his Honor, Judge Broome, last week and took the oath of allegiance-becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States.
  We are requested to announce that the Arch-deacon Carpenter will hold service at Titusville to-morrow afternoon(Good Friday).  He will hold morning service at St. Michael's Church, Cocoa, Easter Sunday, and evening service in Titusville the same day.  Arch-deacon Carpenter will also celebrate Holy Communion at this place on Monday morning.
  A proposition has been made by Mr. Hutchinson, which will be accepted by the town, in which he proposes to build a cupola on the new hotel and place therein a four-dial town clock if the town will purchase the bell for striking the hours.  This bell could also be used for a fire alarm:  and besides, a town clock would be a valuable adjunct to our place.  Let's have it, by all means.
  Dame Rumor says that another marriage will be consummated in Titusville ere long.
  A very pleasant evening was spent at the residence of Mrs. M.P. Robbins, on Saturday last, it being the occasion of a "bean-bag" party.  The following were present and took part in the game, which caused some amusement:  Dr. and Mrs. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. George M Robbins, Mrs. Mussenden, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Brown, Mrs. Wager, Miss Clapper, Mrs. Restall,  Mrs. Onderdorff, Miss Baker, Miss Fischer, Miss Riley, and Messrs. E. B. Wager, C. H. Walton, G. Paddison and Ingram.  At the termination of the game all adjourned for the purpose of indulging in instrumental and vocal music and recitations, which were admirably rendered by those who took part

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This Week in Titusville, March 22, 1888

Local Laconics

The celebrated Norwood-Lewis case, which attracted so much attention at the term of court, was up again yesterday morning.  the attorneys have some lively times over it.

Quite a commotion was caused in front of Titus house about 1:30, on Tuesday afternoon, by the capturing and slaying of a rattlesnake that was snugly ensconced under the sidewalk.

Service was held in the new Presbyterian Church for the first time last Sunday.  Mr. Foy has reason to be proud of the work he has accomplished in the time he has been here.

We hear that at a future date it is the intention of some of our ladies to charter on of our small steamers and have a trip to Rockledge.   Small baskets of provisions will, no doubt, be brought by the ladies, as is usual,  and a jolly outing for the day will be had .  Sunday would be a suitable day for those who are closely confined to business six days in the week.

A phantom ball took place, on Monday evening, at Water's Hall.  There was a large attendance, and the affair proved to be quite an enjoyment for our young folks, as well as for the spectators, who were highly amused at some of the ludicrous performances and make-up of the disciples of Terpsichore.  On the whole the dance was a success, and those who were present appeared to have enjoyed the phantom immesely

A fine rain yesterday, with weather cool and pleasant today.

There will be a meeting of the ladies at the residence of Mrs. James Pritchard this afternoon, at three o'clock, to form a Guild.

Rev.Mr. E.L.Turnquaad, of Enterprise, held Episcopal service here last Sunday  with an instruction meeting at the residence of Col. Gaulden in the afternoon of the same day .

The Firemen's Concert, which was announce in the STAR last week for tonight, has been indefinitely postponed on account of the inability to get the parts ready.

Brevard County Day at the Sub-Tropical
       Last Wednesday, the 14th inst., the day set aside for Brevard at the Sub-Tropical, was everything that could be wished for, as the weather was cool and pleasant, with the usual Florida sunshine to make it bright.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bishop's Chair

Jumping ahead in time this week.   St. Gabriel's has a stunning Bishop's chair and accompanying priest chair.  On the back is carved "Huntington  1853-1893".   The Spring/Summer 2013 edition of the Indian River Journal, published by the Brevard  County Historical Commission has an article about the intersting origin of the chair.   Click below to go to the Journal

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This Week in Titusville, March 15, 1888

Local Laconics
--With daily double trains and several steamers; with an ice factory, steam laundry, steam printing office-Titusville is rapidly approaching the front rank of Florida's towns.  Everything is constantly on the move
--The ladies of Titusville are requested to meet at the residence of Mrs. James Pritchard on Friday afternoon, this week, to form a Guild.  The hour appointed is three o'clock.
--A new road leading from Main street, direct through the hammock just west of Canaveral street, and from thence leading through the Turnbull hammock about half a mile north of town, is now talked of and will be shortly made.  This will give a splendid drive on an excellent road when completed.
--There was quite a large attendance at the Episcopal service, last Sunday, the Rev. Mr. Du Pay officiating. There will be another service next Sunday morning, the Rev. E. L. Turquand, of Enterprise,officiating.  Service will commence at 11 o'clock a.m, instead of 10:30 as heretofore.  
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--More people have visited Wager's wharf during the past week than have been in South Titusville for months.  The manatee was the cause of such an influx of visitors.  
--Married, on the 6th instant., at Deisoner House, in Titusville, by the Rev. Jno. Foy, Mr. R. P. Hardy, of Osteen and Miss Fannie S. Bennett of Aurantia.
--We had a cold "snap" from the North this week.
--Sheriff Bowman returned from a trip up the Ten-mile creek, on Monday, where he says he came across about a dozen Seminole Indians on a big "bender."  They had plenty of whisky, and were a merry drunk.  He says that the St. Lucie House, under the management of the genial and hospitable James Paine, is doing an excellent business and everyone going there is well pleased.