Two Successful Events Held Last Night
at Sorby’s and Starkey’s
June 23rd 1898.
Thursday evening, the “Woodlands” estate, the beautiful residence and
spacious grounds of Messrs. Douglas and Oswald Sorby, situated about four
might not be amiss to refer briefly to the premises, “Woodlands”. The residence was built by the late Colonel
Saunders and was purchased by the late Walter Sorby upon his arrival here
with his three sons in 1867 from
was served from 5 to 9 o’clock. During
those hours, over four hundred were served.
The crowd comprised many from
8 o’ clock, a programme of vocal and instrumental music was provided in the
large parlour of the house. It
included music from Mr. Willie Thain’s orchestra from the city, vocal music
by a coloured quartet from Preston, recitations by Mr. James Biernes, and guitar
and vocal music by the Misses Hall from
dusk, the grounds looked very pretty, illuminated with Chinese lanterns. The refreshment booths did a large
business, notwithstanding the cool atmosphere. Particular mention must be made of the
following ladies who assisted in looking after the hospitality of the guests:
Mrs. Thomas Evans, Mrs. Eagle, Mrs. Metcalf, Mrs. Bedford, Mrs. Sault, Mrs.
Hutchinson, Mrs. Heath, Mrs. Smith, the Misses Lillie, Minnie and Maude
Howitt, Agnes and Charlotte Evans, M. Hutchinson, Smith, Tolton, Sault,
Atkins, Stunns, and others. Shortly
after 10 o’ clock, the crowd began to disperse, all feeling much pleased at
the pleasant and enjoyable evening spent.
To the Reverend Mr. Terryberry much credit must be given. He has only been stationed in this circuit
since July last, and his labours have been incessant in furthering the
interests of his mission, uniting and moulding the friendship of Memorial and
garden party at the residence of Mr. James Starkey, Arkell, last night, was a
great success. There were about 500
people present, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed themselves and took great
pleasure in strolling through the beautiful grounds. Many were from the city, some drove, some
wheeled, and some walked out. There is
a large hill in the rear of the residence.
This itself may seem a small thing, but it proved of considerable
interest when it was found out that a good view of the city could be obtained
from it. In fact, nearly every
electrical light could be counted with the exception of one or two in the
hollow. The social was for the contagious
disease ward in the
After all had partaken of supper, and it was a most sumptuous one, President Mills, O.A.C., took the chair. In his remarks, he paid the ladies a high compliment for the entertainment that they had provided and the noble object that they had at heart. He was also glad to see the city and the country people join together so freely for a common object and a common good.
were also made by Reverend Mr. Martin, His Worship Mayor Hewer, Reverend Mr.
Cranston, C. Kloepfer M.P., and Major Mutrie M.P.P. They were all two-minute speeches, brief,
humourous, and to the point, and congratulated the ladies on the success of
the party and the good object for which it was held. Songs were sung by Mrs. Wilcocks, Guelph,
Miss McKenzie, Nassagaweya, Prof. Kelly, Guelph, and Mr. Norman Reinhart,
The 30th Battalion band, under the leadership of Prof. Trandell, played several choice selections during the evening. The grounds were beautifully illuminated with Chinese lanterns and other lights, and presented a pretty appearance.
The night being all that could be desired for the occasion, it was about eleven o’ clock before the pleasant gathering broke up, and one and all were loud in praise of the manner in which they had been entertained by Mr. and Miss Starkey and the ladies who assisted them.
After expenses are paid there will be a handsome surplus. In fact, $80 was taken at the gate, besides tickets sold outside and the receipts of various booths.
Mayor Hewer received applause when he announced that he was an Arkell boy and born within a short distance of the village.