100 Years Ago: Patriotic Tea for Our Boys

The Intelligencer January 19, 1915 (page 3)

“A very pleasing event was the Patriotic Tea for the benefit of our Belleville boys, held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Clarke, Church Street, from four to six o’clock, yesterday afternoon, which was attended by a large number of our representative citizens.

The house was tastefully decorated with flags and red, white and blue colors, and on the table an immense basket containing red and white roses, French lilies, Scotch thistle, maple leaves, and in the absence of the shamrock, an Irish flag. The dining room harmonized in colors, and throughout the effect was beautiful.

Home-baked goods were on sale, including candies, and the patronage was most liberal, resulting in returns to the amount of fifty dollars. Mrs. H.S. Osborne poured tea, and Miss Mouck attended to the relishables. …  The event is another worthy example of the patriotism displayed by Belleville ladies.”