My Great Grandmother, Jessie Mae Tyler Green Harris was married twice. First to Albert Green whom she divorced in 1913 and then to Frank Harris. According to the divorce papers, reading between the lines, he abandoned her and my grandfather at some point between their marriage on May 5th, 1909 and their divorce on February 7, 1913.
Another item I brought back from my mom’s house is a book called A Complete Library of Entertainment, Amusement, and Instruction. This book is all one needed in 1903 to be entertained, amused and instructed. For instance, it gives detailed instructions on how to throw dozens of socials, from an advertisement social to a bird social to a beheading social. It also provides guidance on throwing parties including a progressive soap bubble party, a children’s Valentine party and a brownie party. It gives instruction on how to play ping-pong, how to do various exercises and explains both American football and English football rules. Several of the socials, parties, and instructions are accompanied with “full-page half-tone images” and others are paired with simple line drawings.
I remember looking at this book various times in my life, but it never caught my attention until I took a closer look at the images and some of the content.
So, thought I, what a great idea for a NEW BLOG! Maybe I will actually keep this one going beyond a few posts!
I’m slowly adding content to the new blog, with little, if any commentary. So far you can learn how to put on a Carnival of Nations or a Reunion of Characters from Charles Dickens’ novels. You can also learn how to host a Cat Social, a Bird Social, an All Fools’ Social and a Broken Hearts Social.
Several years ago I wrote about my connection to my great-grandmother, Jessie Tyler Green Harris and mentioned a book that I had in my bedroom that bore her name. I thought it was in a copy of Ivanhoe, but it was not in either of our old books with that title.
I finally found the book in the attic at my mom’s house. It was, as I recalled, in Ivanhoe. I was wrong about her age being written the book though.