Monday, October 18, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Birthday Dance

Thanks to John at Transylvanian Dutch for providing a framework (and nudge) for transcribing family records, news clippings and other treasures.

This is another news clipping found in the papers of Iva Williams Sawyer (1900-1993).  The clipping is undated, but since Janis Sawyer was born 23 Dec. 1930, it would have appeared in late 1942 or early 1943 in a Morristown, TN newspaper.


Miss Janis Sawyer entertained with a dance Wednesday evening from eight, until eleven, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sawyer on East First North Street. Twenty young guests enjoyed the affair, which marked the twelfth birthday of Miss Sawyer.

The home was beautifully decorated in keeping with the Yuletide season. Dancing and contests, in which Betty Lee Taylor, Betty Waldren, Graham Vance and Hugh Nistrom were presented with prizes, provided the evening's entertainment.

During the evening, Mrs. Sawyer, assisted by Miss Joan Sawyer, served a delicious dessert course, consisting of punch, ice cream and cookies.


  1. I can just imagine her 16th birthday party! I bet Janis turned into a proper young lady years after her 12th. Sure sounds like a party I'd like, with the yummy desserts.

  2. i love those old newspaper clippings.


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