T. Anderson brought to the Appeal office last Friday
the beautifully penned invitation his mother, then
Miss Louisa Donaldson, received to a “Cotillion
Party” at Florida while the town was occupied by
Union soldiers. Miss Donaldson afterwards married
Wm. Anderson. The soldiers, all young fellows,
and the young Southern sympathizers of Jefferson
township mingled freely during the evening and all
went merry as the proverbial marriage bell. The
invitation read as follows:
are respectfully invited to a Cotillion Party to be
given corner of Oak and Water Streets, Florida, Mo.,
Friday evening, December 28, 1861, at 6 p.m. Managers
– H. K. Pollard, E. L. Grigsby, James W. Clark, R.
McElroy, E. E. Hickok, H. B. Herndon, J. W. Briggs, J.
H. Carr, B. N. Anderson, James M. Pollard.”
of those managers, H. B. Herndon, was among the 10 men
who were shot to death by command of Butcher McNeil, a
Union officer, at Palmyra later in the war.
Centennial edition of the Monroe County Appeal dated
13 Aug 1931; submitted by MaryBeth Kirtlink