Saturday, March 8, 2014

PAGE 18 - 8 Event Tickets, from 1878-1899

PAGE 18 of the Souvenir Album.  My great-grandfather, James Grover "Grove" TERWILLIGER, filled this Souvenir Album with a miscellany of ribbons, invitations, stamps, cards, tickets, cut-outs from hotel letterheads, and other items from his travels and his affiliations. Grove TERWILLIGER lived from 1856 to 1929, mainly in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, then later settled in Englewood, Bergen, New Jersey, where he and his wife raised their children.

I will start with the large 4 on the left from top to bottom first, then the small 4 on the right:

1.  Purim Celebration and Reception of the Young Men's Hebrew Association at the Lexington Ave. Opera House, on Thrusday Evening, March 22nd 1883.  Commencing at 8 o'clock.  Tickets $2.00   Note that the following day would be Good Friday, and there were several newspaper articles about "the Gentile and the Jew celebrating together".  

2.  Decoration Day PARADE, of the First Division National Guard, State of New York,  The Veterans of the Seventh Regiment and the Old Guard, The Grand Army of the Republic, The College of the City of New York and Public Schools, The Veterans of the Mexican War, A Brigade of the Fire Department, Etc., Etc.   May 30th, 1878  [a Thursday].  The speech given that day can be read here [28 pages]; given by Frederick Douglass, a remarkable anti-slavery orator

3.  Grand Complimentary Water Excursion up the Hudson River to Alpine Grove, on Saturday, June 7, 1879.  Given by John H. Starin, of Starin's City, River & Harbor Transportation.  Union Veteran Soldiers & Sailors (and Families) of our late War.  Under Auspices of Gen. C. K. Graham., Grand Marshal of Decoration Day Ceremonies.  See details, by clicking on Starin's Transportation link, of John Henry Starin's history; Mr. Starin was a member of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of New York City [1785-1916], as well as the President of the Holland Society, and many more political and other roles. 

4.  Annual Reception and Ball  1884 of  IVANHOE COMMANDERY [Knights Templar] No. 36, stationed at New York, Ladies Ticket.  Monday Eve' Feb. 4th 1884, at Madison Sq Garden.  See write up in the New York Telegram, 1st column on left.

Next are the 4 small tickets along the side, starting from the blue ticket beside #4 above:

5.  Twenty-Sixth Annual Festival of the New York Schutzen Corps, June 6th and 7th, 1883.  At the Schuetzen Park, Union Hill. More information on the history of the shooting club may be read here.

6.  New York Mondschein Club, held 10 Jun 1883 in Woodstock Park, Morrisania.  My ability to read the German lettering is poor. Perhaps someone can make sense of this ticket.  I haven't found details of what the Mondschein Club might be... perhaps a fencing club? 

7.   Anniversary Reception, Summernight's Festival, [from 1873 to 1879] the Alma Lodge, No. 728, F. and A.M., on Friday, June 20th, 1879.  Admit Grove Terwilliger and Ladies.  "F. and A.M." stands for the Free and Accepted Masons, by the way.

8.  For the DEWEY CELEBRATION NAVAL PARADE September 29, 1899.  Good only for one seat on stand at C.R.R. of N.J., Pier 1, Jersey City. Section 2, Row 11, Price $1.00.   You can check on YouTube for film of various Admiral Dewey 'celebration parades' in 1899, or check out the route of this particular parade here, and read a very interesting article here.  

If you have questions or comments about these tickets, I would be very happy to hear from you.  Perhaps you can provide additional information on several of these tickets.  You may contact me via calewis at telus dot net, and/or comment below.  

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