I always said I was born in the wrong era... I picture myself being more like a woman in a gown going to fancy parties. Or maybe even living with the love of my life on our own land, working that land raising our own food and providing for ourselves - but still taking the time to ride our wagon to the town events. I picture myself getting dressed up in my Sunday best and having the opportunity to wear that heirloom broach that sits on my chest of drawers... This building would be where the party is.
THE ELK'S BALL -- It will be the Sensation of the Social Season.
In 1901 the committees of the Elk's lodge were hard at work making their first annual ball one of the best social events of the season. The Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Paul will be providing the musical entertainment for the evening. The committee on decorations have planned a scheme for the dancing hall that is on a scale never before attempted in the city - one where the hall will be transformed into a veritable fairy land. The evening will provide light and dainty refreshments throughout the evening which include ices, cake, ice cream, frappe, etc. Handsomely dressed young ladies will be serving said refreshments "in a manner to tempt the appetite." All in all it will undoubtedly be the great event of the season. (Brainerd Dispatch, 25 January 1901, p. 4, c. 2)