Busy Isabella! Even after her husband retired from the ministry and Isabella retired from teaching, they both remained active in the Presbyterian church.
They moved to Palo Alto, California (you can read more about their new home here) and quickly joined their local congregation.
And since Isabella was a long-time member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, she also joined that organization’s local chapter.
On Friday, November 20, 1908 Isabella hosted an “At Home” for her fellow W.C.T.U. members.
The event was a new spin on an old point of etiquette. For generations society ladies typically designated one afternoon a week where they were “at home” to receive callers.
Some ladies even had cards printed up which they handed out to acquaintances or left at the homes of other women to let them know what day they were invited to call.
For this event Isabella did the same thing, but instead of inviting people to drop by for an hour or so of conversation, she devised an entire program of meaningful entertainment that lasted well into the evening hours.
There were vocal solos and talks by ministers on the subject of temperance. Isabella’s son Raymond read a selection of popular poems by William Henry Drummond.
Isabella gave a talk, and several of the San Francisco Bay area’s leading citizens and ministers also provided entertainment and food for thought.
After the program, Isabella served “dainty refreshments.”
And it was all reported the following week in one of the local newspapers:
Busy Isabella certainly knew how to throw a party, didn’t she?
2 thoughts on “At Home Friday Evening”
How fascinating! Thank you for sharing. Was Moody the Evangelist DL Moody?!
Hi, Luba! No, Isabella’s guest was not the great evangelist, D. L. Moody. He died in 1899, almost nine years before Pansy’s party. I wondered if the “mystery Mr. Moody” who attend the party might have been one of D.L. Moody’s sons, but I couldn’t find any record of either William or Paul being in California at the time. —Jenny