Today's post is about something that is as ephemeral as it gets, a napkin. This particular napkin is embossed with the names Ben and Elbert. In today's society it isn't unusual to see the names of men linked together but I was positive one of these people was NOT a man. I was also positive that I would never know who Ben and Elbert were but actually I was able to smoke them out rather quickly using Findagrave. I searched Sunset Cemetery with the first name Elbert and was rewarded with three hits: Elbert Lee "Skinny" Call, Elbert Hoyt Hutcherson and Elbert Thomas Reavis. A quick look at each profile and I was able to determine that the Elbert on the napkin was Elbert Thomas Reavis whose wife was Benjamin Virginia Loyd! E.T. Reavis opened a dry good store in Dresden in the 1890's. It's still there today. Say hi to them on Facebook.
And just as I suspected, this napkin was saved from their 50th anniversary party because I just now came across this newspaper clipping: