Saturday, June 14, 2014
1911 "Smoker" for James H Moran
On the evening of Nov. 21st (Tuesday) the young men of Newbern entertained Mr. James H. Moran and his out of town friends with a "Smoker." Covers were laid for nineteen and a most delightful menu was served by Mrs. Delle JONES. Mr. L.G. NORVELL acted as Toast Master and acquitted himself with much credit. The following responded to "toasts"; James H. MORAN, Harry JONES and Mr. THOMASON of Dresden, John M. DRANE, Prof. BRIGHT, J.H. GENTRY, F.E. SCOTT, B.F. GRISHAM and Wm. A. SHIBLEY.
A Dyersburg Orchestra furnished the music. After a four course dinner had been served, all present accepted an invitation to the dance which was in progress at the Opera House.
Among others present at the "Smoker" were Mr. James MORAN, Harry JONES, Harold (sic) MORAN, Mr. THOMASON, J.V. THOMAS, Q. SHUMATE, L.G. NORVELL, N.B. GENTRY, J.H. GENTRY, B.F. GRISHAM, Jno. M. DRANE, T.A. JONES, Kirby MOORE, H. Parks TIGRETT, W.S. RIDENS, Prof. N.H. BRIGHT, F.E. Scott, Wm. A. SHIBLEY and Dr. MAYO.
Newspaper clipping, unknown source.
What is a "smoker" I wondered. After dissecting the clipping I decided that it had to be something similar to a bachelor party or a "roast" and the HyperDictionary confirmed it for me. James H Moran III and Virginia Shumate were married November 22 1911 in Newbern, Tennessee. The Smoker was held the evening before and was given in honor of the bridegroom, Jim Moran, by "the young men of Newbern" which just happened to be where the wedding was taking place and where his bride Virginia, lived, with her Uncle Quincy Shumate's family. Many of the attendee's at the Smoker are also mentioned in the wedding announcement which can be found here.
I wonder what time everyone made it to sleep that night since they also went on to dance at the Opera House after the Smoker. It's a good thing the wedding didn't begin until 7pm the following evening!