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THE REPUBLIC: SUNDAY. MARCH 17. 1901.
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Famous Club of Other Days With the Passing of a Downtown Building the "Home Circle" Is Recalled.
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KE of the various improvements
being made Jn St. Louis that"lt
may be truly. In loolts as In fact,
a. World's Talr city by 1903. Is tha
erection of a large skj -scraper at southeast
corner of Broadway and Olive streets In
. place of the hlstorlo old Insurance-Exchange
building.
The demolition of this old building has
wiped out the last vestige. If not the last
recollection, of a place where the grand
' mothers of the smart young- set of to-day
, aid their first dancing.
'. Long before tho Insurance Exchange
C building went up the site was occupied by
fL two-story restaurant, owned by Eugene
HGuenaudon, a noted French, caterer of that
J day.
It was In the ballroom of that restaurant
" that the famous St. Louis "Homo Circle, '
. for more than twenty jears tho leading
: eoclal club of the city, gavo Its first dance.
V The restaurant had formerly been tho
". home of Mr. Bernard Pratte, one of tha
.-wealthiest residents of the growing town.
Guenaudon built an addition to It on tho
J couth. On the first floor of the addition
I he conducted a confectionery store and
t above the store was the ballroom. Tiie sup
fper, always an elegant affair, waa, served
tin the store.
iPTOPOSES OF OR.GAXI7.ATIOX
SOP THE -nOME CinCLE."
The "Home Circle" was founded in the
I fflcea of Norrls, Taylor & Co. in December,
k'lS64. by Messrs. C. Bent Carr. George V,.
i Parker. Bd Norris and Charles Russell, and
J-the records tell us that Us object was to
:-jlve amusement to the young married wo
Ixnen of St. Louis's polite society, who, in
i those days of rigid conventionality, had no
f place to go to dance and be merry.
These same joung married women ere to
;ay the grandmothers of the matrons and
' mademoiselles whose doings are chronicled
In the society columns.
The first president of the Home Circle
was Mr. George w. anter. wno luier uo-
nnit Governor of Montana.
" His successor was Mr. C. B"nt Carr. who
presided longer over tha destinies of the
"Circle" than any other. During part of
, the life of the "Circle" Mr. John M. Harney
was Its president.
Mr. Carr was devoted to its interests and
. speaks thus lovingly of the delightful sea
sons of mirth he helped to provide for the
members of the association:
BEU.ES OF THE BALLS
OF THE EARLY DAIS.
One of the distinguished belles of early
Home Circle days was Lizzie Giles. She
had that peculiar mark of great beauty,
, "blond hair and black eyes. Miss Giles
'married Mr. Shannon of Richmond, Va..
'end after several jears of widowhood was
again married to a Mr. Gwynn of "Washing
ton. D. C.
Julia Rudolph, another belle, became Mrs.
Belcher of Memphis. Her sob, Rudolph
Belcher, is a resident of St. Louis.
Mrs. Ed Norris, a typical Southern bru
nette beauty, was Miss Martin of Lexing
ton. Ky.
Mrs. C. Bent Carr, stately to-day in her
white-haired elegance, was Miss Atcheson,
and her daugher, Dorcas Carr, now Mrs.
Ernest Bell, took her mother's place In the
younger generation.
Miss Jane "Wiggins, a daughter of one of
the oldest St. Louis families, is now Mrs.
Franklin RIdgely. Sho was one of tha most
graceful eoclal leaders of that time.
Noted for unusual personal attractiveness
was Lulu Farvvell. daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Theodore Lavellle of tho Southern Ho
tel. She married Mr. Charles Sole of Bos
ton. Miss Adele Powell, daughter of Mr. "Willis
Powell, became tha wife of Joseph Cham
bers of Florissant.
Mls Mary Beer, another of the famous
young society belles of that day. married
Mr. Dalzell and lives now In Pittsburg, Pa.
Miss Theodosla Hunt was of old Virginia
lineage and married Colonel Strother of
Kentucky. Her daughter. Miss Fannie
Strother. was tho bella of her circle. After
the Colonel's death the Strothers went to
Paris to live, where Miss Sallle married
Baron "von Fahnenburgh.
The Pratt glrl Julia and Lena, were
dashing beauties. Miss Julia married first
Captain DIckcrson, U. S. A., and after
wards Goernor Gilpin of Colorado. Her
Finer, Lena, married Doctor P. G. Robin
son. Their daughters wero famed for per
sonal f harms.
The chums of the Pratt girls were tho
Bertholds Mitnl. who married first Captain
Kennedy and afterwards Major Waggaman,
and her sister, whom the present genera
tion knew as Mrs. Auguste B. Ewlng.
Sallle, Fannie and Lizzie Britton were a
trio of beauties, all of whom married men
out of tho city.
A second generation of belles of Home
Circle dajs Included Cora Baker, now Mrs.
Asby Chouteau; Nellie Hazeltlne. Fanltj.
J Haward. Luna Garrison, Lily Morrison,
DKIe Thaw, the Misses Gregory and the
daughters of James B. Eads, all of them
married, and some gone henca In the fresh
ness of youth.
RErX AAD n ACHEI.ORS
STILL AVE LI, IOW.V.
The beaux of those days were almost as
famed for personal pulchritude as tho belles.
There was Doctor H. J. McKellops, Paul
Beckwitli. Ed "Washington, who was looked
upon as a dandy par excellence; Ed Nor
rK the fastidious, and his -brother Jim;
Georgo B. Kerr, R. B. "Whlttemore, Thad
Prentice and Asa V. Smith. W. B. Edgar,
Allan B. Pendleton, John Delaney, "William
H. Thomson, Brjan Clemens, Green Larl
more. Edwin Harrison, Colonel. J. L. D.
Morrison. General D. M. Frost, Julius S.
Walsh, Ben V. Lewis. Edward C. Simmons,
E. A. Hitchcock, Henry U Dausman and
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H started out to make the dance
parties of tho circles at simple
and unostentatious as possible.
but, like all things In a. young and thriving
city, wo soon grew "swell" and ultra
fashlonable. At first the membership was small and
the dues J23 per member. Our wUes nnd
daughters were comemberc, of coiirso. "With
that $C5 per held wo lefraed the expenses
of 11 a parties In a season, and paid for
everj thing, hall, music, supper, exclusive
of wines nnd carriages. Mahler & Spier
lng, I remember, furnished tho music. Mr.
SjUciter Chouteau was the chairman of
tho first Floor ComtnlttPe. He was suc
ceeded by Mr. Charles Chambers. Both of
these gentlemen are now dead.
The rules of admission to the "Circle"
wre very rigid. Eery applicant had to
ba touched for and indorsed by some mem
ber of the board, and one black ball was
sufficient to exclude him for all time to
oome.
Money had nothing to do at that time
with the eligibility of a member, but ho
had to be of good family, excellent stand
ing In tha comraunltj and good moral
ch iracter.
"To our Board of Directors we always
elected men of fine eccutlvo ability, many
of whom gave excellent servlco. The lato
Mr. Charlfs C. Maffltt was an exceedingly
clllclent member of the board. So were
Messrs John O'Fnllon Delaney, Allen V.
Pendleton, IMward C. Simmons, William
H. Thompson. William McCree, Pierre
Chouteau, Charles P. Chouteau, whom we
laid to rest r few weeks ago; Gerard B.
Allen. Ed Norris and his brother, James,
ami many others.
At tho tlmo George W. Parker was presi
dent; George II. Parker, who was no rela
tion of the former, acted as secretary, and
wo considered that quite a colncldencu la
ths small society list of the city.
BY MRS. ED NORRIS.
T
HE pleasantest recollections of my
early mnrrled life aro connected with
tha "Home Circle." My husband was
ona of tha founders, and I was then a
young bride, from Lexington, Ky. Wo were
qulta democratic In the beginning. To the
first balls at Guonaudon's we went In our
street clothes. In fact. It was stipulated
In one of the paragraphs of the constitution
thnt simplicity should prevail, and tho la
dles carried out their husbands' designs.
Several omnibuses, each holding from twenty-trie
to thirty persons, gathered us all
up, and we had great fun both coming and
going.
The lat party of the season was the
masquerade ball. For this the most rigid
rules were In forco. Every guest had to
pass sep irately Into a room wherein wero
seated a committee of five or six gentle
men who knew personally every member of
the circle The guest had to remove his
or her mask ard be personally identified bv
some member of tho examining committeo
before being allowed to enter tha ballroom.
If not personally known, no plea on earth
could hao procured admission to that gath
ering. Elaborate masquerading was not In vogue
In the rarly dajs of the "Home Circle." I
remember some seven or eight of us went
one year as Fclroolgirls. In short frocks and
pinafores, with golden braids hanging down
our backs and school bags and slates dang
ling from our sides. We were all dressed
alike, differing in nothing, not even tha
color of our hair. Ona of us would dance
with a gentleman a bit, then another would
slip In, and a third, nnd so on, until wo
n. At, nrtftnro en fnnfll.SfHl that theV
! didn't know what they were doing.
"Bat tho -very first season closed the
period of street clothes and omnibuses, ana
somo of the most elegant gowns I ever saw
were worn after that at the "Home Circle"
balls. Somo of the noted belles of ths city
made their debuts at these parties, and
oico we entertained royalty In the person
of tho Grand Duko Alexis, who sat on a
throne under a canopy of rosebuds while
every lady was presented to him, "a la
grande cour," in ogue at real Old-World
courtt
It waa at the annual masquerade ball.
Sallle Britton was the belle of the even
ing. She was a beautiful woman, and mads
quits an Impression on his Imperial High
neso. As we were introduced to him we lift
ed our masks, that he might sea our faces.
I suppose he was struck with Miss Brit
ton's beauty lnstanter, for he selected, h
as his partner for the opening dance. Mrs.
Julius "Walsh, who was Josephine Dickson,
ras another belle with whom ths EusaHa
visitor danced several times.
THE MAN OF THE HOVR AT MANILA.
WT.ITTEN FOR THE SUNDAT REPUBLIC.
Upon Judge William H. Taft, now Presi
dent of tho Philippine Commission, will
ImJSS FARWEUA MARRIED MR. CHARLES SCT.F.W
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The .McCreerys, tho McKellopses. the
Chouteaus, the Blocks, tha Rej burns, the
Ewlngs, the Lafllns, were close neighbors
on OHe street below Twelfth, and Chestnut
street was beginning then to come in for a
share of fashionable patronage a3 a resl
1 donee quarter.
t Locust street below Twelfth was a reg
i ular church thoroughfare. There was only
u one business house there then. That was
h
men of that class, were both the Chester
fields and Beau Brummels of Home Circle
(las.
The Southern Hotel, and during a short
Interim tho Lindell, wero scenes of the most
exclusive of these entertainments until the
extinction of the CIrole, March 22, 1SS6.
WHERE TOE "KASnlOJfAnLES"
LIVED IX "HOME CIRCLE" DAYS.
When the Homa Circle was Inaugurated
It was easy to ride In an omnibus to Guo
naudon's lestaurant and not catch cold.
even In the severest weather. Tor In thoso
uas me lasmonauies uveu wiium e. eiuue 3
throw of tha restaurant and the Southern
Hotel
The Flllejs lived on Birth street at the
time tho late Oliver D. FHIoy was Mnvor
of the citv. Tho Carr nansIonwas on OlUo
street between Eighth and Ninth streets.
Hlckoo street between Ninth and Tenth
was a suburb and the Desloges' residence
considered far removed from civilization.
The hospltablo Hargadino mansion was
on Locust street between Sixth and Sev
enth streets.
Tho Wiggings resided In a splendid home
on Walnut street between Sixth and Sev
enth streets.
John O'Fnllon Popo occupied an hlstorla
mansion on Chouteau avenue.
The Abadles resided at No 699 Morgan
street, and the Major II. S. Turners lived
at Eighth and Ollvo streets, where a build
ing Is now being torn down.
the dry goods establishment of Henry Bell
& Sons on tho southeast corner or uro.au
way and Locust. On tho northeast corner
was tho United Presbyterian Church.
Tho Second Baptit Church was on the
corner of Sixth und Olive streets, Uarr's of
to-day.
Seeral houses on tho corner of Sixth
and Locust streets belonged at that time to
Charles II. Peck, president of the Mutual
Life Insurance Companv.
Mayor John F. Darb's house was oppo
site Guenaudon's place. The Moffltts, up
to tho tlmo of tho erection of the Julia
lmllding, now Barr's, lived near the corner
of Sixth and Ollvo streets.
Tho complexion of tho city has changed
mightily since then, but tho richest mem
ories of early dajs In St. Louis cluster
around the corner of Broadvvav and Olive,
where tha new Bank of Commerce will have
Its palatial home.
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JUDGE VlLLTAM H. TAFT,
Newly Appointed Governor of ths Philip
pine Islands.
fall the somewhat oncertaln honor of be-
ins the first Governor to rule ovsr ths va'
tire Philippine Arcnlpelasjo In ths nam of
tho United State.
There have been Governors of th Phfflp
pines before, when the Spanish flag; wavea
over Manila, but none of these over pre
tended that ho ruled tho archipelago. II
was easier, and much more comfortable, to
rlt In the residence at Manila and tell what
ourht to be and might be done, and ona
could get rich just as qnickly.
Judge Taft's task will be a different ona.
He will be expected to see that ths dvtl
laws of the Government are enforced, and In
such a way that the people will havs no
cause for complaint. His accession t pow
er will be an opportunity to prove whether
a man educated for the law will make as
good a Governor under these drcnnistances
as one whose life has been spent la busi
ness pursuit This question has become a
mooted one, and ths appointment ot Judge
Taft. which has already been Informally
announced. Is likely to provoke a storm el
discussion.
Judge Taft will by no means be lsft te
depend upon- purely moral "force. General
Chaffee Is to succeed General MsoArthur In
command of the military forces, and thsss
will always be at the Governor's service.
Judge Taft's appointment la In On with
the understanding at ths tlms hs aoosptstt
a place on the Philippine Commission. Ta
tako this he surrendered a life position as
one of the Judges of ths Sixth Ohio Judicial
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