History Threads — Bronne Shirt Co. holiday party 1919
This is the latest in an occasional series of posts about the history of the garment industry in Warren, Washington, Saratoga and Essex counties.
A party the Bronne Shirt Co. threw for employees at its Hudson Falls factory on Christmas Eve 1919 was a big hit.
‘Everyone present declared the party a real treat and the Bronne firm as host first among the best,” The Post-Star reported.
“Festivities commenced with the cessation of work at 10 o’clock, and for two hours the fund of Christmas spirit abroad manifested itself in gift, feast, and music.”
The management presented Miss Holleran, the forewoman, a silver tea set and employees chipped in to give her a $20 gold piece.
The management presented each foreman with “a check of substantial amount,” and gave each employee a life insurance policy.
Female employees received boxes of candy, and male employees neckties.
“This was succeeded by an indiscriminated (spontaneous) distribution of miscellaneous and useful gifts by the grab bag process.”
Ice cream, cake and other refreshments “in portions large and unlimited in number” were served.
Robert Dempsey, Arthur Martineau, Lawrence LaPoint, and Mr. Rabble performed solo and quartet musical selections.
Irene and Ella Crane and Mr. Preston performed buck and wing dancing.
The party closed with everyone singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Members of the Bronne family owned and operated several garment factories in the greater Glens Falls area.
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