Elizabeth Jordan (Park) Wilkes
Biloxi Daily Herald November 14, 1923
PLEASANT SURPRISE PARTY
A pleasant surprise party and miscellaneous shower was held at the handsome new bungalow of Misses Stella and Mae Harkness, on West Howard avenue, Monday night in which a number of their relatives and members of the Biloxi post office force participated. The event was given in honor of the birthday of Miss Stella Harkness, who has charge of the general delivery window of the local postoffice. The guests gathered at a designated point and marched to the Harkness bungalow where they were delightfully entertained. The guests with a huge birthday cake all lighted with candles entered the home, and were received by Miss Harkness with considerable surprise. During the several pleasant hours delicious hot chocolate and cake were served. Pleasing recitations were given by the Misses Irene and Martha Morris of Gulfport, who also presided at the piano. Many handsome and useful gifts were showered upon the honoree. Among the guests present included Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Harkness, Giles Harkness Peresich, Mrs. Walter G. Wilkes and daughter. Miss Laurie, Mrs. J. W. Swetman, Dr. and Mrs. B. Z. Welch, Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Thompson, Mrs. D. E. Morris and daughters, Misses Irene and Martha Morris, and son John Harkness Morris, of Gulfport, Misses Sadie, Harriet, Stella and Mae Harkness, Mamie Hannon and Messrs. J. R. Munier, J. C. Brent and Addison Jackson.
Biloxi Daily Herald December 2, 1912
SURPRISE PARTY FOR MRS. HARKNESS
Delightful Gathering at Home of Popular Biloxi Lady Saturday Afternoon
Biloxi, December 2
A surprise party in honor of her sixty-eighth birthday was tendered Mrs. Irene Harkness by her friends Saturday afternoon. They gathered at Mrs. W. T. Bolton’s home and then proceeded in a body to the Harkness home Delaunay street. Mrs. Harkness was the recipient of many pretty presents.
The following program was carried out:
Song—Rock of Ages
Poem Reading, “Birthday Wishes”, dedicated to Grandma Harkness by Mrs. J. E. Pendola, which is reproduced below.
Recitation, The Dumb Wife—Miss Irene Harkness
Recitation, Woman’s Rights—Margaret Harkness
Piano Solo—Mrs. W. G. Wilkes
Recitation, The Great Battle—Willie Newell Harkness
Reading—Mrs. J. E. Pendola
Hymn, Showers of Blessings By the company
Scripture reading—Rev. W. L. Linfield
Prayer—Rev. J. L. Jordan
Misses Irene, Margaret and Althea Harkness served the guest with a dainty luncheon. The birthday cake was a very large and handsome one bearing sixty-eight candles.
Among those present were Mesdames H. Gorenflo, S. W. Rose, Mathia, Amy Dulion, C. Barnette, J. C. Tyler, E. L. Suter, Lyman Bradford, R. B. Dacey, J. Swetman, J. E. Pendola, W. G. Wilkes, Allen Watson, R. M. Davis, Giles Harkness, Louis Harkness; Misses Capitola Mathias, Laura White, Winnie Gorenflo. Stella and May Harkness, Kathryn Henley, Rev. J. L. Jordon, Rev. W. L. Linfield, and Edwin Morris, Herbie Pendola, Willie Newell Harkness and Jack Watson.
(Poem by Mrs. J. E. Pendola)
We are bringing a wish for your birthday,
A wish and a hope and a prayer;
A wish that the day may be joyous and gay,
Unclouded by sorrow or care.
A hope that the year that is coming
Will bring many friends tried and true,
And know that the truest among them
Will never be truer than you
We have known your sweet, loving ways,
And we wish you the best in our hearts
May the remaining years be
The best of your days
Sixty-eight years of a well-spent life
Such a comfort to all should be;
We hope you may long be spared to us
And we a comfort to thee.
Long may sunshine round thee hover
Bright as that about thee now;
Never may a cloud of sorrow
Cast a shadow on thy brow.
Edwin Morris = David Edmund “Ed” Morris
Mrs. W. T. Bolton = possibly Mrs. W. J. Holston