Alfred Whitaker, Appalachia, Cabell County, First Congregational Church, Frank Hullman, Griffin McCarthy, Halloween, Henry Ensign, history, Huntington, Huntington Advertiser, Ivor Titus, West Virginia
From the Huntington Advertiser of Huntington, WV, come these stories of Halloween dated November 1, 1899:
In spite of unpromising weather, a house full of people assembled at the parsonage of the First Congregational church, 520 Ninth street last night. Ghosts, goblins, fairies and brownies were in evidence. The ghosts and goblins were chanting weird incantations and brewing trouble in a great cauldron and devising all sorts of mischief when upon the appearance of the bright faced fairies and the merry brownies, they slunk away and gloom gave place to brightness and cheer. An unusual feature was the make-up of the brownies which in every case was clever and taking. Alfred Whitaker was the Indian; Frank Hullman the clown; Henry Ensign, the Chinaman; Ivor Titus, the dude; and Griffin McCarthy, Uncle Sam.
YOUNGSTERS MORE CIVILIZED IN HUNTINGTON THIS YEAR THAN USUAL
Hallowe’en was observed last night with many appropriate parties and other amusements on the part of our fair citizens. One mentionable feature was the civilized and orderly manner in which the small boy and his associates behaved. Last year it will be remembered much property was wantonly destroyed and the night made one of hideous revelry. The authoritatives, however, were prepared this time, and any extreme demonstrations of youthful vandalism were promptly quelled. The taxpayers may now rest in peace for another year.