Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Party in 1911

The postcard above was a party invitation sent to the students of William S. Heslet. The St. Patrick’s Day party was held at the Economy Hall in Clyde, Ohio on March 17, 1911, and was given for students and their guests. Ackley’s Band provided the music, which included Irish and American selections.
“Professor” William S. Heslet conducted a private dancing academy in Sandusky from about 1897 through1921. During the 1898-1899 season, Professor Heslet gave classes on the third floor of the Lea Block, but by 1908, he had moved the dancing academy to the Cable Block, at the northeast corner of Market and Jackson Streets. Some of the dances taught at the Heslet Academy were the waltz, two-step, square dance, and the cake walk. An article in the September 23, 1921 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported that Mr. Heslet was moving to Detroit, Michigan, where he was to become the dance manager at the Bob-Lo resort. The article went on  to state that news of Mr. Heslet’s leaving brought regrets to hundreds of Sandusky residents who had been students of the veteran dance master.

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