Tuesday, April 23, 2013

1888 Autograph Album Memento of a Donkey Party given by Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Parker of Fletcher, Ohio


Autograph album that was used as a memento of a "donkey party" hosted by Mrs. and Mrs. J. W. Parker of Fletcher, Ohio, on 29 December 1888.   

From a reference online, a donkey party was a party where people played "pin the tail on the donkey".


The guests at the party each took a page to write his or her name.  Only one person, J. F. Lane, added the date.  No one except the hosts mentioned a town.


The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the names of about 60 adults and children.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.


I had difficulty reading some of the names and will show the images below in the hopes that a reader with knowledge will leave a comment.

Is the name below Jennie Donp?


Is the name below Jennie Suber?  There was a signer named E. T. Suber, [possibly Edwin T. Suber], which made me think that Suber was Jennie's surname as well.



Is the name below Maggie Canan?


Is the name below Lillie Ralston?  Interestingly, if Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Parker were James W. Parker and his wife Sarah K. Parker of Fletcher, Ohio, it happens that Sarah's maiden name was given in an online tree, whether correct or not, as Ralston.


Is the name below Rellie Murphy?


Is the name below F. G. Carmony?


Is the name below Charity Strickler?


I think the surname below is Potts, but I can't make out the first name.  Junior?  


Is the name below Jake Kemp?  I'd like corroboration of the first name.


Is the name below Albert Maxim?


Is the name below Mr. Aberam Davis?


The signer below refers to the Covault family.  What is his or her nickname?


If you have information on Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Parker, who were possibly James W. and Sarah K. (Ralston) Parker, or information on any of the guests listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.   

Alphabetical list of the guests: [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]


  • Albert Maxim or Albert Maxen or ?
  • Mrs. Jennie Adams
  • Nellie Adams
  • Emmett Adams; he was listed on a page of the children attendees
  • Lulu Beamer
  • Dr. J. B. Beamer
  • Mrs. J. B. Beamer
  • Tillie Berryhill
  • Mrs. S. F. Berryhill
  • S. F. Berryhill
  • Carl Berryhill; he was listed on a page of the children attendees
  • Maggie Canan
  • F. G. Carmony
  • Mrs. P. L. Carter
  • Charlie Covault
  • Preston Covault
  • Bert Covault
  • James Covault
  • Preston M. Covault
  • Bert Covault
  • Mr. "Jolia" of the Covault and Co.  Not sure of first name.
  • Mrs. L. Dabus
  • Eva Dabus
  • Mr. Aberam Davis; perhaps Abram Davis?
  • Jennie Donp
  • Mrs. G. F. Fryling
  • G. F. Fryling
  • Genie Hill or Gerrie Hill
  • Jake Kemp; not sure of given name
  • Dan Kiser
  • Mrs. D. Kiser
  • Frank Lane
  • J. F. Lane, signed on 29 December 1888
  • Mr. Oscar Lane
  • Cora Luce
  • Hattie Luce
  • Carrie Luce
  • Carrie E. Luce
  • Twila Luce; she was listed on a page of the children attendees
  • Albert Maxim or Albert Maxen or ?
  • Mrs. H. B. McClure
  • Matie McLure; [last name probably McClure; first name Mattie?]; she was listed on a page of the children attendees
  • R. L. Mitchell
  • Emma Morgan
  • Charlie E. Morgan
  • George Murphy
  • Rellie Murphy; not sure of first name
  • George Murphy
  • Fern Murphy; listed on a page of the children attendees
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Parker of Fletcher, Ohio; they apparently purchased the album for the guests at their 29 December 1888 donkey party to sign 
  • Harrie Parker; he was listed on a page of the children attendees
  • Tomy Parker [sp?]; he was listed on a page of the children attendees
  • Surname is Potts; first name might be Junior or Julia
  • Lillie Ralston
  • George Simmons
  • Mr. H. Smith
  • Charity Strickler
  • Jennie Suber
  • E. T. Suber; possibly Edwin T. Suber
  • Joe Toohey
  • Maggie Toohey

Fletcher, Ohio, in Miami County


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