Looking Back to New Year's a Century Ago

Kendrick Mansion -- Photo by Pat Blair

As we take a look back this week, we thought it might be fun to see how the New Year was observed a century ago.

So here's a look, way back, at plans as reported in The Sheridan Post newspaper on Dec. 30 of 1913.

Sheridan residents announced public and private dances, dinners, receptions, theatrical attractions and other amusements to greet the new year. Restaurants advertised “especially elaborate” menus on New Year's Day, which would fall on a Thursday. The New Year was to be ushered in at midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 31, with whistles, bells, discharge of firearms and fire works in the city.

Sheridan cattle baron and businessman John B. Kendrick and his wife invited the public to an open house at their recently completed home on Nielson Heights. The house had been under construction for five years, starting in 1908.

In this continued report from 1913, management at the Sheridan Inn announced a New Year's dinner and dance on New Year's Day. The “young lady members” of the Tiospah Society of St. Peter's Church said they would greet friends between 3 and 5 at the J.J. Bentley home at 612 S. Main Street.

Sheridan banks and city, county and federal offices would be closed on New Year's Day. A majority of store owners planned to close for at least part of the day. The post office would open with Sunday hours, from 9 until 10 in the morning, but box mail would be thrown as usual. Again, that was a report of the New Year's activities for 1913.