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Over the Teacups

On December 18, 1906, Miss Beatrice Hansen began writing a daily column for the Lake County Times,
sweetly called "Over the Teacups". According to the editor: "The ladies of Hammond are well acquainted
with Miss Hansen and are familiar with her work in the local field. She will be pleased to receive
communications, oral and written from all who are interested in this feature of home journalism."

The column covers formal and informal parties, weddings, church group meetings, lodge officer installations as well as groups going to Chicago to attend the theater or to shop. Reading Miss Hansen's column today is simply delightful. She mentions who is going to visit and who is visiting in Hammond. She is interested in "prettily decorated tables" and what was served at "dainty luncheons."

"Teacups" is now available to researchers in the Suzanne G. Long Local History Room (formerly the
Calumet Room) of the Hammond Public Library's Main Library, 564 State Street, Hammond.
Each month in 1907 has been individually indexed. Miss Hansen reports on more than 1000 people
each month. Because she is so thorough, the not-so-famous as well as the famous are mentioned.

"Over the Teacups" is an excellent source for genealogists whose families were in Hammond in 1907.
Family relationships are noted as daughters visit mothers, sisters visit sisters and cousins come calling.
All churches and their activities are listed; circles and ladies aid societies are mentioned as well. Many
addresses are given for parties and gatherings, which will be interesting to those doing the history of their
houses. Family historians will enjoy this resource because it is a glimpse into everyday life in Hammond
nearly 100 years ago.



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