Montgomery County Times and Shropshire and Mid-Wales Advertiser, 7 January 1899 (view)

CHRISTMAS PARTY.—The annual Christmas party was held at the National Schools on Friday evening last. As in former years the gathering was large and fashionable. The room had been tastefully decorated for the occasion by Mr Oswald Owen, assisted by Mr Harris Davies, the Misses Kinsey, Miss Lily Davies, and Miss Maysmor. Dancing commenced at 7-30 p.m., and was continued until after 12 p.m., the music being supplied by Messrs Roberts, harpists, Newtown. Mr R. M. Davies (hon. secretary) and Mr Oswald Owen acted as M.C's. The refreshments were supplied by Mr George Roberts, whose catering gave every satisfaction.

Amongst those present were: Rev E. O. and Mrs Jones. Vicarage; Rev W D Roberts, Mr and Mrs Lloyd Kinsey, Mr and Mrs Davies, Harvey House; the Misses Kerr, Summerfield; the Misses Kinsey, Miss Maysmor, Miss Lily Davies, Miss Ethel Cooke and Miss Jones, Vicarage; Nurse Roberts, the Misses Wilkes, Trewythen Hotel; the Misses Parker, Miss Maud German, Miss Phillips, Mr and Miss Humphreys, Miss Avarina Jerman, the Misses Jones, Close; the Misses Marpole, Lion Hotel, &o.; Messrs J Davies, L. & P. Bank; E D Davies, R M Davies, John Davies, solicitor; J M Kerr, F Kerr, Oswald Owen, M Owen, Harold Paull, R Owen, Pryce, Builth; J. P. and T. M. O. Selby [Shelby], Wrexham; F. Penrhos Owen, Craven Arms; T Jerman, Ruthin; W Davies, Wem; J T Griffiths, Messrs Owen, Bethel-street; J Parker, J J Jones, Mount, &c. Yesterday (Friday) evening a repeat dance was held.

[It is interesting to note that the report indicates the party was attended by Oswald and Maurice Owen, two sons of James Owen and his second wife, Mary, and several of the grandsons - James and Timothy Shelby and Frank Owen - of James and his first wife, Susannah, the grandsons living some distance away from Llanidloes.]

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