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Charles Town, West Virginia
December 24, 1959     Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate
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December 24, 1959

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* ~ .*, - _, - .... , ~, ~, ...... ~ ,. ... ,. . ..... .. . ....... . ~,.~ .... . .....,, ..... . ..... ,. , ..... , ...... # Employees and Officials enjoy evening of goed fun, fell6wship and plenty of food at annual banquet; TV - Night Club Stars give outstanding l)erform'ances. with an orchestra giving out with such popular Christmas numbers as "Jingle Bells," "Sania Claus is Coming to Town", and "White "Christmas", and oiher: , some two hundred and forly employees, officials k' and guests were present Wedne,', lay night of last week for the Po hatan Bra,: s & Iron Wor s eleventh annual banquet in the Wright Denny Graded School Cafeteria and Auditorium. The entire group joined in the singing of "Jingle Bells" and the Yuletide Spirit was much in evidence throughout the evening. President and General Manager of Powhatan, Charles F. Reininger, handled the duties of t( ast master in his usual smooth and genial manner. After the invocation which was by Arthur Gh)ver, Treasurer of the company, a bounliful dinner was served" by the teachers with the aid of several home-room mothers under the direction of Principal Richard Adams. The dining tables were in keeping with the Christmas season ,anti a number of Poinsettias and red candles made them very attractive. During the dinner, Eddie and His Aces, a three-piece band rendered a num ber of selections and they received much applause from the audience. In a few brief remarks of welcome in his usual jovial ;tyle Toastma': ter Reininger made everyone feel perfectly at home before the awarding of .. ome sixty attractive prizes. With Mr. Reiningcr calling out the numbers, the duplicate ' of which were held by each lady present, prizes were presented by Allen Marshall, executive vice-president of Powhatan, with the assistance of Bill Anders. There was a great deal of good fun provided by numerous remarks from the toastmauter and others which made the awarding of the prizes a fealure of the well rounded program. The hostesses for the delightful party were recognized by the toastmaster and each one presented with a box of candy. They were Mrs. Thelma Mentzer, Mrs. Myrtle Ramey, Mrs. Myrtle Barton, Mrs. Helen Hoff and Mrs. Iria Chrisman. Each lady present wa.s given a Carnation Corsage on being greeted bY the hostesses at the d mr and later at the dinner the ladies received sugar and cream dispensers while the men were presented attractive leather billfolds. Packages of matches and cigars were also distributed as compliments of Powhatan. A half-dozen outstanding entertainers from some of the leading TV, Radio and Night Club Shows in the country presented an hour-long show in the Wright Denny School Auditorium. Some of the two-hundred and forty-five emph)yees and guests who enjoyed the annual banquet and entertainment which is each year a highlight in Powhatan's hi : tory. ii !? ! %iii!! ...... Shown at the speaker's table for the annual event are some of the top officers of Powhatan and invited guests. They are from left to right:--Mrs. Jack DeHart and Mr. Jack DeHart, Mrs. DeHart is Mr. Reininger's daughter from Lynchburg, Va.;Mrs. J. A. Sposato and Mr. Sposato, Powhatan's New York City distributor: Mrs. Charles Reininger and Mr. Cha,Aes Reininger, President and General Manager of Powha- tan: Allen Marshall. Executive Vice-President of Powha an. Mrs. Allen Marshall: Mrs. Jay Moler and Mr. Moler. (Photos all by the Clipp Studios of Charles Town). A group of employees shown enjoying the good fun and fellowship which prevailed throughout the delightful evening at Wright Denny Graded School cafeteria and auditorium. More of the employees who enjoyed the banquet and the big TV and Radio entertainmeni acts w[,icl were presented in the Wright Denny Auditorium after the dinner. George Brent, Foundry Superintendent at Powhatan and LeRoy Cheshire, Foreman of Machine Room are .,;hown following the 'hat trick' which they took part in with the able assistance of Florence Fay, feature' " ---'et- of the Vail y Capers," one of the top acts brought here for the big event. Blizz and Burke, two real funny men presented sev- Mary-Lou O'Toole, late of the Arthur Godfrey show eral comedy phonograph record-mimic acts which who came here and delighted the big audience with brought rounds of laughter and applause from lhe many of the "Sophie Tucker type songs." banquet diners and guests. Guy Miller of Powhatan who is just about t($ be hypnotized by Eddie Tullock, who served as mastcr ofceremonies for the occasion. Johnny Bradley, is not in the picture was also a mighty big part o the act which made the rafters at right DennY Graded School really ring with applause.