from "A Place to Remember", by Georgia Payne Durham Pinkston
"We attended the ball and supper at the Fireman's Hall, given by Providence Fire Company No. 1, on the evening of January 22, 1876.
We found it one of the most enjoyable affairs it was ever our pleasure to attend. There was a complete harmony of all the elements, and a universal disposition with those present to enjoy themselves. Providence has become an elegant place in one respect. All our balls and dancing parties pass off without any jars. No drunken men are allowed to disturb them, and there is scarcely ever one who appears intoxicated at them. Really, the ball was a delightful pastime.
The supper was very good, though the best edibles did not hold out to the second table. The young people, after dancing with good consciences ought to have. So, when we modestly approached the second service, we pleasantly beheld the frames of chicken and turkeys standing like deserted castles. We didn't even get a leg leg, for there was no leg left. But there was an abundance of ham, and we rolled into it.
Cakes were abundant. The splendid stack cake from Reigart and Conn was voted to the most popular lady, Miss Frances Stassner being the happy winner.
Success to the the Firemen, say we." (newspaper account)