”BANQUET OF MICHIGAN DELTA TAUS.
Among the benefits of a collegiate education, our American system of Greek letter fraternities, with its incident pleasures, will ever be prominent. So, at least, thought a group of Delta Tau Deltas Monday evening, July 10, 1885, as they gathered at the Connable Cottage at Bay View to enjoy reminiscences of college and chapter life. Among both ladies and gentlemen a number of different colleges were represented; the fraternity boys hailed from the chapters at Ann Arbor, Hillsdale, Albion and Lansing.
Everything conspired to make the meeting memorable to those participating. The evening was beautiful; the cottage. always notable for its beauty, was brilliantly illuminated, and presented a striking appearance; the Italian string band, of the Arlington, outdid themselves, and their excellent selections were greeted with warm appreciation. Refreshments, college songs and stories made the evening pass only too rapidly. At 2 A. M. the party dispersed, after having extended Mr. and Mrs. Connable a hearty vote of thanks.
The following is the register of the evening:
Fraters—Ezra J. Ware, Grand Rapids; L. W. Hoyt, Grand Rapids; S. W. Mauck, Columbus, 0.; E. F. Parmelee, Charlevoix; S. F. Master, Ionia; A. W. Connable, Petoskey; G. G. Scranton, Sault St. Marie; Vin Swarthout, Ovid; Wilbur F. Hoyt, Columbus, 0.
Ladies—Lizzie Master, Ionia; Kate Martin, Albion; Antha DeCamp, Ovid; Mrs. S. W. Mauck, Columbus, O.; Jennie Ninde, Ft. Wayne; Belle Ware, Grand Rapids; Rose M. Berkey. Grand Rapids; Mary C. Atwater, Grand Rapids; Essie J. Buttars, Charlevoix ; Chella Ninde, Oskaloosa, Iowa.
This is the second annual entertainment that the Delta resorters have given, the former one having been given at Charlevoix last year. The fraternity is so strong in the north central States that it was decided to effect a permanent organization, with the object of building a fraternity cottage at some point, for the use of resorting Deltas; and of making the annual meeting a permanent affair.
Rev. Washington Gardner, of Jackson, was chosen president for the ensuing year; Mr. Ed. F. Parmelee, of Charlevoix, secretary; Mr. E. J. Ware, of Grand Rapids, committee on cottage. It is to be hoped that the plan of building a cottage will succeed, and doubtless it will, for every year brings many representatives of the fraternity into this region, and a home would be most welcome to them.
The Rainbow of the Delta Tu Delta, Vol. 9, by Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, 1885, page 108-9