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Newspaper: HARDISTY, Mrs. R. - Calgary

and Bow River District Advertiser
September 16, 1885

Contributed for use in Alberta Digital Archives by Darlene Homme.

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Address and Presentation

A Pleasant Passage in the History of Mrs. R. Hardisty

On Thursday evenign last Mrs. Hardisty was somewhat surprised by and invasion
made on her home by her friends of the Methodist Church. They were armed with
well filled baskets, and after a pleasant social time had been enjoyed, Mr. S.
Douglas took the floor and presented the hostess with the following address:

To Mrs. R. Hardisty:

Your friends of the Methodist Church and Choir here, have learned with much 
regret of your contemplated removal from this town to Edmonton. During your 
two years residence here you have formed and cemeted many pleasant and valued 
friendships, which we would desire should not be interrupted by your removal.

We have during this time enjoyed the hospitality not only of yourself, but of
your esteemed husband, and feel sure that your and his absence, will be greatly
regretted by all with whom you have come in contact. Your active and ready
cooperation in all matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the
best interest of the Church, have been remarked and appreciated by all. We feel,
however, that we should make special references to your valued and cheerfully
rendered services as organist of the church for some time past. While this is an
office of great responsibility and trouble, it is frequently the case that the
services of an organist are not properly appreciated. We feel, however, that we
cannot let the opportunity of your retiring from that position pass without in
some measure signifying our appreciation of your services and we therefore ask
you to accept these articles.

Again, in parting with you and your esteemed husband and family, we wish you God
speed and increased happiness, not only in your temporal and spiritual concerns,
but also in your social relations, and would add that should you see your way 
clear to return to Calgary at some future time to reside, you may be assured of 
the hearty welcome of the friends you will leave behind.

On behalf of your friends in the choir and church.

(Signed) Spencer Douglas

Mrs. Hardisty requested her brother, the Rev. John McDougall, of Morley, who was
present, to reply in her behalf, which he did in a happy manner thanking the 
friends for their kind remembrance, and assuring them that as in the past, so it 
would be in the furture, that both Mr. and Mrs. Hardisty would always be found 
ready to do what they could to forward the best interests of the Church with 
which they are allied.

The articles referred to in the address consist of a handsome handpainted china 
butter cooler and pickle cruel set in silver; and silver pickle fork selected 
from Mr. Jacques' stock, and a silver individual castor, line with gold, from 
Mssrs. McIntyre & Davidson's.

The ladies then produced their baskets and a sumptuous repast was spread and
enjoyed. Music and other entertainment followed, and a pleasant evening was closed
with prayer by the pastor of the Church, Rev. J. Dyke.

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