This Day In History: 1919-03-07
A Get-together men’s dinner was held at the Mahwa Town Hall by the Ramapo Reformed Church was described in the Ramsey Journal as the “biggest event socially in the history of Mahwah.” 150men attended about 50% of them commuters each day from Mahwah, at $1 each. The room was decorated in orange, the color of the Reformed Church in America, in honor of William of Orange. The dinner was prepared by the Ladies Aid Society. Songs were performed by Rev. Vennema’s daughter, Mrs. Edward Du Bois and the orchestra consisting of Mrs. Minnie Ramsey, piano, Frank Rufner, violin, William Kehr, viola, Arthur Biggs, flute and John R. Grimm, cello played during and after dinner. Speeches by the Rev. Vennema, Howard F. Holman, Chairman of the Township Committee and Simon Blocher, Pastor of the Paterson Reformed Church were timely and inspiring.