History of the Nickerson Mansion: 1885

Chicago Daily Tribune, February 8, 1885, page 11

Mrs. Nickerson’s Reception

Following in the drift of fashion, which seems to run to receptions, occurred that given by Mrs. Samuel Nickerson Wednesday afternoon in honor of Miss Estelle Easton of Philadelphia, who has been her guest since Christmas. Every room in the house was open to the guests, who came, and came, and came, and staid [sic] promenading through the lofty halls and finding retreats and easy rendezvous in the card, billiard, smoking, dancing, reception, and toilet rooms, and much to please and interest in the gallery and library. Mrs. Nickerson received in the pink room. She wore a toilet of cloth-of-gold trimmed with black thread lace, with yellow gloves and diamond and onyx jewelry. Miss Easton was attired in a black lace dress, with long black gloves and diamonds, and carried a hanging bouquet of Mermet roses. The table decorations consisted of a large cut crystal bowl, containing 200 roses. On either side was a bowl overflowing with Roman hyacinths. The gas was lighted at 4 o’ clock, and the guests had not all retired at 6. At one time there were 180 ladies in the reception rooms.

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