At night a ball was given by the young ladies and gentlemen of Hickman, for the accommodation of their visitors. On account of the loss of sleep the night previous, not more than one-half of our boys were able to attend, but those who did speak highly of the warm reception shown to them on the occasion.
The following morning, bright and early, we were waited on by the several members of the Club, with pressing invitations to visit the Fair Grounds. All hands went in hacks furnished for our benefit. Charlie Moore and ourself were taken out by Dr. Faris' splendid jet black ponies, in faster time than they make on their railroad. The officers and directors showed us every courtesy in their power, and during our stay every one appeared to enjoy themselves to their heart's content, especially those we saw promenading with the beautiful young ladies of Hickman. Pressing invitations to participate in the nice little picnic dinners were given in every direction, but the majority being anxious to be in town to await a boat, could not accept the many kind offers. We did, however, and to the Messrs. Steagala and ladies we are indebted for an excellent dinner.
We reached town in time to take the 4.30 P.M. train back to Union City, and on reaching there we went in search of our former citizens of this place, Dr. Mardick and lady. We found them, and it is hardly necessary for us to state that we were hospitably entertained. The Doctor is very much pleased with Union City, and has nearly completed a fine residence, intending we suppose, of making that place his future home. The southern train at length whistled, and once more we were all on board for home, reaching Columbus about 11 o'clock and Charleston at midnight.
We have been somewhat lengthy in this report, and yet have failed to notice many incidents, as well as persons, during our stay in Hickman. Their Fair, however, deserves more than a brief notice, and this matter shall receive our especial attention in our next issue.
-Charleston Courier, October 8, 1869
I think the article is kind of unique. The depth of detail about such a small club is amazing. At this point we know much more about the 1869 Charleston BBC than we do about most of the clubs in St. Louis at the time and that's a direct result of the reporting in this article. It's a great piece and one that I really enjoy.