I was sleuthing through Google Newspaper Archives, news.google.com/newspapers/ when I found this article published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) regarding a surprise party for my great-grandfather’s sister Marie Strelesky. It was published on Sunday, February 18, 1906, page 2.
Miss Marie Strelesky was pleasantly surprised by a number of friends at her home on Saturday evening. Cards and other games were the order of the evening, after which refreshments were served. Those present were:
Misses Julia Farkes, Elizabeth Pinch, Amelia Strelesky, Ernie Sanders, Elizabeth Kretz, Maggie Barry, Lena Kelly, and Lavina Strelesky; Messrs. Frank Stower, L. A. Smith, John Strelesky, William Barry, James Moore, Charles Duscheck, Albert Strelesky, Andrew Gantenbein, Fred Sanders, Michael Moore and Alexander Strelesky.