Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Charley Huyck]
It was a sight for sore eyes, all in one set, circling, bowing, and promenading.
The “necktie and apron” dance was a favorite here in our territory and aroused lots of interest. Both old and young took part. The women and girls would make up aprons and neckties each using a different pattern of gingham or other goods.
Each one necktie would correspond in pattern to one apron.
The neckties would be placed in envelopes along with a ticket to the dance.
The man and boys would buy these envelopes and the girl whose apron matched the tie would be the partner of that particular man for the dance.
The young folks and the old folks mingled freely together. There wasn't the distinction there is today. They were'nt cliquety at all. I think the older people are responsible for the way they do now. These young people wouldn't keep to themselves so much if they were encouraged by the older ones to all mix in the same crowd.
Often when the sets were on the floor dancing both young and old, even some of the granddaddies who were not in any of the sets would get out to the side and dance a lively ‘hoe down' or clog.
I have played at dances where five or six small children would be sleeping on a pile of the dancers' coats and wraps in a corner of the hall.