Behind the Lace Curtains – A Blog by Emily Mayer

  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Tribute to The Gentleman of Avalon

    One sunny summer day in 2008, a shy and gorgeous tuxedo cat was hiding in the lilac trees between The Cottage and The Mansion.  It didn’t take much coaxing from me to get him out of the bushes, and we instantly bonded.  He was hungry, in need of love and a good home, so of course we kept him! I Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Madrid Depression Glassware

    It should come as no surprise that I love antiques, especially glassware, china, and the like.  Among the collection are several pieces of Depression glassware, and the Madrid pattern has long been a personal favorite.  It was manufactured by the Federal Glass Company from 1932-39 and offered the pattern in amber, green, pink, crystal and Madonna blue, the blue being Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-January 13, 1917

    The mentioned J. A. Mayer is my great-grandfather, Jacob Mayer.   There were a few articles regarding local businesses on the front page of The Havre Plaindealer’s January 13, 1917 issue. “CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN ANNUAL MEETING “Directors Chosen Tuesday for the Ensuing Year “At its annual meeting in the secretary’s office, last Tuesday, the Havre Chamber of Commerce chose Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-January 6, 1917

    I have been writing a column for the Havre Daily News about Havre and Hill County’s history since 2012.  My column appears weekly in the Friday paper, and I enjoy selecting articles from old newspapers to share with readers!  One of my 2017 Resolutions is to post that column weekly on my blog as well, and there sometimes may be Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Our Cookbook Collection

    The cookbook collection of the High Line Heritage House Museum is vast and broad.  Ethnic cookbooks, holiday cookbooks, cookbooks that highlight one ingredient, decade cookbooks, tea party cookbooks, celebrity cookbooks, Crock-Pot cookbooks, historic cookbooks-they are all in the collection.  What I especially love collecting are cookbooks put together by local groups and sold as a fundraiser for whatever cause they Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Happy New Year and Other Resolutions

    A happy new year is extended to you from Avalon!  Our celebration here was, as always, low key and quiet.  We left loud and raucous parties behind us in our twenties and are perfectly happy to spend New Year’s Eve at home with our cats.  Jamey made his annual shrimp scampi and it was delicious! With the new year comes Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-The Cottage Cats

    I’m not the only one who lives in The Cottage.  My lifelong companion, Jamey, lives here with me and so do five adorable cats.  I guess you could say we run a cat house! When Jamey first moved in with me, I had seven cats-Mackie, Skinny, Shorty, Buddy, Pippie, Smokey and Mr. Tux.  Sadly, we lost four of them in Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Historic Home Dreams

    Living and working in Havre’s two oldest homes is a dream come true for me.  I grew up on the north side of Havre, Montana, between the tracks and the river.  We are referred to as “river rats”, and not always nicely.  The house we lived in amounted to a one-bedroom shack, and I listened to my mother longing to Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 16, 1916

    The Fifth Annual Hill County Fair was underway this week 100 years ago.  A large article was on the front page of the September 15, 1916 issue of The Havre Daily Promoter.  It reads, in part: “HILL COUNTY FAIR MAKES FINE BID FOR PATRONAGE “Women Farmers make Magnificent Display of Agricultural Products.  City and Rural Schools in Competition.                 “Let Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-Missed column for September 9, 1916

    The Labor Day weekend threw me for a loop as far as trying to get things done.  This article was supposed to be published in the Havre Daily News on September 9, 2016, but I missed the deadline.  So, here is a bonus article-enjoy! News wasn’t that great in the Havre newspapers 100 years ago, as two locally prominent and Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-September 2, 1916

    Havre’s many labor unions were busy preparing for the upcoming Labor Day Celebration this week 100 years ago, and it was no small affair.  The September 2, 1916 issue of The Hill County Democrat outlined the many events plus prizes donated by various Havre businesses to the winners. The events included a grand parade with cash prizes for the best Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 26, 1916

    There really wasn’t much in the newspapers 100 years ago this week.  An announcement that the Hill County Fairgrounds would play host to car races the coming Sunday was printed in the Hill County Democrat’s August 26, 1916 issue.  Races for light cars, big cars and free-for-alls were scheduled, and the drivers included Jerry Wanderlich, King Kelly from Chicago, Captain Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Lace Curtains-Welcome to My New Blog!

    My website has recently been redesigned, and I couldn’t be more pleased with Heather DePriest of Montana Grafix!  She’s done a fantastic job!  When she first proposed a new website designed for smart phones, I knew I needed to convert and waited a year.  Now, the new and improved site has e-mail capabilities, visitors can book a tour on my Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 19, 1916

    The big news this week was the arrival of Congressional candidate, Jeanette Rankin, who was running on the Republican ticket. All three Havre newspapers ran a story about the event.  This article announcing Miss Rankin’s visit appeared in The Havre Daily Promoter’s August 14, 1916 issue: “MISS RANKIN WILL SPEAK “Miss Jeanette Rankin, candidate for congress, will be in Havre Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-August 12, 1916

    The Chautauqua was a hit so far in our city 100 years ago.  All three newspapers carried glowing reports about the presentations and attendance.  This article was on the front page of The Havre Plaindealer’s August 12, 1916 issue: “HUNDREDS ENJOY THE CHAUTAUQUA “All the Numbers Prove Interesting the Entertaining “Hundreds of Havreites and many visitors to the city have Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-July 29th and August 5th, 1916

    Most of the local news in the past couple of weeks centered around the upcoming Chautauqua and candidates for public office.  The year 1916 was an election year, too, and many Hill County citizens were running for the various open offices. Business was also brisk.  This article was published in the July 29, 1916 issue of The Havre Plaindealer: EXPRESS Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating History-July 23, 1916

    Havre, for the most part, was taking a break between the two big events of the first Great Northern Montana Stampede that had just finished, and the upcoming Chautauqua.  The courts, however, were filling that void by naturalizing many new American citizens.  Canada, Norway, Russia, Great Britain, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Germany were our newest citizens’ place of birth, most Continue Reading...