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Jan. 20, 1919 – It was quite like the old belligerent days of ’18 at the High Jinx dansant Saturday afternoon when they again entertained for the visiting soldiers and sailors in Buttrick’s hall. Mrs. Albert Upsher and Mrs. J.P. Brough, jr. acted as chaperons for the afternoon and a number of residents and visiting girls assisted in entertaining the guests. There were many officers, absent on leave from distant camps and a number from the nearby post at Fort Sill, who attended and were later entertained informally in the homes of their friends.
Capt. W.H. Saunders, whose home is at Sumter S.C., and who is stationed at Post field, was an interesting visitor at the dansant. Capt. Saunders, who is a West Pointer, has to his credit sixty-seven hours of flying over the enemy lines during the battles of the past summer without meeting with accident.

Not so fortunate was another guest, Lieut. E.G. Waggoner of Philadelphia. Lieut. Waggoner, with the heavy field artillery in the battle of Verdun last summer, was gassed and blinded. After a serious siege in the hospital he regained his eyesight. He was invalided home and is now attending the school of fire at Fort Sill...

Among the several aviators in attendance at the dance was Lieut. O. M. Mosier, who has been in charge of Reams field at San Diego, but now discharged and back in town to resume his residence here... (Daily Oklahoman).

Note: A dansant is defined as a “tea dance”, so perhaps it was an afternoon social event of the time. An internet search of “High Jinx dansant” and “Buttrick’s hall Oklahoma” had no matches, so if you visit the Oklahoma Historical Society in OKC, please check out those terms in the 1918 and 1919 telephone directories and let us know the address.