Lawrence County News
January 4, 1934
City Will Have Part in President's Ball Tuesday January 30
Lawrenceville is to take part in the National Ball to be held on President Roosevelt’s birthday, January 30th.
The plan is to hold a ball in every town, of reasonable size in the nation with the idea of building up a foundation fund for the Infantile Paralysis Hospital in Warm Springs, Georgia. These balls will have an admission fee of sufficient size to allow one dollar per couple to be sent to the foundation.
At the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, Monday noon, the members agreed to work with the committee in charge of the program. Different organizations of the city will also take part in the publicity, sale of tickets and general activities in connection with. J. Mack Humphrey is chairman of the committee and he is busy getting plans made, particulars of which will be published at a later date. It is expected that more than five hundred couples will dance in Lawrenceville on the night of January 30, and it is also intended that several halls will be available for the accommodations of the dancers.
Lawrence County News
February 1, 1934
Large Crowd at Presidents Ball Tuesday Night
While the total number of tickets sold for the President's Birthday Ball Tuesday night has not been announced the committee in charge of the affair in Lawrenceville is well pleased with the showing made. The dance was held in the Armory on west State Street and it is estimated that at least 200 couples were present during the evening. Many of them simply spectators, but the great majority yielded to the seductive strains of the saxophones and glided gracefully over the floor. Of course, this is all figuratively speaking. The fact of the matter is that from a musical standpoint the band was rotten and the gliding of the dancers was anything but graceful. But a good time was had by all.
The floor show given by the members of the band assisted by a couple of ladies was very good. The crowd was orderly and there was no discordant note to interfere with the evening’s pleasures. The Armory was nicely decorated for the occasion.
Those who preferred cards to dancing were invited to the Elks Club, and many who purchased tickets did not attend in either place. As announced some weeks ago, proceeds will be sent to Warm Springs Foundation as an endowment for the Infantile Paralysis Hospital, a most worthy cause, and this fact alone sold many tickets.
A dance was also held at the Moose Hall in Bridgeport for the same purpose, but a report on proceeds had not been made at this time.
J. Mack Humphrey and J.K. Riley were the moving spirits in organizing and carrying out the details of the dance in Lawrenceville and they were ably assisted by members of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and other organizations.
Note from Researcher Kevin B:
"FDR contracted polio in 1921 at the age of 39, and was paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. He was committed to finding a way to rehabilitate himself as well as others afflicted with Infantile Paralysis. In 1924, FDR visited a rundown spa in Warm Springs, Georgia where it was said that the buoyant mineral waters had therapeutic powers. After six weeks, he was convinced that he had made more progress in his rehabilitation than at any time in the previous three years. He built a home for himself at Warm Springs. The first Birthday Ball was held in 1934, with 4,376 communities joining in 600 separate celebrations that raised over one million dollars for Warm Springs. Future Birthday Balls continued to raise about a million dollars per year, with contributions split between Warm Springs and the local communities where the balls were held."