HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
Katie Gibbs and Minnie Ryan knew how to party! Party girl is not exactly the image people have of Mrs. Gibbs. “Hospitality and Mirth” from the Galena Daily Gazette in 1883 talks about a party the sisters gave at their father’s mansion for international students they had met while at Manhattanville.
Many years after Mrs. Gibbs’s death, a reporter wrote that no one ever called her Katie. Obviously, that is not true.
Imagine the grounds with Chinese lanterns in double rows in all the paths.
Manhattanville, their boarding school in New York, had an international component. One of their classmates became the Marquise de Merinville although her maiden name Mary Caldwell indicates she is probably American.
Let’s keep the Gibbs story alive.
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STAND ABOVE THE CROWD! EXCELLENCE IN ALL YOU DO!
This tagline from a later Gibbs catalog sums up the institution.