Posted by: abbiewatters | May 23, 2013

Spring Tea at Franke Tobey Jones

Yesterday, we had the Spring Tea in honor of Franke Tobey Jones’ birthday which was May 21st.

In 1922, …representative women of Chapter C of PEO (an international women’s charitable sorority) set out to fulfill member Virginia Mason’s dream of establishing a community in which retired people could live in pleasant surroundings with all the comforts of home, but without the burdens of home ownership.

On July 5, 1923, Mrs. Franke Tobey Jones, wife of Charles Jones, who had significant holdings in the Tacoma Lumber Company, expanded the vision by donating a building site and $150,000 for the erection of a permanent home for the elderly. Mrs. Jones’ gift provided the entire sum needed to build the home on a four-acre site with views of Commencement Bay and Mt. Rainier.

The Franke Tobey Jones Home opened in February 1925, with accommodations for 65 residents, each with one room and a bathroom shared with a neighbor. At the time of opening, it was only the second home for the elderly in the state, and soon was recognized as one of the most outstanding facilities in the nation. (From the History of Franke Tobey Jones).

The Tea was held in the Solarium and Dining Room of the Tobey Jones building.

The Solarium

The buffet table was in the Dining Room.

The Table

There were chocolate-covered strawberries

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Tea Sandwiches

Tea Sandwiches

Lemon White Chocolate Cookies

Lemon White Chocolate Cookies

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Mango Blueberry Scones

Mango Blueberry Scones

Cheese Cakes and Sweets

Cheese Cakes and Sweets

Lemon Tarts

Lemon Tarts

more Tea Sandwiches

More Tea Sandwiches

Birthday Cake for Ms Jones (long deceased)

Birthday Cake

and coffee, tea, punch, and mimosas

Coffee, Tea and Punch

All accompanied by a Chamber Music Quartet from one of the local Universities.

The Entertainment

They really do things up grand here. All the food was wonderful, and, needless to say, I didn’t have any dinner last night.


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