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, Rimes-Hildebrand ' P l a n Big Doings For Public Thursday Rimes and Hildebi-and's golden anniversary celebration was auspiciously auspiciously inaugurated last night with a reception and dinner at the combliotel for past and present employes of the big department store and several of its longtinw suppliers. -' The celebration will be carried into the store tomorrow, with several special features arranged lor the day. Mayor Waldo V. Tiscornia will unlock the doors at 10:30 a. m., bur later than the usual 9:30 %.Â· 'Warren Colby will furnish organ m u s i c throughout the hours, and young women, attired costumes of 1898--the year Rimes and Hildebrand was founded--will serve as hostesses throughout the day. Festivities at the store will be broadcast over WHPB from 10:30 11:30 a. m. Longtime customers of the store will be interviewed WHPB announcers. by A gigantic birthday cake will cut at the store Saturday morning, and slices of the cake, in gold- colored anniversary boxes, distributed distributed to each customer by the hostesses for that day. Two Hundred At Banquet Approximately 200 persons attended attended last night's reception and dinner for past and present em- ployes and long-time suppliers. 4 The golden anniversary theme Â·as carried out in the decorations. Huge, gold-colored pillars, each bearing the numeral "50," formed a background for many baskets flowers sent by well-wishing business business firms and individuals. Yellow jonquils and yello\r candles fea- lured the table decorations. Occupying places of honor at heart table were Frank Hildebrand, co-founder ot the store with ihe late Benjamin Rimes; Harry L. Rimes, who joined the firm some I . 30 years ago, and Eugene O'Toole, c i la who became associated, with the store management about 25 years ago. With them wen: their and Mrs. Bc'ijamm Rimes. . ; i nit i a ti o n banquet Ken Wallis. genial sales manager tn oi .Cooper. Wells and company, served as master of ceremonies. "reviewed briefly the founding of the .store un :i modest scale, its early snuggles, and ultimate development! into one of the leading and l:uov;n department stores in south- western Michigan. Son Is Promoted-- Givc Plaque To Ilildcbrand j Commemorating t n e occasion, j employes of the store preserved j Hildebrand with a bronze plaque i mid a huge basket of yellow roses. Presentation of the plaque was made by Mrs. Hattic Niephaus, department manager and employe of Ihe store for 32 years. The flowers were presented by Mrs. Jennie Welsch of the alteration depart- ment, who has been with the linn for 25 years. ! Masons, meets .Four of the store's earliest pioycs were presented-with gifts Harry L. Rimes. They were: Stella Rutkoskie and C h e s t Khoclcs, who were employed by firm in 1903, and Mrs. Louise ueclge Atkinson and Mrs. Rose ' Bower, who were employed in 1906. Rimes also presented a gift to Mrs. Niephaus as the oldest em- ploye in length of service. She began working for the firm 32 ago, at the age of 14 years. William A. Barr, of the Louis Marcus Coat Company, Baltimore, proved to be the oldest supplier present. He has been calling on Kimes and Hildebrand for 40 years or more. He, too, received a gift fiom the store management. Numerous congratulatory telegrams telegrams were read by Eugene alter he had paid tribute to the memory of the late Benjamin Rimes. A congratulatory telegram from Governor Kim Siglsr was read by Mr. Wallis. During and after the dinner, guests were entertained with an Jfacellent program that included vocal solos, by Jimmie Endicott; dancing by Betty Gilbert; numbers by Lois Pertell and Grace Miller, Chicago musical duo, and piano selections by Warren Colby.