Colorado Springs Gazette, March 4, 1923
Ice Harvest Banquet Attracts Great Crowd at Monument
All of Monument and a large portion of Palmer Lake and Colorado Springs turned out last night to pay homage to “Bill” Doyle of the Doyle Ice and Storage company, the occasion being the annual banquet celebrating the end of the ice cutting-season—but the guest of honor failed to respond to his name when called upon. For William Doyle, president and general manager of the company, was in bed—it kept a doctor and a nurse busy to keep him there—with an attack of influenza, which attacked him yesterday morning.
About 125 guests, including all the men who had aided in the task of getting the ice crop under a roof during the last month, sat down to the feast which was served in the big consolidated school house at Monument, which has been without a hotel since the fire of more than a year ago.
The dinner was served by ladies of Monument and Palmer Lake and lasted until a late hour last night. Clyde B. Taylor of Monument presided at the banquet and after several efforts succeeded in inducing some of the Colorado Springs guests to make a speech. By unanimous consent W.C. Jones was awarded the palm as a speechmaker when he rose in response to his name and talked for hours on the natural attractions of Monument and declared that some day he hoped to be permitted to open a cafeteria in that city.
Mrs. Josephine B. Mays of the Monument High school responded to the toast, “The Ladies,” and gave extracts from Lamb’s dissertation on “The Pig.”
One of the features of the evening was the musical program led by Harry Taylor of Monument. An orchestra, composed of Miss Elizabeth Hunt, piano; Bryan Hagedorn, violin, and E.J. Dixon, clarinet, furnished the music for this affair.