(A very young James Branch Cabell)
The site below is an online exhibit based on an article taken from the April 16, 1884 issue of the Richmond State under the "Local Matters" section of the newspaper. It recounts the Mother Goose birthday party held for James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) who was to turn five years-old.
The party took place on Cabell's birthday, April 14th, and had some 75 guests (all of them listed as well as who they came as from the Mother Goose galaxy). A number of these children grew up to be important participants in Richmond's business, civic, and art communities. The party was held at 101 E. Franklin Street, the home of Martha Louise Patteson Branch (1831-1908), Cabell's maternal grandmother. Cabell was born on the third floor of the house -- today the Richmond Public Library occupies almost the entire block.
Learn more about the party from the link below - from an online exhibit created by Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries: