“The Rockford Germania Gesang Verein will hold their Grand Masquerade on the eve of Jan. 1, 1877, at their headquarters, Metropolitan Hall. Costumes can be obtained at the Holland House as early as Dec. 30. Tickets: 50 cents; for sale at I. Bacharach’s, west side, and C. Henry’s on East side. Great preparations have been made to make this ball one of the best ever given.”
Source: Rockford Weekly Gazette, Dec. 21, 1876.