SS Normandie

The SS Normandie arrives at New York City following her maiden voyage, June 3, 1935. The ship carried gifts from Vincennes, France, to Vincennes, Indiana.

On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 3, 1935, 200 people, representing Vincennes civic, social, professional, and business groups, were assembled at the Fortnightly Clubhouse for a dinner, what was perhaps the biggest social event of the year. The gathering was held for the formal presentation of gifts that were sent to the city from Vincennes, France.

Earlier that day Monsieur Rene Weiller, Consul General of the Republic of France at Chicago, and his wife, arrived in the city for the dinner. They were met at the Grand Hotel, at Third and Busseron Streets, by a big reception committee, headed by Rene Dognaux. Dognaux was an official with the Blackford Window Glass Company.

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