Officer Sprinkle Parties at the Waldorf-Astoria

Our favorite officer and the patron saint of Ghosts of DC, Officer Sprinkle, took a trip up to New York City with a group of 21 contest winners from The Washington Post. Twenty-one winners in the Post’s European tour contest were in the Big Apple prior to heading across the Atlantic for their journey.

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billiards room in the Waldorf-Astoria where Officer Sprinkle hung out
billiards room in the Waldorf-Astoria where Officer Sprinkle hung out

Below is the account of a party given later that evening at the Waldorf (check out this cool book of historical cocktails from the Waldorf), published in the Post on July 1st, 1911.

The watchful care exercised over The Washington Post’s party by Lieut. Sprinkle won the praise and admiration of the officers of the Metropolitan police who escorted the party through Chinatown. His reputation as an efficient police officer of the nation’s Capital had preceded his arrival here, and he was easily recognized when he appeared with The Washington Post’s party before the members of some of New York’s “finest.”

Lieut. Sprinkle and his daughter, Miss Alma Sprinkle, were entertained at a dinner party at the Waldorf-Astoria tonight.

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Circa 1902. "The Waldorf-Astoria, New York." The original, and somewhat forbidding, Waldorf at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. (Shorpy)
Circa 1902. “The Waldorf-Astoria, New York.” The original, and somewhat forbidding, Waldorf at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. (Shorpy)

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Have you put together a timeline of Officer Sprinkle’s life and exploits? That would be fun, and continually filled in as you find more articles.