HOME COMING DAY
WILL BE CELEBRATED IN LEMARS JULY 10
WILL ARRANGE A FINE PROGRAM
Plans Are Being Made to do Honor to the Soldier and Sailors of
County Who Have Returned From Battle Fields
Homecoming day for the returned soldiers and sailors of
Plymouth county will be celebrated in LeMars Thursday, July 10, instead
of July 4, as originally planned. This decision was arrived at the fore
part of the week and a telegram was sent to the Redpath-Vawter
Chautauqua Association, which will furnish most of the talent for the
occasion, by President W.R. Winders of the Commercial club, in which he
assured them that the Homecoming committee would co-operate with them
in making July 10, 1919, the greatest day in the history of LeMars.
It would impossible for the local committees to arrange such high grade
entertainment as will be brought to this city for this occasion.
Efforts have been made by the speakership committee to secure a speaker
for the celebration July Fourth but their efforts were unavailing.
Other committees were busy endeavoring to secure talent but could not
do so. The committees were discouraged when T.F. Graham, specials
representative of the Chautauqua association, dropped into town and
showed to a committee called for the occasion, consisting of R.B.
Dalton, chairman of the Homecoming committee, C.C. Woodke, of the local
Chautauqua association, J.C. Gillespie, Frank Rothschild, S.T. Nevein,
Fr. P.P. Lucke, W.R. Winders and other, the program the Chautauqua were
going to put on in LeMars, July 10. It was such a wonderful program
that is was practically decided then to cooperate with the Chautauqua
association. The tentative plans became a reality when the Chautauqua
association received the telegram from Mr. Winders.
Probably the most sensational event of the celebration July 10 will be
the aeroplane flights of Lieut. Miller, an instructor at Reilly Field.
Lieut. Miller afterwards went to France and downed enough German planes
to become an ace. He will do the nose spin, tail spin, spiral and other
spectacular flying. With Lieut. Miller will be Maj. Bridgman, commander
of a famous serial corps, who will lecture.
Randa Roma, the famous Italian band from the White City, Chicago, will
give concerts both afternoon and evening July 10. This is one of the
big concert bands now touring the United States.
In the forenoon Gov. Carlson, of Colorado, will deliver an address and
Dunbar's White Hussars, a indies band, will furnish music.
But this program isn't all. Local committees are at work making plans
for welcoming the returned soldiers and sailors.
It is quite probable that a parade will take place in the forenoon and
every soldier in the county is expected to attend in uniform to
participate in the parade. Everything in the amusement line, including
big dance in the evening, will be free to the soldiers and sailors. In
fact, it is going to be the real get-together meeting for everyone who
participated in the world war. A place where men who fought "over
there" or those who remained in the United States but were willing and
anxious to go over, can meet and exchange reminiscences.
-source: LeMars Sentinel Newspaper, LeMars,
Plymouth Co., Iowa; Friday, 2 May 1919