Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Woonsocket Celebrates Fourth With Fitting Observance

From the Woonsocket Call July 5, 1921

Woonsocket Celebrates Fourth With Fitting Observance

Dedicates Squares Re-named As Tribute to This City’s Fallen Heroes in Great World War— Big Parade and Exercises at Cold Spring Park Features of Celebration— Numerous Handsome Floats Add Touch of Color to Parade.

Woonsocket celebrated in grand style, yesterday, the Fourth of July, 1921, the 145th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July, 1776, and on the occasion of this same celebration, dedicated to the perpetual honor and respect of all Americans of all times, the memory of those Woonsocket heroes who made the supreme sacrifice that not only America, but civilization might live, free and unfettered.

In vivid contrast to the cold rainy days of last week the city awoke to a glorious Fourth and hustled around in the sweltering heat to do honor to its heroes and to fittingly commemorate the deeds, not only of those day of ’76 but of later years when Americans, all, responded to the call of Old Glory. Almost every available space in buildings and on poles throughout the city was decorated with the Stars and Stripes, and with this as a background, the veterans of three wars, officials, and all taking part in the parade, gathered between Cass avenue and Hamlet avenue, on Cumberland street, with the Chief Marshal Joseph Pratt and this staff at the corner of Cass avenue and Cumberland street, where the head of the parade was formed.

Parade Gets Underway.

The line started to form shortly after 9 o’clock, but it was over an hour later before the hosts that turned out were properly assembled and placed for the march. With the streets lined with spectators, Chief Marshall Pratt gave the order about 10:30 that started the line moving towards its destination. More than half of the procession was around the corner on Hamlet avenue, where the length of the parade necessitated its being placed for formation.

The parade moved to Place Belhumeur, (Social Corner) where it halted for one minute in honor of the dead soldier for whom the square was re-named.

The line of march was then resumed to Monument Square where the parade was again halted for a brief period to honor the memory of those veterans to whom the square has been dedicated. The next stop was at Flynn Square (Depot Square) where the dedicatory exercises were held.

As the marchers drew up to Flynn Square they were greeted by a salvo of salutes fired from the Court Street Bridge. The entire square was a mass of American flags, and every available position, on street, or, in the windows was occupied by the people who had ventured out to witness the exercises. Machines blocked all streets, packed with spectators.

Marchers Reviewed.

Mayor Adelard L. Soucy and members of the City Council were on the reviewing stand at the junction of High and Main streets. The parade was halted in the square while Mayor Soucy made the dedicatory address, dedicating the squares and consecrating the names of those who died for their country. Mayor Soucy said in part that, “the dedication of these squares today offers the utmost proof that in thus consecrating the names of these heroes, they have not died in vain.”

The line of march was then resumed and the parade reviewed by Mayor Soucy and the members of the City Council. The parade again halted, after passing through Main street, at Young Square, (Market Square), and from there passed over Arnold street to Railroad street, over Railroad street to Curtis Square, (Randall Square) where another halt of one minute was made. From there the procession moved over Harris avenue to Cold Spring Park, where the marchers were drawn up forming a hollow square, for the patriotic exercises. Following these, the parade was dismissed.

Parade Formation.

The Formation of the Parade follows:

Platoon of police, Sergeant Keenan in charge: patrolmen Salvas, Monegan, Plasse, Perron, Mailloux, Cunningham, McCormack and Kelley.

Chief Marshal, Joseph Pratt.

Chief of Staff, Adelbert LaRoche.

Members of staff (mounted): Norbert Drainville, Victor Lavimodiere, Frank Marcotte.

Color bearer, Harry Pratt, color guards, Leo Brien, Raymond O’Donnell.

First Division.

Marshal: Major Henry C. Card.

Aide: Louis Cabana.

Woonsocket Cornet Band, W. H. Houghton, director.

12th Company artillery, Rhode Island National Guard, Capt. Wolf.

United Train of Artillery, Providence, Col. Lyons and staff, Captain Young.

Rhode Island Division, Sons of Veterans, with representatives of camp 7, Providence, camp 10, Woonsocket, camp 16, Pascoag, camp 19, Providence. Division commander F. A. Hoyt, acting captain, F. L. Barrows.

Veterans of the G. A. R. In automobiles.

Ladies of the G. A. R. In automobiles.

Veterans of the Spanish-American War.

Consolidated posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States representing Darnbrough Parkin Post No. 152, Providence Payne Post No. 174, Providence Connell Post, No. 215, Providence Flynn Post No. 263, Woonsocket Yankee Division Post No. 272, Providence Getchell Post No. 306, Pawtucket Bretton-Perry Post No. 332, Providence McKenna Post No. 592. Providence Getchell Post was represented by its drum corps of twenty […] Past Inspector General of the National Encampment V. F. W. His staff consisted of Junior Vice Commander of the national encampment Ernest Goodread, Capt. Arthur C. Cole, president of the Second Division Association, Edward Donnelly, Sgt. F. E. Carr, Flynn Post 353 Woonsocket and Georges Toutin 45th Division French Infantry.

Second Division.

Marshal Robert Mason

Aide, Leo St. Onge.

Mounted color bearer Mrs. Walter Gaskill.

Eagle Band, 26 pieces, Samuel Cote, director.

A large delegation from Andrew F. Young Post No. 3 American Legion. Lester E Ramsey, commander. Color bearers George miller, Ovila Arsenault, color guards Leo Boucher, Edward Murray.

Drum corps of Post 45, V. F. W., Providence, Twelve pieces.

Women’s Auxiliary to Post No. 3, American Legion.

Conseil Gagnon, No. 183 l’Union St. Jean-Baptiste.

Degree team, Woonsocket Aerie No. 205, Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Third Division.

Marshal, Lorenzo heath.

Aide Eugene Lemery.

Alice Mill band, the Woonsocket Rubber Company. Stanley Sanski, Ukrainian Association. President Poboryski in command, director Representatives of Italian society in automobiles. Ukrainian Band. Floats.

Numerous Floats.

Four societies were represented in the parade by emblematic floats. The American Legion had a float showing the wounded soldier wound up in congressional red tape; Woonsocket Lodge of Elks showed the signing of the Declaration of Independence; the Daughters of the American Revolution had a float representing Betsy Ross making the first American flag and the Loyal Order of Moose had a float representing Mooseheart.

The manufacturers were represented by attractive floats showing the character of the articles they make and by others which were decorated in the national colors. Those in this section were the Guerin Spinning Co., Perseverance Worsted Co., Nyanza Mills, Park Spring Dyeing & Bleaching Co., Alsace Worsted Co., Montrose Worsted Co., Taft-Pierce Co., Glenark Mills and Enterprise Dye Works.

The merchants represented by floats were Harris & Mowry Co., Goodnow-Morse-Brooks, Bresnahan Grocery Co., Lefrancois Transfer & Teaming Co., Armour & Co., Eagle Garage, Sylvestre & Brodeur, Clinton Cash Market, Blackstone Valley Gas & Electric Co., Kane’s Furniture Store, Dulude & Gervais, and the Canadian Hay & Grain Co.

Prizes for Floats.

The judges on the floats, who were Superintendent of Schools Wendell A. Mowry, Rev. Ernest Morin and Rev. E. Dean Ellenwood, awarded the first prize for the best float representing a patriotic event in American history to the Woonsocket Lodge of Elks, its float representing the signing of the Declaration of independence. The prize is $50. The second prize, $30, was awarded to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the float representing Betsy Ross making the first American flag.

In the mercantile division the first prize, $25, was awarded to Goodnow-Morse-Brooks; the second prize, $15, to the Breanahan Grocery Co.; $10, to the Blackstone Valley Gas & Electric Co.

First prize in the manufacturing division, $25, was awarded to the Park Spring Dyeing & Bleaching Co.; second prize, $15, to the Enterprise Dye Works; and third prize, $10, to the Nyanza Mills.

Exercises at Park.

Hundreds braved the heat to attend the patriotic exercises at Cold Spring Park at the close of the parade, and enjoyed an excellent address by Representative Francis B. Condon of Central Falls. Mayor Adelard L. Soucy presided as master of ceremonies and following a selection by the Woonsocket Cornet Band and the singing of “America” by the school children under the direction of F. E. Kettlety, introduced Mr. Condon himself a Legion member who was attached to the 77th Div. At Camp Merritt.

Mr. Condon, in opening his address, paid tribute to the city in selecting the 145th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence […] Woonsocket soldiers who met death in the late war by renaming the squares of the city in commemoration of their supreme sacrifice.

“Woonsocket has done itself proud today” said the speaker, “In so honoring the brave men who died to prevent foreign aggression, who gave up their lives that people of America might enjoy liberty and democracy. These were not generals, these men did not command armies, but proved themselves heroes in the ranks.

“Let us not forget their sacrifice in the name of democracy,” continued the speaker, “Let no pseudo-American step in and destroy that which they died to save. Let us stand guard at the gate of American liberty and let no one darken its history which began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.”

In conclusion the speaker urged the co-operation of the American people with the American Legion in its efforts to give aid to disabled service men who have done so much for the world and all humanity.

Following two selections by the school children “There’s a Long Long Trail” and “Keep the Home Fires Burning” the program was brought to a close with the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The Committees.

The observance was in charge of committees representing the City Council together with various societies, the Woonsocket Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. Alderman Thomas F. Rodgers was chairman of the general committee while City Auditor J. V. Normandin was secretary and A. Colitz, assistant secretary.

The general committee, representing the City Council and composed of members of the City Council included the following: Aldermen Thomas F. Rodgers, James F. Carroll and Frank P. O’Donnell and Councilman Augustin Fealhaber, Adelard E. Peloquin, Louis T. Allard, Edward W. Reade, Henry W. O’Brien and Raoul Renaud.

The various sub-committees were as follows:

Music: Councilman Fealhaber, T. P. Magee, Joseph Pratt; horribles, Councilman Peloquin, Ernest heath, Guilford Liard, Napoleon Breton, Louis Archambault; decorations, Councilman Renaud, John Linton, Gustave Hummel; committee on chief marshal, Alderman Carroll, Louis Cabana, Major James R. Kane; refreshments, Councilman O’Brien, Mrs. Ruth Carr, Mrs. Emma Drury, Mrs. Henry Card, Mrs. Napoleon Chevallier, F. A. Carr, William A. Wilson, Mr. Hamilton; school children, Councilman Reade, T. P. Magee, Mrs. Gertrude W. Carpenter; battery salutes, Councilman Allard, Capt. William P. Shunney, Major James R. Kane; floats, C. E. Smith, chairman, Alderman Frank O’Donnell, Mrs. Edith Gaunt, A. Colitz, Mr. Sawyer, Mrs. Ruth Carr, Mrs. Melina Luduc, George Macgregor, C. E. Conkey, T. E. Sharkey, Joseph Pratt and Evan Urquhart; speakers, Councilman O’Brien, harry Brown, R. R. Heroux; transportation, Councilman Peloquin, Clyde O/ Dudley, Frank McKenna; parade, Councilman Reade and Govel, David R. Howard; publicity, L. B. Taft, P. Dellerose, John Linton, C. E. Smith; budget, members of the City Council committee; reception committee, Mayor Adelard L. Soucy, H. J. Lagace, Dr. J. G. Boucher, P. J. Hemond, Sinai Belanger, Joseph Roy, martin M. McLaughlin, Louis Drodeur, Dr. J. J. Gearon, P. J. Cox, E. S. Lafayette, Edmund Guerin, Hugo Jarrett, John R. Higgins, Joseph O. Lefrancois, Dr. Alfred Poirier, Dr. J. V. O’Connor, Charles L. Warner, Dr. R. G. Reed, Dr. W. G. Bernard, Philip Boucher, Alphonse Gaulin, John C. Cosseboom, Edwin Belheumer, J. B. Brindamour and Judge Earle Brown.

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