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VOL 37.
NO. 3G
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The Centennial Celebration Was The Biggest and
Best Show Columbia County Ever Saw.
All the People Unite in One Splendid
In its issue of January 2nd, 1901
Tub Columbian first suggested
that as the centennial of the found
ing of Bloomsburg would occur in
1902, it would be fitting that the
event should be properly observed,
and urged that steps be taken at
once so that there would be plenty
of time for preparation. As it seem
ed a long way ahead no action was
taken at that time, and so the matter
rested until April of this year, when
the subject was again agitated by the
Morning frets, and on April 18 last
a public meeting was held in the
Court House for the purpose of as
certaiuing the wishes of the people,
and if the sentiment seemed favor
able to take the preliminary steps
lor a celebration. Mayor John R.
Townsend presided, and the out
look was so encouraging that it was
decided to organize and arrange for
a ceutennial. A general executive
committee was appointed and active
work begun. At a second meeting
the following permanent officers
were elected: President, John R.
Townsend ; Secretary, Geo. K.
Elwell ; Treasurer, L. N. Moyer ;
Vice Presidents, Dr. J. P. Welsh,
A. Z. Schoch. Subsequently nu
merous committees were appointed,
a list of which has appeared in this
paper for the past four weeks.
How well the work of the various
committees was performed, the re
sults have shown. As is always the
case, there were a few on some of
the committees who rendered no
service, but the efforts of the active
ones were united and energetic, and
every detail was so closely looked
after that the entire affair passed off
in a manner highly creditable to
the management, and to the satis
faction of everybody. The town
was never so beautifully decorated,
not only in the business portion,
but along the residence streets. It
was this loyalty on the part of all
the people that helped to make our
celebration the great success it was.
Many strangers were heard to ex
claim that the decorations were
more elaborate than they had ever
seen before in a town of this size.
The appearance of the streets was
much beautified by the small flags
strung ou the trolley guy wires,
and on the trolley and telephone
poles throughout the town. This
was the conception of Mr. H. Bruce
Clark who with the assistance of
several others of the Decorative
committe? raised a special fund of
nearly seventy dollars by small sub
scnptious. Ihere were over two
thousand flags used for this purpose.
Mr. P. K. Vanuatta is also entitled
to special mention for his valuable
services as chairman of the Decora
tion Committee, in supervising the
construction and decoration of the
various arches. So much good
work was done by so many members
of the various committees that it
would be invidious to name any
special ones. Chairman Townsend
devoted his time and energies to the
work for several weeks past, and if
he and those who were working
with him almost constantly made
any mistakes they were of the head
and not of the heart. It was im
possible to please everybody, and
when any supposed grievances
were brought before the committee,
all reasonable requests were cheer
fully granted. juT
The Centennial exercises opened
on Wednesday evening, August 27,
in the Methodist church, where an
audience of two thousand people as
sembled. It was an inspiring sight
and an occasion never to be forgot
ten. On the platform sat all the
clergymen of the town, and address
es were made by Rev. D. N. Kirk
by, Rev. J. R. Murphy and Rev.
Dr. Fryshiger; Protestant Episcopal,
Roman Catholic and Methodist.
Never before has there been such
an assemblege in Bloorasburg. The
addresses were of an interesting
character and were listened to with
marked attention. We shall not
- attempt to give a synopsis of what
the speakers said. These speeches
Effort, and Success was the Result.
and those of Thursday morning to
gether with all the details and pro
ceedings of the three days ought to
be compiled and printed in book
form for our own pleasure and for
the edification of future generations.
I lie music at this meetine and
on Thursday morning was furnish
ed by a chorus of about eighty
voices, led by Prof. O. II. Yetter.
It was composed of the best material
in the town, and added greatly to
the occasion. The program for this
meeting as printed in last week's
issue was carried out in detail.
On Thursday morning at 8 o'clock
the ringing of church bells and
blowing af whistles ushered in the
work of the day. Bauds arrived on
incoiningtrains, including the Ninth
Regiment Band of Wilkes-Bai re.
the Catawissa Band, Berwick Band,
Buck Horn, and Lime Ridge. The
Bloomsburg Band gave their services
both days and cheerfully and ably
performed all duties assigned them.
At 10.30 o clock an historical
meeting was held in the Normal
Auditorium where Mayor Town
send presided, and opened the ex
ercises with the following remarks:
To day our thoughts go back
through the mists of a century, to
the time when Ludwig Ever select
ed the land on which the town olot
of Bloomsburg was laid out. Wei
can picture this little band of
Pioneers running the lines and driv
ing stakes to mark the town plot,
the sound of the woodsman's ax
startling the timid deer which
abouuded in the virgin forest which
covered this part of our town. The
location in those days must have
been an isolated one, far away from
the busy hum of life, requiring in
those days as many days as now
hours to reach the trading towns of
that period. Here at peace with
the world we will leave the pioneers
who laid the foundation for the
Town of Bloomsburg, and turn to
our town ot 1902. We are today
celebrating our Hundredth Anni
versary, and I feel proud to have
the honor of extending a welcome
to our visiting friends; proud be
cause we can welcome you to a
Town that is in touch with this
progressive age. We can go to our
telegraph office and communicate-!
with any part ol the business world
we can step to the telephone and
talk with the great business centers
of our country. Our railroads con
nect with the great truuk railroads
of our country. Our town can boast
of having good water, fine churches,
good school buildings, handsome
residences. Our houses are sur
rounded witli all the modem con
veniences of the age, heat, electric
light, gas and good sewerage. We
have an orderly community, the
per centage of crime being very
small for the amount of our pop
ulation when compared with other
towns. And why should we not be
proud of our Town of Bloomsburg?' '
The chairman then announced
that he had been requested by the
members of the Century Club of
Bloomsburg to present the prize
offered by them for the best Histori
cal Essay on the "Town of Blooms
burg." The winner of the gold
prize, value $10.00, was Rowland
Hemingway sou of Dr. Heming
way, pastor of the Presbyterian
church of Bloomsburg, who was
congratulated on winning the prize
by the Chairman.
Addresses were made by Col. J
G. Freeze, Hon. Fred Ikeler, Rev.
D. N.. Kirkby, and Governor
Stone. On the stage sat members
of the various committees, and in
vited guests from different parts of
the county.
Owing to the uncertainty as to
how many would be 111 the Govern
or's party it was impossible to ar
range beforehand for those who
would dine with him at the Normal
School. . He was accompanied only
by his private secretary, and as
this left a number of seats vacant
at the table, members of the coin-
BSOLUTE security that moneys deposited will re
main subject to the demand of the depositor ;
the knowledge that loans in the nature of dis
counts, will be granted with the utmost liberality
possible under sound banking; the assurance
that the bank has facilities for the prompt and
proper transaction of such business as may be intrusted
to it ; the careful supervision of the officers of the bank
so that customers may meet with courtesy, and con
sideration. These are the factors that have" contributed
to the success of this Hank.
org iwcioiia:
A. Z. SCHOCH, President.
Read Mv Ad on 5T11 Tack.
No matter what the grade,
is carefully inspected before
going out of this store.
Every Watch
Is backed by our unquali
fied guarantee a guarantee
that's kept.
J. Lee Martin,
Jeweler and Optician.
Telephone 1843.
mittees who were present, and
prominent visitors were invited to
remain. The party included the
Governor, his secretary, Mayor
Townsend, Rev. D. N. Kirkby,
Dr. J. P. Welsh. Hon. V. T.
Creasy, John G. McIIenry, Judge
R. R. Little, Hon. A. U Fritz, W.
H. Slate, Fred Godcharles, Repub
lican candidate for congress; V. P.
Hastings of Milton, J. C. Brown,
Secretary Geo. K. Elwell, Louis
Cohen, Dr. V. M. Reber, Assist
ant Secretary D. J. Tasker, and
Prof. O. II. etter. A delicious
dinner was served under the direct
ion of V. II. Housel, steward, and
at two o'clock the party came down
town to view the parade.
It was nearly 2.30 wheu the line
of the civic parade came up Main
street headed by Chief Marshal
Holmes. The details of the line
were given in last week's issue.
The only visiting orders present
were the Knights of the Golden
Eagle of Catawissa and the John
Knox Cotnniaudery, Knights of
Malta, of Wilkes-Barre. This lat
ter bodv gave an exhibition drill
on the Court House pavement after
the- parade and received round
after round of applause at their
skillful manoeuvres. J. C. Brown
and Geo. E. Elwell were the judges,
and they awarded this Commandery
two prizes, one of $25 for best ap
pearance of secret organization,
aud $20 for exhibition drill.
After riding to the head of Main
street in the procession, the Gov
ernor and Mayor Townsend re
turned to the reviewing stand in
Market Square where they re
viewed the line which passed that
point twice.
At 4 o'clock the Governor was
given a reception by Ent Post G.
A. R. in their room, and after
lunch at the Normal School he
took the evening train for Harris
burg. He expressed himself as
greatly pleased with our town,
and with his cordial reception here.
His honoring the occasion with
his presence was highly appreciated
by the committee, and by the
throngs of people who had an op
portunity to see him. Hundreds
who could get near euough were
favored with a cordial hand shake.
WM. II. HIDLAY, Cashier
J. G. Wells'
Special Gun
A first class single barrel
gun, self ejector. This is
a good one $4.48.
Special price on double
barrel hammer guns $7.98
up to $iS 00.
Don't miss this one.
Xew Worcester
Double Barrel Iliunmer
less Gun $10.40.
Hunting Coats, Leggins,
Shell Vests, Belts, Etc. 3
Ceneral Hardware,
IJloomshurg, Pa.
Among the attractive features of
this parade were the floats. It
was known that there would he a
number of them in line, but when
they appeared there was an evident,
hum of admiration, and great sur
prise was expressed not only at the
large numbers, but at the artistic
skill displayed in their arrange
ment. F. P. Pursel made a very nice
exposition of his business with
three floats. The first, representa
tive of his grocery department, was
drawn by four horses. Chase &
Sanborn's coffee was the predomi
nant article. Occupying an exalt
ed position on the wagon was a
huge coffee pot. His dry goods
department float was a good one,
gotten up with classic taste and
trimmed with yellow and white
material. It, too, was drawn by
four horses. His third float con
tained a complete bed room suit
nicely arranged under a canopy of
muslin. The furniture displayed
was the well known Hawley-Slate
A large wire drawing machine
was shown by the Richards Manu
facturing Company. These com
plex constructions are manufactured
and shipped to all sections of the
country by this company.
Geo. W. Keiter's showing was a
handsome one. There was a pro
fuse display of his celebrated brands
of flour, surmounted by a great
big loaf of bread. His son George
II. Keiter held the ribbons over
six fine hcrses. The float was one
of the conspicuous figures of the
Four expert cigar makers made
and distributed cigars along the
line for Alexander Bros. & Com
pany. This was quite a novelty
and made a big hit with the peo
ple. The Stegmaier Brewing Com
pany, of Wilkes-Barre did not
count cost in their float. Particu
larly striking was the arrangement
of bottled goods, the upper tier
resting in the shade of several
graceful palms. Four magnificent
horses were hitched to the wagon,
they having been sent down from
Continued on 8th page 4th Column.
styles better all round satisfaction.
Costs only your time to test this proposition. No
charge here for posting you up-to-date. Suits at
$8.00, $10.00, 12.00 or $1 5.00, and satisfaction at every
price. Money refunded, if anything goes wrong.
The Clothier,
Bloomsburg, Penn'a.,
Corner Main and Center Sts.
ES- Come
we'll treat you
We have been
orous price clipping and this final
Summer Sale marks the end. It
you are fishing for bargains be sure
your hook is cast in the right place.
Womens' White Lawn Waists
tucked and trimmed with em-j
broidery were $4.00, and $3.25
now $3.00 and $2.50.
Womens' White Lawn Waists
tucked and trimmed with em
broidery, were $2.50 and $2.00
now $2.00 and $1.25.
Wash Silks, extra quality, were 75
cents, now 50 cents.
Silk Ginghams were 50c, now 35 cts.
Leader Store Co., Ltd.,
4th and Market Streets, Bloomsburg. Pa.
What's What
In Suits
Come and See
The new garments are
here waiting for you.
If you want to look
like a New Yorker we
have the new Fall
Suits ready to give
you that effect.
Set your figure at
one-half the made-to-order
prices and we
will furnish better
in and see us,
doing some vig
Womens' Shirt Waist Suits
of Lawn, Gingham and Cham
bray in solid colors, polka dots
and stripes, exceptional values
at price quoted: Were $5. 50 and
$5.00 now $3.00.
Lawns, Dimities and Tissues
were 25c. now 15 cents.

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