AT LEAST 15,000 PEOPLE SEE PARADE
Battery D 83rd Division With Full Equipment was Drawing Card--Battle Formation, given as in Action. Contests Close and Exciting.
No larger crowd was even on the streets of North Vernon than the mass of people who were present for the Labor Day parade Monday morning at nine thirty
At eight o'clock the streets were over-flowing and ,machines and buggies, teams amd wagons were steaduky unloading to swell the ever growing crowd. At nine o'clock the parade
was formed on South State Street and with the North Vernon Band leading the Legion of Soldiers and Sailors came swinging down Walnut Street with military precision. Following the Legion came the
the floats and leading men of North Vernon in their automobiles. Mose Gumble's car was beautifully decorated with ribbon and crepe and deserved first prize. The Jan Fox-truck won second prize and
won second prize and The Lumber Company wagon drawn of four gray horses took third place. Bringing up the rear of the parade was Battery D 83 division from Camp Knox, Ky., a band of 27 men directed
by Edward Thomas lead the battery. There were four French 75's three ammunition wagons, provision trucks, water wagon, camp wagon, all of which were drawn by the fourteen caterpillar tractors. The
line of march lead from South State Street to Walnut, to Fifth, to Hoosier on out to the Fair Grounds.
Soon following were barrel races, running and jumping entrants.
In the afternoon were horse and mule races, motercycle and auto races.
The sham battle was called at four o'clock and consisted of battle formations, salutes and retreats. The signal corps ran a telephone line across the race track and supposedly
called back the proper elevations and hits to the gunners. All the tactics were run by whistle signals and the four guns were whirled around to any desired position in an amazingly short time.
In the evening a street dance was held, with music by local boys. The street was sanded and made a fair dance floor. Lights strung along the side of the streets and a cluster
of lights on a tall decoration in the middle of the street illuminated the dance.
The American Legion wants to thank every one of the public spirited citizens who helped them with time and money and work to make the celebration a success. They want to thank
the business men of North Vernon, the women who donated the food at the dining table and who toiled at the table handing out the food. They want to thank the boys of Battery D for helping them in their
celebration. The day was a success in every way and it was the American Legion who engineered the celebration.
The contasts and awards were as follows:
Parade, Mose Gumble $15, Silas Fox $10, Lumber Company $5.
Barrel rolling contest, Clifford Little $1, Leo Leadford 50c.
Water bucket race, Herbert Day $1, Walter Campfield 50c.
Boy's running race, Olen Richardson $1, Ruben West 50c.
Wheelbarrow race, Alfred Funke $1, Aaron Wire 50c.
Boy's bicycle race, Granville Day $1, Ruben West 50c.
Girl's hopping race, Mildred Day $1.
Boys watermelon contest, Albert Funke, Marvin Malott 50c.
Half mile pacing race, Wm. Hubbard $10, Curley Foyst $5, Wm. Shinholt $2.50.
One-half mile running race, Perry Hudson $10, Raymond Rouse $5, Clarence Hall $2.50.
One-half mile trotting race, Leonard Smith $10, O'Conner $5, Gloss Taylor $2.50.
Five mile motorcycle race Malcomb Mattox $5, Chas CObern $3, Frank Kemp $2.00.
Boy's sack race, Francis O'Mara $1, George Carson 50c.
Boy's hopping race, John McKinsey $1, Roy Collins 50c.
Men's foot race, Ray Rettig $2, Willis Kinney $1.
Boy's leap-frog race Demster Green 50c, ____ Green 50c, Amos Craig 35c Robert Marlett 25c.
Tug of war, Robert Marlett 25c, Harlan Hudson 25c, Geo. Clarkson 25c, Forrest Wheaton 25c, Wm. Hanna 25c, Alfred Jackson 25c, Amos Craig 25c, Lawrence Atwood 25c, Newferd Irwin 25c, Ellis Scheuk 15c, Sanford Harper 25c.
Girl's running race, Mildred Stearns $1, Genette Berkshire 50c.
Five mile auto race, Raymond Kign $10, Frank Wright $5, John Funke $2.50.
SOLDIERS ARM BURNT BY DISCHARGE OF 75 GUN
Private Hubert, detail No. 2 on one of the French 75's of the Battery from Camp Knox, Ky., had a burned right fore arm and left eye as result of the gun in the shambattle Labor Day.
A loaded shell was shoved into the gun but stuck so that the breech would not close. Private Hubert went to the left side of the gun and rammed the rod down the gun to expell the loaded shell.
While he stood, working the rod with his right arm and looking back over his right shoulder to get the commands the breech was closed sucessfully fired. As Hubert continued his duty with a bloody powder stained arm and
injured eye until discovered and ordered to the hospital by the commander, Captain Pendleton.
The blame lies with the private who gave the signal that the gun was ready. Private Hubert was not injured seriously in the arm or eye, the question is, whether he will ever recover his hearing
in his left ear for the shock deadened his hearing at the time.
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