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Large Crowd Attended


About 1,000 people assembled at the band stand and in the pavilion Decoration Day in honor of the Nation’s war heroes. Unfortunately the program was not completed on account of the storm, but that portion given was greatly appreciated by all.

During the early part of the program a telegram sent by Lieut. A. E. Reeves from Deming, N. M. was read by H. T. McNickle and was greeted by a hearty applause. The message reads as follows:

       Deming, N. M. May 29,

H. T. McNickle
  Chairman,
    Farnam, Nebr.

The boys of Farnam, though scattered over the world send our love to the home folks, our respect and greetings to the old soldiers and appreciation to all. We pledge anew to the flag you raise today our loyalty and lives and assure you not a star shall be slighted.
      Lieut. Alfred E. Reeves.

After the service flag raising and presentation of the W. S. S. achievement button to Dell McNickle of the Boy Scouts at the band stand, the crowd prceeded to the pavilion to hear Judge Grimes, who by the way, gave a talk that reached the hearts of every true American present. He paid fitting tribute to both the living and dead heroes of the past and present and wasn’t slow in expressing his views on the question of disloyalty.

The address by Erastus Smith was for the most part unheeded, for just about that time the wind and hail were beating against the pavilion to such an extent that his voice was scarcely audible.

After a few selections by Prof. Ainlay’s chorus the program was discontinued, it being impossible to march to the cemetery on account of the rain.

The Farnam Echo 15(26):1, Thursday, 6 June 1918

 



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