Memorial Day Services
It is estimated that between five and six hundred people attended the Memorial exercises in Farnam last Saturday. The services being held at the ball park at 2 p.m.
Never in years have such a large crowd visited Farnam on Memorial day, and the lodges and school children were represented in large numbers.
The program was exceptionally good and all were unanimous in this belief. First on the program being a song by the specially prepared choir, after which Rev. H. H. Pyche of the Congregational church offered prayer. Lincoln’s Gettysburg address was delivered by H. T. McNickle. After another beautiful selection by the choir, Lloyd E. Peterson, delivered an oration, and right here we pause to make special comment upon Mr. Peterson’s ability as an orator. His subject was well chosen, the manner in which it was delivered was perfect, touching upon the heroic soldiers, both living and dead, their mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts who all shared in the suffering and the glory of those memorable days. We predict a brilliant future for Mr. Peterson as an orator.
Bishop Beecher of Hastings, delivered the Memorial address in his usual efficient and interesting manner, at the close of which he was heartily applauded.
After another selection by the choir the parade was formed preparatory to marching to the cemetery. The procession was headed by the school children, followed by the Degree of Honor, the A. O. U. W., the Rebekahs and Odd Fellows, seventeen flower girls, (each carrying a bouquet and wreath), the old soldiers and a long line of carriages. The graves of teh departed soldiers were all decorated, after which the graves of the deceased members of the above mentioned lodges were cared for.
The names of the old soldiers which are resting in the Farnam cemetery are: J. Bradshaw, S. Griffis, G. F. Stevens, B. F. Stilley, C. C. Underwood, R. L. Lydic, James Martin, William LaRue, Taylor Jones, N. M. Irelan, W. H. Rolph, Robert Cloyd, Charles Koepke, M. F. Martin, N. Rank and R. H. Rice.
Note: Initials and spelling of names were corrected from the original article as printed in the Echo.
The Farnam Echo 11(25):1, Thursday, 4 June 1914