Golden Jubilee Draws Large Crowds Here
Many Old Timers Return for Celebration
FINE PROGRAM GIVEN
Crowds estimated at 1800 on Wednesday and 2500 on Thursday attended Farnam’s Golden Jubilee celebration. The program went off smoothly throughout and the large crowd was handled nicely. The two blocks from the old commercial hotel to the street north of the Ford garage was used for the rides, concessions and stands, giving room for the crowds to get about. The free acts were put on a platform built on the lots north of the Farnam Theatre, and allowed the people to have a good view, as they could assemble on the slope north of the platform. This platform was also used for the band concerts in the forenoon.
A list of the pioneers from a distance that registered at the pioneer rest room is given on another page.
Both the Eustis and Gothenburg bands gave fine concerts, for the Jubilee and on behalf of the town we wish to thank the director, T. H. Lynch and the bands for their fine programs.
The horses which were trained by Fred Gaibler, living east of Farnam, was an exceptionally fine performance. Although it was a little hard to get the horses to go through their acts, because of the crowds, the horses did very well, and gave a performance that was enjoyed by all. One of the horses which performed was two years old in July and had only been trained since the first of the year.
The novelty dancing by Miss Jean Thrasher was another pleasing performance on the program and many favorable comments have been heard in regard to the acts which were put on each day.
Much favorable comment has been heard of the address of Congressman C. G. Binderup of Minden, given last Wednesday evening. The attendance to this address was unusually good and attentive.
In his address Congressman Binderup gave many interesting facts, and gave them in a manner that was interesting from beginning to end. He explained the workings of the Federal reserve banks, the Federal land banks and the proposed Frazier–Lempke bill. He lauded the pioneers of our land for their courage in building homes in the frontier country, such as ours fifty years ago. He stressed with alarm the Monuments as he called them that once told of homes throughout our country, the abandoned windmill, the few scrubby trees, or just an old rusty stove, which mark the place that was once a home.
His address stressed the importance of our country realizing the greatest institution of our land the “Home.” He stressed that every family should have a home, taxfree, and debt free. He accused the government which is ours of failing to protect the American homes, thus breeding communism in our land, and breaking down the home life of the nation.
Honorable Dwight Griswold of Gordon, candidate for governor, gave an appropriate address on Thursday evening. He emphasized that the people of our state should appreciate more deeply the wrok of the pioneers. He spoke of the faith, courage and ambition of the pioneers of Nebraska. He gave illustrations of these virtues, by telling of the experience his own mother who was the first white woman to settle in Sheridan county. She came from the east and settled there in 1886, on account of her health. He stressed that the people of today need more of the pioneer spirit, and that if they did have there would be less people depending upon our government.
The boy and girl races held each day drew a lot of interest and some keen competition. Winners of the different events are on another page. The penny shower each day attracted a large number of children under eight years of age.
The baseball games played between Eustis and Oxford, resulted in Oxford winning both of the games. On Wednesday nine innings were played without either team getting a score. In the tenth an Oxford player hit a homer to win the game for Oxford, 1–0. Thursday the game went scoreless for the first four innings, but in the fifth the Oxford team ran in eight runs which gave them a long lead which was never threatened by Eustis, during the rest of the game. The final score was 13–3.
The DeKohl troupe was another attraction which was met with approval and was an unusual performance. These people put on a very fine show, and the acts were the accomplishment of artists in that particular line.
Raymond Rosenfelt, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rosenfelt was the lucky one and received the Junior auto, Thursday evening.
The American Legion dance and the picture shows drew good crowds for the two days of the performance.
With the exception of a little disturbance or two the entire program went off in a very commendable manner and the people attending from all appearances had a good time throughout the program.
The Farnam Echo 52:1, Thursday, 13 August 1936