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Mail Tribune 100

May 16, 1917


Ideal weather conditions greeted the greatest patriotic parade in Medford's history Wednesday forenoon, and crowds of people from all sections of the valley lined up on both sides of Main street to see the procession pass by. Flags were flying everywhere and there were myriad flags in the parade.

It was also one of the most representative parades in the history of the valley as well as very unique. The governor of the state, city officials, businessman and school children, women's organizations, the ministers of the city, the military, civic and fraternal organizations were all in line. It is estimated that the parade numbered 2,000.

The parade passed before governor Withycombe, who at its conclusion delivered from the bandstand a brief patriotic address, and he praised the people of Medford and the valley for their patriotic spirit and complemented the city and valley in general.

The one distinct hit of the parade standing out distinctly from many striking features, it was the Japanese women in Red Cross costume who marched at the head of Medford Japanese delegation. The Ashland delegations also attracted much attention. The sister city fighting with Medford in patriotism add about 250 persons in line of march, including band military company and Red Cross chapter.

The parade was headed by grand marshal Lawton and the Ashland band, followed by Company I, third Oregon infantry, the Seventh Company of Medford, and the first company of action, C. A. C. Then came women of Medford chapter of Red Cross guard in costume. At their head were 13 girls guard in flag costumes representing the 13 original states, carrying a banner of which was inscribed the "Grand army of the world."