Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 12, 1919
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Nov. 12, 1919
ARMISTICE DAY CELEBRATION IS GREAT SUCCESS
The first Armistice day celebration in Medford, which closed with the big military ball at the Natatorium last night was an unqualified success participated in by many thousands of people from all over the county.
The parade was the most glorious feature of the day, and in the opinionof many wasthe best ever seen in Medford, while all agreed that in number of marchers, music and appearance it was one of the best. While there was an absence of frills in the long procession all the thrills were there. Who could help but feel his heart beat faster at the sight of those hundreds of returned stalwart ex-servicemen, small band of ex-servicewomen, the handful of aged G. A. R. men and the Red Cross women. The martial music, the flags flying here and there throughout and the sentiment of the day which was in thankfulness for the great world war having come to an end just a year ago inspired in every one, marcher and onlooker alike, a deeper feeling of patriotism, love of country, and gratitude to the young men who had gone into the war.
And in all hearts there was a tinge of sadness among this rejoicing as the thought came of those local soldiers, among the thousands of other American fighters lying in graves in France, while their surviving comrades were marching in celebration.
In the parade were over 400 ex-servicemen of all branches of the army and 50 navy veterans,including the ex-servicemen from Ashland. Also marching were 15 young ex-service women, who had done their duty as nurses or yeomanettes in the navy.
Everywhere along the line of march, and Main street was crowded to the curb by many thousands, the ex-servicemen and women were given hearty applause, as were the G. A. R. and many Red Cross women.
As usual the Elks lodge had the most men in line, for in addition to the 300 members marching behind the lodge service flag containing 127 stars, the lodge had 72 members marching with the ex-servicemen, and many among other bodies, making in all about 400 members. The parade got away in good shape almost on time, thanks to the efforts of Lieutenant Hobb Deuel, the grand marshal, and marched and counter marched on Main street, from Washington school to Riverside
The crowning event of the day was the American Legion ball at the Natatorium last night, which was one of the biggest social events of the year.
No pains had been spared to insure the success of this initial dance event of Medford post No. 15, and a splendid success it was in every way. The large hall was taxed to its utmost capacity to accommodate the throngs who poured in all evening long.
Launspach’s10-piece orchestra provided all of the latest dance music. A pleasing innovation was the introduction of Mr. Tobin of New York, late of the Winter Garden, who entertained with several songs. The decorations were handled on an elaborate scale and surpassed anything seen in Medford for several years. Dancing held forth until 1 a.m., the crowd staying till the last notes of “Home, Sweet Home” had died away.
Everyone voted this dance one of the most successful ever staged in Medford and the dance committee were heartily congratulated for having put over such a splendid affair.