Welcome Home Celebration
World War I

for Service Men of Second District, Fulton County, N. Y.
held at Johnstown, New York
Friday and Saturday, July 25th and 26th, 1919

Honorary Chairman, Hon. Clarence W. Smith,
Mayor of the City of Johnstown

  

Please Note:  This booklet was donated by the family of the late 
Clarence Hoffman, of Johnstown.  It is now part of the collection
 of the Johnstown Historical Society and provided here by 
James F. Morrison, archivist for the Society and Gloversville Historian.

On to Part 2 of the 1919 Celebration
includes entire Fulton County Honor Roll


 

 

Johnstown, World War I Honor Roll

Officers

Town Vice-Presidents

Stratford.......................................Howard Kibbe, Jr.
Caroga..............................Hon. Eberly Hutchinson
Bleecker..................................................Frank Peters
Mayfield.........................................George E. Wilkins
Northampton...............................Edgar G. Palmer
Broadalbin..................................Benjamin C. Smith
Perth...........................................Charles L. Codding
Johnstown....................................Willard Sammons
Ephratah....................................................John Leek
Oppenheim............................................J. J. Ingram


Committee Chairmen

Plan and Scope.................................... John T. Morrison
Sports...............................................Nathaniel Wheadon
Entertainment...................................... Mrs. R. M. Evans
Ways and Means.....................................Frank L. Rogers
Publicity........................................................J. C. Hennelly
Parade..............................................Alfred W. Tutchings
Music...................................................Walllace J. Spraker
Attractions..............................................Joseph A. Colin
Illuminating and Decorating................Giles B. Fonda
Invitations.........................................George W. Randall
Transportation.....................................Edgar D. Gordon
Auditing.....................................................Edward O'Neil
Children............................................Mrs. Edward J. Reid
Police................................................................Peter Joyce
Women's Organizations......Mrs. F. N. Neuendorf
  

Program Arranged by Publicity Committee

  

Six Volunteers, First to go to Camp
Left September 6, 1917 for Camp Devens, Mass.

  

WHY WE CELEBRATE

'Twas the waiting.

Our Boys were Over There.

Over here were the mothers and father, the wives and sweethearts, the sisters and brothers and that vast number of others, who, although not related by blood ties, also regarded them as Our Boys.

Who can forget it --the waiting!

The mobilization; the embarkations; the transport trips and submarines; the front line trenches and drives; the newspaper reports and bulletins!

Did hearts beat normally, did breath come freely, did life seem real those days?  Who can forget the waiting?

But, all that is over now.  Our Boys are home.  The stricture at the throat is gone.  The lurking dread of the day's dawning and darkening has passed.  We live once more!

What we do today is not to glorify our city, our towns, ourselves.  It is to give expression to the emotions which well up within us.

We are proud of Our Boys -- Prouder than they will ever know.  we are happy that they are back -- happier than we are able to express.  Theirs was the going, the doing and for some, the dying.  Aye, the dying!  Deep in our hearts, veiled from view, we enshrine those that did not come back.

As for ourselves, can we ever forget the days when all we could was to wait?

So today we're "just folks" giving vent to our emotions.  Our Boys are Home!

    


PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Friday Afternoon, July 25th

1:00--

Formal Opening of Celebration by blowing of whistles and ringing of bells for five minutes. 

1:15--

Musical Festival in Court House Park, including Concert by Citizen's Band of Johnstown, Community singing led by Robert Lawrence of New York, and Selections by Mendelssohn Male Chorus.

2:30-- Program of sports on Hoosac Street.
5:30--

Twenty Minute "Stunt" Flight by two Curtis Airplanes, starting from aviation field on corner of East Main Street and East Avenue.

United States Senator, James W. Wadsworth of New York will speak during the afternoon.

8:30-- Filibuster Parade.
9:30--

Block Party on North William Street, Music for Continuous Dancing by Citizen's Band and Gloversville Military Band.

  

Saturday Morning, July 26th

10:00--

Musical Festival in Court House Park, Concert by Citizen's Band, Community singing led by Mr. Lawrence and Selections by Mendelssohn Male Chorus.

  

Saturday Afternoon, July 26th

1:00--

Memorial Service for Honored Dead in front of Honor Roll in Court House Park.

2:30--

Feature Welcome Home Parade, following which Medals will be pinned on Service Men by members of Red Cross in front of Colonial Club.

5:30--

Twenty Minute "Stunt" Flight by two Curtis planes.

6:00--

Supper served to Service Men of Second District at New Grand Theatre.

   Theatre donated through generosity of Manager J. A. Colin.
Prof. James F. Thomas donated his services at console of unit orchestra.
8:00--

Concert by Citizen's Band and Dancing on North William Street.

9:15--

Grand Display of Fireworks on Schriver's "Silver Lake", with a Concert by Kirkpatrick's Military Band of Troy.

10:30--

Concert by Citizen's Band and Dancing on North William Street.

     


Our Honored Dead

What matters death, if Freedom be not dead?
No flags are fair if Freedom's flag be furled,
Who fights for Freedom goes with joyful tread
To meet the fires of Hell against him hurled
And has for Captain Him whose thorn-wreathed head
Smiles from the Cross upon a conquered world.

-Sergeant Joyce Kilmer

Second District Men Who Gave Up Their Lives for Their Country

Leonard W. Ripton   H. J. Smith   Brown D. Murray
Charles R. Walwrath   James P. Uhlinger   Dorr Mason
John Dobijas   Lloyd Reese   William Weaver
Patrick Connelly   Frederick Fogarty   Abbott Laning
Henry Bradt   Philip C. Gross   Leo F. Burke
Russell Trumbull   William F. Forchette   Edward M. Shiel
Frank Filkins   Clyde Mabee   Floyd Manzer

  

Seven Men who Left
February 23, 1918 for Camp Devens, Mass.

    


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