Southbridge Pays Tribute to Washington

2,000 Cheer Paraders; Costumes, Floats Lend Color

 Tablet Unveiled Memorial Dedicated at Post Office; Grant, Foss Speak

Article written by Estelle Benoit,

Front Page of Southbridge News, July 27, 1932

The Washington Bicentennial and Post office Day parade marched down the flag-lined streets of Southbridge last night with more than 2,000 spectators cheering it on.

Leading the parade of 300 marchers was Chief Ulric Brault, riding a sleek horse.He was followed by members of the police department and the Sons of Italy band.Franklin C. Monroe, marshal and Wilfred Girard, bugler, were next in line.

  Colonial Group

The American Legion auxiliary was represented by women in colonial costumes carrying a large flag.Nipmuck tribe, IORM had a long line of members inn their Indian uniforms doing a snake dance, Sago Council, D of P., members had a float showing a forest scene with Indian girls and children standing and sitting among the trees.

Barney Richard as a pioneer trapper riding his mule through town carried a primitive banner, a branch of a maple tree.He received a large ovation from the grinning crowd.

Junior Club

Dressed in colonial costumes, the Abraham Lincoln Junior Club, comprising girls from eight to twelve years of age, rode sedately in a large yellow and white float.Mrs. Rose Shepard, their mother advisor, also dressed in colonial costume accompanied them.

The Joseph Pilsudski, St. Stanislaus and Sons of Italy societies were well represented by a large number of members.Ponce auxiliary, V.S. W., and Malcolm Ammidown Woman’s Relief corps had floats on which rode uniformed members.

In the line of march also were the Veterans of Foreign Wars, postal employees, Veterans of Spanish Wars, Sons of Union Veterans.

Corps Makes Debut

The Southbridge Aerie Fife, Bugle and Drum Corps made its official debut last night and approximately 20 members marched and played.An impromptu battle of music was stage as the Sons of Italy band and the corps met in front of the post office.

The Boy Scouts did their daily good turn yesterday at post office square in helping with the directing of traffic.The Girl Scouts led by their scout mistress, Mrs George Webber, marched in line as did the Franco American societies.Guard Rochambeau and the Junior Cadet team of the Guard.

The Gibraltar Club was represented by a float depicting Washington crossing the Delaware.George Lafleche was Washington somewhat resembled the “Father of Our Country”.

Selectmen Take Part

Festus Faulkner, commander of Malcolm Ammidown post, GAR., Capt. William King of Charlton, senior vice-commander, and Israel Ledoux, junior vice-commander, rode behind the line of march as did Selectmen Valmore P. Tetreault and Leon A Caron.Rep. Wilfrid Lamoureux rode with the selectmen.Several members of the Girls’ Club rode in two decorated cars.

Rev. F. T. Kenyon, pastor of Elm St. Congregational church, gave the invocation which opened the program at the post office.J. E. Johnson, chairman of the Bicentennial committee presented the tablet which was unveiled by Commander Faulkner and Selectman Tetreault gave a speech of acceptance.

A group of parochial school children dressed as Washington gave vocal selections.

Dance Ends Fête

Congressman Frank H. Foss of Fitchburg and George Grant were speakers of the evening and were introduced by Mr. Johnson.

Rev. Raoul Ouellette, curate at Notre Dame church, gave the benediction and then the crowd dispersed.

More than 400 persons attended the dance at the Town Hall that concluded the evening’s program.

Inscription on reverse side of the monument:

Erected on the 157th Anniversary of US Postal Service

July 26th, 1932

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