Our collection item this week is a program from the July 4, 1894 celebration that took place in Story City. It was an all day affair with a parade, music, speeches, races, baseball, and fireworks. I found it interesting to see how the town celebrated 120 years ago.
The parade sounds like it would have been an interesting sight to see. I'm intrigued by the "Fat man's race" and what that would have entailed. Were there weight requirements? I'd love to know more about it and if these races were a tradition. Baseball was very popular in Story City, I'm sure the Story City v. Boone game that afternoon was well attended. What part of the program would you have attended?
Mark A Johnson
7/11/2014 12:45:44 pm
I would have loved to hear the Declaration of Independence read by my Great Grandfather, OB Peterson. I wished I could have met him!!!
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