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2000 Here Monday for Armistice Celebration


A crowd estimated at 2000 gathered at Farnam Monday for the Armistice celebration, sponsored by the Farnam American Legion and Commercial club. The day was very pleasant, the weather man seemingly making the day to order for the occasion, and everyone, young and old took part in the entertainment.

The races by the boys and girls started off the program, and some good competition was apparent in most of the events. The boys slow bicycle race caused a lot of fun and some riding skill by the boys participating. Only one of the dozen or more boys to start was able to ride the full block without touching his feet to the ground.

Floats Represented Lots of Work
and Many Fine Ideas Regarding
Armistice

Following the races the parade was held, starting at the school building the parade marched west to main street and then down the street south through the business section. The parade was led by the American Legion, carrying the colors and the Moorefield band. They were followed by the dog parade and horse and rider contestants and floats.

The floats were very good and lots of work was required to make them. All of the floats were built around the idea of the Armistice.

The first prize was awarded to District No. 35, Lincoln county, and was a reproduction, in miniature of an American soldier's cemetery in France, with poppies growing in the cemetery and the graves marked with small white crosses. Above on a large placard was the words, “Let We Forget.” The teachers of the two schools are Misses Faye Hudson and Mildred Earhart.

School district No. 60, of Frontier county, which took second prize had a prize fighting ring arranged on a truck with the referee holding the arm of the angel of peace, with Mars, the god of war lying on the floor knocked out. A sign fastened to the side of the truck had on it the words, “The Angel of Peace Wins over the God of Mars.” Alvin Foster is the teacher.

The float winning third prize was from district No. 85. The motto used was “The Hope of Mt. Hope is International Friendship,” and the children were costumed to represent many nations. Miss Florence Wharton, is the teacher.

The greased pole contest, the penny shower, and the tug-o-war were the events immediately after dinner, and drew a good crowd. The tug-o-war resulted in a tie and the prize money was divided.

Wilsonville Wins from Greenbacks

The football game between Wilsonville and the Greenbacks in the afternoon resulted in a 34 to 0 score for Wilsonville. The local boys were unable to hold the heavier and speedier team during most of the first half. Wilsonville started out by marching up the field, in straight football for a touchdown. Another touchdown was a score in the first quarter when a Wilsonville fan ran about seventy yards, and another was scored in the second quarter, on a thirty yard run. Farnam got started in a march toward Wilsonville’s goal late in the half and was carrying the ball at five yard clips through the line, when the half ended with the ball still ten yards from the goal line.

The last half the local boys were able to hold their opponents quite successfully, most of the time, but a man broke away twice and scored for Wilsonville. They were able to get all but one of the extra points.

At the half the school girls gave a short drill on the field, followed by a well planned drill by the Moorefield band. This band played during the game.

Following the football game the crowd returned to the business section and several more selections were played by the Moorefield band, and then the Cowboy singing and playing contest was held. Twelve competed in this contest and each one, deserves much credit for the fine entertainment which they gave.

The free show beginning at three o’clock gave entertainment to all who wished to attend, until late in the evening.

Prof. J. F. Lawrence Amistice Day Speaker

In the evening Prof. J. F. Lawrence of the University of Nebraska extension service, gave an address, “Looking Ahead,” which was greatly enjoyed by those present. Prof. Lawrence’s address was based on a portion of the famous address of Abraham Lincoln, “The Gettysburg Address.” He brought out that we should not only educate for peace, but that we should go ahead making our country better and that there are many evil practices of today, which should and will be banned in the future, these changes however, should be made in an orderly manner, and not by violence.

The American Legion dance, with Howdie Clark’s Orchestra furnished the music and was well attended.

Moorefield Band Furnished Music

The music for the day was furnished by the Moorefield band and was greatly enjoyed by the large number. It went far in making the day a big success. Mr. Stevenson and the members of the band deserve much credit for helping carry on the program of the day and Farnam greatly appreciates the fine spirit which was manifest by them here Monday.

This band is carried on by the members themselves for the pleasure which they receive from playing a fine band.

The relics and antiques were well displayed, and there was a very good variety.

Many old guns, swords, and household articles, were showed, of which many were over 100 years old.

The Indian relics were very good, and many arrow heads, spear heads, hammers and utensils used by the Indians was on display. An Indian skull pierced by an arrow with the arrow still embedded in the skull was on display. This was found by John Howe of Stockville.


Prize Winners at Armistice Celebration


RACES—
   Boys, 9 years and under
      First, Floyd Hilton
      Secon, Rolland Cross
   Girls 9 years and under
      First, Edna Hazen
      Second, Ruth Sheffield
   Boys, 16 and under
      First, Dale Cole
      Second, Harold Boyle
   Girst, 16 and under
      Fist, Julia Wolf
      Second, Mabel Bellamy
   Boys free for all
      First, Leon Caster
      Second, Nobel Bellamy
   Girls free for all
      First, Julia Wolf
      Second, Mildred Maurer
   Slow bicycle race
      First, Daryl Maurer
      Second, Clyde Whitney
   Fast bicycle race
      First, Marcus Gaudreault
      Second, Harold Gaibler

PARADE—
   Dogs
      Best looking, Junior Nickerson
      Slimmest, Marcus Gaudreault
      Fattest, Courtney Goesch
      Tallest, Marcus Gaudreault
      Shortest, Hazel Lyons
   Horse and Rider
      First, Edwin Donelson
      Second, Geneva Gaibler
   Floats
      First, Dist. 35, Lincoln Co.
      Second, Dist. 60, Frontier Co.
      Third, Dist. 85, Frontier Co.
   Greased Pole
      Max Osborn and Daryl Maurer
   Tug of War
      North vs South—Tied
      South: Fred Rowland, captain
      Frank Martin, John Babcock
      Ray Bellamy, Herman Ihfe
      Wm. Wolfe
      North: Chris Hess, captain
      L. Martin, Emil Krepcik
      Max McNickle, Jim Eckstein
      Harold Hayworth

COWBOY SINGING CONTEST—
   First, Bob Williams
   Second, Harry Hansen
   Honorable Mention, Gladys Beck

The Farnam Echo 54(11):1, Thursday, 15 November 1934

 



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