Mail Tribune 100

April 6, 1918


Probably the most unique patriotic parade and demonstration in Medford’s history, followed by patriotic addresses in the city park, inaugurated the opening of the Liberty loan drive this forenoon.

While in the past inspiring patriotic parades have been held in the city, never before was there one so fraught with deep meaning and sentiment, with such quiet patriotic fervor, as that of this morning, when 1,500 people of all ages, all ranks of social station, ranging in years from toddling children up to almost tottering gray veterans of the civil war, marched intermingled with flags of all sizes, Red Cross emblems and red, white and blue colors, doing their bit in starting off the Liberty loan drive and outwardly showing their loyalty and devotion to their country.

Also interspersed thruout the big procession were posters and banners of a distinctively war flavor, calling attention to the Liberty loan campaign, the cruelty of the enemy and the necessity of the American people putting forth every energy and sacrifice to win the war. There were many clever ideas appearing here and there in the parade, too many for separate mention and comment. The showing by the various schools of the city and vicinity was splendid.

The most conspicuous features of the parade were those calling attention to the great work of the Red Cross, and thruout the entire patriotic demonstration the thought uppermost at times in the minds of the marchers and onlookers was the welfare of our boys “over there.”

Led by a brass band under direction of Professor Root, more than 1,500 people were in the line or march, supplemented by many handsomely decorated automobiles and floats. Loyal Americans were out in force to emphasize their approval of the government’s conduct of the war, and Main street was lined with those who were unable to be in the parade.

Such a splendid showing was made by every organization, automobile and float, that the judges with difficulty decided upon the prize winners. The honors were finally awarded to Mrs. J. S. Vilas for having the most attractively decorated car. With her were Mrs. J. A. Torney, Mrs. Ling and Mrs. T. E. Scantlin. In this car was riding the aeroplane section of the Wives, Mothers and Next of Kin. Honorable mention in this class should go to the beautifully adorned car of Court Hall, carrying a band of singers, led by Mrs. Frank Isaacs. The Junior Red Cross captured the prize for having the best looking organization, with honorable mention to the Colony club. The prize for the best float was voted the Oregon Granite Co., honorable mention went to Talent school.

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