Under the direction of the members of the Kiwanis Club, Marietta's community Christmas tree was officially dedicated at Lafayette Place on Monday afternoon, when the annual community sing was held. A large crowd gathered for the ceremonies and traffic on Front street was blocked off between Butler and Putnam streets for about an hour.
Prof. Arthur G. Beach made a dedicatory prayer. Judge A. A. Schramm had charge of the ceremonies and A. T. Williamson officially presented the tree to Marietta. The program was simple but impressive. Several selections were sung by the Kiwanis quartet under the direction of Oscar W. Morgenstern, who also led the community singing.
The tree has been decorated with electric lights of all colors which are illuminated every evening. The Kiwanis Club will care for the tree.
The second phase of the Kiwanis Christmas celebration will be held on Wednesday evening at the armory when a dinner will be given in honor of over 200 of Marietta's children. Dinner will be served at 5 o'clock after which a Christmas entertainment will be given. The Marietta High School band will furnish music.