Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Quiet Fourth of July

The Daily Register, July 5, 1906

The Fourth of July was a quiet day in Marietta.  Of course, there were the usual number of firecrackers during the morning and fireworks during the evening, but aside from this sort of amusement there was little or nothing doing in the city.

The majority of the pleasure-seekers of the city either went to neighboring towns to participate in the celebration of the day, or took in some one of the many picnics given in the country.  Private picnics were also in order for the day and the inter-urban cars out of the city carried scores of happy people who spent the day in the woods.

Perhaps the biggest outing in the vicinity of Marietta was the Pathfinder's picnic and annual outing at Buckeye-Eureka Park.  This affair was managed by the local lodge of that order and to say that it was a success would but mildly describe the situation.

Some twelve or fifteen hundred people were on the island and the boats which were engaged to carry the crowds were kept busy from early morning until late at night.  There was plenty of amusement of all kinds and all who attended feel amply repaid for their time and trouble.

Another of the successful picnics of the day was the annual outing of the Christian church people in West's orchard at Reno.  The affair was attended by hundreds of people from the city and surrounding country, and assisted by the good people of Reno, those who had the affair in charge made it a grand success.

The afternoon was given over to speeches and music, with other amusements for both young and old.  A basket picnic supper was also in order and in the evening, those present were treated to an excellent selection of fireworks, the money for which had been raised by popular subscription among the people of the Reno neighborhood.

The Country Club was also another attractive place for many people from the city who are fortunate enough to be members, and the day and evening afforded a round of pleasure for all present.

Several hundred people from the city found entertainment and plenty of first class amusement at the ball games at the fair grounds between the Marietta Grays and the Parkersburg team.  Both games were good ones, the Marietta boys being victorious in the morning, while the visitors carried off the laurels in the afternoon.

On the whole, the Fourth was perhaps the most enjoyable of any similar occasion in many years, and the return of the day, just as it was Wednesday, will be warmly welcomed by all.


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