O'Fallon Progress

The long lost 1908 O’Fallon Labor Day Parade — ‘dandy indeed’

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A photo of the O'Fallon Labor Day parade on Monday, Sept 7, 1908. The ‘Commercial Hotel’ in the photo is Gia's Pizza at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and State Street today.
A photo of the O'Fallon Labor Day parade on Monday, Sept 7, 1908. The ‘Commercial Hotel’ in the photo is Gia's Pizza at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and State Street today.

The Labor Day celebration given Monday, Sept. 7, 1908 under the auspices of the O’Fallon Trades & Labor Assembly was a grand success.

The parade at 9:30 a.m. in the morning was an unusually large one, there being about 400 working men in line headed by the Concert Band.

The attendance at the picnic was also good. William Estridge of Belleville delivered a strong appeal to the workmen to throw off the yoke of oppression by making proper use of their vote at election time and pointed out several issues to guard against.

The sports which followed were unusually interesting. This can be especially said of the potato race, the fatmen’t race and the tug of war. Joe Schmidt gave Willie Lorenz a close run for the prize; Arrow Smith pushed Dr. J.B. Scruggs to a close margin in the fat men’s race; and, the tug of war was a tug of keeps and highly amusing for the second heat was a dandy indeed.

The day on the whole was a social as well as a financial success.

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