Old News – Memorial Day Report

More news from the past. This time a report on the Memorial Day festivities in Spencerport, NY.


Thursday, June 4, 1914


Memorial Exercises Interest the Large Number in Attendance

Brockport presented a quiet appearance on Memorial Day as all of our patriotic organizations departed at 11 o’clock for Spencerport where they were the invited guests of J. H. Martindale Post G.A.R. and J. H. Martindale Camp S.O.V. and took part in the old fashioned celebration of the day in charge of those organizations. On leaving the car at Spencerport our organizations, Cady Post G.A.R., Milo Stark Camp S.O.V. and the Brockport Woman’s Relief Corps accompanied by the Brockport band joined in the march to Spencerport high school where the school children were waiting with arms full of flowers. The march was accompanied by martial music and was headed by W. G. Barker, marshall of the day on his spirited horse. The line of march formed was as follows: —— Brockport band, Milo Stark Camp S.O.V., school children, fire companies of Spencerport in uniform, J. H. Martindale Camp S.O.V., Brockport Woman’s Relief Corps, followed by the veterans numbering forty-four. The parade passed from Church street, down Amity and up Union streets to the cemetery where the Woman’s Relief Corps sang a number of songs and the graves were decorated by the children. Rev. F. W. Berlin offered a prayer, Rev. J. W. Starie made a brief address and after the sounding of tap those in the parade marched to Masonic Hall where a sumptuous dinner was served. At 1:30 o’clock the following exercises were held in the Assembly Hall: Selection by Brockport band; singing by assembly; “Welcome to Veterans and Guests”, Prof. F. N. Stroup; recitation, “Our Flag”, Catherine Smith; Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Mary DeRiddles; selection by band and quartet composed of Mesdames L. Smith and R. Osborn and Messrs. Smith and Webster; recitation, “The Man and the Musket”, Alice Cosgrove; recitation, “The Blue and the Gray”, Mary Barker; address by Hon. Charles E. Ogden of Rochester; singing, “America”; benediction, Rev. J. W. Starie. Great credits due to the people of Spencerport for the royal entertainment of their guests.