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Gazette and Bulletin: March 6, 1909 – Local Men Home From Bad Trip

Company I, Twelfth Regiment, accompanied by the Repasz Band, arrived home from Washington, D.C. on a special train at 9:40 o’clock Friday night. The soldiers and musicians were glad to get home, the guardsmen went directly from the Market Street station to the armory and the band paraded down Pine Street to its headquarters in the

Company I, Twelfth Regiment, accompanied by the Repasz Band, arrived home from Washington, D.C. on a special train at 9:40 o’clock Friday night. The soldiers and musicians were glad to get home, the guardsmen went directly from the Market Street station to the armory and the band paraded down Pine Street to its headquarters in the Lycoming Opera House building, playing a lively march. The trip to Washington for the inauguration of President William Howard Taft was full of trouble and inconvenience from their arrival at the capital until they left Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock a heavy rain greeted them upon their arrival Wednesday afternoon and they marched a long distance during the downpour.

During the inaugural parade Thursday afternoon they marched through slush and water for several miles and every member of the local delegation received a thorough foot soaking as the slush was over their shoe tops.

It required more than an hour for their special train to leave the Union Station at Washington after the time scheduled for their departure due to the congested traffic on the railroads. After their train got underway the trip was fairly good considering the conditions.

Locally, the train service on the Pennsylvania Railroad was about normal Friday and the trains from Baltimore and Washington were beginning to get back somewhere near their normal time. As all the trouble was east of Harrisburg the local effect of the severe storm was not pronounced.

Compiled by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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