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Gazette and Bulletin: February 13, 1909 – Public Schools Honor Lincoln – Fitting Observed the Hundredth Anniversary

The public schools of Williamsport very appropriately and very actively observed the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, on Friday, and it was a day which live long in the memory of those who participated. Patriotism was displayed everywhere and by everyone in the fullest measure possible. The main celebration took place in

The public schools of Williamsport very appropriately and very actively observed the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, on Friday, and it was a day which live long in the memory of those who participated. Patriotism was displayed everywhere and by everyone in the fullest measure possible.

The main celebration took place in Association Hall and was crowded with grammar school pupils, members of the Grand Army of the Republic, school directors, and teachers. The pupils assembled at the different school buildings and marched as a body to Association Hall.

On the stage sat the grizzled veterans of the G.A.R., and the scene was an inspiring one, the patriotic songs being rendered by the children being especially effective. The stage was beautifully decorated with the Stars and Stripes and a fine portrait of Lincoln being seen in the center. There was an elegant souvenir program that many took home and will no doubt try to preserve.

Charles Lose, superintendent of schools presided over the event. It included the singing of a patriotic hymn and an invocation by Joseph McMinn, chaplain of the Reno Post of the G.A.R. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was recited by Carl Schaefer.

At the high school there was an interesting Lincoln commemoration in the morning and in the afternoon a commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

Compiled by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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