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Deseret News - Report on 24th of July celebrations in Grantsville by William Jefferies

Vol 17 Issue 28 Page 223


GRANTSVILLE, July 25, 1868.

Editor Deseret News: - Dear Sir, The anniversary of the arrival of the Pioneers in 1847 was celebrated as per the following programme:

A salute of 21 guns at sunrise, martial band played some popular airs in the principal streets of the city. Procession formed at 9 a.m., at the bowery, under the direction of the marshal of the day Adjt. A. L. Hale.

Order of procession: Cavalry, under Major R. Barrus, 24 Pioneers, Martial Band, 24 gentlemen bearing some of the products of the country, 25 ladies, dressed in white, with banner on which was neatly painted the motto, "Zion's fair daughters, the help-mates of Zion's noble sons," under Miss H. Hoagland; ecclesiastical, municipal, and other authorities; twelve men bearing arms; the string band; Sunday and day schools; citizens.

The procession paraded some of the principal streets of the city, and was seated in the meeting house at 10 a.m. Order of proceedings, in the meeting house, where, after singing and prayer, an oration was delivered by W. Lee, orator of the day. The remainder of the exercises consisted of comical and sentimental songs, speeches, recitations, toasts and sentiments.

A recess was taken till 3 p.m., at which time all who wished met at the bowery, when the dance commenced, which was varied with jumping in sacks and foot racing. In the evening dancing was resumed for a few hours.

Peace and good order prevailed, and many exclaimed, "This is the best twenty-forth we have ever had in Grantsville!"

Committee of arrangements, R. Barrus, A. L. Hale, S. W. Woolley, and James Kearl.

To-day the schools are to have a dance and supper, under the direction of the Trustees, for their amusement and encouragement.

Yours respectfully,
WM. JEFFRIES, reporter.

Image appears courtesy, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.

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