One hundred and fiftieth anniversary of patriot's day.
, the proscribed patriot, must have had a vision when he said at Lexington
, ‘What a glorious morning for America
But he and the other proscript, Hancock
, found it desirable to move further away to the quiet home of Parson Marrett
A century and a half and the provincial America
has become ‘America the beautiful, from sea to shining sea.’
The anniversary of that battle day, made a holiday by our General Court, was wisely named by Governor Greenhalge
It is well that special observance of it is made, all the way from Boston
did well her part for two days this year, as [p. 31]
the nineteenth fell on Sunday.
In the churches, at morning service, especial notice was taken, and at Medford
theatre, in the afternoon, a great concourse of citizens assembled.
Appropriate addresses were made by our Governor Fuller
and Mayor Coolidge
The latter was especially commemorative of the Medford Minute Men
The local press said, ‘No more comprehensive story of Medford
's part in the opening days of the Revolution has ever been prepared.’
The Register will preserve the same in a coming issue.
Monday (of course) was the day of celebration.
No snow had fallen since January 29, but the early morning of April 20 brought some—the ground white—with chilly air and adverse conditions, a contrast to the waving grass of April 19, 1775.
But a thousand of the school children and ten thousand people gathered for the occasion about the old home of Captain Isaac Hall
As usual (in recent years) a cavalryman, representing Paul Revere
, ‘rode over the bridge into Medford town’ with his escort.
Later came the mayor of Boston
, with General Pershing
, who inspected the Medford Minute Men
The genial owner, Edward Gaffey
, made them welcome and opened hospitable doors to many friends.
The few Grand Army men left to us turned out, true to the colors, as ever, as well as their associates, and the Legion.
A Medford girl read the ‘Ride of Paul Revere
;’ ‘America’ and Star Spangled Banner were sung, and the mayor made the brief address which we present.
Then the rider started, and was followed to Lexington
by the fifty-nine Minute Men with their old guns and costumes, not omitting the famous rum barrel.
There was a Sioux Indian chief upon his broncho (Sergeant Brewster
), a feature not in Captain Hall
's old command.
All present houses which were there when Revere
rode by were marked for the occasion with a placard by the city messenger, directed by a committee of the Historical Society.
did herself proud that day.