Old Settlers & Old Soldiers - Reunion 13 August 1903

Contributed by Virginia (Gorton) Bonne
Program for the Annual Celebration of the Two Organizations to be Held in This City on Friday, August 21. Following is the official program for the Old Settlers' and Old Soldiers' Reunion to be held in this city on Friday, August 21:
All carriages and surreys meet around the park at 8:30 o'clock, proceeding at once to the depot. On Arrival of train from the east will convey all old settlers and old soldiers and form a parade led by the Grubb Hollow band in a wagon. Pittsfield band will proceed to park and play during the parade. Agricultural display will form on Mason street, right, resting on Bainbridge street.

First Division - Dry goods and clothing. Second Division - Groceries. Third Division - Mechanical. Lines of March - South on Bainbridge street, east on Grand avenue, north on Rogers street, west on Main street, north on Perry street, east on Mortimer street, south on Bainbridge street to the park.

The exercises in the park in the forenoon will be as follows: Morning called to order by President A. C. Matthews. Prayer by Rev. W. M. Hailey. Song, Illinois. Address of welcome by Mayor Watson. Response by Col. A. C. Matthews. Music by the Pittsfield band. Adjournment for dinner.

On arrival in the park all old soldiers will register at the headquarter tent, receive badges and tickets for dinner given by the W. R. C. in the G. A. R. hall, where the reunion of the 99th regiment will be held.

Meeting called to order by President Wm. Barkley. Minutes of last meeting read. Communications from absent comrades. Reading roll of deceased comrades. Election of officers. Selecting place of next meeting. After dinner assemble at part to 2 p.m.

Meeting called to order by President A. C. Matthews. Prayer by Rev. Richey. Song - Old Kentucky Home. Reading minutes of last meeting. Communications. Roll of honor. Song - Swanee River. Address by Judge Berry. Music by the band. Song - I Am Going Back to Dixie. Speeches of five minutes each by the old settlers. Prizes will be awarded by the committee as follows: Couples married the longest, $2.00. Oldest lady resident of Pike county, $1.00. Oldest man resident of Pike county, $1.00. Youngest married couple, $2.00. Oldest article exhibited, $1.00. Person residing in Pike county the longest, $2.00. Best display showing the advance in progress of all manufactured articles, $4.00. Come one and all and have a good time. Old soldiers of all regiments are especially invited to come and renew old acquaintances and recall scenes and experiences during your terms of enlistment. Dinner will be served in the square by the ladies of the Christian church. Citizens are requested to decorate their houses, especially on the line of march

By order of the Committee.
[Barry Adage, Thurs, 13 Aug 1903, p1]