The little city of
Tarpon Springs is not lacking in
patriotism, as was well evidenced by the patriotic parade and rally
Thursday night, in which practically every organization in the town,
leading citizens of the city and hundreds of others took part. The
betrayed shows Tarpon Springs’ willingness to do its
“bit” in the war into
which the United States has entered.
The parade was led by B.
W. Morgan, bearing “Old Glory” on a
tall staff, the flag being so large it required two ladies, Misses
Mizzelle and Clarlee Hood, with guide lines, to keep it
Smith City Band came next. Each member of the band did
his best, and that would be hard to beat.
The sailors were next in
line. Most of them were
“land-lubbers” but they had been drilled and
it would have taken
an able seaman to discover that they were not real midshipmen. George
deserves credit for getting them together.
Next in line was the
monster float, about forty feet long,
made in the shape of a battleship with two fighting masts and two
great American flag trailed from a flag pole in the very bow of the
to the captain’s bridge and the forward turrets. The driver,
almost hidden behind the turret and Uncle Sam (Mr. Lutz) and the
Liberty (Miss Mattie Fernald) were standing on the forward deck with
American shield between them. From the
sides of the ship streamed the flags of the Allied nations, all of
on tall staffs. The float was constructed by H. W. Reigel who worked on
two full days and at a personal expense to him of much real money. Mr.
made a fine Uncle Sam, and though German-born is a most patriotic
having fought in the Civil War, and is anxious to fight the German
Miss Mattie Fernald made
a beautiful Goddess of Liberty and
holding the torch of liberty on high made a picture that would inspire
young and old. But to finish describing the float without calling
the fact that the flag of Germany was trailing in the dust behind would
After the float came the
city council. Mayor A. C. Brooks,
having been called to Tallahassee on urgent business was unable to be
present. The Tarpon Rifle Club made a fine showing, bearing a
target with their name inscribed thereon. They are a good bunch to look
some are crack marksmen.
The Board of Trade was
represented by L. D. Vinson and G. E.
Noblit with a fine banner. Many other members of the board were in
of the parade. The civic club, all in white, were certainly
body. They have done strenuous work and good work for tarpon Springs
them belong much of the credit for last night’s affair being
The Greek community was
the largest unit of the parade,
possibly excepting, the school children. The Greeks have all expressed
willingness to fight for us and last night they turned out in great
seemed delighted to be in line. They were led by D. Zurdos, the
the Greek community.
different fraternities, each bearing its separate banner, Webster
carrying the Masonic banner, Mrs. A. E. Allemand bearing aloft the
Star; H. M. Grammer carrying the Modern Woodmen banner; Abe Taripani
representing the Knights of Pythias; T. J. Knowles carrying the W. O.
banner. These fraternities are always ready and willing to anything for
benefit of Tarpon Springs, which has been demonstrated many times.
The church people were
creditably represented by a large
number of ministers and laymn from each of their denominations.
H. O. Portz led the public school, each class being
led by its teacher, and they made a beautiful spectacle all carrying
public schools deserve much comment for their turnout but space forbids
it now. The Parent-Teacher Club was represented and carried an
appropriate banner. This club worked hard for the success of the rally
them belongs much praise.
The farmers were
represented by two of our well known
citizens carrying baskets of vegetables. Had all the back yard farmers
line there would have been no one left for the balance of the parade.
Morish and J. R. Shaw both made typical farmers and seemed perfectly at
this role. Paul Stinson trundled a wheelbarrow with vegetable flanked
The Red Cross, emblem of
mercy, was represented by some of
Tarpon’s leading ladies and made a good showing. Some little
were in line
with the Red Crosses on them. They deserve more mention than we can
The Campfire Girls were
indeed as pretty a bunch of maidens
as we care to gaze on. They excited comment and admiration all along
the line. The Boy Scouts were right behind and each of them
broad smile, They are proud to serve Uncle Sam, and should the war come
here will be of great value to the army.
The veterans of previous
wars marched proudly, and Tarpon
Springs was proud to see the spirit manifested by these patriots who
each other on the firing line now marching side by side as a silent
against autocracy as represented by Keiser William. J. C. Swallow wore
suit he wore in the navy during the Civil War. They were a fine body of
men, and they have the right spirit.
The Fire Department led
the automobile section. The Fire
Department is Tarpon Springs’ pride and they are ever ready
serve in war or
The Sponge Exchange
Cigar factory workers marched in a body
preceded by their automobiles. They made a fine showing, just as they
Flag in the
furnished by the Cuban Consul of Tampa, was
carried in the parade and the Cubans of our city were in line. The
the Cuban Consulate, Signor Erasma Pelles came from Tampa, to be with
the train was a little too late for this. However he was present at the
and expressed himself as more than pleased with demonstrations and went
raptures about the beauty of Tarpon Springs. Senor Pelles was
here by Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Lucas. He said he was writing a book about
impressions of the different cities he had visited-Paris, London, New
other large cities, but that Tarpon Springs would be given a chapter as
impressions of this delightful city would remain with him forever.
L. D. Vinson made a few
very appropriate remarks and read a
telegram that was sent by A. J. Balfour expressing his regrets at being
to be present. The name Balfour brought ropusing cheers.
Mrs. George Riggni of
Bradentown, representing the W. C. T.
U., spoke of the work of that organization in the army and navy and
for a dry county and state.
George Meindanis, one of
our prominent Greek citizens, a
graduate of the University of Athens, and who studied American law in
made an excellent patriotic address which met with many hearty
Harriet Baker Robinson, pastor of the
here, spoke on the general subject of war. She made an able address and
received much applause.
Rev. L. G. Fourier made the closing
being, “The Flag and its Lessons.” He made it plain
Old Glory flies far
above all other flags as an emblem of liberty and his remarks brought
Tampa Tribune: 5-13-1917
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers