Union County Stories

Copyright 1999 Janine M. Bork

Fourth of July, 1889

A Glorious Celebration in Progress at the County Seat
A Multitude of Visitors Take Part in Observing the Day
An Imposing Parade With Many Patriotic Features
Celebrations at Other Places in Union and Walowa Counties.

With its gaily decorated streets and buildings, the crowd of people on every side, the irrepresible small boy with his fire-crackers and the enlivening strains of music Union today present a gala appearance. Our Fourth of July celebration is a grand success, not only in attendance, but in the satisfactory carrying out of the programs arranged. It is hard to estimate the number of visitors today in Union. All portions of the county are represented: from Big Creek, Park, Cove, North Powder and Summerville there are large delgations many of whom arrived last evening so as to be up with the larks this glorious morning and assist in ushering in the Nation's birthday in an appropriate way.

The grand parade was looked forward to with more than usual, interest as the preperations under way for the past few days showed that far more than ordinary care was being taken to make this part of the day's festivities a great success.

Grand marshall O.F. Bell, with his aids were early in the field preparing for the procession and shortly after nin o'clock the various divisions were waiting to be placed in line. The procession headed by the Union silver cornet band and the grand marshal and aids started from the court house and marching down Main street to its northern terminus met the Cove delegation with its Car of Liberty, band and long cavalcade of citizens in carriages and on horseback. Here the line was reformed, the Cove given the post of honor and under the inspiring strains of music the march through the principal streets was taken upending at the Beautiful grove where the literary exercises of the day were to take place. In the short space of time it is impossible to give anything like a full description of the many events of the day and have the REPUBLICAN in the hands of its many readers on time. Only the more prominent features of the procesion ccan be noted today a more extended and complete account necessarly being delayed until the next issue.


Leading the long procession immediately following the band was the Union fire deparment, the fire laddies making a fine appearance in the line. The truck of the hook and ladder companyis deserving a special mention on account of its handsome decorations, the work of Mr. Ferd Block. Seated upon the truck, under a canopy was Miss Lula Cleaver, of Baker City, as the Fire Queen. The little Miss was attired in a becoming manner to meet the requirements of the character she impersonated and was the recipient of many approving smiles and glances as she passed in review of the thousands of witnesses that lined either side of the streets through which the procession passed.


Identified with all Fourth of July celebrations is the Liberty car with its handsome decorations, flags and banners always a centre of attraction to the crowds witnessing the procession. While not as an elaborate an affair as perhaps seen in other places today, our Liberty Car presented a beautiful appearance and a credit to those who worked faithfully to prepare it. Occupying a central position on the car was Miss Nora Coffin as the Goddess of Liberty appropriately arrayed in a handsome costume, while on every side of her were the representatives of the various states of the Union. The young misses occupying this car were: -

Alabama - Nellie Mitchell
Arkansas - Winnie Tattle
California - Georgie Hall
Connecticut - Ivy Hutchinson
Colorado - Barbara Welch
Delaware - Hattie Haslet
Florida - Lillie Dodson
Georgia - Maud Clark
Indiana - Flora Springer
Illinois - Kima Thomson
Iowa - Georgie Wright
Kentucky - Maggie Dobbin
Kansas - Addie Hutchinson
Louisiana - Jessie Goodspeed
Michigan - Dora Springer
Minnesota - Edith Wright
Missouri - Katie Wright
Mississippi - Nettie Watson
Maine - Pearl Carter
Montana - Lulu Haynes
Massachusetts - Hattie Ficklin
Maryland - Dolah Hamilton
North Dakota - Belle Blakeslee
Nebraska - Belle Long
Nevada - Fanny Haslet
New Hampshire - Maggie Hall
New York - Georgie Eakin
New Jersey - Hattie Heritage
North Carolina - Mattie Philips
Oregon - Maggie Shaw
Ohio - Lillie Deering
Pennsylvania - Cora Cates
Rhode Island - Mary Ficklin
South Dakota - Anna Green
South Carolina - Jessie Gilfillan
Texas - Mable Eaton
Tennessee - Maggie Miller
Vermont - Nellie Wright
Virginia - Neva Gilfillan
Wisconsin - Inez Wright
West Virginia - Minnie Hamilton
Washington - Carrie Wilson


Not the least noticeable in the procession was the centennial car, gotten up in a manner that displayed excellent taste on the part of the committee having the same in charge. The central figure was George Washington, impersonated by Master Harry Cooper, surrounded by a number of boys, attired in continental suits, representing an epochin the history of our country 100 years ago. The juvenile occupants of this care were:

Guy Ostrander        Bertie Beidleman
Homer Dixon        Charlie Dixon
Archie Gilfilan        Howard Odale
George Odale        Bert Odale
Eddie Boothe        Frank Hamilton
Arthur Rinehart        Fred Nodine
Willie Newberry        Roscoe Benson
Walter Carroll        Guy Levy
Roy Hall        Joe Haslett
Ray Clark        Jimmie Clark
Orville Saunders        John Striker
Tom Cates        Harry Cooper
Walter Swackhammer        Claude Wright
Eddie Wright        Roscoe Thompson
Elmer Wright        Rufus Wright
Willie Davis        Johnie Reeves
Lloyd Tuttle        Lonnie Michel
Frank Nelson        Willie Dobbins
Johnie Dobbins        Joe Wilkinson
George green        Phillip Thor?
Oscar Alger


Thirty four handsomely attired little girls, all under the age of eight years, were the occupants of a decorated car that added greatly to the interest displayed in the parade. These little ones represented the future housekeepers of Union, each armed with a smal broom and the smiling faces of a bevy of little one showed how heartily they tried to contribute a full share to the success of the day. It will not be many years before these little housekeepers will enter upon the real duties of the characters they represented and the scenes of today be realistic reminder of their youthful days. The little ones occupying the car were: -

Irene Blacker        Gussie Hutchison
Beulah Jones        Gracie Goodall
Frances Darling        Myrtle Clark
Maggie Ficklin        Rosa Ficklin
Myrtle Craig        Lydia Moore
Hazel Jaycox        Allie Johnson
Edna Levy        Edna Remillard
Stella Levy        Zoe Remillard
Nora Haynes        Mable Shelton
Lillie Mitchell        Gertie Mitchel
Dena Striker        Ivy Birdsell
Osla Gilfillan        Lela Gilfillan
Nellie Deering        Frankie Heritage
Edith Heritage        Laura Martin
Grace Carter        Lulu Long
Leona Carrol        Lela Carroll
Maud Walter        Elva Ego
Pearl Smith


While the other committees were busily engaged arranging their plans for a successful celebration of the Fourth's number of the ladies conceived the idea of getting up something on their account the management of which should be entirely in their own hands. A meeting was organized, attended by a large number of ladies, married and single and after discussing a number of plans, the organization of a broom brigade was agreed upon. For sometime they kept the object of their nightly meetings a secret, employing A.J. Goodbrod to drill them, but it shortly became noised about what the ladies were doing and interest increased as the nightly drills progressed. The brigade occupied a prominent place in the procession and was the recipient of much applause as it sturdily marched along, armed with their weapons of defense. The ladies were attired in blue skirts, white waists, red scarfs and white caps. Following are the names of those making up the brigade: -


Mrs. Lucy Bunyon        Captain
Miss Lora Warren        First Lieutenant
Mrs. Clem Remillard        Second Lieutenant
Miss Leah Warren        Sergeant


Mrs. Susie Cates        Miss Mollie Lewis
Mrs. Jennie Hamilton        Miss Maggie Smith
Mrs. Lizzie Katon        Miss Anna Makin
Mrs. Mollie Carroll        Miss Helen Striker
Mrs. Zella Sherman        Miss Maggie Vansell
Mrs. Anna Gardner        Miss Lena Matthleu
Mrs. Sallie Raley        Miss Hannah Reeves
Mrs. Johanna Striker        Miss Jennie McGillis
Mrs. Lucy Burleigh        Miss Kittie Miller
Miss Adie Irwin        Miss Kate Reeves
Miss May Foster        Miss Fannie Haslett
Miss Lena Reeves        Miss Cora Knapp
Miss Mollie Myers        Miss Mary Jones


The Cove was well represented in the procession, the Car of Liberty handsomely decorated and filled with a number of bright eyed children from that delightful place being worthy of special mention. Great pains were taken by the children and their parents to do full honor to the day and that they succeeded admirably will be the general verdict of all who witnessed them. Miss Mammie Bloom represented the Goodness of Liberty and was surrounded by the following misses all appropriately costumed for the occasion: -

Orpha Kelly        Kimma (?) Kelly
Ollie May        Lucy Day
Lucy Bloom        Lottie Pfefley
Clara Banner        Effie Boothe
Cannie (?) Miller        Annie Boothe
Belle Kennedy        Ruth Eaton
Minnie Foster        Daisy Gibson
Bertie Burrough        Mattie Wagner
Gracie Rundall        Mertie Wagner
Dora Foster        Minnie Wagner
Lucille Fargo        Belle Horton
Artie (?) Foster        Frances Horton
Kate Sanborn        Ella Boswell
Edna Payne        Mary Boswell
Bessie Powell        Mollie Phy
Helen Powell        Maggie Phy
Sallie Powell        Eva Wilson
Susie Smith        Freddie Foster
Stella Gibson        Carrie Dougherty
Birdie Lynch        Ethel Holman
Dollie (?) Anderson        Jessie Boothe


An attractive feature of the procession was the juvenile band made up of children residing at the Cove, contributing in no small measure toward the success of the celebration. La grande made a great effort to secure these juvenile musicians but the little ones were unanimously in favor of celebrating at Union. the juveniles wore blue knee breeches, white waists, red stockings and tricolored caps, the girls supplementing this costume with white skirts and blue sashes. Following are the members of the band:-

Earl Stevens, leader        Cornet
Carrie McDaniel       Tenor
Bessie Conkling        Trombone
Edith Conkling        Baritone
Gracie McDaniel        Alto
May Stevens        Basso
Roy McDaniel        Snare Drum
Frank Stevens        Cymbals
Willie Foster        Bass Drum
Winnie Lynch


The Huggamuggar parade this afternoon promises to be a wonderful event and will present many features. The sports of the day as arranged in the programme and the ball at night will serve to keep the patriotic order of the great crowd to the highest pitch and bring to a close the greatest and most succesful Fourth of July celebration ever occurring in Union county.


The celebration of the Fourth of July, in Union county, was by no means confined to Union. At several places an elaborate programme of events was arranged.

At La Grande the citizens united in having the day properly observed. Hon. L.L. McArthur, of Portland, was invited to deliver the oration and at night a grand dance was announced to take place in the large warehouse of W.J. Snodgrass. Music was furnished during the day by the La Grande brass band and John S. Clark, the popular agent of Frank Bros' is marshal of the day.

At Pine valley the peopleof that portion of the county celebrated in good style. Music was furnished by the Eagle valley band and Thomas H. Crawford, of Union, delivered the oration.

At Elgin a rousing celebration is arranged for. Rev. J.M. Jones delivers the oration, Professor Bean reads the Declaration of Independence nad Rev. J.T. Morre is chaplian. The Summerville brass band under the leadership of Harvey Rinehart will furnish excellent music. A variety of sports will make up the afternoon programme and during the day the Calithumpians will have a parade that promises to be an imense affair. A grand ball at night will close the festivities.


Enterprise will celebrate with a procession and plug-ugly parade. Racing and other sports will be had and a grand ball at the courthouse will close the celebration. The Enterprise band furnishes the music. Rev. G.M. Irwin delivers the oration and Miss Effie Goodman is reader. J.M. Church officiates as president of the day.

Joseph is not at all behind in celebrating the fourth. The exercises were held on the shores of Silver lake. A.C. Smith is president of the day. L.O. Hoffman orator and Miss May Harris reader. Boat racing, sham battles, a barbecue and a grand ball at night.

Lostine has prepared a good programme for a celebration, J.V. Luttrell is orator, Mrs. C. Williamson, reader. Races, a plug-ugly parade, salutes morning and evening and a dance at night are the principle events.

Eastern Oregon Republican, Thursday
July 4, 1889