4th of July Celebrations
“The glorious fourth will be celebrated as it never was before at Pine River. There are to be horse races, pitching the weight and climbing the greasy pole and a match game of baseball between Pine River nine and the Big Bend nine in the afternoon. The day’s pleasure will wind up with a grand dance in the bowery kindly lent by G. A. Barclay. The Pine River Cornet band, under the leadership of Prof. Sam McConnell will be in attendance all day. The chief orator of the day will be George Barclay.
The glorious Fourth passed off at Pine River in fine shape. It commenced at sunrise with a salute of one hundred guns. At ten o’clock a grand street parade took place, headed by the city band under the leadership of Prof. Sam McConnell. All the various trades of our city were well represented and the mayor and city council rode in carriages. After parading the principal streets the procession made it s way to the city park, where all kinds of games were indulged in and a patriotic speech was delivered by the mayor. In the evening the day’s fun wound up by a grand bowery dance in the park.”
Source: The Brainerd Tribune, Local News, Pine River, July 7 and 14th, 1894, from the newspaper collection at the Minnesota Historical Society.
It is too bad that George’s speech was not published in the newspaper! It does sound like it was a wonderful celebration.