Capt. C.F. Connor, Camp #849
Blue Ridge Brigade, NC Division
Hickory, North Carolina
Sons of Confederate Veterans
VETS' REUNION WAS CLIMAX IN GAY FESTIVAL
Only One Catawba Confederate Soldier Present
NEWTON, Aug. l. -J.-A. Sigmon of Newton, ninety years old, was the only Catawba county Confederate veteran present as thousands of persons lined the streets here today to watch the largest parade in the forty-seven-year-old history of the Old Soldiers Reunion.
There was one other Confederate veteran in attendance, however. He; was Squire D. W. Mayes of Huntersville, ninety-two, who served in Company K of the Third South, Carolina Regiment.
Mr. Sigmon served in Company K of the Forty-Sixth Class A Regiment. He celebrated his ninetieth birthday last February 14, and Mr. Mayes will be ninety-two Monday. R. S. Harvell of Maiden, who served in the governor’s guards under Captain Bruce Houston, was also present for the colorful festival today.
Winning Float Chosen
- The Garvin Furniture company was awarded the prize for the most beautiful float and the Abernethy Hardware company won first place for the best advertised firm in the business floats division of the parade.
The Newton Kiwanis club was awarded first place for the most beautiful float exhibited by a fraternal or civic organization. The Newton Public Library and the American Legion Auxiliary together won the prize for the float best portraying the story of the organizations represented.
In the private entries, Miss Mattye Whitener won first place with] her green and white lattice work on an automobile. The comical prize went to P. A. Marshall, who entered six boys, carrying cats. The juvenile girls prize was won by Wadine Martin, who rode a tricycle decorated in red and white colors, and the boys award went to Cyril Long Mebane, who drove a pony cart.
The parade formed in front of the Newton graded school building on Ashe avenue and swung South on the same thoroughfare, turned at Sixth street to Main avenue, then down Main avenue and proceeded to the West side of the Court Square as far as the S. D. Mauney corner. Turning into College avenue, the parade traveled North to the traffic light in North Newton.
The parade was headed by an official escort and the Gastonia band, followed by CCC recruits from the Camp Little.
Next came the Old Soldiers, their wives and widows, Spanish-American War veterans, their wives and widows, and Gold Star mothers, who rode in automobiles. World War veterans were next in line, followed by the various floats.
A luncheon was held for the Old Soldiers, Spanish-American War veterans, their wives, widows, Gold Star mothers and guests of the reunion committee at the American Legion building at 1:30 p. m.
Judge Wilson Warlick of Newton welcomed the 150 guests to the luncheon with a brief talk, in which he pointed out that Catawba had sent over 1,600 men to fight in the War Between the States, out that only three were still alive in the county, and only one—J. A. Sigmon of Maiden—was able to attend the reunion today.
Judge Warlick introduced R. F. Harvell of Maiden, who joined the Confederate reserves when under age for regular service, and D. W. Mayes of Huntersville, a veteran from Mecklenburg county.
The Widows of two “Rebel” veterans, Mrs. P. W. Ramseur of Lincoln county, and Mrs. Miles Abernethy of Newton, and two Gold Star mothers, Mrs. A. L. Dellinger of Newton, and Mrs. C. L. Davis of Maiden and Gastonia, were also presented.
Other guests besides the Spanish-American and World War veterans and their wives and widows, were members of the Kannapolis band.
Foot, sack, wheelbarrow and bicycle races and other, entertaining features headlined the program later in the afternoon.
CATAWBA NEWS ENTERPRISE, August 1, 1938
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