Gilbert Knapp on 4th of July

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He a nationalities If we our for to a according The photograph was made in 1888. "A Grand Success" Old Home-Town Really Celebrated OnJuly4,1876;Gilbert Knapp Spoke Business and normal social for the next event. J. M. Bailey ! activities came to a full stop of Freeport gave the main in Racine on July 4, 1876. The| patriotic address. Rev. James entire town dedicated itself to the double holiday—the nation's centennial and the lay- DeKoven offered a prayer and Mayor John G. Meachem spoke. It was more than a patriotic ing of the cornerstone for a rally for they also broke ground new County Courthouse. jfor a new fountain in the The day began at Courthouse Square where Judge Charles E. Dyer appeared as principal speaker and laid the cornerstone containing a journal of the City Board of Supervisors for 1875, city and county directories, and a copy of each newspaper in the county. Captain Gilbert Knapp, the man who built the first cabin in 1834 on the site that became Racine, took part in the program and spoke on the changes he had seen in the city. With the cornerstone laid, the crowd formed a parade and marched through decorated streets to East Public Square square. After the speeches, the 'crowd converged on the First Methodist Episcopal Church where the women of the city prepared and served a dinner. During the day they operated food booths in the East Public Square. All the women of Ra cine had united to serve the crowd and donate the proceeds for the building of a new St. Luke's Hospital. For the afternoon's entertainment, the crowd moved out to J. I. Case's driving park for the horse races. All events were run in mile heats and included horses" and a running race. After an hour's rest, the celebration resumed with a display of fireworks. Plans had been made to launch the fireworks from a barge anchored in the lake but the site was changed to a platform at Main and Seventh Streets. The display was bright and noisy with a cannon imported from Rock Island helping with the sound effects. It was pronounced a "grand and imposing" display by the Journal but the location was criticized because not everyone could see. During the entire celebration there were "no disturbances, no riotous or unseemly conduct" among the 20,000 celebrants. The Journal declared the day a "grand success. The grandest celebration held in the city and one worthy of our en- these sounds shall break in reality upon our ears. The work on our road is now going rapidly forward, and a few weeks more will suffice for the grading of Fox river. Then will come the track—then the locomotive—then the whistle, of course. And all by the first of January, 1854." And it came. And it went. '0 "e for "gentlemen's carriage'terprising people." GILBERT KNAPP Founder of Racin«

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  1. The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin,
  2. 14 Oct 1956, Sun,
  3. Page 58

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