2014-07-03 / Around Town

1916



Ernst Voigt and the Home Guard are seen above as part of the 1916 Fourth of July parade marching down Thames Street. Other less formal groups also participated in the parade, as seen in the 1916 postcard, at right, but a showstopper must have been the burgeoning suffrage movement with an inaugural women’s division. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Franck Taylor Evans and 11 petty officers were reported to have led practice marching drills with 125 ladies in Morton Park earlier that week in preparation for their parade debut. Ernst Voigt and the Home Guard are seen above as part of the 1916 Fourth of July parade marching down Thames Street. Other less formal groups also participated in the parade, as seen in the 1916 postcard, at right, but a showstopper must have been the burgeoning suffrage movement with an inaugural women’s division. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Franck Taylor Evans and 11 petty officers were reported to have led practice marching drills with 125 ladies in Morton Park earlier that week in preparation for their parade debut.

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