NEGROES HOLD A CELEBRATION (Monday, Aug. 4th, 1930)

Emancipation Day Program is to last Until Early Hours Tomorrow.

The Negroes of Hutchinson and vicinity held an observance of Emancipation Day at the state fair grounds today under the suspices of the Colored Taxpayers and Voters Club.

A band led these paraders up Main street to the fair grounds and here the basket dinners were spread under the trees. Various church and lodge organizations had concession stands for the day.

Political speeches were made by Prof. P.G. Porter, Atchison: Charles Bettis, Wichita: Avis Martin, Pittsburg: Claude L. Jones, Kansas City: Dr. David R. McGee, Wichita: Elisha Scott, Topeka and J. P. King, of Kansas City.

A ball game was scheduled at 3 o'clock between the Hutchinson and Great Bend teams. This evening the Blue Flame orchestra will furnish the music for a dance.

The officers of the club are: President, William D. Harrison; vice president L. C. Brown; secretary, William C. Brown; treasurer, George Burbridge.

A pogo stick stunt by Claud Olayton, in which he was trying to jump over several chairs turned out to be serious. The demonstrator, who weighed more than 200 pounds, broke the apparatus, which hit him in the chin, severely cutting it and rupturing his ear drums. Clayton lives at 600 Fourth avenue east.

DAY OBSERVED (Sat. Aug. 1 1931)

Two Celebrations Scheduled to Be Held in Hutchinson Tuesday

With a gain program of speeches, music, a baseball game arranged to follow a picnic dinner at Carey Park and winding up with a grand ball in the evening, Hutchinson Negroes will celebrate the anniversary of Emancipation day next Tuesday.

The celebrants will make a full day of it, having been granted a special holiday under proclamation of Mayor A. Lewis Oswald.

A highlight of the day's activities will be an address by J. R. Brinkley, of Milford, famed goat gland specialist, and aspirant for the governor's chair in the last election.

He will address the group on the subject, "Good Citizenship of the American Negro."

Starts with Parade

The program will be launched by a parade down South Main street, to Carey Park. The line of march will form at Ave. E and Main at 10:30 o'clock, and headed by the Reformatory band will go directly to the park.

The picnic dinner will be served at noon, and will be followed by sprints and novelty races and a band concert by the Reformatory band.

Mayor Oswald will deliver the address of welcome. Short speeches by W. R. Yerkes, commissioner of W. R. Yerkes, commissioner of parks, Emmett Hutton, commissioner of streets, Carr Taylor, commissioner of utilities, Walter Hoagland, commissioner of finance, O. O. Williams, county clerk, Ellis Clark, city attorney, Jack McCarroll, police judge and Si Young, president of the Chamber of Commerce, will follow.

William D. Harrison will make some brief remarks, and a sketch of Negro history will be given by Rev. T.J. Sanford, master of ceremonies for the day.

The Brinkley address will follow

Exhibition By Firemen

One of the features of the afternoon will be an exhibition ladder drill by the Hutchinson fire department.

A baseball game between the Reformatory team and Pratt Tigera is scheduled for 5 o'clock.

At 7 o'clock there will be a drive over the city and a parade of visitors.

The Reformatory orchestra will tune up for the annual dance at Riveraide pavilion at 9 o'clock.

The Carey Park celebration has been arranged by the Colored Community Club of the city. Another program will be held during the day at the State Fair grounds.

The proclamation of Mayor Oswald, declaring the day a Negro holiday follows:

"The American Negro was liberated from the yoke of bondage some 60 years ago. In the time which as intervened he has time and again proved his loyalty to the government of the United States and to the principles of free government. The Negroes of Hutchinson have set aside the 4th day of August, 1931, to celebrate their emancipation.

"Now, therefore, I. A. Lewis Oswald, the duty elected, qualified and acting mayor of the city of Hutchinson do proclaim the 4th day of August, 1931, a legal holiday for all members of the Negro race in the city of Hutchinson from this hour of 10 a.m., and hereby express to them in behalf of all the citizens of Hutchinson our admiration for their efforts toward their won advancement and their unselfish contribution to the welfare and happiness of all people.

(Signed) A. Lewis Oswald

(Aug. 1, 1935)

Full Amusement Program for Emancipation Day

The Kansas Lincoln Day club of Hutchinson, sponsor of the annual Emancipation day program which has grown by leaps and bounds in popularity, is getting ready to present its tenth annual party.

The celebration will be Monday in Carey park, with a night dance program in Convention hall.

A beauty contest, games and races will be on the day scheduled. A speaker is to be announced later.

Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy, an orchestra which has appeared at the Cotton Club in New York and other famous night clubs, will play for the dance. Lester Young, internationally known saxophone player, is with them.

The Kansas Lincoln Day club has devoted its efforts to uplifting members of its race for many years, and is now under the guidance of James Woodson, president, Lester Harrison is vice-president, and Aaron Johnson secretary-treasurer.

(Monday, Aug. 3rd, 1936)

Cars from 23 Counties and 11 States There

Carey Park was a big outdoor magnet attracting visitors from many states and Kansas counties yesterday, the first August Sunday, according to a license check made by Oscar Dudley, statistically minded Hutchinson man.

Dudley made a tour of the park, reading the tax plates and discovered automobiles from 23 counties and 11 states.

States represented by picknickers and others enjoying the grassy glades and municipal swimming pool were Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota, Texas, California, Missouri, Indiana, Colorado, Oregon, Illinois and Connecticut.

Dudley found cars from the following Kansas counties; McPherson, Marshall, Rice, Sedgwick, Pawnee, Harvey, Stafford, Rush, Scott, Pratt, Butler, Saline, Marion, Cowley, Shawnee, Chautauqua, Montgomery, Morton, Riley, Ford, Haskell, Kingman, and Kiowa.


Gertrude Thomas, Home Girl, Is Crowned Miss Emancipation Day

With weary feet and gay hearts, central Kansas Negroes started home at 1:30 o'clock this morning to recuperate from one of the biggest Emancipation day celebrations in 12 years.

Nearly 400 couples danced to the music of Nat Towles and his Twelve Southern Gentlemen in the hot Chamber of Commerce rooms. An orderly, formal ball, it brought forth the most dazzling costumes seen at any Hutchinson party this year.

The evening dresses would have done credit to the swank elite of New York's Harlem. Despite the heat, men wore their coats, although the younger try dressed less formally.

Had Been Promised Hall

Traditionally held in Convention hall, the ball was changed to the Chamber of Commerce rooms at the last moment. Lester Harrison, vice president of the Kansas Lincoln Day club which sponsored the affair, said the Negroes were disappointed in the city commission as the "Hall had been promised them for four months and then was denied."

The club passed a resolution thanking cooperating merchants, the Chamber of Commerce and the News Herald

Gertrude Thomas Beauty Winner

Sixteen year old Gertrude Thomas, Hutchinson, whose young curves filled a light red, one-piece bathing suit, won the title of "Miss Emancipation Day" over a field of a dozen bathing beauties at the municipal pool.

Miss Helen Lawrence, Lyons, was second, and Miss Betty Brady, Wellington was third.

Judges were Dr. Sylvester Smith, Landsey (Buck) Henderson, Mesdames Ella Mae Gothard, Cora Woens and Iris Rohten.

Other Contestants were Raye Vaughn, Lyons; Alice Harden, Wellington; Gladys Fox, Wichita; Muriee Shaw, Wichita; Izola James, Wichita; Jacqualine Shepard, Arkansas City; Katherine Robinson, Dodge City, and Lavina Burton and Betty House, Hutchinson.

Sports Program

In the afternoon, the Hutchinson Hatters defeated the Herington Railroaders 15 to 2 at Carey park diamond, and Samuel Bernard, Hutchinson, won the bicycle race with Wilbur Fox, Wichita, second.

Eight-six Negro war veterans from the Marion CCC camp commanded by Lieut. R. S. Horsley, paraded Main street and attended the festivities.

Patrolman James Woodson, president of the Lincoln Day club, termed the celebration a "glorious success" and promised an even better one next year.

( MON. AUG. 3, 1936)

Mayberry Sounds Warning to Negroes in Speech

Using their won freedom from bondage as an example, Willard publisher and secretary to Gov. Alf M. Landon, urged self discipline as a road away from a possible dictatorship in this country in a speech before members of the Kansas Lincoln Day club this afternoon in Sylvan park.

Without mentioning names, Mayberry declared: "We are confronted today with the choice of a representative government that will let us progress, or of a dictatorship that will put us in bondage again.

Protect Liberty

"We must keep the basic goals of western civilization in mind and protect personal liberty," Mayberry told the few more than a score Negroes gathered for the speaking program.

Stopping close to the knot of persons, he congratulated them as members of a race that has made remarkable progress and contributions to civilization in the brief time since their emancipation.

Selfish interests must be forgotten in a self-discipline to benefit the whole civic group, he said, adding "Your race is like mine, prone to neglect the things most dear."

Takes Place of Beck

Mayberry spoke in place of Will Beck, attorney general of Kansas, who was originally slated to address the celebration, but who was unable to attend. Mayberry was accompanied by T. W. Woodward, member of the state board of administration. Representative Charles Hall, and John F. Fontron, Jr., local Young Republican leader.

While the small group was gathering in Sylvan park to hear Mayberry and Mrs. Tracy Mitchell, Topeka president of the Negro Women's Federation of Clubs of Kansas, approximately 250 persons had started an entertainment celebration at Carey park.

More than 2500 persons from a score of Kansas towns were expected to congregate in Carey park later this afternoon as the 11th annual Emancipation day gathering progressed, according to plans of James A. Woodson, president of Hutchinson, Kansas Lincoln Day Club, in charge of the program.

Program in Carey Park

A program of races, ball games, barbecue and other features to be climaxed by a bathing beauty contest at 5:45 o'clock was started at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon.

The largest crowd of the day is expected to fox trot, cakewalk, stomp, glide and otherwise enjoy itself, when Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy, high-ranking Negro dance music organization, will hold forth after 9o'clock tonight in Convention Hall.

(Thurs. Aug. 4th, 1927)

Emancipation Day Celebration Brought a Big Crowd of Negroes to Hutchinson

Negroes from over Kansas assembled here today to celebrate the emancipation of their race from slavery with a parade, barbecue and street dance. Ambrose P. Woodard, negro attorney of Wichita, was the principal speaker.

Several hundred Hutchinson colored people, and a number from other cities in this vicinity gathered at the fair grounds today for the celebration.

Started With Parade

The day was started off with a parade starting at Avenue E. and Main streets at 10:30 a.m. o'clock this morning. The parade was led by the reformatory band and was made up of draped trucks and autos and members of the negro Masonic lodge in full uniform, on horseback

After arriving at the fair grounds the reformatory band gave a concert and a big barbecue and fried chicken dinner was prepared.

Picnic This Afternoon

The program this afternoon consisted of games, stunts, boys and girls races, another band concert, an address by Ambrose P. Woodard, of Wichita, base ball, and vinegar drinking by George Washngton Jones. Les Harrison's Blue Flame orchestra gave a concert. Supper was scheduled for 5 o'clock followed by a social time and music.

The Blue Flame orchestra will give move music tonight and there will be a musicale with prizes. L, H, Turner, saw wizard, will give a concert on his favorite instrument and there will be other musical numbers. "Home Sweet Home" will be played by the orchestra at 10 o'clock.

(Tues., July 31, 1928)

Emancipation Day Program at Sate Fair Grounds Friday, Saturday

Plans for making the second annual Negro festival and observance of Emancipation Day a big success are being make my the various committees. The celebration will be a two days affair at the State Fair grounds on Aug. 3 and 4.

Friday the program calls for a parade from Ave. E to the Fair grounds. A band concert will be given from 2 to 3 o'clock. Then will come two hours of athletics, between girl baseball teams, food races and tennis contests, with prizes for the winners. In the evening Prof. P. G. Porter of Atchison will speak and the program closes with a vaudeville performance.

Sports Program

Saturday morning there will be a band concert to be followed by speaking. In the afternoon at 2 o'clock a baseball game between the Junior All-Stars and the reformatory team will be staged. Following this will be speaking and the awarding of prizes. In the evening will come boxing and wrestling matches and the closing feature will be the competitive drills between the uniform rank. Negro Knights of Pythiaa, of Hutchinson and Wichita.

Speakers who have been secured for the two days meeting are: Prof. P. G. Porter, Atchinson; Charles Bettis, Wichita; Nick Chiles, Topeka; Jeff King, D. E. Henderson and MRs. Gindys Pullum, of Kansas City; and Luther Sims, of Newton.

(Friday, Aug. 2, 1940)

Emancipation Day to Be Observed

Because Emancipation Day--Aug. 4th--comes on Sunday, central Kansas Negroes will celebrate here for three days with a big blow-out Monday, James A. Woodson, president of the Kansas Lincoln Day club, announced.

Mayor Willis N. Kelly issued the usual proclamation yesterday afternoon.

Saturday night, the local club will hold a lawn party at the home of Les Harrison. Sunday will see special programs in the Negro churches.

Monday, the 75th anniversary celebration of freedom will be in full swing and is expected to attract hundreds of visitors.

Three bands are scheduled to march in the parade down Main at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, the musicians coming from Meade, Kansas City and K. S. I. R; a sports and swimming program will follow at Carey park where the traditional bathing beauty contest will be held at 5:30 o'clock.

Monday night, Haraian Leonard's Kansas City Rockets will play for dancing in Convention hall, the highlights of the social year for Hutchinson Negroes.

(Tues., Aug. 4 1942)

Ball Ends Celebration of Emancipation

The 77th anniversary of the Emancipation of Negroes has been celebrated.

It was a case of "swing out," from beginning to end. Two days of celebrating were highlighted by the bathing beauty contest yesterday afternoon when Ertis Tyree of Wichita was selected queen of the bathing beauties. The 17 year old beauty was awarded a trophy at the ball last night.

Weather could not keep the Lincoln Day celebrators from Convention hall last night when the orchestra started to play.

In formals, street clothes, and slacks, hundreds of negroes literally did swing it--ages ranging from grandmas to granddaughters. Jazz--the rug cutting, jitterbugging kind--featuring Nat Towie's arrangement of Jersey Bounce kept the crowd dancing until early this morning. Inhibitions were forgotten and girls were whirled over their partner's shoulders in the height of jitterbugging.

The celebration also marked the 17th anniversary of the founding of the Kansas Lincoln Day Club. James Woodson, Huchinson police officer, was the first president and yesterday was elected to his 18th term.

Lester Harrison, Hutchinson, was re-elected vice president of the club, George Bailey, McPherson, treasurer, and LeRoy Card, Hutchinson, secretary. The advisory board for the coming year will be headed by Elisha Scott, Topeka attorney, with Gerald Browser, Great Bend, Ed Sexton, Wichita, and James Bright, Pratt, as the other members.


Geraldine Moore, petite 17-year old Newton girl won the bathing beauty contest from six other cuties as the climax of the afternoon program of the 19th annual Emancipation day celebration of the Kansas Lincoln day club in Hutchinson Saturday.

A sunrise breakfast at the American Legion clubhouse was attended by servicemen from many army posts all over Kansas.

Avis Martin, Topeka, spoke on Americanism at the municipal pool at noon.

Aquatic Carnival

The fancy diving contest was won by Mrs. Edwin Sexton, Wichita with Fred Douglas, Dodge City taking second, Roy Edwards, Pratt, was winner in the novelty swimming race.

Sgt. Paul Bowser, Mountain Home, Ida., gave an exhibition of fancy swimming.

The Negro softball team from Salina air base won over the HNAS colored team 3 to 3 in a game delayed by weather.

Kenneth Bernard was the bicycle race which was the last event before the night program got under way.

The cafe operated by May Hernandez was a busy place between the end of the sporting events and the dance.

Calizo Agoitia and his daughter Virginia, with their happy Spanish smiles served cooling beverages to the celebrants as Sally Williams, back in the kitchen, kept the orders straight and the food moving.

Rug Cutting at Hall

Snookum Russell and his orchestra, direct from the Grand Terrace, Chicago, arrived a half hour after the dance was scheduled to start, but it did not take long for the hep-cats to get in the grove and the rug cutters on the beam.

The Sunday program starts with a breakfast at the Legion clubhouse and Martin will speak at 11 a.m. on the topic, "A Better Tomorrow." At 12:15 p.m. the annual Lincoln day dinner will be served at the clubhouse.

A Negro team from the Salina air base and on team from Wichita will meet at 2:45 and the game will be followed by other sporting events.

Special Sunday services have been planned for the morning at the St. John C.M.E. church and Bethel A.M.E. church.

(Aug. 7, 1948)

Thousands of Negro residents of Hutchinson and surrounding cities took over Carey park and Convention hall Saturday for their annual celebration of Emancipation day.

They boated in the park lagoon, played golf, pitched horseshoes, enjoyed baseball games and swam in the municipal pool.

The cool weather cut the number of bathers. It also contributed to the cancellation of the bathing beauty contest, one of the high points of the celebration in previous years. The event was dropped because there were few contestants.

Climax of the party came Saturday night when Lionel Hampton's famed orchestra played for a dance at Convention Hall.

The local Lincoln Day club will sponsor a breakfast dance at the Club Commodore Sunday morning and additional sports events in the park.

(Aug. 4th, 1951)

A weekend of Lincoln's day celebration got underway here Friday night with a midnight show at the Midland theatre. Committee of the Lincoln Day club met with chairman, Jim Woodson, Friday to make final arrangements for the festivities.

Games and swimming contests will get underway at Carey park Saturday morning. A barbecue and fried chicken dinner will be served to an expected 1,500 to 2,000 guests in the evening, Woodson said.

Jay McShannon a band from Kansas City will play for a dance at convention hall Saturday night.

A party at the Canal club, starting at 11 a.m. and as afternoon skating party are planned for Sunday.

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