Sunday, March 24, 2019

Ice cream socials to benefit organizations such as the Library and Cemetery Association provided enjoyment for Eagle’s early residents.  There were picnics and suppers to add to the social life, and baseball games in the summertime.

In November 1928, Mrs. Kreil’s Sunday School class of girls entertained Mrs. Oral Allen’s class of boys at a picnic supper in Charles Jacobson’s meadow.  A perfect time was reported.

There were free motion pictures starting in the 1920’s shown on Saturday nights backed by local merchants.  These continued until the 1950’s. More than one longtime area resident remembers sitting outside on wooden planks to enjoy this entertainment.

Young people had a chance to exhibit their talents and produce at the annual Jr. Fair which was always labeled a great success.  In 1927, the Potato Club won first prize for the best float in the parade.  The newly formed town band added a great deal to the occasion that year.  Many businesses donated prizes.  There was a free watermelon feed and ball games for both men and women.  A canning exhibit was a new feature at the 1928 Jr. Fair, and the Happy Hour Canning Club walked away with the trophy cup for its efforts.

Patriotic celebrations were held on Memorial Day.  A typical program featured songs and speeches at the schoolhouse and a ceremony at the Eagle Cemetery.  In 1928 a new flag was purchased for the village flagpole in time for the Memorial Day activities.

Some Fourth of July activities must have been quite explosive because in an editorial statement in the July 7, 1927 Eagle Beacon, Mr. Gardner tells the people of Eagle that “All noise and no (patriotic) instruction at the Fourth of July celebration is not good for young people”.



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