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Scottsville Band on Parade, July 4th

Scottsville Band on Parade, July 4th

Name:  Scottsville Band on Parade, July 4th

Date:  1914

Image Number:  Roll11Neg23A

Comments:  Parades in Scottsville have long been a town tradition. In this 1914 photo, the Scottsville Band prepares to march in the July 4th parade down Valley Street in Scottsville.  To the right of the band in this photo is the parade's Grand Marshal Sam Gault on horseback.  Sam also served as Scottsville's beloved postmaster for forty-six years.  Behind the band is the Junior Order of American Mechanics (JR OUAM) followed by a Woman's Christian Temperance Union float and hundreds of holiday celebrants bringing up the rear.

Use the image below as a guide to the band member identities:
(1)  D. G. Smith (the C & O Depot manager);  (2)  Wirt Sclater;   (3)  Rastus Johnson;  (4)  Dr. Joseph P. Blair, a Scottsville dentist and member of the Town Council;  (5)  Grover Floyd; (6)  James Londeree;  (7)  George T. Omohundro;  (8)  Nathan Sclater, twin brother of Wirt; (9)  Charles B. Harris, Jr.;  (10)  Dr. Wade, a Scottsville dentist;  (11)  Paul Londeree.
Scotttsville Band on Parade, July 4th

During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Evelyn Edson wrote the following article about her fond memories of July 4th parades in Scottsville:

The Glorious Fourth!
By Evelyn Edson
June 27, 2020

When the Fourth of July 2020 dawns this coming Saturday, Scottsville residents will wake up with a feeling that something is missing during the Covid-19 pandemic.  It's the annual parade with its homemade floats, shiny fire engines, local beauty queens and princesses, and politicians.  And don't forget the Shriners, zipping about in their miniature cars with the tassels on their fezzes flying.  Over the years, the celebration has expanded and shrunk depending on circumstances, but there was almost always a parade.  The streets of Scottsville would be packed solid with people watching and cheering, waving flags and catching the candy thrown from the floats, while the politicians moved up and down the line, shaking hands.  Owners of vintage cars polished them up and joined the procession.

The Highlanders strutting down Valley Street on July 4 1958
Passing in review, members of the Scottsville teenage club, The Highlanders, strut down the street during Scottsville's July 4th celebration in 1958.  Among those picured are Norma Fitzgerald (front), Brooks Stargell (right) and Annie Lou Moon, 4th from right).  Photo courtesy of Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA

First in line in the parade were the veterans of foreign wars in their uniforms with their flags.  They always got a great round of applause.  In the old days (1914), music was provided by the Scottsville Band, now alas no longer with us.  Sometimes we have had bagpipes and Scottish dancers, or an energetic group of drummers, or just a broadcasting of patriotic tunes, and even a truckload of choir members from a local church singing hymns.  In The Scottsville Monthly, Ruth Klippstein detailed the history of the celebration with an awe-inspiring variety of events, including a flea market, a picnic, a greased pig contest (1958), a log-chopping contest (1974), and a vintage fashion show on the steps of the Museum (1983).  The day often wound up with a musical program and the ever-popular and awesome fireworks, sponsored by the Fire Department under the able supervision of Duane Karr.

Scottsville Mayor A. Raymon Thacker, Grand Marshal of July 4, 2009 Parade
Scottsville Mayor A. Raymon Thacker served as the parade's Grand Marshal on July 4, 2009.
Photo by Connie Geary
A patriotic float in Scottsville's July 4th parade, 2008 A patriotic float, handmade by MCL Construction in Scottsville's July 4th parade in 2008.
Photo by Connie Geary

The most spectacular July 4th celebration was probably in 1975 or 1976 when the pageant, "Of Town and the River," was presented on the Uniroyal grounds with practically everyone in Scottsville playing a role either backstage or out front, re-enacting the history of our town.  Written by John Randolph PHillips and directed by Robert K. Spencer, it was an extravaganza, never forgotten by those who took part in it, either as performers or witnesses.

The decision not to have the July 4th parade in 2020 was made by VDOT, and the Scottsville Town Council, while supportive of this decision to safeguard our health, is well aware of our disappointment.  No bells and whistles, but we hear that the Declaration of Independence will be read by our new mayor, Ron Smith, at 10 a.m. at the Farmers' Market, a timely reminder of what it is all about.  Happy Independence Day!

Copyright © 2020 by Scottsville Museum

First and Second Images Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDB9

Third Image was provided courtesy of The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA, 1958

Fourth Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDCG2009

Fifth Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDCG2008


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