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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

1923: JEROME; Time to Celebrate on July 4.

Verde Heritage

"It is felt that the revival of activity in the mines and in all other lines of busness in the district together with the assurance and ample employment, makes it but right that the entire district should join to make the national celebration the biggest and best the Verde district has ever had."

"While it is true that we suffered severely through the period of depression, it is also true that that period is past and that there is every prospect of an immediate future filled with good. From the national standpoint, the United States was never more great or more prosperous, and it is the general feeling that the time for an old-fashioned celebration of the great national holiday has come."

"The program is but a sketchy outline of what will be offered those who take part in the festivities and it is hoped that every man, woman and child in the district will be on hand to participate in the fun and make the celebration worthy of the greatest and best district in the southwest."

"Backed by the Commercial club, the American Legion and all the business men of the district, the supporters of the Jerome Baseball club will put on, on July 4, the biggest and best Independence Day celebration the Verde district has ever had. With the exception of the street dance, the day's program will be carried out at Clark field, beginning at 11 o'clock a. m., and it is promised that it will be made snappy."

"At 11 o'clock sharp a fine program of races for boys and girls and some for the seniors, will be run off and there will be several other attractions which can not be announced as yet as the details have not been completely worked out. In the afternoon there will be a baseball game between Jerome and Clarkdale and a great display of daylight fireworks --- the best that has ever been seen in the district. In the evening there will be a big street dance and other entertainment down town. This is the merest outline of the program which will be published in full as soon as the committees have had time to complete their arrangements."

"Tickets admitting to every event on the day's program, including the baseball game and the dance, have been printed and will go on sale this week at the reasonable price of one dollar."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, June 5, 1923; page 1.)

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