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(Richfield Reaper, 9 July 1964)
Circleville Welcomes Hundreds For Four-Day Centennial Homecoming
by C.B. Crane, Reaper Correspondent
Circleville -- Circleville climaxed its centennial year with a four day celebration that began with a chuck wagon supper on July 2 and ended with a town meeting in the ward chapel Sunday evening.
Harold Gottfredson, mayor of Circleville was the honorary chairman of the event with Raymond Whittaker, general chairman and C.B. Crane as assistant. There were over 600 people from 10 states as well as Utah, who returned to Circleville for the event.
The holiday began with a Chuck Wagon supper Thursday evening. Over 400 people were served a venison dinner cooked in bake oven along with home baked beans and salads. Mr. and Mrs. George Bird were the directors.
Mrs. Grace Reynolds arranged a Hootenanny which followed the supper. Local people participated in the program, which consisted in a variety of songs and instrumental numbers. The beards were judged and prizes were awarded.
Most distinguished beard title went to Scott Smith; reddest, Shirl Fox; whitest, Albert C. Nay; blackest, Rollo Lewis; longest handlebars and longest beard, David Gottfredson; homeliest, Karlie Wood; scraggliest, Afton Morgan; funniest, Bill Horton; most unique, Linden Romaine; and the bushiest, Reed Wiltshire. Raymond Whittaker was the master of ceremonies.
Friday evening the Gay 90's drama and musical production was played in the Circleville auditorium. All of the actors were local people under the direction of Glen Betenson.
The morning of Independence Day started with cannonading at 4 a.m. and a flag raising ceremony at 6 a.m. by Boy Scout Troop 662.
The parade started at 10 a.m. with most of the businesses, church and civic organizations entering floats which resulted in the best and most colorful parade in the history of the community.
Representing the pioneers was Lois Whittaker as queen with Mary Norton and Alice Nay as attendants and the young generation was represented by Sandra Smith as queen and Nan Nell Dalton and Dyann Cooper as attendants. At 11 a.m. citizens went to the auditorium where a patriotic program was presented. Mrs. Jean Gottfredson was chairman and Bob Welti was the master of ceremonies. Dell Reynolds was the parade chairman.
After the program a western barbecue dinner was served to over 1,000 town people and guests. Mr. and Mrs. Shirl Fox were in charge of this event.
In the early afternoon the traditional sports and fun activities were participated in by the young people of the community and visitors. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Whittaker managed this event.
In the evening a pioneer dance was held and the auditorium which has served the people of the community for 40 years was filled with people who enjoyed the pioneer dances of years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Kent Whittaker were responsible for this part of the celebration.
On Sunday church services were attended by the local people and their friends. Several families held reunions Sunday.
One of the interesting events of the four day celebration was the art and handicraft exhibit of which Mrs. Esther Wiltshire was the chairman. There were 90 individual paintings exhibited and all of the work was done by local artists and former residents of the community.
Mrs. Mark Betenson furnished a room in the front of the auditorium with pioneer furniture which had belonged to the Parker and Betenson families. Mrs. Betenson has been collecting and refinishing this furniture for several years.
Miss Carrie Allen has been compiling a history of Circleville during the year and it should be completed by this fall. Part of the history was read on Sunday afternoon.
Copyright 2006 by Ardis E. Parshall
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