Labor Is Enjoying Its Holiday
With Purely Social Features
Eschewing Politics And Such
Reprinted from the Fort Smith Times Record, Sept. 6, 1913, p.1. Note: The newspaper circulated in the afternoon and so makes reference to events scheduled at press time or later in the day.
Labor day in Fort Smith was celebrated generally today throughout the city. Crowds of people from out of town came in to take part in and to observe the festivities, and everywhere stores closed and work of every kind ceased in honor of the day.
At 11 o'clock, the parade of unionists formed at Tenth and A streets in front of the Labor Temple, and proceeded south to Garrison Avenue, thence west to First Street, east to the Goldman then back to the Labor Temple.
The formation was arranged as follows:
Twin City Band
This afternoon everyone will adjourn to Electric Park, where the main features of the program will be carried out. A big barbecue and picnic will occupy the attention of the celebrants until evening when a dance, under the direction of Gene Bly, will be held in the Casino. The dance will continue through the late afternoon and night, music in the afternoon being furnished by Rebsamen's orchestra, and at night by Darby.
During the afternoon, the judges will award a prize of $10 to the organization which made the best appearance in the parade; $5 to the organization which had the greatest percentage of its members in line, and $5 for the best decorated float. There will be no formal speechmaking at any period of the program. Politics and legislation will be sidetracked for pure social delight.
At the park, a card bearing the wording: "Demand the Union Label on Everything" will be placed in some union man's hat. The lady who finds this card will be awarded $2.50.