Oshawa Celebrates Civic Day 1898

Article originally appeared in The Globe 8 Aug 1898, p 9.

Oshawa’s Civic Holiday
Successful Demonstration Held in Prospect Park Under the Auspices of the Woodmen of the World
(Special Despatch to the Globe)

Oshawa, Aug 8 – To-day was Oshawa’s Civic Holiday, and a demonstration was held in honor of it in Prospect Park under the auspices of the members of the Woodmen of the World lodges of Toronto and the lodge in Oshawa. The Toronto people came down in large numbers, the steamer Garden City running three round trips from Toronto. The first one which left the city at 8 o’clock in the morning brought down about five hundred of the Woodmen and their friends. They also brought their own band, which proved a great attraction and was very popular.  On arriving at the park the visitors were given a great reception, and Mayor Fowke delivered an address of welcome.  A good programme of sports had been prepared for the afternoon’s entertainment, but owing to a heavy thunderstorm which came up about 3 o’clock only a part of them were pulled off…

Prospect Park copy
Postcard of Prospect Park, from the archival collection of the Oshawa  Museum

A baseball match between the Night Owls of Toronto and the Seniors of Oshawa was commenced, but had to be stopped at the second innings on the account of the rain.  There were also a number of bicycle races on the programme, for which there was a very large number of entries, and which would have been very interesting.  The rain stopped about 5 o’clock, and it cleared up, and the evening was very pleasant.  The Woodmen Band gave a good concert in the evening, assisted by Miss Stella Pedwell, the child cornetist, and Mr. Harry Graham, vocalist.  The day’s enjoyment was greatly marred by the rain.  Nevertheless the visitors were well entertained and from all appearances had a jolly good time.  Arrangements will be made by the committee for the carrying out of the bicycle races to take place either in Toronto or Oshawa at an early date.

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