Greene County Arkansas

Paragould, Arkansas

Centennial Edition Section 3


Monday, August 29, 1983~Paragould Daily Press


McHaney/Photo courtesy Fran Jones



     No matter the occasion, Paragould has always loved a parade.      town in Arkansas" was scheduled is not said.  But whatever
      they were celebrating, the pictures certainly show a town

 "Three spectacular parades," read an advertisement for Paragould's

  having a good time.
  1902 street fair, an event featuring "six big days of interest, a whole      Through the years, Pruett Street has been a silent witness to
  week of solid fun, something doing every minute."   parades celebrating the 4th of July, Labor Day and Christmas,
      the challenge of patriotism and the end of war, its Diamond
     The Sept. 22-27 event was said to be the town's first free street   Jubilee and, later this week if all goes as planned, its 100th
  fair and carnival and included "big imported free attractions" and a   birthday.
  "twentieth century midway" plus elaborate commercial and industrial      Noted on the courtesy lines of the pictures is the
  displays. Just exactly why this "great week of festivities in the best   photographer to whom they are credited, if known.


McHaney/Photo courtesy Talma Buchanan Hayes

Photo by Ostrander's Gallery/Photo courtesy Bob Meriwether

The Paragould Street Fair September 22-27, 1902, featured   An up-close look at Paragould's brass band: Standing from left, Dr. R.C. Grizzard, director,
a parade along then unpaved Pruett Street. At top, the city's   Bore Osborn, Peck Long, Campbell Bell, Dr. F.C. Johnson, R.W. Meriwether,
brass band leads the way as floats and horses approach in   Newt Beard, Frank Keefe, Red Tansil and Sid Johnson.
the background. Above, people crowded onto Pruett during   Sitting from left, J.B. Avera, Bob Cupp, Doc Maddox, Dick Mooring,
the festivities, perhaps as part of the parade   John Glasscock Earl Tansil and Bill Trice.


McHaney/Photo courtesy The Big Picture files

McHaney/Photo courtesy Pearl McHaney

Paragould celebrated the switching-on of its new "White Way" of 76 street lights in a   A Labor Day parade was said to be the occasion for this early 1900s float of Little Bo Peeps.
big way July 4, 1916  


          McHaney/Photo courtesy Talma Buchanan Hayes

McHaney/Photo courtesy Fran Jones

Paragould marched toward thee train depot to send its boys off to   And sped down Pruett Street to celebrate the armistice that would bring
World War I.   them home.


Photo courtesy the Big Picture Files


Child Art Studio/Photos courtesy Bill Hunter

An old copy of The Big Picture tentatively identifies this   Paragould's week-long 75th birthday party July 20-26, 1958, started each week-day with a Diamond Jubilee parade.
photograph as a farmer's parade in support of striking    
Cooper's Union workers at the local mills.    


This was Greene County


Transcribed from the 1983 Centennial Edition by : PR Massey

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