Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Nobody bothered to organize anything for Independence Day 1922. Hobart was dead on July 4 … except that if you stood at one of the main intersections, you could see a pretty steady flow of people getting out of town.

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June 29 had seen a very nice little party southeast of town:
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Rossow was the scene of a joyous party last Thursday evening, occasioned by about twenty young friends of their daughter, Miss Bettie, surprising the young lady in honor of her fifteenth birthday. The company brought a delicious lunch which was served during the course of the evening's amusements of games, music and dancing. Miss Bettie was presented with many dainty gifts in remembrance of her birthday.
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Things were looking up for Hobart, however:
Hobart may have a park one of these days. It is said the triangle at the intersection of Main, Lincoln and Seventh streets will be turned back to the city by the contractor, and the paving cost will thus fall to the city and the city in turn will make of it a small triangle park.
The triangle in question is where the doughboy statue now stands. I gather that in 1922 Hobart had zero parks.

♦ "Local and Personal." Hobart Gazette 6 July 1922.
♦ "The Fourth of July Passed Off Very Quietly Here in Hobart." 7 July 1922.

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