|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from
microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 7/7/1921.
Big Crowd Attends Fourth Celebration
One of the largest crowds ever gathered in Grantsville was here Monday
for the big Fourth of July celebration, and it was one of the most orderly
and smoothly conducted affairs ever held in the town. The crowd is
variously estimated at from 3,500 to 5,000. Suffice it to say that
it was about as big a crowd of visitors as the town could comfortably accommodate.
The hotels and restaurants were crowded to the limit at the noon hour,
while the various soft drink places and confectionaries were thronged at
all hours with human swarms endeavoring to quench their thirst.
The speaking program on the lawn in front of the Court House, was opened
by devotional exercises by Rev. J. Smith Dye, of the local Baptist church.
Then Hon. Albert G. Mathews in his usual eloquent manner welcomed the large
crowd that had assembled. Mr. Mathews was at his best and his address,
chock-full of patriotism, was listened to with earnest attention.
Following Mr. Mathews' speech, the declaration of Independence was read
by Bruce Ferrell in his inimitable manner.
The principal speaker of the day, Hon. Reese Blizzard, of Parkersburg,
was then introduced or rather presented, for the Judge needs no introduction
to the people of Calhoun and adjoining counties. Judge Blizzard then
spoke of the warm feeling that he will always have for the people of this
county, and then went on in one of the best speeches ever delivered in
the town. Judge Blizzard has ever been popular with the people of
Calhoun county, a fact that was evidenced by the huge crowd which came
here Monday to greet him and by the rapt attention that was paid to his
In the afternoon the corner-stone of the high school building was laid
by the West Virginia Grand Lodge of Masons. The Grand Master, Adrian
C. Nadenbousch, of Martinsburg, being unable to be present in person, issued
his proxy to Silas P. Heckert, of Cairo, who convened the Grand Lodge with
the following officers:
Deputy Grand Master, J.D. Jones, Glenville.
Senior Grand Warden, A.G. Miller.
Junior Grand Warden, Charles Barnett, Glenville.
Grand Treasurer, B.G. Stump.
Grand Secretary, R.L. Hamilton.
Grand Senior Deacon, J. Ernest Arbuckle, Glenville.
Grand Junior Deacon, Harvey A. Hall, Weston.
Grand Chaplain, J.Smith Dye.
Grand Orator, Lorentz C. Hamilton.
Grand Pursuivant, Fred Lewis, Glenville.
Principal Architect, Asa M. Maze.
Master of Oldest Lodge, Hagan T. Francis.
Grand Stewards, E.G. Rhorhbough, W. Bennett Hull, John T. Gainer and
C. Foster Johnson.
Grand Marshall, John M. Hamilton.
Grand Tiler, Bud Johnson.
The Grand Lodge was formed in procession and moved to the site of the
high school building where President Gay Stalnaker, of the High School
Board, invited the Grand Master to lay the corner-stone. The stone
was then laid according to the ritualistic ceremony of the Mason.
During the ceremony a box containing relics and articles was deposited
in a cavity prepared in the stone. The articles placed in the box
are as follows:
Photograph of John M. Hamilton, Past Grand Master of West Virginia Masons,
1890-1891 A.D., 5890-5891 A.D. by Lorentz C. Hamilton.
Copy of Grantsville News of July 1, 1921 by A.G. Stutler.
Copy of Calhoun Chronicle of June 30, 1921, by R.L. Hamilton.
Two Pennies by Howard Hamilton.
Two pictures of the old Ball homestead prior to this building by Mr.
and Mrs. J.H. Smith.
Copy of original act of legislature creating his high school, by Bruce
Picture of old homestead, the place of my birth, by Miss Etta Johnson.
Picture of Judson Barr, in uniform, and one coin, by Judson Barr.
American Flag by Virginia and Frederick Hathaway and Mrs. Cordelia Barr.
Penny by McClellan Fleming.
Testament by Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Fleming.
Holy Bible by Forest Rogers.
Tencent piece by Edward Dulin.
Description of Holy Bible by Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Jarvis.