William M. Livingston Attends GAR Meeting
"Watkins Urges Sacrifices To Maintain American Liberty to) " "'Cjry f rt WOMEN'S RELIEF CORPS SESSION. Mrs. Nellie Niederfeld, Wilmington, department commander of the Women's Relief corps, greets Hiram H. Shumate, Grand Army of the Republic department commander at the 75th annual encampment of the GAR and allied organizations. One highlight of the four day encampment will be the annual parade at 10 a. m. (daylight) Wednesday. Only four veterans are In attendance thus far. The encampment ends Thursday. , """"i Speaks to GAR At Annual Encampment Americans have thought too little t the price . paid for liberties, Ferre C. Watkins, Chicago, past state commander of the Ameri can Legion, told the first combined cession of the Grand Army of the Republic here Tuesday night. The GAR will conclude its four ay 75th annual encampment Thurs day. More than 1,000 representa tives of the "boys in blue" and allied patriotic organizations at tended Tuesday's session. "All our liberties," Mr. Watkins declared, '"have been fought for Qn.d paid for in warm human blood. "When America ceases to be willing to defend these liberties and to make whatever sacrifice may be necessary then these liberties for America will cease to exist" ) Mayor Welcomes Delegates. Mr. Watkins paid high honor to the Grand Army of the Republic which he said had through decades cince the Civil war upheld principles for which this nation stands. Wednesday's encampment activities will be highlighted by the annual parade at 10 a. m. (daylight) and by election of officers of allied organizations. Convention officials say more than 1,800 persons will participate in the parade. -i GAR members will elect Thursday. Only six veterans thus far are attending the encampment: Hiram Shumate, 93, RIverton, department nmnmndor' To man TT T wi 10ft. Chicago; William M. Livingston, 93,, 'eoria, assistant adjutant and assistant quartermaster general; Albert E. Gage, 9 Chicago; Milton H. Myers, 99, Park Ridge, and William H. Glenn, 95, Belvidere. George S. Ross of Bloomington, past commander of the 'Sons of the Veterans of the Civil war here, was master of ceremonies at Tuesday's combined session .in the absence of Thomas Ambrose, Chicago, who was unable to attend. . Music was furnished by the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children's school band; by Miss Opal Boothe, St. Charles, whistler, and by Mrs Ethel Rasmussen, Belvidere, vocal-l 1st. Both the latter were accom panied by Miss Nell O'Connel of Elgin. Mayor Mark B. Hayes welcomed delegates . and their friends to Bloomington. The Rev. C. A. Un derwood, pastor of the Second Christian church of Bloomington, pronounced the invocation. Brief talks were made by Commander Shumate as well as heads of the five allied organizations of the GAR: Nellie Niederfeld of the Woman's Relief Corps, Mame Hoel-len of the Ladies of the GAR, Bertha Dawson of the Daughters of Union Veterans, Dr. J. B. Gallagher of the Sons of the Union Veterans and Pearl Mundy of the Auxiliary to the Sons of the Union Veterans. All speakers were agreed on one point: That the GAR and associated groups should continue to flourish. Not the Last. Mr. Watkins pointed out that once the GAR had nearly a half million members while today the Illinois membership is less than 80. But," he declared, "great lives do not go out they go on." When, turning to Commander Shumate, he said he had read this was to be the last encampment, the veteran commander shook his head vigorously and the crowd cheered. "There can never be a final encampment and an end of the GAR," asserted Mr. Watkins then. "It will always march on in the history of the United States. Whenever the nation is in need and facing a WEDNESDAY EVENTS AT CONVENTION . (All Time Daylight) ' I , GRAND ARMY 10:00 a. m. The parade. 12:00 a.m. Fathers and Son luncheon Rogers hotel. 2:00 p.m. Business .meeting, Ililols notei, nomination o: omcers. :O0 p. m. Father' and Daughters' dinner, Illinois hotel. 9:00 p.m. Reception and' dance, MC' Barnes Memorial building. .WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS. 10:00 a. m. Parade. 11:00 a.m. Business session, election of omcers. 12:00 noon Aides' luncheon, First Chris tian church. ' 1:00 p.m. Business session, continued. 8 p. m. Reception and dance. Mc-Barnes Memorial building. INDIES OF THE OAR. 7:30 a. m. C o m r a des complimentary breakfast, Illinois hotel. 8:30 a. m. Convention convenes. 10:00 a. m. Parade. 12 noon Patriotic luncheon, Neo-Classlc room, Roland's. 1 p.. m. Business session and election of officers. DAUGHTERS OF VETERANS. 8:00 a. m. Grandfathers' break! ast, Hotel TIlden-Hall. 10:00 a.m. Parade. 11:00 a.m. Fellowship luncheon, Hotel TIlden-Hall, chairman, Mrs. Delilah Giertz, chief to staff. 1:00 P. m. Business meeting, K of P hall. 4:00 p.m. Election of officers. 6:00 P. m. Fathers' and Daughters' dinner, Illinois hotel. 8:00 d. m Reception to uaji ana Al lied Orders, followed by dance at Mc- Barnes Memorial building. crisis we will hear the fluttering of the Grand Army flag and the tramp of their marching feet. The GAR is a living part of America and shall not die." Preceding the Tuesday night meeting most of the organizations had banquets in honor of officers and past department presidents. The Women's Relief Corps staged its annual banquet in honor of the department commander.