BRIAN FULTON’S DAY IN HISTORY: 100 YEARS AGO
Nov. 11, 1918
Armistice Day celebrated
News of the signing of the armistice woke people from their beds. Some still dressed in sleepwear took to the streets to start celebrating the end of the war. As the sun began to rise, the revelers started to make their way to downtown Scranton. By 8 a.m., the streets of downtown were filled with thousands celebrating.
Businesses and public buildings in downtown did not open. Miners and factory workers stayed away from work. Schools were to reopen after having been closed for weeks because of the influenza epidemic, but students and teachers didn’t show up because of the celebrations.
As the day went on, more and more people joined the celebrations. Some took to streets banging pot and pans
A “victory band for your hat,” published Nov. 11, 1918, in The Scranton Times. People were urged to wear the band at a victory parade in Scranton that night celebrating the end of World War I.
while others blew whistles and rang bells.
Mayor Alex Connell called for a massive parade to be held at 7:30 p.m. from Washington Avenue and Mulberry Street.
The parade included military, patriotic, religious, social and fraternal organizations, and employees of businesses from throughout the city.
The marchers waved the Stars and Stripes as they marched throughout the city. It was estimated that close to 10,000 people marched in the victory parade.
The Hotel Jermyn and
Hotel Casey also held celebrations marking the end of the Great War. And a mass meeting was held at Town Hall for the United War Work Campaign. Speaking at the meeting was Lt. Coningsby Dawson, author of the book “The Glory of the Trenches.” He spoke of his service in an artillery unit with the Canadian army.