Celebration at Maryville, 1913

Text of advertisement reads, "Maryville, June 18th White Way Dedication.  2 aeroplane flights by Ralph E. McMillen in a Curtis biplane.  Moving picture show in the court house yard. Plenty band music by the Maryville Band.  Come and help us celebrate the opening of the finest street lighting system in any city of this size in the country. Reduced railroad rates for this big day.  Maryville, Mo., June 18th."
From the June 12, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri).

There was quite a celebration at Maryville, Missouri on June 18, 1913. From a moving picture show to plenty of band music to flights by Kansas City’s Ralph McMillen in his biplane, visitors had no shortage of entertainment. What was the occasion? The “opening of the finest street lighting system in any city of this size in the country.” We are sorry to have missed it.

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