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Courthouse, 1884-1961 - Celebration
County Courthouse, 1884-1961 - Celebration
The town has turned out for a celebration, captured in this photograph, on the Courthouse Square sometime around 1915-1920. Horses were still part of the everyday routine, the streets were still dirt, ladies wore stylish, modern ankle-length dresses, and a marching band is on the scene. The cause for the celebration is unknown. It is quite likely that the band is from the University of Florida. According to "Gator History," by Sam Proctor and Wright Langley, when the U.S. entered World War I in 1917 the UF Band volunteered as a unit, enlisting as the 124th Infantry Band. Marching bands became an American institution in the late 19th and early 20th centuries-remember "The Music Man" and John Phillip Sousa, whose "Stars and Stripes Forever" is America's national march.
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