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1 hockey victory over Dartmouth. Omicron Pi Omicron added further hockey history to its
display in a window on the Busy Corner with another
article citing Freddie Dion
and "Buzz" Williams being chosen as All-Americans in 1929. It also displayed some interesting
old athletic photographs and a football from 1900, a basketball from 1914 and an early baseball.
Karma [now Delta Sigma Phi] chose to display two slide rulesáPa small and a huge oneáPin its
window display in the Pincus store. The Neutral Club filled the Calipari Music Store window
with a large map showing the location of the Clarkson Alumni Association chapters in
38 states and in the District of Columbia.
Pageant of Progress.
Fifteen thousand spectators lined Potsdam streets on October 9, 1945, to
watch the most colorful parade ever seen in Potsdam as Clarkson celebrated its fiftieth
anniversary. All day Monday, "Old Loud Mouth," advertised as the loudest loudspeaker ever
made and loaned to Potsdam by General Electric for the day, kept blaring forth announcements
about the day's events or instructions to visitors concerning parking or traffic movement.
Mounted on the roof of a station wagon, Old Loud Mouth moved unnoticed to the south end
of Park Street, and virtually blew spectators back onto the curb with an unbridled blast of
sound. Rural residents 18 miles away could hear it blare forth.
Marshaled by Dr. John W. Maxcy [for whom Maxcy Hall at SUCP is named] this mile-
long parade had four divisions. In division one marched the color guard, the Navy V-12 Band,
and the entire V-12 Unit of 100 men stationed at St. Lawrence University; wounded veterans
riding in army jeeps from Pine Camp [now Fort Drum]; and a large unit of Clarkson graduates
representing classes from 1901 to 1942, led by Robert T. Danforth '01, of Massena.
Division two was headed by a color guard and the fine REMETC Band from Barriefield
Camp, Kingston, Ontario, for this special occasion. The two color bearers, carrying the
Canadian colors and the Union Jack, missed the turn from Main Street into Park Street, and
continued along Main Street towards the road back to Canada before they were rescued and
turned by a deputy sheriff. This Canadian band was followed by a large unit of veterans of
World War II, followed by veterans of World War I in the uniforms of the American Legion
and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. They were followed by a large group of Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, and Potsdam's Civil Air Patrol Unit under the direction of Lt. Frank Roberts.
Division three was led by the Second Battalion Stormont Dundas and Glengarry
Highlanders Kiltie Band from Cornwall, Ontario, under the direction of Sergeant Major George
Montgomery, and featuring a poker-faced, nimble-fingered Scottish drummer. Then came a
large variety of interesting vehicles of all types and ages led by a stagecoach brought to
Potsdam from Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks. It was followed by a group of
horseback riders, by Spencer Merry of Ogdensburg driving a beautiful team of horses, by a
team of ponies, and by a fine example of a "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" driven by Miss
Ethel Thompson with Fred Roger of Potsdam as her passenger. This was followed by a two-
wheeled phaeton and several other one- and two-seat carriages, including a Tally-Ho, a
four-in-hand pleasure coach with its passengers dressed in colorful period costumes.
Division four was led by an ox team hitched to a flatbed wagon upon which rode two
stonecutters, Nick Grill, 87 years old, and John Burns, working on Potsdam sandstone. This
wagon was followed by automobiles ranging from 1902 onward, and a variety of two-wheeled
vehicles from old time bicycles to modern motorcycles. In this division marched local volunteer
firemen in uniform pulling examples of old fire-fighting equipment, some of which came from
the Clarkson estate.
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