Greenwood is congratulating itself on the good fortune of the organization of the Valhall Club in this city, which, since it's inception, has increased it's membership to over 80.
Over half the entire upper story of the Kandy Kitchen building has been handsomely furnished by the club. A piano player and pool and billiard tables are being ordered for installation, and the dancing parties promise to be of social interest.
The club is under the splendid administration of the following officers: George A. Wilson, Jr., President; John W. Delaney, Jr., Vice President; John H. Brogan, Secretary; and Warner Wells, Treasurer.
Such an institution as this answers a long-felt social need, and we predict a brilliant success for the Valhalla Club, started out under such favorable auspices.
From the Greenwood Commonwealth, February 16, 1912.
If there was ever any depression around Greenwood, it was swallowed up by smiles and sunshine today. The Greenwood Spring Festival and Style Show was a success-a huge success.
They came from everywhere to share in the joyousness of the occasion. Not a hitch occurred in the arrangements, and the thousands of visitors who came here to enjoy themselves found nothing wanting.
At an early hour they began to crowd the exhibition hall at Market and Fulton streets, and the streets filled gradually all during the morning with thousands lining the sidewalks to view the parade.
The parade started right off on time under the leadership of Millard Weiler, marshal, heading the drum and bugle corps of the Keesler- Hambrick-Gillespie Post, American legion.
The first float, which was that of the American Legion, was followed by two floats bearing the Festival Queens representing 20 cities and towns of the Delta, and dressed as Style Show models.
Then came along line of floats representing various firms and institutions. The Greenwood school floats were accompanied by the High School band. The Boy Scouts had full representation, and the Greenwood Fire Department turned out in style. More than a score of horse-back riders were in line.
Receiving the greatest applause were the tots representing the characters in Mother Goose Rhymes, Little Boy Blue, etc.
Even the old mule had his place in the parade, and struggled along in the center of the line of march as best he could, and the parade wound up with "Old Depression" stripped and ready for the graveyard.
The American Legion was awarded the first prize for the most beautiful float. Honorable mention was given to the floats of the Daily Commonwealth, Peyton's Powder Puff and the Greenwood Floral Company.
The first prize for private cars was awarded the Woman's Club. Second prize, Delta Chevrolet Company.
For the kiddies entries, Little Boy Blue got the first prize, and the second prize went to the Whitford Price French dancing pupils.
The list of floats in the parade follows:
American Legion, Mississippi Power & Light Company, George Chambless Transfer Company, A. Weiler & Company, International Harvester Company, Two Style Show floats with models, Peyton's Powder Puff, Pat Thomas Paint Company, Kelley House, Bell Telephone Company, Greenwood Daily Commonwealth, 4-H Clubs, Greenwood Floral Company, Jordan & Company, J. D. Lanham, Paramount Theatre, Greenwood Senior Class, 'Fairy Glade' Sidon School, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, Mrs. French's Dancing School, Union Drug Company, Red,White and Blue Cab Company, Justrite Transfer & Storage Company, Womans Club, Mrs. Grorge Small of McCarley, Bulldog Broadcast.
During the afternoon the motor boat races along the Yazoo River, beginning at 4 o'clock, attracted the crowds.
Tonight hundreds will dance free in the gymnasium hall of the Greenwood High School building.
Others will go around to the stadium of the American Legion and enjoy several high class boxing bouts the American Legion post is putting on.
The Paramount Theatre has brought Mutt and Jeff and Julius in person. They will appear on the stage in acts tonight beginning first at 7:30 o'clock, then just before 10 o'clock. This is only one part of the stage show brought here especially for the Spring Festival and Style Show.
People began to visit the exhibition building at Market and Fulton early in the morning.
In fact, before some of them had quite finished decorating. Practically the entire building was occupied.
Admiration for the many beautiful booths was heard on all sides. Outstanding perhaps was the exhibit of the Greenwood City Schools, which included plots in physical miniature showing the locations of several schools throughout the city.
There was a reproduction of the Village of Grand Pre, the original home of Evangeline in Nova Scotia, and a similar representation of the storming of a Gallic City.
Exhibits of handiwork of the boys and girls covered almost every imaginable object that can be made by hand, dresses made of cotton cloth making one of the most attractive.
The exhibit of the Greenwood Floral Company, placing in a setting that met the eye instantly, and artistically arranged, was the center of the admiring groups all through the day.
The exhibit of the Spurrier Studio was another that at once attracted the lovers of art and beauty.
The automobile exhibits of Moore & McDavid, and of the people, adjoining each other, made a creditable automobile show in themselves.
The booth of A. Weiler & Company included in the exhibits a duplicate of a service sold for the Governor's mansion at Jackson, and other unusual displays.
The Leflore Grocer Company and the Leflore Coffee Company were perhaps the most 'popular', as they served Infallible coffee, Infallible biscuits and other Infallible things.
Bottlers of Wonder-Ade, a soft drink, also served refreshments free.
The Coca Cola people had a unique exhibit that drew hundreds to their booth all day.
The Antoon Bakery had one of the prettiest exhibits imaginable in fancy pastries.
The Biddle Floral Company exhibit near the main entrance was among the first to attract the eye.
The Pepper Electric Company's exhibit of radio equipment came next, then the National Cash Register Company's machines.
The Eagle Lumber Company's booth was one of the most complete exhibits at the show.
W. T. Adair of Doddsville had on display a variety of homegrown products, showing the many things that can be grown in this section that are usually overlooked.
The J. W. Quinn Drug Company had an extensive display.
The Henderson & Baird Hardware Company and the Wade Hardware Company both had complete exhibits.
The Supreme Instruments Company, Greenwood's most widely known industry, displayed their products in a perfectly arranged setting.
The D. & N. Auto Parts Company, featuring Delco products gave the surroundings a lively atmosphere.
The Jordan Furniture Company had a modest, but very high class exhibit.
The Greenwood Flooring Company was among the Greenwood industries with a very creditable exhibit.
The Paramount Theatre had an artistic arrangement, as did the McElroy news agency.
Such well known products as Orange Crush, and Uneeda Biscuit had a place in the big show.
The J. D. Lanham exhibit of plumbing and electric features drew favorable comment on all sides.
Short Brothers had a booth representing their line of "quality cleaning".
The Greenwood International Company exhibit was naturally the center of interest at this time as they had on display the latest inventions in agricultural machinery.
The Planters Oil Mill exhibit included educational demonstrations of the many uses of cotton seed oil products and by -products.
Morton's Salt had a place in the exhibition.
Federal Tires were displayed in an attractive space.
The Leflore Dairy Products Company had one of the best exhibits seen in Greenwood in a long time.
Pat B. Thomas presented a "colorful" exhibit of paints and kindred products.
The Mississippi Power & Light Company exhibit was one of the highest class of all.
From the Greenwood Commonwealth, April 14, 1932