The Great Celebration at Alexandria
At least 5,000 people were at Alexandria Monday [Oct. 6] to witness the great Bi-centennial celebration of the first emigration of Germans to America. The day was beautiful and when we say the procession exceeded the day procession at the opening of the Cincinnati Exposition, we say what is true.
|1||Wagon containing Goddess of Liberty, Emma Girlash, and decorative ladies. Driver John Sterne.|
|2||Wagon - Columbia, Louisa Meister; Germania, Sophie Trichler.|
|3||Children's wagon, driven by Peter Hess, as Hessian.|
|4||Wagon with children, Wm. Rische, driver|
|5||Emigration Wagon, Math. Tritchler, Bavarian|
|6||Wagon containing old Court-house, with Gov. Shelby and first six 'Squires.|
|Marshals||Edgar Thatcher, Thomas White|
|William Penn||Wm. White|
|Gen. Muehlenburg||R. Koestlin|
|Gen. Washington||W. L. Reiley|
|Gen. Lafayette||Fidel Orth|
|Daniel Boone||Frank Harrison|
|Simon Kenton||H. Shaw|
|German Hussars||Wm. Funk and Sam Kramer|
|German Uhlans||Wm. Waggoner and Mike Lutz|
|French Officer||John S. Youtsey|
|Schwabs||Chas. Lutz, John Todd, and Peter Orth|
|Steinlacher boy and girl||Wm. Knauer and Charlotte Miller|
|Marshals||John Winterhalter and John P. Shaw|
|Wagon with Tin Store||Wm. Brill|
|Wagon with Blacksmith Shop||Merrez and Waggoner|
|Wagon with Butcher Shop||John Winterhalter|
|Brewery||Meister and Miller|
|Old-fashioned wooden wagon wheel||John Shaw|
|Wagon representing rope-yard||A. Fausz, Sen.|
|Wagons and carriages containing citizens|
After parading the various streets of the town the grand procession marched to the Fair Grounds, where appropriate addresses were delivered in the following order: Judge Makibben, Col. George Washington (the living George), Hon. T. M. Hill, Rev. R. Koestlin, (in German) and Judge Reiley.
The procession then re-formed and marched through the cemetery and returned, after which they disbanded.
In the evening there were fire-works' after a grand ball at Tritchler's Hall.
So ended the grand and glorious 200th anniversary of the first German settlement in America.
from Newport's The Kentucky Journal, October 9, 1883