D. Miller Simonton takes exception to many activities he considered of a ribald and carousing nature and writes his views on this subject under the heading:
The Sentiment of Memorial Day.
“This morning was ushered in the light of another Memorial Day, and with that comes the recurrence of new duties to perform, new obligations to be met, new responsibilities to be assumed. What are they? That we as a people pause for a moment in the rapid and exciting March of prosperity and progress and in a respectable and appropriate manner observe this day as designated not in ribaldry and carousal, but with vows of eternal vigilance recognition of the principles for which the nations patriotic defenders have contested ever since the refuge pilgrims seeking relief from the persecution and oppression landed in our shores, where they set up the patriot shine freedoms Rock of Ages the Mecca of independence, where they baptized with tears of gratitude, and with thousands of eternal vigilance dedicated old Plymouth Rock a silent witness to the cause of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Ever since we have had wars and rumors of wars the tocsin of war was thundered its tremendous notes of defiance against old glory in the home of the braid, costing millions of the best lives that ever lived, the destruction of fabulous wealth and properties, which cannot be estimated in dollars and cents, together with the endurance, provisions, suffering and sacrifice of those who offered their very lives sacrifices on the altar of their country and defense of the same old glory in the complete and franchisem it’s aent of gay people who believe that we were born equal and must and will be free, free to be and do that only which is right, right to ourselves and right to all who may seek shelter and protection under stars and stripes not the banner only of our own nation, but above all others, the harbinger of peace and goodwill to all people everywhere, the in sign of education development and progress for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear, crowding the surging along the highways of intelligence in development, until even now the prophetic note foreshadows, as with enchanting music of a sweeter song, greater, grander possibilities they ever fell to the lot of man since the morning stars sang together in the sons of God shouted for joy.” should we not be thankful that we can mingle with the falling tear feeling of gratitude for what has been given in return for the suffering, pain and death upon unnumbered fields of strife and blood?
“It is only fitting that we should come up on this day, laden with the rich and sweetly perfumed offerings gather from the blossoming Bowers of our fair land and memory of our fallen heroes.” Come from the workshop, counting room, farm, from every walk of life, and he who refuses to come brand him as one without do appreciation to say the least bring your offerings to the bivouac of silent sleepers, who fell in defense of equality, fraternity and liberty giving emphasis as we sometimes sing
“and her strong arm is moving to strike with a will, until the foe in his boasting is conquered and still here we come to wounding’s and combat the scars, and the glory of death for stripes and stars.”
The sporting members of the order of the Elks challenge the sporting members of the order of the Eagles to play a game of baseball on Mac and field May 30, 1907 the members composing the 9 for the Elks were Beery, Brydon, Bosley, Cline, Gerkin, Patton, Schnepf, Turner and Wolfe.
The nine representing the Eagles were Beall, Barker, Jenkins, McFarland, Moran, Patton, Pracht, Rose and Turner.
A large turn out of the members of the two orders and a number of the sporting element of the town who followed the game of baseball during the playing season and of course, the usual number of kids always present at all events and happenings who were, perhaps, partisans and better critics of the intricacies of the game than most of his elders and ever ready to acclaim a nice play or brilliant bit of fielding, and, 2, not backward and expressing his disgust by calling a dumb play and applying the name of fish head, brainless in other terms to a player suffering a mental Lance during the progress of the game, and the piping voice of one among the critics would advise the luckless player to try the game of tiddlywinks.
Since Grafton was represented in the Pennsylvania West Virginia league and later by the national limited team of the Baltimore and Ohio, the interest in the national pastime and Grafton seems to be waned period of course, there are a number of amateur nines who still stage games on the high school field, yet there seems a lack of interest that was displayed in the former years, just why this lack of interest is now shown is hard to explain. Interest in the progress of both American and national leagues of the large cities or watched with great interest among the sporting for fraternity of Grafton, but little interest manifested toward the local amateur clubs. On the above occasion that Elks were victorious in the game of May 30th, winning by a score of seven to three.