A View of the Past – November 9, 2016

wwi-welcome-home-parade-1919-sept-1-resizedThis week’s view is of a band marching in the parade that was part of the grand celebration welcoming home the O’Fallon veterans of World War I. About 7,000 attended the festivities held on Labor Day, September 1, 1919. The band is crossing the railroad tracks on Lincoln Ave. with the old Central Hotel, now the location of Steven Mueller Florist, in the background.

(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)

For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.