Finely Decorated Machines Excite Wonder of
Populace as They Pass Over Streets of City.
Large Amount of Money Expended in Deco-
From Altoona Mirror, September 27, 1912.
THE automobile owners were the most unfortunate of all those who had planned for the celebration of this week, over 120 auto owners having elaborately decorated their cars for the parade, expecting it to take place on Tuesday. However, after rain spoiled it that day, and again yesterday afternoon, many of the owners had to tear off their decorations and were not seen in the parade.
Undismayed by the misfortunes that had so far attended, 100 autoists assembled at 1:30 this afternoon at Fifth avenue and Nineteenth street and, starting promptly at 2 o'clock, moved over the route of parade as originally laid down, covering both sides of the city twice and consuming only a trifle over an hour in finishing the entire parade, the average speed of the cars in line being twelve miles an hour. The city police kept the streets well cleared for the parade and the trolley company helped out by having their cars on the parade route stopped while it was passing.
The parade opened with the passing of the enormous auto truck owned by B.P. Wilkinson & Co., proprietors of the Blair Car Co., upon which had erected an enormous stand, containing chairs for the 40 musicians of the Jaffa band, this being one of the largest numbers of persons ever carried on a single automobile in a public parade anywhere. The whole truck was also very nicely decorated in colored bunting and cheese cloth.
The parade, following the band, was led by the large touring car of Chief Marshal J. E. Shute.
When the parade was first called off on Tuesday, Marshal Shute, who then had nearly 200 cars ready to take part, was called up by dozens of owners who wanted to take off their decorations and cancel their entrance, but he stuck to it and urged all to take part, it being due alone to his efforts that so many cars turned out today.
Marshall Shite's own car, which was the first of the automobiles, was also one of the most beautiful in the entire line. It was driven by Mr. Shute and occupied also by his wife and children all dressed in white.
The entire car was covered, the background of the decorations being a field of orange colored paper, with a beautiful intertwining of wisteria vines over the whole, while the outlines of the car were covered with purple fancy paper and flowers of purple. All the occupants were dressed in white save Mr. Shute's baby girl, Virginia, aged 2, who sat on the top of the car, dressed in purple and white. The whole made a most beautiful exhibit.
Among the other cars in the line of parade that were splendidly decorated were the following:
The big touring car containing John Lloyd, sr., and party was so completely decorated that not a portion of the wood work of the car was visible. The base of the car was first painted white and the entire body and top of the car draped with white excello, pink roses and rose vines covering the whole, while the car was outlined with an additional trimming of pink crysanthemums, these also covering the spokes of the wheels. On the front of the car were a number of white doves, from whose wings streamers of ribbon spread back to the car itself. The car of Mal. H. Neuwahl, manager of Simon's shoe store, containing himself and chauffeur, was entirely covered with pink and white excello paper, artistically draped, while, on the top of the car was an immense shoe, with the "Old Woman in the Shoe" and her many children represented by toy figures. The back and sides of the auto were also trimmed with American flags.
J. M. Woodcock's car was elaborately trimmed with natural flowers of various kinds, flags and bunting, the wheels forming stars in the national colors and the interior of the car carrying bouquets of flowers.
H. F. Faber trimmed his car entirely with the colors of the Altoona Motor club, blue and yellow, the draping, which covered the car, being of cloth, while there were two large flags on the forward end of the car.
The touring car owned by John Kazmaier, proprietor of the Germania brewery, was one of the prettiest in the parade. A big car, it was trimmed over the entire surface with white excello, every part being covered, while, over all, was a covering of pink flowers, the floral decorations containing several thousand blooms, beautifully arranged.
E. D. Greene's car contained Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Greene, Miss Bessie Greene and the three grandchildren of Mr. Greene, while the body of the car was entirely covered with pink and orange paper. The trimmings, which covered the body and top of the car, consisted of artificial chrysanthemums, the whole presenting a very fine appearance.
Robert Fay of the firm of Fay, Hutchinson & Co. had an attractive float, in line. The car was trimmed in white papier-mache and not a vacant spot was left on the ear. Only the lights showed through the decorations. Intermingled between the white decorations was a number of red roses, in addition to a number of strings of large lilies. Two doves were perched on the uprights of the wind shield. The wheels were trimmed with vines of roses. Three American flags adorned the front of the car, while the hood contained a few little pennants, in addition to the white papier-mache. The fender was also draped.
A mass of white completely covered the features of the P. W. Finn car. Bunting was used for the body, and long lines of blue drapery were strung around the top of the car, and along the steps and fenders. A number of white pumes were placed at different places on the car. Two white doves, with extended wings were perched on the lamps on the front of the car. Both were secured by two ribbons fastened on the wind shield. Blue streamers were used to decorate the wheels and back of the car. Two small flags also adorned the back.
Four young ladies rode in the tonneau of the car of George A. Klesius, each one attired in a white dress and holding the ribbons attached to two white doves which were displayed above the wind shield. The car was trimmed in papier-mache. The top rim contained a streamer of red colored roses and green leaves, while around the base was a long line of blue flowers. The wheels were also interwoven with flowers. The car was driven by Mr Klesius. The young ladies in the tonneau were Argued, Jennie and Teresa Klesius and Irene Snyder.
A. H. Brady's car appeared in the line of parade with the hood covered by American flags. A long pole six feet in heighth was shown in front of the wind shield. At the top floated a flag. Three streamers extended from the pole to the rear of the car. The streamers also extended to the front of the machine. Red, white and blue bunting graced the front and back of the car, while each space be tween the doors on the side was closely decorated in the national colors. Small flowers were woven about the bunting and a long string of roses covered the front fender and continued along the sides. In the rear of the machine was a long frame, containing a half dozen different pictures of Abraham Lincoln.
John Haller, the Fifth avenue baker had his car covered with papier-mache colored green, yellow and white. A triple arch was erected over the tonneau and front of the machine. These were trimmed heavily with green colored paper. The body of the car was also we filled with vari-colored paper, and not a portion of the machine showed through the extensive decorations. The wheels were also decorated and contained the bright colored paper bunting. The car was driven by Mr. Haller's son, William. In the tonneau were the members of the Haller family.
W. W. Blake, the wholesale tobacconist and one of the most prominent boosters of the jubilee, repeated his big success of yesterday. In yesterday's parade, a number of floats represented this well known business establishment, one in commemoration of William Penn, which has given a name to a famous brand of cigars, being especially pleasing. Several large American flags were draped over the tonneau and brought up over the splashboards of the car in such a manner as to produce a very handsome effect. The wheels were hidden by red, white and blue paper and the extra tire carried at the side had been made twice its natural size by the decorations. A large flag covered the top of the car and around the sides were found tassels, all red, white and blue. On the hood was found a large fern, the green leaves contrasting with the brilliant colors of bunting and paper, producing a very fine effect.
The float that had been arranged by Wolfe Bros., the sporting goods men, was typical of the establishment. A bunting scene was presented. One of the big automobiles was covered with a bank of ferns, bushes and moss, representing a forest. In the tonneau sat a number of hunters, attired in the clothing generally worn by nimrods and each having a gun. On the hood of the car was a large wild turkey, the king bird of the forest. It was a fine specimen. At the rear of the forest bed was a large wild cat, which has been mounted so skilfully that one could hardly realize that it is not alive. On every side were pheasants, squirrels, rabbits and other game birds and animals found in this vicinity. The float was undoubtedly one of the best in line.
Grant Sheffer, the well known painter and wallpaper man, had a car in line that was exceedingly attractive. The car was almost completely covered with white crepe which formed an admirable background for the trimmings. When it comes to a matter of taste in decorations of any kind, Mr. Sheffer is an expert and his car today showed his ability along that line. It is a difficult matter to describe the decorations, the shades of beauty being most too subtle to be painted in words. Pink chrysanthemums with plumes of various kinds were used with telling effect and that the car made a distinct hit with the spectators was shown by the applause as it passed by. In the car were three generations. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Sheffer of Williamsport, parents of Mr. Sheffer, rode in the car. Beside Mr. Sheffer, who drove, was his son, Carl, aged 13.
Joseph Kunkle had an original car in line. The body of the car was trimmed in red asters, the blossoms being on a background of green. The best part of a thousand blossoms were needed and several flower gardens were denuded. Over the seat a huge umbrella was built, the outside of the rain-protector being formed of asters, while the inside was white. Yellow ribbon was used with good effect. The auto was a two-passenger size.
S. Morris, head of the Wopsy and Roselawn projects, spared neither pains nor money in equipping the big Thomas touring car which he owns, for the parade. The car itself is probably the highest priced in the city. Its value was increased by the elaborate decorations. The nosegay of American Beauty roses which stood high in the tonneau represented a $100 bill. There were just 135 of the fine blossoms, the finest that could be secured in this part of the state. Stretching from the leaves. Along the sides of the car were streamers of chrysanthemums and fern leaves. Along the sides of the car were banks of ferns. On the hood of the car was a large cannon pointing forward. Thousands of small red flowers make up the muzzle while fancy colored ribbon was used in forming the wheels. Several dozen yards of five-inch ribbon was used in tieing the mammoth nosegay, and in other decorative effects. Myers Bros. were the artists who made the car the veritable beauty car in the parade.
The auto owned by Mrs. F. M. Christy presented an attractive and neat appearance. It was in charge of C. F. Sheedy, as chauffeur, and beside the driver sat Raymond Joseph Sheedy, attired as the King of Spain. In the tonneau of the car sat the following young persons: Josephine Jones-Casender and Florence Pearl Morgan, and John Clayton Brenneman. All the youngsters carried a basket of red flowers, decorated with small flags. The top was folded in the back and was hidden from view by a neatly drapped American flag. Two large flags were suspended from the rear of the car. Two smaller ones adorned the front.
Louis Keller, proprietor of the Aldine hotel, had his seven passenger touring car neatly decorated. The machine was in charge of C. B. Hinton, as chauffeur. Mrs. Keller, Mrs. Daniels of Wilmington, Mrs. Warren Potter and Miss Orpha Hinton were riding in the machine. Artificial roses formed the main part of the decorations, and the hood of the machine was well filled. The fenders in front of the auto were draped with rose vines, and the spokes of the wheels were interwoven with the flowers. A string of flowers also adorned the side. The top was folded on the back of the car and the roses were fastened closely together, and festooned on a white back ground. Three white doves were perched on the top. Two were situated at opposite ends of the wind shield and one at the rear of the tonneau.
A large number of American flags adorned the car of Dr. J. U. Blose. The hood of the machine contained three small flags, and the wind shield two. Large festoons of draping hung from the sides and back. The top was covered by a huge American flag. A number of plumes also floated to the breeze from the side of the car.
A morning glory design was used to advantage on the automobile of W. S. Aaron. The car was literally filled with yellow cords of excello and rich tassels, and intermingled with the yellow were the vines and flowers of the morning glory. Three young ladies occupied the tonneau. They were Helen Aaron, Helen Magee and Mary Pennepacker. All carried large yellow decorated umbrellas, with blue tassels.
W. B. Moser's auto contained long streamers of red, white and blue bunting. A number of large paper flowers were strewn about the hood and rear of the car. Flags and plumes also floated from points of vantage on the machine.
Daniel A. Sharkey's automobile was as patriotic as could be seen in the parade. To begin with the fender across the front contained fifteen small American flags and three more followed on the front of the hood. Two pennants floated from the wind shield, while four plumes of different colors, added greatly to the appearance of the car.
Two autos were contributed by James S. Fleck. The first was a two-seated runabout and was trimmed entirely with excello, arranged in an attractive appearance. A number of good-sized flags were also shown, as were a number of plumes. Red, white and blue was the color scheme on the other five passenger car of Mr. Fleck. Eight plumes of different colors were paired off along the sides. Four ladies occupied the car. They carried red, white and blue umbrellas. A large flag covered the hood of the machine.
W. W. Burbank's car had a unique feature, the uprights in the front of the car having handsomely framed portraits of Washington and Lincoln while the entire car was decorated, along all the lines of the framework, with ropes of red, white and blue cording, the whole being set off with clusters of small flags.
The car of Elmer C. North was trimmed entirely with American flags, they forming the sole decoration, but being attractively arranged at every vantage point of the car.
N. E. Gee had a handsome car, driven by himself and containing two ladies and a child, all in white. The body of the car was decorated with white paper, covered all over with autumn leaves and trimmings of blue flowers.
The whole body of O. L. McCartney's a auto was draped in white, the trimmings being in pink chrysanthemums while in the front of the car a beautiful white dove was mounted, from which streamers of white floated back to the occupants of the car. There were three ladies and two children in the car, all dressed in white gowns and hats.
Penrose S. Boyer piloted a party of seven gentlemen in the parade in his auto which was trimmed entirely with large and small American flags.
Mrs. Richard Beaston of Tyrone operated the two passenger runabout that was decorated entirely in white. The top and sides as well as the wheels were decorated in white. The occupants were also attired in white. A small flag floated from the hood of the machine.
The car driven by W. L. Nicholson was one of the prettiest in the parade the body of the car being covered with white paper, the trimmings being pink and the car being filled with ladies and children, all dressed to match the trimmings of the car.
J. E. Elway's car was another that was unique in its decorations, it being decked entirely, from wheels to cover, in ferns. They were natural ferns, gathered from the mountains, and were of every size and style, several thousand pieces of fern being required to cover the whole machine. The auto was also filled with small children, suitably dressed to match the decoration scheme.
S. A. Hite's car represented an arbor effect. Lattice work was built around each of the sides, the work being in white. From the top of the lattice was erected an arbor, with twelve different strings of decorations, forming a centre. A large American flag draped the rear of the machine.
Andrew Kipple had his car decorated with excello of white, mixed with small red tassels. A number of roses were also draped along the sides and hood of the car. Four white, blue and pink plumes adorned the sides. The wheels and lights, as well as the other minor fixtures, contained a number of roses.
Little Miss Margaret Shank occupied the throne erected on the top of the meat delivery truck of Carl S. Stayer. The truck was attired in red, white and blue, with yellow excello dotted along the sides. Miss Shrank was attired as a queen and wore a gorgeous robe.
R. B. Vaughn's touring car was covered, about the body, with white and pink paper, ropes of flowers, the pink and white alternating, running horizontally along the car. There were eight ladies in the car, all clad in white, while they each carried white and pink parasols to match the trimmings of the car.
The car of Otto Klein was one of the most unique in the parade, he having erected four uprights at the corners and, from the grounds to the tops of the uprights, the whole was one vast grape arbor.
G. W. Shaffer, the well known grocer, turned out in great style. In addition to the body of the car being tastefully decorated, a huge umbrella arose above the passengers in the tonneau. The umbrella which was made of bunting and flowers, presented a canopy effect. Mr. Shaffer, the man of eleven stores, was driving. The car made a big hit.
James A. Elder, the contractor, had the body of his car bedecked in pink flowers, roses and chrysanthemums. The blossoms had a green background, and the contrast was effective. Fringes of green and pink intermingled, enhanced the decorative scheme.
A. B. Snow had a two-passenger car in line. At the rear a throne of flowers had been erected. Little Pearle Snow, four years old, reigned majestically on the throne. She held white lines which reached down to the front of the car. Pink chrysanthemums on a background of pink formed the decorations.
The car driven by H. F. Breth, had on each side the semi-centennial celebration shield. Bunting artistically arranged completed the decorations.
H. M. Klepser, the feed man, had the body of his car covered entirely in white. Flags were used in the decorations.
John Geig used blue and gold bunting in a very effective manner.
K. B. Young piloted a three-wheel motorcycle. A woman rode in the side seat. The machine was trimmed in gold and blue chrysanthemums, J. B. Rouzer and H. W. Butts rode regular motorcycles, the machines being decorated in blue and gold.
Former Councilman Charles E. Rhodes had a car in line that made a tremenduous hit. White cotton was used in making a background and almost every part of the machine was covered. White chrysanthemums were used artistically. In the car in addition to Mr. Rhodes were three ladies, their attire being in keeping with the decorative scheme. They were attired in white gowns with white hats, the later being trimmed in white carnations.
The J. C. Elway car had a white body trimmed in white and yellow chrysanthemums. In the rear rode two women, their hair powdered, adding considerable effect to the scheme of white.
L. A. McIntyre had his car covered with a roof. On the sloping sides was worked out a flag, the stars and stripes being brought out in flowers of red, white and blue.
Hydrangeas were used with beautiful effect on the car of J. T. Baltzell. The body of the car was covered with the fine blossoms, and nothing but a mass of flowers was to be seen.
G. J. Vaughn, a son of Robert Vaughn, piloted a car that represented a boat. The driver was almost hidden by the sides of the craft. It was an original idea.
William Dougherty had his car trimmed with pink chrysanthemums and yellow plumes on a yellow background, the contrasting effect being very striking.
The automobile owned by Charles G. Mattas, of the firm of Elway & Mattas, butchers, at 1512 Eleventh avenue, was trimmed to represent a motor boat. The trimmings were designed by William Gearhart. The boat was complete in every detail and over 16 feet long. Both sides were perfect and the sides were drawn to a point in an artistic manner. The rudder in the rear was also perfect, and was designed from a blue print. The entire boat was composed of natural flowers, astors, dalhias and hydrangeas being used in profusion. At the wheel was A. E. Mattas, a son, while the occupants of the motor boat were, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Mattas, Miss Margaret, Miss Dorothy, Miss Elizabeth, and two other ladies.