1917 Labor Day Association History
Weather – Windy and Rainy
Attendance at Fairgrounds – 10,000
This is the first time the Labor Day Association’s Celebration has come to Henderson, Kentucky.
Steamers and Barges; John S. Hopkins, Joe Fowler, Prince and Princess were chartered to get Union members across the Ohio River from Evansville, Indiana. Delegations from Vincennes, Evansville, Boonville and Newburgh, Indiana made the crossing to get to the Henderson Celebration.
Union men are to wear badges instead of uniforms in the Parade.
Mother “Mary” Jones will be the featured speaker. She is a UMWA organizer and was known as the Miner’s Angel.
Indiana Governor, James P. Goodrich proclaimed that Labor Day be a legal holiday in the state of Indiana.
Afternoon wind & rain caused a small panic among passengers crossing the Ohio River on the steamer Prince & barge Princess. The storm struck the fairgrounds just after “Mother” Jones finished her address. A tree was hit by lighting near the Amphitheater were the speeches were being given.
Carpenters # 90 will again have their own picnic at West Heights Park in Evansville, IN
The Evansville delegation had over 2,000 in the Parade.
1917 Parade Lineup
Chief Parade Marshall — Fred Hohenberger
Henderson Police
Henderson Firefighters
Henderson Military Band
Labor Day Association Officers;
President —
Vice President —
Treasurer —
Recording Secretary —
Henderson Mayor — J. W. Johnson
Henderson City Officials
Speaker’s Carriage;
Mother “Mary” Jones
William E. Tieman
Henderson Ky. Division
Musicians Union Band
Barbers Union
Cigar Makers Union
Typographical Workers Union
Brewery Workers Union
Bartenders Union
Teamsters Union
UMWA # 1021
UMWA # 254
Stationary Engineers Union
Farmers Union
Evansville IN. Division
Westside Marching Band
Typographical Workers Union # 15
Typographical Workers Union # 35
Brewery Workers Union # 84
Plumbers Union # 136
Horseshoers Union # 110
Blacksmiths Union
Iron Moulders Union # 51
Stove Mounters Union # 2
Barbers Union # 51
Structural Iron Workers Union
Teamsters Union
Bottlers Workers Union # 153
Bartenders Union
Waitress Union
Coopers Union # 12
Cigar Makers Union # 64
Women’s Union Label League
Garment Workers Union
Painters Union # 156
Paperhangers Union # 464
Retail Clerks Union # 143
Grocery Clerks Union # 220
Meat Cutters Union # 248
Theatrical Stage Hands Union
Moving Picture Operators Union # 367
Bookbinders Union # 135
Machinists Union # 222
Sanitary Potters Union # 72
Crown Potters Union # 5
Sheet Metal Workers Union # 96
Metal Polishers Union
Electrical Workers Union # 535
Electrical Workers Union # 16
Glass Bottle Blowers Union
Concrete Workers Union
Plasterers Union # 114
Hod Carriers Union # 59
Allied Printing Trades Council
Pressman Workers Union # 116
Vincennes IN. Division
Boonville IN. Division
Owensboro KY. Division
Miners from Waverly KY
Miners from Morganfield KY
Miners from Uniontown KY
Miners from Sturgis KY
Miners from DeKoven KY
Miners from Baskett KY
Miners from Spottsville KY
Miners from Central City KY
Miners from Madisonville KY
Miners from Earlington KY
Masonic Lodge Drill Team
1917 Parade Route
corner of Powell & Letcher Street on to fairgrounds


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