NORWOOD’S FIRST ATTEMPT.
Parade and List of Sports Were a Grand Success.
Norwood, Sept 4, 1893 —Today, for the first time in the 21 years of this town’s history, its citizens attempted a public parade and celebration.
The day was perfect and everything conspired to a grand and gratifying success.
There was a bicycle race at 6.30 o’clock in the morning, beginning with an 8 1/4 mile safety, the winner being William Nelson, time 27 m 40s; John Foster was second, time 27m 45s; Fred Foster third, time 27m 60s.
The second race was ordinary. 2 3/4 miles, and was won by Freeman Evans in 10m 3/4s.
The third was a safety, 2 3/4 miles. Fred Foster winning in 9m 57 1/4s; William Nelson second, 9m 57 1/2s; John Foster third, 10m 15s.
The procession was reviewed by Chief Marshal George E. Stewart and the selectmen.
The morning closed with a contest between the several fire organizations of the town, hose company No. 2 winning by 17 1/2 seconds.
A large number of citizens adjourned after dinner to the baseball field, where a program of games began promptly at 1.30.
The first was a potato race, in which the winners of the first and second prizes were Morris Tobin and Jere Coughlin.
The hurdle race was won by Cornelius Callahan, with Fred Boyden a close second.
In the three standing jumps Thomas Kennedy covered 33 ft 6 in and John Welsh 33 ft 5 in.
Ih the three-legged race Coughlin brothers came in first. followed closely by the Callahan brothers.
In the standing jump John Welsh made a record of 10 1/2 ft, while Thomas Kennedy covered 91/2 ft.
The running hop, skip and jump was won by James Harrington, whose distance was 39 ft 8 in: Pat Collins was second, covering 35 ft 6 in.
The 100-yard race was won by Dan Callahan, with his brother Cornelius second.
Following these games there was a game between the Norwood baseball club and the Attelboros, which resulted in a victory for the Norwoods by a score of 14 to 2.
In the evening several of the residences of the leading citizens were illuminated, while the streets were crowded with listeners to the band concert.