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Springwater’s Gasless Parade in 1941

Photos courtesy of Sandy Booth of the Wayland Historical Society.

Gasless Parade at Springwater NY

Accompanies the Carnival of Flowers

From the Dansville Breeze, 26 August 1941

Springwater - Special feature of the two-day Carnival of Flowers, Sringwater’s main summer event, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, will be the “gasless” street parade scheduled for Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m., according to Mrs. Barton Hyde and Mrs. Erwin H. Partridge, co-chairmen.

L. A. Withington, parade chairman, announces that in keeping with the U. S. defense program, no motor vehicles will be included in the march which forms on North Main Street, to be led by the Huguet Band of Wayland to the Mill Street intersection, on South Main Street to the corner of Marvin Road, counter-marching on South Main Street to the Town Hall, scene of the Flower Show, where a brief concert by the band will follow.

Include in the parade will be descendants representing Springwater town history for the past century. Among those descendants expected to ride in vehicles of the “horse-and-buggy” era are Supervisor William A. Dwyer, Geneseo; Dr. H. Burns Marvin, Binghamton; Mrs. N. K. Marvin and Mrs. F. V. Foster, Caledonia; Mrs. W. F. Robie, Cuba; Mrs. William N. Willis, LeRoy; Mrs. Anna Marvin, Barneveld; Miss Nellie Humphrey, Livonia; Harry H. Snyder, West Lawn, Pa.; Mrs. L. J. Hyde, East Rochester; Mrs. William Wilcox, Miss Dorothy Jane Hickok, Mrs. Frank Jones, Scott Robinson, Norton Robinson, Hugh R. Norton, Mrs. H. S. Brewer and Glenn F. Hyde, all of Springwater.

For supervisors of the town now living and their wives who complete the history are: William N. Willis, LeRoy; Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Lawrence, Bruce R. Erwin, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Schultz and the present supervisor, George E. Wemett and Mrs. Wemett of Springwater.

Also included in the parade will be novel entries of floats of merchants and organizations of the town and surrounding territory, decorated bicycles, which will be judged for prizes, hikers, roller skaters, children with pets, Springwater Boy Scouts, and firemen with hand-drawn hose cart. Horseme of the Wayland Bridle and Saddle Club will also be represented.

The parade will close the first day’s program which includes the entering and judging of flowers and potted plants and a public supper at the Grange Hall, beginning at 5 p.m.