1923 - what were our ancestors talking about?
In 1923, W. H. Derrick was made principal at $2,000 per year.
.In 1923, a complaint was made to council relating to the stores and restaurants. People were congregating late or all night and some places were open on Sunday. A request was made to close these stores and businesses at an appropriate hour.
The Portage Concert Band reorganized in 1923. Portage residents looked forward to the parades. They all went to the Red Men's Grove (site of the present football stadium) where a sham battle was staged by the "Redmen," a fraternal organization. The Concert and Marching Band set the stage for this never-to-be-forgotten entertainment. Rehearsals for the band were held in the Municipal Building each week. Concerts were given Saturday nights during the summer on the lawn next to what is now the Decort's Funeral Home. Large crowds assembled to hear fox trots, marches, and tunes of that day. Usually the hat was passed around for a collection to purchase music.
Photo - Red Man's Grove