The Republican Centennial Edition, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa
Thursday, July 12, 1956, Section One, Page 1

Transcribed by Lynn McCleary, July 4, 2019


Charter 100 years old;
Celebration July 17, 18, 18

    On Tuesday through Thursday next week, July 17, 18, 19, the Wapello Homecoming assoc. and the Wapello Chamber of Commerce will climax months of work and planning with a centennial Homecoming celebration.

    It was 100 years ago, July 15, 1856, when the state legislature approved the special charter making Wapello a city.

    Folks from all over the nation will return to Wapello during these three days to visit and enjoy an outstanding program. Families will be reunited and friends who have not seen each other for years will again be together.


    American Beauty Shows on the Midway.

    Antique Displays in Business house windows.

    11 a.m. – Kiddie parade, with prize money in each division. See information following. Second section of parade will be for adults and mechanized entries. Prize money in this division to date is $10 offered by the Republican for the best woman’s centennial costume. All bearded men who wish to compete for the $10, $7, $5 and $3. Chamber of Commerce prizes are also required to march in this section.

    Afternoon – Horse racing, with Wapello the first on the Midwest racing circuit, and top-notch entries expected.

    Evening – Antique car show, with 40 entries already in and more to come, with an outstanding program planned along with display of the models.


    American Beauty Shows on the Midway.

    Antique Displays in Business Home windows.

    Afternoon – Horse racing

    Evening – Mesquakie Indians of Tama, in full regalia in tribal dance and entertainment. A full evening of thrilling entertainment.


    American Beauty Shows on the Midway.

    Antique Displays in Business Home windows.

    Afternoon – Horse racing

    Evening – One of Southeast Iowa’s outstanding horse shows annually attracting entries from three states.

Kiddies Parade

    Opening of the three day celebration again this year will be the kiddie’s parade at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with over 20 divisions of entries with prizes in each. These are: Historic representation; child and decorated doll carriage; nursery rhyme representation; single character comic strip representation.

    Radio, movie, TV star representation; Single western representation; song title representation; story book characters; Centennial them (walking characters; advertisement representation, group of pets and single pets.

    Hobbies; neighboring cities miniature floats (not mechanized) decorated tricycles with girl or boy rider; 4-H display, and decorated pony with girl or boy rider.

    Parents are asked to be responsible for the category their children will be entering. Enteries must be in place by 10 a.m. to be judged with all entries under 14 years.

    Mrs. Jackie Lewis is chairman of the Kiddies Parade, with Mrs. Virginia Stone serving as co-chairman. Assisting chairman are Mrs. Phyllis McCulley, Mrs. Marilyn Weber, Mrs. Wanda Pogemiller and Mrs. Janice Brown.


    Centennial buttons, bow-ties, dishes, and tophats and derbies are available from members of the Chamber of Commerce, or for the hats at Winder’s store, as souvenirs of the charter centennial of Wapello. It was on July 15, 1856 when the State of Iowa approved the charter of the city of Wapello.

Centennial Edition

    Bound copies may be purchased from the Wapello Chamber of Commerce for $1.00. Add 10 cents for mailing. Reserve copies with LeRoy Darby, secretary, Wapello.

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