Excerpt from Chelmsford, Massachusetts: Proceedings at the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town May 28, 29, 30, 31, 1905
To commemorate an honorable past is wise and commendable. It is prudent and farseeing to preserve for future generations a record of such a proceeding. The celebration of two hundred and fifty years of corporate existence is an event not of such frequent occurrence as to be uninteresting, and when its features are felicitous in plan and faultless in execution, there is an especial reason for making the story a part of the records of the town which it chiefly concerns. The committee having in charge the celebration of the Quarter Millennial Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Chelmsford may, therefore, justly feel some satisfaction in presenting their report, which, by the vote of the town, they are to make at the Annual Town Meeting of 1906.
There are occasions which, perhaps because of their merit and spirit, seem to be especially favored in their management and meteorological conditions. The celebration here reported was unusually happy in every particular. The old Town, clothed in the bright verdure of grass and foliage, presented a beautiful appearance. The weather was ideal. A night shower laid the dust and added to the sweet freshness of the springtime.
The machinery of the management moved like clockwork, everything on the programme came on at the appointed hour, and hundreds of home comers entered into the spirit of the occasion, and enjoyed it to the full. The celebration was not cheapened by advertising; the only notice sent abroad was contained in the individual invitations, and in the comments of the press. No fakir or vendor was allowed in the village: the streets, private lawns and public squares received special care; and all was done in a quiet, dignified manner worthy of the occasion.
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