Historian's Corner

Charlene Cole
Sandy Creek/Lacona Historian
Historian's Corner
December 17, 2019

Photo: World War I Whippet Tank

May 15, 1919 The World War Whippet Tank under command of Lieutenant Hazard reached Sandy Creek from Adams and butted its way through the cellars of the burnt district fronting Main Street. (California Block) “While showing off the little machine would jump about 15 yards, then suddenly stop and spin around on its own axis. Then it would take another jump to the side and repeat the spin. No one could tell which way it would turn next. These maneuvers went through in an attack to prevent the enemy’s gun from getting their range.”

Came across this article from the Sandy Creek News dated October 2, 1919 while researching and will reprinted it here.

*Welcome Home to our soldiers and sailor boys (Sandy Creek and Boylston)*

“The day opened with a parade headed by the Lacona First National Band, in which the veterans of the Civil, Spanish and World Wars participated. The color bearers being veterans of the conflict just closing. The citizens with their automobiles lengthened out the line which forming at Sandy Creek and Lacona proceeded to Academy Street where the procession passed to the High School; then instead of disbanding and holding the gathering on the High School grounds, the line proceeded down Salisbury Street over Main to Railroad (Harwood Drive) and up Railroad to the Methodist Episcopal Church where the dinner was spread, the day being too windy and cool to permit of out of door sports. The Rev. T.T. Davies acted as master of ceremonies. The attendance was large and the welcome throughout of the heartiest character.”

The World War veterans in present were: Dr. R. L. Crockett, Elvin Clark, Millard Ridgeway, Ambrose Granger, Edward Cheney, Eugene Ridgeway, Clarence Ridgeway, Francis Widrig, H. Earl Hadley, Floyd Blount, Frank Chapin, William A. Prescott, Benjamin Woodruff, Howard Blount, E. M. Hastings, Cauley H. Perrin, Lloyd Lester, Harry E. Lester, Adrian D. Flinn, Lloyd D. Sprague, Newton G. Wheeler, Frank Rivers, Everett Gorton, Noava Collins, Sgt. A. Lawson, Raymond March, Charles Tifft, Dr. S. C. Hollis, Clem Ridgeway, Walter Borden, Maurford K. Sargent, Patrick Bailey.

The Civil War Veterans present were: John J. Hollis, F. W. Slater, John O’Riley, Orsamus Woodard, Fernando Caster, George Harris, Joseph Crandall, F. D. Tifft, George Waggoner, Robert Tennant.

Every once and while I would ask about past Historian Marie Kent Parsons who moved to Florida. I recently learned that in September 2019 she passed away. RIP Marie.

Charlene Cole
Sandy Creek/Lacona Historian
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Sandy Creek, NY 13145
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