Indiana Welcomes the 137th and 139th Boys


From The Indianapolis News, Friday, January 10, 1919: Patriotic decorations hung from buildings in downtown Indianapolis today as cheering thousands lined the parade route to welcome the first gallant sons of Indiana to return from France. The 2,780 soldiers of the 137th and 139th field artillery regiments received a tremendous ovation all along the line of march amid crowds waving flags and welcoming signs. The Merchants Heat & Light Co building on the Circle was decorated with a huge sign and the company’s young women employees leaned from the windows and blew horns as the soldiers passed. Gov. James Goodrich and Mayor Charles Jewett led dignitaries in reviewing the soldiers from a stand in front of the old Library Building at the corner of Meridian and Ohio Streets. Schools were dismissed at noon so that students might see the parade.

“Indiana Welcomes the 137th and 139th Boys,” The Indianapolis News, 10 January 1918, p. 1:1

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