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Take a trip to Escanaba’s past

September 25, 2013
By Carolyn Stacey - For The Daily Press , Daily Press

ESCANABA - On Sept. 23, 1917, a crowd of 10,000, representing the "greatest mass of people ever assembled at a single point in Escanaba" gathered at the train depot for a rousing farewell to 84 Delta County draftees headed to war. Prosecutor Torval Strom orated to the men, "Tonight you are finally laying aside the tools of your trades, the implements of your peaceful occupations, leaving your homes, your families and friends" and when the train pulled from the station, a band played America and the "monster crowd stood with bared heads, shouting farewells to the window filled groups of faces and the din of shouts raised was deafening"



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