Wednesday, March 27, 2019

113th Artillery Soldiers' Welcome From Alamance Gleaner, March 26, 1919

From the editorial page of The Alamance Gleaner, Graham, N.C., March 26, 1919

Soldiers’ Welcome

The 113th Artillery was accorded a welcome in Raleigh Monday that surpassed any demonstration ever witnessed at the State capital. It was worthy of the State and the occasion. A multitude, estimated at 200,000, gathered from surrounding counties and all parts of the State was there to extend a home-coming welcome to the boys who had done battle for their country. The 113th was composed almost exclusively of North Carolinians and was commanded by a North Carolinian, Col. Cox, hence it was fitting that honor should be accorded them by North Carolina especially.


The soldiers are coming back to the home shores almost as fast as they went over last year. The war is over and the soldier wants to go to work again. It should be the aim of every employer to furnish as many of them jobs as possible. They went forth to fight and risk everything for their country. Now, that they are returning to the peaceful pursuits of life, every possible effort should be made to find them places in which to earn a competent livelihood. The best is none too good for them.


Governor Bickett has named the State Highway Commission. The board is composed of the following: Lieut. Frank Page of Aberdeen, just returned from overseas service, is named as chairman and term is six years and full time. J.E. Cameron of Kinston is named as minority party representative and for four years. The other two members are James K. Norfleet of Winston-Salem and James G. Stikeleather of Asheville, each for two years.

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