The Cambridge Chronicle, November 14, 1918
When the news came over the wire early Monday morning announcing that the Armistice has been signed, thus telling that the greatest war in all history had been brought to an end with a glorious victory for the allies, the people of Cambridge and vicinity began a celebration which lasted throughout the entire day and far into the night, culminating with the burning in effigy of the former ruler of Germany, the man who sought to rule the world but who now is an outcast, who sought safety at the last moment in cowardly flight.
It was a demonstration such as the citizens of Cambridge never saw before and never will forget. It means an enduring peace, security for life and property and human liberty throughout the entire world for generations to come. The mighty imperial German empire has collapsed. Its people, who have been taught servility from the cradle to the grave and who have been ruled by the sword in the iron hand of a merciless monarch whose word was there [sic] law have been liberated.
It was about 4:30 a.m., here, when the message came by telephone. As soon as its authenticity was assured shots were fired as the first signal, then bells were rung. It was not long before the down town streets were crowded. People came from every direction and with horns, bells, tin pans and guns filled the air with such a noise that brought out what appeared to be the entire population.
A man of straw made to resemble the former Kaiser was carried in an auto-truck driven by Otto Hagg and upon it was a placard bearing the inscription: “The Kaiser has gone to Hell”. It was this figure which in the darkened hours of the night was burned at the bank corners in the presence of the several thousand who had assembled in town by that time.
Corn fields were deserted and hundreds came to town to join the merry-makers.
So far as the crowd knew Monday only three boys from this vicinity had shed their blood on the battle fields of France. These are Arthur Nelson, Victor Hedbloom and Dewey Scoville. It was not known then that one from here had made the supreme sacrifice and had given his life to his country.
Ira, a son of John V. Palmer, was killed in action in France, but the message announcing his death did not reach Cambridge until Tuesday morning.
Old Glory never looked so beautiful and never symbolized so much as it now does for once more, it has come from a battle field with the word victory emblazoned upon it. It now is respected throughout the world and it will protect American citizens abroad as never before.
Submitted by Carol Kooi
Footnote from Carol:
Ira Palmer was my uncle. He and David Falline, the other casualty of that war, were memorialized with placques on either side of the sidewalk leading to the east entrance of the courthouse. Maple trees were also planted there. Ira's funeral was held on the court house lawn.
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