The Great Celebration at Alexandria

At least 5,000 people were at Alexandria Monday [Oct. 6] to witness the great Bi-centennial celebration of the first emigration of Germans to America.  The day was beautiful and when we say the procession exceeded the day procession at the opening of the Cincinnati Exposition, we say what is true.

First Division

1 Wagon containing Goddess of Liberty, Emma Girlash, and decorative ladies.  Driver John Sterne.
2 Wagon - Columbia, Louisa Meister; Germania, Sophie Trichler.
3 Children's wagon, driven by Peter Hess, as Hessian.
4 Wagon with children, Wm. Rische, driver
5 Emigration Wagon, Math. Tritchler, Bavarian
6 Wagon containing old Court-house, with Gov. Shelby and first six 'Squires.

Military Band

Marshals Edgar Thatcher, Thomas White
William Penn Wm. White
Gen. Muehlenburg R. Koestlin
Gen. Washington W. L. Reiley
Gen. Lafayette Fidel Orth
Daniel Boone Frank Harrison
Simon Kenton H. Shaw
German Hussars Wm. Funk and Sam Kramer
German Uhlans Wm. Waggoner and Mike Lutz
French Officer John S. Youtsey
Schwabs Chas. Lutz, John Todd, and Peter Orth
Steinlacher boy and girl Wm. Knauer and Charlotte Miller
Baden Frank VItt
Tyrolean George Youtsey
Hessian Henry Ruhl
Bavarian A. Faust

Third Division

Marshals John Winterhalter and John P. Shaw
Wagon with Tin Store Wm. Brill
Wagon with Blacksmith Shop Merrez and Waggoner
Wagon with Butcher Shop John Winterhalter
Brewery Meister and Miller
Bakery John Steinhauer
Old-fashioned wooden wagon wheel John Shaw
Wagon representing rope-yard A. Fausz, Sen.
Wagons and carriages containing citizens

After parading the various streets of the town the grand procession marched to the Fair Grounds, where appropriate addresses were delivered in the following order: Judge Makibben, Col. George Washington (the living George), Hon. T. M. Hill, Rev. R. Koestlin, (in German) and Judge Reiley.

The procession then re-formed and marched through the cemetery and returned, after which they disbanded.

In the evening there were fire-works' after a grand ball at Tritchler's Hall.

So ended the grand and glorious 200th anniversary of the first German settlement in America.

"Posteritas Germanopolitans."


from Newport's The Kentucky Journal, October 9, 1883