Homecoming Not New

By dhowell - Posted on 03 January 2008

With Manchester's famous chicken broil and homecoming now an annual event it is interesting to learn that homecomings are nothing new to the community. The first one was held Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1910. The Manchester Enterprise account said it far exceeded expectations and was pronounced a "grand success." Citizens kept open house all day and welcomed friends home "in good old-fashioned style."

"The examiners opened at 9 a.m. with a reception on public square, band music and a welcome by A. J. Waters, an address by W. W. Wedemeyer, and a former townsman Hugo Kirchhofer sang Auld Lang Syne and The Sword of Bunker Hill.

"All Homecomers registered and received a souvenir badge at headquarters tent which was in charge of James Kelly and R C. Merithew. Over 400 registered and 600 badges were passed out."

There was a band concert on Haeussler's lawn in the afternoon. This is now the Thomas Walton residence. Boos conducted the concert.

A ball game between Tecumseh and Manchester drew a huge crowd and another band concert in the evening on the east side of the river was dubbed one of the finest the villagers ever heard.