The American Legion used to sponsor huge picnics on July 4th at the park which would attract 10,000 to 15,000 people. Labor Day celebrations were also big.
At a Labor Day in 1910 or 1912, a man was killed jumping from a balloon when his parachute didn't open. Sadly for him, he just missed landing on a stack of wheat bundles which might have saved his life.
The original dance pavilion burned down in the 1920s and was rebuilt with a concrete floor by a man named Murphy.
Organizations had huge parties and picnics on the grounds. The C.H. Palmer orchestra (he played the trumpet and violin) often performed at these. Supposedly the Aleda Young temple building was financed from an Odd Fellows picnic at the Electric Park Corners.
-Quite a Place, Evidently. --RoadDog
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