Originally Posted by Rod_Filan
Can anyone see its contents?
Sadly no, at least not from this corner of the world.
In an earlier post, Rod gave a quote about "the great celebration"
that was to take place in Fargo on July 4th 1896, which was both the Independence Day holiday and the silver anniversary of Fargo's founding. The scale of that day's activities may have been more the exception than the norm. I found this snippet on page 128 of the following book:
"Gateway to the Northern Plains: Railroads and the Birth of Fargo and Moorhead"
by Carroll L. Engelhardt
"By 1899, the elaborately staged Fargo Fire Festival had assumed such commercial importance and consumed so much municipal energy that the city fathers refused to sponsor a July Fourth community commemoration. Most businesses still closed, however."