100 YEARS AGO IN OSCEOLA COUNTY
“COMPANY B BOYS WILL BE HOME EARLY SUNDAY”
Several months earlier, an article appeared of the Company B Boys lined up for duty on the Texas-Mexican border. Having served for nine months, their long awaited arrival home was reported in the “Kissimmee Valley Gazette” on March 16, 1917:
“All is in readiness for the reception and welcome to Kissimmee’s crack military company, which organization is expected to reach here Sunday or Monday, the exact time of their departure from Black Point not having been agreed upon at this time.
The arrival of the men is eagerly awaited by everyone, and it is safe to say that when the troop train reaches Kissimmee there will be the biggest patriotic demonstration ever witnessed in this vicinity, not discounting the ovation they received upon their departure.”
The usual speech by Congressman Sears was planned, along with a huge procession from the train, led by the Kissimmee City Band. Free picture shows and an elaborate banquet at the Graystone Hotelwere also part of the festivities plan to welcome the returning soldiers.
Source: “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, March 16, 1917
Photo Courtesy: Osceola County Historical Society