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Parade in Port Huron: 1906

Parade in Port Huron: 1906

Parade in Port Huron Michigan, 1906

The woman smiling from the rear seat of the lead car is my great-grandmother, Katherine Saety Kaumeier. Her only child and my grandfather Erwin Louis Kaumeier is the young lad occupying the rear seat of the second car, a 1906 REO Model A. Born in August 1899, ELK would have been six years old when the shutter was tripped on that holiday early in the 20th century. The lap he's sitting on belongs to my great-grandfather, John Christian Kaumeier. JCK was an architect whose career in the building trades started when he was just 13 years old. Katherine's uncle Benjamin J. Karrer is also in the rear seat, wearing a dark hat and a serious expression. Lt. Karrer was a veteran of the American Civil War who served the Union in the 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry.

The identity of the other individuals in the photo is unknown, as is the precise date when this shot was taken. Based upon the flags, bunting, and foliage on the trees I'd hazard a guess that the parade was celebrating Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) or the Fourth of July. View full size.

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Probably the Fourth

My guess is that it's the Fourth of July.

Aside from the incongruous frivolity of tightrope-walkers on cars on what would then have been a fairly solemn holiday for decorating the graves of soldiers killed within the memory of some of those present, I would have expected the Union veterans to have been in uniform on a Decoration Day parade.

Warning, Falling People

If that guy falls off of that "high wire" he is going to wipe out one or more of the occupants of the car.

Is he going to blame the driver's erratic diving or the street light that he clipped with his balance pole when he falls.

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