print of a photo taken in the 'teens. No one has been able to identify the
event with any certainty. Some guess that it's a July 4th celebration; another
has suggested that it was an appearance by John Phillip Sousa and his famous
band. The man addressing the crowd looks to be wearing a military uniform,
as do the musicians on either side of him. If it indeed was July, pity the
poor souls in those dark, heavy clothes. If any descendents of D.C. Cole,
Cliffside's Music Man for over 40 years, are out there, perhaps you can help
us solve this puzzle.
Haynes, grandson of Robert Edgar Haynes (son of R.R. Haynes) thinks the man
in uniform addressing the crowd is Barron P. Caldwell (1882-1952), husband
of RRH's daughter Virginia. Caldwell was Superintendent of Cliffside School
in the early days. It's told that, on special occasions, he would wear his
WWI army uniform to school.
Goode Humphries says when she was nine or ten years old (about 1918),
John Phillip Sousa and his band indeed came to town and performed at
in the photograph. She remembers going barefoot and standing in the crowd.
Whether the occasion captured in the photo and the one she remembers are
the same, she can't say.