Columbia City Post ~ Wednesday, September 5, 1917
The reception held for the drafted boys of Cleveland township, at South Whitley, Friday evening was quite an elaborate affair, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and greatly appreciated by the boys.
At six o'clock the families, wives and lady friends of the young men dined at the Baptist church banquet room. At seven o'clock a parade, headed by the South Whitley band, started with the young men in automobiles, and the old soldiers marching through the streets to the K. of P. hall, where a splendid program was enjoyed by those assembled there. The program consisted of solos, duets, quartettes and music by the Fox orchestra, and several addresses. A very large crowd attended and almost half of the people who desired to attend were turned away, there being no more room in the hall.