Columbia City Post ~ Wednesday, September 19, 1917
The stores of this city will be closed Thursday morning from 8 o'clock until after the morning Panhandle train leaves at 9:30 bearing the Whitley county contingent of men for the new national army to Camp Taylor, Louisville, Ky. The band will be out and all of the stores and business houses will be decorated with flags and bunting, making the occasion one long to be remembered. It is probable that the schools will be closed so that the children may attend the memorable event.
H. B. Clugston, President of the Commercial Club, has appointed a committee composed of Cash Holderbaum, Phill Farren, Walter Binder, John Clapham and Dr. D. S. Linvill to arrange for the affair and they request that the merchants and townspeople decorate their places of business Wednesday afternoon, as they probably would not have time Thursday morning.