Celebration of the armistice interrupted labor negotiations between Hudson Valley Co. and its union.

“So jubilant were all the parties over the downfall of Germany that no formal postponement of the conference was necessary. The question of wages was entirely forgotten for the time being,” The Post-Star reported on Nov. 12, 1918.

Village president pays band

Members of the Union Bag and Paper Corp. band turned down paid offers from other communities in order to march in an Armistice Day parade in their home village of Hudson Falls.

The band was rewarded for their loyalty a few days later when village of Hudson Falls President George Witham paid the band $78 — the equivalent of $1,208 in 2018 dollars — from his personal funds.

“Last Saturday each of them was most agreeably surprised by being well repaid for their services,” The Post-Star reported on Nov. 26, 1918.

School’s out, and work too

School officials in South Glens Falls gave way to celebration of the armistice.

“The (South Glens Falls) public schools were convened at the usual time but study was out of the question,” The Post-Star reported on Nov. 12, 1918. “So both schools formed in procession and marched through the principal streets, going also to Glens Falls.”

International Paper Co. closed its mill in South Glens Falls for the day.

Respect for the flag

The Post-Star in a Nov. 19, 1918, editorial took residents to task for not removing their caps when the U.S. flag passed by during the Armistice Day parade.

“This was the one cloud casting a shadow on the brightness of the demonstrations. … Glens Falls has a reputation for patriotism. Let us extend that reputation to include such a testimony of our reverence and respect for the flag that it shall be said that no person from Glens Falls ever fails to uncover his head or salute as the flag goes by.”

Giving thanks

The Post-Star reflected on the armistice in its annual Thanksgiving editorial published on Nov. 27, 1918.

“Never in the history of the world have people so much to be thankful for as have the people of the United States this year. One year ago, the world was bathed in blood. … But what a different Thanksgiving this year. Instead of the armies of the world being locked in deadly embrace, the world is at peace.”

— Compiled by Maury Thompson

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