Betty Goes To Harvey For New Honors
(newspaper & date unknown)

     Betty had just completed an automobile parade of six towns and villages in which she was the top runner.  They returned her to the public park in Riverdale, where in a little wooden stand, draped in red, white and blue bunting, her friends had a chance to see her face to face.
     Last June they saw her depart a little town as The Chicago Evening American's representative in the Olympics.  Last night, they elected her as the queen of athletics.  And what a greeting, my friends.
     Her Admirers in Riverdale, Dolton, and Roseland grouped their little contributions and presented her with a diamond ring that was as big as a wee grape.   It sparkled like Betty's eyes.  Girls, it was some rock.
     It was the night of nights for Riverdale and the entire Calumet District.  It was their homecoming of the leading lady from the Illinois Women's Athletic Club.
     Today, Betty was to be the guest in Harvey, Ill. Then she will leave Riverdale for a rest.  She needs it.  Not long before Betty was due in town from Chicago for the great testimonial parade, Riverdale and Dolton were bubbling with excitement. Every one had hurried home from work to drape the family chariot.
    Dinners were hurried through so that every member of the household could roar a "hello" to Betty when she arrived.  Porches were draped with red, white and blue streamers.  Lanterns were hung from end to end.
     Over near the Lincoln School in Dolton, which is only a hop and a step from Riverdale, the boys and girls, with their necks washed clean, toddled up and down waiting  for the big moment.  The "grown folks" were parked along the curbs.  Up the street fifteen motorcycle policemen, with their mounts snorting, waited.  And then Betty arrived.
     Red lights, Giant bombs.  Whoops and whoopee.  The Calumet had never seen anything like it before.
     The parade got under way at 7:20.  It twined through Riverdale, Ivanhoe, West Pullman, Roseland, Kensington and back again to Riverdale.   At every crossroad and every important cross section in the towns there were cheers for Betty.
     She sat high up in an opened touring car.  She was garbed in white, with the Olympic shield beaming on the heart side of her jacket.
     In the line were 1,200 motor cars.  Where did they come from?  Ask Bill Reich.  He was the master of ceremonies.  Along the line at intervals of a block red fire burned.  A returning Lindbergh couldn't have had a more sincere or more colorful demonstration.
     It was estimated that close to 20,000 gave Betty a wave as she passed along the thirteen mile circuit.  The lineup of autos were so long drawn out that the head of the parade met the tail end before the latter had left Riverdale.   Figure that out.
     And then they had her back in the public park in her own hometown.  Of course the band played the national anthem while the crowd stood.   Mothers raised their youngsters so they could see Uncle Sam's favorite daughter.   The old heads opened as how "it was the god darndest thing I've every seen in my day."
     There were speeches.  Lots of 'em.  All about Betty and her achievement.  The Pullman Band, which was only one of four (not forgetting Mr. Allen's Thornton High School Band), chimed in occasionally with a rousting tune.
     Welcome home addresses were delivered by John Zornow, president of Riverdale, and John Harms Jr., president of Dolton.  You see, they have presidents out there.  William J. Bogan, superintendent of the Chicago schools, occupied a place in the parade, but turned over his speaking time to Miss Isabelle Dolton, the assistant superintendent.
     Edward T. Tobin, superintendent of the county, said some highly complimentary things, trusting that every boy and girl in the county would look on Betty as the good example, and then Attorney Otto F. Reich spoke.
     Attorney Reich, being a master in chancery, knows his language, and after a capable delivery presented Lady Betty with the diamond ring.
     Then Betty, who had been sitting between her good mother and dad arose and said that which appears as the beginning of this story.

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