Gene Watson Gallery
“Let the Eagle Scream” was the slogan heading large posters in Gladstone announcing the July 4 celebration in a photo that was owned by the late George T. Springer. He is reported to have said, “There was a grand salute at sunrise. A patriotic address was given from the bandstand located on the corner of 10th Street and Delta Ave. An extensive program was carried out throughout the day and was concluded by a grand ball at the opera house. Local merchants and industries had floats in the parade.” The Soo Line float was one of the floats entered in the parade. With sprinkler in hand was Theodore D. “Jerry” Springer, pioneer locomotive engineer who piloted the first passenger train out of Gladstone in 1887. In the cab was John Bradley, who was a Gladstone hardware store owner. The two men in the caboose are unidentified. Springer was a Gladstone native and a Gladstone and Soo Line history buff.