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Woodbury K. Dana anniversary celebration, Westbrook, 1916

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Woodbury K. Dana anniversary celebration, Westbrook, 1916
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The Westbrook Board of Trade honored Woodbury K. Dana (1840-1924), founder of the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook, on June 7, 1916, his 76th birthday and the nearby 50th anniversary of the founding of the Dana Warp mill.

More than 500 school children marched from Bridge Street to Dana's home on Mechanic Street, where Fred Smith presented him with a bouquet of 76 "Pinks."

A large military and civic parade followed, as well as a reception at the Girl's Social Club. The highlight of the celebration was a gala event held that evening at the Star Theatre, which featured an orchestra, singing, slide shows and movie reel of scenes of Westbrook and many tributes to Dana.

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