On the Porch

The following information is from a story in the Marshall Messenger on Nov. 28, 1946:

“Marshall in all probability will have Christmas lighting on its business streets this year despite the brownout caused by the coal strike and cancellation of its evergreen order.

Marshall’s electricity is generated mostly by diesels, which are oil-burning machines, and therefore are not affected by the government order against street decorations. For a few days this week, however, it looked as though Marshall would not have decorations, because the company in Montana, which furnishes the evergreen, wired A.L. Soucy, secretary of the Civic and Commerce Association, that a big blizzard had spoiled all plans and they could not fill the order.

Tracers were sent out immediately for a supply of evergreen, and a source was finally found, which agreed to have the evergreen here by Friday. Over 3,000 light bulbs of various colors are used on the decorations, and about 4,000 feet of evergreen.

The Marshall Civic and Commerce Association furnishes the design and the materials, the city furnishes the labor and construction, and the Municipal Light Plant contributes the electric power.

The decorations make the streets beautiful by day and night, particularly if there is snow. They are especially beautiful at night, and visitors come from miles around to view them.”

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Voting for the 6th Annual Indoor Christmas Tree Walk ends on Dec. 31 at the Lyon County Museum. View the museum’s holiday decorations, Department 56 village display, and Heritage Room exhibit through Jan. 3. The photograph featured this week is from the museum’s collection, and it is an early photograph of Main Street, Marshall taken during the holiday season.

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