Feasts must be solemn and rare,
or else they cease to be feasts.
Aldous Huxley, Do What You Will (1929)

Economy Centennial

Centenial program

1924 marks the 100th anniversary of the Harmony Society. Although it no longer exists as a legal entity, the surviving members plan to celebrate on June 6, 7, and 8th.

Their enthusiasm is met with apathy from the Ambridge citizens. Undaunted, they form committees, collect money from past members, and forge ahead.

John Duss is tasked to prepare the program, but he is in Florida and passes the job to another. He arrives in Ambridge in time for the festivities, but the day before, he contracts pneumonia and goes to the hospital.

The planners call it a success when enough bands, organizations, and politicians representing Ambridge fill out the program.

The photo was taken at one of the ceremonies. The young girl in the center is Marcella (Marcy) Timney of the Timney Electric family. She is backed by little Harmonite girls, Ambridge Council members, and other invited dignitaries.

John Duss has the last word in his 1943 book, The Harmonists (pp 411). He wrote, "Due to the efforts of the committee in charge, the celebration was indeed an artistic success-except perhaps for the secret opening of twelve hundred-gallon casks of Economy wine (which turned out to be water) by certain adventuresome scamps."

Photo Credits: Timney Family
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