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Armistice Day in Madison (1918)
In Madison, when the news came over the wires at 1:45 a.m., crowds of students and citizens gathered at the Capitol and paraded through the streets until 7 a.m. The bell from the city hall bell tower was taken down and rung through the streets in the back of a transfer truck. Classes were cancelled, and all schools and businesses in Madison were closed at the request of Mayor G.C. Sayle.
The celebration, while energetic, was generally trouble-free. However, two cars - a Studebaker from East Mifflin Street and a Maxwell from the front of the Elks club -  and a gray horse went missing during the festivities. The Cardinal jokingly writes, “The police are on the search for a lonesome looking gray animal to reunite with a lonesome master. The guess is that the kaiser must have ridden it away.” (The Daily Cardinal, 11/11/1918)
For more information about these photos or UW-Madison campus history, visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu. 
From a female undergraduate student’s scrapbook - Armistice Day, 1918, marking the end of World War I. Posted by Molly Temple for UW Archives. 

Armistice Day in Madison (1918)

In Madison, when the news came over the wires at 1:45 a.m., crowds of students and citizens gathered at the Capitol and paraded through the streets until 7 a.m. The bell from the city hall bell tower was taken down and rung through the streets in the back of a transfer truck. Classes were cancelled, and all schools and businesses in Madison were closed at the request of Mayor G.C. Sayle.

The celebration, while energetic, was generally trouble-free. However, two cars - a Studebaker from East Mifflin Street and a Maxwell from the front of the Elks club -  and a gray horse went missing during the festivities. The Cardinal jokingly writes, “The police are on the search for a lonesome looking gray animal to reunite with a lonesome master. The guess is that the kaiser must have ridden it away.” (The Daily Cardinal, 11/11/1918)

For more information about these photos or UW-Madison campus history, visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu

From a female undergraduate student’s scrapbook - Armistice Day, 1918, marking the end of World War I. Posted by Molly Temple for UW Archives. 

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