Carrington Montague found this 1904 Chattanooga Spring Festival Program in his mother’s estate. As a long-time advocate of the preservation of history, he recognized its value. The festival was a grandiose multi-day event from the late 1800s into the first few years of the 20th Century. A Flower Parade was its most iconic event. Businesses, neighborhoods and organizations decorated horse-drawn floats and carriages with flowers. Its central figure was the Queen of Chattanooga, who, attended by her maids of honor, rode on an elegant flower float, escorted by six knights on horseback.
See several photos from the Spring Festivals HERE
Educator, soldier, and Brigadier General and Secretary of the NRA; Fred H. Phillips is featured three times in this program in various leadership roles. He was also the 'Baldur' (King) of the 1903 Spring Festival.
Phillips also appears in many glass plate negatives taken by Charles Walline & featured on this site. Fred lived at 704 East 4th Street, now a parking lot behind UTC's McKenzie Arena. At the time it was only a short walk from the photographer's home on Payne St. (now Battery Place)
Captioned persons that appear in this program.