Northwood was hoppin' for the 1953 Centennial celebration. It was pretty much a matter of the circus coming to town with all the activity including the Carnival at the Fairgrounds and the Kangaroo Court pictured here, finding folks guilty of a variety of sins.
If memory serves us right, the men could buy one of two buttons, one to exempt from a beard (at a higher price, probably), and another to register a beard, all done as a means of raising money. But this memory is open to outside input because it's fuzzy at best.
So if you have knowledge of the workings of the court, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with more information. According to Richard Holstad, the gentleman closest to the camera and intent on wreaking justice was one Woody Hudson. Let us know who any of these gents are.
The centennial was beset with a deluge of rain but it never dampened the spirits of the locals, who now likely are looking ahead to the Bicentennial. Can you believe it?
Photo courtesy of the L M Forland family.