Arrival of United States Vice President Charles Curtis at Bryant’s 1930 Commencement [video]


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Silent film showing U.S. Vice President, Charles Curtis' motorcade from the Providence Biltmore Hotel to Bryant's 67th Commencement held in downtown Providence, R.I. at the R.K.O. Albee Theatre on Westminster Street, Providence, RI. The following is a transcription of how the motorcade would proceed as updated the day before:
"Vice President Charles Curtis of the United States, who will deliver the principal address at the 67th Commencement exercises of the Bryant-Stratton College in the Albee Theatre Friday morning, will leave the Biltmore hotel at 9:10 tomorrow accompanied by his reception committee. This automobile parade will proceed along Exchange Place, escorted by a motorcycle squad of police, through Exchange Street and up Westminster Street to the theatre, where the exercises are scheduled to begin at 9:30.
Following the exercises, the Vice Presidential party will proceed up Westminster Street to Empire, through Empire to Weybosset Street and to the Turks Head Club, where President Harry Loeb Jacobs of Bryant-Stratton College has made arrangements to entertain the Vice President at luncheon. The members of the reception committee will attend.
In the first car will be President Harry Loeb Jacobs, the Vice President, Colonel George W. Gardiner and Judge Ira Lloyd Letts. Governor Norman S. Case and his staff will follow in the second machine. In the third car, that of United States Senator Jesse H. Metcalf, will be Very Rev. Lorenzo C. McCarthy, O.P., President of Providence College, Edward H. Rathbun, Woonsocket banker and manufacturer, Everett E. Salisbury, ex-President of the Providence Chamber of Commerce, and C. Prescott Knight.
Florrimon M. Howe, banker, Colonel Webster Knight and Judge Elmer J. Rathbun will ride in the fourth car, with Frederick S. Peck. In the fifth car will be, Webster Knight, 2nd, son-in-law of Vice President Curtis, James E. Thompson, banker, Edward A. Stockwell, ex-Governor Emery J. San Souci and Theodore Francis Green, chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee.
In the sixth car, William L. Sweet, ex-President of the Providence Chamber of Commerce, Henry C. Dexter, manufacturer, High Butler, Director, Boston Office, U.S. Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, and George L. Crooker, ex-President of the Providence Chamber of Commerce.