Friday, September 26, 2014

The Roosevelt's Visit Coles County

Did you get to see the Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt's?
I can remember when Presidents and politicians came to small towns.
I wish they still did that, but the word "small" keeps them away, not enough publicity or enough votes. How sad that is.

But back in October 18, 1939 the first lady
Eleanor Roosevelt came to Charleston

Eleanor getting off the train in Charleston

Cousin Fred who i mention frequently was there!
True he was 2 1/2 but good ole Aunt Annie documented it.

I so appreciate her diaries.
If something is mentioned, I just look up the day and see if she wrote about it.
Will we someday be looking back at selfies of a event?

Teddy Roosevelt also came through
This was in the paper on Wednesday
September 24, 2014 4:20 pm  •  
100 years ago, 1914
MATTOON -- Colonel Theodore Roosevelt passed through Mattoon at noon today on Big Four train No. 16 en route to his home in New York after a speaking tour during the last week. The former president spoke to a small crowd gathered at the station. Only a few people had learned that Roosevelt was to pass through the city and there was only a scattering of men gathered at the station to hear him. When the train pulled into Mattoon, Roosevelt was asleep and it was several minutes before he appeared on the steps. He was greeted with applause, then shook hands and spoke in support of Raymond Robins for senator. The colonel looked much older than when last seen. When asked about his physical condition, Mr. Roosevelt replied that it would take a big club to kill him.

If you saw the series you know he died in his sleep. It was said if he was awake he would of been fighting off death.

I just find it fascinating that these people did travel and meet the people.
I have been fortunate enough to meet Joan Mondale at the local mall in 1980
and President Ford at a small airport in Champaign IL in 1976.
Too bad the 2016 election won't take the politicians to the small towns to see how the majority of Americans really do live.


Susie said...

Ann, We have a depot in our small town...I have seen old photos of president there. But I myself have only seen passenger cars about 4 times go through our town. That's on the east west tracks. But there's a train that comes from the county south of here on special occasions....the people eat at the pizza shack near the tracks. So funny. Once some came to Horton's dressed in old fashioned clothing for the French Market . Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
p.s. your family was good history keepers.

Suzanne said...

My husband and I watched the special. I didn't see every episode, but what I did see was great. I read a biography of Eleanor years ago. What an interesting woman!

Diane said...

How interesting! Folks actually used to joke about how much travelling Mrs. R. Did while being first lady. I thought this was a strange coincidence too as I recently made a Smash page of an Eleanor quote.