NORTH HARMONY - On President's Day, Monday, Feb. 18, the North Harmony Senior Citizens were treated to a presentation by local historian Jeff Bloomquist, who portrays President Abraham Lincoln.
He accepted the club's invitation to present some insights and experiences of the late president. Bloomquist has devoted many years of his life in this portrayal. He presented some of the memorabilia in the form of books, pictures, garments and other materials related to Lincoln's life.
Bloomquist described how Lincoln came from a very humble family background. His parents spent time tilling the land. Lincoln's education was sparse due to the fact that teachers were unknown, and if anyone could read, they became the instructors. He described how Lincoln was self-taught. Lincoln became a lawyer and the 16th President of the United States. He led the country through the Civil War where the Northern States defeated the Southern States over the issue of slavery and secession. Lincoln is noted for his speech, the "Emancipation Proclamation," on slavery. He assisted Congress in the passage of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which finally freed all the slaves nationwide in December 1865.
Bloomquist was very descriptive in relating all the experiences of Lincoln's life, but the most descriptive was the assassination of Lincoln. He reminded the group the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's deliverance of the Gettysburg address was celebrating its 150 year anniversary this year. He concluded with the fact that President Lincoln is buried at Oakridge Cemetery in the Chicago, Ill., area.
After Bloomquist's presentation, President Earl Ferry conducted the rest of the meeting. With the usual pledge to the flag and opening prayer of thanksgiving, the members enjoyed a great meal hosted by Gordon and Patricia Saulsgiver and Nyle and Joyce Warner. The birthday celebrants for February, presented with a cake provided by Loretta Saulsgiver, were Anita Ferry, Carol Davenport, Case Foster, John Smith and Edna Brown.
Various committee reports were presented in the areas of finance, grounds keeping, membership, memorials and future movie entertainment. Arts and Crafts Committee Chair Paul Holthouse reported on the many items of needlework and sewing sent to the Shriners Hospital, and R.S.V.P. Steve Saulsgiver reported on the progress of the Washington, D.C., trip and other future events, which will be forthcoming.
Ferry reviewed the "2013 Functions of the Club Affairs." He also discussed the future development of the function of a club historian.
Prior to the adjournment of the meeting, Ferry indicated next month's gathering would feature a paid spaghetti dinner. It will be hosted by Anita and Earl Ferry, Bonnie Johnson, Case Foster and Ray and Penney Rossey, with the celebration cake being supplied by Penny Rossey.
Gordon Saulsgiver led the group in closing prayer of thanksgiving and safe travel.