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In the Land of Lincoln


Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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By Mary JergensonMonday, June 11, 2001

Our adventure really began this past winter when Iowa Public Television aired a four part documentary on the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. But Ill admit that I have been a Lincoln admirer since grade school and so this pilgrimage has been a long time in the making.

Like all savvy travelers, I started on-line to see what Springfield had to offer in the way of Lincoln history and sights. Not only is Springfield the capital of Illinois but it is the location of the only home Lincoln ever owned. The travel guide indicates that Springfield is one of the most visitor friendly cities in America, and the city that Abraham Lincoln loved. That was enough for me. With a click of the mouse I ordered the requisite tourist information and was off and running.

The Memorial Day weekend seemed "altogether fitting and proper that we should do this." So with deposits sent, the car serviced and our child in his booster seat our family set out for the Land of Lincoln.

Lincoln himself is a paradox to me. Log-splitter and statesman; military strategist and loving father; simple farmer and great orator. He received only eight months of formal education in his life and yet became one of the most influential men in our nations history. Springfield was the city he called home before he moved to the White House. His law practice was there and he began socializing with politicians there.

The House Lincoln Built

Abraham and Mary Lincoln bought the Greek revival style cottage which sits on the corner of Eighth and Jackson in 1844. They purchased the home from the Reverend Charles Dresser who had married the Lincolns two years before. As the Lincoln family grew so did the house. Eventually a second floor would be added. Three of the four Lincoln sons were born in the house and one, Eddie, died there.


The years in Springfield were happy ones for the Lincolns. As Abe built his law practice, Mary set to keeping the house and raising the children. Mary Todd Lincoln was from a wealthy Kentucky family and had only lived in Springfield a short time when she met the hard working lawyer. Despite their many differences the two were married on November 4, 1842.

Mary had been raised in affluence with servants and was well educated. Her education did not include housekeeping and cooking. She taught herself to cook and did virtually all the cooking for the h .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Maxxximum Madcap

Answer:

MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE STORE

Fud 4 Thot

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Maxxximum MadcapWeekly cartoon, Max, Maxxx, Maxxximum, Madcap, food for thought, fud 4 thot

Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Chicken Salad

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Chicken Salad

5 cups cooked chicken, cut up
2 tbls. orange juice
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbls. salad oil
2 tbls. vinegar

Mix and refrigerate overnight. Add the following
ingredients and toss gently before serving.

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