Since President Hoover was a Quaker he did not take an oath of office, instead he affirmed his presidency. During his term, he approved the "Star-Spangled Banner" as our national anthem. Herbert Hoover was president during one of the worst economic disasters in America's history. Hoover was one of two presidents who did not accept a salary for being president, instead donating his salary to charity. Hoover is shown standing on a platform that symbolizes Hoover's contributions to people around the world. The base of this statue includes the Hoover Dam which is attributed to Hoover's engineering abilities and a chaff of wheat representing Hoover's organization of shipments of food for starving millions in Europe.
Tom the backroads travellerhosts this weekly meme. 2003 - Flint TX I came across more memories the other day.
I had typed up this story about our keys getting locked in our car. Click on the image for a bigger picture.
We stayed a week in Flint.
The town was named for Robert P. Flynt, a local landowner but the post office began operations in 1887 under the spelling "Flint" when postmaster Charles B. Brown misspelled the name on application forms.
Crossing the county line to Lake Palestine. Yup, it's Friday night.
We did a lot of sightseeing.
At 67 feet tall (on a 10-foot-tall base) statue is named "A Tribute to Courage." Sam Houston, celebrated political architect of Texas, towers in concrete above Interstate 45 near Huntsville, with walking cane and snappy duds of a 19th century statesman (though he could also be mistaken for a statue of P.T. Barnum).
Stupendous Sam is touted in attraction literature as the second largest freestanding statue in the U.S.
Jefferson TX is nestled in the Piney Woods Region.
So the saloon does sell drinks, if you hand over identification and sign a form to ''join'' the establishment's ''private club,'' a practice common in Texas' nominally dry areas.
Earlier this year (2017) we were in San Antonio and were surprised to see that the hotel we stayed in was close by. Riverside Plaza.
The Alamo, revisited in 22017.
Riverwalk hasn't changed much.
Mi Tierra in Market Square 2003.
Mi Tierra 2017
Huddie Ledbetter, better known to the music world as “Lead Belly” was from Mooringsport, La. and was accomplished musician. He could play the guitar, the accordion, mandolin and piano. His music still has a great influence on some of the greatest artists of today.
Monroe served in the Continental Army from 1776-78 and rose to the rank of major. He crossed the Delaware with George Washington and fought in the Battle of Trenton. Two major developments during Monroe's presidency were the Missouri Compromise (1820) and the Monroe Doctrine (1823). Along with Theodore Roosevelt’s Roosevelt Corollary and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy, the Monroe Doctrine is still an important part of American foreign policy. He was known to be a very cordial man, a man of charming demeanor who always carried a cane. He is shown tipping his top hat wishing passers by a "good day." He is believed to have begun the politician's custom of kissing babies to charm his constituents.
This mural shows scenes from Edith Bolling Wilson's life from Wytheville to the first lady of the White House.
The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace historic site, or The Bolling Building, is the childhood home of Edith Bolling (Galt) Wilson, First Lady to President Woodrow Wilson from 1915–1921. The Bolling Building is the earliest remaining brick commercial building in downtown Wytheville.
Edith Bolling was born October 15, 1872 in Wytheville, Virginia to circuit court judge William Holcombe Bolling and his wife Sarah "Sallie" Spears (née White).Edith was a descendant of settlers who came to Virginia early in the British colonization of the Americas.Through her father, she was a direct descendant of Pocahontas, the daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe of Native Americans and her husband John Rolfe, one of the earliest English settlers of Virginia and the first man to cultivate tobacco as an export crop.Rolfe's granddaughter, Jane, married Robert Bolling, a wealthy planter and merchant. Edith's great-grandmother was a sister to Thomas Jefferson and she was also related to Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee.
While visiting her married sister in Washington, D.C., Edith met Norman Galt (1864-1908), a prominent jeweler; they married on April 30, 1896 and lived in the capital for the next 12 years. In 1903 she bore a son who only lived for a few days, and the difficult birth left her unable to have more. In January 1908 her husband died unexpectedly at the age of 43. Edith hired a manager to run the business and lived sparsely until she managed to pay off its debts.
Edith was one of the first women to drive a car.
In March 1915, the widow Galt was introduced to widower U.S. President Woodrow Wilson at the White House by Helen Woodrow Bones (1874-1951), the president's first cousin and official White House hostess since the death of Ellen Wilson, the president's first wife. Wilson took an instant liking to Galt and his admiration grew swiftly into love.
Complicating matters were rumors that Wilson had been cheating on his first wife, or that he and Galt had actually murdered the First Lady. Distressed at the effect all this might be having on his fiancée, Wilson offered Mrs. Galt the opportunity to back out of their engagement. She replied that she would stand by him not for duty, pity or honor, but for love. Edith also insisted on postponing the wedding until the end of the official year of mourning for Mrs. Wilson.
Wilson married Galt on December 18, 1915 at her home in Washington, D.C.