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To all Abraham and Mary Lincoln Buffs

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To all Abraham and Mary Lincoln Buffs!

This is some extra information about Abe and Mary from reading Nila Smithís story about Mt. Pulaskiís Courthouse excursions with Abe.

The stove pipe hat is shown in Mt. Pulaski Courthouse. In those days, a stove pipe with a felt lining inside cost $5.00. Be sure to look for it there!!

Dear reader, Abraham Lincoln was such a great man even before he became President of the United States. He worked hard for his mean father cutting down trees and splitting logs to build log cabins for others. He thought Abe as a foolish boy. Hiis step-mother, Sarah, was the one who let Abraham read books and write stories and dream big dreams.

Abraham Lincoln and two of his friends set sail down the Mississippi on a barge to send freight back and forth for a dollar a day. That was big money to them. Yet in doing this job, Abe resolved to make more money and study to become a lawyer. What an exciting adventure awaited him!!

Located in the upstairs museum in Lincoln is a picture of young Lincoln on a barge going down the river, a must see!!

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When Lincoln became a lawyer on the circuit he was known to cross many flooded rivers (with his horse named Lucky),and streams with the law papers and clientís documents over his head to save them from water absorption.

Lincoln sat on porches of Inns and talked with other opposing lawyers until he made them laugh with a humorous story or told them funny jokes.

One Inn in particular had bad vittles and Lincoln was sure to tell everyone their cooking was bad.

Now, Mary, bless her soul, she took the loose hairs from her children and herself and embroidered beautiful leaf and flower patterns onto pillows. She also sewed a massive amount of childrenís clothes for her slaves and also was kind and made dresses for them. Often sending them home with extra food and larder after a hard dayís work.

It is sad that Mr. Lincoln was shot, but we can celebrate our late President in the month of April by reading about him and ...walking in a place called Lincoln Memorial Gardens where wooden benches inscribe the famous words he has said throughout his life.

Sincerely a Lincoln fan,
Catherine Carkulis

[Posted April 18, 2019]

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