Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 24, 1968 · Page 27
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Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 27

Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Tuesday, December 24, 1968
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 196S THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON. ILLINOIS 7-C Ann Rutledge. Legend Enfield Girl Abe Lincoln's First Love? ENFIELD, 111. — Did Abraham Lincoln, love Ann Rutledge? Did Ann love Lincoln? Were they engaged to be married? Were they planning to attend colleges in the same town? Did Mentor Traham teach English grammar to Ann Rutledge at about the same time he taught Lincoln or did Lincoln teach Ann grammar? Did they sing together from the same, song book at the local singing school? Did Ann send for Lincoln and did he go to visit her a few days before her death on August 25, 1835? These questions may never be answered definitely. The story of Ann generally begins with her arrival in New Salem when she was fifteen years old. It is not generally mentioned that Ann had spent at least twelve years before coming to New Salem in White County, where her father had •ettled sometime prior to 1816. -o- -o- -o- When James Rutledge came to the vicinity of Enfield he was accompanied by relatives and others who had been' his neighbors in Kentucky. A number of those coming had belonged to the same church at Henderson. Before long the Rev. James McGready, who had been their pastor in their old home, came to preach to them in Illinois. In a short time it was decided to form a church body. This was done in 1816, Peter Miller, James Mayes and James Rutledge being elected ruling elders. This church, located near Enfield, was the first Presbyterian church formed in Illinois. When James Rutledge decided to move from White County to a new location in present day. Menard County, the idea of leaving Ann with her grandmother at Enfield was seriously considered. It was finally decided that Ann should go with the family. Her grandmother remained at Enfield and is buried in the cemetery a short way south of town. -o- -o- -o- Southern Illinois may justifiably claim an intrest in Ann Rutledge. More than half her life was spent here. She attended the local school at Enfield and old Sharon Church. Her later years appear to have brought certain disap p o int- ments. But James Rutledge was a prosperous farmer in White County, and we may assume that Ann's girlhood years there were happy ones. Little information that would ordinarily be considered as reliable concerning Ann and young Lincoln has been set down. The information recorded is often in conflict. Despite the lack of reliable information, much has been written concerning a great romance between the charming young lady and the tall and popular young man. Ann Rutledge had grown up in a somewhat intellectual and devoutly Christian home Those who knew Ann and recorded their impressions of her are agreed that she was a charming and popular young lady of excellent character. She is described by one of those knowing her as auburn haired, slim, blue eyed, flair complexioned, about five feet two inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds. At the time of her death she was 22 years old. -o- -o- -o- Lincoln, in 1835, was 26 years old. He was tall, six feet end four inches, somewhat striking in appearnace and had already began to display the mannerisms and traits that were later to endear him to the world. He was even then known as humorous, kindly, studious, trustworthy, sober, highly respected and of great integrity, | Yes, Vlrgiiiia $ Back in 1897 little Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the % following letter to the editor ot the Now York M Sun: "I am 8 years old. Some of my little H friends say there is no Santa,' Claus. Papa says, K 'If you see it in The Sun it's so.' Please tell me $ the truth—Is'there a Santa Glaus?" The editor w wrote a newspaper and literary classic in reply « to this childish plea. It is reprinted here: I "YES, INDEED! | "Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They g have been affected by the skepticism of a skep- | tical age—they do not believe except what they K see—they think that nothing can be which is not g comprehensive by their little minds. Virginia Has Fond Memory Of Letter g "All minds, Virginia, g children's are little. whether they be men or \ft sincerely Lope that joy anJ peace may be your* at Christmas and through all the Jays of the New Year. 1008 Main HOLDER'S 1008 Main "In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, S an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless s world about him, as measured by the intelligence of grasp $ ing the whole of truth and knowledge. "Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus. "He exists as certainly as love and generosity and „ devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give » to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary ft U, would be the world if there were no Santa Claus: It g t§ would be as dreary as K there were no Virginia. There would be no childlike faithen, no ooetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no e'^oyment. except in sense, and sight. The eternal light (*} with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. jjf "Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not H bolieve in fairies! H "You might get your papa to hire men to watch in fe all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus. S E but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down U I R what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus—the most S tg real things in the world are those neither children nor S ^ men can see. . H HJ "Did you ever see fairies, dancing on the lawn? Of $ jK course not, but that's no proof that they are not there— ft g nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are S ^ unseen, and unseeable in the world. |fi ^ "You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what mak?s ^ t| the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen »5 £ world which not the strongest man, or even the united $ R strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could » $ tear apart. Only faith, fancy, love, romance, can push » S aside the curtain and view and picture the supernal K « beauty and glory beyond. « NORTH CHATHA.M N.Y. (AP) — Mrs. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas, now 79 years old, still fondly remembers the letter she wrote as an 8-year-old asking an editor if there really was a Santa Claus. Referring Tuesday to the "Yes Virginia" editorial which appeared Sept 21, 1897 in the New York Sun, Mrs. Douglas, now with great-grandchildren, told an inquirer: "I hope you read the editorial carefully. The no Santa Claus: it would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias." KINGLY DECREES CAVERNOUS CAVES King Charles V of Franc*; 3,680 feet once forbade the use of long- pointed shoes, and King Ed- svard III of England ruled that certain servants, merchants and artisans could eat only one meal of meat or fish a day. according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The deepest and largest* caves yet explored by man aire in the; Swiss" and French Alps. The longest of these is more than 37 miles and the deepest is In Roman times, Paris was a small fishing village called Lutetia. Tte springtails, a class ot wingless insects, are able to fly. older I get the more I appreciate its philosophy." Her letter of long ago asked, "Some of my little friends say theve is no Santa Claus. Please tell me the truth." The reply, written by the late , _ Francis Pharcellus Church, said ' ^^KJ^J^J ^3«3^ SJ ^'«^5^3^ T:^J^J ^5«^« W 5 JSSWJ in part: " B "Yes, Virginia, there is a San- • ta Claus. He exists as certainly j? as love and genei'osity and de-; & votion exist. . .alas, how dreary ! K would be the world if there were 8 "Is it all real—ah, Virginia, in all this world there |j is nothing else real and abiding. ^ | "No Santa Claus! Thank God!—he lives, and he lives $ « forever—a thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten « g thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad w f| the heart of childhood." SA an outstanding young man in the vicinity. Ann had come to New Salem with her parents in 1828. Her father had built the first house on the site where the village was to be. With another man, John Camron, he had built a milldam across the Sangamon River. It was on this dam that the flatboat Lincoln wes taking! plan to attend college and Lincoln's known intellectual inclinations would indicate, that they had common' interests. The character of each was such as could well secure the admiration and respect of the other. The extent and depth of any romance that may have best wishes for, a ^ Merry Christmas t 'ur sincerest hopes for a Happy New Year ALFRED NORTHRUP MT. VERNON CAB 829 Broadway Phone 242-4100 1 I X Our thoughts, like good angels, fly to you on Christmas to wish you every blessing of this happy season. KROGER MAC KERN, MGR. AND EMPLOYEES IK . _ . _ i^^j^^^^^^^^Sftf^t^^Si^^fiW^^SK^^ i t down the river became loaded developed between the two may on April 19, 1831,. The dela; may never be known definitely. while freeing the boat resulted in Lincoln becoming acquainted with some of the people living Whether based on fact or fancy, the names of Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge are insepa- The time tor joy, the time tor peace; The time tor pleasures that never cease. We wish you alt at this time ot year plentiful measure ot Yuletide cheer! ^^^^^^^^^^ LAIRD JEWELERS 1007 Broadway Ph. 242-1433 LAIRD'S LADS & DADS 1009 Broadway Ph. 244-1616 there. The ingenuity he exhibi- rably connected in the minds ted in transferring the boat a- of millions. Whether based on cross the dam brought him to i facts or fancy, the story is a the attention of a number of I good one. people and secured for him an invitation to return and wor.'. there. '•» i ——————— -o- -o- -o- Lincoln continued his journey with the flatboat. Upon completion of the trip he returned to New Salem and went to live at the boarding house of John Cameron. In the spring of 1832, he went to live at the Rutledge Tavern and continued there until his depai'ture in December, 1834, to serve as a legislator at Vandalia. During Lincoln's stay at the tavern Ann lived with her parents and helped her mother with the household taks. Ann and Lincoln thus had opportunity to iinow each other well. Ann's TEACH CHILDREN us T nfflll BEFORE CROSSjjJL r L A businessman calls on you ... When your carrierboy comes to collect, pjease make sure you're ready. With the right change, if possible. He'll appreciate it with a broad smile and a "Thank you". You see, because-lie is in business for himself, your newspaperboy depends on the full collection of his route for his full profit. Repeat calls mean extra work with no extra profit. So-give the boy a break. And thanks! eaacm* As we approach the season that symbolizes peace and good witt, we recall with gratitude tHe friendships we have made in fehe years that have passed. May this greeting serve to carry the wish that be joyotts and the Mew Year hold afl tbat yoe desire. Mt. Vernon Loan and Building Association i all our friends and neighbors » we send our sincerest wishes for a joyful, | k cheerful, healthful Hotiday Season. | OFFICERS DONALD S. GRANT President MATTIE LEE WARREN Executive Vice-President J. EDWIN RACKAWAY Vice-President E. REID STARKEY Secretary-Treasurer JO ANN LEMAY Treasurer | SMITH-ALSOP PAINT I & WALLPAPER CO. tl | Estello Broddock, Art Flota, Buddy Peek | i 910 Main Mt. Vernon ^ DIRECTORS Donald S. Grant John A. Kirk John J. Manion Coyn Mateer E. Minor Face- J. Edwin Rackavvay Mattle Lee Warren RuseeU Wlelt Gilbert N. Wood STAFF Lucille Jones Shirley Pressgrove Patricia Curtis Attonteyii Kirk & Music* II' '^9 r •<

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