The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on October 21, 1964 · Page 10
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The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana · Page 10

Tipton, Indiana
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Wednesday, October 21, 1964
Page 10
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THE TIPTON DAILY TRIBUNE Wednesday. Oct 21/1964 PAGE 9 fat we can charm him down ^ \Specjals. So why pay more f A NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT miTl 2 Ro11 0f Aurora Toilet Tissue FREE rKrK I With 15« Mailed Coupons. I I IkL I REDEEM YOUR COUPONS AT OUR STORE.!! Hoover Devoted Life To Public Service NEW YORK (UPI) — One overwhelming irony hung like a shadow over the long life of Herbert Clark Hoover and marked his many years as an elder statesman with a deep and abiding melancholy. It was indeed ironic that the only time in a distinguished career as a public servant Hoover suffered from unpopularity or was accused of failure was on that one occasion when'he assumed the highest office his countrymen have to offer. For Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, the White House became the center of tragedy, an easy target for a nation plunged into fear and confusion. In many ways, Herbert Hoover was a victim of one of history's most violent upheavals, but the angry cries of "the Hoover depression" echoed around him for years and filled his life with bitterness. Still Served Nation It was a great tribute to his personal sense of "rugged individualism" that Hoover did not yield to the temptation of brooding in seIf,-imposed obscurity after he left the White House;' but instead devoted three more decades of service to the nation he so dearly loved. .Eight up to his death Hoover never stopped working on what he once whimsically called his "unending public chores" and while in his 80s he maintained a daily schedule which would tax the strength of a man half his age. It required four secretaries and a.research assistant working full-time just to keep up with the rugged pace of the man who tackled a work load which consumed 14 hours a day, seven days a week. During these waning years in a career thai began before the turn of the century, Hoover journeyed thousands of miles by air and auto each year to receive honorary degrees from universities and colleges; to, make speeches at^.the opening of boys clubs; and* to carry on his duties as a member of 12 different boards of directors or trustees of educational and scientific institutions. ~ • . "Council Of Free Nations" On Aug. 10, on his 88th birthday, he traveled from his permanent residence in a New mass by land invasion, through the quicksands of China, India or Western Europe, would be sheer folly." He declared that America's defense .lines should be the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Hoover brought his belief -in government into the realm of his own picketbook. In 1955 he revealed he had not personally used any of the government salaries paid him as president or for any other federal duties. Sometimes, he said, he had merely refused to accept his salary. And when he did accept it, the money became a contribution to one of his favorite projects. It was the 1929 depression that made Hoover's years in the White House a time of pain and deep anxiety. While the depression was caused by a wide variety of complex factors, Hoover was' blamed for not taking stronger action to spur an economic revival. Under the grim and bitter stress of the times, the word "Depression" became synonymous with the name "Hoover" in the minds of many Americans. Abused As Scapegoat In later and calmer years, most Americans realized that Hoover — to a great extent- had been abused as a scapegoat to explain a disaster that may already have been inevitable by the time he took the oath of of-- fice. His reputation restored, President Truman called him into government service on several occasions, notably to head a commission to study ways to save money in government. Hoover later headed a similar commission for President Eisenhower and came up with suggestions for saving billions of dollars a year. Hoover never tired of reiterating his belief that the United States could and would continue to overcome all crises. On his 83rd birthday, he voiced optimism that - America would eventually overcome the Soviet threat, a- view he maintained until his death. It was characteristic of Hoover that., age did not prevent him from taking on - arduous tasks with vigor and zeal. When the Western nations approved admission of West Ger- York hotel to his home town' man y t° the North Atlantic of West Branch, Iowa, for the;Treaty Organization in 1954, 1965 RCA COLOR TV 21 inch Value $650.00 All you have to do is sign your $5.00 or More Register Tape each time you trade at CARTER'S 2 ML 1 '- 'Priai- ;$ S&*'. : ^(NCVJd£-; rd. Prize *29 9S FM RADIO DRAWING DECEMBER 1?^h 1?64 dedication of the Hoover Memorial Presidential Library. On that occasion, he proposed that a "Council of Free Nations" be formed to preserve world peace. He said such a council would be in a position to step in and act in the event the United Nations should fail in its mission to safeguard global peace. Hoover also took the opportunity at the dedication cere mony to reassert his lifelong faith in America. He referred to "the inner forces from which comes the strengths of America" was assurances on the nation's . "future and its continued service to mankind." For two decades, Hoover was referred to in newspaper stores as "the nation's only living former president." Then, in 1953, Harry S. Truman joined the exclusive club and the membership bulged to three men when Dwight D. Eisenhower left office in 1961. Sets Record But Hoover set a record that will be difficult to equal—he lived longer as a' former chief executive than any other president in history. And no man, after leaving the White House, matched Hoover's performance of unstinting devotion to public service During all this time, Hoover never lost faith in the belief he formed as a young man—a belief in the American as an in­ dividual'and in America as a nation. Hoover was, as long as he lived, the exponent of a political philosophy that was swept away. — perhaps forever—with the election in 1932 of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Domestically, Hoover felt that the American people could solve most of their own problems with little interference from the federal government. He also was a strict advocate of a rigid economical approach to government. In foreign relations, Hoover often was labeled an "isolationist" by his opponents, but Ms outlook in that area softened considerably" in recent years as was indicated by the "Council of Free Nations" proposal at Hoover — then 80 — went to Bonn on a good-will mission to seal the bonds of friendship between the United States and the hew German republic. Of Quaker Parents Herbert Clark Hoover was born of Quaker parents Aug. 10, 1874, in .the Iowa village of West Branch. His father, a blacksmith, died when he was six. His -mother, a Quaker minister, passed on four years later. During the next seven years, 'he lived with Quaker relatives and attended Quaker schools, first in Iowa, then later in Oregon. When he was 17, Hoover entered Stanford University at Palo Alto, Calif., and earned money for his education by performing odd - jobs on the campus. He also found time to meet and fall in love with a coed, Iowa-born Lou Henry, whom he married in 1899. The Hoovers had two children, Herbert Jr. and Allen Henry. Herbert Jr. followed his father into business and then into government service, becoming under secretary of state in the Eisenhower administration. Allen Henry went into private business. Mrs. Hoover died in 1944. Rise Was Astonishing Hoover majored in mining engineering at Stanford and entered that profession upon his graduation in 1895. His rise was astonishing. Two years out of college he was given the job of directing the Australian mining enter- ' prises of a large London firm. Then, two years later, the Chinese government employed him to take charge of all mining activities in China. By 1914, the blacksmith's son had amassed a fortune of about S6 million and in that year history chronicled the emergence of Hoover, the humanitarian. Serving as commissioner of San Francisco's proposed Panama-Pacific* Exposition, Hoover was in London when World War broke out. American tourists by the thousands were stranded in Europe and Hoover became head of a volunteer commission which cared for the marooned visitors and started them on West Branch. o& . American Fortress But as late as the Korean War, Hoover expressed the belief that America was capable of building a fortress all its own. In a major speech at that time, he said "any attempt to make war on the Communist Tipton County Library open Monday-Wednesday- Friday till 8:00 p.m! C-tf their way home. The German invasion of Bel-* gium and northern France, combined with a British blockade, cut off food supplies for nine million persons and the U. S. Embassy requested Hoover's help to meet the crisis. Relief For Belgium He formed the commission for relief in Belgium, the first organization of its kind. -It had Its own ships, with its own flag,' and dealt with both sides in the war. • mi

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