The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 82
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 82

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 6, 2001
Page 82
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12 ^SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2000 i ' THE SAUNA JOURNAL Al Gore, your photo will soon be hanging in Norton gallery ByMIMSWARTZ Scripps Howard News Service Political candidates who ran for the presidency don't die — and they don't fade away, either. They end up in Norton. At least their photos do. The First State Bank in Norton, a northwestern Kansas town with a population of 2,826, operates the Galleiy of Also-Rans, said to be the only private gallery of presidential also-rans in the country. The only other comparable gallery is in Washington's Smithsonian Institution. It seems the late W.W. Rouse, longtime owner of the bank, came up with the idea in the 1960s after reading "They Also Ran," a book about a half-dozen of the top candidates for president who didn't win. He decided even losers deserve some recognition. So, Al Gore (if he ever goes to Norton) soon will find his framed portrait with all the other presidential campaign losers on a balcony above the bank's tellers. The photos are copies of the candidates' official Library of Congress portraits, beneath which are brief biographies typed on white paper and set in their own frames. The display is a history lesson of sorts. Visitors may be surprised to find the names of John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon, all presidents but each of whom lost a presidential bid during their political careers. And there's Jimmy Garter, whose downfall is siunmed up in one sentence: "Rising inflation, a crisis over release of U.S. hostages held in Iran, voter uncertainty over his foreign policy linked to human rights, questionable business practices and international political involvement of members of his family and some of his friends, combined with his failure to grasp the reins of leadership — all led to his defeat." The gallery includes two of Kansas' favorite Republican sons, Alf Landon, who lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, and Bob Dole, who lost to Bill Clinton in 1996. Ringneck Ranch Inc. ALodge H.C. 61 Box 7, Tipton, KS 67485 Phone; 785^734835 • Family & Class Reunions, meetings, conferences • Retreats, anniversaries, birthdays • Overnight, weekend, or weekly lodging • Suites with private bath available ' Pheasant hunts mid-October to March • September dove hunts Est. 1S)83 Bed & Breakfast Escape for a Weekend Getaway! Three Sisters Inn is 45 nUnutes from downtown Kansas City and 45 minutes from Topcka, If you're lool<lng to "meet in Ulc middle," Uiis bed and brcal<fiist is tlie place for you. Jim & Diane Niehofif "Our Inn, perfect for all occasions" 1035 Ames (at 11th Street & Hwy 56), Baldwin City, KS 66006 (785) 594-3244 for reservations THfl fOTTAC^ BOUSE H0TEL4M0TEL Downtown Historic Council Grove Modem Comforts in Nostal^c Surrounding 25 North Neosho Council Grove, KS 66846 For Reservations, Call 1-800-727-7903 • 620-767-6828 Fax 620-767-6414 Park like setting minutes from Kansas City! Enjoy nature trails, fishing pond, herb garden and herb shop. 30 minutes from KCI airport. 1100 Soudi 130th Street Bonner Springs, KS 66012 ; 913-422-5207 ,

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