Friday Flashback -- Touching history
He was six years old in 1861 when Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural train went through Oneida on its way to Washington, D.C. Two of his brothers fought in the Civil War – Frank and Earl. I have this picture of Earl.
One event in his life made a big impression on Fremont and he told us the story many times. He said he climbed up in a tree to see Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train, which stopped in Oneida in 1865. Fremont was 10 years old. I’ve read an account of the day the train pulled in and it talked about canons being fired and the picture of Lincoln affixed to the cowcatcher on the engine. No wonder he remembered it so vividly.
This close connection to our country’s history makes me realize how precious our democracy is. And how important it is for all of us to “ask what you can do for your country,” as President John Kennedy said at his inauguration in 1961. Let’s give our new president our full support as he starts his work on January 20, 2009.