WEST SALEM – The Northwestern Ruritan Club met Sep. 3 at Northwestern High School and welcomed Jennifer Luscher.

Members voted to donate $100 to Congress Community Church for their Scholarship Fund as a memorial for Don Buren.

The program that nightwas by the Citizenship and Patriotism Committee. Club member and Lincoln presenter Jerry Payn presented some “Odds & Ends During Lincoln’s Presidency.” Highlights were, the enlargement of the U.S. Capitol Building during the decade prior to the Civil War, which was led by Sen. Jefferson Davis. The dome was not completed when Lincoln became President and he insisted it be completed, even though the war was going on.

Lincoln made no public speeches from his nomination in May 1860 until he was inaugurated in March 1861.

Lincoln did all he could to keep the country from going to war, saying “We are not enemies but friends.” He was not “popular” with many and was elected with only 39 percent of the popular vote.

Animals were very important during the war as “beasts of burden” and as “pets” to many soldiers. Lincoln considered humor as a “medicine” to preserve his sanity during the war and was a “Man of Faith.”

In 1862 Lincoln signed legislation establishing the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Homestead Act, the Union Pacific Railroad Act and the College Land Grant Act. Also in 1862, he composed the Emancipation Proclamation, which was a big step to freeing the slaves in this “Land of the Free”!

Lincoln became friends with Maj. Thomas Eckert, chief telegrapher in the U.S. War Department. Eckert grew up in Wooster.

The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday at Northwestern High School. The program will be by the Environment Committee. Directors will meet at 6:15 that evening in the high school library.

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