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Seeing double: Military convoy passes by us twice
By Barry Schrader.................................July
We took our annual trek to California this month and did
a double take.
First, back on June 20 we watched
some 80 historical vehicles from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association
parade down Lincoln Highway through DeKalb as part of the 90th
anniversary observance of the first convoy that used the newly-built
cross-continent highway from Washington, DC to San Francisco,
California. Then on Wednesday, July 8 I stood along the original
Lincoln Highway route in Livermore, California with 50 other
spectators as the same convoy passed by on its way to San Francisco.
The next day they ended their journey with a ceremony in the
City by the Bay and a proclamation issued to them
by the Lincoln Highway Association.
had special meaning for me because in 1980 I served as president
of the Livermore
(CA) Heritage Guild and our main project that year was restoring
and repainting the front of the old Lincoln Highway Garage that
had been built just prior to the 1919 convoys trip and
stood witness yet this day to another convoy passing by its front
door. The garage is now sort of a vehicle museum, used by the
Lincoln Highway Association Sacramento area chapter for an annual
outing, and contains three vintage city fire trucks, a Historymobile
that is a converted RV turned into a museum on wheels, and lots
of local memorabilia from days gone by in the Livermore area.
Lincoln Highway Garage still stands in Livermore, California
along the route of the military convoy re-enactmentThis General's staff car made it all the way across country
but Dwight D. Eisenhower only made the trip in 1919
If you would like to view photos of the convoy as it passed through
Livermore, go online to www.eLivermore.com and enjoy the slide show
produced by a friend Bill Nale.
Of course this
procession was only a small part of a very busy vacation. I did
my usual stint as resident printer for the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA. using
an 1888 Gordon hand-operated treadle
press where I have demonstrated antique letterpress printing
for 21 years now. That way I get to see the fair goers who amble
through the Early Americana building and greet many old friends
each year. Then Kay and I made our annual pilgrimage to Yosemite National Park where we have visited
for 34 of the last 40 years each June. One never tires of witnessing
nature in all its splendor in the form of giant redwoods, awe-inspiring
waterfalls, and granite cliffs that shoot up thousands of feet
from the valley floor.
We also managed a quick
trip down to the Los Angeles suburb of North Hollywood to visit
an elderly relative, but made sure we were out of there before
the Michael Jackson funeral spectacle.
home, I got my first chance to visit the new DeKalb Clinic building out in the hinterlands
between Sycamore and DeKalb. Not only is it much larger and brighter
than the Franklin Street location, but the layout is pleasing
to the eye, so you dont flinch quite as much when getting
that injection or other lab tests. I was equally
impressed with the lobby coffee shop where they only charge a
dollar for the coffee flavor of your choice, plus a second cup
free. Of course those of us with caffeine sensitivity had better
pass on that second fillup.
But I must also offer
a couple of itty-bitty complaintsfirst off, someone allowed
the doctors to bring along their year-old, dog-eared magazines
into the brand spanking new waiting rooms. Secondly, as you exit
the parking lot onto the street, directly across from you is
a pond with no guard railing. So if you happen to pass out at
the wheel from an injection reaction and your car
accelerates across the road into the pond, there might be an
extra charge for towing
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