, of Lena was reminded of the centennial celebration of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate when she
found this photo of the float her
father was on after going through her
mother's photo albums.
is pictured in the far right wearing a skirt and white blouse.
When Mary Lobdell
of Lena was going through stacks of photo albums and photos after her
mother passed away, she
found the snapshots of the centennial Lincoln-Douglas debate parade.
To go along with the snapshots, she
brought in a Nov. 10, 1958, edition of LIFE magazine
, which, at the time sold for 25 cents featuring events from Freeport.
Inside the edition on page 108 is a full page photo of a float her
father rode on.
had collected five of the issues to give to each of her
On the cover of that issue is a photo of Pope John XXIII.
father joking about the fact that he
did not make it on the cover.
"After it came out he
liked to joke around and said 'well, they called me, but I said no, that's OK, put the Pope on the front I'll take page ... ' oh, whatever it was," Mary
The float was represented what was called the Stephenson County Home Bureau
dad was asked to be in the parade because horses were needed to pull the float.
was using two of his
farm horses to carry around his
daughters church youth group on hay rack rides, he
was asked to participate.
had to have his
horses shoed because they couldn't walk on the pavement," Lobdell
They were still farm horses.
had somebody truck the horses to Freeport.
I'm still amazed that they walked the parade route when they weren't used to people."
During this year's sesquicentennial celebration Lobdell was able to share her
interest in history with some of her
children and grandchildren.
Some of her
grandchildren wore outfits that she
had made for her
children to wear in past years, while others were in the parade.