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This profile was last updated on 11/8/08  and contains information from public web pages.

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Mary Lobdell
Mary Lobdell, 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. Lobdell 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.
Lobdell said she had collected five of the issues to give to each of her children.
On the cover of that issue is a photo of Pope John XXIII. Mary said she remembers her 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 said.
The float was represented what was called the Stephenson County Home Bureau. Her dad was asked to be in the parade because horses were needed to pull the float. Since he was using two of his farm horses to carry around his daughters church youth group on hay rack rides, he was asked to participate.
"He had to have his horses shoed because they couldn't walk on the pavement," Lobdell said. They were still farm horses. He 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.
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