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Presidential Greetings For Sesquicentennial

By Staff | Jun 17, 2008
Emmetsburg Mayor John Schad with President Bush’s Greetings -- Lori Hall photo
President Bush's message -- Lori Hall photo

The upcoming Sesquicentennial is big news for the residents of Palo Alto County. The celebration is so noteworthy that it has reached the ears of the Commander-In-Chief of the United States!
Emmetsburg Mayor John Schad recently received a letter, typed on White House letterhead, signed by U.S. President George W. Bush. The letter addresses Palo Alto County’s milestone and included greetings and best wishes on behalf of the President and First Lady, Laura Bush.
Mayor Schad shared that while exploring the archives of the county’s 1958 centennial celebration, a telegram from then-president Dwight Eisenhower was discovered. In that telegram, President Eisenhower sent his greetings in light of the historic event.
Schad thought a similar executive greeting would be in line for the Sesquicenntenial Celebration, and so penned a request to President Bush, who replied with the letter pictured above.
The Presidential message will be read to those gathered for the Sesquicenntenial parade on Saturday, July 5, as well on radio station KEMB-LP. The letter will be framed and hung at the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce office for viewing by the public. A copy of the letter will be included in the time capsule when it is re-buried on Sunday, July 6.