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Out of the Past

Thomas Edison’s half-sister lives in Algona

By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

At a boarding house in Des Moines recently a man without hands and only a stub of an arm, was eating with a fork strapped to the stub. When asked, “Who do you vote for, sir?” he promptly replied: “It is not necessary to ask how a man will vote at this election when you know he has lost both arms in defense of his country. Soldiers will all vote for Grant.” 


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