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Symposium Club meets

Symposium Club meets

Posted: Friday, December 5, 2008 9:12 pm

The Symposium Club met recently in the lovely, antique-filled home of Allie George Stone, the mother of hostess Linda Lu Hardin. It was noted the club had also met in Mrs. Stone’s home in 1971, when the club was organized. Several of the charter members were also present at the recent meeting. As the members arrived, they were served a delicious, glazed fresh apple cake, coffee and hot tea by co-hostess Barbara Jones. During the brief business meeting, the members were reminded of the Christmas party on Dec. 18. The hostess committee will announce the place for the dinner. Mrs. White then turned the meeting over to Rosalee Thompson for the program. Mrs. Thompson presented a fascinating program on President Harry S Truman. She based her program on two books: “Truman,” by noted historian David McCullough, and “More Plain Speaking,” by Truman’s daughter and only child, Margaret Truman. Mrs. Thompson touched on his early years in what was then the Missouri Frontier and his exemplary military service in World War I. From his political beginnings, with the powerful Pendergast machine that ruled Kansas City to his election to the senate in 1930, Truman proved to be a man of uncommon vitality and strength of character. In 1943, looking ahead to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s bid for re-election, to a fourth term as president, the Democratic Party leaders turned to Truman to replace Vice President Henry Wallace in the ticket, knowing of FDR’s increasing frailty, the party leaders felt that whoever was vice president would become president. The 1944 Democratic Convention led to the Roosevelt-Truman ticket. Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term. Truman served as vice president only 82 days Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. President Truman proved to be no light weight. Four months after taking office, President Truman ordered the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. He was the president responsible for the Truman Doctrine, the March All Plan, NATO and the Berlin Airlift, to name a few of his achievements. In 1948, he pulled off an unexpected political victory and was elected president to a fourth term. Published in The Messenger 12.5.08

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