Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

President Taft made memorable visit to Baker

August 16, 2007

The morning of Sept. 24, 1911, crowds made their way from Baldwin City and beyond to fill Baldwin's Methodist Church.

The packed church was less than comfortable on an early autumn morning, but the crowd endured the heat and a lengthy delay to see a special visitor -- the 27th President of the United States.

William Howard Taft's train had been delayed in Lawrence on his way to a daylong celebration of Baker University President Wilbur Nesbitt Mason's Inauguration. The whole town had prepared for the President's visit.

Baker's preparations included meals and festivities, along with the construction of a new bridge on the south end of campus that would hold the hefty politician.

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