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+ Hays Free Press • June 7, 2017 COMMUNITY Page 3C + president Franklin Del- ano Roosevelt mixed policking with pleasure on a reelection campaign swing through Texas on June 11-12, 1936• The first stop on FDR's Lone Star itinerary was Houston, where the mayor proclaimed a holiday in eager anticipation of the unprecedented visit. All public buildings and many private businesses were closed, as the vast majority of the 350,000 inhabitants squeezed into the center of Texas' biggest city to see the popular New Deal architect in the flesh. "Every inch of sidewalk space lining the parade route was taken," reported the Houston Chronicle. "Those with friends and relatives working in offices overlooking Main Street moved in to view the proces- sion from above. Thousands perched on building tops, balconies and in windows of tall buildings to watch the parade." Every able-bodied male with a uniform was drafted for crowd control. In addi- tion to the police, highway patrol and National Guard, active-duty soldiers, naval reservists and even Boy Scouts were mobilized to contain the largest throng in Houston history. Following a wildly enthu- siastic welcome downtown, Roosevelt boarded a private The Rolls Royce convertible with the guest of honor drove up the ramp of a huge platform built for the occasion. This ingenious arrangement made it possible for the paraplegic politician to speak from the car without walking or climbing stairs in public. Texas History by Bartee Halle yacht at the ship channel for the short cruise to the San ]acinto battleground• Accompanying the president were Gov. James V. Allred, U.S. Senators Tom Con- nally and Morris Sheppard, ex-governor William P. Hobby, Democratic Party power broker Jesse Jones, Congressman Joe Eagle and Houston mayor Oscar Holcombe. The commander-in-chief saluted the 800 soldiers from Fort Crockett in Galveston along the road to the site of the final showdown with the Santa Anna. Twenty- eight thousand Texans, who had stood for hours in the blazing summer sun, burst into cheers and applause at the sight of the presidential procession. The Rolls Royce convert- ible with the guest of honor drove up the ramp of a huge platform built for the occasion. This ingenious ar- rangement made it possible for the paraplegic politi- cian to speak from the car without walking or climbing stairs in public. "We love you for what you are," Gov. Allred said in his gushy introduction. "You have brought happiness to millions of people. We bid you welcome, Great Leader." But Jesse Jones could not resist pointing out that Roosevelt was the first chief executive of his party ever to come "to Houston• Even though Texas had voted Democratic in 19 out of 20 presidential elections since statehood, only Republicans (Grant, Benjamin Har- rison, McKinley and Taft) had bothered to pay their respects in their person. FDR paused in his praise of the San Jacinto victors to acknowledge the presence of Sam Houston's 81 year old son. "It is a special pleasure to meet Mr. Andrew Jack- son Houston. I am proud to know that my father knew your father. I shall always remember how my father used to tell me that, when he was a very young man, he was sent to Washington by his law office to carry papers to Senator Houston•" After two action-packed hours in Houston, the presi- dent climbed back on his special train and headed for San Antonio. That afternoon following the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Alamo, he declared, "I welcome the opportunity to pay my small tribute to the heroes who laid down their lives 100 years ago in order that Texas might become, first, an independent nation and later a mighty state in our union." It was late in the day, when Roosevelt reached Austin• But he made the most of the whistle-stop by giving John Nance Garner, the vice-president from Texas, a rhetorical pat on the back and flipping a switch that set off a dynamite charge to break ground for new construction on the University of Texas campus. Day Two was spent in Dallas, where FDR was again greeted by a record turnout. TEXAS HISTORY, 4C gud0ku S01uti0n 7 4 9 )6) 5 1I2t8 6 8 5 ......... 3 9' 2 1 3 ii!51 ) )iii8:i 7 4- [ 6 .................................... ;954 28!7; 8 2 1 9 6 1 3 Sudoku Puzzle, from page 2C Texas Crossword Ni .A jR m,... oi ~)-§l T1 H([~ 8~iTI I)MIEI HiA[ lJR[Sl F S 8-1327 Texas Crossword, from page 2C B 5 FARMER. RUG D 203 Railroad street III STORE II I f Your Hometown McDonald's :=, "~. /Md)onald'$ of Buda / / t5359 IH-35 Ste. B / fro. Box 1364, Buda, TX 78610 : | :! I l 51Z-312-2383 !! :] / 1 Locally owned and operated ~ ~ ...... ~L 1 by Jimmy and Cindi Ferguson i'm Ioyin' itJ I ROSEBROCK 1 VETERINARY CLIHIC 2325 FM 967 • 312-0701 NEWS • LEI-rERS • OBITS CALENDAR • PHOTO GALLERY CLASSIFIEDS • SUBSCRIBE ! TEXAS LEHIGH CEMENT CO, LIP] CENTEX MATERIALS LLC FM 2770, Buda, Texas 295-4801 + " ~ •, ~, F: ;Xi¸ !:mi