Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ada County Farm Bureau Notes

Sonke photo
Ada County Banquet Draws Record Number
By Ada County President Don Sonke

Kuna--A record number of Farm Bureau members and friends attended the annual Ada County Farm Bureau banquet last Thursday night. About 160 people were in attendance at the Peregrine Steak house in Kuna for a sumptious prime rib or salmon dinner and an excellent program that featured David Leroys presentation of President Lincolns connections to Idaho. Joel Benson started the program by outlining the benefits programs and discounts available to FB members followed by Pres. Sonke giving a summary of the county boards participation in the pasts years events.

The featured speaker was David Leroy former Ada County prosecuter, Idaho Attorney General, Lt. Governor and gubanatorial candidate. Leroy is a Lincoln scholar and the author of the book, Mr. Lincoln. The audience was taken back to the civil war period and leading up to President Lincoln's assassination (during which Lincoln was a friend of William Wallace, Idahos first territorial Governor).
Most were unaware of Lincolns many connections to Idaho including lobbying and signing the bill creating the Idaho territory in 1863. On the last day of his life he invited Idaho delegate W.H. Wallace whom he nicknamed "old Idaho", to attend Fords theatre for the play, Our American Cousin. Wallace declined due to his wife being ill and one can only speculate how history might have been altered by another party being in Lincolns box that night.

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