April 4, 2014
Alpha Study Club met Tues., March 25 at Niland’s Cafe, Colo, Iowa. This journey corresponded with the book review “The Lincoln Highway—Main Street Across America”. Niland’s is located on the original Lincoln Highway. President Deb Wentzien opened with a saying, “As easy as pie”. Fifteen members answered roll call by telling their favorite pie. The secretary’s report was read and approved. No treasurer’s report was given. Marcia Plett introduced Pauline Flamme. Pauline reviewed “The Lincoln Highway—Main Street Across America” by Drake Hokanson. In 1912 Carl Graham Fisher proposed a new idea that changed the way America traveled. He wanted to build a highway across America, a highway linking the Atlantic to the Pacific, a highway that was an expression of our National wanderlust, a highway that would allow the average motorist to experience the U. S. with a itinerary not possible from a train window. He wanted to bring salt water from one ocean to the other via motorcar. This is a story of his efforts and the unrelenting work of others to create the first transcontinental highway across the U. S. It tells how the founder went about promoting and building the highway, how the public responded to the idea and how the first motorists traveling the highway fared. While enjoying pie, including Niland’s famous peanut butter and raspberry; the present operator of the restaurant, Sandra Hulmann-Kelly, told the history of Niland’s and its prime location on the Lincoln Highway. President Deb closed with another cute pie statement. The next meeting will be Tues., April 8 at the home of Karen Handorf.
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