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Graceville resident hes rare license plate Staples, formerly home state, to see how common good following in the northern half of had good luck at personalized plates were back then, Big Stone County, and had ultimately though I haven't heard anything back lost the race for president to Hoover sale for items from Bros. and Cregan in 1991, Ward cart full of old tems at a cost of years later l. lzed license plate name "AL SMITH", also in the cart that As many know, AI president against 1928, and was unty. recently began to plate, says to the late country area at the the plate and ,'w details about it, 'ew people had lg made into the automobile New York, Smith's so far," he says. LaVerne Doering from the Big Stone County Historical Society, Tammie Giese from The Ortonville Independent and Ann Lauer from the Graceville Public Library have also been helping in the search for the origin of the plate. La'uer stated that they believe Smith may have campaigned in this area at one point, though they have not been able to locate any information about it yet. "We believe he may have been through Graceville campaigning at one point to be able to give this plate away," Lauer says. "Perhaps that is why he had such strong support inthe area." Doering put up a booth at the Big Stone County Fair last weekend requesting information about Smith and whether or not he may have been here, and asks that anyone who may have remembered Smith visiting this area to come forward to help solve the mystery. Ward says that AI Smith had a because Ward was against prohibition. "I found that there were many women against Hoover as president because of this, since they were against liquor, and that may have been why he lost the election," he said. "From what I've found researching so far, Smith had a strong support in this area. He had the kind of values that people around here at that time would have appreciated," says Ward. He believes that the plate is both rare and valuable, especially in the New York area where Smith was from. He says that the next step will be to find out more about the origin of the plate through motor vehicle records or through descendants of Smith in New York. "I hope to eventually sell the plate at a large auction when I find out tall the details of where it came from," Ward says. He hopes to use the proceeds from the sale to help benefit the Graceville community. A RARE PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATE from 1928 was recovered by David Ward at an auction sale in Graceville in 1991. Ward has since been researching the origin of the plate, which he believes belonged to AI Smith, who ran against Herbert Hoover for president in 1928. Ward has had a lot of help finding out about Smith and his campaign from the others shown. Pictured from left to right are Ann Lauer from the Graceville Public Library, Tammie Giese from The Ortonville Independent, Ward, and LaVerne Doering "Most Adorable Baby" from the Big Stone County Historical Society. Steven Huizenga from Robert and Open house bridal 1998 is Teske of Clinton Memorials for MargurettYaeger;OrvaiNelsonfrom Thomas and Lynette Nelson, Shirley shower for Carlson Rice Hospice Botker, LuciHe Nelson, Linda Hull; "and Raymond Stoehr from Ardis There will be an open house bridal The following memorials were Brehmer. shower held in honor of Susan Minnesota is pleased ,,results of its "Those promotion held at represent Big Stone m the Ortonville "Adorable Baby Unes Teske son of of Clinton. prize of daughter af Chad Heather Hoxtell. ,  -- receive Little Pants dona by / rolls of Kodak Nilson son of Vic and Darcy Nilson of baby OHS Alumni to set raise funds for shower will Allen Lindahl, new stage ,m 'indahl or curtain Aug. 1 from 9 t their home S miles The Ortonville High School Co. Rd. 13 and 3- Alumni Association is trying to raise Road 16. fufids to buy or pay towards a new curtain for the Auditorium at Ortonville High School. S dv Any funds the associatiolv{ets _l, ln_a from the sale of aerial photos of s 60th Ortonville (circa 1938) and the sale of the School videos will be used for that purpose. Also any personal donations will be much appreciated. The sale items will be available at the annual meeting Saturday, Aug. 15, at Theatre of Seasons Hilltop Cafe in Ortonville at 9 a.m. will with by their 2nd at St. from 2 to ad relatives are LqP area featured during Prairie Days Prairie Day, a statewide celebration of the prairies that once covered a large portion of Minnesota, will be held Aug. 7, 8.and 9 this year. The Lac qui Parle (LqP) area in westerfi Minnesota will be the featured location for this year's celebration with activities slated to begin at LqP State Park on Friday evening and continue through Sunday- afternoon. It is estimated that 18 to 20 million acres of native prairie existed here prior to European settlement. Today, less than 1 percent of that total remains and the loss continues to grow. 0, For the Busy Family and" r Convenience, We've Extended "at Hours Beginning Aug. 1st! ARE NOW OPEN during noon hour mornings nights FREE SCREENINGS[ I  '12atoon Pst'Operative Care i YOUR EYE CARE TEAM Ronn E. McDaniel OPTOMETRIST 2nd Street Ortonville, MN 320-839-3413 28, 1998 Graceville. Winner of the door prize drawing at the MCCL Booth was Anne Dietz of Graceville. MCCL would like to thank the community for supporting their fair booth. received by Rice Hospice. - Ortonville/Graceville, for the month of June, 1998: In memory of: Ralph Brehmer from Ardis Brehmer; Wilbert Brehmer from Ardis Brehmer; Charles Erp from Elvira Heinrich; Roland Hanson from Ardis Brehmer; Rice Hospice - Appleton, Benson, Carlson, bride-to-be of Charlie Dawson, Graceville, Granite Falls, Woidyla, on Saturday, Aug. 8 Montevideo, Ortonviile, Paynesville, beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Wiilmar - wishes to express their Lutheran Church, Bellingham. gratitude for these memorials. Recipe cards preferred. Everyone welcome. I INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! ] . WEDNESDAY . THURSDAY . FRIDAY . SATURDAY . 6:30 A.M. - 5:21 P.M. 8:01 A.M. - 8:29 P.M. 8:01 A.M. - 5:28 P.M. 9:02 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. OFF ALL U ng er's Crazy Days ALL " QUANTITIES LIMITED MANY ITEMS ONE ONLY DON'T MISS IT! WE ARE CLEANING OUT OUR MAIN & BARGAIN ROOM .-k. ARRIVE EARLY FOR BEST CHOICE ONE A YEAR, BARGAINS ALL SALES FINAL Legion Bake Sale and Barbeques in front of Ungeds FREE Financing 12 months 4 days Big ,Savings 3 PC.v=W,LI. UNIT s699oo i , PC. OAXDHNG m ............... $499 GUDm BOCXmS ............... FROM $149 ................... $249 RECUam ...... . ........... Z PC UVm nOOK GROUP 00799 OAXHOMEmTen'mBn CraTER .... $399 CRAZY SPECIALS CRAZY WED., JULY 29 6:30 A.M. - 10 A.M. ONLY KLAUSSNER PC. SECTIONAL Wl QUEEN HIDE-A-BED Reg price $1,795 ;699.88 ti110 after that $995  HOMECREST 5 PC WHITE PATIO WITH SWIVEL CHAIRS Reg price $1,795 $499:95 ti110 a.m. after that $599.95 HOMECREST WHITE OVAL TABLE Reg. price $489.95 ;269.00 til lo a.m. after that $325.00 INDEPENDENT Page 3