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From our archives: Lowden pushed hard for hard road projects in Illinois

What we thought: 100 years ago

Published: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following appeared in the Telegraph on Feb. 27, 1913.

Lowden is a hard

road booster

The board of supervisors for Ogle County has a very good custom. Once a year, they give a dinner at the county seat, to which all the county officers are invited, and they usually have a number of outside speakers. They discuss various topics of interest and of benefit to the county.

They had their annual dinner at Oregon a few nights ago, and in its report of the gathering, the Oregon Republican says:

“Col. Frank O. Lowden was among the guests of honor at the banquet, and spoke forcefully for a half hour on the subject of road improvement, showing what had been accomplished in other lands and other parts of our own country, the great value it will prove to northern Illinois, and the utter folly of further great waste of public money in the building of mud roads. Col. Lowden’s address met with prolonged applause, and it is safe to say that every gentleman and lady present, favors permanent hard roads.”

Col. Lowden owns and operates a splendid farm near Oregon, and he is one of the most enthusiastic advocates of good roads in the state. He has constructed, at his own expense, a mile or more of permanent highway, and has done much to bring about the improvement of the highways in Ogle County.

He does not believe in spending a dollar on roads improvement that is not permanent, and is of the opinion that good roads will add to the profit and comfort of the farmer and make his children more contented with farm life.

Col. Lowden is doing a great work in the interest of scientific agriculture. His heart is in his work, and he thinks it an ideal occupation.

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Plan to honor

Shelby Cullom

Democrats lead

a movement for

testimonial for

retiring senator

Shelby M. Cullom of Illinois, ranking member of the Senate and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who on March 4 will retire after 30 years’ continuous service, the third longest record of any senator since the foundation of the government, was given a testimonial today by the members of his committee at its final meeting.

Senator Bacon, senior Democratic member of the committee, started a movement to supply the committee a portrait of the retiring chairman and, in making a report, spoke of the affectionate regard with which he said the venerable Illinois statesman was held by all members.

Mr. Cullom is 84 years old, being ranked in point of age only by Senator Isaac Stephenson, who is but five months older. His record of continuous service is exceeded only by former Senator Morrill of Vermont, who served 36 years, beginning in 1867, and former Senator Allison of Iowa, who served 35 years, beginning in 1873.

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