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From our archives: Why not Walgreen for top GOP post?

What we thought: 75 years ago

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Charles R. Walgreen 1873-1939 The founder and leader of the Walgreen drugstore firm was promoted by the Telegraph as a possible member of the Republican National Committee.
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Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 Once the recipient of a swift kick to the shin by an impatient boy, Lincoln didn't let that stop him from being elected president in 1860 and 1864.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Telegraph on April 22 and 25, 1939.

Walgreen for GOP

National Committee

The Illinois Republican State Central Committee will meet in Springfield Saturday of this week to nominate a member of the Republican National Committee to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the late George F. Harding. There are a number of candidates, we understand, and a spirited contest is in prospect for the Saturday meeting.

The Telegraph suggests a man who has not been heretofore mentioned for this position but who is eminently qualified – Charles R. Walgreen of Dixon and Chicago.

Mr. Walgreen, head of the nationwide drugstore firm which bears his name and which he founded and built into one of the nation’s important business enterprises, is a thorough-going Republican whose sound business counsel and patriotic Americanism are needed by and would be invaluable to the Republican National Committee. He would command the respect of Illinoisans and the voters of the United States.

So far as Illinois politics are concerned, the name of Charles R. Walgreen would also be a particularly happy choice for national committeeman because he is allied with no one of the various factions in state politics and never has been. He has never been a candidate for office and certainly is not classed as a politician in the generally accepted use of the word.

And, so far as the nation is concerned, the Republican National Committee would, in our opinion, be measurably strengthened by the inclusion in its membership of this man whose direct, simple, clear thinking is so greatly needed in the counsels of the nation in these very critical times.

The outstanding ability and character of C.R. Walgreen and his freedom from alliances with any of the party factions certainly recommend him as an ideal choice for the important post of national committeeman, and The Telegraph respectfully suggests that the members of the state committee give careful consideration to this proposal. – April 25, 1939

Leaderless

government

With President Roosevelt away on vacation, the news leaked out that two more major New Deal policies had run head on into each other.

The official position of the administration presumably is to strafe Mussolini, Hitler and Japan. But Secretary Wallace has been caught selling the dictator countries foodstuffs far below cost in an effort to solve his huge farm muddle.

Paul Mallon, Washington correspondent, discovered that in one instance, wheat bought by Mr. Wallace’s minions had been sold for shipment to Germany at 381/2 cents. Wheat was selling on the Chicago market to Americans at 70 cents.

In another instance, wheat bought by the government at 721/2 cents a bushel has been shipped to Shanghai (held by the [Japanese]) at prices ranging from 39 to 40 cents.

The plain fact is that Secretary Hull wants to get rid of dictators, but Secretary Wallace, with his farm program collapsing, wants more desperately to get rid of wheat. – April 22, 1939

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