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Mark Simonson

October 20, 2012

Better road brought people together in October 1932


The Hon. John D. Clarke of Fraser, near Delhi, was next to speak, and with 1932 being a presidential election year, gave a plug for President Herbert Hoover, urging that “regardless of politics everyone in the country should place themselves squarely behind the constructive program and give their chosen leader a chance to work out his plan.” Clarke said that despite three or four years of depressed business in the United States there had not been an attempt at an uprising to overthrow the government.

In closing, Clarke said, “As you dedicate this highway through this beautiful valley, I urge you to remember that your friendships should not be forgotten. Don’t forget that it is part of your duty as Americans to make your community better; and see that the United States is not broken down through the lack of your influence.”

Following Clarke’s address, a play was presented on the open-air platform, called “The Truth for a Day.” It was given by young women of Charlotteville, dealing with the reputation for truthfulness of George Washington and presented in view of the 200th anniversary of his birth. “This presentation was well done and was keenly enjoyed,” The Star wrote.

On Monday: For $250,000, you were in for a bid on a mansion in Delaware County in 1992.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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