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November 4, 2008

RANDOM THOUGHTS: A story of Defiance

Several years ago, I bought a book because of the title. It was named The Prize Winner, but under those large letters, the rest of the title was in small letters of Defiance, Ohio. Those words did it. For a number of years, we lived in Bryan, OH, located about 25 miles north of Defiance, and when we traveled south, we always passed through Defiance.

The book told the delightful true story of author Terry Ryan’s mother who raised 10 kids on 25 words or less. Because the father was an unreliable bread winner, the mother entered contests and was very successful. Later, it was made into a movie.

Last week, Defiance was in the national news because presidential candidate John McCain visited there during the waning days of the pre-election season. That sparked another personal memory of Oct. 15, 1953. On that date, newly-elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited Defiance and laid the cornerstone for the American World Library of American Study on the campus of Defiance College.

Located at the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne built Fort Defiance there in 1794 and a town evolved. Even though Eisenhower was president, he was admired because of his role as supreme commander of Allied troops in Europe during WWII. The town now had two famous generals in their history.

We are told that John McCain uses Theodore Roosevelt as a role model and perhaps he knew that in 1912, Teddy visited Defiance. He and William Howard Taft were competing to be the presidential candidate for the Republican Party. But I digress back to 1953. It is doubtful that anyone remembered the excitement of 1912 when Teddy came to town, but everyone in Defiance and the surrounding area was very excited about the upcoming Eisenhower visit. In those days, television was still in its infancy and even presidents were not seen often.

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