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Danville Register, The (Newspaper) - May 7, 1972, Danville, VirginiaA Preim and pitifully frail but i mind is Clear As the Register Danville to sunday May 7 1972 a Harry Truman at 88 years age has built Wall around him making him prisoner of House 77 he is an old Man now with the privileges of old Truman nearly years put of the White House he is revered As or president but restricted As or citizen he knew it would come i feel like completely private citizen and 1 dont sup pose Ever will he said once its still almost impossible to do As other people do even though Ive tried you cant Al ways As you want to be after youve been under those Bright lights on May 8 another birthday eighty eight his friends will gather As they Al ways do at the hotel Ruehie Bach to lunch to Praise and to Light candles on hear shaped Petit fours for the seventh straight year raise glasses of Sherry in Toast to an empty High Back red leather chair Truman the who always loved cronies camaraderie and Good conversation is too feeble to be there age has built a Wall around Truman isolating him from his friends making him a prisoner of his House his appearance is a Shock to those who remember his ebullient Good health As presi Dent he looks drawn and thin frail his false Teeth give him trouble and slur his speech his eyes always weak look enormous and stary behind thick lenses he hears badly his mind is Clear As Crystal said h Roe Bartle a and his awareness and interest in the world today on every current event Hes got an opinion of what we ought to do and Why we ought to do it Bartle said he talks about legislation before the Congress hell get Down to Little Calls and i do for instance Hubert Bert vice confide that he has minute things he never a Man by name like you Humphrey president sen he the former he always gives the title it is always an indication of respect for the title that he holds Thomas Hart Benton the distinguished artist painted tru mans portrait last year the old Man looks better As an Oid Man than he did As a Young Man said Benlon himself 83 you get that fat off of him and you see that chickenhawk1 face and also his sensitivity you would never think of Harry Truman As being sensitive but he Hes not fat and bothered with All the defences a politician has to put up with you didst Ever see the real Man you saw Only the mask but Truman sister Mary Jane said a Little sadly i dont know he Doest look a thing like he used to he Al ways had a full face and Al ways looked so Well he takes a miserable picture now Hes so thin and Hes always taken such a Nice picture the Benton portrait standing pictures of Harry their brother Vivian who died in 1965 and Ter Mother who lived to be nearly 95 she talked of their childhood our parents always taught us to be honest in our dealings with everybody and one of the things they stressed was that we had to respect older people we were Wilh our grandmother on mamas Side for a number of years i fell we lived like everybody else but maybe we didst we just grew up and did whal we believed in we made any decisions we to Slick by in jul cilium Puii Iau Sia Naina former Kansas City mayor and on an easel in the lobby of the one of the few friends who Sec Harry s Truman presidential him regularly he keeps Library dismayed Emp loves at abreast of the times rarely first it shows a White haired reminisces he wants to talk old Man engrossed in a Book warehouse Sale aluminium siding save hundreds of dollars this week we Hove just received a Large shipment of the new Timber tone aluminium siding and want it to move out at once we do the Complete Job for free estimates at no obligation Call Ell Sstewart co 7934281 appetite for politics former president Harry s Truman poses with a couple of campaigning visitors then vice president Hubert h Humphrey and sen Edmund mus Kie at his Home in Independence to in 1968 now on the eve of his 88th birthday Truman awareness of and interest in the world and politics Little minute things As a Friend puts it a news Cayures photo held in gnarled arthritic Fin Gers the shirt Collar arid suit Are Loose about All that familiar is the Hawk nose made More prominent by the lines in Truman face like All Benton paintings its scrupulously do Bellor hearing snarls Here Allens 407 main Street your authorized a Skull now said you can see the Man ailed Hes Benton without the jowls and the fat he has no need now to put on an act any kind of Public act so he relaxes now Hes a very interesting old Man the association below eco the artist and Truman began in 1960 when Benton painted in dependence and the opening of the West a 495square foot mural in the lobby the Library we got to be pretty Good friends Benton said this is an Amzand thing for an artist and a politician Harry Truman and 1 Are two men who can sit in a room alone and drink a Glass of whisky and feel at ease you know what i mean now there is no other politician i can do thai none of them Benlon had to cd to paint Truman in 1963 when the for Mer president still went to the Library he Hast done since 1965 Truman posed willingly Benlon said but i was constantly interfered with by office workers the women wanted him to look like Clark Gable and the politicians be tons hands went up in exasperation i finally Lold him i can do this and he let me off the Hook then last year we got to la in ing about that Effort we were laughing about that and i said hell Why nol try again and he said Why not so i did this l t Allen hearing a id dealer select from our Many styles and types of Quality Zenith living sound hearing aids designed for particular hearing needs choose from 21 models painting and in glad i waited because its More interesting the artist made four trips to the Truman Home for sketches then painted in his garage Stu Dio in Kansas City mrs tru Man saw it and said that him says Benton what the leu More do you want docs Truman like it Bess docs Benton replies that enough Ine things that please Bess have always been enough for Truman she was his childhood the aristocratic athlete that the Bookish farm boy Truman wooed and won she was the Only girl he Ever daled and loved she was his Secretary in the Senate she was his unobtrusive confidant and supported when he was presi Dent now 87 herself still doing most of the shopping cooking and housework she is with him constantly zealously guarding his privacy i dont think she likes to leave Harry too much said Mary Jane Truman theres always somebody on hand but age Nohs if you have hearing problems you Are invited to come in and see a certified hearing Aid Oudi Logist with 20 years experience in fitting and testing hearing losses free hearing test Coll 7922042 for appointment Zenith a Mility Zanini 1 Money if m a Tiff return your Herl avg to within of Purchase Yox will by to Welcome you with open arms when you come there and mrs makes you fee like youre the president in Stead of visiting the presi Dent says Bartle the president has Good Days and he has bad Days if its a bad Day and i want to bring somebody out Shell suggest another Day ii its somebody from out of town and i say can we have two minutes Shell always Saj yes on such a visit he tells Truman just want to say hello weve got to hurry got an other engagement Bartle a Hearty Mountain of a Man laughs now miss Bess she loves that because if the old boy isl feeling up to Par tha Day she Doest want to be imposing on him i can get in there and get out of there fas Ter than any 300pound Guy you Ever saw recently Bartle and sen Mike gravel Dalaska Sharec a speakers platform grave said he had always wanted to meet Truman with Only a few minutes notice to the Truman Bartle look him to Independence we walked in and i Truman with a twinkle in his eyes said yep ill Tell you youve been a Good senator Bartle recounted and knew the legislation gravel had voted for where he had not cast his ballot and where hed j been negative Well in Over whelmed me now Why should a Man who is 87 years old study the records of senators so he knew what he voted for and what he voted against grave also had something Toi Tell Truman in the 50s when the sex president was visiting new York gravel was studying at Columbia University and driving a cab part time you were taking your morning walk he told Truman i drove very slowly up to the curb and stuck my hand up and said Good morning or presi Dent its Good to see you and you turned to me and said Young Man you look Good to me just make something of if were supposed them the boys both had diphtheria and i was sent to my grandmothers so i didst have t Harry was for Al nost a year he had started to school and was in the second Jrade or maybe the third 1 wheeled him around in my Aby buggy for close to a year remember mama telling Aboul How it happened we vere at the dinner Lable and he ook drink of milk and it All a me Oul of his Mouth his ongue was paralysed they vent after the doctor who said red been expecting in because Harry was so weak that the Way it started that he read so much Timian Learned to read when in was about 4 from then on i read everything 1 could get my hands on he wrote once i histories and encyclopedias and everything else before i was 12 i had read everything Mark Twain had published up to that time the Home Library on the Truman farm was thought to be uie largest Pri vate collection in town the Reading habit begun Young and nurtured through life has served Truman Well in his old age Bartle who reads Between his Knees will be in the front passenger seat next to retired police i Mike West Wood mrs Truman is in Back Wilh a secret service car discreetly behind drive the new blocks to the Independence Public Library where mrs Truman gathers an Arm Load of books the Well stocked Well patronized Library has rows of shelves filled with publications of the daughters of the Ameri can revolution but on a recent Day Only four books on tru Man including his two volumes of memoirs the Only reminder that this Library is in a former presidents Home town is a Small picture High on one Wall showing Truman bending Down to listen to his aged Mother Independence is used to the Rumans and their drives around own attract Little Atten Tion the secret service which has rented a House across from the Home interferes with Well meaning nuisances Only on nod from mrs Truman the old mans great Pride is he Crescent shaped Indiana Limestone building that houses Phe Memorabilia and private papers of the Truman administration and of Many who served it through nearly eight years Truman has been there Only twice since when president Nixon presented the Library with his White House piano and last Christmas when daughter Margaret Truman Daniel and her four sons persuaded the Truman to see a see Truman Page a 300 books a year says he is overwhelmed with the books Truman has in his Home j in the Field of history said j Bartle 1 think Hes the Best read Man Ive Ever known he can Tell you every War that was fought who the generals were and where the decisive Battles took place it can overwhelm people to realize that this Man has retained his memory thai he does have knowledge and Hes always right from the Reading room of the 105yearold Truman Home it was built by Bess grand father he can look out on Busy 15th Street renamed Truman Road the main Highway to Kansas City 15 Miles West in in is the huge chair shown in a cantons painting bookshelves arc floor to ceiling on rec sides and Over the window of the fourth and even dials not enough to j satiate his Reading appetite on Many a Day the Truman Light Green Chrysler will pull out of the driveway on the North Delaware Street Side of the Bouse a Cane Refuge for a president Twenty years away from the while House Harry s Truman life is now almost wholly contained in this Home on n Delaware Street to his privacy Here is zealously guarded by his wife who is with him constantly the former president is 88 on May 8 and he is now too feeble to go out much except for Short drives a news features photo yourself after the visit gravel common cd i never forgot he was just As Friendly to me when i was just a cab Driver he didst know then that i would he a senator from Alaska the Story illustrates a facet Aboul Truman thai his is Sci probably knows Best Harry has always been Down to Earth being president never changed him any she said As mama said just be in the key of b natural and that whal All of us have always been we didst pretend anything we were not he had experienced enough he get up and fall there Hay Tobe pc pc Wpc up somebody in in non w too much keeping away people might brighten his Days Mary Jane Shell be 83 in a gust in younger than har not Allen cronies and another Friend theres no question Hes got to be protected at every moment lonely undoubtedly i would hate to be in his position Hes used to people and contacts in the world and Mary Jane Wilh sisterly concern even our family Doest go As often i think its belter not to 407 main Street shopping Center called Truman Corners she still drives her own car and often makes the 30minute trip to visit her brother his visits to her when the weather is Nice Are prob ably the longest trips Truman makes these Days i dont think anyone Ever had two better Brothers than i m i to j w owners Man i Charles Hipsh the president had said miss Mary Jane i t m to Rena l 1 of a Kansas City Bank is a weekly visitor along with his brother Sam Hes never sex think he married Lalor than to would have because he thought Hotd have to look after mama in cased loneliness Charles and Lush said is always seems her living room is filled with when the Hope Taylor Burton and five other famous rocks show up at first National that some window dressing Taylor Burton Diamo Cir duplicate come in to first National and feast your eyes on the 50 Carat Indore pears from India the 10895 Carat Kohinoor Origi Nally owned by a Malwan Rajah and the rest there Diamond in simulated Dia mond duplicates so Good you have to be a jeweler to know them from the real Mccoy a Little around the world window shopping fun Courtesy of first National Bank of Donville member Odic the firs National Bank Mimier Odic

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