Pauline Wayne, President Taft’s cow

William Howard Taft (27th, 1909-1913) was the last president to own a cow which provided the White House with milk and butter. Pauline Wayne, seen in front of the Executive Office Building next to the White House, was a Holstein cow (a Dutch-bred dairy cow) and was the Taft’s second cow, replacing Mooly Wooly who died suddenly in 1910 after being owned by the Taft’s for about a year and a half. It was reported Mooly Wooly ate too many oats which caused digestive issues, resulting in her untimely death. Nicknamed Miss Wayne, the cow was purchased for the Taft’s by Wisconsin Senator Isaac Stephenson and grazed on the grounds of the White House from 1910-1913. Pauline Wayne gave birth to a young bull on the White House grounds and he was named Big Bill, after Taft himself. She was considered more pet than livestock to the Taft family, residing in the presidents stables next to the Taft’s fleet of cars, and it was reportedly a sad day when the family moved out of the White House and had to ship Pauline to Wisconsin to graze on a farm there. She reportedly lived many years more in Wisconsin in good health.

Image credit: White House Historical Association”

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What to do, or not to do on Memorial Day

1. Don’t wish a Veteran a Happy Memorial day. There is nothing happy about the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. But always be happy to enjoy the freedoms they provided you.

2. It’s not really a holiday. It is a holy day. It’s a remembrance of those who died in combat or in service.

3. When you BBQ, grill or cookout make sure you remember why we have this long weekend. Tell your kids and grandkids why it’s important.

4. Remember its not just about the “heroes” of movie and book fame, it’s also about that private who landed at Normandy, Baghdad, Vietnam, Korea or countless other battlefields large and small and died 2 minutes into his first combat action.

5. If you want to know the true meaning, visit Arlington or your local VA cemetery. Learn the story of why there are coins on the graves.

6. Patriotism is a great thing, show a flag in remembrance, but make sure its a flag of the US not some political movement (BLM, Blue stripe, Rebel flag etc).

7. This weekend is not about you or me. Talk about Chesty Puller, George Patton, John Basilone, Dakota Meyer, Kyle Carpenter, Ira Hayes, Chris Kyle and any other heroes too numerous to name.

8. Keep remembrances, and the real burden for warriors who now stand their post in front of God and history.

9. Say a prayer… and then another.

10. Remember the fallen for all the good they did while they were here.

11. Reach out and let a Vet know you are there, and you care. We are losing too many in “peace time”.

Happy July 4th! Do you know what happened today in history?

Today in History July 4

1712 12 slaves are executed for starting an uprising in New York that killed nine whites.
1776 The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock–President of the Continental Congress–and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary. The state of New York abstains from signing.
1817 Construction begins on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River.
1826 Two of America’s founding fathers–Thomas Jefferson and John Adams–die.
1831 The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, dies at the age of 73.
1845 Henry David Thoreau begins his 26-month stay at Walden Pond.
1855 Walt Whitman publishes the first edition of Leaves of Grass at his own expense.
1861 Union and Confederate forces skirmish at Harpers Ferry.
1862 Charles Dodgson first tells the story of Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole during a picnic along the Thames.
1863 The Confederate town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant.
1881 Billy the Kid is shot dead in New Mexico.
1894 After seizing power, Judge Stanford B. Dole declares Hawaii a republic.
1895 The poem America the Beautiful is first published.
1901 William H. Taft becomes the American governor of the Philippines.
1910 Race riots break out all over the United States after African American Jack Johnson knocks out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.
1931 Novelist James Joyce and Nora Barnacle are married in London after being together for 26 years.
1934 Boxer Joe Louis wins his first professional fight.
1946 The United States grants the Philippine Islands their independence.
1960 The 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia.
1976 An Israeli raid at Entebbe airport in Uganda rescues 105 hostages.
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