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Post office custodian Henry Oswald polishes the plaque honoring President Kennedy, which replaced the original plaque. That plaque would be removed later that year and replaced with still another plaque (inset), which still hangs in the lobby today.

Party politics plagued Monmouth’s postal plaque

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Sen. Everett Dirksen
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Townspeople line up outside the post office on Feb. 11, 1961, to tour the new facility. Its memorial plaque honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been removed prior to the open house.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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