O, FOR HISTORY: Nellie Taft, an Ohio girl

I’ve both read and used Audible/audiobooks with Doris Kearns Godwin’s THE BULLY PULPIT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT, and THE GOLDEN AGE OF JOURNALISM.

This morning, while busying myself around the house I pulled up the audiobook and hit a random starting point which landed on the deaths of Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother in the same house, on the same day.

Immediately after, while breakfasting on the deck, it turned to the courtship of two Cincinnatians, Nellie Herron and William Howard Taft.

I’ve always had a fascination with Nellie Taft who made several highlights as First Lady before being semi-stilled by a stroke. Her father was law partner with another Ohio giant, Rutherford B. Hayes who Nellie called “Uncle Rutherford.” Her first visit to The White House at age 16 was monumental enough to garner mention in President Hayes’ diary.

As I ate breakfast, I learned that Nellie enjoyed a vacation in a wonderful area near my home, Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was joined by her most earnest suitor, Will Taft.

While it is nothing remarkable, hearing of this Yellow Springs vacation brought Nellie Taft a little closer to home in never-ceasing and forever growing list of interests.

My goal each day is to learn a minimum of three (3) new things. Since I’ve read/listened to this book before, I’m sure the Yellow Springs nod has been on my radar, so I’m back at square one.

And that’s fine by me.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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