The recent meeting of the Sesame Club was held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
President Bonnie McClure opened the meeting with the membership reciting the Collect. After the business meeting, McClure introduced Pat Reese, who presented the sixth program, “President Abraham Lincoln”, in the year’s study, The Sesquicentennial of the War between the States.
Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Harden County, Ky. The family moved to Indiana when he was 7. His mother died a year later and his father married a widow with three children. She brought a great warmth into the family and Lincoln described her as his best friend in the world.
In 1837, he moved to Springfield, Ill., and began to study law books, got his law license and started a law practice. He was 33 when he married Mary Ann Todd. Abe and Mary shared a sense of humor, love of politics and a healthy dose of ambition. They had four sons – William who died a month before his 4th birthday, Edward who died at 11, Thomas was 18 when he died, and Robert Todd Lincoln who lived to adulthood.
In 1860, Lincoln was elected the 16th president. The next four years were dark and difficult. On April 12,1861, the Confederate forces attacked the Union forces at Fort Sumpter, Charleston, S.C. On Jan. 1, 1863, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. However, he did not have the constitutional authority to abolish slavery and no power over the Confederacy. The 13th amendment that abolished slavery passed Dec. 18, 1865.
Lincoln was re-elected president in 1964. On April 9, 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant. Lincoln was there, too, but he felt Grant should accept the surrender. Five days later, April 14, Lincoln was shot in the head at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., by John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor. He died the next day.
Following the program, members were invited to tables decorated with blue and white cloths, antique egg baskets holding blue and white vases, blue and white ceramic eggs, lemons, and bouquets of daffodils, forsythia, pussy willows, hyacinths, and hydrangeas. The hostesses were Cindy Trotter, Trudy Pascale and Katy Walt.