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Herbert Hoover Statue dedicated

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A statue of President Herbert Hoover is dedicated at West Branch elementary school.

Organizers say the President dedicated the school 53 years ago on his 80th birthday.

A school secretary came up with the idea.

Connie Laughlin said, “a year ago at Hoover-Days, I spoke to the Hoover Family and the Hoover Presidential Foundation board, asking for their support, and I received it."

Leslie Hoover-Lauble, Hoover’s great grand-daughter, spoke on behalf of the Hoover family. “Although great grand-dad  was not a man who chased accolades or recognition as you’ve heard already, I think he would be very pleased with the statue (which I haven’t seen yet), but I think he would like it,” she said. “The ability for a child or adult to sit next to him is such a wonderful thing. I’m so grateful to Connie and what she did, to get lots of dreams to come true, and thank you all, who have made this come true.”

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