Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lady Bird Johnson and the JW Hershey Towboat Connection

1967 Lady Bird Johnson Photo Courtesy of web site.

A recent 42N post centered on watching the towboat, JW Hershey maneuver through the Mississippi River's Lock and Dam #16. Digging a bit further in the history of the vessel I came across this interesting story.

According to the December 1967 edition of the Quincey, Illinois newspaper, then US president Lyndon Johnson's wife, Lady Bird (Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson) made a tour of the American Midwest. Her trip included a special lunch aboard the then two year old JW Hershey towboat. The meal featured catfish, which she thoroughly enjoyed enough to take time to write a handwritten note of thanks to the ship's owner. Know that.

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