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Jackie's Attique column: Treasures spur memories

7:22 PM, Mar. 27, 2013  |  Comments
A 1968 print features a portrait John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy by Alton S. Tobey.
A 1968 print features a portrait John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy by Alton S. Tobey.
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Not all of the treasures our consignors bring us have a story. The story just wasn't passed to them. That happens many times with artwork or music. There was a framed art piece in our shop of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy. The print was done by Alton S. Tobey in 1968 when he was called upon to honor the Kennedys after the assassination. Tobey created "Brothers United," which has been reproduced by the thousands and distributed nationally.

The print in my shop brought back a memory to one of our customers, Frances Siemon of Schofield. She shared this story with me:

"Sometime in 1959 or 1960, John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert came to Wausau to campaign, staying at Hotel Wausau. They attended daily Mass. One day during their stay, they attended Mass at St. Therese Church. Father Krindenger was parish priest at the time. Aunt Mary Wortkovich, a parishioner of St. Therese, attended the same service. It was a cold day and the stairs to the church were rather slippery. President Kennedy took her arm and helped her up the stairs."

There is an article in the Wausau Daily Herald highlighting then-Sen. Kennedy's visit to the area. The date of the paper is Feb. 25, 1960. He was on a three-day tour of the north and central Wisconsin congressional districts.

One of our favorite treasures here at the shop is a Zenith Phonograph Stereo that was purchased in 1963. Many consignors bring in records to play - they also are for sale. We have some Hit of the Week Records from the '30s. They were made of a blend of paper and resin called durium. One of those records is Rudy Vallee singing "A Faded Summer Love." Another record that really takes you back in time is "You Too Can Be A Dreamer," sung by Patti Page. To hear these old tunes coming from the Zenith is a real joy and pleasure.

What treasures spur memories for you? I would love to hear about them, and I know others would too.

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