July 3 - 1957: Ike plans to vacation here

1957: President Eisenhower to vacation on Cape Cod. 1924: Canal shares selling for a good price in New York

1957: The President on vacation

Eisenhower rumored to visit Oyster Harbors on Cape Cod

On this day in 1957 rumors were flying that the very popular Republican President and hero-general of Allied Forces in World War II was going to spend his July Fourth Holiday on Cape Cod.

See, it isn't only Democrats (JFK, Clinton and Obama) who choose these sandy climes for their holidays, even a Kansan conservative like Dwight David Eisenhower came here too.

Doubts were raised because Congress was in the midst of an early Civil Rights bill and the President might have had to delay the visit for another week or two which in fact turned out to be the case as reports a week later stated.

His record and doll

ike-i__like_200As President, "Ike" Eisenhower oversaw the cease-fire of the Korean War, kept up the pressure on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, made nuclear weapons a higher defense priority, launched the Space Race, enlarged the Social Security program, and began the Interstate Highway System which extended Route I-95 to the Cape.

The political pin is from the 1952 election when he won the first of his two terms as President during the most peaceful eight years in the last half century.

The joke at the time was "Have you seen the new Eisenhower Doll? 

You wind it up and for eight years and it doesn't do a damned thing."


1924: Three hundred Cape Cod Canal shares selling for $95,422

On this day in 1924 the New York Times reported:

150 shares Boston, Cape Cod and New York Canal Company common; $95,4..69 lot. 215 shares Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co; $1 lot.

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