It's Presidents' Day and while Abraham Lincoln and George Washington both had birthdays in February, the day is actually set aside to honor all Presidents. And while kids learn about the presidents in school, here's a little trivia for you; you can learn a lot about more than a dozen of the presidents while shopping at Scheels in Sparks.
Today Abraham Lincoln drew the biggest crowd of the 14 presidents in what they call the Walk of Presidents on the second floor.
"He was our 16th president," five-year-old Scarlett Bell told me. "He lived in a log cabin, they called him Honest Abe and he's on the $5 bill."
Those may not be the most important parts of his presidency, but that is a very good start for a five year old.
And as for issues her mother knew that one.
"He was very much against slavery. I remember that one," she says with a laugh.
The replicas are dressed in period costumes and facts about each one are posted. According to Steve Scheel, they are the presidents he felt were most influential in our history and he wants everyone to know what they accomplished. So when Scheels was built in Sparks he added the Walk of Presidents and he's been putting them in the other super stores built since.
As for trivia, do you know what Harry S. Truman's middle name was? No one we talked to at Scheels today did. But here's the answer. President Truman didn't have a middle name. The S was the middle initial his parents agreed upon to satisfy both grandfathers, one named Solomon Young and the other named Anderson Shipp. It wasn't until he was president that someone pointed out it was grammatically incorrect without a period after the S. so one was added, yet there never was an actual middle name.
And while most people think John F. Kennedy was the youngest president to live in the White House, he wasn't. He was the youngest president elected to office at the age of 43. But Theodore Roosevelt was Vice President at the age of 42 and when William McKinnley died in office, Roosevelt became president and moved into the White House.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:44:54 GMT
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