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On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 the National celebration to commemorate the
200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln began. Events are
scheduled throughout the year.  See how KENTUCKY will celebrate.

Wednesday, morning, February 20, 1924, The State Journal (Frankfort, KY)


Philadelphia, Pa.  Feb. 12, A.P.  -  Clothes worn by Abraham Lincoln when he was assassinated in Fords Theatre,
Washington, by John Wilkes Booth today were sold at public auction here for $6,500.  They consisted of an old black
suit, the collar stained with the life blood of the martyred president, the trousers wrinkled, a badly torn overcoat and a
faded sick stock.
Bidding opened at $500 and rose rapidly to the sale price, when the lot was knocked down to a bidder who age his
name as "Mr. Douglas".
The back and arms of the overcoat had been clipped by souvenir hunters, but the dark silk lining was intact. The
garments were originally presented by Mrs. Lincoln to Alphonso Dunn, a White House door keeper of whom the
president had been found.

Other historical relics sold at the auction included a pin cushion presented to George Washington at the age of six,
which brought $75.
Autographed volume of Woodrow Wilson's writings brought prices ranging from $27 to $52.

Wednesday, morning, July 21, 1925, The State Journal (Frankfort, KY)


It is not generally known to the people of this county, but for many years one of the closest relatives President Lincoln
had was a resident of the Bridgeport community.  His name was John Sparrow, which the neighbors had corrupted into
Spier, and a few knew him by any other name. He was a first cousin of the martyred President, was much like his
distinguished kinsman in boyhood and remembers him well.  Mr. Sparrow was small in statue, but in facial expression
resembled Mr. Lincoln closely, wearing the same full chin whiskers and was a modest retiring farmer, who delighted in
fishing and hunting.  His home was near the waters of South Benson in the deep holes of which he cast a frequent line.

Mr. Sparrow was an expert bee hunter and excelled in locating the home of the wild bee and robbing it of its store of
honey.  He made his home in the later years of his life with his daughter, Mrs. Sam Shingleton and there he died
some six or eight years ago and sleeps in the quiet of a country grave yard.  On the eight of November 1911, the
statue of Mr. Lincoln presented to the State by Mr. James B. Speed, of Louisville, was unveiled at the new Capitol with
appropriate ceremonies and the school at Bridgeport was dismissed in order to give the scholars and opportunity of
being present.

The school boys, however, became so noisy as to prevent the address of Hon. Henry Waterson from being heard and
had to be put out of the building.  A son of Mrs. Shingleton was in the party and in excluding him from the house the
only relative of Mr. Lincoln present was prevented from witnessing the honors heaped upon the memory of his
distinguished relative.


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