Monday Musings – February 29, 2016

Dear Friends,

This day is pure grace.  It’s an extra day, an extra gift from God, so let’s live it to the fullest!

I promised last week something today about a woman related to this church who earned a significant place in the history of both Idaho and the United States.  Her name is Gracie Pfost (pronounced “Post”).  I learned about her from her niece, Joanne Blanton.  (If you don’t know, Joanne is the one who makes your coffee Sunday mornings.)  I just wrote my article for the church newsletter.  I have more space to fill there so read it for more details.  Here is a shorter version about what is so cool about Joanne Blanton’s aunt, Gracie Pfost.

She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1952.  She was one of the first women elected to that body.  She was re-elected in 1954, 1956, 1958, and 1960.  She would have easily won re-election in 1962 too, except for the death in office of Idaho’s famous U.S. Senator, Henry Dworshak.  Gracie was persuaded to leave the House and run to fill his unexpired term in the Senate.  He was a Republican.  She was a Democrat.  Idaho, then as now, was heavily Republican.  Still she missed being elected to the Senate by a slim margin, 50.9% to 49.1%.  She lived the rest of her life serving in a presidential appointment in the Federal Housing Administration.  She only lived to be 59, but what a lot of living she squeezed into those 59 years!

My favorite story from Joanne is the one about the log rolling contest her aunt challenged her male opponent to in 1954.  She said, “If a man dumps a woman, he’s no gentleman.  If I dump him, I’m a superwoman.”  I’m thinking about suggesting that strategy to Hillary Clinton. There is some dispute as to whether Gracie fell into the icy water first or they fell off together.  Either way, she won the election.

I know from talking to many of you that you are very stressed over this election season.  From Marco Rubio’s big ears, to Donald Trump’s small hands, to Hillary Clinton wearing orange while she’s under investigation by the FBI, it’s been a bizarre campaign.  And nasty.  And it’s going to get a whole lot worse.  And so much is riding on our choice.

It’s been fun to do a little research today on Gracie Pfost.  I think she would have made a very good president.  I’m pretty sure she was a very good person, because they don’t come any better than her niece.

In Christ,

John

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