The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


September 16, 2013

Love and a Limousine



The Winget auto trip was from Chicago to Philadelphia, and on around the east coast. The story is told through press clippings and personal letters. This was in a day when everyone on a trip would write back to relatives with the details of almost every moment of a trip. They would, at the very least, send a penny postcard a few times per week. In addition, they might also keep a diary. Writing was a normal daily task for all educated people in the country. Every hotel had a writing room complete with desks, stationery, pens, and ink wells. This correspondence was the e-mail of its day.


During the course of this great trip that Dan and his friend took, the roads are described as excellent! … at a time when highways west of the Mississippi were almost nonexistent, (this was before the 20’s and the Lincoln Highway!) It seemed to have been a leisurely trek, and while the group of young men and women socialized throughout the trip’s days and nights, love bloomed between Fred and Helen. They later married, and one fine day several months later, Dan Winget got a note from the newly-married couple who happen to be staying in the bridal suite at The Lafayette Hotel.


They asked Dan and his wife to get all their young friends together for a party. The host couple did that, and amidst the many entertainments which they arranged during the following week, was attendance at what was probably Buffalo Bill’s last “Wild West Show.” (People stayed for long periods when visiting or honeymooning). Buffalo Bill had been doing them for several decades following his career with the railroad shooting buffalo. His shows were very entertaining and, as-advertised, “wild”. They included shootings, Indians, chase scenes, stagecoaches, arrows, lassoes and all the accoutrements of later cowboy films! They were done live for the entertainment of huge crowds, in tents…like a circus, which were also very common and popular.

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