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W A T C H E S
THE ILLINOIS WATCH C0. SPRINGFIIELD
THIS NEW WATCH
WASNAMEDIN HONOROFTHE FOREMOST C I T I Z E N OF O U R C I T Y, O N E OF T H E GREATEST AMERICANS OF A L L TIMES, W H O W A S A PERSONAL FRIEND AND CONFIDANT OF THE PARENTS OF MANY OF
O U R EMPLOYEES, ‐-‐ WHOSE F I N A L R E S T I N G P L A C E I S B U T A SHORT DISTANCEFROMOUR DOOR AND WHOSE MEMORY AMERICA T O D AY R E V E R E S .
ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1809-1865
LINCOLN'BSBIRBTEBPLACE, HEODGENVXILLE, KENTUCKY
L I N C O L N
LINCOLN once told an interviewer that the storyof hisearlylifemightbetoldin the singlelinefromGray’sElegy,
"“The short and simple annals of the poor.”
HewasborninalogcabininKentucky. His boyhood and adolescence knew only thegrindinghardshipsofpovertyandthe insatiate hunger f o r knowledge.
”"All of his life he was a solitary man communing with himself.”
When he came to New Salem,Illinois, he was twenty-two. He was one of the
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"“long nine” of the Illinois general assem‐ bly who made an indelible impress upon Illinois. They secured the transfer of the state capitalfromVandaliatoSpringfield. Lincoln followed this political act by moving to the n e w capital to make it his home.
OnaMarchdayin 1837,astrideabor‐ rowed horse, he stopped before Joshua Speed’s s t o r e on the w e s t side of the public square of that village of mud streets and twelvehundredpeople. Twosaddlebags contained his possessions. That day he had received his license to practice law.
"“Speed, I have come to Springfield to live.”
The furniture he selected for his r o o m amountedto seventeendollars. “"IfI am successfulin the practiceof the law,Ihope I can pay you by Christmas,” said he,to which Speed replied: “"you don’'t have to paymeuntilyouareready;buthowwould youliketo goup-stairsandsharemyr o o m anddoublebed?” Lincolnreturnedina
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few minutes: "“Speed, I have moved in.” The t w o livedin that r o o muntil1841.
His first law office was in the block north. HispartnerWwaes JohnT. Stuart,the first president of the IllinoisWatchCom‐ pany. Stuart w e n t to Congress. Lincoln regularlydividedtheproceedsofthepart‐ nership, wrapping Stuart’s in a paper, marked "Stuart’s half.” It occupied a place of security on a shelf, awaiting Stuart’s r e t u r n or instructions.
Lincoln married Mary Todd in a pre‐ tentious brick residence that stood on the site where the State has erected a Centen‐
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nial memorial to its admission to the Union. The newly weds w e n t to the Globe Tavemrnfiwrhere they lived almost t w o years and recommended it to friends as a good tavern "where board and room may hbe had at four dollars a week.” Their first childwas bornin this oldhostelry.
In 1844,Lincolnpurchased,for fifteen hundred dollars, the only property he ever owned‐a modest story and a half cottage.
While he was on one of his journeys over the circuit,Mrs.Lincolnrenewedthe roofandmadeit atwo-storyhouse.
Returning, he pretended n o t to know h h i i s s o o w w n n h h o o u u s s e e ; ; c c a a l l l l i i n n g g t t o o a a n n e e i i g g h h b b o o r r : : e" I ‘ I amAbe Lincoln;I ’ mlookingf o r myhouse; I thought it was over there; I think I m u s t be lost.”
Lincolnenjoyedhishome,playedthere with his and his neighbor’s children and, at evening stretched himself f u l l length on the parlor floor with his head resting uponanupturnedchairtoread. Hewas
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aroused o n e evening from this comfort to answer a call at the door and told his visi‐ t t o o r r s s : : "“ I I ’ ’ Il l l t t r r o o t t t t h h e e w w o o m m e e n n f f o o l l k k s s o o u u t t . . ” ”
Lincoln’s second law partner was StephenT. Logan. HisthirdwasWilliam H.Herndonwhomhejoinedin1843. Ad‐ dressinghim afiffectionately as“Billy,” he said,astheystartedtheircareer:“"Billy,if you trust me asmuchasI trust you,we will have no difflfiiculty.”
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roomwhichLincolnandSpeedhadoccu‐ pied. Onthedaybeforehisdeparturefor Washington,,Liincolnvisited the 0o1l d offlfiice. He lay upon a sofa. With his eyes to the ceiling, he remarked: "I have come to havealongtalkwithyou. We havenever had a cross word during all these years.” Ashewent away,thebcreakingsigndrew his attention: "“let it hang there undis‐ turbed; give o u r clients to understandthat election to the presidency makes no changes in the fi r m of Lincoln & Hem‐
It was rainingandsleetingthemorning
of February 11, 1861, when Lincoln, his family and a few intimates boarded a spe‐ cial train for Washington at the Wabash station. To a small group of sad faces, Lincolnspokefromtherearplatformhis immortalfarewell to Springfield:
"Myfriends,noonenotin mysituation c a n appreciate my feeling of sadness at thisparting To thisplace,andthekindness of thesepeople,I owe everything. HereI
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L L I I N N C C O O L L N N M M E E M M O O R R I I A A L L , , W W A A S S H H I N I G N T G O N N , , D1 3 . . C 0 . .
have lived a quarter loff a century, and
Here my children have been born, and
o n e is buried. I n o w leave, n o t knowing
when or whether ever I may return, with
a task before me greater than that which
rested upon Washington. Without the
assistance of that Divine Being who ever
attendedhimI cannotsucceed. Withthat
assistanceI cannootftafaiil. TrustinginHim,
and be everywhere for good, let us coan‐
fi/dentlyhopethatallwillyetbewell. To 3’P y
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His c a r e commending you, as I hope in yourprayerrsiv“youwillcommendme,I bid you an afi‘ectionatefarewell.”
On the morning of the day of his as‐ sassination, he rode with Mrs. Lincoln ;gthrough Washington, reflecting on the
end of the w a r and fixing the time when theycould"eseesetttlledownoncemorein our old Springfield home and end o u r lives among the friends of o u r early days. I wishit mightbesoon.”
: ’ These touches are added to the picture 0” tothrowintohighlighthisaffectionfor 0”tthe little house, and the city in which he
lived the momentous formative twenty‐ five years of his life.
It has been said that Lincoln acquired muchofhisbroadknowledgeofmenand of political affairs by his association with The Sangamo Journal in whose offlfiice he read the exchanges, kept in touch with politics the country over and wrote edi‐ torfiialsforhisfriend,SimeonFrancis,from
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standing. Here he read the telegram an‐ nouncing his nomination and“observed thathewouldbetter“tellthelittlewobman downthe street the news.”
Onlyafewfeetfromthespotwherehe stopped on the day he reached Springfield tomakeit hishomestoodthenewcapitol
of Illinois. In itsHallofRepresentatives, Lincoln was nominated by the Republic‐ ans, on June 16, 1858, to the United States senate against StephenA. Douglalas».?«~i’, ' Accepting the honor he made the celev- -.'; bhrated "House Divided Against Itself” l speech. Thehistorian,A.C.McLaughlin says of it: "“with the exception of the
Gettysburgaddress,it was Lincoln’smost famous speech.”
Fro m his nomination to the presidency tohisdeparturefortheinauguration,Lin‐ coln’s headquarters were the Governor’s r o o m in this building. Adjoining his o o fflfii c c e e w w a a s s t t h h a a t t o o f f N N e e w w t t o o n n B B a a t t e e m m a a n n , , S S u u p p e e r r ‐ ‐ intendent of Public Instruction, and one of the pioneers in developing the
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State’s c o m m o n school system. In this room Lincoln met citizens and delega‐ tions,artists,newspapermenandpolitical leaderswhocamein greatcrowdsfromall parts of the nation.
To Batemanhedeploredtheattitudeof Springfield’s ministers who were known to stand twenty against and only three forhiselection. e"G“Godcared,humanity cares,” said he sadly to Bateman, “"and if they (the ministers) don’t, they surely have n o t read their Bibles aright.”
After his election he slipped away for an hour or t w o , ashe could take them, to a dark, dingy, unromantic,hare r o o m on the third floor of a store building,across from the capitol and there penned his wonderfulfirst inauguraladdress,one of the nation’s greatest political and legal documents that " w i l l e v e r hear compari‐ son withthe efforts of Washington,Jeflff'er‐ son and Adams.”
In thiscapitolGovernorYates,overthe protests of powerful advisors;, chose U. S.
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Grant to lead an Illinois regiment; Lin‐ coln selected John Hay to be o n e of,] his secretaries and started on his public ca‐ r e e r o n e of America’s m o s t distinguished diplomats and statesmen. In the hall ‘ where his“"House Divided AgainstItself” speech was delivered, Lincoln’s body lay in state, while seventy-five thousand peo‐ plepassedbeforehisopencofflfiin. Hisfu‐ neral train had arrived at the Chicago & Alton station, an hour late, at nine
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o’clock on the morning of May 3, 1865.
After the funeral ceremonies his body ' _w w a a s s p p l l a a c c e e d d i i 1i r : a a j j a a u u l l t t i i n n O O a a k k R R i i d d g g e e c c e e m m e e ‐ ‐ tery. It hasbeentransferred3anumberof times but n o w rests in the north crypt 0of the impressive m o n u m e n t a bereaved dipiation erected on a knoll in that ceme‐ ttery. -Here come the people of all lands, nearly one hundred thousand of themin 1923 and among them every distinguished foreignervisitingin this countrythatyear, ‐-‐ Clemenceau,LloydGeorge,Zangwill,
Haller, Paderewski, Nansen.
Of this city and this tomb Stephen S.
Wise, the eminent Jewish scholar said: "“surely there w i l l hbe no dissenting from my thought that the two chiefest and h h o o l l i i e e s s t t s s h h r r i i n n e e s s o o f f A A m m e e r r i i c c a a a a r r e e t t o o bh e e f f o o u u n n d d on the bank of the Potomac and wWiitthin this city of Illinois. . . . His tomb at
Springfield is no less sacred and precious than the grave at M t . Vernon, each a r e ‐ vered shrine of the American People, each a hallowed altar of humanity.”
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THIS n e w watch is a t h i n model 12 size.
It is extremely high-grade and is sold in green or white,solidgoldandfilled(ggaasseesQs. of attractive design.
The experience of more than half a century in making fine watches has en‐ abled u st oproduce this n e w A . L i n c o l n ‐
mACoOaRNn MODEL. NO. L1.5. 141!: FmILmLED» GREEN on WwHaIrTmE comw,msamma CAP mCAaSmE. TWO conmoan,GREEN AND sSmILVvmERmEnD
mETeCaEnED» on EMBOSSED RAISED F I G U R E ! ) DIAL [ 1 5 ]
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atimekeeper worthy of the name,because of its satisfactory qualities and thorough dependability.
The dials illustratedin this bookletare but afew of those weare preparedto fur‐ nish. The etched dials shownare distinc‐
*‘"tivelynewandparticularlyattractive. The A. Lincoln contains 19 selected Ruby and Sapphire jewels and is adjusted to five positions, temperature and isoch‐
nunmuss'mnMODEL. NO.L1.6. 14]x:s30o1u.1l») GOLDCASE. mu. CaHnASsE!t) BEZELBs AND CENTER. SspPmECcImALn mETeCnHuED) , mLImNED on 3 B U m T L m E R : B B A A C C K K . . I m N S a I m D E : C c u A » P . . S s T ' m E R x L u I N n G o s S I L u V E m R H H A A N N D D mE N : ‐ ‐ Gv RaAVmE!) DmImAL.WwIrTmH mumm ») ENAMEL moommas.......8$110.00
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It is a watch that any m a n should be proud to o w n and c a n be had at prices well within the reach of those desiring a high-grade, up-to-date, attractive and de‐ pendable timekeeper.
The A. Lincoln is an ideal watch for Presentation purposes, being regularly furnished in handsome leather-lined dis‐ play boxes.
We feel sure that the list of special features enumerated below will be of in‐
mommn MmOoDnEnLu. N0o. L4. 141K: mFILuLmED) . mFUmLL, canasmn n“ nBnEzZnEnLsS AND CcuEmNT-mERa. spmcmn mETaCmHEaD»mLIuNEmD) on BUTLER BACK. QUEENCcAuSmE. EmMmBoOsSsSmEDpRmAmISnEnDFmIaGnUnRaEmDIuAL.$.8775..00
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t e r e s t to those prospective c u s t o m e r s who desire to compare watch values.
19 Selected Ruby and Sapphire Jewels. Adjusted to Five Positions, Tempera‐
t u r e and Isochronism. t Double Roller Escapement.
Steel Escape Wheel.
Polished Beveled-arm Gold Center ‘
PIONEER MODEL. N 0 . L1. 14K SOLID., GREEN on WHITE
G G O O L L D D . . yF Uo Lu L. C C H H A A S S E E !D) C C E E N N T T E E R R A A N N D D B B E E Zz E E L L Ss . . A A TmT Ru Ac C' r TxI Vv En
ETCHED LINED on BUTLER BACK.. QUEEN CASE. TWwOo
COLOR., GREEN AND WwHaIrTmE G( 3IL1DmEmD) NEW PpRnOoCcnESsSa ETCHED ‘ DIAL AND ANCIENT ROMAN FIGURES IN BELIIEF..A....$100.00 }
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Concaved and Polished Winding
Recoil Safety Click.
Hardened Spring-tempered Compen‐
sating Balance. IllinoisMotorBarrel.
SIDE VIEWSs‐BASSINE AND C H A S E ! ) CASES
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MORE T H A N 800 W A T C H E S 'nflRE PRODUCED D A I L Y BY 1300 S K I L L E D SPECIALISTS.
THE OUTPUT IS CONFINED EXCLUSIVELY TO HIGH‐ GRADEMOVEMENTSINWHICH THE FINEST WORKMANSHIP AND MATERIALS A RE USED. THE FACTORY 1sSITUATED IN T H E C E N T E R OF A 14-ACRE P A R K ‐ C O N D I T I O N S L E N D I N G THEMSELVES TO THEMAKING OF THESE FAMOUS WATCHES.
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PRINTED IN T H E U.S.A.
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