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Page ZB MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson ' Pardoned raccoon became Presidential favorite or quite some , Although this might time now, turkeys seem to be the end of the have graced the story, such was not the case. \Nhite House It seems that President Thanksgng Coolidge and his family table. However, in 1926, were extremely fond of ani— President Calvin Coolidge mals. During his six years almost became the first in the White House the American president to Coolidge serve raccoon at the . family was{ White House Thanks- accom- v giving dinner. panied by This bizarre story a host of has its roots in rural pets. Mississippi. It seems Coolidge an ardent Coolidge wrote, ‘ We supporter named always had Vinnie once shipped more dogs a live raccoon from . than we his hometown of Nitta TERRY w. JOHNSON could take Yuma to the White care of.” In House in hopes our addition, 30th President would many people presented dine on the animal at his Coolidge with animals. As Thanksgiving dinner. Upon a result the White House the animal’s arrival in and its grounds became a Washington Coolidge gave haven for cats, dogs, a black the raccoon what amount— bean Canaries, an African" ed amounted to aPresi- pygmy hippopotamus and dential Pardon when he even two lion cubs. Being a declined the opportunity to fiscal conservative Presi- have raccoon served as the dent Coolidge named the entree at Thanksgiving din- lions “Budget Bureau” and ner at the White House. “Tax Reduction? In fact, surprisingly, in spite of the President befriended his rural Vermont upbring- 80 many animals the White ing, the President stated House and grounds were that he had never tasted POPUJarlY known as the raccoon meat. The Press Pennsylvania Avenue Z00. Corps covering theevent Wlth 50 many different reported that when the ammals runnmg and flylng President was queried as about the President’s official to whether or not raccoon residence, it should not be a was edible, he commented, surprise to learn the fatnflY “ might be for some adopted the raCCOOD that people, but not him? literally had its neck on the eReiiorter November 27, 2019 chopping block. and forRebecca was clearly Much to the dismay of demonstrated by the fact the White House staff, that in the summer of 1927 the Coolidges moved the they took the raccoon, five furry creature into the canaries and two collies White House. In spite of with them on a three— its propensity for shred— month vacation to South . ding clothes and damaging Dakota. furniture, and even report- A year later Rebecca edly biting the President, had a new companion--a the raccoon soon became raccoon Coolidge named a family favorite. How- Reuben. As it turned out, ever, after the wild animal Rebeccaldid not take too proved adept at escaping kindly to Reuben. Per- from cages and harnesses, haps as a result of having it became clear it would another raccoon suddenly be best if the raccoon took thrust into her world, Re- up residence on the White becca soon began making House grounds. To this forays away from the White end, President Coolidge House grounds. Fearing for had a special raccoon Rebecca’s safety, the First abode built and placed in Family eventually donated a tree outside his oflice their masked friend to the window. national zoo. By Christmas the fam- Who would have ever ily was so enamored with thought a raccoon from the raccoon they named rural Mississippi sent to the it Rebecca. Rebecca was White House to be featured even presented with her at a White House Thanks- ve own Christmas ift--a , I ivin dinner would end cola demonic unite: is:into;?.::g"1i;:i‘f32:£:: 5:52:25“ ipviwnmgfnendmm on Wthh was engraved: pet. (Photo courtesy of U. '5. Fish Wildlife Service) the fOI'ks that were sup: “Rebecca Raccoon of the posed to eat her? Only in White House.” out of the White House as it Although the raccoon was ' America! President Coolidge was . was being renovated. Soon at ease around the Coolidge particularly smitten with after moving into the First family, She did not do Terry Johnson is retired Rebecca. He would often Family’s temporary home well When surrounded Program Manager'of the take the raccoon on walks the President 80 missed by thousands Ofloud, Georgia Nongame-Erldan— about the White House Rebecca he personally went energetic children. After gered Wildlife Program. He grounds. The raccoon to the White House and Rebecca scratched a few of has written the informative would even curl up in his brought her back to their the youngsters and even the column Monroe Outdoors’ lap as he sat in front of current residence. First Lady, the raccoon was for the Reporter for many a fire blazing in a White In 1927 Rebecca made an promptly exiled to the First years, His book, journey House fireplace. appearance at the annual Family’s quarters. to Discovery,” is available at In 1927 the Coolidge Easter Egg R011 staged on The Coolidge family’s The Reporter. Email him at family was forced to move the White House lawn. deep affection for their pets tjwoodduck@bellsouth. net. Herring has career day against Auburn 1W! by mm mm wt. m fi‘k‘o' lam” i it?“ . - ©4p£ifl€£ififi ‘ Li‘l‘ihhc cl rtidll that '1‘. .. v . .4 Mary' Persons alum and University of Georgia standout Malik Herring has firmly secured a starting position at defensive end. Herring had a career-high tour solo tackles, including one for loss, along with one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in the No. 4-ranked Dawgs‘ 21 -14 road win at Auburn on Nov. 16. Seth Emerson, who covers UGA football for The Athletic, said of the iunior: nMolik Herring has emerged as difference-maker as an end. On consecutive plays in the second quarter, he chased (Au- burn quarterback Bo) Nix out of bounds, and then batted down Nix pass. How do you sit that guy for many snaps, as alluring Cl talent as (Travon) Walker is?" (Photo/Donn Rodenroth) I Got Yourthmelleady Holidaysu no“ your plain com on to essential health bandits? 1"” tweeter“ am Said ts woman or wme reassign: lineman mu nun a, Iv.» to new no m; such or x rays nook-r Mus mi mime math» m was ‘ fims'rzwiw medium: has to on) «wanna; new 5"” W “W We" have :5 more ‘ two tor mete. Home we wolves“ are Wachtel places second against top state runners Mary Persons iunior cross country star Justin Wach- tel finished runner-up when he faced off with many of the top boys runners in the state at the Georgia High School Meet of Champions at Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville on Saturday. 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