Hopeful legislators will support Black’s efforts
To the editor:
I read with interest Sen. Black’s Aug. 30 “Keeping in Touch” column, “It’s our duty to preserve our state’s heritage,” in which he holds up the endangered status of the final resting place of former Gov. Samuel Merrill (1822-1899). I applaud the bipartisan interest of both Gov. Branstad and Sen. Black in restoring and preserving the Merrill mausoleum in Des Moines’ Woodland Cemetery.
Black does a good job of recounting Merrill’s early life and military career. What he does not say is that each year Col. Merrill handed over his $800 pension received on account of wounds to a Des Moines hospital for sick and disabled soldiers.
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