The Press: Grass Roots Courier

Of all the U.S. towns that bear Abe Lincoln's name, the one in Illinois (pop. 12,750) got there first. Townsfolk proudly hark back to a homely ceremony in 1853 when Abe Lincoln, a local attorney, broke open a peddler's watermelon, scattered the seeds along the Chicago & Mississippi tracks. "Now," said Abe, "this town is duly christened."

Lincoln last week won a new distinction, and Allyne and John Nugent, who run the daily Courier, got congratulations from the governor, scores of their 6,300 readers. The New York Museum of Science & Industry, which passes out annual awards to businesses, for the first...

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