National Affairs: By the Tall Pine Tree

Lamar, Mo. (pop. 4,500) is going to do right by its most famous son. Last week Constable Everett Earp, who owns the five-room white frame cottage where Harry Truman was born in 1884, took matters into his own hands.

"They've been doing a lot of talking about signs and markers but I got tired of waiting on them and went ahead myself," Earp explained to reporters. "I've got Ernie Shaffer—he's my carpenter—building the sign right now. He's had a little trouble getting a piece of plyboard for the middle—that's hard stuff to find nowadays—but he should be done in a day...

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