People: Sep. 14, 1962

Turning up at ground-turning ceremonies for a new, $50,000 library in the Manhattan exurb of South Salem, N.Y. (pop. 500) was ex-Vice President, ex-Progressive Party Presidential Candidate and now Gentleman Farmer Henry A. Wallace, 73, a well satisfied borrower from the old library. While furrowing away on his 115-acre farm (chickens, gladioli, hybrid corn) nearby, Wallace had asked the little, 9,500-book library to find him a rare edition of a 400-page treatise published in 1766 called Histoire Naturelle du Fraisier (Natural History of the Strawberry Plant). Sure enough, after shelling out $500 for...

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