National Affairs: Home for the Weekend

Harry Truman wanted to go home to Missouri for the weekend. So he and Bess Truman set out for Independence, by plane.

The Presidential C-54 lurched through stormy weather, sat down at Kansas City behind a sister ship that carried reporters and secret servicemen. Up the ramp of the "Sacred Cow" ran daughter Mary Margaret; her "Hi, Daddy!" rang out above the low roar of the engines.

Ten miles away, at Independence, Mayor Roger T. Sermon was waiting for them at the summer White House, 219 North Delaware Avenue. The night's poker game was all...

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