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RETURNS HERE AFTER 59 YEARS; FINDS THAT HITCHING POSTS ARE GONE

 

THE MT. PLEASANT NEWS

MT. PLEASANT, IOWA

JUNE 7, 1950

 

Fifty-nine years after he left Mt. Pleasant for the “Playground of the Pacific,” Karl Templin of East Sound in San Juan county, state of Washington, came back to see the city of his beginnings, bringing with him associations that dated back to the days of Abraham Lincoln. Born here in 1881 in the third house from the railroad track on the west side of Broadway, directly across the street from the present C. S. Rogers home, Templin and his mother, Mary Kilpatrick, had the same birthplace.

 

Her father, Judge Kilpatrick, had served here in the old courthouse and had gone to Washington, D. C., at the beginning of Lincoln’s administration to start a thirty year record in the land department now under the authority of the department of interior. That was during the era of Mt. Pleasant’s Senator James W. Harlan.

 

Karl Templin came back recently to see especially the scenes of his youth where his sister, Jess C. Templin, now 87, played as a schoolmate with Mary and Jessie Lincoln, the granddaughters of Abraham Lincoln and Senator Harlan and the daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln. He returned to view Iowa Wesleyan College once again from which his aunt, Lucy Kilpatrick Bykit, was the first woman graduate.

 

Wiry and brisk and looking not more than the fifty-nine years that he has been away, Mr. Templin remember Mt. Pleasant as a very pretty town and he declared “It’s still pretty, but there is one thing I don’t like. They’ve done away with the old hitching posts. They used to be all around the square.”

 

On a short side trip here from a visit to Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Monmouth, Ill. Mr. Templin, who had never been back east since he left here, recalled that it was his brother, E. F. Templin who helped remove the two drowned boys of a party of seven who had gone through the ice on Tracy’s pond toward the end of winter in the ‘80’s.

 

“That was quite a tragedy in those days,” he remarked. “That was when they used to cut ice and haul it from Cole and Tracy ponds to supply the asylum.”

 

When he left Mt. Pleasant in 1891, he went from here to Fairhaven, Wash., (now Bellingham) in the far northwestern corner, just two miles from the Canadian border. “It never gets hot there,” he informed the reporter. It’s in San Juan county composed of a group of island off the east coast of Vancouver Island that Mr. Templins only living brother and sister, A. H. (Harry) Templin and Jessie C. Templin make their home in the same tow where Karl lives. The other children, John, Ralph and Grace are all gone. It was their father who was the first railroad conductor in Iowa for many years, on the C. B. and Q.