Big Heat, Big Daddy Grover and Baby Ruth

As expected, some isolated t’storms popped up late in the day on Sunday. Some along the frontal boundary that was stubborn to move through but finally got it’s act together and moved south.  The others were behind the front and initiated from the northwest.   The boys at the SPC had it right, before they had it wrong.  They had a slight risk over us then they got rid of it. As it turns out, there were a couple of storms that were possible hailers that slinked down from eastern Illinois.  One even made it to Jackson County before it faded away.  The boundary will be on the move again on Monday but this time it will be coming back as a warm front.  Some of the models don’t really give much to hang your hat on regarding rain here but I think it’s logical to expect rain or even t’storm chances late Monday through Monday night and early Tuesday as the warm front comes back.  The heat and humidity will be back to stay for the rest of the week. A few storms are possible Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday. A front is scheduled to come down for Saturday but probably won’t make it, but perhaps far enough to trigger some late day or evening storms on Friday.  Otherwise, look for the mercury to push 90 by week’s end with elevated humidity.


Big Daddy Grover?

 Big Daddy Grover Cleveland

  Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve two terms as president non-consecutively. So, you will see he is commonly listed as the 22nd and 24th President.  In his first campaign, there was much mud-slinging between he and Republican James G. Blaine.  The accusations against Blaine were pretty pedestrian. They claimed that he took bribes.  Cleveland was accused of fathering a child with a woman to whom he was not married!  Cleveland’s defense? Guilty as charged.  He acknowledged the legitimacy to the question and was promptly elected.  Goes to show, all you need to do is tell the truth! 

Grover's Bride Was His Best Friends Daughter

Now, Cleveland was an attorney by trade and he had a partner in practice by the name of Oscar Folsom.  Folsom died in 1873 following an unfortunate carriage accident and left his old friend Grover to manage the estate.  And manage he did!  No, he didn’t marry his good friend’s wife…he married his daughter.  Frances Clara Folsom was but 9 years old when her father died but Cleveland made sure that she and her mother’s finances were in order.  After she graduated from Wells College, he proposed marriage.   Frances was not one to make a rush decision so she took a trip to Europe to clear her mind.  When she returned, no doubt some thought she had lost it because the On This Date in 1886, President Grover Cleveland became the first president to be married in the White House to Frances, who was 27 years his junior.  I wonder if when she was growing up she called him “Uncle Grover.” 

Baby Ruth Sold As Natural Energy

They had several children, one of which was Ruth.  The official story by the maker of the “Baby Ruth” candy bar was that it was named after the President’s daughter.  Somehow, a judge sided with the company in a lawsuit it brought against the makers of the “Babe Ruth Home Run Bar” saying the competitor’s name too closely resembled “Baby Ruth.”  Trouble is, Ruth Cleveland died in 1904, the candy company wasn’t in existance until 1916 and the “Baby Ruth” bar wasn’t born until 1921…or about the time that a certain George Herman Ruth was beginning to make a name for himself.  But, the makers stick to the story to this day and, to this day as far as I know, the estate of Babe Ruth has not gotten a dime from the makers of the bar.


3 Responses

  1. Thanks Bob for the blog. I really enjoy reading your forecast and the interesting articles you write about.

    Jason Flock
    Georgetown, IN

  2. Thanx, Jason. I appreciate your comments. Snow White does too.

  3. […] Of course, who can forget my old buddy Grover Cleveland? As part of the campaign against him, the charge was that he fathered an illegitimate child and that too made it into the cartoon pages. A topic of lampooning is always the subject of […]

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