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Columns

Picturing the Past With ... the St. Charles History Museum

Judge William D. Barry was always a supporter of Gen. John F. Farnsworth for Congress. When Gen. Farnsworth won the election, Judge Barry was in the audience at a convention. Judge Barry then ran to St. Charles to the Farnsworth Mansion with all of his speed. When he reached the door, he pulled with all of his might, making the door handle fly down the gravel walkway behind him.

Mrs. Farnsworth came out to inspect the commotion, and when she opened the door, Judge Barry stumbled and his false teeth fell out of his mouth.

Judge Barry bent down to grab them and put them back in his mouth, after which he shouted: “Mrs. Farnsworth, we beat ’em, but we had to work for it!”

To learn more, visit the St. Charles History Museum at 215 E. Main in St. St. Charles or at www.stcmuseum.org.

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