Two men who made huge impacts in Lincoln
The last few weeks have been sad for residents with the passing of two long-time community members devoted to the city.
Those community members, Jerry Logan and Tom Cosgrove, both loved Lincoln and were two of the city’s biggest advocates.
While I didn’t personally know Jerry, I owe what I know about Lincoln’s history through his nonstop research. He was Western Placer’s No. 1 historian. Whenever I have a history question about Lincoln, I go to former teachers Shirley Russell and Jane Tahti, who grew up here, for my questions. If they don’t know the answer, they refer to Jerry’s numerous pamphlets and seven volumes of area history. Or better yet, they would call him directly.
Logan, along with his brother Don, and childhood friend Wes Freeman, created the Lincoln Area Archives Museum a few decades ago. Today, visitors can walk into the museum located at Beerman Plaza and find information on early settlers, maps, city records and Northern California history. That’s all because of Jerry’s fascination with historic documents, photographs, school yearbooks, store ledgers and other artifacts.
In hindsight, I wish I had met Jerry and thanked him for all the research he did for all of us.
As for Tom, I was lucky to call him a friend. I used to live a block away from Tom in downtown Lincoln. As I’d walk to and from work, I would pass him almost daily as he walked downtown with his granddaughter. A Lincoln City Councilman then, he visited downtown to talk to city staff and business workers.
And at the end of almost every day, when another neighbor and I would walk our dogs, we would pass Tom working on his yard or walking to or from his car. He always smiled and cheerfully chatted with us for a few minutes. Tom always had something fun to share with us, whether it was the upcoming July 4th fireworks show or perhaps a new store opening downtown.
Tom was always smiling, especially when he was talking about Lincoln’s benefits or promoting Lincoln to visitors and residents alike.
When I first met Tom, however, he and I didn’t agree on everything. There was a time Tom scolded me for giving a negative slant on some of the city staff’s actions. He tried to persuade me to be more of a cheerleader for Lincoln. And I tried to explain that sometimes a newspaper had to bring up the more unpleasant actions that no one really wants to hear but needs to know.
The more we talked, though, the more I realized that Tom only wanted the best for Lincoln, where he happily lived for 30 years.
Tom was Lincoln’s most passionate ambassador, every hour of every day.
Every city needs a few Tom Cosgroves. So I was proud to give Tom a letter of recommendation when he interviewed in late 2015 for the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce executive director position. And I was thrilled when he was given the position to head the business organization.
I’ll always remember him as tirelessly representing Lincoln every day and night of the year. Last Dec. 25, on a brutally cold second night of Hanukkah, Tom was at Beerman Plaza with his devoted and lovely wife, Karen, hosting the inaugural Menorah lighting with Chabad of Roseville. It was so cold that I had to go inside his adjacent chamber of commerce office to warm up. Yet Tom braved the almost-freezing temperature outside to make sure the visiting out-of-towners and local residents had everything they needed for their event to run smoothly.
I already miss Tom’s smile and his way of looking at Lincoln so positively.
Both Tom and Jerry will be fondly remembered for many years to come. Both men have impacted hundreds of area residents through their unselfish devotion to making Lincoln a better place to live. They also paved the way for newer residents, such as myself, to be happy to live and work in Lincoln.
They’re great role models on how to make a difference in the Lincoln community. I’ve learned from them and I hope to live up to their high standards.
Carol Feineman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 774-7972.