View from the Carnegie: voting for President Winkie

Friends of the Lincoln Library
By: By Jane Tahti Special to The News Messenger
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 This is the fifth of a multipart series on the Carnegie Library. Note: Lincoln’s Carnegie Library is currently closed, due to budget cuts in the city of Lincoln’s General Fund.



My first memory of the Carnegie as an actual building came during World War II when I was a toddler.

On this particular morning, my mother had taken my hand and we had walked around the corner and along the sidewalk, passing houses on Fifth Street that my great-grandfather J. B. Brown had built. We passed the theater where my Aunt Ora had played the piano for the silent movies. We were headed for the library.

Instead of going up the tall stairs, we turned and walked to the steps that led to the downstairs of the Carnegie Library.

Today, that little sunken entry is much the same as it was in the 1940s. Even the round iron railings seem the same. We were heading for the downstairs of the library because that was where my mother was going to vote for president of the United States.

On our walk, I remember her telling me that even though she liked the president (Roosevelt), she felt that he had been president long enough and she was going to vote for someone else.

It really didn’t mean a lot to me. Until I heard the name of the man she was voting for.

As she went through the door into the cool and shadowy downstairs of the Carnegie to vote for president, I was left to climb up on the railings and hang by my knees, swinging back and forth. I was completely amazed by the name of the man my mother would choose to be president: Wee Willie Winkie.

I wasn’t sure what the president did but I knew what Wee Willie Winkie did. He ran through the town in his nightgown. What was my mother thinking of?

Of course, the actual candidate was Wendell Wilkie.

But even as a toddler, I was disappointed later when I heard my mother say that Wee Willie Winkie was not going to be president.

At Twelve Bridges Library

Saturday, April 13: Book sale from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 20: Free family movie night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


This column is part of a Friends of the Lincoln Library series. To reach the nonprofit Friends, write to Box 1177, Lincoln CA 95648, contact 434-2404, or Jane Tahti is the Friends of the Lincoln Library secretary.