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In the General Store…

In 1954 George Bemis became the owner and manager of Hotel Brooks. In 1976 he was honored as the Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year. During his time in town he was a big supporter of the Brattleboro Outing Club.

At the dinner, held at Dalem’s Chalet, Bemis explained his claim to fame happened in 1923. Bemis was a salesman making his monthly sales trip to Plymouth, Vt. He was in the General Store, (where the only phone in town was located) when the owner of the store answered the phone and took a call from the White House. The call was considered urgent so the owner asked Bemis to run a mile up the road in the pouring rain to get Vice President Calvin Coolidge and bring him back to the store. Bemis did this and sheltered the Vice President with his umbrella on the way back so he could take the message that Warren G. Harding had suddenly died in San Francisco and he was now President of the United States.

According to George Bemis, he shared the news with Coolidge of Harding’s death but “Silent Cal” said nothing to him on the whole one-mile walk, not even a “Thank You” when they arrived at the General Store. Bemis was soaked through but was proud to have served his country during this transitional period.

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