Lincoln Sculptor Lived in Burton’s Bridge

Right up Route 176 from Crystal Lake is Burton’s Bridge.

Herman H. Schmidt lived there.

He made a fold-up tri-pod to fit inside a small PVC sewer pipe that held up my Legislative Listening Post.

Quite ingenious. Quite a tool maker.

But of particulate significance today is that he sculpted the original pattern for this Abraham Lincoln plaque for a Rockford company in the 1950’s.

Mr. Schmidt gave it to my father, Cal Skinner, Sr., in the summer of 1977.

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This is the top of the Legislative Listening Post in 1977:

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