First Coffee

Rosemary Lesmeister.

This distinctive sign heralds the Lesmeister home on Oak Ridge in Crystal Lake.

Pretty much every time I drive up to Wonder Lake to visit the in-laws I am reminded of my first political coffee.

My mother arranged it at Rosemary Lesmeister’s Oak Ridge home.

She and my mother were friends from the Crystal Lake League of Women Voters.

I was all of 23 and running for McHenry County Treasurer.

And it was in Mrs. Lesmeister’s window-filled home that I made my pitch.

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