Sheridan Wyoming All-American City

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Fifty-three years ago, on January 21, 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent this telegram to Sheridan's Mayor Jack D. Mullinax upon learning that Sheridan had received recognition as an All-American City for 1958. That recognition set off a flurry of activity in January and February including the flying of the All-American City Flag which flew from a new flagpole in front of city hall on January 24th following a Main Street parade. John Patton, then president of the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, stated: "The award is without a doubt the finest tribute that our community could receive." At an All-American City award banquet held in the high school gymnasium on February 12th a crowd of more than 1,150 heard Mayor Mullinax call the occasion "The proudest hour of our history." It was the largest banquet ever held in Sheridan. In addition to attendance by Wyoming Governor Joe Hickey were the Sheridan legislators; Senators Harvey Johnston and Henry Burgess, Representatives Albert Watenpaugh, Dr. Pete Madsen, Victor Garber and Leonard Masters. At that banquet Dr. Pete Schunk, of Sheridan, introduced his All-American City song, "In Sheridan" which he had composed, while other music was by the Shrine brass band directed by Lyle Davis with Marvin Fritz on the organ. Gov. Hickey cut the first piece of cake presented by Doug Munsell of Schreibeis Bakery. The award was formally presented by the National Municipal League and Look Magazine. Frank Hemingway of Los Angeles, a news commentator the for Mutual-Don Lee Broadcasting system, was the master of ceremonies. All-American City banners were among the decorations in the gym. Perhaps the banner seen here was one of those banners. This banner now resides just inside the front door and to the left as you enter AG Electronics at 134 N. Gould. The proprietor, Chuck Grimes, is perhaps one of the last television repairman in the Sheridan area. You can find him almost any day near the banner that brought such honor to Sheridan 53 years ago as he works to repair in our "throw away and replace" society. For more on the award visit the Wyoming Room of the Sheridan Fulmer Public Library.

Fifty-three years ago, on January 21, 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent this telegram to Sheridan's Mayor Jack D. Mullinax upon learning that Sheridan had received recognition as an All-American City for 1958.
Fifty-three years ago, on January 21, 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent this telegram to Sheridan's Mayor Jack D. Mullinax upon learning that Sheridan had received recognition as an All-American City for 1958.
The Western Union telegram from President Eisenhower sent to Mayor Jack D. Mullinax
The Western Union telegram from President Eisenhower sent to Mayor Jack D. Mullinax
The inside of the program at the February 12, 1959 banquet - the largest banquet in Sheridan history
The inside of the program at the February 12, 1959 banquet - the largest banquet in Sheridan history
The cover of LOOK magazine with an aerial view of Sheridan that put the national limelight  on Sheridan
The cover of LOOK magazine with an aerial view of Sheridan that put the national limelight on Sheridan
AG Electronics at 134 N. Gould, just behind the Mint Bar, where you not only can get a vintage television repaired but where you can also see an original All-American City banner.
AG Electronics at 134 N. Gould, just behind the Mint Bar, where you not only can get a vintage television repaired but where you can also see an original All-American City banner.