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National Hobo Convention
August 3-9, 2015

Hobos and Town Answer the Call

Movin’ on, movin’ on, movin’ on…the steam engines beckoned as they built up momentum heading towards a new horizon, towards an adventure.

Many a man heard that call, when the rules become too hard to take. This man, born to dream not conform, that man without a job and out of luck – they heard the call, movin’ on…movin’ on. The solders drawn from home and done with war were often lured to travel by the train’s call.

Movin’ on made some men famous, caused others to lose their lives. Movin’ on set some men free while binding them to a brotherhood stronger than roots, the brotherhood of the hobos.

Hobos they’re called, a word with as many possible origins as there are reasons to join the fraternity. The Latin words homo bonus mean “good man” and could have been coined to make the term hobo. Some say that soldiers returning from the Civil War would be asked where they were headed and they replied “homeward bound”. Migratory agricultural workers of the eighteenth century were referred to as “hoe boys”, and since hobos worked as they traveled, it was concluded they were the original ‘boes.

Ask a veteran hobo at a convention jungle what a hobo is and you’ll receive a definite answer. The hobo is a migratory worker, some with a special skill or trade, others ready to work at any task, but always willing to work to make his way.

The tramp, they’ll tell you, is a traveling non-worker, moving from town to town, but never willing to work for the handouts that he begs for. A bum is the lowest class, too lazy to roam around and never works.

Misunderstood and mistreated, the wandering hobos have come to find understanding and friendship in the town of Britt, Iowa

1900 – Britt and the Hobos
This friendship began with the aspirations of three Britt men, Thomas A. Way, T.A. Potter, and W.E. Bradford, in 1900. Their desire was to gain some attention for the small Iowa town to “do something different to show the world that Britt was a lively little town capable of doing anything that larger cities could do.”

Way and Potter read a report in the Chicago paper that Tourists Union No. 63 had elected as officers Onion Cotton, of Danville, Illinois and Grand Head Pipe Charles F. Noe, of Sycamore, Illinois. They wrote to Noe and invited him to bring the Hobo Convention to Britt in 1900. Noe wrote them that he would come out to Britt and look the ground over, providing Way and Potter would defray his carfare and expenses. They agreed.

It was an autumn day in 1899 that Noe arrived at the Milwaukee depot and was met by Way and Potter. They wined and dined the Grand Head Pipe, then called in an attorney, W.E. Bradford, to guide the proceedings and see that they were legal. They also invited Phil Reed, a newspaper man connected with the Britt News. The four men must have guaranteed that the Hobo Convention would go over big in Britt, for Noe agreed to bring the convention to Britt in 1900 and the 22nd day of August was set as the date.

Bailey of Britt, a nationally known humorist and an ardent conventioneer, assumed the publicity end of the promotion, and various other men took responsible positions on the committees. The novelty of the convention appealed to newspaper reporters everywhere, and everyone talked it up, taking the matter as a joke – except the promoters.

HIGHWAY AMERICA – WALCOTT, IOWA — Iowa 80 Truckstop, The World’s Largest Truckstop

HIGHWAY AMERICA – WALCOTT, IOWA — Iowa 80 Truckstop, The World’s Largest Truckstop

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The world’s largest truck stop, and CAT Scale Company will be featured on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series. The one-hour show will air June 13th at 10:00 p.m. eastern time and is focusing on truck stops. Iowa 80 will be showcased in the first segment of the program with CAT Scale airing later in the hour.

“We are flattered that the History Channel chose us to represent the trucking industry”, says Delia Moon Meier, Iowa 80 Group Senior Vice President. “And equally pleased to be able to share our newly expanded and remodeled facility with History Channel viewers.”

Iowa 80 Truckstop is part of the Iowa 80 Group that also owns and operates Joplin Petro Truckstop, Joplin, Missouri; Oak Grove 70 Petro Truckstop, Oak Grove, Missouri; Kenly 95 TA Truckstop, Kenly, North Carolina; Truckomats in: Little Rock, Arkansas; Temple, Georgia; Effingham, Illinois; South Holland, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Walcott, Iowa; Joplin, Missouri; Oak Grove, Missouri; Kenly, North Carolina; Hebron, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Laredo, Texas; Wytheville, Virginia; IOWA80.COM mail-order catalog and e-commerce web site based in Walcott, Iowa; Iowa 80 Trucking Hall of Fame Truck Museum, Walcott, Iowa and CAT Scale Company.

Iowa middle school students busted for trying to bake pot cookies in home ec class

Iowa middle school students busted for trying to bake pot cookies in home ec class



Iowa middle school students busted for trying to bake pot cookies in home ec class

Four studets from Edward Stone Middle School were arrested and released Wednesday.

By Evan Bleier | May 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM | 3 Comments

Middle schoolers try to make pot cookies in class

4 middle schoolers are accused of trying to mix up pot cookies in their…

Middle schoolers try to make pot cookies in class

Some regular cookies (UPI Photo/Robert Hughes)

BURLINGTON, Iowa, May 2 (UPI) — Four Iowa middle school students weren’t feeling so sweet after they were arrested on Wednesday for trying to make pot cookies in home economics class.
The 13-year-old students got in trouble after they made marijuana-spiked cookie dough in their class at Edward Stone Middle School on Tuesday and then attempted to bake with it on Wednesday.

Other students who knew about the plan alerted school officials about the laced cookie dough while it was being stored overnight.

“There was a concerned student that notified the school authorities,” Lieutenant Jeff Klein told WQAD. “Hats off to that individual, hats off to his parents because he did the right thing.”

All four students have been suspended and two have been charged with felony delivery of
marijuana, while the other two are facing misdemeanor possession charges.

“What we’re hoping to prevent is this type of activity as they become adults,” Lt. Klein said. “If you’re able to head it off right now, hopefully they won’t continue this type of behavior when they reach age 18 and then there’s little we can do to help, so we’re hoping that we can continue to educate at this age and then these problems won’t continue.”

The cookie dough was never baked or eaten.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/05/02/Iowa-middle-school-students-busted-for-trying-to-bake-pot-cookies-in-home-ec-class/1531399051964/#ixzz30mgHhJJw