(The following is one of a series of articles we wrote while taking what became known to our family in 1977 as our Great Western Trek, as we travelled from Maryland to Utah.)
WEST BRANCH As we continued homeward from our "Great Western Trek", we stopped at West Branch, a small town about ten miles east of Iowa City. It was here that we discovered that in this quiet place , a Quaker family by the name of Hoover had a son born to them in 1874. They named him Herbert and he became our 31st President. It was President Hoover who once remarked... "No public man can be just a little crooked. There is no such thing as a no-man's land between honesty and dishonesty." Unfortunately, for Mr. Hoover, he will continue to be held responsible for the Great Depression. We doubt that it was Mr. Hoover's fault alone. for there was much carelessness, greed and reckless speculation by many during the 1920's. While in West Branch, we had a very home style Sunday lunch in an older home turned into a restaurant. We were joined by a great throng of Sunday go to meeting folk. We enjoyed our brief stop there. West Branch spoke of quieter, calmer, softer times.