Open Session: What Readers Think

| February 2008

In God We Trust - I have a story about 'In God We Trust' that I would like to share. ( Editor's note - See 'Look closer for missing motto,' in the December 2007 issue for information about novel placement of the motto on the series of presidential dollar coins that began circulating last year.)

Last October, as editor of Log Cabin News, I finally realized my dream of making a trip east to visit the oldest log cabins in America, built by the Swedes along Darby Creek in Pennsylvania, and also a wonderful Welsh log cabin northwest of Philadelphia, the Morgan House.

When I got to Prospect Park, Pa., a wrong turn and a minor accident resulted in the good fortune of meeting a policeman wearing a colorful embroidered badge depicting a log cabin and the words: 'Prospect Park Police, 1894-1994; Birthplace of In God We Trust.'

I found their famous 1600s Swedish log cabin, Morton House, at the waterfront and read all the historical signs.

When I got home, I looked up 'Prospect Park' on the Internet. On Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia written and updated by readers, I found the story of a local Baptist minister, Mark R. Watkinson, who wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury. The outcome, though different from Watkinson's wording, was the phrase 'In God We Trust' used on a coin for the first time in 1864.

We have a statewide Log Cabin Day in Michigan, now set for more than 90 places for June 29 of this year. We have been collecting data from all over the state for the past 20 years, and we have many out-of-state members.

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