Monday, November 16, 2015

Harrison Tomb

Before our post begins I want to tell you how proud I was of my Wills on Sunday. 
 We went to PetSmart and I had loaded his food in our cart then stopped to look at the dogs up for adoption.  Wills was patiently waiting by my foot when I felt a little tug on his six foot leash.  As I looked Wills was up on his back legs sitting in front of a Down Syndrome young boy.  The boy had his hands cupped by his chest.  Wills gently put his front feet on the boy and his head in the boys hands looking him in the face.  Wills then got down sitting in front of the boy.  The boy with hesitation tapped Wills on the head three times.  Wills then returned to being at my feet.  The boys Mom said, as I had not seen what Wills did, that Wills came over very slowly to her son wagging his funny tail wag and sat in front of her son before he proceeded to raise himself up to get the Down Syndrome boy to pet him.  The Mom said the child talks about dogs all the time but when they come to look or are around dogs he will not touch them and totally goes into his shell.  My Wills was his first touch of a dog.  How he picked out the child to go to or why only Wills know.  But Wills sure put a smile in the boys Mom's heart Sunday.  And I am still smiling.
Now for our post.
I, Sweet William The Scot, am on the westside of my Nati City today in North Bend.
 William Henry Harrison was the ninth President of the United States, an American military officer.
He was the last President born as a British subject.
Harrison was the first sitting President to have his photograph taken, on Inauguration Day in 1841.
Why I, Sweet William The Scot, get my picture taken all the time.
He was a U.S. representative and senator from Ohio.  
His nickname was Old Tippecanoe.
Harrison's tomb was built in 1841.
 He was also the first president to die in office. He was 68 years old and the  oldest president to take office until Ronald Reagan.
After the War of 1812 he retired to Ohio.  He lived in relative retirement until he was nominated for the presidency in 1836. Defeated, he retired again to his farm. He was elected president in 1840.  
He served the shortest tenure in United States presidential history, 32 days in office. 
 Lee and I find it sad the state of disrepair this monument is in and poor grounds keeping.
I think Nati City could do much better. All the interpretive displays on the kiosks were gone, that were put in on January 29th, 2007.
President Harrison  Born February 9, 1773 ~ Died April 4, 1841.
Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison Born July 25, 1775 ~ Died February 25, 1864 wife of President William Henry Harrison.
To the far left is buried John Scott Harrison, the only man in U.S. history to be the son of a president and the father of a president (Benjamin Harrison).
Harrison's granddaughter by John Scot Harrison and son-in-law are interred in the Harrison Tomb also.
It was also meant as a temporary place for his family.  The Harrisons had ten children in all.
Hence all the empty spaces.

This picture depicts his final moments.  And says his body was placed in a glass coffin in the East Room of The White House.  And tells of the long road home to Ohio.
Harrison's grandson, Benjamin Harrison of Indiana, was the 23rd president.
 In the weeks to come I will tell you what William Henry Harrison has to do with the Brown County Indiana State Park where the BAR is happening next year.  The Park sits 135 miles from our door on the eastside of Nati City and Lee over the years has spent many hours horseback riding there.
Thanks for being a  friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot 


  1. Oh Wills, I'm so proud of you too, especially after your recent experience with young boys! You are so special!

    That's quite a bit of history there. We would love to visit some time too.

  2. Ringy-Dingy-One...Ringy-Dingy-Two...let's hear it for YOU, Sir William! How wonderful of you to approach that sweet boy to show him that dogs can be gentle. You are a very smart Scot. Now, what an interesting place to visit in your Nati City. That place sure does look like it could use some love. Why would they not take care of such a great piece of history...and a former President? It seems odd. As always, I do enjoy your Nati City tours.
    Your friend, until the end...

  3. You knew exactly what to with sweet Wills. Boy thank you for the lovely tour
    Lily & Edward

  4. Wills, I think it's totally pawesome that you gave that little boy his furst experience petting a dog! He'll be spoiled for all others now.

  5. William you are the bestest boy ever. that was so nice to say hello to that boy. Many thanks for such an interesting tour and I learnt so much about the family of President Harrison. Blogging is much better than school :o) Hugs to you for finding always the best places of your area :o)

  6. Dear Sweet William, you certainly lived up to your name with the little peep, what a darling you are!
    I didn't know anything at all about President Harrison, what an interesting story. Can't wait to hear some more
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  7. Ten kids? He was tired out before taking office.

  8. Dogs can work wonders - I was devastated many years ago when we went to Italy and I had to give my little sheltie girl up to a new home. Thankfully we found a wonderful Minister and his family who took her in and their son had Downe Syndrome - he was 16 and had stopped communicating two years previously when a downe syndrome friend of his had died suddenly. The day they took Bonnie home they were stunned to hear him talking to her and day by day she became his bestest ever friend who he chatted to all the time.

  9. Sweet William, we always knew were the sweetest natured Scottie ever, and now, with that story of about the Downs syndrome boy, we have the proof.
    Oh and thank you for enlightening us about the 9th President of the USA too.
    Toodle pip!

  10. Aw that story touched my heart!! Sweet William you're awesome!!

  11. What a very special Scottie you are. I know your Lee is very proud of you and so are all of your friends. You have such a large heart and I enjoy all of the sits around your area.

  12. Wills, what a wonderful thing to do making friends with that little boy. But then, we know how wonderful you are. Thanks for the tour, we always enjoy them.

  13. Your trip looks great. Your story about the young boy gave our lady chills. She says dogs just get it better than people usually. What a sweet pup you are.

  14. Sweet William we loved hearing about you and the special boy. that was just wonderful of you and we know that Lee is so proud as is all of us. Thank you for the tour, yes it is sad that it is not better taken care of, but still very interesting
    Mr bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  15. Great job with that your boy William. Thank you for the history tour. Very interesting.

  16. Thats awesome that Sweet William was so sweet with that little boy. That was a cool story


  17. I guess ya earned dat Sweet in your name Sweet William.

    As for William Henry Harrison, I guess dat are why politishuns should make short speeches.

  18. ~~~~ Our friend sent us this e-mail ~~~~~~
    It was so nice to read about Wills and the boy. We have a handicap friend, he doesn't talk very well and has partial paralysis in his hands. Mentally, he is about 8 years old and his actual age is 70. He is the only person Nessa has ever taken her toys to so they can play together. It is amazing what dogs can sense.
    Hope your therapy is going well and that your knee is lots better.
    Take care

    Noodledog Nessa

  19. Oh Sweet Wills we know you have one of the biggest and bestest hearts in the world and so did that little boy. stella rose

  20. Thanks for the history lesson on President Harrison. You sure are special Wills for your interaction with that boy.

  21. Sweet William you are a very kind boy and that is a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing more history.

    Ziggy Out!!

  22. ooops I also wanted to tell you how pawsome your blog looks!!!

  23. OMD! You are such a good little therapy doggy!
    What a wonder that was, you just knew it in your sweet doggy heart that you needed to help that little boy know doggies are good to pet!
    Growlmy says she has a lump in her throat.....

    Interesting things about Harrison. Growlmy says she has so much to learn about all the American history, she is not American, BOL! Unfurtunately, she didn't learn a whole lot of the impawrtant Canadian history either...

  24. Sweet William you are one special little man! Thanks for sharing more history!