By Pilar Martin
HALSTEAD—With the 2016 presidential election just 41 days away, a Halstead business owner discovered a political scribbling more than 100 years old in her building.
Margaret Kraisinger, owner of the Old Hardware Store, found a political message written on the wall in one of the upstairs rooms above The Old Hardware Store last week.
Kraisinger said the discovery happened when she had to move some shelving for repair work to be done on the ceiling.
“The store was built from 1878-1879 and there were two apartments upstairs that we know of,” she said.
Here is what she found: “Benjamin Harrison will be the next President.” The message was written on a wall in pencil. Someone named Miller signed it.
The forecast, if written before the election, was right. Harrison, a Republican, was elected the twenty-third president of the United States, taking office March 4, 1889. He defeated Democrat incumbent Grover Cleveland but Cleveland would come back and defeat Harrison four years later.
No date was written with the inscription, so it is unknown whether it was written before or after Harrison was elected.