Harper, Iowa Centennial
                  1879-1979
                         NOT TOO BIG. . . BUT NOT TOO LITTLE

 

TO THE CITIZENS OF HARPER:

 

On this occasion of the 100th birthday of Harper, I want to
offer my best wishes for the present celebration and for the
future years you will enjoy in your community.

 

The world in which you celebrate Harper's centennial is a very
different world from the one in which your predecessors es-
tablished this community one hundred years ago. And yet, it
is also - in a very real sense - the same world which they knew.

 

There have been great scientific and technological changes. 

Yet, human beings have not changed all that much. Human hopes
and fears, human dreams and strivings, are very much what they
were when hopes and dreams went into the founding of Harper.
Human values are precisely what they were when your forebears
came to this place.

 

It is to these enduring values that you will address your
centennial commemoration this year. It is this link between
past and present which binds together all the generations that
have invested their lives in Harper. And it is an acute ap-
preciation of that continuity which will help all of us to take
stock of where we are as Iowans, as we chart a rewarding course
for the years that stretch ahead. 

 

Best wishes for a memorable centennial observance. 

RDR: njm

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