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Letter: Fox family deserves fair recognition

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

As my wife and I are getting things in order to leave Aug. 28 for what might be our last extended stay in our hometown of Somonauk. We have again timed it with not only our 55th wedding anniversary, but also with our beloved Sandwich Fair.

Now about the fair. I have been looking, for old time’s sake, at the book on the history of the fair.

I am still miffed by the leaving out of the whole Fox family and their dedication to working in various positions at the fair.

To name some of them: Ernest Fox, Raymond Fox, Leo Fox, Bud Fox, John Fox, Laverne Fox, Don Fox, Leroy Fox, Craig Fox, Bob Larson, and there could be more.

I don’t think many families did more in the ’50s and ’60s. I know my father-in-law Ernest Fox worked many hours helping Shelby Morris and Herman Carlson, and taking his own farm equipment to the fairgrounds.

I have written several letters about this oversight to several people who compiled the fair book and received no response. I also worked the fair from 1959 to ‘68 after which I moved to Florida, but since then I have come to the fair several times and worked night security.

I think if people want to know the history of the fair and the people who organized it and made it work, surely the members of the Fox family, who mostly did manual help, deserve to be mentioned.

I am Ernest Fox’s son-in-law, and know for a fact that when Shelby Morris and Herman Carlson needed help, Ernie was almost always available. It was also well-known in the community that the Fox boys weren’t the kind to run the show, but if you needed work done, that’s who you asked. I once heard Shelby say if he needed work done, all he needed was Ernest and Raymond Fox to do it, didn’t need anyone else. What a great tribute.

I might add, what a loss when Shelby and his wife lost their lives at the corner of Route 23 and Suydam Road. The fair lost a dedicated man.

Bob Larson

Lake Placid, Fla.

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