President Truman stops by Beech Grove in 1940s

President Truman stops by Beech Grove in 1940s

President Truman was touring the United States in 1948 by train giving his campaign speeches from the
rear platform of the train. The Presidential Train was sheduled to make a whistle stop in Noblesville , Ind. The
President’s Navy physical therapist Donald Bauermeister was home on leave and staying at his parents’ home
just outside Beech Grove. Mr. Bauermister was sheduled to have his Masonic Membership Ceremony at the
Beech Grove Masoni Lodge 694 on Oct. 14, 1948, the same day President Truman was stopping at Noblesville.
Mr. Bauermeister heard about the president’s stop and he and his father went to Noblesville to see the president
and invite him to the Membership Ceremony. President Truman being a Mason himself accepted the invitation
and arrived at the Beech Grove Lodge that evening . President Truman presented Mr. Donald Bauermeiter with
his Masonic Ring. Mr. Bauermeiter is on the far left front row in the group photo. (Submitted photos)