The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

July 22, 2013

Iron Heritage Festival: Visitor from New Zealand, 10, questions 'Honest Abe'

DANVILLE —  A visitor from New Zealand wanted to know President Abraham Lincoln’s nickname.

“He told me it was Honest Abe,” said Rowan Buick, 10, who lives about an hour north of Auckland. She also asked James Getty, portraying the country’s 16th President, how he got the nickname.

“He said he told lawyers not to conceal anything from him,” said Rowan, who was among the sold-out crowd of at least 50 at the home of Barbara Walzer for a reception for Lincoln during Danville’s Iron Heritage Festival which ended Sunday.

Buick and her family are visiting her grandmother, Susan Oberkircher, of Riverside, for about a month.  She and her sister, Mackenzie Buick, 12, were excited to meet Lincoln and hear him give “The Gettysburg Address.” They were also anxious to see artisans along Mill Street and an encampment at the middle school. The theme of the festival was the Civil War years.

With the girls were their younger sister, Thea Buick, 5, and their parents, Amy Oberkircher and Hamish Buick.

Their uncle, Oscar Oberkircher, and his wife, Janet, a Danville native, were on hand. The Oneonta, N.Y., residents said this was the first time they attended the festival, having moved from the Danville area in 1984.

Also at the reception was the Rev. Robert Andrews, of Grove Presbyterian Church. He later introduced Lincoln before the address. Andrews performed the marriage ceremony for Amy Oberkircher and Hamish Buick.

Chase Petro, 11, of Catawissa, provided violin music for the reception. Having started playing violin four years ago, he was part of the middle school encampment.

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