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As we matriculate through life, I firmly believe we owe it to ourselves and to those around us, to try to continue to learn about what makes the world tick.

Generally for me, as I prepare to enter the final year of my sixth decade (I have a hard time seeing in print that I will turn 59 this summer) my learning curve tends to lead me toward the Discovery Channel and Curiosity.com.

But this week I had new information smack me cleanly between the eyes.

We inherited a bike that my mom had when she passed away.

We’ve had the bike, an old Schwinn, with baskets front and rear, for more than 18 years now, and in that time, including moving West River and back, the tires have been flat. In fact, they were so cracked and deflated that calling them tires is an insult to tires everywhere.

So last week, I began the process of changing the tires.

I worked for years in the tire business, changing all types of tires on all types of vehicles and machinery. So I checked the bike tire and could just make out the size on the side.

26 x 1 3/4.

Good, now we’re cooking. I went to the store, found a pair of tires that said 26 x 1.75 on the side and happily proceeded home where I found out that there is no way the tire would fit on the rim.

Then AFTER some choice words (because I’m a guy) I Googled ‘is there a size difference in bike tires?’

It turns out that bike tire sizing is....puzzling?

So I called a bike shop. I explained to the young woman who answered that my old tire said 26 x 1 3/4, and I had purchased a 26 x 1.75.

“Oh, that won’t fit,” she said. “Let me guess, is this an older Schwinn bicycle?”

After assuring me that mine was a common mistake, and confirming she had both tires and tubes in stock, I began to feel less bad about my mistake.

Soon Mom’s bike will be back in front of the house, with a fresh crop of flowers planted in the baskets, ready for another summer.

And speaking of things I don’t know and need your help with, there is this.

My friend Jennifer Littlefield over at the Huron Public Library recently sent me a poser.

In response to a question from an out-of-state researcher, Jennifer was seeking help on the City of Huron’s seal.

“Newspaper articles from 1881 to 1981 all say the city seal is two antelope watching two men surveying the area to establish the town,” Jennifer wrote.

“The mayor’s office uses this seal to stamp their documents, the building mural downtown has this image. However, the only photo I can find called the City of Huron seal is two antelope on a hill watching a woman harvesting and a man surveying.

Jennifer noted that this image shows up on all querries about the subject and her question is simple....kinda.

“So when did the seal change from two men to a man and woman? Why was it changed? And why doesn’t anyone in town have information about this?”

She noted that no one has information about changes being made to the seal, or, where the picture she found came from.

“It is turning into a big mystery that no one has answers for,” she said.

So what do you say readers? Can you shed any light on the City Seal mystery and lend an assist to Jennifer at the Huron Public Library?


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