RECOGNIZING THE 150TH BIRTHDAY OF BISMARCK, MISSOURI; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 111
(Extensions of Remarks - July 03, 2018)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                            HON. JASON SMITH

                              of missouri

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, July 3, 2018

  Mr. SMITH of Missouri. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the 
sesquicentennial birthday of Bismarck, Missouri, which was founded in 
1868. City fathers named the town for Prince Otto Von Bismarck, the 
`Iron Chancellor' of Germany, in hopes they'd lure German immigrants to 
live there. Bismarck became a shipping center for the St. Louis Iron 
Mountain and Southern Railway. Today, the 100-year-old train depot is a 
treasured landmark.
  Bismarck is proud of its community spirit. The desire to serve 
prompted dozens of residents to join the military in wartime. The drive 
to succeed helped the town recover from a fire that destroyed its 
business district in 1901. And the determination to overcome challenges 
has kept the city working to meet the ever-changing needs of its 
  Today, Bismarck's leaders are working to increase services and add 
businesses. Mayor Seth Radford describes Bismarck as a place that 
``looks out for its neighbors,'' offering a family-friendly community 
that brings people together. They look to the future with optimism, but 
maintain a strong connection to their past.
  It is my great privilege to recognize Bismarck, Missouri before the 
United States House of Representatives to mark the town's 150th 
birthday. I celebrate the community spirit, sense of duty and pride 
that thrives in this St. Francois County town located in the heart of