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From Ruth G. Phillips

June 6, 2012
Wetzel Chronicle

There's an old song that says "Give me the roses while I live; don't wait until I'm gone." This is a much overdue letter to compliment you on the Wetzel Chronicle and our appreciation of it.

My husband and I are both natives of Wetzel County. Harold (Pete) was born in Littleton and I at Hastings. Although we live in Florida now, I will always love West Virginia. I am of the seventh generation from Morgan Morgan who built the first home in West Virginia.

I especially enjoyed the article on the RockPort sewing circle and the history behind the Hindman Home. I was a member of Palm Rebekah Lodge, IOOF, with Lillian and always admired their home as we drove out the Shortline but never knew its history. I have several beautifully embroidered pillowcases made by this circle which I bought from Mary Witschey Durig who was a member of the circle and First Baptist Church.

Also, we are enjoying Chuck Clegg's article. Chuck and our daughter Pat were in the same graduating class. We found the article on how Easter eggs and rabbits became associated with Christianity interesting. The pastor of our church graduated from The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and while there, became friends with a fellow student from Nigeria, who asked him what connection rabbits had to do with the celebration of Easter. He said he didn't really have an answer. I gave him a copy of Chuck's article which he sent to the Nigerian student.

I never liked History class while in high school but now find it fascinating. The Dutch have a saying that fits this . . . "Too soon old, too late smart."

St. Cloud, Fla., has a very interesting history. It was settled by union veterans of the Civil War. They lived in tents while they built their homes. The women were very active in the cultural aspect of the town; five women formed "The Women's Improvement Club." When I became president of the current women's club, I found the minutes of the club over the years (now over 100 years old.) They raised money to build the first library, bought lands for city parks, bought concrete for the men to build streets, etc. They did this by bake sales, social events, etc. From these records, I was instrumental in getting the Saint Cloud Heritage Museum started, which keeps growing. If you're ever in the Orlando area, please stop by and visit.


Ruth G. Phillips

St. Cloud, Fla.



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