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2 - January 16, 2014 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook OPINIONS Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky By Charles Mattox "To rectify past blunders is impossible, but we might profit by the experience of them." Genera] George Wash- ington, in a letter to Fielding Lewis, dated July 6, 1780. "The Indian who held me saw I was going to break away (he held me very firm) and he got out his tomahawk to kill me and had it raised and as his arm descended I caught the tomahawk in my left hand and we were there in that :fix when the other Indians returned. I thought Letter to the Ed tor I Dear Editor, I , Arrested or Rescued? | , Greetings to you all. |. You may or may not know me. You may have seen my picture on the front , page of our local home- P. town paper with my six co-defendants. My name is Terry C. Wills. I was arrested in early May of 2011 in Ti- tusville, Florida. I am charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs, and drug trafficking. I am currently detained in a county jail, awaiting final sentencing. As you know people , traveling to Florida and surrounding states to ob- tain pain killers (30mg Oxycodone) is a great m problem and has been for L..number of years. I was rtof this problem for I SOIVJETHIN00nFOP, .SALLY CR,00,WFORD 00CH00h/ they was going to kill me but The o " Army, Capt. Benjamin Walker, at his home in Mt. Sterling Girty brothers. they got a rope and tied me including elements of the who spoke French, would many years later (1840). Crawford was an adven- 4th Virginia, of which Cas- translate Von Steuben's in- Crawford was among the turer and an eager hand uPjames Crawford's deposi- sidy served, was encamped structions to the men, and first settlers of what would with military operations in tion, on his captivity by the at Valley Forge from Dec. when they failed to execute become Montgomery Kentucky beginning in 1786 J Mingo War Chief, Black 1777t o June 1778. their verbal orders prop- County. at McGee s and Hood's Wolf. Crawford's deposi- In the first two months erly or without haste, his I was contacted a while station and more so in the tion is located in the Draper 2,500 of the soldiers were interpretive curses carried back by Sally Crawford Co- weeks leading up to the at- Manuscripts volume 12 CC dead fTom starvation, freez- the sting of a sharp French chran, a descendant of John tack on Morgan's Station, pages159-166, ing to death or illness, tongue. Hisinitiall00'traln- Crawford, who had heard along Slate Creek in1793. Only one in three soldiers ees' would each teach 100 of my research and asked The station was in:flames Tough times don't usually had shoes, men and soon the entire if I could aid in her quest to when I arrived," Crawford last but tough people usu- They might have all army was following march- find more about her distant would relate of that tragic ally do. eventually died, if not from ing and firing orders with kin folk. time and how he heard I was glad to see the starvation then surely from precision. Fll be making copies of the indian back scouts weather turn around a bit any real lack of coordinated Those were tough times the John Crawford inter- whistling to one another for us this past weekend, training, but a Prussian indeed, but the Revolution- view and sending them to that night. He along with dear reader. General, Frederick Wil- ary War may never have Florida, at her home. a gentleman named Wood If the Good Lord wills it, helmVon Steuben, who was concluded in victory as it As a prisoner of war, John travelled to Peter Fortes the worst is behind us, as 48-years old and could not did without that miserable Crawford was selected to sit cabin to spread the word for the bitter cold. speak a word of English, experience, in a special council house but found the house empty. I found myself wondering was introduced to George America won the Revolu- with Native American and Crawford does not elabo- how our ancestors survived Washington (in highly ex- tionary War, but that meant renegade war captains in- rate about this other than to the same type cold in their aggerated form by Benja- almost nothing along the cluding Black Wolf, Blue say ff set table, found some primitive huts, tents and rain Franklin) early in 1777 Ohio River Valley and the Jacket and Simon Girty. He bread in the skillet, some ex- cabins, and the "baron" reported interior of Kentucky. was given a letter to take to cellent buttermilk and ate of As my notebooks on early for voluntary duty at Valley Young John Crawford, the commanding officers at my wife's bread and baking Fleming County settler Mi- Forge within only a handful who would later come to Fort Pitt. He held lengthy that she had left in that skil- chael Cassidy were fresh on of weeks after it was estab- Kentucky in April of 1786, conversations with Simon let, before I ever seen her." my mind, I couldn't help but fished, had been taken prisoner in Girty, Black Wolf and Blue I reckon that's as good wonder about Valley Forge He hand-picked 100 men 1785, by Mingo Chief Black Jacket and later success- a place as any to end this and how Cassidy served and began training them in Wolf, a leader during the fully delivered his written column. I continue my re- under Brigadier General proper military order and 1782 Battle of Lower Blue letter to the officers at Fort search into all things relat- Charles Scott and General discipline within the ranks. Licks. Crawford was inter- Pitt, being escorted most of ed to our fascinating history George Washington, there. Von Steuben's friend, viewed by Rev. John Shane the way by one of the three and heritage, dear reader. around 5 years. I got caught in an addic- tion and became trapped. There's no doubt, my bad choices put me there. I had no clue that these pills contained synthetic heroine. I knew I was in trouble and tried to quit several times. Once I lay in bed and didn't eat for 21 days. My mom, sister and other family members had to sit with me. I had to drink en- sure and take vitamins to help me stay alive. I also tried medical help. I went to the doctor and paid for an implant to be put in my side to block pain pills. It only lasted a few weeks. I lay in motels in Florida sick at different times. I remember falling asleep while driving the long trips to Florida and back. I remember hugging the toilet at home all night long a couple of times. As fe.ar gripped me - I just knew that I was go- ing to take my last breath any minute because I had overdosed. It was like demons would hold my body hos- tage until I would find a way to feed the addiction. I lay in bed many times with tears in my eyes, my bones hurting so badly, vomiting and stomach cramps for a week at a time. I remember lying on a cold concrete jail floor, shivering, cramping, vom- iting, and not eating for 14 or more days. I felt Letter to Editor cont. on pg. 5 When an apple a day isn't enough, call the Physician Referral Line Matching you to the right physician at the right time is our specialty. Call today-- the service is freei f ---! DISCOUNT I Jewelry & Pawn I Loans CASH on ANYTHING of Value! DJP loans cash on LARGE ITEMS our competitors can't handle! 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