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2 - April 6, 2017 Your Hometown Newspaper NewsOuflook The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. Heaven Is A Lot Like By Charles Mattox "Girly was the flag bearer, white flag, and when he went in he said hundreds of riftes were pointed at him. He told them if they did not surren- der, they would all be killed as the Indians were so angry, he cmdd not save them. They sur- rendered... I heard him speak of (John) Hinkson and how he frequently managed to get prisoners away." Interview with Sarah Girty Munger, in Flemingsburg, Ky. Munger was a daughter By Cecil Lawson In Flanders fields the pop- pies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fiy Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago i of Simon Girty; the interview is located in volume 20S page 200 of the Draper Manu- scripts. TIME awe were taken June 22, 1780 by Captain Henry Byrd... My father (Patrick Mahan) was taken D'isoner (at Ruddle's Station) at the same time we were and car- tied to Detroit. He died there two weeks after he got there. All had the sickness-the fev~ He traveled two days with his two sons homing him under the arms and helping him along. He begged us to leave him at several of the Indian towns, but we/eared if we left him there, the Indians would kill him. It was very scary times." From Rev. John Shane's 1841 interview with Mrs. Wilson of Woodford County. The interview is located in The Draper Manuscripts and was later published in Vol. 16 of the Filson Club Historical Journal in 1941-42. "My father and two others went out about a mile and a hal/from Ruddle's Station re- connoitering when my father was shot by a party of Indians and wounded in the left side, and was caught and toma- hawked , breaking his skull and scalped and left for dead." Interview of Samuel Con- way, son of Joseph Conway. Draper ManusGipts volume 24S pages 169-171. June 30, 1780 He was more dead than alive but Joseph Conway trudged onward, putting one foot in front of the other. Joseph was one of nine children of John and Eliza- beth Bridgewater Conway who had made their home in and around Isaac Ruddle's Station, on the South Fork of The Licking River. At only 17-years-of age Joseph was extremely agile and in peak physical condi- tion, but his broken skull and scalping wounds, coupled with his bullet wound in his the foe: To you from failing hands we throw " The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, side was pulling him dose to the ground. He and the other prisoners, approximately 600 all together, were herded north in small and large groups: some of them trav- eling under the protection of Colonel Henry Byrd and the soldiers of the Royal 8th Regiment of His Majesty's Royal British Army. Others were carted off by various groups of British allied Na- tive American warriors. The stragglers were clubbed and left where they fell. Many of those who met such a fate were older wom- en and younger children. Joseph's sister, Elizabeth was with the group of pris- oner's that included Joseph and she was able to change the bandages on his head on occasion. The cataclysmic events of the past week would haunt all of the survivors for the rest of their lives. Many, like Stephen and Abraham Ruddle, children of Isaac Ruddle, were taken by Shawnee warriors at a very young age and adopted into the Shawnee tribe. Stephen would become a very close friend to the leg- endary warrior and chief Te- cumseh. Others were taken to Mow treal Canada and placed in work camps until their re- lease in 1784. Joseph Conway would mi- raculously survive the ardors of his captivity. A Shawnee elder placed a poultice of cobwebs and other medicinal poultices upon his wounded skull, which healed in due time. He never faltered on his long journey northward and was eventually re-united with the remainder of his family near Detroit at the conclu- sion of their northern jour- ney. The British invasion of nearly 200 British soldiers under Byrd's command and his 900 allied Native Ameri- cans decimated the frontier settlements of Ruddle's and Martin's Station as well as Grant's Station. Young Jacob Stucker sur- vived the attack on Grant's Station when only a teenager and he buried many fam- ily members in a small cem- etery following the attack. He would become a legend- ary frontiersman along the settlements of central and northeast Kentucky. Several men from John Strode's Station, including James Beath were also cap- tured during this same inva- sion. Beath, like the members of the Conway family would return to their former Ken- tucky homes in 1784. Other, Like Stephen and Abraham Ruddle, would be a long time gone and not re- turn until 1795. They spoke almost no Eng- lish when they were repatri- ated with their father. Many others simply van- ished, their fate never docu- mented. WHEN AMERICA LOST ITS INNOCENCE The war settled into the trenches in France shortly after Germany's invasion of France and drug on until 2017, when changes in com- batants' involvement, includ- ing the entrance of the US into the war for the Allies, led to a victory for the Allies. The war came to an end on November 11, 1918 (the date now celebrated as Veteran's Day). The world had never seen such devastation. Over 9 mil- lion people died and 20 mil- lion were wounded. It was the first modern war in which machine guns, tanks, airplanes, and chemi- cal weapons were first use in large quantities, contributing to the massive casualties. Germany, Russia, Austria- We shall not sleepl though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Flanders Fields," (1915) by Maj. John McCrae, Canadian doctor and artillery officer, who wrote the poem following the death of a fellow soldier on the battlefield near Flanders, France. This Thursday, April 6, 2017, marks the 100th anni- versary of the date on which the United States official en- of who are now elderly and passing away. The oldest and last surviv- ing American WWI veteran, Frank Buckles, entered the war at age 16 and died at age 110 in 2011. World War I was in many ways just as influential for subsequent world history as World War II, and in many ways even more so. The war started following the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, by a group of Serbian nationalists. Through a tangled web of complex and secret alliances across Europe, the Austro- Hungarian invasion of Serbia on July 28 of that year trig- gered the outbreak of the tered the First World War, war in Europe, w th German -' ' Ytre wed felt-dawn saw kn -d$ l eb"l t-W . .... invading France qhd bringing ~/glOw~" ........ ~i~:~/~:: ~ -Workl~:,l~:'~ been into conflict the A~ied powers ~i~~Weret0~ll, and overshado]bzd'Vii~ the Uldted (France, Russia, [and Great now we lie States by the recent popular- Britain) and Central powers In Flanders fields, i ity of remembrances of World (German and Austria-Hunga- War II and its veterans, many ry). Take up our quarrel with in 1929 and World War H in 1939. Until 1917 Americans re- mains staunchly opposed to the involvement in the war. During that year Germany began a campaign of all-out submarine warfare against all commercial ships with Great Britain, resulting in the loss of five American ships, and Americans were made aware of the Germany's attempts to recruit Mexico as an ally against the United States by way of the "Zimmerman tele- gram." Following the war, Presi- dent Woodrow Wilson had a hand in the creation of the League of Nations, a forerun- ner of the United Nations (which Congress in the end decided to not join), and the to that time had been with Latin America and the Philip- pines. The country would at- tempt once again to retreat into its domestic affairs after the war and allow Europe to slide back into conflict as well as watch suspiciously as the power of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany grew. It would be only after World War II that the United States would takes its place on the world stage as a "superpow- er and assume its responsi- bilities as an important player and broker in world affairs. As our country now stands poised under the Trump administration to undo and retool many of its existing alliances and diplomatic rela- tions under the slogan "Amer- Hungary: :and :the: Ottoman -United States emerged~as a ica First," this anniversary Empireallcoliapsed.-- ,~major power following the col- stands as a reminder of what The resultant political and lapse of the traditional,power- can happen when American economic disarray across the ful European nations, power is used effectively in world sowed the seeds for the The extent of America's in- the world can what happen Great Depression beginning ternational involvement prior when it is not. Dear Editor, then went with the County This past week a petition Judge to the Bath County was presented to the Bath Clerk calling for an election County Clerk with names sup- to legalize, advertise, pro- porting the call for a spedal 1o- mote and sell alcohol in Bath option election to legalize Countyl And it is mixed mes- :< ,: ,hol sales in Bath County. sages like t ese that are at And to make matters worse, it has been called to my atten- tion that some young people under the legal drinking age were asked to s'tgn the peti- tion. I know that there are many for nearly forty years and have always considered him a friend. But to encourage the legalization of alcohol on the day that you sign a proclama- tion against it at the "March Against Drugs" is a serious ,rder to verify the validity the heart of the alcohol and emotional feelings regarding lapse of judgment. I think an is petition, it will be neces- drug proble we have here this issue and Pm trying to apology to the students and to if possible, to publish the in Bath C finty, especially be measured in my response. IP m m -- m -, m m of those who signed it. when it is dbne along with And, I also know that there | ugso, it is not the intent the support of a county offi- are many good people and ': barrass anyone or to im- cial. Alcohol is a destructive some friends of mine who | at they are in favor of it drug and no public offidal will see the issue differently II . ause they signed it. or anyone working with chil- than I do. And, I have known are many people who dren should advocate for it. our County Judge-Executive | :eel that people should I the privilege to vote on | a matter of democratic call the Physician Referral Line | and even though : ;ign such a petition, : ould be against it and ..... perfectly understood. no one would :.r it anything beyond ~:~:'~CATION. If my name I would certainly want ; so that I could have it being said, I move to subject and that is that were young people last First of all, on Friday the "March Against Rally al: Bath County Jeff W'dson gave anding testimony as to alcohol ruined for many years and ten years ago, his around by the God. During the ral- ":dgned a proclamation that Bath County and our community alcohol and drug to do as the theme -ard signs says, "Be Be Drug and Alco- Y This was a wonder- : to do and certainly right message to our mple in the county. ~aen, things changed. immediately after- : '::ff i;aere was a meeting , urthouse annex that aae day where the .....have worked ag- y to get enough valid i the petition met and Matching you to the right physician at the right time is our specialty, Call today-- the service is freel Don't miss the deadline - April 181 An ~ may help you meet your retirement goals, and now is a great time to take advantage of one. You have until April 18, 2017, to make an IRA contribution for 2016. Call today - I can help you plan for life. Modem Woodmen of America Nm raM, F ~/?:P: B S~-26'-~74 I 4[[=~ jhn'n'alfl~nOm~lw'~ TAXG1216 Regis~md ~. Secu~ks offered ~wough MWA manc~ Se~m Inc., a wholly I I IIIIIII I I the "March Against Drugs" program planners is in order. Alcohol is the leading entry level drug into greater drug dependency and it is already advertised and promoted way too much in our society. We will never be able to do much about the illegal drug problem in America until we tackle the alcohol drug prob- lem in America. Sincerely, Rev. Lowell C. Rice Pastor, Owingsville First Church of God i | H | | | i | FAMILY DENTAL 1 10 South Locust Street C'arlisle Kontucky 403 ! 1 (859)289-5418 I I I I ~ | I | | | I | | I | I m | | a I | H | | I I I IJ