Medal of Honor: William Reed

William Reed, Riverview Cemetery, Huntingdon The Medal of Honor symbolizes the ideals of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, and integrity and is the highest award presented for military valor in action. Those recipients have shown bravery in combat, going above and beyond the call of duty, risking – and often sacrificing – their lives for the welfare … Continue reading Medal of Honor: William Reed

Sam Cree’s “God Bless America”

Grave of Marion "Sam" Cree, Mapleton Over the years I have made numerous trips up the Thousand Steps Trail, which is located in Jacks Narrows between Mapleton and Mount Union, and every trip has been a new learning experience. On this particular trip it wasn’t history or geology I was learning, but a piece of … Continue reading Sam Cree’s “God Bless America”

The Dean Family Massacre

Dean Family Memorial, Keller Cemetery As I finished paying my respects to William Donnelly, whose 1832 murder remains unsolved, I noted a nearby memorial and instantly knew this was the other monument that had brought me to the historic Keller Church and Cemetery. I walked carefully among the older stones to the monument to the … Continue reading The Dean Family Massacre

Unsolved: The Murder of William Donnelly

The grave of William Donnelly, Keller Cemetery Standing on the hillside, just south of Route 22 near the collection of houses known as Yellow Springs, is the Keller Church and Cemetery. Over the years, I had passed this location numerous times, but never realized it existed. Driving up the narrow, grassy road that clung to … Continue reading Unsolved: The Murder of William Donnelly

Remembering the Victims of the Walter L. Main

Note: The first part of the Walter L. Main wreck can be found here: Wreck of the Walter L. Main “Where are we off to today?” Mike asked as he plopped down in the passenger’s seat. “Here and there,” I replied. “Have some cemeteries we need to visit.” “Who are we looking for?” “The victims of … Continue reading Remembering the Victims of the Walter L. Main