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Subject: Re: Letter in Bedford Gazette
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 23:07:11 EST
In a message dated 10/31/2005 9:00:40 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Haven't heard from you as to your coming to Bedford in October, but maybe I
can help you and your wife in November.
Last week there was a letter in the Bedford Gazette that appeared to allude
to you. I think Gillian must be badmouthing you to the public. It didn't name
you, but said, "I'll be that guy who's taking our history is going to make a
mint." I think you should write a letter to the Gazette and tell about your
project. Take pictures of the work you have done (if able to be done); otherwise,
just tell what you've completed and how the folks can access the records
you've completed. Tell them about the computerized records you have and the reason
for them. It's time people KNOW that you are performing a SERVICE
I tried getting hold of you for October but was unable to do so as I was
on my annual junket through the mid-west. Me and the Mrs. will be in Bedford
on Nov. 9 and 10. Hope to see you then.
As for Mrs. Leach one can not change her mind though one can always try.
We finally got the "tax room" completed as to the assessing and inventory.
Mrs. Zembower then directed us to start in the back room(The Dungeon) with
removing, sorting and doing a very rough inventory. It is her wish that all of the
material in those two back rooms be stored in boxes preparatory to the move
into the addition to the Court House.
Funny thing is that Mrs. Leach will say one thing in the press or to
other parties but is cagey enough that she will never admit to such comments. I
will continue to take the high road until at such time my wife retires and we
become permanent residents of the county. Or until we save enough to purchase a
small lot in our price range so that we can claim partial residence for tax
I leave it up to the residents of the county to make their thoughts felt.
There is a small contingent even among the staff of the Pioneer that believe
that she is doing a disservice but it is a small minority.
I wonder then what I should do as I was just asked by that same
individual to "help" them with their newsletter? I had explained to them that part of
the reason for their declining membership is that the quality of the newsletter
presented to their membership leaves a lot to be desired. There is no
cognizant effort on their part to prepare a publication of even a passing quality. I
reckon Mrs. Leach is starting to see the writing on the wall. Last I heard
they are in a financially distressed state and the doors are being kept open by
pure will power.
For those reading this I apologize for the non-Brethren list content but
since Bedford county, Pennsylvania is of such import to researchers of the
Brethren faith I hope you will not take too critical an eye to the content herein.
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