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Froman club learns about Wilderness Trail

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Members of the Caby M. Froman Club met Friday, Nov. 5 in the Burley Room of General Butler State Park.  President Sandra Thomas served as hostess for the event.

President Thomas began the meeting with readings of the season.  These included “The Corn Row” by John Greenleaf Whittier and “An Old-Time Autumn” by Nat Campbell.

President Thomas also gave a religious study of the origin of Thanksgiving.  The precise origin of this type of celebration is often disputed.  Americans commonly believe that the first Thanksgiving occurred in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. Others feel the English settlers first gave thanks as they left their ships in 1603.  Canadians established such a day of thankfulness in 1578, Greeks in Athens in the 9th century as did many other countries with varying fall dates.  But what must be remembered is not the date of celebration but rather the common purpose for the event.  It was a day set aside for expressing thankfulness to God for all of his blessings including family, friends and a bountiful harvest.

Mrs. Lonnie Sundermeyer presented the program on The Wilderness Trail as reviewed in the book of that title by Robert Kincaid.  This Wilderness Trail was the settler’s route used to reach Kentucky from the east.  In 1774 a group of land speculators joined together to form the Transylvania Company.  In 1775, Daniel Boone and his 30 axe men were hired by the company to begin their way from Fort Chiswell in Virginia through the Cumberland Gap into central Kentucky.  The route was later extended to go on to the Falls of the Ohio in Louisville.  The blazing of this trail was not an easy job and brought hardships not only from terrain but also weather’s bitter winters and attack from Indians discontent with these intruders.  But in the end, this route allowed hundreds of thousands of pioneers to settle the American frontier and helped to build our fine nation.  “A road is usually a dead, inanimate thing and has no significance except its utility. But when it is an instrument by which empires are built and civilization maintained, it becomes a pulsing, dynamic artery of vast historical importance.”  The Wilderness Trail was just such a road.

Mrs. Nancy Jo Grobmyer invited the group to join her at her home, Rebel Landing, for Christmas on Friday, Dec. 10.