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Western CC Historical Society studies North Georgetown

July 15, 2012
Salem News

HOMEWORTH -The village of North Georgetown was revisited by way of photos and memories when 35 members and guests of the Western Columbiana County Historical Society met at the Middle Sandy Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Homeworth.

Pat McArtor created the small town's main street over which people could "travel." She displayed photos of nearly all of North Georgetown's structures, past and present, from west to east. Many other articles and pictures were available. Much of the information was obtained from the late Donald Schneider. McArtor moderated the memory sharing session. Both Betty Ritchie Heestand and Evelyn Sanor Romigh have lived in or near the small community all of their lives. Beverly Monter's parents, Paul and Lela Greeneisen Wang, were both born and lived in North Georgetown their entire lives, as had many of their relatives. Paul was well known for his large collection of Indian artifacts, which included hundreds of Indian arrowheads.

Kay Thornton recalled her grandparents, Paul and Vera Barnett, telling that in the early village days Indians were seen crouching outside the church on the hill listening to the worship services. In the late 1930s her grandparents' barn on nearby Stoffer Road was destroyed by a tornado.

In his youth Dale Berger, carrying an American flag, participated in the annual Decoration Day (now called Memorial Day) parade through town to the cemetery on the hill. The old Lutheran Church which stood at the crest of the cemetery, could be seen for quite a distance. It was destroyed by fire in the mid 1940s.

Reminiscing about their years at the two story North Georgetown Schoolhouse brought smiles to June Ellen Zink Weingart, Norma Johnson Blickensderfer, and Bernice Sanor Blair. Irene Pickens was one of their favorite teachers.

When Bob Woolf was growing up in the village in the 1940s, the telephone office was located in his home. His mother Mildred Stoffer Woolf was not only the telephone operator, but also the dispatcher for fire calls to the volunteer fire chief.

Don Behner, and with many others agreeing, said that in the 1940s they had two favorite memories. One was the North Georgetown Fire Department's annual Homecoming and the other was of the huge ice cream cones purchased at Mac McPherson's General Store.

The historical society museum is located in the former Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church on Homeworth Road in Homeworth. The officers are President Tiffany McQuilkin, Secretary Polly Offenbecher, Treasurer Linda McQuilkin, Curator Pat McArtor, and newsletter editors McArtor and Linda McQuilkin. The society will have a display at Peddler's Days in Hanoverton on July 14 and 15.

On Aug, 5 the museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. In conjunction with the open house, a quilt show will be held across Homeworth Road from the museum at the Middle Sandy Church. Both events are free, but monetary donations will be accepted.

On Aug. 12 the museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Garden tours at nine local residences will be conducted during the same hours. Tour tickets for $10 and maps of the locations will be available at the museum.



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