Ruddell & Martin Stations Historical Association Gathering 2013 was held
on Saturday, June 22, 2013. It marked the 14th meeting of the Association.
We began our meeting at about 10:30 Am in the Red brick building on the
Harrison County 4H fairgrounds in Cynthiana, Kentucky. This was the same
location of our very first Gathering back in 1998.
The program began with introductions of Officers after which each person
stood and identified themselves and talked about their families and in
most cases from who they descended. Everyone took part and enjoyed talking
about family and meeting new cousins the didn’t know they Had.
I like the way Bill Overbey described the meeting:
“ Don, you got nearly everyone to open up with the introductions and
a lot more about their families than I've heard before. It was better than
a program. It was a real reunion.
Jon, your knowledge of our Conway family, (and the other families) your
music, and your presentations about life during the period never fail to
Carol, wonderful job on preparing and setting up the meal along with
performing the Treasurer tasks. I hope I never have to explain the potato
facts of life to my girlfriend, Connie Mayham. If I do I'll have to try to
console her with being 2nd best in the world...not a position I relish.
I thought it was a very fine meeting and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Thanks you so much. Bill Overbey.
Thanks Bill. You did a great job greeting people and signing them in and
handling the finances.
Robert Conway, a new member, was there from Georgetown, KY, with his two
sons Austin and Robert Jr. He was impressive in his talk. Bill Duchie,
Brandon, MS, had some very interesting suggestions on paying dues. Of course, the
people that traveled the furthest to our gathering was Charles and
Virginia Byers, all the way from the State Of Washington. They were accompanied by
their son Brent Byers. Charles came dressed in his new bright blue and
white 1780s Militia uniform. He looked very handsome in it too. It was a large
gathering with too many to mention. In all we had people from West
Virginia, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington, Oregon, South Carolina,
Connecticut, Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee.
Elizabeth worked hard all week preparing the noon lunch and it was out
standing. She prepared Chicken, potato Salad (world’s best which everyone
agreed), baked beans, fruit tray, sheet cake, etc. A number of people brought
dishes, drinks, pies, cakes, salads, cookies and etc. Wow! Needless to say we
had great food and plenty to eat. Mucho thanks to Elizabeth for her work.
She was able to accomplish this in spite of the fact both of our vehicles
broke down when we needed them the most. Thanks to Jon Hagee for the music.
Jon you have a great voice.
After Lunch we motored to The Ruddell Fort Site where we were greeted by
property owners Henry Darnell and his wife BT Darnell. At the Fort Site we
presented them with a very nice Plaque thanking them for their many services
and courtesies to Our organization. They are really a great Host and
Hostess. They both work hard to prepare and make the site ready for us.
We all lined up and took a group picture in front of the Monument after
which we visited the burial vault on the river bank. Everyone lingered and
seem to be reluctant to leave. We had a wonderful day. It will be hard to top
this gathering. Some went on the visit Ruddles Mills and some of us
visited the Christian Spears Cemetery.
Gathering 2014 planning starts today.
Ruddell & Martin Stations