1955 "Brighter Sun" by Greene Buster reviewed.
6 Doily News-Journol :uated in 1900 from Martinsville “Uncle Tom's Cabin” In reader in- high school and taught for three tercst, is based on the stories the years in the school in the “Guest author’s grandfather, Garret settlement” near New Vienna.; Buster, told, which afford a re; re; Earning a degree from the Univer-! vealing insight into the trying sity of Kansas he joined the teach -1 times in the half-free, half-slave ing staff of the Kansas City public i nation from 1820 to 1865. Tuesdoy, Nov. 22, 1955 Wflmlnfton. Oiilo Mrs. Miller Reviews Book, 'Brighter Sun' Mrs. Thurman Miller was program program leader for the Conversation Club which met Saturday afternoon afternoon at the home of Mrs. E. J. Hiatt, with one guest, Mrs. Mary B. McVey. Mrs. Miller reviewed the book, ‘Brighter Sun,” by Greene. B. schools from which he retired only a few years ago. Since his retire- I menl he has been private secretary I to a member of the Kansas legisla- i ture. He is a member of the board I of directors of a Kansas City bank and of the official board of one of the city’s large Christian churches. Garret Buster was born in Kentucky, Kentucky, Feb, 20, 1809, a few days from the birth of Abraham Lincoln and within a few’ miles of the Emancipator’s birthplace,* When he was 11 years old his father, Jim, was “sold down the river,” an incident that stirred in the Locally, Mrs. Miller pointed out, youngster a determination to free | the family has been closely idcnti-i himself from slavery. The story of fied with the affairs of the com-j ancestor Jim ended with his tragic munity. The late Squire Buster ! death when he interfered to pre- was an administrative teacher in j vent a slave-driver from whipping Buster, a native of Clinton county j the public schools and his brother, a and one of the 13 children of the i Lewis, was in the postal service, late Greene and Mildred Johnson Mrs. Sadie Buster Starks and Mrs. Buster, one of the area's best- known Negro families for over a half century. Mrs. Milkr outlined the author’s career. He was born in the south- George Crockett, sisters, live on Columbus street, A third sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Napper, lives in Columbus. Mrs. Miller explained that the em part of the county, was grad- book, which rivals the famous STORE WILL BE CLOSED Wednesday Afternoon As Usual Formerly Lacy-Streaa 60 N. South St. Wilmington Restaurant Owners one of the most important things for you to do to keep satisfied customers is to serve a GOOD CUP OF COFFEE we always have and always will feature top quality. Your customers deserve deserve the best Serve them • • • « • HUnTER wet et «»umr ■ âMt slave girl. “Miss Mary” w’ho owned Garret, promised to free him when he became became 21, but she died a few days before he reached that age, and her husband refused to comply with her promise. When he was 251 years old, he bought his freedom | for $750, He married Sophie, a j slave girl. However, it was not un- j til 1845, after three children had ' been born to them, that he was financially financially able to purcha.se her ransom ransom for $500. The three children remained remained slaves under southern law, and as their value increased as thej grew older, he could not meet' the money demands for their free-j dom. In a desperate effort to raise the $2,000 needed to remove their | shackles, Garret joined the “gold rush” to California, but returned to Kentucky two years later, richer by j only a few hundred dollars. I Mrs. Miller picked up the threads | of the story from there, telling ofj the purchase, in 1855, a full 100 ; years ago, of Greene Buster, the | author’s father, for $500, and the ! ensuing difficulties the conflicting north-and-south laws brought. In i 1856, the Busters moved to Ohio. On the advice of Levi Coffin, famous famous head of the “underground railroad,” railroad,” they settled in Greene county, county, and, they, too, became active in the “underground railroad,” helping helping their own son, Lewis, to escape into Canada by that method. How‘ How‘ ever, with the easing of legal re; re; strictions, Lewis was able to return I to Ohio two years later. ' Ohio by 1859 was enforcing a law t that gave a Negro the right to trial ! by jury, and no Greene county jury ; ever voted to send a slave back south, Mrs. Miller said, j Both Greene and Lewis Buster ' enlisted in the Union army, and I while on duty at Clarksville, Tenn., , Greene met Mildred Johnson. They j were married in September, 1865, ! and moved to Clinton county in 1 1881. The book, “Brighter Sun,” Mrs. j Miller remarked, has been avidly received by historians and authori- lies who accept it as a case history throwing light on the very crucial period of United States history. I m m m I Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth 0. Stone and Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Foster of Sabina attended a concert of the i Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra i and the Scottish Rite Choir at Taft i Auditorium in Cincinnati Wedne^ day night. Fuji