Hurry portion of Thomson story
a i t a t i o n a l , convenient n tells Mr Gerber the t h a t trump i n g d m\ diamonds have bid DRAWING BY DANIEL THOMSON History Rang 'Oer k i n g a n y m e n t to the are e s p o n d e r he has s to n t r a c t . that this con- i t e d usage t o have hearts Some Nebraskans brought their chunk of American history with them to the flat plains of the Midwest. On his grandmother's side of the family, Dean Thomson traces his ancestry to William Hurry, who is believed to have rung the Liberty Bell when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. There is some question to the authenticity of the claim, Thomson said, but he believes an old clipping from the Philadelphia Record and family tradition passed from generation to generation substantiate the story. The undated newspaper clipping appears to be about 50 years old and was written by Samuel Barbee, who believed the bell ringer should be honored in history: "There are a number of traditions, but no facts. But William Hurry lies in the graveyard, where a very old monument is inscribed: In Memory of William Hurry, who departed this life Oct 22, 1781 (the day Cornwalus surrendered to Gen. George Washington)." More Information Barbee coupled the date of Hurry's death to an additional bit of information from the records of Philadelphia's Pine St. Church near where Hurry is buried. "The history of Pine St. Church contains the name of William Hurry as 'bellman and janitor of the old statehouse (where the bell was rune) and who is the reputed bell ringer.' According to the inscription, (he) died on the day the news of 'the surrender of Cornwallis' first reached Philadelphia." Barbee Bell Rmgei Accord; the Plains then asked that a monument be erected in Independence Hall honoring Hurry with the words, "The Died for Joy." .ng to the traditions handed down in Thomson's family, Hurry's son stood at the bottom of the stairs and "Ring father, ring" when the Declaration of Independence signed. Tape; in Drawer "I have a tape in my drawer with the voice of my old grandfather telling the family story with the words 'ring, father ring'," Thomson said. Blanche Klinefelter, Thomson's grandmother, brought the tradition o| the bell ringer to Nebraska in 1905 when she married He rbert James Thomson and moved from Pittsburgh, recalled the Pa., to Palmyra. The couple had eight children, and their grandson Dean adult descendants still living in Nebraska: George I and Keith Thomson, Palmyra; Alfred Thomson, Palmyra, and sons Dean, Palmyra, and Cloyd, Lincoln; May Lamb and daughter Janet Twohig, both Unadilla; Alma and her son, Greg, both Omaha, and daughter Paula Sitzman, Lincoln; Arthur Thomson, Palmyra, and his daughter Lorraine and son BaiTy, both Lincoln; Virginia Leith, Palmyra; Sandra Sykes, Lincoln; Rachael Johnson, Eagle; Vera Haupt, Lincoln; Linda Rosepthal, Lincoln; Wanda Hagstrom, Scottsbluff; and Carolyn Golden, Dunning.