Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 90
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 90

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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711 -June 20,1976 Sundav Gnscttf-Mnil Charleston, West Virginia Dunbar Planning Something for All Something for everyone is planned during Dunbar's Bicentennial Festival Week June 28-July 5. Festivities open with a ceremony June 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the 12th Street area, location of most Bicentennial events. That day is Pioneer Day and there will be apple butter making and antique and arts and crafts shows. A 7:30 p.m. show includes music by "The Ambassadors" and a barber shop quartet, provided by the Kanawha Valley Chapter of the SPEBSQSA. Street dancing will follow. June 29 is Big Show Day. There will be a flower show at 10:30 a.m., Biddy Beauty Contest at 11:30 a.m., Doll Show at 1:15 p.m. and Dog Show at 3 p.m. The Putnam County Pickers will play for street dancing at 7:30 p.m. Music the festival's first two nights will be made possible by the Dunbar American Revolution Bicentennial Commission and Local 136, American Federation of Musicians. Bicycle Rodeo Day is set for June 30. Events will be directed by the Dunbar Police Department. "Christ the King Four" will sing at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Dunbar High Forensics League's presentation, "American Literature." July 1 is Kids Crazy Day and bubble blowing, balloon bursting and pie eating contests are among activities scheduled between noon and 4 p.m. "The Half Moons" will play for street dancing at 7:30 p.m. July 2 is Senior Citizens Day. Daytime contests will be followed by old movies and refreshments in the evening. An all-day Bicentennial Street Sale is planned for July 3. An antique car parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Freedom in Worship and Belief is the theme for July 4. The Dunbar Ministerial Assn. will sponsor a service at 2:30 p.m. at Lions Field. Speaker will be Dr. Robert Bliss, president of Morris Harvey College. Combined choirs of Dunbar churches will provide special music. July 5 is Dunbar Service Day. Demonstrations and displays by the Dunbar Police and Fire Departments will be included. It also is Dunbar High School reunion day. Graduates of classes from 1950 through 1976 may register that afternoon in City Park. A dance for graduates between" 1950 and 1965 will be that night at the Dunbar Armory and a dance for graduates after 1965 will be at City Park. An 11 p.m. fire works display will end festival week. Space Project Freedom Train visitors to the Exploration and Expansion car will see this scale model of the American/Soyuz Test Project, the first joint U.S.-Russian space venture. The project was launched July 15, 1975. and successfully completed nine days later. No Band Greeted Returning Fighter bv John Schoolfield There was no band playing for Ichabod Richardson when he returned home to the village of Woburn, Mass., after the American Revolution. If his old neighbors had recognized him as he walked along the narrow, snow-packed streets that February morning in the year 1783, his shoulders hunched against the cold, they would have thought they were seeing a ghost. It had been seven years since Ichabod had bade farewell to his wife and small son, and he had long been considered dead. Ichabod was born and reared in Woburn. He had learned the carpenters' trade and in 1770. when he was 23, he had married Sarah, the 17-year-old daughter of an innkeeper in the village. A son,-named for his father, was born in 1771. WHEN THE WAR began on April 19, 1775. at Lexington, just four miles from Woburn. Ichabod grabbed his musket and marched with the Woburn militia to the scene of action. He and his neighbors joined thousands of other New Englanders who gathered that day to shoot and curse the Red Coats on their retreat from Concord to Boston. After that historic day, Ichabod enlisted in the militia and served in the siege of Boston, where, in the words of British General Burgoyne "ten thousand peasants kept five thousand of the King's troops ·shut up." Ichabod fought with courage that hot June day at Bunker Hill, but after that, the dull routine of camp life was more than he could bear. He had always had a longing for the sea, and in the spring of 1776 he signed on a privateer and was soon sailing the Atlantic in search of fat British merchant ships. Many a prize was taken by Ichabod and his shipmates before misfortune struck. One day off the coast of England, the Americans captured a richly laden cargo ship and, with their prize in tow, headed for the coast of France. But, they were overtaken by a British man-of-war and forced to surrender. The Americans were placed in irons and on June 26,1777, were confined in Forton Prison, near Portsmouth. England. It was not until November 1782, after Britain and the United States signed the Preliminary Articles of Peace, that Ichabod was'released. Tales of the Revolution speculative look and after dinner the two er matters to settle. They called in the vil- men stood before the fire to await Sarah's lage magistrate, who drew up a legal decision. Sarah decided in favor of Icha- document "for the amicable settlement of bod. the father of her son. There were oth- this unhappy affair," and Ichabod and Jo- siah affixed their signatures. Josiah agreed to free Sarah "from the obligations of marriage and to restore all the goods" she had brought into her second marriage. Ichabod agreed to be responsible for "any demands of what nature so ever against Sarah, and until the time of her marriage with Josiah and for all the future." As it happened, "all the future" was not far away. Sarah died in 1786. Ichabod lived another six years. Josiah died in 1801. and An Assortment MEANWHILE at home in Woburn, time had dragged slowly for Sarah. The months had passed into years and finally she had mourned Ichabod as dead. Sarah was comforted in her loneliness by Josiah Richardson, a blacksmith and cousin of Ichabod. Josiah was a widower. He promised to be a father to young Ichabod, now 11, and on March 19,1782, Josiah and Sarah were married and he moved into Sarah's house. They had been married less than a year when Ichabod returned to Woburn that February morning. Ichabod had stood before the door of his house for several minutes, picturing in his mind for the millionth time how he would hold Sarah in his arms and how he would greet his son. - *2CCyEAISCtIAINDSTttL«3l3WIN6 * 2 WAYS TO SERVE YOU BETTER TO CELEBRATE THE BICENTENNIAL WE ARE OFFERING 30% OFF ON ALL NAMED BRAND FURNITURE! HE PULLED the latch string and the door swung open. Young Ichabod, bearing a striking resemblance to his father, stood before the fire. 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