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Since I don’t tweet, text or e-mail I must revert to the age-old method of communicating by “taking a pen to hand” and besides my ribbon on the typewriter has faded away.
Yes, it’s old-fashioned and outdated, as many things in life, all except memories, those never fade away. Memories are sometimes the only things we have left of the past.
And so it seems that is the case with the burning of the building of the Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School, now a memory.
I was not aware of this incident until reading the Grant County News. All the hard work and effort of so many people who tried to save and preserve this piece of history, gone up in smoke. So how does this touch me? Going to school in Dry Ridge, riding the school bus, we picked up some black children and were dropped off at their school. I wondered at that time, why couldn’t they just ride on with us to our school. Little did I know at that time what segregation was. Later of course, I came to understand and realize that that school was just as important as any other school in the educating of the children.
I have a feeling for history and the importance of old buildings and what they have added to the lives of people here in Grant County. So several years ago, I said I wanted to preserve some of the “old pieces of the past”. So I set out to do that in a small way by setting some of those building to canvas. Using the term loosely, an artist I became. I know the term “artist” is probably not in the same category as many of the fine artists we have.
But never the less, I have put several of Grant County building on canvass’. These include in Williamstown: the Wiggington Building, the Williamstown Roller Mill and a Main Street painting featuring Miller’s Drug Store, Lucas Drug, Grant County Deposit Bank and the Bank of Williamstown in a setting of about 1959 or 60’s as they appeared then.
In Dry Ridge, I have the old Carlsbad Hotel, Dry Ridge High School, Dry Ridge Depot and Dry Ridge Creamery. And to that list of which I am glad that I put it to canvas, the Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School.
I was worried that this building would be rotted or torn down. So I visited, taking measurements, etc. to put it to canvas so that I would have a piece of history.
How elated I was to learn that it would be moved and preserved. By the efforts of many, it came to life again. And now, that is all wiped out, perhaps, by the thoughtless act of someone, destroying something that cannot be replaced.
But memories cannot be destroyed, they live on. So to those people who worked so long to preserve that piece of history, I say, “well done thou god and faithful servants.” So my memory is now a canvas and it anyone would like to see it, I ‘ll be glad to share it with you.
H.O.P.E (Helping Out People Everywhere) had its first fundraiser on this fall. There was a wonderful turn out. We helped family’s, informed people of what H.O.P.E means and is about and everyone had a wonderful time listening to music and eating good food. There were several businesses and other community supporters who donated items for our silent auction.
I would like to give them all a big thank you from H.O.P.E. These businesses and community members are Grant County Football Boosters, Grant County Deposit Bank, The Card Exchange, Realty Place, Body Works, Chino’s Mexican Restaurant, Ivy Leaf, Randy Roark, Sherman Church Of Christ, Joyce Haubner, Family Dollar Store and our own H.O.P.E volunteers. H.O.P.E would like you all to know that without businesses, people and community members like you all we would not be able to continue our work of Helping Out People Everywhere. Your support means so much to us and to the family’s we are able to help. It could not be done without you all.