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Old 09-16-2009, 07:23 AM
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Default S&D - Thirty Years Ago

With the annual meeting of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen taking place at Marietta, Ohio this weekend, I dredged up a batch of photos from the 40th anniversary meeting in 1979. Betty Blake, long associated with the DQ and before that the AVALON, was the featured banquet speaker and gave a fascinating talk that had everyone on the edge of their chair. John Hartford brought out his banjo and provided great music, singing such favorites as "Lorena", "Gentle on My Mind" and, of course, "Miss Ferris" which he composed in tribute to his fifth grade teacher. The grand finale of the meeting was the lighting of two steamboat torch baskets (from the Ohio River Museum collections) on the riverfront. Capt. Fred Way often said he thought it to be the best S&D meeting ever.

Herewith is a small selection of images from that memorable meeting. Time, like the river, rolls swiftly on and, sadly, far too many of the S&D faithful have made their final crossing since that festive celebration three decades past when the S&D "family reunion" exceeded 300 in attendance.

(1) Marie and Capt. John Hartford with Miss Ruth Ferris.
(2) Capt. Lexie Palmore and Judy Patsch.
(3) Keith Norrington and Capt. Doc Hawley.

Ruth's birthday, September 19th, sometimes coincided with the date of the S&D meeting (as it does this year) and was always celebrated. Ruth, who was Honorary President of S&D until her death at age 95 in 1993 would now be 112. Like many other dear river people, she is gone from our sight, but lovingly remembered and much missed!
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