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    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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    A few more from S&D '79...

    (1) Capt. Doc Hawley and the late river photographer Michelle Kingsley.
    (2) Judy and Keith at the Str. BECKY THATCHER - photo by Ruth Ferris.
    (3) Capt. Lexie Palmore has lunch while selling her river artwork along the Muskingum River.
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      #3
      The Marietta Times yesterday carried an article about the upcoming "Tootenanny" on Saturday when 14 steamboat whistles will be blown as the Saturday afternoon event for the S&D meeting. The article can be accessed by clicking on Whistle blow is planned at Ohio River Museum on Saturday - MariettaTimes.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Ohio, Community Information - The Marietta Times

      On a sad note, Mr. Bill Dorsey, longtime proprietor of Riverview Antiques, opposite the Hotel Lafayette, passed away on September 2nd, just one week after the passing of his wife, Mrs. Joyce Dorsey. Both were 74 years old and had been in declining health for some time. Mrs. Dorsey was a retired teacher in the Marietta schools and an accomplished pianist. Always friendly, Bill enjoyed visiting with the S&D people each year and kindly made available steamboat memorabilia (at almost giveaway prices) to appreciative collectors. A whistle salute to the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey and all the best to Bill Dorsey, Jr., who now owns the shop, a well known riverfront landmark on the corner of Front and Greene Streets for over 40 years.

      Photo: Keith with whistle from the steam towboat SPRAGUE - Ohio River Museum - S&D 1994
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        #4
        And several more from S&D '79...

        Many others images from the 40th annual meeting, of Betty Blake, Capt. Fred Way, etc., are on slides.

        (1) Artwork by Capt. Lexie Palmore of Capt. C.W. Stoll playing BELLE OF LOUISVILLE calliope.
        (2) Sue Eastman, then curator of the Alton, IL Museum River Room, in TELL CITY pilothouse.
        (3) Miss Ruth Ferris & Keith Norrington at the S&D 40th anniversary banquet.
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