Historical society asks for community’s help


The first Father’s Day was celebrated June 19, 1910. It was established through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd, who, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, wondered why there wasn’t a similar day to honor fathers. Dodd’s father had been widowed when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child and he was then left to raise their six children on his own. During that sermon, Dodd realized her dad had made the same sacrifices as any mother in raising a family and suggested a day be established to recognize the important contributions dads make to families all across the country. President Calvin Coolidge stated his support for a national Father’s Day in 1924, but it wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson established the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day does not only honor fathers, but any adult male who is a role model.



The Lower Muskingum Historical Society is still looking for help from local residents to help celebrate Beverly’s 225th birthday. Any personal items including family papers, pictures, postcards, etc. pertaining to local history are wanted for display at the Open House Show of Historical Items planned for July 4 Tables of displays will be set up in the basement of the Fifth Street Church of Christ in Beverly from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day, and several options for display have been offered. A photo display of items that cannot be moved from their current location and scans or copies of items will be accepted. Records of any items on display will be maintained for accurate return to the owner, and the privacy of the owners will be respected as desired. Anyone wishing to bring an item or items and sit with them during the open house is welcome as well. Donations of local historical items are always welcomed at the museum. Two specific items are being searched for – pictures of the E-shaped barn in Beverly and of the boat the Buckeye Belle. For information about the Oliver Tucker Museum, items for the special Open House Show of Historical Items or for donation to the Oliver Tucker Museum, or the 225th anniversary celebration should contact Wayne Farnsworth at (740) 525-7486 or Sue Trotter at (740) 236-8757.

Also, the Historical Society asks community members to make costumes to wear for the upcoming Homecoming Parade and the Waterford Fair Parade. Homecoming is this weekend – Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Dodge Park in Beverly – and the Homecoming Parade is slated for Thursday. Dress in something historical from the past 225 years to join in the celebration!


These kindergarten students in Mrs. Heidi Fryman’s class at Beverly-Center Elementary School earned the “Super Skills” award for achieving 10 out of 10 skill areas for the fourth nine weeks grading period: Cain Campbell, Wyatt Duskey, Julia Harper, Melissa Hoffmann, Caiden McCurdy, Jackson McCurdy, Macy Moore, Weston Schaad, and Cambria Starkey.


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.