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Birthday celebration a hit at Indian Camp

December 7, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

We wish to thank everyone who braved the cool temperatures to come and celebrate the 100th birthday of the Indian Camp Normal Building on Nov. 10. We were so pleased with the number of people who attended. We had a wonderful day of history, fellowship and food.

We have one regret. Originally in the program, we intended to have a time for guests to speak about their connection to the Normal.We accidentally missed that part when we did some rearranging of our schedule for the day. Later, in looking over the register, we found some names of people who were in attendance that we should have publicly acknowledged. Thank you, Catherine Foster Frye, the granddaughter of Rev. J.T. Foster. Thank you, Steven Phillips, a descendant of the Phillip's family that donated land to the Normal property. Both celebrated the Centennial of the Indian Camp Normal Building. We are sure that there are others with similar connections to the past that we probably missed, and we apologize for that.

We wish to thank some individuals and groups that did some extraordinary work in helping make our celebration a success. One of these was the Upshur County Historical Society, especially Linda Wygal, Amy Tenney, Noel Tenney and Thomas Andrews. This group prepared some pictures and a historical leaflet about the Normal that were a wonderful addition to our event.

The next person and organization that we owe a big thanks to is Jo Criss and the United Methodist District Office for printing our program guides that explained our events for the day.

Also, we really appreciate the coverage the Inter-Mountain and the Record Delta newspapers gave in advertising our


Thank you to Del. Bill Hamilton for attending, sharing some remarks and honoring our veterans who were in attendance. Also thanks to Commissioner Buddy Brady for attending.

We also want to express our appreciation to some individuals and groups who helped in numerous ways. They all deserve a public acknowledgement for the part they played in the events of our day. Thanks to the Forgiven Disciples for entertaining us, to Junior Howes for leading prayers and pledges, to Brian Huffman for leading the pledge and introducing Hamilton. Also thanks to Lois Snider for presiding over different segments of the day. Thanks to Janice Cain and the Indian Camp United Methodist Church Youth Group: Chelsea and Heather Humphrey, Shai and Kylie Landis and Toni, Wilbur and Tailynn Snider.

Thanks to Stanford McCann for bell-ringing along with Rex Snider, Ray Snider, Joni McCartney, Shanah Garpenter, Shellie Humphrey, Stephanie Gillum, Cheryl Cain, Terry McCann, Kim Gould and Ricki Landis.

Thanks to Jeffrey Wygal and Amy Tenney for registering and welcoming guests. Thanks to Jeffrey McCann and Shellie Humphrey, along with some others, for setting up candles for vespers under the rock. Thanks to the Indian Camp Settlers Club under the leadership of Tom Hamner for moral and financial support for this program.

Thanks to these people who contributed pictures and information for this celebration: Wendy Andrus, Mary Bennett, Marie Buckner, Faye Black, Janice Cain, Cindy Campbell, Shanah Carpenter, George and Kayla David, Mary Dean, Tressie Depoy, Janet and Tom Hamner, Vicky Hawkins, Shellie Humphfrey, Brian and Joann Huffman, Mariah Lambert, Charlotte McCann, Robyn McCann, Barbara McCartney, Jessica McDaniels, Carolyn Perry, Iris Perry, Lois Snider, Berta Thompson, Vicky Wilson and Linda Wygal. We apologize for anyone that we missed.

Last but not least, thank you to all who provided food for the day. We also need to thank Bill Snider and all the people who helped him with the trash can cookers.

We have been blessed to have the Indian Camp Normal Building in our community for all these years, and we were again blessed on Nov. 10 when so many people came together to celebrate its 100th year of existence.

Charlotte McCann

The Indian Camp

Centennial Committee



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