Tonawanda News


October 12, 2013

TUCKER: Eagle project reaps extra benefit

Tonawanda News — Last Sunday, a story featured Jacob Dawson who earned his Eagle scout award by cleaning up the Poole Cemetery in Pendleton. On Thursday, Barbara Markusic from Indianapolis, Ind., called to say how much the story meant to her and her family.

It seems Barbara has been researching the whereabouts of her ancestors’ graves. The family is from Pendleton and a website set up to help families in these kinds of searches was no help. Then a friend from here sent her the story of Jacob’s work and lo and behold, the gravestone pictured was that of her great-great-great-grandmother, Effa Rappleye.

“I can’t thank (Jacob) enough for his hard work and want him to know it paid off,” Barbara said.

She had another request for Jacob.

“Did he find any VanSlyke tombstones or makers in that cemetery? Effa was a VanSlyke and we are looking for that location as well.”

The request was forwarded to Jacob but no reply as of this writing.


Cort Whitcomb stopped by for a visit on Friday to hand-deliver a press release on a spaghetti dinner coming up at Live Hose Company. Cort is a favorite of the newsroom as he always has such positive comments as well as assessments of what’s happening in and out of town.

His visit jogged my memory of other wonderful people who at one time were “regulars” at this desk, always welcome. Tom Pendleton would promote the American Legion Band and the fact that his son Henry is a vocalist at the concerts. He’s also kept us in touch with the work by the firefighters and their activities. We also miss Ken Sprenger, who at one time wrote a great column on where to go on a day trip in the area as well as the latest ideas for fishermen. He was always full of good ideas on how to make the riverfront better. Dick Hempel comes in once a month with a release on the luncheon for the classes of ‘39 to ‘47 (which were inadvertently left out of the Bulletin Board a couple of times — not his fault.) He was forgiving, thank heavens, and continues his visits with lots of ideas for the Tonawandas. Joe Saber, who recently died, also brought fun — and goodies — to the newsroom. When he would drop off a story, he always had a great joke to lighten the day. It always seemed a bit strange that a funeral director would tell jokes, but we loved hearing them. There are so many others who make this job fun and we miss them all.

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