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LANGUISHING AT THE LAKE

My Third Weekend at Lake Snowden

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The news I received on Friday was not what I wanted to hear. Fully expecting to pick up my car after the completed repairs and to finally get back on the road I was given the upsetting news that it would not be ready until Monday. It took several hours for my raised blood pressure to subside and for me to think rationally. My conclusion; Yes, my mishap occurred on Friday while leaving Charleston, WV and damages were not fully realized until Saturday morning, June 24th when I unhooked the car and drove it. After a call to the Ford dealer I was told their service shop was closed on weekends so Monday was the earliest I could get in to access the damages. Monday it was and the news was not good. Damage to right wheel and unsafe to drive. So, order the parts and get it fixed, I said. A call to my insurance co. was made to report the claim and a stop at the rental car office to get transportation during the fix. Parts came in on Wednesday, car worked on Thursday. More parts needed, ordered on Friday. Parts arrived on Monday. Shop closed Tuesday for July 4th. Car worked on Wednesday. Another part required (a computer chip) to finish the job. The chip didn't arrive until Friday. Shop closed for the weekend so here I am at the Lake Snowden RV Campground for the 3rd weekend. If the stars are aligned properly on Monday I should get the car back. In fairness to the Ford dealer, of the 16 days I will have been here they have had but 4-5 days to work on it due to the parts delivery days, the weekends, and the holiday. My timing for a break-down could not have been worse!

To make the most of my sojourn here I have taken several side trips to cities of interest in SE Ohio. They have been chronicled in previous blogs. My latest, however, was yesterday when I drove north about 40 miles to Lancaster, OH, a small city of about 40K people. The downtown historic district I found to be charming with a 'small-town' feel of restored store fronts, boutiques, offices, and small eateries. It is the county seat so law offices abound. After a bite of lunch I drove around to admire the old, grand homes from prosperous times past.

A point of interest was the birthplace of General William T. Sherman of Civil War fame. There, I stopped for a tour to learn more about the man. One of 11 children and son of a lawyer, he was born and raised in Lancaster. At age 40, his father, Charles died leaving his mother with 11 children (a wonder his mother didn't die first!) with little income. His mother had to give all but the 3 youngest children to family or close friends to raise. William, being the second oldest son was taken in by a lawyer friend's family who lived in the neighborhood. His older brother, John also lived nearby so they were both able to see their mother and siblings frequently. John became a lawyer and rose quickly in the political ranks of Ohio to become a Congressman, then US Senator, later US Treasury Secretary. He authored the Sherman Anti-Trust act of the 1890's breaking up monopolies, such as, Standard Oil, Carnegie Steel, etc. His endorsement of this brother, William to attend West Point plotted the course of Sherman from Second Lieutenant to General of the Armies following the Civil War. Best known for his 'March to the Sea' where his troops burned everything in their path as they ravaged the South in their effort to break the will of the Confederacy to fight. This harsh tactic of destroying not only military supplies but civilian material support, as well, accomplished his mission. To this day his action remains controversial, but it was deemed necessary to end the war and was supported by Commanding Union General U.S. Grant. He retired to New York City were he died in 1891 at the advanced age of 71 (I am 72!). It was an interesting visit to the fair city of Lancaster.

Posted by dixter 04:58 Archived in USA Tagged of town tour out

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