NEW RUMLEY - Rick Williams, who was portraying Gen. George Armstrong Custer, briefed attendees at the Custer Museum and Center on his role in the Gettysburg campaign and actions taken through the end of 1863 at the dinner to commemorate the Harrison County native's 174th birthday.
Just as on the Dec. 5, 1839, the day of Custer's birth, the weather was cold and snowy, but 60 well-wishers came out to celebrate.
He made reference to President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, a talk that Gerald Payn of Wooster, a Lincoln re-enactor, was to tell but was unable to because of the weather.
CUTTING THE CAKE — Rick William, portrayer of Gen. George Armstrong Custer, ceremoniously cut a birthday cake to celebrate his 174th birthday at a Dec. 14 dinner event in New Rumley, his birthplace. -- Esther McCoy
The Custer Memorial Association held the event, which began with a family style dinner served by the New Rumley United Methodist church women. Herman Neimayer of Jewett provided dinner music.
Roger Logsdon, CMA secretary, sang the national anthem and Leroy VanHorne gave the invocation and introduced the officers.
David Rose, newly elected president, gave out certificates in recognition of the golden sponsors for their contributions to the association. Recipients included Bill Host, Harrison County commissioner; Clark-Kirtland Funeral Home in Cadiz; Cadiz Animal Clinic; Cadiz Insurance Agency; Cadiz Homeland Realty; Carroll Electric; Ward and Associates Appraisals; and the Dining Fork Ruritans of Scio.
The Custer Cavalry Commission certificate to CMA members was presented to John Dewell Sr. and Gilbert Epling. Plaques were given to Ed Chapdelaine, immediate past president; Charles Conrad for 23 years as president; and Linda Compher, volunteer for opening the museum for visitors and groups.
An auction of Custer-related materials was held. This included books and prints of the general, along with other items.
The annual Custer Observance Day will be held June 7, with visits from the following re-enactors: Lincoln, Gen. John Hunt Morgan of Morgan's Raid fame and Custer. The Custer re-enactor is scheduled to discuss the general's exploits in 1864.