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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - August 1, 1975, Bedford, Pennsylvania
August socially in and around the Village Davis Hickry Rockin from wilderness to White House years in new a Welsh Stone Mason began a Craft sans Trade that his descendants still practice it could have begun like it was the fall of and the sap in the Hickory Trees had gone Down for the in the Mountain wilderness near new John Davis was cutting Hickory Timber in the Forest near his he and his neighbors used Green Hickory for firewood because they knew it made the most burned the longest and made the Best it was the Best Wood to use for cooking and smoking Johns Sarah and the other womenfolk saved the ashes to make Lye for their homemade saplings were sometimes used in making stick and mud chimneys and logs were worked into Wagon Hickory flexible twigs were Strung Between rafters for hanging dried fruits and vegetables and Withes were used As rope for hanging meat in the but that As John started Home with his Load of he had another idea in hed put up some of the Hickory sprouts to weeks passed and the autumn air grew Winters icy grip froze the but Green Hickory logs hot in the fireplace of the Davis Home and kept the family on those Long Winter Sarah often sat near the reminiscing As she held the would be Nice to have a she began aloud with her favorite in the old How Mamma would nurse the Little ones in the Rockin Johns eyes twinkled merrily As he could make one Hickry might be a lot o nigh on 12 months just t cure the Winter melted into it was Plantin and John was at work in the he smiled As he thought about the bundle of Hickory sprouts hed put away last a few months now and till be the hot summer Sun will soon come and hurry the this Sarah will have her Rockin one Bright autumn Day in after John had harvested the last of the he put the special bundle of Hickory sprouts to Soaft in a Kettle of boiling to soften the makes it easier t he explained to his he curved the cooked Hickory by wedging pieces in a Jig like where they were kept about two Days until they were using the curved he designed a Bentwood Frame and assembled the Hickry Rockin chair shown John Davis carved his initials and the 1825 on the Bottom of this chair and so carved a place for the Davis family in Bedford county both the newlyweds and Irvin Wanda Irvin Bridges wed Wanda Lynn Webb of Alum Bank and Irvin William Bridges of Claysburg re were married at 2 Oclock the afternoon of june 28 in the Faith Brethren Bible the Bride was Given in marriage by her father at the double ring ceremony per formed by the Charles organist was Randy the Church was decorated with altar vases of yellow and White carnations and the Bride wore a Chantilly lace gown with a High fitted and Matching Chapel length Mantilla she carried a bouquet of yellow and White Matron of Honor was by Audi Sitter of the Fine wore a Yodlow lace gown with High Long and she carried one Yourow up min wore a full length flowered gown with Short sleeves and round she carried a Long stemmed Blue bridesmaid Janice Allison gown was Pink and she carried a Long stemmed Pink Bill Rininger of Claysburg was Best Man for the Ushers were Stan new Paris and Richard a reception was held at the Church following the the newlyweds took a wedding trip to sea world in they Are residing in the Bride is the daughter of and Ralph Webb of Alum a 1974 graduate of Chestnut Ridge High the is employed at Trivax sport Ware in the bridegroom is the son of and Irvin Bridges of Claysburg re he graduated from Claysburg Kimmel High school in 1971 and is employed in chair and the Craft have been handed Down through four and both still exist in new Paris by persistent friends and neighbors had finally persuaded John to make Hickry rockers on a regular he enlisted the help of his 10 children a descendant recalls two or three of his sons later prac tired the one of Johns Henry Winter eventually opened a shop in new Paris and apprenticed his own and a Abram Davis later trained one of his Harry in Harry and his Ivan built their own shop in new Paris where they work making chairs with the same Basic technique John Davis used in Davis and Wentz make about 800 chairs a the centuries old Craft is made easier with the help of new electric senders and a band purchased about the mens wives take turns varnishing the finished Davis and they make us Coffee and pack our buckets and bring them Down Davis has two daughters and he says neither of them show an interest in making it Doest seem like their kind of he who will carry on the family tradition after says then i dont know end of the line the Bentwood Craft dates Back to earliest colonial according to Vaughn he Early settlers used Ash and even when they could get there Are other Craft Smen who make the chairs yet but Harry Davis May Well be the last of the lineage of Davis Hickory rocking chair the completed his service in the armed forces about came to new Paris to work As an apprentice to his Uncle Henry Winter Davis and later opened his own until about Latshaw i had mostly local then it started to catch i had customers from Washington state and even foreign i get Calls Here every Day from All Over the he says he used to ship the chairs until trucking companies and railroads insisted that they be crated or Latshaw decided that ship Ping want Worth the extra expense and so now customers must or Send a buyer like Nelson Rockefeller did to his shop to pick up the chairs for presidents in addition to other famous personalities like Billy president Jacqueline Kennedy and president Lyndon Johnson were some of Latshaw it was about 1967 when Victor a contractor from began telling people about the Hickory rocking chair Craft that flourished in new Jacqueline Kennedy heard about the chairs and ordered one for the president and one each for Caroline and John president Johnson was Latshaw Best i sold him two or three he he left some at the White House and at the Blair House in when one of his daughters got the reception was on my wife was watching it and she hollered at me to come Quick one of my chairs was on 1 think it was Angle Dickinson sitting in it was in the Blair Latshaw has a copy of a news article published in the news january 1969 president and Johnson Are leaving As a gift a permanent childrens Garden at the White has a bearing Apple tree for a Small goldfish four childrens rocking chairs and a mat Ching All built of rustic the rustic Bentwood is Hickory and the craftsman is he they came Here in a White House two one was named they showed me their Iden i remember one was the same As the people Down the Road who have the they picked up the four Little chairs and 1 think theres six rocking chairs used in the White says and Johnson has most of them at his ranch in heres this i Tore out of a he says pointing at the Wall of his its Johnson and one of his guests at the there sitting in some of the chairs i that where Rockefeller got on to Down at Johnsons ranch when he was visiting he i guess that while he was still a Democrat Rockefeller instructed Richard president of Rock to Purchase the i guess they use them at their says world famous evangelist Billy Graham was another in on the Wall of his Little Latshaw has another picture from a Magazine showing Billy Graham sitting in one of the rocking chairs he made see like Harry combines the 150yearold technique with modern in his Little Brown shingled shed just off route 96 in new Latshaw made rocking chairs for the White Latshaw has made chairs for Billy Nelson Rockefeller and presidents Kennedy and Latshaw rests in one of his finished Hickory rocking note the different Arm he some like them better with this kind of but i think it takes something away from the on the Wall behind two of his land scape paintings Are most of his chairs look More like the ones made just Down the Road by Harry Davis and Ivan but even each chair maker has a subtly distinctive one of his numerous Magazine and newspaper upper left shows Billy Graham sitting in a chair Latshaw one woman View Bikini wins but barely by Beth Gray if the collective swimsuits of those women Between the Ages of 19 and 58 should Wear out the beaches of America either would raise up their Sands and Bury their inhabitants out of modesty or shudder at a new any woman of midyear who shopped for a new swimsuit lately knows my the shops Are offering nothing Between bikinis and on piece the latter with so much fabric in them that their seams Are held together with More thread than All the Warp and Woof in the i tried on my first just for the other i didst dare kick while wearing something was bound to pop in not accustomed to so much i told the girl As i handed it Back to she gave me an allot knowing on the other i Bear to take off the rack one of the other kind of 1890s i just am not old enough for what in saying is that in not yet a comfortable age for covering i shopped some in ill try it just once i told the same girl As i reentered the first after it did fit it was the largest size Bikini id Ever ill take i said with a but my husband probably wont let me out of the Bathtub in would you like it in a bag or do you want to put it in your pocket the clerk ill take a thank i can Wear that Over my i before Hubby Homecoming that evening i steeled myself with a swig from the bottle of cooking Sherry i was using to Baste the pot Basting was what i would be in need you didst he gaped when i told i just dont make any More comments until you see its your favorite i plied i cant believe he muttered through the bathroom door while i adjusted All the you must be entering your second nobody in this House beyond a Childs age has Ever worn a the As i opened the was i squinted to see if perhaps hed inadvertently slipped the plastic shopping bag Over his head and was choking on the last breath of he was choking in a roomful of i really thought you might like i doing a few spastic he finally gulped in sufficient the purple color drained from his face and he whispered you can Wear it in the Bathtub but you be darned sure youve locked the bathroom come on youve just got to get used to i argued tickling his he fell Back on the bed to relieve the faint Ness that was coming Over him again and i paraded around the room for another five there Are you used to it i asked i could see he was beginning to All you he you can Wear but not around any of our close How close is close i nibbling his other anybody who lives within the Continental United i went to the Pool today wearing my old Harry left great grandson of John follows the 150yearold hand grafting techniques in making equipment to make tie i made my own band he and weve been using Oak instead of Hickory for the seats and Back for 25 or 30 other than there about the Latshaw Doest hire a Helper he its a its hard to get anyone to theres so Many Little tricks to do it none of his children Hickory rocking Ivan right is harrys by combining modern equipment with the show an interest in learning the its not glamorous he once in a manufacturers will come to some from new York and they get it in their Heads to mass produce they think use Kiln dried you cant make furniture with Kiln dried insists its not the after they traditional the partners can make from 700 to 800 chairs a watch me a they just shake their Heads and walk and so the Craft remains intact in the hands of a few skilled a Craft that spanned 150 years from its Humble beginning one Bright autumn Day in the new Paris to win acclaim today from prominent americans and two of the nations Elaine Hillegas wed june 14 Thomas roman Catholic was the setting for the wedding of miss Elaine Marie Hillegas and Bill Merriner on june 14 at 5 the Bride is the daughter of and Stanley Hillegas of the bridegroom is the son of and Bill Merriner of the Raymond grosser officiated at the double ring vases of Pink mums and White Gladiolas banked the the organist was Tom Fleming of Bedford and the soloist was Colleen Martin of Given in marriage by her the Bride wore a full length knit gown with a fitted bodice and fitted full length the gown was styled with an Aline her Headpiece was a Wreath of White Pink baby breath and Green she carried a Cascade bouquet of Pink and White roses and Green Patricia sister of the served As maid of attendants were Bonnie Diehl of Helen Hartman of Deborah Merriner of Natrona Heights and Cynthia Merriner of the maid of Honor and the attendants wore full length gowns of Pink Jersey with Pink Floral print each attendant carried a single Pink the bridegroom chose Berardinelli of War West As Best Ushers were James and Bill Merriner Mcdaniel of Robert Merriner of Natrona Ronald Merriner of Burgettstown and Stanley of following the a dinner reception was held at Johns Parish Hall in new with music by the the newlyweds left for a wedding trip to the Eastern photo by Jay Williams Shore and the Bride is a graduate of Bedford High school and a 1973 graduate of Indiana University of with a is degree in the bridegroom is a graduate of Burgettstown area High school and West Liberty state where he received an a degree in social former resident wed recently miss Carol Ann daughter of and Richard Holland of Camp formerly of Schellsburg became the Bride of Charles Lynn son of and Leo Hodges of the major Richard Johnson in the new Cumberland army Chapel new june Chapel decorations for the 2 included candles and bouquets of carnations and baby Betty Harris provided wedding selections for the double ring Given in marriage by the Bride wore an Empire style gown of Cam Delight Sand with Matching veil and and carried a Bible with a peach Rose and baby miss Linda sister of the served As maid of she wore a full length Empire style gown of peach and Blue Floral both gowns and the wed Ding cake were made by the brides Mother and to father of the served As Best Man and Phillip Graybill of Cousin of the was the following a reception held at the officers the newlyweds left for a wedding and Charles Hodges trip to the couple will then return to where they Are stationed in the the Bride earned her degree at the University of Maryland and took nurses training at Walter Reed army the an army medical attended southwestern medical licensed to wed Jerry Wayne and Debora Mae Clearville re Darrell be and Lee
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