AlaBenton Newsletter

April 5, 2014

                The April meeting featured Montomery residents, Colonel Larry P. Cornwell, S.A.F. Retired, and his lovely wife, both dressed in period costumes, who gave first-person accounts of an illustrious and extremely interesting ancestor who served in the American Revolution. Colonel Cornwell emphasized the subject's military history and his wife, Leanne, brought us insights into the warm and touching relationship of (two-star) General Montgomery and his wife, who worked with tireless determination to bring her husband's body home from Canada, where he was the first patriot of his rank to give his life in the Revolution. Although the presentation was low-key, it was so well prepared and presented that it evoked a range of emotion, running the gamut from humor to sadness. It was a memorable program.

                At the April meeting, AlaBenton members had the pleasure of being joined by several members of a local SAR Chapter who were also interested in the program. Some of our AlaBenton members or spouses are members of both chapters, so this kind of reciprocal participation is welcome and beneficial. Several AlaBenton members recently accepted the kind invitation of the SAR to attend a memorial program for a former member of both societies who passed away.

                Our May 3 program will be conducted by Shane Spears and Tom Mullins, who will be our guides for a virtual tour (no walking shoes or sunscreen needed) of Hillcrest Cemetery. This is the easy way to do it, folks!

               Our members are our greatest asset. We are always grateful to those who serve the Society, both in leadersip roles and in support roles. Please keep up the good work.

                Keep supporting your local Society, your local library, and especially the Alabama Room!

Deanna Slappey, Editor

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