Custer Day includes tour retracing steps of president


NEW RUMLEY, Ohio – The Custer Memorial Association is planning the annual Custer Day Celebration June 1 at the Custer Park in New Rumley.

Festivities begin at 10:45 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony followed by the Harrison Central Band playing the 7th Calvary battle song, Gerry Owen, and other selections.

The program will continue with the introduction of dignitaries and the Living Historian speakers General George Armstrong Custer, President Andrew Johnson, General Ulysses Grant, and Admiral David G. Farragut.

Lunch will be available at the United Methodist Church within walking distance from the park.

The association will offer Custer items for sale, including a new patch depicting the 1866 “swing around the circle” event.

Afternoon tour. In the afternoon those who make reservations will take a bus trip to Scio, Cadiz Junction, and other points equivalent to what took place in 1866 as being part of “swing around the circle” campaign junket through the Midwest.

This was a tour made by President Andrew Johnson with Custer, Grant, and Farragut as his guests. The Living Historians of Monroe, Mich., will help make the journey historically informative and interesting.

Passengers will board the bus in New Rumley at 12:30 p.m. Box lunches will be provided.

After various stops of interest, the bus will head to the Blue Bird Restaurant in Carrollton for a gourmet dinner and to enjoy stories related by the Living Historians.

Tickets, at $35, are available from any member of the Custer Memorial Association or by calling Leroy VanHorne, 330-627-2250 or 330-739-6871; or Charles Conrad, 740-945-6415.


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