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Category:  Did You Know?
Published:  September, 2009

Did You Know?

Did you know that the world will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Uniontown’s George C. Marshall next month?

The George C. Marshall Foundation, which is headquartered in Lexington, Va., is planning a month long celebration of Marshall’s life and accomplishments.

(NOTE: You can visit the Foundation’s web site and view a 28 minute retrospective of Marshall’s life that first aired in 1963. Walter Cronkite narrated the biography, and he mentions Uniontown in it.
http://www.marshallfoundation.org/Library/library_big_pic.html )

Did you know that while there are a number of places in Fayette County named in Marshall’s honor, there are many structures and endowments around the world that carry his name?

There’s the ballistic missile submarine - the USS George C. Marshall - that was commissioned in April of 1966 and decommissioned in September of 1992.

Certainly transatlantic relations between the United States and Europe have been enhanced through the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The Marshall Museum and Marshall Research Library are both part of the George C. Marshall Foundation.

The museum is where you can view Marshall’s 1953 Nobel Peace Prize.

Marshall Scholarships are awarded to American students who are studying in the United Kingdom.

The original home of NASA, in Huntsville Alabama, carries the name the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.

Marshall spent part of his illustrious military in Vancouver, Washington between 1936 and 1938.

The city of Vancouver has an elementary school, a recreation center, a park and his military residence on Officers Row named in his honor.

Vancouver also has a General George C. Marshall Lecture Series, the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award.

There are two schools that have high school programs which bear the name George C. Marshall. One is located in Ankara, Turkey and is part of Department of Defense Dependent Schools.

The other George C. Marshall High School is in Falls Church, Virginia.

Did you know that the true life story that served as the basis for the climatic football game in the 2000 movie Remember the Titans, had the film’s heroes defeating George C. Marshall High School?

Although a few facts were changed, (the T.C. Williams Titans didn’t beat Marshall High in the 1971 State Championship, as it was depicted in the movie), the Titans did beat powerhouse Marshall High School that year during the regular season.

At Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where Marshall studied and later became an instructor between 1906 and 1910, there is an award and an auditorium named after him.

Did you know that about the same time Marshall was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, another American icon died there?

Carrie (alternately Carry) Amelia Moore Nation had spent much of her adult life fighting against the supposed evils of tobacco and liquor before she took ill and died at Ft. Leavenworth in 1911.

She’d grown nationally famous because she attempted to give speeches and lectures against the drinking of alcohol wherever she went.
Fayette County was one of those places.

The September, 25th, 1905 edition of the Connellsville Courier contained a report of Carrie Nation’s confrontation with Connellville’s Chief of Police, Barthold Rottler.

Nation was in the midst of delivering a “long harangue upon the saloon question, trusts, President (Theodore) Roosevelt, insurance companies and other topics,” when Chief Rottler demanded she pay a $3.00 license fee.

“What, a license? This man demands a license, while gambling runs riot on this corner every night,” she shot back.

She did pay the license fee. Then she continued her lecture before the reported 500 people who’d gathered to hear it.

Before she left and headed off to give her official speech at Shady Grove Park, she turned and shouted, “Now don’t you policemen divide that $3.00 and get drunk on it.”

When she wasn’t lecturing, she was said to have used hatchets to try to destroy saloons. She’d been arrested 30 times between 1900 and 1910.

She sold miniature hatchets as souvenirs that helped finance her cross country lecture tours.

In 1908, the Daily Courier did question why she’d paid a visit to Green County, because there were no saloons there. “Perhaps the hatchet business is getting dull,” mused a writer.

Did you know that Carrie Nation was far from the earliest person to issue a warning against the use of tobacco?

I found this paragraph in the October 1st, 1880 edition of the Connellsville Keystone Courier. “Many of the young ladies of Connellsville are becoming confirmed cigarette smokers. Take good advice, girls, and leave the naughty habit severely alone. Your health and your self-respect will be the gainers.”

Did you know that a Revere mother once suffered an incredibly vicious indignity at the hands of a prankster?

Her son had been fighting in the Korean War when, in March of 1952, she received two telephone calls from a man claiming to be him – and that he’d returned home.

She even sent another son to a bus terminal to pick him up.

According to the March 20th edition of the Uniontown Evening Standard, the woman contacted the Defense Dept. and discovered her son was, indeed, officially listed as a POW.