Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society

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Historic Brandville School & Museum Complex

Home of the Oregon - Jerusalem Historical Society
1133 Grasser Street (near Pickle & Wheeling Streets.)
Oregon, Ohio  43616


Hello and Happy Spring to Members and Friends,

What is the oldest item in your home? Now I am NOT asking about people...just
things ! Why do you own it? How did you become its owner? Is it one of the first
things you would grab and run with in case of fire? What would its value be if
you chose to sell it? Who besides you knows the answers to all of these questions?
Many of our members are in the over 60 age group, and I would love to ask you
these questions in person. Why, you ask? Because we all have a story to tell. And
I bet all who are reading this letter could tell me stories for a program I would
like to do in the future. The presentation will be called, “My Treasure.”
Please consider helping me with this project. Let me tell you about one of my
treasures. My biological father died when I was five years old. My stepfather,
Papa Joe, was the only real father I had in my life that provided good memories.
Papa Joe worked on the C & O Railroad as a brakeman. In his pocket, he carried
a silver dollar from his first paycheck when he was a very young man. It was his
good-luck piece he told me. One day while changing his work clothes before
taking a shower, he realized his dollar was not in his pocket. To say he was upset
would be an understatement. He covered hundreds of yards of track in his daily
job as he inspected cars . Where would he even begin to look?
The miracle of him actually finding that coin the next day before beginning
work, is a memory that made a huge impact on me. As a ten year old, it proved
to me there is a God who cares about the little things in our lives, and that HE
answers prayers. I don’t know if Papa Joe prayed, but I did !!
You guessed it. The coin is an irreplaceable treasure. What might its value be to
a coin collector? I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it could never be of a
higher value than what it is to me !
Please contact me to let me know if you would like to become part of my program.
My phone number is on the newsletter, or email me at needlenany@aol.com.

                                                                                         Happy Spring, Betty Metz, President







Our complex is open 10 am-2 pm the first and third Thursday of each month (excluding holidays). Closed during the months of January and February.  Additional arrangements can be made for a tour by a trained docent for groups of 4 or more.  There is no charge for this, but donations are welcome.  

Our Email Address:  ojhs@att.net

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