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Reunion group saves monument to founder

October 17, 2013
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

NEW SOMERSET - The Baltzer Culp Reunion committee placed a monument honoring its town builder, its pioneer, patriot and citizen in 1936. But there was a need for the monument to be moved this year, as Knox Township trustees sold the public lot and wanted the 77-year-old monument to be moved.

Local residents Curt and Virginia Glenn engaged the help of township trustees to have it moved. As a new spot was needed for the monument, the lot where an outdoor facility once stood years ago in the New Somerset Methodist Church Cemetery was open and used.

Curt Glenn is the sixth generation grandson of Culp.

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TOWN MONUMENT SAVED — A monument placed in a New Somerset, Knox Township, lot in 1936 listing its builder, citizen, pioneer and patriot was about to lose its home when the property was sold. Curt and Virginia Glenn, with the help of Knox Township trustees, saw that the monument was moved and a rededication program will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday. - Contributed

The monument is located on the back street where Culp is buried, right along the road and catches glances in its new home, according to the Glenns.

A program is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday at the New Somerset Methodist Church, where a social hour will be held after the dedication. Information and photos will be shared as well.

During the same time frame, the Glenns and trustees hung the New Somerset School bell in a new bell house at the corner of state Routes 152 and 213 in Knoxville. Resident, Bill Bray, a cousin to Glenn, had plans to hang the bell but died in June.

Lester "Bus" and Ona Wallace had made their home in the school house and preserved the bell, wanting it to be displayed. There will be a plaque honoring them as bell keepers on the housing to display the antique.

Virginia Glenn will place old school photos from the 1800s between plexy glass on the bulletin board display at the Knoxville Public Park where the bell is located. Jefferson County Ruritans own the bulletin board and made a donation to help with the project, as did Toronto Masons, where Bray and Wallace were members.

Dr. Janie Culp Householder, Steubenville physician, will be the guest speaker. She is the sixth generation granddaughter of Baltzer Culp, and her grandfather, Clyde Culp, was on the original dedication committee.

There will be a hymn sing and a new time capsule will be placed in the monument. Virginia Glenn said she will make sure it is sealed well, as in 1936, the capsule leaked.

Another event will be a discussion to have a commemorative sign placed in Knoxville for William Pittinger, a Knoxville native who later moved to New Somerset.

He was one of Andrews Raiders who crossed enemy lines during the Civil War and stole the general. Of the 22 original raiders, seven were hung when tried as spies, some escaped and some, like Pittinger, ended up in confederate prisons. When paroled they received the first Congressional Medals of Honor for their service to their country awarded by President Abraham Lincoln and Edwin M. Stanton, secretary of war, and Steubenville native.

Pittinger came home and preached his first sermon in the New Somerset Church where they held his memorial service months before because they thought he had been hung. He went on to write a book, "Daring and Suffering," about the raid and its events. His descendants will be at the program.

The Ohio Historical Society will share the cost of project and it will be on the Ohio Registry of Historic Places.

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