Two-day Barn Yard Sale slated at Myers Inn
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Members of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society have joined forces with members of the Rosecrans Command Headquarters are having a Barn Yard and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, in front of the new barn at the Myers Inn Museum.
“We are featuring gently used clothing, furniture and other items,” said yard sale chairperson Sue Comisford.
Historical society and Rosecrans Headquarters members are donating homemade goods for the Bake Sale, which will be held on Friday in conjunction with the yard sale.
“Our members are good cooks so this will be a real treat,” bake sale chair Alice Chapan claimed.
Proceeds from the Barn Yard and Bake Sale will benefit the Major General William Starke Rosecrans Statue Fund.
William Starke Rosecrans was born in a doublewide log cabin in Kingston Township on September 6, 1819. His parents, Crandall Rosecrans and his wife Jemima Hopkins (relative to Stephen Hopkins who signed the Declaration of Independence) lived on 160 acres on Taylor Run.
In 1821, the Rosecrans moved to Homer where the family continued to grow. Crandall managed a village tavern, general store and farmed. Although he did not belong to a particular religious denomination he was very religious and a strong patriot.
William attended a log school for a few months each year. In 1833 a Lancaster merchant, George Arnold, opened a general country store in Utica, a few miles from Homer. William became a clerk in the store and when Arnold moved the store to Mansfield, William moved.
Rosecrans and his father began a correspondence with their congressman and secured an appointment at West Point. William spent time at Kenyon College to prepare for the West Point examination and entered the school in 1837. When he graduated in 1842 he was fifth in general merit and third in mathematics.
Rosecrans received an undeserved negative reputation during his Civil War service years; and he is the only Civil War general not sitting on an equestrian statue somewhere.
President Abraham Lincoln appreciated Rosecrans and asked him to run on his ticket during his reelection to the White House. Rosecrans delayed his decision and the opportunity to serve as vice-president (and, unknown to him at the time, become president following Lincoln’s assassination) was lost.
Several years ago a local effort began to place a bronze equestrian statue of General Rosecrans on Sunbury Square. The village granted permission, a fund was started, and in August the statue’s natural stone base was placed on the square.
For additional information about Major General William Starke Rosecrans, the Rosecrans Headquarters Unit, or to donate to the statue fund, go to < BigWalnutHistory.org > and click on Rosecrans Headquarters.