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Don’t Let Sunburn Derail Summer Fun

Local Feature

John Glenn Museum Recreates 1962


Protect Eyes From Ultraviolet Rays

Car Tips How to Avoid Hot Weather Automotive Breakdowns

Looking Back

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Rich Simcox: A Lifetime of Musical Adventures

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Don’t Let Sunburn Derail


Although a certain measure of sun exposure is required for some natural functions of the body, it’s well documented that too much time in the sun can be hazardous to one’s health.

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aking sunburn for granted can be a big mistake. Many people wouldn’t risk burns from a hot stove or open fire, but they won’t think twice about being unprotected under the very hot rays of the sun. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than one-third of adults and nearly 70 percent of children admit to suffering from sunburn within the past year. Depending on the intensity of the sun and the amount of time spent outside, sunburn can be a first- or second-degree burn. In first-degree burns, damage affects the topmost layer of skin. However, sunburn can even affect deeper layers and cause blistering in addition to redness and pain. Sunburn also can cause some irreparable damage that goes unseen. According to WebMD, ultraviolet light from the sun can alter DNA, prematurely aging skin or even contributing to skin cancers. It can take


years before symptoms become noticeable. Therefore, it is best for people of all ages to exercise caution when spending time in the sun. Sunburn is one of the most easily prevented summertime ailments. It’s also important to note that sunburns are not just limited to the hot weather or when it is sunny outside. Ultraviolet damage can occur at any time of the year, and also from artificial UV sources, such as tanning beds. Preventing sunburn is simple. • The Mayo Clinic says the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so schedule outdoor activities for other times of day. Otherwise, limit exposure to the sun and take frequent breaks in the shade. • Wear protective clothing that covers the arms and legs. Some outdoor gear is designed to offer sun protection. Tightly woven fabrics tend to help the most. • Apply — and reapply — sunscreen. Look for products

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pace fans, rejoice! Following a winter whole-house makeover, this year the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord proudly presents its new living history recreations of the year of John Glenn’s original 1962 space flight. All systems are “Go!” for Story by RICK BOOTH remembering the days when the world held its collective breath to see if America could meet Russia’s Cold War challenge: Launch a man into orbit… and bring him back alive. For one shining moment in time that year, New Concord seemed the center of the universe as John Glenn came home to the town that made him. About 70,000 other people thronged the streets, too, for his homecoming parade. Yes, those were the days! Though the John and Annie Glenn Museum has always featured space flight exhibits on all three floors of the house that once was John’s boyhood home, this is the first year that living history actors on the main floor will reenact the excitement of 1962, the year of his pioneering trip into outer space. Ever since its 2002 opening, the museum

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The John and Annie Glenn Museum introduces “1962” living history.

John Glenn’s capsule at 1/3 scale.

has featured living history presentations focused on John and Annie’s formative years in New Concord, bringing to life the trials and traumas of the Depression and World War Two, which were as much a part of their history as the Space Race was. John Glenn himself wanted it that way, for he felt that any number of museums were telling the story of rockets and capsules and our steps toward the moon. In modesty, he preferred his home not become a shrine to himself alone, but to the days and the people so easily forgotten that made the world he came from, and launched him and his fellow astronauts toward the stars. Only last year, recognizing that his famous flight in ’62 was nearly as far in the past as the Wright Brothers were from that famous day itself, John finally gave his blessing to plans to remember the year of his flight with living history actors in the home. Indeed, generations have passed since tiny Friendship 7 circled the earth. Those days are as much in need of remembrance now as are distant wars and the times

of hardship in the 1930s. The John and Annie Glenn Museum still honors them all. Though John himself passed away into history late last year, his memory lives on. Visitors to the museum, located on Main Street in the center of New Concord, enter through the home’s walk-in basement gift shop and are first shown a twenty-minute film about the lives of John and Annie Glenn, that rarest of couples, inseparable for 90+ years since childhood. The film follows them both through hard times, wars, earth orbit, decades spent in Washington, a return to space in 1998, and very active retirement years. Following the film, visitors are led to the first floor where one step through a special door takes them back in time 55 years. A member of the Glenn family (a living history actor, of course) greets them and tours the appropriately decorated main floor of the home as if the time were 1962, shortly after John’s flight. You might find John’s mother or his father there, or his son or daughter or a cousin. But whoever the guide

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LOCAL FEATURE is, if you ask a question about cell phones, you might be met with a puzzled look and the return question, “Did you say you want to sell a telephone?” The living history tour usually takes about twenty minutes, during which time you’ll hear echoes of the Civil Rights Movement news of the day, preBeatles music references, praise for the wonders of newfangled TV dinners… and of black and white TV itself. Yes, the wonders of 1962! You’ll even hear about the Space Program, as well. After the living history tour, a guide takes guests through five exhibit rooms on the top floor featuring everything from a one-third scale model of John’s space capsule to the dental drill Annie’s father pumped with his foot back in the days of ever-sopainful tooth repair. There is new memorabilia on display this year, too, especially in the living history area. A great new “must see” item is the world globe John gave to his parents in advance of his flight, marked with thin red tape showing the three-orbit course he planned to take around the world. He wanted them to understand where he was going. The top floor has a new, large model of his Mercury-Atlas rocket, received from a space fan donor over the winter. If you’ve ever wanted to return to the days when telephones were wired to walls and televisions had static and ghosting problems and brought in three channels, max, in good weather, the John and Annie Glenn Museum is offering that very special nostalgic trip down memory lane this year. Oh, and also space and rockets, too!

The marked globe John gave to his parents to help follow his flight.

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The John and Annie Glenn Museum in the center of New Concord is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5, and Sunday 1 to 5, May through September. Plan about an hour for your visit.

The John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord.

Model Mercury-Atlas rocket and memorabilia.

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Protect Eyes from

Ultraviolet Rays While people take steps to prevent sunburns, skin cancer and premature aging, they may fail to consider that UV rays also can damage their eyes.




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ust as people protect their skin from the sun, so, too, should they safeguard their eyes. Prevent Blindness America warns that the sun is comprised of UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays may hurt central vision by damaging the macula, or a part of the retina at the back of the eye. UVB rays typically affect the front part of the eye or the lens and cornea. The following are some common eye conditions that can be linked to exposure to UV rays. Photokeratitis Excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time can cause photokeratitis, which is equivalent to a sunburn of the eye. Photokeratitis may occur after spending long hours at the beach or skiing without proper eye protection. UVB rays cause photokeratitis, and these rays can burn the cornea, potentially causing pain and temporary vision loss. Macular degeneration According to the American Optometric Association, macular degeneration is a deterioration of the part of the retina that is responsible for sharp, central vision. In addition to UV rays, chronic exposure to shorterwavelength visible blue and violet light can be harmful

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to the retina. The sun and many artificial light sources, such as LEDs and smartphones, emit blue light. Some blue light can be beneficial, but some can be harmful to the eyes. Lenses that absorb harmful blue light or block it can prevent retinal damage. Pterygium Pterygium is a growth that forms on the outer portion of the eye, or the cornea and conjunctiva. The World Health Organization says that prolonged UV exposure can contribute to this condition. Pterygium may extend over the cornea and reduce vision, requiring surgical removal.

focuses the light people see. Sun protection Sunglasses should completely cover the eyes, including the skin on the eyelids and under the eye, to provide adequate protection for the eyes. Wraparound frames will offer additional protection to those who spend a lot of time outdoors in bright sunlight. The AOA says sunglasses should also do the following. • Block out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation. • Screen out between 75 and 90 percent of visible light. • Have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection. • Have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.

Consumers should speak with an eye doctor if they have additional questions about eye protection. Prescription Cataracts UV exposure also can contribute to the formation of lenses can be tinted and treated to offer UV protection. cataracts. Prevent Blindness America says a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eye that


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A simple and spicy appetizer that suits the fine cheese tray as well as the paper plate.

Spicy Cheese Balls

Makes 35 to 40 bite-size balls

Ingredients: 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

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1. Put the cream cheese, cheddar, garlic, parsley, cayenne, black pepper, and salt in a food processor. Process for 5 to 10 seconds, until well blended. Scrape the mixture into a bowl, cover, and NOTE: Small grape tomatoes, which refrigerate for 1 hour. have a sweet better 2. Spread the chopped walnuts on flavor, a Shape the than cherrycheese tomatoes in this cheese mixture into 35 larger to 40 small balls, recipe and can be used year-round. each about the size of a large marble. Roll each However, coating in the summer, feel free to cheese ball in the walnuts, the outside (you trytothe tart with one of your favorite may to press a little ensure sticking). 3. Serve the cheese balls on aSweet largeones platter. canthe varieties. thatYou are on put a toothpick in small each side ball,work but you could also best. surround them with crackers and let guests use their hands. It all depends on what kind of party you’re having.

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Keep family and friends coming back for more with this sweet soul food dessert. Miss Ruthie’s Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler


Filling: 1 unbaked double pie crust (see below) 8 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches 2 cups granulated sugar 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1⁄8 teaspoon ground allspice 1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Crust: 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup vegetable shortening, chilled 1 egg, beaten 6 tablespoons cold milk

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Makes one 8-inch cobbler

1. Filling: Preheat the oven to 475 F. 2. Lightly butter an 8-inch square glass dish. Set it aside. 3. Prepare the pasty for a double-crust pie. Set it aside. 4. Combine the peaches, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a 4-quart Dutch oven. Allow the mixture to sit until the dry ingredients are dissolved and a syrup forms, about 15 minutes. Bring the peach mixture to a boil over medium heat. Decrease the heat to low and cook until the peaches are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the butter. 5. Roll out half of the pie pastry, then cut it into an 8-inch square. Spoon half of the peach mixture into the prepared dish. Cover the mixture with the pastry square. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until lightly browned. Take the dish out of the oven and spoon the remaining peach mixture over the baked pastry. Roll out the remaining pastry, then cut it into strips about an inch wide. Arrange the strips in a loose lattice pattern over the peach mixture. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until browned. Remove from the oven. Serve warm. 1. Crust: In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients with a fork or by pinching the shortening into the flour mixture with your fingers. The result should be coarse crumbs and small clumps the size of peas. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time. Don’t be afraid to add more milk if necessary to achieve a dough that’s wet enough to form into a ball. Being careful not to overwork the dough, form the dough into a ball with your hands. Wrap the ball in plastic, then chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Transfer the dough from the refrigerator to a lightly floured surface. Flatten the ball slightly and dust the top of it with flour before rolling it out with a rolling pin. Divide the dough into two portions before rolling. Begin rolling at the center of the dough and work outward. Roll the dough out into a circle about 4 inches wider than the pie pan it will be placed in.

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dough and lay it on top. Cut any excess dough hanging from the edges and crimp the crust between your thumb and forefinger to seal. Cut a heart into the center to allow steam to escape. 4. Place the pie on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until center of crust becomes golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the pie’s center reaches 165 F, covering browned edges only with foil about halfway through cooking. Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting.

Crust: 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 2⁄3 cup corn oil 1⁄3 cup orange juice Filling: 1 carton condensed cream of chicken soup (organic preferred) 1⁄2 cup low-fat milk 11⁄4 pound boneless, skinless turkey breast, thinly sliced into bite-size pieces 1 cup thinly sliced carrots (or frozen sliced carrots, thawed) 1 cup leeks, quartered lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise, using white and pale green parts only 3⁄4 cup thinly sliced celery 1⁄2 cup frozen peas, thawed 3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour 1⁄2 teaspoon each thyme, rosemary and basil 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1⁄4 teaspoon salt


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1. To make the crust: Combine flours and salt in a medium bowl. Pour in oil and orange juice and stir until moistened. Press dough to flatten and chill. 2. To make the filling: Blend soup and 1⁄2 cup of milk in a large bowl. Mix in the remaining ingredients. 3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Divide dough into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Roll the larger ball between 2 large sheets of waxed paper until it is 1⁄8-inch-thick or until it fits in the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper. Turn dough over and carefully place in the pie pan, removing remaining piece of waxed paper. Press out any bubbles and patch holes with scraps of dough. Pour filling into the prepared pan. Roll remaining

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How to Avoid

Hot Weather

Automotive Breakdowns


hen the weather warms, many people take to the outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and rising temperatures. Summer road trips or vacations are the norm, but it is important to realize that hot weather can take its toll even on a new, wellmaintained vehicle. High temperatures can cause all sorts of damage to a vehicle, from zapping battery power to overtaxing the cooling system. Recognizing potential hot-weather risks

and performing routine checks on the vehicle are the keys to keeping vehicles in top form. Battery Excessive heat can shorten the life of a battery because it causes battery fluid to evaporate more quickly. This, in turn, can damage the internal structure of the battery. AAA reports that car battery issues are the most common breakdown calls.





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tire pressure routinely in the summer, when tires are cold. Follow the guidelines in the owner’s manual for recommended air pressure. Look for improper tread wear, weak spots or other tire damage that may end up causing flats. Fluid Levels Hot weather can put extra demand on all fluids and Cooling System engine components. Check transmission fluid, power Cooling systems work hard to keep the flow of air to steering fluid, brake fluid, and engine oil levels. Top off the engine and prevent it from overheating during warm or change when necessary. seasons. Compromised cooling fans or lack of coolant can be troublesome. To avoid overheating, check coolant Pack With Breakdowns In Mind levels before getting on the road. In addition, have the Plan ahead for potential summer breakdowns cooling system checked by a trained mechanic prior to by bringing along water, snacks, sunscreen, and an the summer driving season. It’s a small price to pay to emergency medical kit. Be sure mobile phones are fully avoid extensive engine damage from overheating. charged and that the number of a tow service or roadside assistance crew is entered into your list of contacts in the Tires event of an emergency. Hot weather causes the pressure inside of tires to rise. With warm-weather road trips beckoning, it’s time to Overinflated tires can wear down prematurely or result plan accordingly to prevent breakdowns that can derail in blowouts. The Car Care Council recommends checking fun.

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LEATHERWOOD GOD “A s D y l k s d e s ce n d e d f ro m t h e p u l p i t, McCormick exclaimed: ‘B ehold our G od!’ and the b e l i e ve r s fe l l o n their knees and worshiped him.” — from R. H. Tane yhill’s 1870 account of the 1828 Leather wood G od incident


ne of the strangest events in Guernsey County history occurred in 1828 in the vicinity of Salesville. A well-dressed stranger named Joseph C. Dylks mysteriously appeared and convinced many in the area that he was God in the flesh. Conflicts between believers and Story by RICK BOOTH non-believers ripped families apart and pitched neighbor against neighbor. When he failed to work miracles, the non-believers drove him out of the area. Historical accounts say his later fate is a mystery, but there’s a chance he is buried in Brooklyn. This is his story. In the warm days of August, 1828, the people of the Leatherwood Creek Valley – which runs from east to west past Quaker City, Salesville, Lore City, and Kipling – gathered for a five-day “camp meeting” religious revival in fields about two miles northwest of Salesville. Large revival meetings like this, with nearly non-stop dramatic preaching and exhortation, were a common fixture in Appalachian regions as part of the Second Great Awakening movement of the early 1800s. In this particular year, the building of the nearby National Road, that era’s “superhighway” connecting the East Coast through the mountains to Ohio, had just been completed to points three miles north of the revival. Quite likely, the dapper stranger named Dylks came in from the East on this fine new macadam road. On the last day of the revival, some very solemn preaching was going on when suddenly, during one particularly reverent moment of silence, there came a

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Painting of an early 1800s camp meeting

thunderous shout of “Salvation!” followed by a chilling, inhuman-sounding noise like the snort of a frightened horse. All eyes focused on its source, the mysterious stranger. Though none recalled seeing this man enter the gathering, his fine clothing and long hair streaming to the center of his back set him apart from all the other congregants, many barefoot, dressed in ruder garments. For the remainder of that afternoon’s service, he maintained a solemn and almost melancholy aspect that impressed those who watched him as a sign of deep reverence. In the evening, he again startled all with his shout and snort. These were soon to become his trademark. As the camp meeting ended, many of the locals introduced themselves to the well-dressed stranger and invited him to be a guest in their homes. Described as being five feet, eight inches tall and 45 to 50 years of age, he was found to be polite, well-spoken, and very

with hell-lit wings the top of yonder woods, and dart to earth to give me battle. Fear not, I will vanquish him.” The rest of McCormick’s account, as recalled by others many years later, is quite remarkable: “We started on, and shortly descending into a ravine… we saw the devil standing in our way. Dylks dismounted for the conflict, and exclaimed in a loud voice: ‘Fear not, Paul; this done, my work is done.’ With a firm and deliberate step, Dylks marched on to the combat. Satan did not flee, but prepared to meet him. He poised himself on his cloven feet in firmest attitude for mortal stroke; half lifted his flaming wings; bristled his scaly folds with sounds like muttering thunders; shot out his forked tongue, each prong streaming with liquid fires; rolled his glaring eyes, which seethed in their sockets; while a hissing noise, terrible as the screams of the damned, bubbled in the throat of his majesty infernal. “Dylks knelt and prayed, arose, shouted salvation, and blew his breath toward the enemy of mankind. The devil’s wings dropped, his scaly folds recoiled, his tongue was motionless, and his eyes, appalled, stood still,



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well versed in the Bible, able to quote chapter and verse apropos any occasion. Staying for a few days at a time with various families in the Salesville area, he insinuated himself into the community, attending local religious gatherings where he would sometimes be asked to preach. Though he accepted the offers, he often demurred that he considered himself a “teacher” rather than a “preacher.” The only hymn he would ever ask others to sing began, “Plunged in a gulf of dark despair, We wretched sinners lay.” The people of the Salesville area were a diverse group with no single dominant religious denomination, though the United Brethren and Methodists were more common than other sects. Because no single religious group could afford its own church, the sects banded together to build a common church site, which they called the Temple, on the hill overlooking the east side of Salesville. There they interleaved some of their individual denominational services with interfaith gatherings attended by all. Dylks became a regular there. As Joseph C. Dylks went from home to home, he was gradually seeding a more secret story about himself. He explained to some in private that he had come from the spirit world and simply materialized out of nowhere during the camp meeting. He claimed he could disappear and reappear anywhere at will. In private at first, he would claim he could work miracles. He progressed, finally, to confiding the secret to his credulous hosts that he was the Messiah, and he would never die. He promised eternal life to all who believed in him. Conversely, he also claimed he could vanquish the universe with a single shout and a snort. Several prominent men in the community were won over by Dylks’ private claims of divinity. One such was a man named Robert McCormick. When a circuitriding preacher in the area came down sick, Dylks was asked to fill in for him on three circuit stops in Noble and Monroe Counties. Dylks asked Robert McCormick to accompany him, and they rode off south together toward Mt. Ephraim. On their return, McCormick would tell others of a great miracle he saw Dylks perform: a victorious fight with the devil! Between the second and third circuit stops, somewhere near where Noble, Monroe, and Washington Counties meet, Dylks told McCormick that McCormick was really the Apostle Paul. Soon thereafter he claimed he heard a rushing of wind as the devil swept in overhead: “It was the adversary of souls cleaving he air. I saw him sweep

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and with leaps terrific, which shook the earth at each rebound, he fled the field.” At the end of combat, Dylks proclaimed, “The perfect work is done.” When McCormick, a pillar of Salesville society, returned from the trip telling that story about the mysterious stranger, the public acknowledgment of Joseph C. Dylks as God was sealed. Half the community believed Dylks when he proclaimed himself divine. But doubters were aghast! On the Sunday after the return of Dylks and McCormick, the followers of the newly minted “Leatherwood God” seized the Temple and dedicated it to his new religion. Dylks himself officiated. This really upset everyone in the Leatherwood Valley who was skeptical that God had descended among them. Husband-wife and parent-child rifts erupted, as did those between neighboring farms. The doubters wanted more proof. A really good miracle would do.

a man named William Gifford, a non-believer, and his daughter, Mary, a devotee of the new Leatherwood God. Dylks had once proclaimed that no man could ever take a hair from his head. The father therefore cut a deal with his daughter that if he could prove he took a hair from Dylks’ head, she would cease her religious conversion nonsense. He and a small posse of other angry men then set out to arrest the Leatherwood God and start pulling hair. A small battle ensued at the home of one of Dylks’ protectors, but ultimately the father got a clump of hair, perhaps with some scalp attached, and the posse hauled Dylks to the nearest justice of the peace, James Frame, to be put on trial. Unfortunately, Justice Frame was simply perplexed. He couldn’t find any statutes covering how to try a god. Not being happy with a non-conviction, the mob next took Dylks on a justice-shopping trip to Old Washington. There, Justice Omstot took out his law books and studied them for a while. In the end, he declared that constitutionally protected religious freedom and freedom of speech, including claiming one’s own divinity, made nothing Dylks had done illegal. He ordered Dylks set free. With help from his believing supporters, Dylks got a running head start on his accusers on the National Road leading east out of Old Washington. He ran fast. He

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In response to demands by angry unbelievers that Dylks work a miracle, he soon promised to make a seamless garment from a bolt of cloth. At the appointed time, believers and non-believers alike gathered at the home of Michael Brill to watch the miracle of the cloth performed. They waited for Dylks to arrive hour after hour, but he never showed up. The bolt of cloth sat motionless. Despite the non-working of the promised miracle, the believers stuck with Dylks. The doubters, though, were more confirmed than ever to prove this man a fraud. Tensions escalated to the breaking point between

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LOOKING BACK ran well. A swarm of stones picked up by his accusers from the macadam pavement followed him, but he nevertheless made good his escape into the nearby woods. For many days, no one could find him. The mob still hunted. The believers suspected he simply ascended into heaven. But in fact, he was still in the woods. Dylks surreptitiously found his way to the Salesville area again and spent some time – days, perhaps – hiding in an obscure thicket surrounded on three sides by swamp. His meals were likely just berries. When one of his hunters finally spotted him there, reinforcements were called in for the capture. Yet somehow he still eluded them. Later, he was protected within an underground network of supporters’ homes, much like a runaway slave. As weeks passed, the hunters gave up and the fervor to capture and punish died. With protection from what he called his “Little Flock,” Dylks waited a few weeks and then carefully began showing up again at religious gatherings, including some conducted at the Temple. But he clearly realized his long-term prospects in the community were not good. He therefore devised an exit plan. Dylks announced to his followers one day that he still intended to “bring down the New Jerusalem” he’d promised them, but the Leatherwood Valley no longer seemed to have the right vibes for it. He had decided, he announced, to create his new heavenly city at Philadelphia. Time for a road trip!! At the end of October, 1828, Dylks met with his flock and chose Robert McCormick, Michael Brill, and a converted United Brethren minister named Samuel Davis to accompany him to the great city in the East. The four men actually did make the journey, but at a fork in the road on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Dylks told McCormick and Brill to go one way while he and Davis went the other. They were to meet at the point in Philadelphia where “the light from heaven shall shine brightest,” announcing the coming of the New Jerusalem. Joseph C. Dylks then vanished. He was never heard from again. McCormick and Brill wandered around Philadelphia broke, tired, and hungry until they were able to pledge away their latest tobacco harvest, still held by a third party “commission merchant,” to get the funds to go home. Rev. Davis did, however, show up briefly at Salesville about seven years later. He reported he had seen Dylks

ascend into heaven. He again preached that Dylks was God, and that the New Jerusalem was still coming, pretty much any day now. He told Dylks’ followers to keep the faith. Then he left town and was never heard from again. Strangely, it would seem, nearly all of Dylks’ followers did keep the faith of his strange cult until they died. Some lived well past the Civil War, still proclaiming Dylks was God on Earth. But when the last of them passed away, so did the cult of belief in the Leatherwood God. The tale of the Leatherwood God might well have been lost to memory were it not for a historian named R. H. Taneyhill, and the great turn-of-the-twentiethcentury novelist William Dean Howells. Taneyhill somehow learned of the old legend and investigated it by interviewing people of the Leatherwood Valley in order to publish a documentary book on the incident in 1870. William Dean Howells, born in Martins Ferry in 1837, grew up in Ohio and had heard stories of the Leatherwood God. One of the last books he ever wrote was thus simply entitled The Leatherwood God. It was a 1916 fictionalization of the Dylks story that bore close


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resemblance to the known facts. The popularity of the book renewed memory and interest in the old Salesville episode. Were it not for Taneyhill and Howells, the historical memory might have been lost. Novelist Howells put a very interesting twist on the Leatherwood God story. He imagined a secret motive behind the escapade, one that would remind readers today of the Star Wars saga. Howells saw Dylks as a “Darth Vader” character who had once abandoned a wife and infant son on the Ohio frontier. He returned to try to claim them, the adolescent boy not realizing this man was his father. Dylks then seduces the surrounding community to the “Dark Side.” Dylks tries to lure back his onceabandoned wife by offering to elevate her to an equal claim to divinity. They would rule the world together! Though tempted, she resists and Dylks’ plan crumbles. The mother nevertheless allows her young son to accompany Dylks on the final trek to Philadelphia where, either by accident or suicide, Dylks falls into a river – likely either the Schuylkill or the Delaware – right at the edge of Philadelphia. The son leaps into the river to save the drowning father, who has shown great care and tenderness to the boy throughout the journey,

but the lifesaving attempt fails. Futilely reaching out toward each other, Dylks sinks beneath the waters, and the son returns to Salesville. Only then does the mother reveal to her son that Dylks was his father. Despite the many evils he committed, she assures the boy wistfully, there was still some good in him. And so the novel ends. All historical accounts say that Dylks simply vanished, a mystery ever more. But in this day of the Internet, there are a few new clues. The online database at lists more than 160 million graves, mostly in the United States. Within that database, there is not a single tombstone listed with surname “Dylks.” There are hundreds, however, listed as “Dilks.” It’s just one reasonable vowel shift away. lists exactly two graves of men named “Joseph Dilks” whose dates suggest they could have been the Leatherwood God, and they are both interred in the same Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Better yet, one of them is listed as “Joseph C. Dilks!” The latter was a man who died in 1863 when the Leatherwood God would likely have been in his early eighties, though no age or birthdate is given on the gravestone. The other Joseph Dilks, whose gravestone is pictured on the website, was 49 years old in 1828, a good fit with the estimated age of Dylks at Salesville. He died in 1842. We will likely never know if this grave or the other holds the mortal remains of the man who once changed lives in the Leatherwood Valley. Near the base of the gravestone, the words of Revelation 14:13 speak out: “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.” Here or wherever his bones may lie, may Joseph C. Dylks rest in peace.



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fell into a lot of lucky spots.” That’s how Rich Simcox describes his musical career. “ It’s not always what you know, but who you know that matters most.” But his great musical talent certainly enabled those connections. Rich grew up surrounded by music. His mother’s family were “pickers and grinners”, while his father’s family reached out to classical and Dixieland. Rich wanted to emulate his dad. Dick Simcox, Rich’s dad, directed school music programs in Bucyrus during Rich’s youth. In fourth grade, Rich started playing the trumpet, which remains his favorite instrument. His dad knew teaching music to be a vocation of long hours and short vacations. He told his two sons and daughter, “I don’t care what you do, as long as you don’t go into music.” They all chose music. The Simcox family history shows their deep Cambridge roots. Rich was born there, his dad grew up there. Grandpa Simcox performed vaudeville at the Strand and Liberty theaters. Great-grandpa Simcox had a harness shop by the courthouse. It seemed only natural

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spare time, he also enjoys camping and fishing. It’s a tragedy to Rich that schools are doing away with music programs. There’s a big correlation between participation in musical activities and excellence in other areas of study. He feels that the reason this area has so many talented musicians today comes from great music teachers, such as Howdy Max, John Matheny, Max Trier, Diane Box, and Todd Bates. Rich perhaps gave the best description of his role in music. He’s a musical engineer, who organizes whatever needs done or put together, but admitted he couldn’t do it without networking with all his connections. According to those who know him well, Rich’s specialty is motivation. “He can get more out of most people than they think they can produce.” Music has been a lifelong adventure for Rich. Contact Bev at or follow her blog at

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for Rich to drift back this direction. He admits to being a gypsy at heart so he has been on many musical adventures. That all started when he became a member of the Air Force Band, one of his favorite musical journeys. Most of the time they worked out of Scott Air Force Base in Missouri. The 45 piece band played for parades, school concerts, community events, and military funerals. In the ‘70s, his dad moved to Tri-Valley High School and in his spare time formed The Dick Simcox Big Band. Rich at the time was attending Muskingum College so became part of his dad’s band. When his dad passed in 1979, Rich decided he would keep the band performing as long as possible. One thing he wanted to do was always keep his dad’s name as the name of the band. While his biggest inspiration remained with his dad, he also listened carefully to Al Hirt and Doc Severinsen. Rich said he always hoped to emulate the tunefulness and tone quality of Bobby Hackett, coronet player. Locally, Rich taught music at several high schools as well as Muskingum College. Many remember him coming to their homes for private lessons. He has led many musical groups in the area over the years, including: Barbershop Chorus, Sweet Adelines, and Land ‘O Lakes Chorus. His involvement with music in the area extends to many organizations and listing them all would take an entire page. To name a few, he has played trumpet or french horn in Cambridge City Band, Coshocton Lake Park Band, Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra and Zanesville City Band. He’s directed musicals at Living Word and Cambridge Performing Arts Center. While directing has been one of his strong points, participating as an actor gave him great pleasure at CPAC. He played lead roles in popular musicals such as “The Music Man”, “Carousel” and “The Flower Drum Song”. His talent in so many varied musical arenas led him to say, “Music is my vocation and avocation.” This outstanding musician played trumpet on cruise ships and has kept the “Dick Simcox Big Band” alive with performances throughout the area. Rich reflects, “I’ve done more than I ever thought I would.” Directing the choir at First Christian Church in Cambridge since 1978 still gives him great pleasure. The church music lifts his soul as they make a joyful noise to the Lord. In his


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