News-Herald Staff Writer

NEW RUMLEY – The legacy of Gen. George Armstrong Custer was reflected as the Custer Memorial Association marked what would have been his 171st birthday on Dec. 4.

More than 100 people packed New Rumley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall to honor the village’s native son for a family-style meal supplied by church members and took part in a fund-raising raffle for the museum. Gen. Custer, portrayed by his modern-day doppleganger Rick Williams of Middletown, Ohio, was introduced to the crowd and posed with the ceremonial cake, while musician Steve Ball, of Columbus, also donned a Civil War uniform and later regaled attendants with stories and tunes while strumming an authentic 1860 Martin 2-20 guitar.

Read more about the event and Custer history in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald. Pictured above are Rick Williams and Steve Ball during the birthday celebration. Photo provided.