By KATINA WATT       News-Herald Staff Writer

NEW RUMLEY – Over 70 people were in attendance for the birthday celebration of General George Armstrong Custer held at the New Rumley United Methodist Church on Saturday evening. Those present included none other than the General himself, (portrayed by Rick Williams), Custer author Dr. Gregory J.W. Urwin, and members of the community.

“This is the largest crowd that we have ever had for the birthday celebration (now in its 32nd year),” CMA Recording Secretary Leroy VanHorne noted, “We actually had to turn people away.”

Following the dinner and raffles, the crowd moved across the street to the Custer Museum to enjoy Dr. Gregory J.W. Urwin’s program “The Rise of George Armstrong Custer, 1861-1865.” Urwin, pictured above, is a professor of history at Temple University, and thoroughly enjoyed his first visit to Harrison County. He spoke on the admiration of Custer from his men, noting the words of Major James Henry Kidd on Custer, “…His name is our battle cry…under him our men can achieve victory…”

Details of this successful event are featured in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.