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STRATTON — The Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Lecture Series at the Stratton Municipal Building, 136 Second Ave., Stratton, will feature speaker Angela Feenerty, president of the Mount Pleasant Historical Society, June 26 at 13h.

The title of Feenerty’s lecture is, “The Enduring History of the Cattell Family and the Free Labor Store.” The program is free and open to the public.

Membership information will be available as well as refreshments.

Cornelia Cattell’s ancestors were of the Quaker faith and supported the passions of Mount Pleasant citizens to help escaped slaves from neighboring Virginia, now West Virginia. In Mount Pleasant, his grandfather was associated with the Free Labor Store. Cornelia Cattell Thompson (1898-1982), one of the top students in her class of 1917 at Mount Union College, taught for a few years.

In 1924 she married country doctor Jay Ira Thompson (1891-1955) of Smithfield.

Cornelia, a prolific writer, wrote children’s books, articles, and took meticulous notes of Dr. Thompson’s daily profession and role as wife and frequent assistant. His valuable collection of manuscripts was donated to the Mount Pleasant Historical Society.

Feenerty’s lecture tells the stories of Cornelia Cattell Thompson, which date from the 1920s and 1930s and are filled with humor, compassion and Dr. Thompson’s dedication as the only doctor in the Smithfield area. From Cornelia’s manuscript collection, Feenerty edited the book, “The Country Doctor’s Wife.”

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the conference.

Feenerty, a Kentucky native, has lived near Martins Ferry since the 1970s.

As noted by many family and local historians, Feenerty said she developed an innate interest in the history and stories her family and ancestors told of their movement west through the mountains to Kentucky. .

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Angela C. Hale