Three individuals who were well-known locally have died within days of each other. Through many years, I came to know all of them well and wish to make a few comments on what they have meant to me during that time.
Rupert Grover, Sr., who seemed to be in many folk's eyes the unofficial “Mayor of Mason,” was a familiar figure at numerous Grange meetings I have attended over the years. I always enjoyed chatting with him about times past and his knowledge of farm and forest lore knew few limits. He was known as the quintessential “good neighbor” and possessed a fine sense of humor. In so many ways he embodied the old Yankee adage, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
“Studie” Cross was a familiar figure on Bethel Village streets for many years. Quite often he walked on Mason Street in the warmer weather and if I was working on my lawn or in the back yard of the Dr. Mason House, he would usually stop and give me his update on what was happening in town. Whether it be who was building an addition to their garage, digging up a culvert, changing the paint color on their home, or any number of other observations, I always felt I had a better “handle” on what was happening in the greater Bethel community once “Studie” had brought me “up to speed.” Next spring won’t be the same without briefings from “Studie.”
Finally, it is difficult to assess just how much Mabel Kennett has meant to the Bethel Historical Society over these many years. In her quiet and dignified way, she made such a difference on so many fronts in partnership with her beloved husband Alden. Quilting was one of her passions, particularly in her retirement years, but she made other contributions that have advanced the organization’s reputation in a number of ways. I will greatly miss seeing her and listening to her observations while sharing her low-key sense of humor.