There were two Mogadore fundraisers this weekend. The Mogadore Branch Library held a very successful book sale on Oct. 7, and attributed its success to an improvement in advertising. The library was full of customers during the entire book sale. Thanks to all who stopped by to purchase books, CDs, DVDs, and books on CD, and thanks to all those volunteers who helped set up for the sale. Proceeds will support programs and speakers at the library.

The Community Fair fundraiser was held by the Mogadore Alumni Association on Oct. 7 in the high school commons and gym. Vendors sold their wares while non-profit groups advertised their causes. Homemade soups, hot dogs, and desserts were available. All proceeds support senior scholarships.

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What is a hero?

On Oct. 8, the Mogadore Historical Society and the Akron Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution remembered a hero from another era. He was just a 9-year-old boy who was chosen by Gen. George Washington to enter the British lines before the Battle of White Plains. Ariel Bradley’s mission was to learn the number and distribution of British troops.

Ariel rode an old horse with a bag of grain placed on its back from British camp to British camp, acting like a lost child on his way to find a mill. In each camp, Ariel was questioned and then let go, with British soldiers suggesting that he go to the next camp to see if anyone knew of a local mill to grind the grain. Gathering intelligence as he went from camp to camp, Ariel Bradley was able to report back to General Washington with the number of soldiers, rifles, and horses the British troops had.

In 1926, the Akron Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a marker on a granite boulder moved from the Bradley farm to the front of Mogadore High School to commemorate Ariel Bradley’s heroic deed during the war. Two of the 1926 DAR chapter members were direct descendants of Ariel Bradley. One was Louise Bradley Howland Parker, who was his great-granddaughter. She and her daughter, Myrza Parker Kline Katzenmeyer, joined the chapter in 1926, the year of the dedication of the plaque.

When the new high school was being constructed, the rock bearing the plaque was moved to a different part of school property. Last month the rock was finally placed back in front of the high school, and a rededication ceremony was held. Many thanks to Lora Staats for the invocation, benediction, and history of Ariel Bradley’s DAR connection. Thanks also to Nancy Bauer for her research on Ariel Bradley. Thanks to the DAR for the programs and cake, and many thanks to Michele Housley for her baked goods. Thanks, Rod and Connie Brannon, for being reception host and hostess, and thanks to Rodger Sansom for running the trains during the reception.

As many know, Ariel Bradley, a Connecticut native, eventually settled in this area because of the good timber and plenty of springs. In 1807, he built a log cabin on a tract of 146 acres. The town that developed around his land was called Bradleyville; the name was changed to Mogadore in 1825.

So, a hero is someone who is taken out of the context of his normal life and performs acts of bravery in uncertain times for his fellow man, to make life better for others. I’d say Ariel Bradley stepped up.

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