The Twenty First Century Club met on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at the Rockford United Methodist Church Tea Room for a regular meeting with 8 members present. President Julie Henkle welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order. Roll-Call was completed with everyone stating a favorite vacation destination. Minutes were read by Kim Carr and approved. The treasurer’s report was given. There was some discussion about the May meeting which will be held at the Rockford Historical Museum at 6:30 or 7 PM. Janet Steffy and Kim Carr will provide a “Tea” that evening. The treasurer’s report was $285.09.

“Our Story/Ohio’s Story” the theme for the year was continued as Ann Gage presented a really good program on Ohioan Ulysses S. Grant. He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Ohio in southern Ohio in 1822. His ancestry was English and Ulster Scots. His father was a successful tanner, and Ulysses hated the tanning chores and did other things around the farm instead. At 17 he was enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point, not because he wanted to be a soldier, but because he wanted an education. It is at the academy enrollment that he was mistakenly enrolled as Ulysses S. Grant which was a clerical error. To correct it he would have had to wait a full year and re-enroll. So he just changed his name. His friends thereafter called him U.S. Grant, Uncle Sam or Sam for short. Early in his career after the academy, he met and married Julia Dent. They had four children. He served in the Mexican-American War under Major General Zachary Taylor (1846-48). He then went west to the state of Washington and was promoted to a captain at Ft. Vancouver. In 1853 he left the military during peace time, but found over the next 7 years he was not very good in the business world. Then the anti-slavery sentiment brought him back into the military to be the top commander for the Union side of the Civil War. Grant was close to President Lincoln. After the war, he became an inexperienced president in 1846. He served 2 terms during the Reconstruction period which were tumultuous for him. Ann concluded with the trick question of who is buried in Grant’s tomb. He and Julia are interred inside the tomb on the Hudson River in New York City
but their crypt is above ground.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Toni Fisher’s house. Contact Sheila Baltzell-Linn at 419-733-3326 if you are interested in attending a meeting. Members are reminded to invite an interested visitor or friend to come with them to this meeting and bring a canned item or side dishes for the food pantry.