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From: Carolyn Sewell Thayer
and Sewell family
Received: Sept. 6
Thanks so much to Bob Spurgin, the Nugent Foundation, Harry McCawley of The Republic and others for helping replace the plaque at Donner Park shelter house honoring Smokey Joe Miller and our grandfather (Charles H.) Fuzzy Sewell. Our families have visited the plaque several times. The last time we were there the plaque was gone. We thought it might have been stored someplace. We were disappointed to learn it had been stolen.
A few of Fuzzy’s relatives (we know him as Grandpa) still live in this area. Park programs hold many good memories for us. One that stands out are the rehearsals that went into some Wednesday night performances. Sometimes they were held in the front room of our grandparents’ house at Eighth and Lafayette. If we were visiting them when someone was rehearsing for the park program, we thought the acts were great. Columbus had talented citizens even in those days. Smokey Joe Miller was included in that large number of people.
Our grandfather loved Columbus. Presenting the Donner Park summer programs each season was very important to him.
Thanks again for replacing the plaque and keeping their memory and some Columbus history alive.
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