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French Creek Yorkers celebrate 70th anniversary with fiddler performance

July 27, 2016
Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - Life is full of coincidences.

Sherman has hosted a Sherman Day celebration the first Saturday of August for more than 20 years. This year, in addition to the traditional fun activities of Sherman Day, the Sherman Historical Society is holding a reunion to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the French Creek Yorkers, an organization of students interested in history.

While lining up music for the celebration at the Yorker Museum, the group was encouraged to check with Sue Tillotson of Lakewood. Among her many talents, Tillotson teaches youngsters how to play the fiddle. A few phone calls and we had our answer, sure they could get a group of youngsters together to play that afternoon. While refining the details for their performance, one of the families who have two young fiddlers in the Bonnie Lock Fiddlers has the last name of Dorman. The first documented settler of Sherman is Dearing Dorman. A conversation with the family revealed that they are indeed direct descendants of Dearing Dorman. At a celebration of the history of the Sherman area, children who are the direct descendants of the first settler will be providing music.

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Pictured at the 2016 Ohio Scottish Games fiddle competition are, from left, Judge Elke Baker, instructor Sue Tillotson and fiddlers, Alice Mason, Emma Lee Dorman and William Dorman.

Sherman Day will take place Saturday, Aug. 6. A parade will be held at 10 a.m., with the event also including vendors, family activities, a chicken barbecue and other events.

The special event this year will take place at the Yorker Museum on the Village Common at the corner of Park and Church streets. Beginning at 11 a.m. the museum will be open, there will be historic crafts demonstrated, lemonade and popcorn will be available, horse and wagon rides will be offered for two hours following the parade, speakers will comment on local history and there will be music. Three groups - The Harmony Express, Don Wisniewski and the Bonnie Loch Fiddlers - will perform. And, having members of the Dorman family fiddling away will add authenticity to the day.



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