April 1, 2014
The Morrow County Republicans joined each other for a night of celebration at a Lincoln Day Dinner held at Hope Cabins on March 13, 2014. The Master of Ceremonies, Kim Bood, welcomed everyone to the event.
Les Wenger did the invocation and benediction and Patsy Wenger lead the Pledge to the American Flag. The Morrow County Republicans proudly introduced their own Sheriff, Steven Brenneman, who entertained the group with special songs he selected for the event. Dan Osborne introduced the elected officals and recognized candidates running for 2014 offices. The candidates were each given time to speak to the group of over one hundred people.
Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor were not able to attend but sent a taped video which was played at the event. They emphasized the importance of a united effort across the state, to continue making the improvements to education and maintaining fiscal responsiblity. The Morrow County Republican women held a basket raffle, served horsd’oeuvres, and organized a membership drive at the event.
The highlight of the evening was a special guest appearance by John Cooper, an Abraham Lincoln impersonater. Cooper was introduced by Carolyn Beal who gave a brief profile of John and his portrayal of Lincoln. John Cooper has been portraying the beloved president, Abraham Lincoln for over 25 years. John is married and the father of 4 children. He retired after 32 years of service as a customer accounts specialist with the Defense Supply Center in Columbus, Ohio. He handled processing customer requisitions on behalf of the Dept of Defense for all the U.S. Army, Coast Guard and Navy foreign military customers. John began portraying Lincoln after one of his co-workers said he reminded him of the president. John found an old coat in his mothers attic, acquired a stovepipe hat and began doing his impersonation of Mr. Lincoln.
John is a history nut with an extensive personal library of his own about the president. John has appeared at many events including the Ohio State Fair. Mr. Cooper is currently enjoying the Sesquicentennial Civil War Celebrations, which started in 2011 and will continue until 2015. He enjoys appearing in front of all audiences but especially enjoys performing for the children. Carolyn Beal said Mr. Cooper attended an assembly with her in Fredericktown and ‘the students are still asking her when she’s bring Mr Lincoln back.’