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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

September 29, 2004|from the Cracker Barrel

One of 11 children, Ruth Durbin Shank grew up on a farm east of Hagerstown at Bridgeport. "We were poor moneywise, but we were a happy family. Money didn't mean anything. We had all we needed." Born in Antietam Hall, which was built in the late 1700s, she walked nearly a mile to the nearby Bridgeport School, which still stands today. For lunch "we had pudding on our bread a lot of times. Mother would make it hot and spread it on and put a little butter on it. Hey, we lived on it - didn't hurt us!"

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