I am Phyllis (Howell) Mcfadden. I am Mitchell Howell’s widow. Mitch grew up in Hodgenville and was happy to tell people he grew up in Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace.
I too am Garland Blair’s sister and Ruth Blair’s sister-in-law.
I am afraid neither Mitch Howell or Abraham Lincoln would have been very proud of Hodgenville the last few weeks of November 2012.
My dear sister-in-law Ruth lost her battle with cancer in November. Many of you knew Ruth as an educator who had lived and raised her family in Hodgenville. Ruth, at her death, owned a property in Hodgenville serviced by the City’s water commission. Before Ruth’s memorial could be planned and more to the point before a death certificate could be issued, the water to this property was shut off. Yes, the bill was paid to date. Ruth rented this property to a Hispanic family.
My nieces, Kim Mather and Katy Cecil, went to city hall and asked about the disconnect and not getting any help, they turned to your mayor, Mr. Cruse.
Mr. Cruse seemed to think this action was OK.
After the family paid a visit to your county attorney the water was turned back on after having been off several days. Citizens of Hodgenville, perhaps you should check to see if there is a legal document you could provide city hall and the mayor to safeguard the ones you love from a disconnect at your death. Ruth Blair loved this Hispanic family.
I would say that Lincoln, who stood for all people, no matter race, religion or station in life wasn’t too proud.
I know Mitch Howell would tell me to pray for city government. He would say tell them they should love thy neighbor as thyself and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Myself, I recommend to my nieces and nephew, contact a civil rights attorney immediately.