|Joe Rumley at the evening campfire
|The Famous Rumley Cinderblock
|Joe and Don singing a song about
the 69th at Antietam Battlefield
|Joe at the Doylestown Parade
Legend of the Cinderblock
During the very first trip in the "Highways of
History" series, it became clear that the
exitstep of our travel van was too high for
many of the participants. At one of the first
stops in the tour (where the 69th had drilled
in Chestnut Hill in 1861) Joe Rumley found
a cinderblock and brought it with us for the
remainder of the trip. Each time the van
would stop, Joe would place the cinderblock
in front of the exitway. Joe kept the block at
the end of the 1st "Highways of History" trip.
Before the second bus trip, Joe had
painted the block green and labeled it with
our logo and regimental label. Each future
trip would find the "Rumley Cinderblock"
traveling with us.
The cinderblock travels with us,each trip
we take and with it the spirit of Joe Rumley,
our comrade and friend.