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FCE members learn more about Moscow Mills, Shapley Ross House

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

Spring Creek Busy Bodies Association for Family & Community Education (FCE) Club and Millwood Culture FCE Club tested four layer cake recipes for Today’s Farmer Magazine at their regular meeting on June 12. Red Velvet, Delicate White Chocolate, Sweet Potato with Coconut Pecan Frosting, and Lady Baltimore Cakes were judged at the Lincoln County Extension Center in Troy. These recipes will be in the October issue of Today’s Farmer Magazine. Testing these recipes is a project of East Central MAFCE District.

After testing the layer cakes, the FCE members had lunch with Andy Teschendorf, Mayor of Moscow Mills, at Harry J’s Steak House in Moscow Mills. Mayor Teschendorf told the group about the historical points of Moscow Mills. Some of them were the railroad, two sawmills and gristmill, and Shapley Ross House. The Henry Martin, Old River Mill, is being made into Mill Site Park. The population of Moscow Mills is 2,517 and growing. Mayor Teschendorf said that Moscow Mills has lots of water and sewage for more homes and businesses to be built. J & J Snack Foods AKA Daddy Rays is one of the larger employers in the area. Dorothy Cody and Vivian Cody talked about living in the area of Moscow Mills and visiting in the area 40 years ago. Harry J’s was a general store and it had a butcher that would cut any form of meat you wanted and you could buy anything you needed to live each day at the mercantile.

To top off the FCE members day, they toured the Shapley Ross House in Moscow Mills. Shapley Ross brought his family, from Kentucky, to Moscow in 1817 and built the stone house on the hill overlooking the river in 1820. Shapley Ross died in 1823 and his widow lived in the home until 1931, when she sold it to Henry Martin. In 1848, W. A. Depping, who was a merchant in Moscow Mills, purchased the home. The house is currently owned and preserved by Charles and Laura Depping Meyer, of Moscow Mills. Shapley Ross was one of three who founded the town of Moscow Mills. It is the hope of Charles and Laura Meyer that the home can be preserved so that future generations will be able visit the home of Shapley Ross. The house will celebrate it’s bicentennial in 2020. The FCE members enjoyed the tour of the Shapley Ross House by their tour guides Charles and Laura Meyer.