For over fifty years Henry never missed a midnight appointment. But when the news came that Obadiah passed away, he decided to travel to the funeral. His rickety buggy and tired horse would be dependable but slow--three days away from town. Prior to his departure, Henry carefully considered each citizen in Steubenville to select as a suitable and responsible replacement to wind the clock during his absence. After much deliberation he ch...
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...ck that night. Things returned to normal the next day. At sunrise the chimes sang out as the farmers went to the fields and mothers awakened their children for school.
Samantha left for college later that year. But Henry and Steubenville were never quite the same.
Instead of sitting in the rear of the church on Sundays, he was on stage with the choir singing loudly and out of tune. The general store opened an hour later so that he could watch the sun rise and hear the birds awaken. Most afternoons he could be found fly-fishing at the pond and yelling out “bag’em” to anyone who might snare a trout. After Henry passed away, the clock became more of a landmark than a useful timekeeper. Samantha returned for many years to lead a parade on the town square. On parade day, the Harrington Clock was stopped, and work and school closed… time was a gift to be enjoyed.
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