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Footnote: Ruth Steinkraus Cohens Veteran

Footnote: Ruth Steinkraus Cohens Veteran Connection
Martha Gilson wants Westporters to know that Ruth Steinkraus Cohen had an important link to a war veteran Җ one going back more than 225 years.

Gilson, a member of the Weston chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), said Steinkraus-Cohen was a direct descendant of Revolutionary War veteran Jeremiah Tibbetts of New Hampshire.

Gilson called me as Moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), after reading newspaper accounts of the April 1 RTM debate and controversy about naming the Post Road bridge after Steinkraus Cohen, a longtime Westporter who died last year.

Although the RTM, by a vote of 26-5, endorsed a proposed state bill naming the bridge in Steinkraus Cohens honor, several of those who spoke in opposition said they preferred the bridge to be named in honor of veterans.

That would be more fitting, they said, than after someone long associated with the United Nations, especially now.

ғShe has every right to be included with folks who wanted it to have something to do with the veterans, said Gilson, 79, former regent of the Weston chapter of the DAR. ԓKnowing this might make them feel better.

Gilson said Steinkraus Cohen joined the Weston chapter after WestportԒs Compo Hill DAR chapter disbanded in the late 1970s due to dwindling membership.

ғShe wasnt active in recent years,Ҕ Gilson said. But Westporters should know she had a direct link to those who fought for our country.Ӕ

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