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Students Dedicate New Memorial in Washington Court House

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Social studies teacher Paul Larue, and members of his class from Washington High School, visited a cemetery in Washington Court House Thursday afternoon for a special dedication ceremony.

A student project that began last fall soon turned into a forensics challenge. The trip focused on local inventor and engineer Granville T. Woods, who resided in Washington Court House from 1878-80.

After learning that Woods' wife, Sadie Turner, lived much of her life (1857-1927) and was buried in

Washington Court House, the class teamed up with archeologist Jarrod Burks to locate her unmarked grave in Washington Cemetery, on the southern edge of town.

After intensive research that involved examining cemetery records, and with Burks' equipment and skills (and a grant from Time Warner Communications), her grave was discovered last autumn.

On a warm, drizzly afternoon, the students unveiled the new headstone, just as the sun broke through the clouds, giving Sadie a proper remembrance. 

Woods earned nearly 50 patents, many involving railroad engineering equipment, such as remote signals, that proved to be important safety features, long before modern technology came about in the 20th century.

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