David P. Bridges
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The reader of the book will have the opportunity to pass through two centuries of American history seen through the eyes of the Scottish Presbyterian Bridges Clan. Robert Ferguson Bridges emigrated from Scotland in 1816 and settled in the small mountain town of Hancock, Maryland. He struggled to find his way as a farmer, and he was one of the founders of the Hancock Presbyterian Church in the tradition of his forefathers from Scotland. His son Robert Bridges formed his own destiny in the cement business through the turbulent years of the Civil War. In 1878, Robert became an important entrepreneur and founded an American industry in the mining of silica glass sand. Upon his death he was the wealthiest man in Western Maryland and the father of eleven children. The epic continues with Henry P. Bridges, his son, an acclaimed industrialist and conservationist. Bridges is credited with building a NYSE traded company called Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corporation, the largest supplier of silica sand in the United States. Bridges true love was with the Wild Turkey, and he raised over 60,000 of the birds at the world renowned Woodmont Rod and Gun Club. The Club was founded in the 1870s and was hunted and fished by five American presidents, Babe Ruth, Gene Tunney and Amos & Andy. Bridges life was dedicated to repopulating the Wild Turkey in North America, and his story is virtually unknown. Archibald Rutledge said of Henry P. Bridges book The Woodmont Story, “A fascinating and valuable contribution to the history of American wild life.” Now for the first time the family epic is told from 1816 through 1957, a lasting reminder of from where America has come over the last two centuries.
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