Mt. Pleasant woman donates photos of Pore couple
The fallen hero now has a face.
When Mt. Pleasant's Melinda Henkel recently learned of the tragic story of slain Mt. Pleasant Borough Police Chief Denver Braden Pore, it got her thinking.
Familiar were the names of the late Pore, who in 1906 became borough's only officer to be killed in the line of duty, and his wife, the late Harriet Wakefield Pore.
“They just stuck with me,” Henkel said.
It eventually donned on her why — Henkel's great aunt and uncle, the late Susan Metz Morey and George Morey, were once friends with the Pores, she said.
That closeness between the couples was evidenced by the Pores' inclusion in one of the Moreys' family photo albums dated “Christmas — 1900,” Henkel said.
“When my great aunt passed away in the late 1970s, I received a bunch of her things, including several antique photo albums,” she said.
Deep in the bowels of her attic, Henkel recently unearthed the album containing the impeccably preserved, sepia-toned photos of each of the Pores.
“That album was in the first box I pulled out in attic,” Henkel said. “I had put this album away, and I didn't look at it too often since then.”
Upon cracking open the Victorian-style book with lush, purple velvet covering, Henkel made the remarkable discovery.
Soon after, Henkel called Rick Meason, president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society, with the news. She was a longtime friend of Meason's late mother, Jenny Meason.
“Melinda asked me if I had any photos of (Pore) or his wife, to which I replied that the only one I had was a scan from the Journal in 1906,” Meason said.
“Then she said that she wanted to give me a couple.
Soon after, Meason and his wife, Heidi, visited Henkel's home along East Smithfield Street in the borough to get a look at the woman's find.
“Then Melinda said that she wanted to give them to me,” Meason said.
“She gave them to me because she knew that they would serve a good purpose.”
While Meason offered Henkel money for the images, she respectfully declined.
“When Rick and his wife, Heidi, came to my home to pick up the pictures, the look on his face was priceless,” Henkel said.
“I told him he's an old soul ... he just appreciates history.”
A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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