James W. Houpt, author of In His Own Words, the historical narrative based on the 18
Two of McCullough’s sons were captured by the Indians and carried away. One son was never heard from. The other was located near Pittsburgh but chose to continue living with his Indian captors. At about the age of 20, he returned to his birth family and was reunited with them. He later wrote his own story, Life with the Aborigines, which is included as the concluding chapter of James Houpt’s book. The story, which Mr. Houpt tells as a stirring narrative, covers about thirty years of McCullough family life, including children going to school, trials of the trips to Maryland for safety during the Indian raids, the building of Fort Frederick, and historical records of the events of the French and Indian War. The 166-page book comes in both soft and hard cover.
Jim Houpt was born in Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania in 1935 just miles from the McCullough farm. His family moved numerous times to West Virginia, and to Washington County, Maryland, where he started school. He graduated from Greencastle High School 1953, left for Zion Bible College in 1954 and graduated from this college. He pastored four churches over a period of thirty years and also raised the funds and built a UHF Television Station. He did live television for some years. He retired to Florida in 1980 and has spent his retirement time indexing books, mostly for Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He has indexed or compiled over forty books. The latest is the new five volumes of Kittochtinny Historical Society, Volumes 21-25.
On Thursday, September 25, Mr. Houpt will speak at Grove Family Library at 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Franklin County Historical Society.