U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson brings Congressional honors to Mingo Junction’s Sophie Schoolcraft

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and Sophie Schoolcraft enjoyed a moment prior to Johnson presenting Schoolcraft with a congressional proclamation for her decades of service to the village and its residents. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Building on Monday and was followed by a lunch in Schoolcraft’s honor. — Mark Law

INGO JUNCTION — U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, on Monday presented Sophie Schoolcraft with a congressional proclamation for her years of community service.

Schoolcraft has been director of the Mingo Social Services handing out holiday food baskets and providing other help to the needy for decades.

“If everyone in the country had the service and commitment as Sophie, this would be a much different country. The government system is based on ‘of, by and for’ the people. We understand ‘of’ and ‘for’ but not think of what ‘by’ means. ‘By’ means we have responsibilities. We are part of the process and not just bystanders. We all have a vested interest in moving the ball forward. She has already written a legacy in Mingo Junction,” Johnson said in presenting the proclamation to Schoolcraft, who was surrounded by dozens of her friends.

“She is one of the most unassuming, humble persons you ever want to meet. She does not want to take credit. Her heart is for the community and the families that benefit from her benevolence,” Johnson said.

The congressman said he has met thousands of people during the course of his work, saying some people like Schoolcraft stick out in his mind.

“Sophie is one of those people who affect me and the way I represent people. She is an example of service and commitment. She is my favorite Democrat,” the Republican congressman said. “The fine citizens of Mingo Junction are lucky to have her here.”

Mayor Ed Fithen said the village has gone through hard times but Schoolcraft has food in the hall of the Municipal Building every day for needy residents.

“She does a fabulous job and has a good crew to help out,” Fithen said.

Schoolcraft thanked everyone for showing up for the presentation and the lunch that followed.

She also thanked Johnson for everything he does to help her.

“I just love him,” Schoolcraft said.