A Glance Back in Time
By Evelyn Long, from the pages of the Morrow County Independent..
100 years ago, January 30, 1913:
“Miss Josephine Brundige last week found a stone along the creek bank in the rear of her building which gives every appearance of being a petrified mitten of fancy design.”
“The Cardington-Quakerdom pike has been ordered closed by the commissioners but Contractor Stone informs the Independent that he will leave it open to travel so long as the road is not abused and used for heavy hauling. Whenever heavy loads are used on it he will close the road according to orders.”
The lifeless body of Leslie Primmer was found along the roadside near G. C. Willits woods two miles west of Cardington about 8 o’clock Monday morning. Mr and Mrs Primmer and two daughters, Mary Louise and Thelma, aged eight and two years, respectively, had come from their home just north of Westfield and spent Sunday with their former neighbors, Mr. And Mrs. Frank Furstenberger, a mile west of Cardington. They left the Furstenberger home about 5 o’clock, Mrs. Primmer and two children going in the buggy and Mr. Primmer leaving shortly after on foot on account of heavy conditions of the roads.
On leaving home, Mr. Primmer had locked the door and was suppose to have the key in his pocket so that when he did not arrive home in the course of a couple of hours, Mrs. Primmer, who had waited for him in the buggy, drove to the home of a neighbor where she remained all night. In the morning, she again went home and found the door locked with the key in it, but correctly surmised that Mr. Primmer had forgotten to take the key along and was still not home. Mr. Furstenberger was called and immediately started on a search, finding Mr. Primmer’s body just a mile west of the Furstenberger home. There were no evidences of any struggle and death is supposed to have been sudden. He was 31 years old.”
“If you failed to pay your taxes you can now pay the penalty.”
“Statistics in Ohio show that one person out of every seven who died during 1912 was a victim of tuberculosis.”
“H. S. Singer is better off than other ice men over the country and during one of the short cold spells got up about 10,000 cakes, enough to half fill his icy house.”
90 years ago, January 25, 1923:
“H. E. Griffith, editor of the Sentinel at Mt Gilead, is to give a paper at the coming session of the Buckeye Press Association at Columbus on advertising contracts with local merchants.”
A double header basketball game was played at Shaw’s Mission last Friday night, the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams of the local high school competing with those of Mt Gilead.
There was a banner crowd present. In fact, quite a few were turned away from the lack of room. As it was, the place was crowded as badly that the audience in some places, interfered with the players. The boys’ game was won by Cardington 16–11.
“It is whispered there is to be shortly started an old woman’s home in Mt Gilead. Why not?”
“Wednesday morning Lester Robinson waiting with others for the train No 44 which carries people north and east, entertained with his harp the assembled company. This musical instrument seems a whole orchestra in itself. The agent and others joined in the chorus. It was a fine impromptu entertainment.”
“Mt Gilead came to Cardington Friday night and disported with beauty and chivalry and is one of the ways we mean Mt Gilead young ladies and gentlemen met Cardington’s young ladies and gentlemen. It was not an Olympian game, it was basketball.
Cardington brawn prevailed in the gentlemen’s contest and was it Mt Gilead’s ladies wit or strength that prevailed over Cardington’s modest exemplification?”
The annual meeting of the Library Association was held and the following officers elected: Mrs. Fred Chase, president; Mrs. W. W. Vaughan, vice president; Mrs. Elmer Conaway, secretary; Gertrude Mack, treasurer; Mrs. George Snider, librarian; Miss Frances Smith, assistant.
60 years ago, January 29, 1953:
“Victory at Sea,” a regular Sunday feature over TV Station WLW-C, with pictures just released by the U S Navy, showed photos and carried a description of the sea battle in which Lacey Headington, former Cardington baker, is presumed to have lost his life on July 6, 1942. Pictures and narrative accompanying the TV program were provided his daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Williams of Cardington, considerable information which she had previously been unable to learn regarding the battle in which her father met his death.
Mr. Headington was a steward on one of the 42 ships in the convoy, 40 of which were sunk by German airplanes, battleships and submarines. The convoy was enroute from Ireland to Murmanek, Russia. Mr. Headington was a member of the Merchant Marine and had been with the Pan-Atlantic line for six years prior to his death having shipped from Mobile, Ala.
David Burggraf, Cardington High School junior, won the FFA district extemporaneous speaking contest held at Caledonia High School.
Phillip Conaway, 13, son of Mr. And Mrs. Ward Conaway, wrote an eye witness account of his attendance at the 1953 inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. “It was a warm, springlike day January 20, 1953. There were many things that made this day different from all others. It was the day the 34th president of the U. S. was inaugurated and the first time people everywhere could watch it on TV. But why this day was different from any other day to me was that I WAS THERE.”
Phil explained that he and Bob Akron had arrived at the Union Station in Washington, DC early in the morning and were met by a friend of Bob’s, F. W. Radue, who took them on a whirlwind tour of Washington.
“It was a thrill to be there and hear the voices of Chief Justice Vincent and of ‘Ike,” the man whom I and several others have called
‘The Man of the Hour.’ His voice was very solemn and serious. The people there gave him a big ovation. I guess others like us were glad the Republicans were in power again after 20 long years.”
He then listed some of the things that he remembered best from his reserved seat in the stands on Constitution Avenue: “Major Murray, the chief of police and the police V motorcade formation, the Honor Color Guard, our new president Dwight D. Eisenhower and his Mamie in a beautiful white car surrounded by giant secret service men– and they were big!
Our new vice president Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, members of the cabinet, Humphrey, Dulles, Durkin, Wilson, Benson, Weeks, Brown– ell, Summerfield and the one lady of the cabinet, Oveta Culp Hobby; Henry Cabot lodge, Jr., former president Herbert Hoover, all cadets from West Point, the midship-men from Annapolis, Kent Curl (from Cardington) at the head of his battalion, the Marines, the veterans from Korea and the 62 bands.”
30 years ago, January 27, 1983:
A new group of public officials was organized to oppose construction of a hazardous waste landfill in Morrow County. The charter members are the villages of Lexington and Bellville and possibly the Morrow County Commissioners.
Mr. And Mrs. Randy Kemmer of Fredericktown were parents of a son, the first baby born in Morrow County Hospital in 1983. Mr. And Mrs. Douglas Sipe of Mount Gilead were parents of the second baby born in MCH in 1983, a daughter.
Mrs. Hazel Miller, fourth grade teacher, was Cardington-LIncoln teacher of the week.
Three Morrow County youths completed training at U S Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S. C. They were Marine PFC Myron Hartman and Private Randy Cole, Edison and Private Brian Yake, Cardington.