A Glance Back in Time from the pages of the Morrow County Independent

By Evelyn Long

March 25, 2014

One hundred five years ago, March 18, 1909

A mass meeting was held at the Cardington Opera House where several resolutions were unanimously adopted by the citizens of the Cardington school district. The resolutions were in response to an article printed in the issue of the Morrow County Republican on March 10, 1909 signed “X.Y.” in which a malicious attack was made upon the character and standing of the superintendent of Cardington schools and the members of the senior class as well as the moral condition of the school. It was deemed the article was very detrimental to the welfare of “our schools as it contains false and misleading statements designed to discredit and dishonor the faculty and to injure the future prospects of this town and community and the success of our public schools. The same article was a cowardly attack made against the superintendent, Prof. F. H. Flickinger, and also the members of the senior class.”

“Considerable agitation and complaint was made in Cardington last week when the monthly gas bills were received, it was found that in the majority of cases the meter had been read high, 4,000 feet or more. In many cases the merchants refused to pay the amount and the matter is now under investigation as to whether the affair was ignorance on the part of the one who read the meters or done intentionally. If the latter was the case, the citizens of Cardington showed plainly that they could not easily be duped.”

100 years ago, March 26, 1914:

There had been 525 converts made during the four week visit of “The Tabernacle.”

“An execution was signed in the hands of the sheriff of Morrow County last week directing him to levy on the courthouse, jail, bridges, infirmary farm, and all clerks’ file cases, typewriters and other office fixtures and to proceed to sell them to raise funds to pay off a debt owed to E.V. Uncapher as balance due him on a pike he constructed. The amount is only $361 but officers claim the money appropriated for the road was all used before the final settlement and there are no funds which now can be used to pay balance due. Common pleas court recently rendered judgement against the county for the $361.”

90 years ago, March 27, 1924:

“Lost somewhere between A. A. Vails and the M. E. Church or in the S. S. Room, the lower part of a fountain pen. Finder please give to Betty Newcomer.”

“The box social held at the Gardner School house Saturday evening was a success in every sense of the word. First there was a program of music, recitations and dialogue. Then sales of boxes which brought over $12 to be used as a school fund. Miss Mary Warner who graduated from Cardington high, class of 1922, is the popular teacher at Gardner. Pupils at Gardner will always try to keep abreast of the times.”

“Elijah Myers of Fulton was arrested Tuesday, charged with having strewn broken bottles in a public highway in Fulton for the purpose of interfering with automobile travel.”

“D. C. Campbell has had installed, a Frigidaire cooling system for freezing his ice cream. The Frigidaire is a Delco light product, electrically operated. The Isaly Dairy company have six of these systems in use at the present time.”

“Allen C. Holt has leased the rooms above the Campbell restaurant for a period of two years and has put in a complete line of lighting fixtures and electrical appliances.”

“A party or parties entered the mill of J. G Linn & Co Tuesday night and made away with about two and one -half barrels of flour and a pair of overalls. Nothing else has been missed.”

“Bessie and Ellsworth Bartlett entertained a small company of young people at their home northwest of Ashley. The hostess was Mrs. William Bartlett. The evening was delightfully spent playing cards. “

“A shower was held at the home of B. A. Wise home near Fulton for their daughter, Esther Hight. Among those present were Mrs. Walter Sayers, Mr. Coykendall and son, Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Weaver, Theron Williamson, Clarence Benson, Ralph Levering, Harry Levering, Harry Steger and Forest Steger.”

60 years ago, March 25, 1954:

Ann Boger, Cardington High School senior, was the 1954 FFA queen. Court members were Zanonie Foust, Linda Westbrook, Rodella Jenkins and Nancy Powell.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 23 were pictured conducting a “Radio Quiz.” Pictured were Marjorie Westbrook, Dolores Lawrence, assistant leader; Margie Wallace, Maeve Murphy, Nancy Ulrey and Joyce Truax.

Rex Beckel entertained his Sunday School class of the St. John Evangelical and Reformed Church.

Mabel Willey entertained ladies of the Harmony Club.

Newly elected Cardington FFA officers were Noel Hack, president; Smythe Van Sickle, vice president; Richard Hack, secretary; Dale Shaffer, treasurer; James Linscott, reporter, Kenneth Rengert, student adviser, Frank Levering, sentinel and Tom Daniel, historian.

S/Sgt James Hack had arrived at the home of his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Marvin Hack where he was the guest of honor for his birthday dinner. Hack was with the USAF. Present were his only living grandmother, Mrs. S. J. Downing; his only living grandfather, Lewis Hack; Mr. And Mrs. Jack Harper and daughters, Wilhelmina and Debbie Sue; Mrs. H. J. Miller; and Richard and Janice Hack.

The wedding of Ralph and Ida Mosher was noted as was the engagement of Iadell Carpenter and Willard Beam.

30 years ago,March 29, 1984

Capt. Joseph L. Carroll, son of Amy Carroll of Cardington, and Stanton Carroll of Delaware, had been decorated with the Air Force Achievement Medal at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The Cardington Historical Society had met and Charlene Dahlquist showed slides of part of the business section of town and homes on Main Street which she had taken on May 8, 1981. The group hoped to collect material and pictures so they could publish a pictorial history of Cardington.

Dale Beam of Cardington left Sunday for Budapest, Hungary where he was to participate in the Karate World Cup Championship. He was one of seven member USA AAU Karate team participating in team and individual competition in six weight and one open division. The Cardington Eagles Lodge Auxiliary had donated $100 to him and his teammates in the World Cup Championship competition.