Reflections: Memories of Cardington with no paved streets


By Evelyn Long - The Sentinel



Election fervor is ongoing until November 8 but looking back to a May, 1934 edition of the Morrow County Sentinel, the same anonymous man who shared his memories of living in and around Cardington in the late 1880’s demonstrates that some things never change.

“At the time that I am writing,” he said, “the citizens of Cardington were very political minded – on state and national questions, it was reliably Republicans but on local matters the Republicans were divided into two factions and this division enabled the Democrats to occasionally put a man in office.

The two factions of the Republicans were known respectively as the ”Plug Hats” and the “Never Sweats.” Their headquarters was Mooney’s Drug Store and any evening a number of them could be found there discussing the affairs of the town and cussing the “Never Sweats.”

“The Never Sweats were headed by J B Waring, a shoemaker and a man of some ability and also something of an orator. Their rallying place was Daring’s Shoe Shop. The members of this faction were most mechanics and laborers from the opposing faction. Today they would be called radicals or Progressives.”

“Politics was always at best at the municipal election and many amusing things took place. I remember one very hotly contested election. While the ballots were being counted the judges got in an argument during which, one of them, H.E. Hartsock, quietly picked up the ballot box and ballots and as quietly walked out and went home with them. When the argument was finished and the remaining judges were ready to resume the count the absence of Mr. Hartsock, the box and the ballots was discovered, whereupon they repaired in a body to the Hartsock residence and retrieved the box and the ballots. Whether they also took the recent judge back with them I do not recall.”

One more memory from this anonymous citizen next week.

October of 1946

The hearing on the final report filed by cemetery trustees covering the razing of the mausoleum in Glendale Cemetery had been set. The report was filed by the cemetery trustees who had asked the court to issue an order distributing the remaining proceeds of the mausoleum account. It was requested that the balance of $2,017.17 in that fund was to be divided into shares of 1/11th each and to divide 198 lots among the owners of crypts in the mausoleum and their heirs. The mausoleum was erected in 1911 by E C Sipe, I A Shaw, B A Durkee and C C Kirkpatrick who two or three years later transferred it to the cemetery trustees.

Builders of the mausoleum sold 115 crypts and 55 bodies were entombed in the crypts before it was razed in 1938 at which time the bodies were interred in the cemetery. A committee representing crypt owners and cemetery trustees petitioned in 1939 for permission to raze the structure because of its condition.

October of 1976

Cecil Maxwell, who was the first woman to serve as a Cardington council member, passed away. She and her husband, Minor Maxwell, founded and operated the Cardington Locker and Meat Market.

Fulton village, whose mayor was Bruce Fissell, was planning a Halloween Festival with music, games, crafts and food. Barbara Williamson was in charge of Lincoln Township.

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By Evelyn Long

The Sentinel

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