A Glance Back in time from the pages of the Morrow County Independent
By Evelyn Long
100 years ago, January 23, 1914
“Fire completely destroyed the warehouse of Clarence Pumphrey at Ashley. The building is located along the Big Four tracks and the origin of the fire is unknown.
The warehouse contained a small quantity of cement, hay , grain and fertilizer. The estimated loss of $2500 is partially covered by insurance. The fire department was unable to get steam up for quite a while after being called out, the kindling and coal oil kept for the purpose of kindling a fire having either been used up by tramps who had been housed in the fire engine house or by John Howard, who had also been allowed the building as a sleeping apartment.”
T W. Poorman has sold his farm west of Cardington to D. T Burr and has purchased the Wm Payne property located in the northwest part of town, which consists of seven acres.
“Last Friday evening a jolly bunch of juniors found their way to the home of one of the class, Myron Caris. Although they had expected to travel with snow, they were not daunted by rain, mud or sleet. Lively music and games furnished amusement for the evening. Refreshments consisting of sandwiches, pickles, pineapple, nabis- coes and coffee were served.”
Delta Detmiling, the alleged divine healer who was arrested at Greenville on a charge of unlawfully practicing medicine, paid a fine of $40 there and then left the state.
“J. W. Sage, this week sold a hog which weighed 450 pounds and brought $45.50. It was claimed to be the largest hog ever weighed in Cardington.”
“Margaret Mills, the nine month old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. G. Mills, has been seriously ill for several days. A specialist was called form Columbus Tuesday and a Columbus nurse is taking care of the little one.”
“At the meeting of the Cardington council Monday night, the mayor and council members soon discovered that harmony between them was impossible and the council members adjourned after appointing W. F. Vaughan as their legal advisor and refusing to confirm a nomination made by the mayor for night watch. Policeman Dennis is still holding down the job.”
90 years ago, January 24, 1924
A number of interested ladies met on January 18 in the rooms of the G.A. R. To listen to a talk by Mrs. Newbury of Columbus, the subject being information regarding the organization known as the League of Women Voters. This league is not a woman’s party, is not allied with any party, neither is it opposed to any political party. It is not a club and does not limit the membership to certain groups. It offers practical plans on government and politics. A meeting ground for women of all parties and groups where they may exchange ideas, make plans aod work to- gether for the things in which they have a common interest. At the close of the lecture, an organization was perfected which will be known as the Cardington League of Women Voters. President; Mrs. George Myers, vice president, Mrs. O. C. Romans; secretary, Mrs. Walter Vaughan and treasurer, Mrs. Dan Donovan.
“The business men of Edison have secured a printing outfit and are publishing a newspaper to be distributed free to the citizens of the community and paid for by the advertising furnished by the business men.”
“Ed Van Horn, deputy sheriff of Franklin county, went through Cardington Monday morning on Big Four train 44 with four prisoners for the Mansfield reformatory.
One was manager of one of the Kroger stores in Columbus who had lost a day’s receipts in a crap game on his way home from the store.”
60 years ago, January 21, 1954
Cost of operation of the village of Cardington and its waterworks system during 1954 was estimated at $54,450 in the appropriation measure for the year approved by council.
A former Cardington resident, Robert Benson, of Columbus, outtalked a would-be robber. Benson was a night manager of the Red Head service station on Denison Avenue near the Ohio Penitentiary. Benson was reminiscing with a railroader friend shortly after 3 am that Saturday when a car pulled into the station. Driver of the car asked for a quart of oil. The other man entered the station, glanced at the railroader in a confused manner but really became nettled when Benson re-entered the station office. He hesitantly showed his gun to Benson saying,”Don’t this bother you?” “Naw, I eat those for breakfast,” Benson declared. Benson laughed then asked to see the Luger. The would be robber handed the gun to the attendant who examined it and handed it back. The man and his partner waiting in the car fled.
Four minutes later at Cleveland and Fifth Avenue, Columbus police stopped a car of the description and bearing the license number furnished by Benson. The men were arrested and held for investigation of armed robbery.” Benson was the brother of Paul Benson, of Cardington.
Harriet Shoults was employed by the Morrow County Health Board as a health nurse. She succeeded Miss Juanita Mathews, who had resigned. Harriet was a 1950 graduate of Cardington High School and completed her training at the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Columbus. She was a registered nurse.
Robert Skinner, 21, son of Clarence Skinner of Fulton, was promoted to sergeant while serving in Korea with the 7th Infantry Division. He was a section leader in Corp D of the 32nd Infantry Regiment and had entered the Army in September, 1952 and had been in Korea since May, 1953.
The class of 16 whose members were confirmed by the Mathews Catholic Church in Mount Gilead were pictured. They were confirmed by Bishop Michael Ready of Columbus. Class members were Dianne Woodward, Robert Larkin, Robert T. Cooper, Leona Etgen, James Bush, Patricia and Joan Woodward, Thomas Bush, George Etgen, Margaret Etgen, Thomas Maceyko, Frank Bendle, Kenneth Bendle, Geraldine Maceyko, Clara Etgen, Doyt Cooper, George C. Jackson, Thomas Levering, Robert Sipes, and Donald White.
30 years ago, January 26, 1984
Pictured was Tim Belcher, Sparta, who had been drafted No 1 by the New York Yankees. He was from Mount Vernon Nazarene College, and was looking over the paper work with Yankee Scout Dick Groch and MVNC baseball coach Sam Riggleman. Watching the proceedings were Belcher’s parents, Don and Gladys Belcher.
The Cardington-Lincoln PTO was introducing in the Independent, Mrs. Lois Harvey the remedial reading teacher. She had grown up in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Indiana, PA. She and her husband, Sam, also a teacher at Cardington, had lived in the area for 25 years. They had one son, David.
Three Lees were among the top spellers in the Cardington spelling bee. Pictured were Melissa, Mayo and Linda Lee. They were pictured with the other eight spellers who qualified for the Morrow County Spelling bee. They were Ernie Lowe, Todd Prince, Troy Ruehrmund, Sharon Gayheart, Audrey Wilson, Chris DeVol, Bill Le Master and Matt Hall.
Dan Osborn, formerly of Mount Gilead, became advertising manager of the Marion Star.
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