100 years ago, January 29, 1914:
“There has been much interest taken in the formation of a mutual telephone company in Cardington, as has been evidenced by the attendance and interest at the telephone meetings. At the meeting on Saturday afternoon last it was decided to call a meeting of all members for Saturday, February 7, 1914 at the engine house for the purpose of forming a permanent organization and elect officers.”
“The following accident befell a newly married Ashley couple: Eva Vining, daughter of Chas. Vining of Ashley and Lewis Kimball were married at 2 o’clock and two hours later they were reposing at the site of a railway crossing, with their horse fatally injured and the front of their rig reduced to splinters. The groom had hired a horse and rig at the Ashley livery barn and, with Miss Vining, drove to Delaware where after the noon hour they were issued a marriage license in the probate court and at 2 o’clock were united in marriage at the Williams Street parsonage. The young couple were driving to their homes from Delaware and were driving in a closed buggy which made it impossible for them to hear the approaching train They had just driven upon the tracks when they heard a whistle shriek and, realizing almost sure death stared them in the face, endeavored to pull the horse back. Before they could clear the track, the engine hit the horse and fore part of the buggy, which was reduced to splinters. The accident happened at the Ferguson Crossing, four miles north of Delaware and was witnessed by people in the Ferguson home and men who were working nearby. The horse suffered a broken leg and other serious injuries and was shot to put it out of its misery.”
“A 12 x 30 foot building back of Dennis and Son’s Grocery store was moved Monday to the Lennie Russell farm east of town, where it will serve as a garage. The way that building sailed down the street proved there was good sleighing.”
“In a recent issue of the Alliance Leader is an article concerning the W.C.T.U. Convention and the name of Leslie Graves, a Cardington music student, was mentioned as follows: In the afternoon of the convention, two beautiful piano solos-Liebestruam by Liszt and Hungarian Concert Polka were rendered by Leslie Graves, a junior in the conservatory of Mt Union College, with spelnded technique and an artistic touch. He was given a hearty vote of thanks by the ladies. Leslie is the son of Mr. And Mrs. W. Z. Graves of Cardington. (Note, his parents resided at 145 East Main Street).
“Oscar Shaw has a goose that has laid eggs since January 19.”
90 years ago, January 31, 1924
The Marengo Schools were closed Tuesday morning following notice received by Mayor Bailey from the state department of workshops and factories. An inspector visited Marengo Thursday and it was the understanding that the schools were to close Friday night but upon their being opened up Monday the department took forcible means to stop use of the main school building. Monday night, the superintendent, Mr. Orthwine of Bucyrus, resigned and left for his home. The primary pupils taught by Miss Marie Grey, have been holding school in the old country school house moved to Marengo from a mile north of town and they will continue to use this room. The orders to close the schools are the result of the efforts made to enjoin the issuing of $60,000 in bonds with which to make the changes recommend-ed by the state inspectors.
A fox hunt was being planned for the Cardington Westfield area because foxes had been killing poultry and were becoming a nuisance. The hunt was to take place in territory beginning with the north end of the east line at Frank Shoemaker’s on the Center Road south of Cardington and followed the road south to the Baldwin School house, then a line west to Westfield, then north following the old state road to Robert Demuth’s, then east to Frank Shoemaker’s.
Mr. And Mrs. C. M. Robinson, who are turning over the hotel on Feb. 11 to Mr. And Mrs. McCann, who recently came here from Newark, deserve credit for the good work done in rebuilding the reputation and trade of the place. Tuesday evening it was full. Cleanliness and decency have brought good results. Mr. And Mrs. Robinson are building a four-room modern cottage at the rear of the hotel property for their future home.
The Kroger store in Cardington was advertising soda crackers for 12 cents a box and bananas for ten cents each.
60 years ago, January 28, 1954:
More thanks from servicemen were printed in the paper. These notes were from local men in the Armed Forces who were sent Christmas boxes prepared by several local churches, the Cardington Rotary and Post 97 of the American Legion: PFC Glen Hawk, PFC Donald Myers, Cpl Wayne Mateer, PFC Donald Fraker, A/3C Paul Irons, A 2C James Campbell, Pvt Steven Maceyko, Pfc Russell Waddell Cpl Wilbert Heimlich, PFC Lawrence Carpenter and Eugene Davis.
Three children were saved from a burning house. The children of Mr. And Mrs. Robert Crist were rescued by John H. Wilson of Cardington and a Warren motorist passing by. The house was located one half mile west of Cardington on Route 42. As their automobiles approached the Crist home, the two men not only saw that the house was on fire but noticed the children peering from upstairs windows. Obtaining a ladder, the two men broke a window and carried the children to safety from the smoke filled upstairs rooms. A fourth child had left the house, the door having become locked as he closed it. Another passing motorist called the fire department. Mrs. Crist had driven her husband to work at HPM. Cause of the fire was unknown.
Six grades were presenting the operetta “Taffy Ann.” Pictured were “Bees,” Rosemany Wilson, Bonnie McCraw, Carla Osborne, Mary Heberling, Jan Snyder, Anita Miller, Linda Crum, Carolyn Heacock, Ann Ulrey, Karen Bender, Kathy Brunson and Kathleen Osborne.
Walter Yake, 27, of Cardington, farm equipment mechanic for the Morrow County Farm Bureau, suffered facial injuries, broken nose, and concussion and Patrolman Steven Day, 32, of the Marion State Highway Patrol post was injured in an accident while Day was chasing a speeder on South Main Street (Route 42) in Mount Gilead.
The accident happened as Yake, the patrolman and two other motorists were headed north on Route 42. Wlllis Amick, who was in front of Yake made a right turn in to Ault Motor Sales, Inc. Yake waited for a speeding motorist who had been followed by the patrolman from Cardington, to pass before attempting a left hand turn into the parking area north of Beecher’s Frozen Custard stand. The left rear fender and bumper of Yake’s car was struck and his automobile swung into a utility pole which was snapped off. Yake was thrown a distance of 10 feet through the right door of his automobile. Damage to Yake’s car was estimated at $450 and the patrolman’s car was heavily damaged. The speeder was not caught. Yake was taken to White Cross Hospital, Columbus and was to be released later in the week.
Baker’s Red and White Store in Cardington, which opened two years earlier on the square by Lester Baker had been purchased by Howard Long of Edison. He was to be assisted in the store’s operation by Ronald Harper. The new owner of the store had owned Long’s Market at Edison for the past six years.
Russell Conant, 31, of Cardington, was named full time substitute city carrier with the Cardington Post Office. Conant had been a welder with the Cardington Steel Products, Inc and earlier worked with Hercules Steel Products, Inc. Galion.
He was married to the former Jeanne Benson and was a member of Post 97 of the American Legion. He was a veteran of World War II and was one of five sons of the late Charles Conant of Fulton, who served in World War II
30 years ago, February 2, 1984:
Robin Denton, Cardington-Lincoln High School senior, was one of two recipients of the Big Horn Award at the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Recognition banquet held at Tri-Rivers Vocational School. Robin was a member of the Cardington Police Department Law Enforcement post. She was a senior at C-LHS and Tri-Rivers JVS. She was the Cardington Festival Queen, Modern Miss and Junior Miss.
Nancy Burdsall, remedial reading teacher at the Cardington-Lincoln School, was teacher of the week. She was a graduate of Miami University and received her master’s degree from Bowling Green. She and her husband, Don, had two children.
Several births were noted in this edition of the paper. Born to Cardington parents were a daughter to Mr. And Mrs. Roger Foos; a son to Mr. And Mrs. Philip Ulrey; a daughter to Mr. And Mrs. Jerry Weston, a daughter to Mr. And Mrs. William Christian and a daughter to Mr. And Mrs. Paul Elliot.