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By Evelyn Long



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100 years ago, May 7, 1914:

“Only ten survivors of the Sultana disaster attended the reunion held at Toledo last week. Robert W. Long of Cardington is the only one of these men living in Morrow County. He was unable to attend the reunion.”


“A baby boy arrived May 2 at the home of Mr. And Mrs. John Weise.”


“The senior girls are showing their class spirit by wearing neat dresses of gray trimmed in scarlet, the senior class colors, scarlet and gray.”


“Complaints have been made concerning the fast driving of automobiles and motorcycles in Cardington. Mayor Retter demands that all drivers of automobiles and motorcycles must cut down their speed to the speed limit inside the corporation. Mayor Retter wishes the public to distinctly understand that speeding in Cardington must be stopped or the state law will be enforced.”


“John Morrow, who is accused of smothering the 18 month old babe of Frank and Estella Piat at Pagetown a year ago last Thanksgiving eve and was tried and convicted in second degree murder, was granted a new trial by the Supreme Court of Ohio on the grounds of “misconduct of the court and prosecution.”


“F.H. Chase has purchased a car load of Catalpa trees, 200 in number and is planting them on the two acre lot that he recently purchased of Wm Curl near the UM parsonage. Mr. Chase expects the trees to furnish shade for a ginseng farm.”


“H N Steger was appointed Cardington postmaster at $1600 a year.”


90 years ago, May 1, 1924:

L. D. Headington, former Cardington visitor to Tampa, Florida, had taken over the management of the Electrick-Maid Bake Shop in that city. He had been in the bakery business in Cardington for 12 years.


“George Bowyer had the front of his car about tore off Saturday near Marengo by another motorist, who will make the costs of repair alright. As to the shock everyone gets on such an occasion, there is no money that can make it up. You have to go through the experience to know this. He remained in Marengo until the damage was repaired and is once more driving about looking after the same old business he has represented so long.”


“Anyone having my wire stretchers, please bring them home. Elmer Bunker, Marengo.”


“The remains of a fourteen year old boy, son of Smiley Sherman of Williamsport, are on the way to that place where funeral services will be held and the boy will be buried. The family had spent the winter in California, going by motor and returning the same way. Last week on the road the boy got out of the machine to fix something when he was struck by another automobile going rapidly and of which the lad was not even aware. The few details show it to be in no way the boy’s fault and the quickness with which the happy family group were turned into mourners for the loved one shows how little time counts in the long run. Now we are never sure of anything?”


60 years ago, April 29, 1954

James Curts was pictured. A Cardington High School senior, he had been crowned king during the school’s FHA banquet. He was a member of the varsity football and basketball squads and was majoring in vocational agriculture.


Inducted into the Armed Services were Howard Cover of Shauck and John Stevens of Mt Gilead.


Dr. And Mrs. J. W. Wood of Mount Gilead, were both killed when he drove his light pickup truck into the side of a steam locomotive pulling a New York Central train at the Ward crossing, one half mile north of Edison.


Cardington had been defeated by Iberia during the Morrow County baseball tournament which was held on the Cardington diamond.


Evelyn Faust, a Cardington High School senior, had earned the Degree of Distinc- tion in the National Forensic League.


30 years ago, May 3, 1984:

The Trash Bash collected 742 bags of litter from county roads. There were 227 workers who cleaned up more than 187 miles of roads averaging approximately 144 gallons of trash per miles.


Sherry White was nominated president of Jenkins-Vaughan Auxiliary Unit 97.


The Cardington Historical Society met at the Community Building. Charlene Dahlquist was president. Participants in the program included Victor Shaw and Fred Russell.


Lucille Johnstone was given her 50 year pin when the Mildred Chapter of OES 85 met. Susie Dye was Worthy Matron and Bob Edgell, Worthy Patron.


James Baer showed slides of his trip to the Holy Land when the Cardington Seniors met.


The Klinefelter School held its first reunion since the school closed in 1933. There were 29 former students and 23 guests present. The story was written by Gerald Klinefelter.


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