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From the October 24, 1918 edition:


“Eight aviators from the Wilbur Wright Aviation field at Fairfield stopped at Cardington Tuesday noon for dinner and gasoline. The men were driving four scout planes and had traveled over 200 miles from 10 o’clock until noon, going from


Dayton to Camp Perry and across to Cleveland and down. They had expected to land near Marion but lost their bearings and after circling around over Cardington and Mt Gilead, for some time, finally dropped down in the fifty-acre meadow on the H. A. Newcomer farm, two miles north of Cardington.”


“Automobile loads of people started immediately for the landing place of the planes and a large crowd collected, many waiting to see the men start, which they did about 4 o’clock, after having spent four hours in this vicinity. The aviators were a friendly bunch of fellows, one of them remarking that the planes were paid for by the people and they could examine them all they pleased. Several of the men were expecting to go across the water in a few days. The field which they chose for landing is a fine one for the purpose, being large and smooth and no trees near by. They marked it on their maps and expected to report it to the authorities.”


From the March 3, 1921 edition:


“Mr. And Mrs. Chas Kientz of Cardington, who recently returned home from a trip met Mrs. Juliette Smith, a stranded French bride on the train. She had been deserted by her American soldier husband and through the kindness of Mr. And Mrs. Kientz is a guest for several months in the Kientz home. The little French lady is making many friends in Cardington, who are doing all they can to help her forget her sad story. During the early days of the war she, with her mother and little brothers, were taken prisoners and later exchanged. Mrs. Smith came over on a ship bringing 135 brides. She was married during the war, her husband belonging to a Mass. Company. She has been unable to find any trace of her husband.”


90 years ago, June 5, 1924:


Tony, the well known spotted horse owned by Gompf sisters and a great favorite in the family, succumbed to bowel trouble Friday.


“Norris Jenkins, Clarence Denton and Lloyd Carter spent the weekend fishing at Rogers Lake, returning with a good supply of fish, including the largest catch of crappies taken from the lake in years.”


“You cannot look at the handful of Civil War veterans remaining without feeling the deepest sympathy for them though most of them are holding their own in every way. John C. Lentz, looking to again be in the thick of things as he did ten years ago. S. W. Dick is still eagle eyed and can tell things of those old days when everything hung upon the bravery of northern men. Newspapers were anxiously received and the death list read with bated breath. Dolman Robinson, with enough troubles to kill an ordinary man, has shown himself every inch a soldier. He holds his own though grizzled and no longer young.”


60 years ago, June 3, 1954


Tornado winds had left much destruction in the Fulton, Westfield, Blackbird Pike and Yankee Street area when they traveled in a northeasterly direction cutting a swath one mile wide and 20 miles long diagonally across the county. Damage was estimated at $200,000.


There were almost 400 people at the annual alumni party held at the Cardington School gymnasium. There were 230 alumni and 132 guests registered. Daisy Wil-lits a member of the class of 1898, was the oldest graduate present. Blanche Peppard Rhineberger and Florence Stiner Billet from the 50 year class, were also present. Charles Phillips was president. Entertainment was in the form of a TV talent scout show and included Don Carpenter and his son, Richard; Dorothy Fisher and her son, Jimmy; Evelyn Fricke and her father, Paul Fricke; Margaret Cox Yake and her son, Jon Yake and Jimmy Baer; Glen Harris and his wife Gathel, her sister, Alice Beal and Norma Hughes; Carol Harris; Paul Jones and Esther Jones and their daughter, Ruthanna.


Graduating from Mount Gilead High School were John Bachelder, Kay Cherrington, Edward Osborne, Wendell Wigton, Larry White, Shirley Meckley, Vernon Todd, Shirley Baker, Roy Zinn, Dianne Taylor, Rosemary Osborn, Phil Schrader, Crete Harvey, Ted Moody, John Wildermuh, Nancy Nesbitt, Jack Long, Janice Rumery,


Jack Pursley, Barbara Neptune, Lee Krallman, Barbara Mitchell, Rex Shaffer, Clara O’Hearn, Chuck Walker, Nancy Cooper, Joe McQuistion, James Brown, Glenn High, Sally Lancaster, Bill Hershner, Howard Huston, Carl Miller, Armond Doty, Delores Vipperman and Delbert Davis


The wedding of Alice Etgen and Donald Fraker was noted on the Society page


30 years ago, May 31, 1984


The Cardington water tank was being repainted. A photo depicted workers scraping the exterior. The tank was located on East Second Street, the site of Farmers Citizens Bank today.


The 105th Cardington-Lincoln High School commencement was held out doors on the football field. There were 81 seniors graduating. Brandy Fisher was the Valedictorian and Steve Fissell was the Salutatorian. Giving the Baccalaureate address was Rev. Walter Smith. Rev. Howard Stroble gave the invocation and benediction.


Melvin Macyeko, president of the board of education, presented diplomas.


William Spires, a senior at Tri Rivers Vocational Center, was named the school’s Education Association Student of the year. He was the son of William and Sondra Jenkins Spires.


Judy Weston graduated from Rio Grande College and Michelle Poorman graduated from Bluffton College.


New officers with the Cardington seniors were Richard Renz, president; Janet Jackson, vice president; Hazel Renz, secretary; Virginia Ault, assistant secretary; Viola Gandee, registration secretary; Dean Graham, treasurer; Rev. Clarence Shrout, chaplain and Mildred Welch, historian.

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