100 years ago, August 13, 1914:
“Sunday’s heavy rainfall saved the county thousands of dollars. It came as a great boon to ripening corn. Eighty-nine hundredths of an inch of rain fell, according to J W. Shaw, official weather observer for Cardington. Many cisterns were empty as a result of the drought. The downpour came as a welcome relief to everybody.”
“Mt Gilead consumes approximately 20,000 gallons of water daily, according to Supt. W. E. Miller of the Mt Gilead Water, Light, Heat and Power Co.”
“The commissioners let the contract Monday for the new cement block flooring for the Marion street bridge in Cardington. L. W. Mead of Marengo, was the lowest bidder. W. H. Miller was given the Bartlett fill and the Curl fill.”
“Dr. G. A. Snyder on Monday, shipped six of his Silver Camplen chickens to Los Angeles, Cal.”
“A new $5 bill was lost a week ago Wednesday either at the Depot or along the park walk. Finder can leave at this office and receive a $1 reward.”
“The great war now on has already shown how closely related and dependent all the nations of the earth are to each other No part of the world is beyond the reach of its effects and its cost in lives and burden of debt will fall even on those who had no part in bringing on the disaster. The H. C. Long Handle Factory (in Cardington) has established a foreign business of large proportions, practically all of its products being exported. Last week every order held by the company was canceled and there will probably be no work done there until foreign affairs are adjusted.”
90 years ago, August 14, 1924:
“A nine pound son was born August 9 to Mr. and Mrs Floyd Sterritt of Marengo.”
“Oil well drillers are at work on the C. C. Oates farm near Pulaskiville putting down a test well. They came to that section last week from Lodi and began operations as soon as getting the right from the owner.”
Twelve jurors were to be selected for the trial of Mrs. Yeoman, accused of poisoning her husband, Lewis Yeoman of Cardington, who died June 28 at his home of Biochoride of mercury poisoning. The indictment states that Mrs Yeoman murdered her sixth husband by administering five or six doses of poisoning in his coffee.
F W Gandee had sold his bakery to B. L. Watson and Son and was attending Fleishman’s Trading School in Cincinnati.
While Gerald Long was driving west of town an evening last week in a large car, he tried to avoid hitting some chickens that ran in front of the machine. The car skidded into the ditch. With him were his wife and two children and his mother-in-law, Mrs Lena Hodge, who had her ankle broken in two places and was otherwise badly bruised.
“When you want to feel you are blessed in many ways, think of that party of five people killed at McGonigles Station Sunday as they were on their way to New Castle, Ind to make their future home. Mr and Mrs. Roy Fanes, married only last Friday, Mr Fanes’ young sister, Mr. Johnson and fifteen year old daughter, all killed outright excepting Mrs. Fanes, who died a short time after at the hospital. They were hit by a train, thrown down a fifty foot embankment where the gasoline tank bursted and ignited, burning the machine and occupants. Mr Fanes was only 21, his bride not 20. A steep grade occurs at this point in the highway.”
60 years ago, August 5, 1954
Bill Maxwell, son of Mrs Carol Dodds, had been employed as coach and high school teacher with the Chatfield High School. He was a 1948 CHS graduate and from Ashland College August 6.
The marriage of Ginger Davis and MM3 Richard Himler was announced, having taken place in Brooksville, Indiana.
Mrs. Austin Smith was honored by her friends and neighbors for a surprise birthday party at her home north of Cardington After the serving of homemade ice cream and cake, the evening was spent watching television.
Warren Smiley, who opened a grocery store at the depth of the depression, retired this week after 23 years of business in Cardington The store was located at the corner of South Marion and Second Streets (note: this is the present site of Subway), since its founding. It was purchased by his son Edward Smiley who was to continue its operation under the name Smiley’s Market. Warren, a native of northwestern Ohio, came to Cardington in 1920. After farming he was named Cardington postmaster in 1921 serving in that position until 1932. He opened a grocery store in a business room that had been vacated by the Kroger Co.
Cardington’s Little League baseball team had a record of 13-1. Coached by Dick Pace, its members were Max Weise, Doug Click, Mike Murphy, Bob Sparks, Tom Landon, John Kreis, Dwight Sparks, Gary Crum, Dwayne Thompson, Donald Strohl, Jack McGraw, Jim Fisher, Phillip Heacock, Ricky Cameron, Jerry Crum, Dan Snyder, Doug Slack, and Kevin Dean. Bat Boy was Steve Kreis.
30 years ago August 4, 1984
Pictured were Angie Bush and Alan Helt, who had attended a 4-H Citizenship Washington DC Focus program. The two represented Morrow County.
Pam Frysinger, of Celina, was employed as business education teacher to succeed Sue Cline when the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education met. Frysinger was a graduate of Miami University.
The proposed annexation of 6.000 acres to the village by Lowell Patterson, was being considered by Cardington Village council.
Pictured were LuAnn Reed, Harold Faust, Ron Foltz, Mitch Collins and Todd Oty, who had attended FFA Camp.
The children of Marion and Garnie Weaver, deceased, held a family reunion at the Fulton School building with 85 people present and 82 unable to attend.
Correspondent Evelyn Long can be reached at email@example.com.