100 years ago, July 9, 1914
A state building inspector had visited Cardington and ordered more fire escapes at the School house. The board had let the contracts and the new fire escapes were to be placed from the third story. In other council news, a letter had been received from J. B Slicer of Toledo in which he asked the council to have the Brundage building which stands on his adjoining lot, to be inspected. The state inspector had come to Cardington and pronounced the Brundage building safe. Mr. Slicer’s buggy and carriage shop was destroyed by fire two years ago and he is planning to return to Cardington and rebuild.
The question of speeding was brought before the council. One arrest was made last week and the case will be tried before Mayor Retter on Saturday.
“On all the streets entering Cardington, signs have been posted making eight miles an hour the speed limit. A state law provides a limit of fifteen miles an hour in suburbs. The case in court will probably decide as to whether Cardington has any suburbs.”
“A red pig about ten weeks old strayed from the Grant Grubaugh home some days ago. Grant would like to have someone inform him where it is.”
About 75 people enjoyed a moonlight picnic Tuesday evening at the Edward Baseler home west of Cardington. C.F.Heimlich and Walter Axthelm, with automobiles, assisted the guests from town to the Baseler home.
A nine pound son, Garnet Orlando, was born July 1 to Mr and Mrs. Garnet Benedict West of Cardington.
“M Yake picked 69 bushels of cherries off his cherry orchard during the season. One tree produced nine bushels.
Fourth of July in Cardington passed by in a very sane and quiet way. In the wee hours of the morning sleepers were awakened by the little cannons with a big nose that were fired in different parts of town and by the booming of an anvil.
90 years ago, July 3, 1924
Denzell Holt, nine year old son of Mr. And Mrs. Val Holt of Marengo, was killed by lightning Saturday morning about 11 am during the electric storm which swept over that part of the county. He was their youngest son and the first to go in a family of eight children.The boy was always afraid of lightning and thunder and it will never be explained why he was out under the shade tree during the storm. His mother, looking out the window saw him fall, also the agent at the Marengo depot who was carrying the mail to the post office. He was under a tree and was struck in the temple and badly disfigured by the burning leaves and bark striking him. What is peculiar about it is that the shape of the leaves and bark from the tree was burned in outline on his body. His grandmother and uncles lived in Cardington. They were Mrs. Chas Holt, and uncles O E and Devilla Holt. The boy was buried in the Cardington cemetery.
While fishing at Rogers’ Lake Saturday evening, Chas Wilson of Cardington, succeeded in landing a 6 1/4 pound large mouth black bass. Mr.Wilson hooked the fish when casting a spinner from the bank. He has carefully preserved the skin for mounting.
The long looked for explosion occurred Friday night when several charges of dynamite were used to bring down the big structure known as the Brundage building. This building was erected about 1883 by David Mezger and Myers Rosenthall who at the time occupied the smaller brick, still standing, conducting a grocery there and doing a large business causing them to erect the large one just destroyed. (The history of this building is further described in this story in the July 3, 1924 edition.)
60 years ago, July 1, 1954
James Murphy, son of Dr. And Mrs. Lowell Murphy, left Tuesday from Columbus for Camp Kawahoee at Weld, Maine where he will spend eight weeks as a junior counselor at the boys’ camp there. This was Murphy’s fourth year at the camp.
Three Morrow County men left for Fort Hayes, Columbus, for induction into the Armed Forces. They were David Reppart, Felix Blanton and NeilSquires.
The 40th annual homecoming of the Westfield Methodist Church was held with Mrs. Paul Jones accompanying group singing and a trio, Gathel Harris, Alice Beal and Norma Hughes, sang. Walter Ruggles was named president and Mrs. William Ringler, Secretary-treasurer.
Actress June Haver and actor Fred McMurray had married in Ojab, CA. Miss Haver was the granddaughter of the late Rev.Frederick Stovenour, a Methodist minister who resided east of Cardington.
Mr and Mrs. Virgil Shaw had platted 6 1/2 acres of land immediately east of the Cardington corporation line between Route 529 and Whetstone Creek into building sites, the addition being known as Shaw Riverside Homesites. The first lot was purchased by Salo Geckley who was completing construction of a three bedroom ranch type home.
A daughter was born to Tuesday, June 22, to Mr. And Mrs. Joe Jones of near Cardington.
Mr. And Mrs. Clarence Shaw celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at their Mt Gilead home.
30 years ago, July 5, 1984
David Harvey, a Cardington-Lincoln High School graduate, was named branch officer and manager of the Cardington Office of Bank One.
Cecil Maxwell was installed as Governor of Rotary District 660. The Morrow County 74 B Club REACT celebrated its 10th anniversary with a picnic.
Harvey Hamilton and Jim Short were grill chefs and Club president Carol Bartlett made a birthday cake. Three of the original members were present: they were James and Loueen Goodman, Harold and Marie Gibbons and Glen and Eva Foos.
The Mount Gilead Class of 1959 held a reunion at the Derrick Motel. The class president Tom Harden welcomed the 28 class members and their guests. The reunion was coordinated by Patsy Arnold Bailey, Marilyn Young Hubbard and Jane Rathburn Seitz