Morrow County Reflections: Some snippets from the past


From The Morrow County Sentinel, fall of 1927:

It was Oct. 6, 1833, when John Grimm, a pioneer from the eastern part of the country who settled on land in Richland Township, (Cardington Road 154) was cutting down a tree on his property when it fell on him, killing him.

He was buried on his land on the same day. The site chosen for his burial place at the time was no more than a trail. His brother, Michael, later enclosed the grave with limestone slabs. Travelers came and went on the trail but there was no indication it would become a road.

Later, when the East River-Cardington Road was being improved in the late 1920’s, by the construction of a macadam surface, the county surveyor found the grave was on the line of the drainage ditch at the side of the road. They opted to protect Grimm’s last resting place and provide it with proper drainage by constructing culverts on both sides of the grave.

It has been considered “inherited” as part of the county road system according to a 1989 news item. When the gravestone toppled and fell apart 28 years ago, a Marion judge and others repaired and restored the site.

Note: I checked with the Marion County Historical Society on this story and they advised me it is true; the grave remains and there is a little cut around that grave side that is hardly noticed.

September, 1927: A brief story notes that a horse from a farm near Cardington went into a poolroom for the first time on a Sunday evening.

“Foster Scribner, a youth living north of town, rode a horse to town Sunday evening. He was unable to find a place to tie his horse and desiring to make a purchase at the Bright Restaurant and poolroom, rode the animal into the business place, made the purchase and rode out again,the animal behaving perfectly.”

A new use had been found for curb gasoline pump. A gentleman from the rural district (of Cardington) jogged into town with his horse and buggy, tied his steed to Ivan Schenck’s gasoline pump in front of his store on South Marion Street, proceeded to do his shopping and then leisurely untied his horse and drove away, apparently all unaware of the hundreds of eyes that were watching him.

70 years ago, 1947: The lot at the corner of South Marion and Second streets in Cardington was leveled by a road grader for use as a parking lot until such time as construction of a theater could begin. Use of the lot for parking space was donated by Paul Anderson, owner, who expects to build a movie theater there.

The current post office was built on this lot in 1948.

60 years ago, 1957: After 24 years of service as Morrow County’s Agricultural extension agent, Elwood Davis retired.

A garage used for automotive repair work was destroyed by fire at the Lloyd Davis home on Gilead Street at 8:15 a.m Two cars were destroyed, one owned by Davis and the other by Gerald Kirkpatrick, in the garage at the time for repair. Cardington firemen believed the fire was caused by sparks from a welding torch.

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By Evelyn Long

The Sentinel

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