100 years ago, February 19, 1914
“Everyone is invited to attend the box social to be held Thursday evening, at the home of Miss Dott Dennis. The ladies are to furnish the boxes in which there will be lunch enough for two. These boxes will be sold to the gentlemen for 25 cents. The proceeds to go towards papering the Lutheran church.”
Among the many ads in the paper by village grocery stores was the one by Donovan Bros, “three entrances- Main Street, Second Street and Court Street and three telephones.”
“G. S. Shumaker, aged 71, a wealthy farmer residing north of Marion, was found dead in a barn on his farm. Just before leaving the house to do the milking, the aged man was singing, “When the Roll is Called up Yonder, I’ll be There.” He dropped dead of heart disease. His wife found him.”
“The school house is again being entirely heated with gas after a partial use of coal for the past week. The gas company, however, still is refusing to supply the Edison creamery and several Mt Gilead factories.”
“The bell at the railroad crossing freezes up this cold weather and it behooves people driving across Main street crossing to be on the lookout. Friday, O. L. Fleming came near being caught by train 33 while crossing the track at the mill in a rig.”
“The Hicks Tabernacle arrived at Cardington Tuesday noon and about twenty men were at work Wednesday getting the lumber on the ground and hauling sawdust.
The building, 112 feet long and 55 feet wide, would seat 1200 people. The choir will hold 150. It was being erected on the A. A. Vail lot, opposite the M E Church.”
A shower was held at the home of Mr. And M rs. H. F. Caris in honor of their daughter, Mrs. Walter Sage (Miss Inez Caris), a New Year’s bride. The affair was a surprise to Mrs. Sage, Walter having been posted before hand. They received many presents including china, cut glass, linens and lots of useful kitchen utensils. The happy couple have a new home which will soon be ready for them to occupy.”
90 years ago, February 25, 1924:
“A local businessman reports coming in contact with Mother Earth twice on Monday.”
“Frank Patterson is suffering from injuries to both hands by coming in contact with a saw. Frank has a lot of grit and unless things get worse with him will keep on working as he did right after it happened.”
“We were visiting the other evening where a child of eighteen months was a guest with his parents. The child spoiled the evening for all of us. Why? Because he was spoiled, wanted to test the wall paper, yelled for the red lamp shade, howled for the books in their cases and a gay statuette of a shepherdess made him furious because he was not allowed to play with it. There are plenty like him, poor little fellow who make a hostess nervous and cause other people to say bad words. The parents of a spoiled child are its worst enemies. Why can’t they realize it?”
“The Independent has received from E. W. Lee, copies of Plymouth, Indiana papers telling of the Ray E. Smith case. Smith, a prosperous poultry raiser, a year ago murdered his grandmother for her money and buried the body on the place, no one apparently missing the old lady or inquiring as to her whereabouts. Smith’s wife recently applied for divorce but could make no case against her husband, only stating that she was afraid of him. She finally let the matter of the grandmother’s murder leak. The body was found as she had told.”
60 years ago, February 18, 1954:
Mrs. Louis Levering entertained with a surprise party honoring the birthday of her husband. Present were Mr. And Mrs. Leonard Benson, Mr. And Mrs. Everett Cook, Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Burnell, Mr. And Mrs. Walter Herron, Mr. And Mrs. Vincent Strine and Mrs. And Mrs. Levering and daughter, Bonnie.
A son was born February 10, to Mr. And Mrs. LeVerne Christian of Delaware. Mrs. Christian was the former Doris Smith of Cardington.
Four Vaughan brothers were members of the U S Army. Lloyd Vaughan, Morrow County’s only Korean prisoner of war, had reenlisted, together with his brother, William. Two other brothers, Harold and Harley, had entered the Army in December, 1953. They were the sons of Mr. And Mrs. Lloyd Vaughan, six miles east of Cardington. Enlisting with Lloyd was Clark Rhodes of Fulton.
The Cardington Methodist Church, following two years of extensive study, had adopted a building program. After Just 100 years, during which the Methodists of Cardington had two buildings, plans were under way for the third. The first building was erected in 1854 and the second completed in 1875. The new church was to include a new sanctuary with connecting rooms with the present building which will be remodeled into an Educational building. The sanctuary will accommodate 200 and will front on Walnut Street.
Members of the Cardington village council sewer committee were to go to Colum-bus to confer with the Ohio Water Pollution Board to study the next move in the board’s request that the village install a sanitary sewage system. Residents of the community voted down a referendum 328-37 which would have permitted council to proceed with the issuing of $300,000 in special assessments and mortgage revenue bonds. Members of the committee were John McCutchen, Kenneth Jones and Ethelbert Taylor.
30 years ago, February 23, 1984
Mrs. Catherine “Kate” Smith was featured in a story on the front page. She and her husband, Walter, were to spend a Get Away Weekend at the Marriott Inn in Columbus, by winning the luxury prize from the Friends of Hopeline Sweetheart raffle. Smith had been afflicted with Rheumatoid Arthritis for 24 years, and had undergone 22 major surgeries which included 111 orthopedic surgeries.
Ground breaking was to take place for Time-Tells Inc, a silk screening business in the Cardington Industrial Park.
Volunteers from the Jenera Lutheran Church and from Morrow County were expected to cut 400 Scotch Pine trees in the thickening out by one third of trees planted during the past 25 years at the Lutheran Memorial Camp, according to Fred Gliem manager of the camp for 26 years. Gliem has been planting trees at the camp every year that he had been manager. The trees being cut, one foot to eight inches in diameter were to be cut into logs for a log community center to be erected in the homestead area on the former Bill Williams farm. The Ohio District of the American Lutheran Church had authorized the planting of another 3,000 trees at the camp and when these are planted Gliem said he will have planted 100,000 trees, pine, hardwoods and fruit trees.
Filing as Morrow County candidates were Randy Weber, Republican candidate for Morrow County treasurer, Howard Hall, as candidate for nomination as prosecuting attorney and Rex Yeagley, Democratic candidate for the nomination as Morrow County Sheriff,