I love reading newspapers from past years and I always find something new or an event that I had not known about.

I found in an April, 1927 Morrow County Independent, the dedication of a captured German gun was a program held jointly with Mount Gilead entities.

The gun was allotted to Rex D. Jenkins Post 97, Cardington, by the Ohio Board of Awards in charge of the distribution of war trophies. The dedication took place on the 10th anniversary of the date on which Congress declared that a state of war existed. It was placed in the town park.

A parade and program marked the dedication. It was led by the Cardington High School band in red and black uniforms, Cardington School children carrying flags, Mount Gilead High School band in purple and white uniforms, Mount Gilead high school pupils, and other organizations from both villages.

The parade was termed the outstanding feature of the day’s exercises.

Taking part in the program was Walter Matthes, chaplain of Post 97; WW Vaughan, Cardington mayor, and the State Adjutant, who laid the corner- stone which contained the names of all Morrow County veterans. The gun was unveiled by four little girls: Margaret Mathews, Betty Miller, Ruth Sipe and Mary Margaret Smith, all members of the American Legion Auxiliary.

A reception was held for all ex-service men and their families at the K of P Hall. Music during the reception was furnished by the Mount Gilead orchestra.

A photo was printed in the Independent one week earlier and it was of Janet Moccabee, color bearer with the Auxiliary, standing with the huge captured German Gun. Janet’s father, Dr. W. D. Moccabee, was commander of Post 97.

That same edition of the paper, April, 1927, noted the birth of a nine pound son, to Mr and Mrs. Carl Walter

Front page news on that date included the home wedding of Mildred Almira Patterson, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank Patterson, to Ralph Levering of Marengo.

November of 1946

Paul Zwayer, Edison School superintendent, resigned the position after serving one year. Prior to becoming the school’s superintendent, he had been a teacher for 17 years and was resigning because of ill health. The Cardington School District voters turned down a $190,000 bond issue and county voters also defeated a $180,000 bond issue to provide for the construction of a new coliseum- auditorium on the county fairgrounds.

November of 1966

Howard Lee, of Edison, was to appear on the Bill Zipf Farmtime television program. They were to discuss Lee’s experience with timber stand improvement the past 13 years. Mrs. Lee, Tommy and Janet were guests in the studio during the broadcast.

November of 1976

Front page news included a piece noting that Fred Mlller, 85, of Cardington, had not missed a vote since 1912 when he cast his first vote for Teddy Roosevelt from the Bull Moose Party. He planned to cast his vote this year, 1976 for Gerald Ford at the Westfield Township House.


By Evelyn Long

The Sentinel

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