Morrow County Reflections: A glance at news from 1941

By Evelyn Long - The Sentinel

I like to take a peek at the past occasionally and share snippets I think to be of interest from stories published in the Morrow County Sentinel, Union Register and Independent.

This week I found the following:

July 10, 1941: Dwight Naylor, 15, of Beloit, arrived Monday to spend the week with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. James, on their farm in Cardington. Dwight made the trip of 135 miles alone on his bicycle and was on the road 15 hours. He took one hour off for lunch and one hour for rain, making 13 hours of pedaling.

Cardington Village Council raised the monthly salary of Street Commissioner Everett Sheese from $70 to $85.

The Morrow County Board of Education approved a resolution that had been passed by the Harmony-Lincoln Board of Education that provides for transportation of all freshmen and sophomores in the district to Cardington High School.

George Frew purchased three vacant lots at the northeast corner of Park Street and Second streets in Cardington. The purchase was made at a sheriff’s sale on July 26, 1941. The lots were once the site of a three-story brick building occupied by the Peck Furniture Factory. It was appraised at $150. The three lots were sold to satisfy a tax judgment. Frew purchased the land for $205.

Dale Lowther of Cardington had been commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U S Army Air Corps and was to leave for Brooks Field near San Antonio, Texas.

Cardington village council passed an ordinance prohibiting the riding of bicycles on sidewalks. Council also learned that 2,600 gallons of oil for dust control had been applied to all gravel surfaced streets in Cardington.

Guy Mathews resigned as Cardington Village clerk effective Aug. 1, to accept a position as deputy in the office of Morrow County Auditor Marold Taylor. Cardington Mayor Frank Aliga appointed Helen Mathews to replace her husband as clerk.

The movie sponsored by the Cardington merchants to be shown in the park on Wednesday, July 12 was titled “Cavalier of the West.”

40 years ago, July, 1977: Little Donna White was pictured in a tap dance pose as she prepared to perform in the Mount Gilead PTA talent show.

Pictured was the Del Morrow Country Travelers band posing in front of the log cabin in the Cardington Park. The photo was to serve as the cover for the band’s future record albums they would cut. The band had organized two and a half years earlier and were regular entertainers on WCLW, Mansfield.

Vocalists were Mary Webb and Gertrude Arnold, sisters. Band members were Lynn Bowers, drums, Wayne Arnold, bass; Herb Webb, banjo and Leroy Swango, lead guitar.

By Evelyn Long

The Sentinel

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