Morrow County Reflections: Glance back to 1967

By Evelyn Long - Contributing Columnist

If you were born more than 50 years ago, you may remember some of the following: the president and vice president in 1967 were Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey. Top TV shows included “The Fugitive,” “Smothers Brothers,” “Gomer Pyle,” “Green Acres” and “Captain Kangaroo.”

“The Supremes,” “The Beatles,” and “The Rolling Stones,” were a few of the popular song groups. Voted top pre-season college football team was Notre Dame.

Here in Cardington the new high school building had opened on Chesterville Avenue where grades 7-12 were attending. The village council met on Labor Day night and formally approved the annexation of 30 acres of land on which the high school was located.

Three former Cardington residents had met in South Vietnam. Robert Kreis and Cal and Don Clark, father and son, were employees in civilian positions on Saigon. Mrs Harley Heimlich of Cardington, the mother of Robert, said he was an engineer with RCA International. Both Clarks were employed by Pacific Architects and Engineers.

Earl Todd Nursery Service of Mount Gilead, planted 35 trees on the grounds of the new Cardington High School.

Cardington native Noel Hack was promoted from Patrolman to Corporal by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Cpl Hack was transferred from the post in Massillon to the Elyria Patrol Post. He was a 1955 C-LHS graduate and joined the patrol in 1961.

The school’s newspaper, The Searchlight, headlined the 1967 Homecoming queen and court: Sandra Redman, queen and her attendants Cynthia Crum, Jackie Strine, Judy Harris and Marilyn Jones.

Superintendent was George Nash; Wilbur McAlister, high school principal; George Dion, elementary principal and William Caudill, Fulton Elementary principal, who sadly, passed away in May, 1968, before the end of the school year.

The paper’s editorial called for the reality of a swimming pool.

The Searchlight covered all 12 grades and kindergarten. Several of the latter were asked what they had learned the first six weeks of school: “To be quiet,” said Rusty Knauber; “I can count to 13 and 14 now,” said Timothy Gliem and Mickie Poorman had “learned to paste things on paper.”

Asked what Christopher Columbus had done, first grader Connie Shipman said “He got on a boat and fished” Asked about football, Vanessa Newell said, “It was a game for boys to break their legs in.”

Junior high cheerleaders were Connie Heimlich, Kathy Baker, Rita Squires and Pam Foltz. High School cheerleaders were Jenny Burggraf, Ruthann Denton, Patricia Heacock, Beth McCutchen, Brenda Rhineberger and Loretta Garverick.

Some of the businesses supporting the paper were Wornstaff Inn, F. K. Weaver grocery; Mac’s Gulf Station, Fulton Elevator, Jeri Ann Drive In and Max’s Clothing Shop.

Fifty years later and the memories remain.

By Evelyn Long

Contributing Columnist

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