Reflections: Christmas 80 years ago


By Evelyn Long - Contributing Columnist

It’s the Christmas season when many programs will be presented.

I have heard from many of you who like seeing the names of your older relatives or friends of your parents in the paper. I have the story of a Christmas program given at the Cardington School in 1938 as printed in the Morrow County Independent.

Performers included students from the grade school and seventh and eighth grades. The program began at 8:15 p.m.

Performers named were Stanley Shaw, Betty Miller, Wanda Rose, Leon Shaffer, Herbert Brackney, Maurice Benson, Wayne Carpenter, Wayne Jenkins, Fred Kreis, Frank Carpenter, David Patterson, Cecil Maxwell, Chester Shaffer, Curtis Pipes, George Howard, Harold Long, Kenneth Osburn, Wayne Meadows, Earl Sage, Walter Smith, Mary Sherman, Barbara Lorimer, Barbara Jenkins.

Ernest Russell, Winifred Childers, Opal Koontz, Lucile Heimlich, Lucile Ruehrmund, Wilbur Bowman, Phyllis Koon, Beverly Worster, Sally Dunham, James Shoults, Nelson Clinger, Sanford Roach, Daniel Walter, Walter N. Smith, Harold Betts, Merle Smith and Paul Farlee.

Mary E Click was narrator. Teachers working the program were Ruth Sipple, Carrie Philbrook, Pauline Fleming, Marjorie Hartman, Pearl Tuttle, and Elizabeth Sylvester. Mrs Harold Nichols, Maxine Benson and Miss Tuttle were pianists; John Vaughan, electrician; Herb Brackney and Fred Kreis, stage managers.

Frances Westbrook and John Vaughan played two saxophone solos. Nelda Hayes, Kathleen Carter and Dorothy Conaway were costume directors.

This was 80 years ago and I hope these names will bring some fond memories or recognition of relatives and friends.

80 years ago, November, 1938: William Smith, 47, the oldest man entered in the event, took third in the state corn husking contest held in London, Ohio. Smith resided near Cardington.

70 years ago, November, 1948: Harold Martin was elected Master of the Lincoln Grange The bond issue for construction of the new Morrow County Memorial Hospital was passed by voters, 4,720-2,192. The vote in Cardington Township was close, 119 for to 103 against. The vote in the village of Cardington was 154 yes and 123, no. Cardington Township East passed the issue, 235-146.

60 years ago, November, 1958: The 21 unit trailer court built by Dwight Blayney on his property on Gilead Street was completed. Each house trailer in the court was allotted a 30-foot x 60-foot space.

Harold D. Shaffer of rural Cardington enlisted in the Armed Forces.

50 years ago, November, 1968: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cardington, celebrated its Centennial anniversary.

40 years ago, November, 1978: Dr. Stanley Brody, of Mansfield and formerly of Cardington, spoke to the Cardington Homemakers Club on the topic, “Hypnosis and self control over psychologically motivated illnesses.”

By Evelyn Long

Contributing Columnist

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