Memories from Cardington’s 1947 school year

Reflections - By Evelyn Long - for the Morrow County Sentinel

I appreciate the positive feedback to my “Reflections” last week. As I noted then, the return of football was a high point for both the school and community.

I want to follow that up a bit this week. Although the team had a losing record that first year (one win)- the very next year the Pirates won the championship title of the newly formed league with a record of 6-4.

I want to give the names of the school’s supporting cast in 1947.

The superintendent was Lowell Patterson and the principal was Theodore Gantz. Secretaries were Dorothy Benson and Aileen Smith. Board of Education members were Virgil Shaw (the high school now sits on what was once his farm property); Guy Renz, Ralph Rengert, Dr. Lowell Murphy, and John Reed. Clerk was Edna Sherman. The custodians, only two, were Albert Hickson, who had been with the school for five years and Mellie Gist, with the school since 1935. Bus drivers were Wilbur McAlister, Rev.Charles Stroh, William Johnstone, William Schrote, Russell Patterson, Guy Rhineberger, Warren Davis and Noble Skinner. Cooks were Edna Brennan, Pearl Showalter, Clara Smith and Zella Kohler. I have to share the notation made by the Pirateer Year book editor, Kent Curl, who while complimenting the cooks said, “Where else but in our cafeteria can you get a well balanced meal for 20 cents?”

Do you recall any of these businesses in the village back then: Long’s Garage, L. S.Russell, Koon’s Grocery, George Sherman and Son, Smiley’s Market. Frances Foster Shoppe, V & S Market, John Wilhelm Hardware, Davy’s Auto Service, Burggraf and Click, Cardington Lumber Co, Peoples’ Food Shoppe and Click Motor Sales?

Thanks for your continued interest in “Reflections.”

100 years ago, September, 1915: The Galion Motor Car Co, had inaugurated daily auto passenger service between Galion, Mt Gilead and Cardington.

Cost of the trip from Galion to Cardington, one way was $1; and round trip was $1.75.

Farming was being taught by mail with 22 free correspondences courses being prepared by instructors and professors of the agricultural college of Ohio State University as a new feature of extension work.

60 years ago, September, 1955: Three break-ins in Cardington netted small change. From 75 cents to $1 in pennies was taken from the Burggraf Mobilgas station; an undetermined number of pennies taken from the John Wilhelm Hardware Store and 27 pennies and a check were taken from the L.S.Russell Feed store. In each case, a window was broken to gain entrance.

Junior Garden Club members met at the home of Mrs. Paul Maxwell. Presenting their hostess with gifts were Judy McElroy, from the fifth grade garden club and Gus Peyton, from the fourth grade club.

A family dinner hosted by Mr and Mrs. Vernon Ocker, honored their grandson, Don Ocker, who was entering the U S Army. Present were his wife, Janet; Russell and Sandra Waddell and daughter, Dian; Richard and Marilyn Edgell, Ricky, Debby and Terry; and Mr and Mrs Leo Ocker and children of Columbus.

30 years ago, September, 1985; Gary J. Dodds, 66, of Cardington, fired his first hole-in-one while playing at the Green Acres Course in Marion County. He used a nine-iron to drop an ace on the 105-yard No. 18 hole.


By Evelyn Long

for the Morrow County Sentinel