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Fostoria Focus - December 3, 2003

Home Tour to Support FCH Auxiliary
By Leonard Skonecki

It's almost Christmas, the time when we open our homes to family and friends.

Several residents, in cooperation with the Fostoria Community Hospital Auxiliary are taking that a step farther and opening their home to anyone who'd like to support the auxiliary and its work on behalf of FCH's staff and patients.

On Saturday from 5-7 pm, five local homes will be open for the Fostoria Community Hospital Auxiliary Home Tour.

The homes are those of Frank and Delores Kinn, 1312 Stratford Lane; Terrence and Connie Fondessy, 957 N. Union St.; Kevin and Jennifer Schreiner, 340 W. Framont St.; Curt and Sue Wagner, 207 W. Tiffin St.; and Darnel and Kim Cousins, 1202 Johnson Dr.

Tickets for the tour are $10 in advance ($12 at any of the participating homes the day of the tour).
There will be door prizes, light refreshments and a cash raffle drawing following the show in the FCH conference rooms from 7-8 pm.

You must be present for the door prizes.

The cash raffle prizes are courtesy of the hospital medical staff – $300, $200, and $100. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Home tour tickets and raffle tickets alike can be purchased at Readmore, the Clubhouse Coffee Shoppe and the Fostoria Community Hospital Gift Shop.

The Hospital Auxiliary supports Fostoria Community Hospital in several ways. It provides scholarships for medical and nursing students; organizes the hospital volunteers; and purchases equipment for use by patients.

Several of these homes have fascinating histories.

The Wagner home on West Tiffin housed the Red Cross offices for many years. Curt and Sue's efforts give the word "makeover" new meaning. They have really transformed the place and restored it to its former luster.

The Schreiner home has been famous around Fostoria for Years. It hosted the notorious Al Capone on more than one occasion.

That story is very likely just that – a story. But stop on by and the Schreiners will give you the real low-down on the place.

The Fondessy home was built by Ambrose Cory, one of Fostoria's leading early citizens. The home possesses several architectural features that make sense in terms of concealment and the Underground Railroad. The house was built prior to the Civil War and may have been a stop for runaway slaves on their way to Canada.

In addition, a photo at the Fostoria Area Historical Museum verifies that the Fondessy place was home to the music school for the John B. Rogers Producing Co. in the 1920's.

So, the Hospital Auxiliary Home Tour is tough to beat. You get to step back into Fostoria's past, enjoy some refreshments and have a chance to win prizes and money.

And on top of all that, you'll support a good cause.