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Inside view of Carpenter's house
Thursday, December 22, 1988



#1 - The room referred to as the "grandparents parlor" when the Hull family lived there. It was the area where the whole family sat "quietly" on Sunday afternoons. The rocking chair, approximately 100 years old was made by Grandma Mayse's corner cupboard with her dishes and the large crock on top.

Pix #2 - The dining room is fitted with an antique round table and chairs, and Grandma Mayse's corner cupboard with her dished and the large crock on the top.

Pix #3 - This upstairs room contains an antique rocker over 100 years old. The chest is antique-replica, but the kerosene light is a genuine antique.

Pix #4 = According to Harry Yonker (deceased) who once spent much time in the house as a child, this upstairs room was once used as an upstairs parlor. The Carpenters have fitted it with the antique chest of drawers with mirror, and the antique cradle given to the Carpenters by their daughter (Kelley Stahl) by Elizabeth (Stahl) Miller who slept in it as a child.

Pix #5 - Deanne and David Carpenter, owners and residents of the 100 year old house shown on the stairway leading to the second floor. The hand-rail was designed and made by Emerson Miller that was reared in the house. The Millers reside at 549 vine St. The photo on the wall, to Mrs. Carpenters left is of her grandmother Louise Mayse, deceased.

Pix #6 - One of the bedrooms on the second floor. The bed is in the foreground. The large cabinet is a solid oak wardrobe. An antique drawer chest is on the left.

Pix #7 - One corner of the kitchen with the bay window providing a view of the property to the north.

(Author's note: Potluck article of Nov. 17 illustrated and informed readers about the Carpenter's house in the northern sector of Fostoria. The article brought not only a good response, but also tips from readers which have led to information unknown at the time of preparation.)

Today's article shows interesting photos of the interior of the Carpenter house and more information, as well as the prospect of still more good reading in still another article later.

One of the telephone calls received from the earlier article was from Lawrence (Larry) Henry, 1733 N. Union St. Over coffee, he provide information that was recalled from conversations years ago about the old Hull house ... that area of Fostoria, and other valuable information.

Black Swamp area

According to Larry Henry, that area, north of town was actually a part of the Black Swamp in earlier history. He recalls hearing older residents, including his parents, tell about horses wading through the swamp up to their bellies.

He also recalled Indian tribes camped in that area, and that years ago there were plenty of arrow-heads for those who wished to look for them.

The Indians also had a burial ground in that area, Henry said, and their remains may still be there.

Family sold house

Henry recalls George Hull, original owner of the property, sold it the Miller family. It reminded this author that Dick Miller, part of that family and I were in Fostoria High School at the same time.

Another remembrance of this author was that Delos Bachman, an acquaintance of years ago, married Jennie Hull, part of the Hull family who lived in the old house.

Many years ago, there was an industrial basketball league in Fostoria and I played on the printer team. Bachman played on an opposing team. During a game at the YMCA, when we were on opposite teams, Delos stepped on my foot in attempting to wrestle the ball from me, and the result was a damaged toe nail from me. I limped around for awhile, but that didn't squash my interest in basketball. In later years, Delos and his wife Jennie moved from Fostoria for to someplace in eastern Ohio where they both died. I never learned if their remains were returned to Fostoria for burial with others of the Hull family.

If there are readers of this column who are part of the Hull family I would like to hear from you.

The Carpenter's house, already more than 100 years old will be around for many more generations. The house was built to last a long time. Inquiring about the construction, a contractor told Carpenter the bricks were laid four courses on the first floor and three-courses on the second floor. There are no signs of deterioration of the bricks.

Heed God's Word

Here's a tip for our public schools, pastors, and parents who are involved and interested in helping troubled youth. It is one of the important problems facing this youth today.

The following, reprinted from American Bible Society Record, offers experience by others who are working with troubled youth.

The chaplain at Woodland Hills in Duluth periodically received Scriptures from American Bible Society for its ministry to troubled youth. He recently wrote, "Woodland Hills enjoys national recognition. This fall we are sponsors of the national convention of the National Association of Peer Group Agency. This will bring about 400 people to Duluth to talk about ways of helping troubled youth. Part of that help is through the American Bible society's supplying us with Scriptures."

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