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January 23, 1986


PIX #1 - EDMOND HALLEY Halley's Comet was named after Edmond Halley, who working with Isaac Newton's law of gravitation arrived at the method for computing its return to permit viewing from earth. Halley's computations produced the dates for the comet's appearances in 1531, 1607 and 1682. Halley died in 1742.

There is much in print and on television today about the return of Halley's Comet after its last appearance 75 years ago.

Guidepost magazine printed a photo of a group of elderly people whom they had interviewed, having seen the comet 75 years ago and told of their recol- lections about it.

There must be many people living in the Fostoria area who saw it when it a appeared years ago and are now going to get a second view of it for the last time.

I thought it proper to tell readers my recollection of it, and hope they will telephone and contribute too.

In 1910, when the comet returned, I was just five years old, living at East North Street. My older sister Ruth, 13, at the time, pointed it out to me. My eyes took in the scene in the heavens, transmitted it to my photographic brain (if that is the way that mechanism works) and today I still recall what I saw then just like a picture of it which I saw printed recently in a maga- zine.

An article "Fiery Visitor From Outer Space" in the December issue of Reader's Digest, is interesting and informative. Both young and old should read it.

Come on readers telephone and leave your name, address and telephone number, if you saw the comet in 1910, and tell us about it.


"How is that?" you may ask. Here's the answer!

First, a reader called me many weeks ago and asked if I remembered when the northwest part of Fostoria was called Oklahoma and wondered if I knew how it got that name. Yes, I remembered, but didn't know how the name originated.

To find the answer, I first talked to Chet Kieffer, who has lived in that area for many years. Chet, like me, remembered the name, but didn't know, so he asked former Mayor Ray Coburn, who knew the it is.

Back in the days when there were many glass manufacturing factories in Fos- toria, a group of men who had worked in glass factories in the state of Okla- homa, came here to learn some of the "secrets" and glassmaking techniques.

According to Coburn, the men and their families took up residence in the area, which back then was the northwest fringe of our town. Those men and their families made up the majority of the population in that area...and so every- one started to call it Oklahoma.

In later years that became known as Highland Park. It was primarily the area west of the creek and north of Van Buren Street. The land was cheap, and anyone who had the foresight and money to buy could have made a fortune. Kieffer and I have often remarked about the opportunity.

Sorry, I lost the note of the name of the person who called me for lthe an- swer...perhaps she will call back when she sees this item in print.


Stories of Jack Wainwright's band era, and the members of those bands always creates reader interest. The two articles recently, prompted the names of other living members of the band which were not originally included.

A call from Paul Stearns informed me that he played in Jack's band, which I didn't know.

Also Zeke Omlor and I met uptown and he recalled others not listed in the article: Bill Shultz, Lyndodn Abbott, Fred Rossie and Charles Huber.

John Harriman, New Riegel, telephoned to report that he played trumpet in Wainwright's band and then later, played in the 107th Calvary Band. He also reported that Clark Latshaw is another living member of the Wainwright Band.


The band articles prompted Wanda Harrold to telephone. Her brother-in-law, Arvine Harrold, deceased, was one of the members of Wainwright's band.

In the group picture in the first band article, Arvine was in the third row from front, with other trumpet players, the fifth one from right.

Arvine was an excellent trumpet player land in a contest was named most talented and awarded a silver trumpet. His prize winning instrument is stored with memorabilia at his wife's home in Tiffin.

Wanda Harrold believes the trumpet should be with other band memorabilia in the Fostoria museum.

Incidentally, in the one article, I forgot to mention that Jim Carter had assisted me in compiling the list of names of the living band members. Jim was one of the very early members of Jack's band when he was a very small boy.


A copy of The Review Times 125th Anniversary Edition sent to Mrs. Philip (Patty) Foote, Huntsville, Ala, brought a reply.

She was, before marriage, Patty Walsh, a former Fostorian, who grew up here and graduated from Fostoria High School.

How I initially came in contact with her and sent her a copy of the "special" is a story in itself, which I won't pursue here.

Patty has many memories of growing up in Fostoria, and the "special" prompted many of them to surface. She recalls, fondly, E.E. Smith, the band leader... Mabel Bourquin, Ida McDermott and others in school, all of whom she eulogized in her letter.

She remembers when they had weekly "chapel" at FHS and once Dorothy Killgallen was on the program...and the time they had a 30-foot python at a chapel pro- gram, and how the kids prodded her into letting the trainer drape it over her shoulder.

"By the way, I think that picture of Elinor Fruth in the paper is a master- piece. What a warm, kind and pretty face she has, and I remember her."

"What became of the mummy in the basement of the old library?" she asked.

Since Mrs. Foote left Fostoria she has had a very interesting life, as the wife of Col. Foote. I hope she will let me do an article about her and the colonel.

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