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Pictoral History of many years ago
Thursday, February 2, 1989


Pix #1 - (Question marks indicate that part of name unknown) Top row: (??:) Garn; Delpert (??); Arvelli Munn (Bozman) Tiffin< Ohio; Harriet Andrews (Streely) Elyria, Ohio; Dorothy King; (??) Shults (deceased); Onlee Kisabeth; Loewr row: don Jackman; Stella Went (Gobel), Fostora; Rev. E.C. Clessler, Pater, Hope Lutheran church; Lucille Crow (Hemrick) Fostorai; Harrold Leonard (deceased). Rev. Clessler, the man in the center, wea the Pastor of Hope Lutheran church afor many yhears, probabl longer than any others. He was a regular user of the YMCA facilities, across the street from the church. I believe he was also a memeber of Rotary Club

Pix #2 - Time table for the railroads

Pix #3 - This is one of the photos sent by Mrs Werthermer of a young man, presumably a resident of Fostora many years ago, photographed at The Biles Studio in Fostoria.

Pix #4 - Advertisement for a bowling alley.

As many longtime readers of this column know,, the title Potluck was selected in the beginning (more than 10 years ago) because I wanted readers toknow the subject matter would be whatever was available at the time even thought some of it is often in the planning stages weeks earlier.

Today's article was not planned in advance just available.

The large photo of young people and the dignified appearing man is an example of Potluck. the photo was recently discovered in a desk drawer int he Editorial Dept. at tThe Review Times. Hew long it has been there and where it come from ono one knows, but, I am sure that it will bring repsonsed form some readers who may still be residing in this area whether they are the subjects themselves or with knowledge about them.

A communication from Maryland.

A short note and photos, addredded to "Editor - Review Times, 113 E. Center, Drawer C, Fostorai, Ohio," came from Mrs. elizabeth S. Wertheimer, St. Michaels, Maryland.

She worte - "Found enclose dphotos in an album of my late father (1897-98). Since the phgotos are not identifiable, perhaps some historian in Fostora may be interested. I just didn't have the heart to destroy them."

this is one of the photos sent by Mrs. Wertheimer. It was taken by The Biles Studio, located in the Alcott Block which was where the parking lot is tiday at Main and Center.

Although it is unlikely any RT readers will be able to identlfy the man, perhsps someone will ahve some inforfmation about the family name and connect it with business or industry back then.

Included with the photos from Wertheimer was a business card for The Gread Souther Bowling Alleys, sice located in Fostoria where the jparking lot is today at Main and south Streets, and illustrated with today's article. Also information about the reilroadsthat seved Fostoria many years ago. The reverse side of the card i sillustrated, too, and that information is interesting and informative.

Heed God's word God works in strange wasys

sometime, I'm sure, church goers in the U.s. may have distored views of the people in other parts of the world.

In the January issure of Union have asked the United Bible societies to supply 100,000 Bibles and 40,000 Bible Story Books in Russian." The Shipment is possible on its way ny now.

Many other shipments of Bibles, and New Testaments have also been sent to Protestant and Orthadox churches in the soviet Union.

the readers of those Bibles may influnce good-will between the Soviets and the rest of the world in a way diplomacy might never achieve. "Old Betsy," the gun that beat the British in 1812
Thursday, February 9, 1989

Pix #1 = "Old Betsy" that won the War of 1812 for the U.S. is still in Fremont, Ohio, area where it won its laurels and has made its home since. this is just one fiew of ti. Another view will be shown with the rest of the article next week.

(Author's NOte: Today's article will not be new to some of the older readers since the information was first broadcast over WFOB in April 1961, and printed in a boolket authored by Mel Murray in 1939. Andrew Emerine who was Presicend of First National Bank and an avid historian,m decided to have some miniature models of "Old Betsy" made to help preserve the history of the victory of the .S. over British naval forced. At that time (12930) Jim Rowles was an employee at First national, having joined them immediatly after graduationg from Fostroai High School, and he was one of those who became owner of an "Old Betsy" miniature model. It has been in the Rowles family ever since, andthe photos with the article were photographed from it.)

fremont know as Lower Sandusky

In 1813 Fremont was known as Lower Sanducky, because of its position upon the Sandlusky Rive, and was little more thatn a mere Indian settlement of Wyandots int he year 1812,a t the opeing of hostilities between the United states and Great Britain. On a know of Lower Sanduky, the American had built Fort Stephenson as a means of communication between the forts at Detroit and Chicago. It was an isollated outpost in an open sea of hostlle Indians, constantly hrassing army communicationa at the request of the British, who stood to gain by intreasing tensions between the Indians and the Americans.

Fort mamed after colonel

Fort Stephenson was names for Colonel Stephenson wh had directed its erection in 1812. It was placed under the command of Major George Croghan, a yound man of just 21 years, who had very little military experiecnce. The fort enclosed about one acre of land and was constructed of logs, perpendicular to the ground, 10 feet high and 18 inches thick and each come to a sharp point, to prevent scaling by enemy troops.

crogham ordered ditched duhg arougnthe fort, sicx feet deep and nine feet side and logs were placed at the top of each picket, so consturcted taht anyt slight pressure upon the log at attemping to scale the fort would bring the logs down upon the attacking troops outside the fort.

Groghan mucst have been disappointed to find that his garrison was a handful of men, with one rifle each and only one cannon, a six-pounder, later to be known as "Old Betsy." The stratigic river location of the fort was a great aid, however, as its height and command of the riever were satisfactory for defense against either land or water invasion.

"Tippecanoe & Tyler Too" Slogan of that era

In overall command of the enitre Northenrn campaingn was General William Henry Harrison, whose victory at Tippecanoe, Indiana, had made him a favoritr in the yere of American and this same victory over the Indians in the Hooser State was to furnish the basis for the successful campaign for presidency at a later time, under the slogan of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too." General Harrison's headquarters were at Upper Sandlucky, where he directerd his undermanned and under-equipped forces against a powerful foe.

General Harriason has sent sealed order to Makoy Croghan to abaodon the frot if the Briatish were to broign their large gunboats up to the fors, as he felt that such a small garrison, with just one larg cannon, could not withstand an assault, But,m after the order was give, the fate of a fort at Chicago had been learned,m wherein the British had jpromised safety to the defenders of the fort, but after surrender, every American was massacred by the Indians, over strong but ineffective protests forom the British.

British attack cam on August 1, 1813

Late in July of 1813, the American headquarter at Upper Sanduskyt had learned of an imminenbt attack by the British ;upon Fort Stephenson. General Harrison immiediately sent a note to mak=hor crogahan, ordering him to burn the fort and tretreat. However, the messnebgers who were bearing the message became lost in the darkness and did not arrive at the fort until the afternoon of the following day.

Upon receipt of the note, Major Croghan decided not to abandon the fortm because Indians had by that time completely surrounded the garrison and would surely have tortured the American in their retreat.

(Continued next week.)

Historical society meeting s resuem

There are probable many r3aders who do not belong to the Fostoria Area Historiacal Sociery. It is an excellent group to join if you are interested int he history ot this area ... as well as the additional interesting programs presented in monthly meetings.

The Museum, in the building which once housed the City Offices, the City Jain and the Fostoria Fire Dept. contains many historical items of interest to both young and old.

The FAHS will resume regular meeting Feb 12 at kaubixh Library at 2 ;.m. Jim and Jame Kemp will have the program and will talk and show pictures of lifesytles oaf the native living in South Zaire (formerly a part of the Belgian Congo) which is the size of the eastern half ot he United States.

The kemps visited that area in October, where thier daughter and son-in-law Peggy and Dave Scherger and their two children presently reside, doing nimmionary work and teaching the natives how to better sustain themselves, both physically and spiritually.

Heed God's Word

"A shepherd looks at Psalm 23"

That's the title of a fascinating book by Phillip Keller int my possessio. The bobk compaeres the daily habits of a heard of sheep with us humans who are professing Christianns.

Halfway throught the book, I arlready argree that we humans share the wesknessand habits of sheep, also part of God's creation. If you get the bood you may agree, too9.

\the publisher is Zonder van House, Grand Rapisds, Mich.

Sinch the book is a paperback of only 142 pages it would probably be an inexpensive investment ... and well worth it..



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General David schlatter's talents for all his country
Thursday, Janusry 26, 1989


Pix #1 - This photo if Genreal and Mrs. Schlatter was taken on the terrace of their (Village La costa) in florence, Italy, when he was Nato's first commander of Allied Air forces, southern Europe.

Pix #2 - This photo shows david schlatter in the cockpit of an ovserver plane when he was a flying instructor (about 1936)

(Author's Note: Almost a year ago, Feb 18. 1988, to be exact, Potluck published an article about Brigadier Genreal George F. Schlatter, a native of fostoria, At that time it was intended to follow up with an article about George's older brother, General David Myron schlatter, a 1919 graduate of Fostoria High School. Needless to say, I am very tardy, but hiere it is today. The information for today's article was furnished by Anne Schlatter Cook, the da;ughter of General Schlatter, a resident of Boerne, Texas. Mrs. cook also provided information about all of the memeber of General Schlatter's family which witll update readers.)

Broad experience in the military

For four years David Schlatter was a flying instructor at Brooks Field and March Field, Calif. He was reassigned to France Field, Panama Canal zone, and thereafter resumed duties as flying unstructor at March Filed and Randolph Field, Texas.

He graduated from air corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Ala., and was transferred to Godman Field, fort Knox, Hy, as an operations and intellengence officer.

After graduating from the command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., he was assigned to the advanced flying School at Keloy Field as director of flying and then moved to Moffett Field, calif., as director of training of the West Coast Air Corps Training Center, serving later as executive and chief of staff.

He had advanced to the grade of lieutenant colonel by Novermber 1941.

Assigned to Army Air Force Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

In February 1942, he was assigned to Army Air Forces Headquarters in Washington as director of air suppoer and was promoted to colonel in March.

A year later, he became deputy chief of staff of air training command at Fort Worth, Texas. If September 1943, when promoted to brigadier general, he was attending the Army and Navyt Staff college.

The following january, he was designated seputy chief of staff for operations of the Ninth Air force in the European Therater.

Was neamed senioy air staff officer

In August 1944, General Schlatter was named senor air staff officer, Allied Expeditionary Air Force, moving with the advanced echekib ti Nirmnanbd kater tgat nibtg,

On establishment of Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary forces in Paris in October of 1944, he was assigned as deputy chief of air staff, and commanding general of the United States Strategic air forces in Europe.

His promotion ot major general occurred in January 1945.

Returned to U.S. to work plan post war work

Returning from Europe in late 1945, General Schlatter's initial assignment was to develop plans for the creation of a post-war carerr officer school system for the Army Air Forces.

He was the school's first acting commander and later the deputy comminging general for education of what later became known as the Air force's Air university. In 1950, he organized anwas first commander of Air Reasearch and development command.

In 1951 he returned to Europe to organize and become first commander of the North Atlantic Traty Organization's Alied Air forces. Southern Europe,. In that assignmanet, he was promoted to lieutenant general in 1952.

Returned to the U.S. in 1954

Genergal Schlatter returned from Euroope to take command of the Armed Forces Staff Ciollege July 1, 1954, and served in that position until his retirement dure to physical disability July 31, 1957.

He then settled in San Antonio, Texas, where he engaged in voluntary civic duties with Christ Episcopal church, United Fund, Symphony sociery of |San Antonio and others.

He was a member of the Military Order of World Wars; The Order of Daedalians (Stinsons Flight); the Air Force Association (Alamo Wing); The Retired Officers Association;' the Association of Graduates, United States Military Academy; the West Point Society of southwest Texas; and the Army and Navy Club, Washington, D.C.

Awarded many U.S> decorations

His U.S. decorations included the distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Air Medal.

His many foreighn decorations include honors from Great Britain, France, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands. He was a reted command Pilot, combat Observer and Aircravt Observer.

Deceased Dec 14, 1973

General Schlatter passed away Dec. 14, 1973. A memorial service took place Dec. 17 at Christ episcopal Church in San Antonio. After cremation, burail services were held with full military honors at Roselawn Cemetery, fort Sam Houston. Texas.

Information is available upon request

Anne Schlatter cook (General Schlatter's daughter) memtioned earlier in this article, provided information, other thatn the preceding. It may be of interet to some readers, but not the majority.

\any readers who would like to know more about General Schlatter's children and grandchildren should drop Pltluck a note requesting same and it will be provided by mail if you include an addressed and stamped envelope.

Interesting personal remarks about fathher

Here are some paragraphs from General Schlatter's daughter, Anne Schlatter Cook:

"You can be sure that if Dad were alive today, he and Mother would what attended his 65th West Point Reunion held in May 1988."

"dad's career (from 1923-1955) spanned the years of unprecedented buildup of airpower and he was totally dedicated to his beloved Air Force and the motto of West Point: Duty, Honor, country."

"Daddy was alsways interested in young people and terribly proud of his seven grandchildren. He cheered thier successer wht the phrase...`That's the stuff!'...and the `grands' still repeat those words to one another when someone in the family does something super."

"My father was an avid reader of history and philosophy all his life and I remember so much of what we discussed while I was growing up. He had great integrity and towards the last exhibited a special kind of courage in his battle against cancer.:

"It's not what happens to you in life, it's how you take it, he would say ... and he lived it."

"Mother is 84 now and lives in her own apartment at Morningside Meadows, a retirement complex in San Antonio. She sends her best regards to you and is pleased you are doing the article."

Heed God's word

"And now, Israel,m what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walin all his wasy, and to love him, and to seve the Lord thy God with all Thy heard and with all thy soul"....Deuteronomy 10:12.



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Thrusday, January 19, 1989


Pix #1 - Bascom Accident

Photos ... esjpecially from yesteryear ... are always interesting and educational. This one is of a wreck in Bascom and it drew a crowd of Bascom residents. The donor of the photo, once a resident of that area, did not have anyt details about the accident. It is presumed that the tractor in the right of the photo was present to remove debris. The electric interurban car that was involved in the accident is shown in the left of the photio laying on its side. the photo has no connection with thoday's article that follows.

Are you a "Closet Christian?"

Sometime ago, Rus Walton, Executive director of Plymouth Rock Foundation, wrote an article about "Closet christians." This is the first opportunity that Potluck has had to reprint it.

today, the whole world is in trouble, including the U.S., where the Christian population should be functioning according to God's plan.

Walton's article should be read by every professing Crhistian.

On Being a "Closet Christian"

"Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear jmuch fruit;so shall you be My desiples." (John 15:8)

It has been reported that there are aobout 95 millisn American who claim to be "born again." Maybe that's high. Maybe not.

Based on the response to a 1987 Gallup Poll, 70 percent of American adults say that they belonged to a church. If so, that would figure out to 121 millian persons. Of those responding to the survey, 53 percent said religion was very important to their lives. That would be about 92 million.

Granted, not all curches in America are Christian. And, not all religions in the land are Christj-centered/ But it is readonable to assume that the jpredominaite faith in the nation is Christian (the U.S. statistical Abstract reported that in 1980 "Christian cjurch adherents" totalled 111.7 million, about 49.3 percent of the population).

25 million could change this nation

Let's be very conservative. Let's say there are about 25 million "bornagain" Christians in the land. Twenty five million! That's more than enought to change the nation. In fact, ten million - evern five million - active, christ-centered, Bible-based, praying, "on fire" christian could havbe a major impact on this nation ...

IF ...

... if those five million took a stand for Jesus - and presed for restoaation of Bible-based standards in the American society. Really worked towerd that goal. Not just with occasional rallies. Not just with in annyual conventions. Not just in smeinars and workshops. But day-after-day, persistent, consistent pursuit and application of a total Christion world and life view.

If we would start to live - really live and apply - our Christian faith; if we would study and jprya and apply the ;full deminsions of God's word; if we would make our faith manifest not only in words but also in good workd ...

... If, as our Savior commends, we would let our light - His light - shine through our lives and our deeds, we could turn the nation around. We could turn it back to god.

GOD"S PEOPLE are responsible for the government of the nation. God assures us of that. He does. Check the alternatives. Read Deut. 11: 26-28. Or II Chron. 7:14 and II Chron. 7:19, for starters.

Spirit of foulnding fathers is needed

God expects us to work as hard to preserve and maintain liverty under God as our founding fathers did to establish it in the first palce. Are we as Christians in this republic doing that? today/ Are we assuming, fulfilling, our role in the governance aof this nation as we should?

Well, look at some numbers.

According to a Ner York Times/NBC voting-pattern sutdy, in 1984 15 million Christians - just about 50 percent of those christians registered to vote - bothered to go to the polls. And according to Rev. Tim Lahaye of Family Life Seminars, in 1986 only 42.5 percent of Christians eligible to vote bothered to do so.

Ma;ybe we have only ourslevbes to blame for the growing gap between God and government. Maybe, by sins of omission, we are allowing the "active others" who know not The Lord to take over the affairs of government.

We are losing byt defualt the christioan role and influence in what Rev. Richard John Neuhaus calls "the public square." THyus, wrote Neuhaus, "We exclude from public discorse precisely the moral visions that are help up by the great makjority of American people."

Immoral minority exerting influence

The immoral minority is both. But, they are atcitve; they are engage in the battle. And, because they are, they are preempting the field and setting the nations's course and agenda.

Take the sodomite, for example. Not too long ago they coame out of their closets. Now, they are exerting an increasing influence on our insutiutuins - on governament (and plilitics), academia, the "new" media, and even some churches. They have an impact far beyond their numbers; and impact that bodes ill for the nation.

If a few hyundred thousand sodomites - maybe a millio at most - can do this to the nation, what could ten, or even five, million Biblical Christioan accomplish - if they stopped hiding their light under a bushel. If they came out of the closet?

Christian: Let your light shine

A closet is for hiding. For getting things out of sight. For storing things that aren't in use. Things that are out of style. Things that are embnarrassing. Things that you don't want around when company ciomnes calling.

A closet is not for Christians (except for prayer - Matt. 6:6).

Jesus said: "Your are the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14).

The "klight of the world" does not shine forth when it is shut up in a closet.

JHesus said: "Neitgher do men light a candle and put it under a bushe,=l, but on a cha dlestick; and it gives light unto all who are int he house," (Matt. 5:15).

In fact, He urged: "Let your light so shine before men that they mnay see your god wordks, and glorify your Father which is in heaver" (Matt. 5:16j);

What could be more explicte? More Direct?

We are not to be "closet Christions"! NOt if we have truly mad Jesus our Savior and oru King.

Our Savior prayed, "As Thou had sent Me into the owrld, even so have I send them into the world" (John 17:18)" He did not pray that The Father take His own out of the world; His prayer was that God would protect them from evil.

Faith will bring the victory

Jude, sevant of Christ and brother James, urged the Christians of his day: "Content for the faith!: (Jude 2). HOw much contending can we do sitting in a clloset?

Amnd, Teh Apostle Paul wrote to Titus: Christ rescured us from iniquity to pruify unto Himself "a special people qealous of good wors" (Titus 2:14).

What good works can we do if we confine our faith to a closet? We can pray, yes. But,we are to be both doers of His word and have hearers only (James 1:22).

FAITH DOES HAVE - shoukld have, must have - consequenstes!

... if it is a "go fourth" faith, a "get-up-and-do" faith, a "change j- the world" faith.

Remember the two on the road to Emmanyus? NOt long after our Lord's burial and resurrection? How Jesus walked with them and talked with them and supped with them. And when their eyes erew opened and they know Him? "Did not our hearts burn within us, whil He talked with us byt he wya, and while He opened us us the scruptures?" (Luck 24:32).

When we "know" Jesus, when our eyes are openede to His glory, to His ruth, to His word and His love, do not our hearts burn within us? How can anyone having had such a life-chaiging, all-consuming experience be a closte Christian?

Go! said our Lord, our Master. Go! Make disciples of all the nations. Teahc them to obey all that I have taoght you. And I willbe with you, alwasys~!

To claim to be a Christian without following Christ, without obeying His commandments, is to take His name in vain, To profess to love christ while being a "closet christian" is to deny the LOrd!

Rus Walton

For copies of this newsletter, or for further information, pleaxse address your correspondentce to PLYMOUTH ROCK FOUNDATION, P.O. Box 425, Marlborough, NH 03445.



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