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Goodbye, for a while
Thursday, April 6, 1989


Pix #1 - Mr. and Mrs. Harrold Freese of Harlengen, Texas. This column, on several occasions has mentioned "Toby" Freese, a former fostorian, and graduate of FHS. Whenever the Freeses get back to Ohio for a visit, we get together. Recently, Toby sent me the latest picture of he and Mrs. Freese. There are some Fostoria residents who may still remember "Toby", but have not goten to see him on his return visits to this area. Last summer the Freese and I visited Mr. and Mrs. Frank O'Neal, in Rocky River. Frank and "Toby" were on the FHS football teams years ago. "Toby" spent his early boyhood days in Amsden before moving to Fostoria.

Believe it or not, the first Potluck article in The Review Times appeared in Janyuary 1077 and according to my figures that adds up to twelve years ago.

I didn't go through all of the many scrapbooks in wihci the article are preseved and ocunt them but if one appeared every week that would count to 624 articles.

The time an deffort spent digging out supjects, data, photos, interviewing, etc., has been fun, education al and rewasrding in many ways.

In those 12 years, "age" has taken some toll (mainly the ablility to remember" but also the "zip" to accomplish as easily and quickly.

I said the previous to say this author is going to take a vacation. How long? I don't know but until I feel the urge to resueme the routines and when the many tasks around our home at 927 N. Main St. get accomplished.

Finally, if I have any materials that have been loaded, (such as photos, etc. ) not returned to owneres, drop me a note (please do not call) and I will return same.

To all of my readers known and unknown, I wish you all a happy an dpleasant summer.

"God be with you till we meet again; By His ocunsels guide, up-hold you; With HIs sheep securely fold you. God be with you till we meet again."

Retired RR employees still living

In addition to the naeme of railroad emplooyees that appeared in recent Potluck articles, here are otheres that have been called to theis author;'s attention: Roger Grashel, 131 W. Eagle St, Richard Davis, 426 S. Town St., Clyde Dillon, 2473 Fostorai St., Bruce Johnson, 109 Sececa Ave., NBob Ropp, 712 N. country line. Tom Carte, 334 Watson St., Donald Fell, 7126 N. Jackson Twop. Rd. 5, Carl Peters, 1140 N. Loudon Twp Rd. 47, Bill MUllins, 341 McDougal St., John Harriman, New Reighel, Charles Bixler, 211 Jeanette Dr.

there may be otheres which have not been called to my attention.

In preparing the above list I happened to telephone dorothy Vanderhoff, an old friend.

She tolme that Bob Keckman, an uncle, worked for the LE&W, starting at age 17, later to become yard master. She also said Geroge Harman was a Target-man on that railroad; both deceased.



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Good an dunforturnate memories of fostoria glass factories
Thursday, August 8, 1989

Pix #1 - Ray corburn, a part of the glass industry in fostoria;'s earlier days, looks at sme of his collection of artifacts.

Pix #2 - This photo was snapped when Fostoia was celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 1954, and the city hadn't forgotten how the glass industry was important in its earlier days, and that Ray Coburn was part of that era.

Pix #3 - A group of employees that worked ath the Lower Glass Factory. NOne identified. Readers that can aidentify any faces please call me or drop a note.

(Author's note: The last two articles relatee to the start of the "Glass Era" in our town, and where the many factories that made a variety of glass products were located. Today's article tells the sad tale of their demise.)

Two of the factories that once made glass products in Fostoria, but later moved to West Virginia sites are no longer in existence. They were Fostoria Glass co., which relocated in Moundsville, and Haxel-Atlas in Wheeling. That information and much more was provided by Ray coburn, Fostoria's only living glass worker from that interesting and exciting era.

Factories started to leave in 1891

Although Fostoria Glass Co. moved to W. virginia in 1891, the general exodus of the industry from fostoria was in 1894.

As the supply of gass played out, it became necessary to pipe the gas from nearby communities to supply the fuel, thus incereaing the cost. sos expense of manufacturing glass in Fostoria became prohibitive. One by one the glass plants left to go to other locatilities where they put down their own wells or purchased coal-producing land for th emanufacture of gas or where other inducements were offered by other communities.

depart firm held on to name 'fostoria Glass'

The exodus of the glass industry from Fostoria did not mean its end. \the move of fostoria Glass to Moundsville increased the production there. Durning its first 10 yhears, which included its entire life in this city, fostoia mad epressed wasre, and large quantities were sent ot metal-working companies, "mounters", since they mounted silver and nickel tops and frames around glass articles of all kings.

About 1897, after the firm had left here for the W. virginia location, oil-burning lamps were added to the line and som became a majhor part of the production. Undoubledly some Poluck readers may have one of those oil buringin lamps which have been kept in the family, or other Fostoria glass wasre items. Many years ago, whin I was a school crossing guared, a car pulled up at my corner and inquired where fostorai Glass Factorry was located in Fostoria...they wasnted to purchase some glassware.

Fostoria factory was well-kknown

Years ago, if you were to go into almost any glass plant in the Midwest and ask any old-timer there about fostorai, you would find that if they were in th glass business in the late 1880's or early 1890's they would have had some experience in one of the glass plants previously located in fostoria.

An article in the Janyuary, 1933, issur of the now defunct "West Virginia Review" probable gives it aas good a name as the glass industry could coin. the name of the article? "fostoria -- The Magic Crystal."

How coburn

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which he is shown with two otheres, and it appears

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the exhibit of glass, watching the parade. An official

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them in the photo." Of course, blowing glass was right up his alley from earlier days.

Heed god's word

(This portion of today's article is taken from SEEDLINGS published by

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to be solved by lore of science,
logic of reason, or occult mind;
It is to be lived thru thie mind
of spirit, by faith and grace,m
in peace and joy, with

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Railroad series gets back on track
March 30, 1989

Pix #1 - Another view of the track-system layout, and control system. the individuals are: on left: Ken Smith and Rober Wolfe, both former long-time employees of the chessie system, going back to earlier days when it was the Hocking Valley., Both retirees: Smith as Year master at the Hocking valley Depot and freight station; Wolfe at the tower. Both were extrememly helpfujl to me in preparing today's article.

Pix #2 - Garry Zimmerman, one of the employees at the tower responsible for keeping in contact with the train operators by phone and channeling them on to the tracks where they wish to go. Zimmerman was on duty the day the photos were taken. Other operators in the power at sifferent shifts arfre: Richard Hoy, Gerald Schultz, and Ervin Will.

Pix #3 - The control tower, where all of the control system is installed, and where the operators are headquartered to operate it,m and consequently control all of the train traffic in Fostoria.

Before the railroad series goes any further, I am reminded it would never have happened had it not been for Phyllis cotter, 800 Woodward Ave.

One Sunday afternoon, Phyllis came to our house, bringing the first copy of a railroad magazine I had every seen.

Of course, don Kinnaman earlier had written a fine article about the coldwater R.R., the first railline in this arrea, and touched on the other railroads that followed. But the railroad magazine really showed me the possibilities for additional articles, touching on every phase of that industry.

cotter's vidsit was followed by Robert Wolfe, 435 colonial Dr., and he has been of great help steering me an dproviding technical information, having been employed at the B & O and C & O tower where all train traffic in and out of Fostoria is handled.

Ken Smith, with 42 years with H.V. and C&O, guided me in contacing various other railroaders to get vital and interesxting information.

(Autohr's note: Last week's article was a digression from the reilroad serries because it was my judgmeint that it should bet pblished without delay since it pertained to the life and death of a former Fostorian (Margateet Kuhn Reimer Grundman), and her buruial in fountain Cemetery here in fostoria.

With today's article, Potluck is back on track with more "Railroad."

\the Railroad series has brought a flurry of additional information from readers about earlier and more recent times. R. R. employees, and more. It appears that the series may continue for another week after today's article, but perhaps even longer, due to the contributions fo readers.

thank you, readers, for your interest and contributions.)

Fostoria once had fine rail facilities

Fostoria" the town of many railroads where it was often difficult to get from the outskirts to the business district, or to any residential are -- north, seouth, east, or west. That was the predicament tha6t existed from many years, prior to 1950.

Even when John Dillinger and his gang robbed the First National Bank, he was concerned as to how he an dhis men could escape without being cought with the loo, becasue a train might block their exit.

The foru main railroads that seved Fostoria; Baltimore & Ohio (B&O), New Yourk Central (NYC), Hocking valley (HN) and Lake Erie and Western, (LE&W) were a blessing to our town yet they carried the stigma of being a nui8sance by holding up traffic: whether it be automobilies, hors and buggy, bicycle, or walking pedestrian.

control system solved holdup

In 1950 that all changed, when the railroads cooperatively installed what they terme. "A large NX entrance-exit interlocking." involving an extensive network or tracks with crisscross each other at a point in the south-east edge of Fostoria.

\that control system is what today's article is all aobut. Al this point I must thank Bob Wolfd, a retired emplyee of the C&O for assistance in providing infomation for today's article; also Ken Smith for steering me into this segment about the reilraosds, he having been yard supervisor at the Hocking Valley (C&O) Station at Sandusky Stree.

Before the "NX" control system was installed the five railraods that criss-crossed Fsotoria were dirrrected by dispatcher at three location remote from one another. tie-ups occurred, snarling rail and highway traffic.

today, control is consolidated in the system shown by one of the accompanying photos, and operated by one man on each shift. Now t5rains move through Fostoria with less delay and faster. Highwasy are blocked for much shorter periods of time. Automatic gates and lights protect the crossings ... both activated automatically.

Crossing protection also provided

With the new rail facilities in Fostoria in 1950 there aslo was provide new highway crossing protection for pedestrian, on foot or diriving cars.

Gates and flashers were placed in service at Vine, Findlay, and Poplar streets and columbus aVe. on the B&P' at Main St., ofnt eh B&O and Nickel Plate; Poplar St. on the Nickel Plate; and at McDougal and Sandusky streeds on the NYC on the C&O.

Flashere only were installed at County Line and Union Streest on the B&O, and at Wood St., on both the BO na the Nickel Plate, and at columbus Ave. on the joint interchange track.

Initally, the system handles the following traffic of trains: LE&W, six passenger trains and 17 freight; NYC, 14 passenger and 35 freight; B&O, sic passenger and 19 freight; NYC< four passenger and 32 freight; C&O total average of 133 freight and passenger. As readers know, there is now passenger serfvice out of Fostoria.

System saves time, money

Another advantage of the "NX" control system is getting trains through Fostoria faster pertains to the saving of time as an important cost factor. Through trains now save anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. With approximately 130 train movements daily it representa a total saving in train time of from 33 to66 hours daily, or 132, 156 to 24,272 hours annyally.

The NYC maintains one yard engine and crew in Fostoria on an 8-hr shift daily; the B&O, the same; the NYC three engines and crews around the clock; and the C&O two engines and crews on 8-hr. shift and one around the clock.

The NX control system complete and installed cost $950, and was shared proportionalely byt hge four railroads.

Huth reailroader for 65 years.

A letter from Lester c. Huth, a Fostoria attorney, revealde dthe longevity recore of his fater with several reailroads serving Fostoria, and is reprinted herewith:

"Your artiacle nameing the men who started with Hocking Valley included 'Wilbur Huth." Please be advised that the correct name i fLester G. Huth, my Dad.

"Dad started to work with them (HOcking Valley R.R.) in Augues, 1917, after he gradusted from high school at age 16. He started out at $1.00 per day as a messneger boy and worked on the railroad for 65 years retiring in August, 1982, which is believed to be a lingevity record.

"In between, he worked for the Nickle Plate when it was taken over by the C&O in the late 30's then returning to the C&O in 1950 (taking a pay cut when the C&O split from the Nickel Palte.)

"He went from $1.00 a day to $96.00 during his tenure on the railroad which gives you some idea of inflation and the cold of living. " (Lester C. Huth)

Harriman update: Father & son worked for HV

John Harriman, former fsotorian now resident in New Riegel, telephoned to bring Potluck up-to-date about their tneure with the Hocking Valley railroad.

Mr. Harriman came to Fostoria from Gallipolis, Ohio, in about 1903, according to son John, and went to work for the Hocking Valley as agent in the depot which still exists on Sandusky \st. and retired from there many years later.

Son, Johmn, at age 16 (in 1926) also went ot work for H.V. at the local yards.

Eventually, son John quit railroading and went to college.

Heed God's Word.

Love one another.

In John 14, Jesus revealed some advice to the disciples that is still good for those today who confess HIm as Lord and Savior:

"A new commandment I bive unto your, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 14, 34-35)

In actual practice, Jesus' advice would sove many problems; in the home, in business, in givernment, in churches, among neighbors, nations, schools.

Too often, man tries to settle his problems via his own reasoning, which may be unreasonable.

Try Jesus advice.



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Son attends evangelical conference in Phillippines
Thursday, September 14, 1989

Pix #1 - Scene at public gathering decades ago which Richard chapman submitted. If anyone has information about the photograph, contact Paul Krupp..

Nate Krupp, son of Paul an dcleo and brother of David, in a recent letter reported the conference of more thatn 4,000 Christian leaders in manila, the Philippines, which he attended.

The meeting called Lausanne II was named after lausanne, Switzerland, where the firest congress of World Evangelization was held in 1974. It was a gathering to share, pray, plan and strategize to hopefully see the Great commission completed by AD 2000.

Krupp reported he was part of a group of amost 40 who spent most of the time in four-hour shifts praying around the clock during the entire 10 days.

"It was a thrilling time", said Nate Krupp. "Requests would come, we would pray and God would intervent," he reported.

Nate Krupps' stationery carries the following as the goal of his dedication and activities: "Serviang the body of christ in the interests of revival, restoration, unity, world evangelization and end-time preparedness"/. "His Bride had made herself ready"... Revelation 19:7.

Anyone wishing to write Nate and Joanne Krupp may reach them at 6813 N. 11th St., Tacoma, WA 98406.

Reader becomes contributor

Richard chapman, residing at 819 Eastern Ave., called at my resicence to introduce himself and to make a photograhphic donation. It is the one used iwht thday's article. He did not have the faintest idea of the donor and the subject matter of the photo.

To this author it appears to be a Fair ground, with quite a large audience in the stands. Perhapss some Potluck reader can provide the answer: Who? What? and where?

Heed God's word

Open or closed hands

Al friend sent me a book///"\the Friendship Book". From it I extracted one of the topics therein which struck me because it expressed such an important thought all of us should consider: "A little while ago I was in cjurch listeneing to a sermon on the text "Give and it shall be given to yhou", in the ocurse of which the minister said, "A closed hand cannot recieve.:.

"Those words have kept recurring to me since, not only in the way the miniseter used them, ;but because they have reminded me of so many other things a closed hand cannot do. It cna't shake hands. It can't wave a friendly greeting... only shake a threatening fist. It can't pat a little child on the heatr. It can't be laid re-assuringly on the shouluder o fsomeont who is discourgaged. It can t run over the pages of a book, or play a musical instrument. it can't scatter seed or pluck a flower.

"Thank god for the joys that come to us through our own hands and tose of tohers."



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