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Murray's program revives Fostoria city history
Thursday, November 9, 1989

Pix #1 - Pictured above is the photo from the foster home, and was the Walter Fruth residence when this photo was taken in 1979.

Pix #2 - The double fromnt doors of the foster home led to the second floor editioria departmetn via a beautiful staircase; or to the left in to the businiess office which was once the parlo of the fostoer Family. hen the foster house was demolished (after the newspaper moveed) the stair case was salvaged and installedin the house where Bill Daub once lived at 836 N. Union St., which later became the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fruth. this author has fond memories of the foster home, having hot his start in the newspsaper business at that location. I could relat emany happenings about htat house and those years.

Oct. 8 was an impotant day in many ways... espceially ofr those Fostoian who gathered at the kaubisch Mmorial Librayr to hear mel Murray of WFOB talk about the foster family, and secifically Charles Foster, a favored son who during his years in politics and business, became known nationwide.

POTLUCK"S author did a series of articles nearly ten years ago about the Foster family, but did not strive or attain the depths reced by Murray during his presentation.

More recently I review the available data aboutt the foster family, and then dug back into my own files and recollections of the past.

My early knowledge of the foster family goes back to approximately 1914 when I was a carrier boy for The Fostoria daily Review and also doing some part time work for the newspaper whick has located inthe building on s. Main St., wich earlier was the resicende of the charles W. Foster family.

Annie foster, the wife of charles, was still residing in the family home on W. Tiffin St., abutting the location of THe fostoria Daily Review.

In the absence of a fence separating the fsoter home from The Review property, the Review Carrier boys often trespassed on Annie foster's land, and she often ordered us to "stay off."

My next recollection of any contacts with any of the foster family was much later when I was a adult. At that time my uncle George Hayden, who earlier had an ice cream parlor and candy making shop if Fostoria, was then residing in toledo.

Dr. park myers, a decendent of the fosters, and alos residing in Toledp was acquainted with Hayden and invided him to attend a meeting of The Fostoia club, whose members were once Fostoria residents who migrated to Toledo. Hayden accepted and in turn invited me an dmy girl friend Cleo May Allis (now my wife) to join him, which we accepted.

At that meeting we met Park Myers and came in contact with him on a number of occasions in later years.

More about the fosters and dr. Park Myers is told in another segment of this series of articles another time, including photos.


In the western section of fountain Cemetery, marked by an imposing tombstone is the marker that Charles foster had place there many years ago, so that later family and friends would know the final resting place of those earlier members of that family, and others who may be interned there at other times.


In putting together today's column, and looking through earlrie POTLUCK articles about the Foster family, I came across the following that was used in October 1979 and concluded that it was still good for 1989.


(John 13) Dirng supper, ... Jesus rose from the table, laid aside his garments, and taking a towel, tied it round him. Then he poured water into a basicn, and began to wash his disciples feet and to wipe them with the towel. When it was Simopn Peter's turn, Perer said to him, 'You Lord wahs my feet?' Jesus replied, 'You do not understand now what I am doing, but one day you will.' Peter said, 'I will never let you wash my feet.' 'If I do not wash you,'Jesus replied, 'you are not in fellowship with me.'

'Do you understand,' he asked, 'what I have odne for you? If I, your Lord and Master, have washer your feet, you also ought ot wash one another's feet. In very truth I tell you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor a messenger thatn the one who sent him.'



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Author recalls growing up near train station
Thursday, June 16, 1988


Pix#1 - reading left to right: Pauline earl, Vera Earl, and Vernon Earl; sisters and brother: children of Mr. and Mrs. Jessee Earl, one residents on McDougal St.

Pix #2 - Dorothy Brooks, resided with her parents at 324 McDougal St., in the era explored in the McDougal St. article.

Pix #3 - This threesome all lived in the area about which this article is written. All boyhood friends of the author and all deceased. Reading from left: Carl Berry, Jake Seever and Vernon Earl.

Pix #4 - Wilbur Sheely resided with his parents at McDougal St. A lifelong friend of POTLUCK author. We grew up together. He is deceased.



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65 years ago, Jack Wainright’s FHS band won a national title
Thursday, June 23, 1988

 First Annual Competition Schools Band contest of America, Chicago, Ill. 1023 Fostoria (Ohio) High School Winner of Blue Ribbon and Capital Prize of $1,000 Pix #2 - Captain W.H. Santelman, Director of U.S. Marine Bane, pinning the Blue Riggon on Jack Wainwright, after the F.H.S. Band was judged the winner in Chicago in 1923.

(Author’s Note: How did I know that , and why does today’s article happen to be in print” Here’s why!

some weeks ago Richard Reis, Mesa, Arizona, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Reis, E. Fremont St., sent he presented a printed article from Music Education Journal, February, 1988 issue, all about music in schools, going back to the time when Jack Wainwright was pioneering instrumental music at Fostoria High, and culminating with Jack’s F.H. S. band winning the first National School Band contest in Chicago in 1923.

At about that same time someone who did not leave his or her name, brought to The Review Times, the large photo used with today’s article, showing the F.H. band when they won the National Championship in 1923 in Chicago.

the donor of the photo only said, “perhaps Paul Krupp might be able to use it in an article.”

Today’s article and one or two more will be devoted to that championship band of 65 years ago.)

How lucky can I be?

On top of all that, I discovered in a conversation with Fostorian Jim Carter, a member of that 1923 band that he had a sizable file about Wainwright and the band going back to those early years.

And through some effort it has been possible to collect photos of those early members of Jack Band who are still living.

I hope you enjoy this series.

Other than the above explanation, of course, this author was attending F.H.S. in 1923, graduating that year, just prior to the band winning the contest, and remember the preparation for the contest and the “win” that followed.

Blue ribbon means ‘best’

Yes, it was sixty five years ago (in 1923) that Jack Wainwright and the 62-piece Fostoria High School Band went to Chicago to participate in the contest to decide the best school band in the U.S.A., and they won the title “best.”

That was a readt day for those young musicians and for their parents, schoolmates and the whole town. And when they returned home a large crowd was at the railroad station to welcome and praise them. Hundreds were present when the train pulled in.

Fostoria had always been strong for music in earlier years, but that victory was the crowning achievement for Jack and his young musicians.

Members of ‘best’ band

In the event that names cannot be matched with all of the faces of the musicians that participated in that contest, as shown in the photo with today’s article here is the complete list, grouped according to the instruments played:

Trumpets: Arvine Harrold, Richard Conley, Wm. Franke, Kenneth Hooper, Harrison Scott, Marvine Hoffman, Wm. Richards, Charles Sterns, Byron Stearns, Glenn Hill James Carter, James Richards.

Trombones: Robert Warren, Calvin Frances, Leland Cribbs, Robert Myers, Guy Workman, John Yeasting.

Baritone: Howard Wikle, Norman Munech, Dan Warren.

Flute and Piccolo: Lawrence Bredbeck, Walter Bristow, Royal McCracken, Victor Myers.

French Horn: Lyndon Abbott, Ralph Cramer, John Reed, Mahlon Sheller, John Hayfield, Russel Simon, Wm. Lockhart.

Saxophone: Junior Myers, Myron Leibengod, Paul Stein, Clyde Smith.

Tuba: George Green, Orin Carroll, Claire Crunkiltom, Harold Hartley, Raymond Cole,

cymbals: Howard Baynton.

Drums: Grenville Hearst, Charles Hunt, Ralph Sackett, Don Sheldon, Charles Carroll.

Clarinets: Howard St. John, Wilbur Shults, George Schlatter, Virgil Switzer, Walter May, Harry Hale, Robert Shaffer, Homer Spangler, Joseph Arnold, John Weaver, Wad Loe, Thomas Wirebaugh.

Drum Major: Park Burtcher.

(To be continued next week.)

Heed God’s Word: A warning for American Christians

Dr. D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries quoted General Douglas MacArthur in a recent bulletin:

“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”(MacArthur)

“General MacArthur’s words are a chilling warning to us as American, But God’s warning to us as Christians in Ezekiel 22A:30 is inescapable: ‘And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it!’

“Yes, God is seeking men and women to stand in the gap for Him, in order to stay His judgment fir our land. Back in the 22nd chapter of Ezekiel, God didn’t find that man or woman and his judgment was 70 years of Babylonian tyranny over Judah.

“You and I, as Christians, cannot ignore the responsibility we have to help win souls. We are so directed to make sure that whole counsel of God permeates our lives and our actions.”

That warning pertains to Fostoria and every other town and city in the U.S.A.

It’s time for a great awakening and revival.

Reader feed back: I’m sorry to have missed more doctors

Ever heard the expression, “Comedy of Errors?”

That is what POTLUCK has committed in handling the up-date on the latest list of doctors.

When the May 12th column was published, soon my telephone started ringing , with callers telling me that so and son’s name was missed.

Gerald Windau told me the name of Dr. Overhold was not listed. And someone else called to report that Dr. J.L. Murphy’s name was also omitted.

Alibis are not in order. I’ll just say “I’m sorry.”

Ever day when I walk up N. Main St., I think of Dr. Overholt. He lived there at one time.

Also, I remember when Dr. Murphy came to town and his first office was on West Center Street in a building which had once been a residence.

Yes. I remember where many of the doctors who were here many years ago had their offices. Again, I say I’m sorry.


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Attics source of past history
Thursday, June 2, 1988


Pix #1 - Who are they? Many family attics contain photos of family ancestors that are never identified just like the above illustrations. Those photos may be of war heroes, important business people, office holders, teacher, preachers, etc. Check yours and identify for future reference.

Sometime ago, Dr. S.R. Markey, M.D. paid me a visit to present a photograph that was discovered in the attic where the Markeys live.

Dr. Markey believed it was a photo of Mr. and Mrs. James Ball. Ball has been mentioned in the Potluck column on more than one occasion as a photographer in Fostoria many years ago.

Markey's belief that the photo was of the Balls was because the name "Jimmy Ball" was written on the reverse side.

After a lapse of some time, I showed the photo to Sonny Sackett, quite a historian about Fostoria and Fostoria residents. Sackett and I discussed the photo and the Ball family. He divulged information that Ball was part of the Richards family, once residents of the house on N.W. corner of N. Main and Highs Sts.

Mrs. Jimmie Richards solved quandary So, Sackett sent a photocopy of the photo to Mrs. Jimmie Richards in California. The answer came back that the photo from Markey


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