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May 24, 1984


PIX #1 - Sketch of Col. Crawford which appears in Upper Sandusky, Wyandot Memories.

PIX #2 - Monument tells story of Col. Crawford.

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: The six-part series about the CHV&T railroad prohibited the use of much Reader Feedback from the readers. Today's column is all feed- back as it will be next week. Sorry for the delay in presenting this part of Potluck).


Soon after The Review Times was printed and delivered March 22, Mrs. John Solether, 514 Van Buren St., telephoned to talk about Roosevelt's visit here.

She said Roosevelt came to Fostoria and appeared in front of The Times build- ing in 1911. She said she remembers that event very well, although she was only 8 years old and in the third grade.

According to Mrs. Solether, he came to Fostoria on the LE&W railroad and the train layed-over until he had delivered his address. She recalls that it was in the fall of the year.

The Kaubisch Memorial Public Library is attempting to establish the date of his visit here through the Toledo library. If and when the information be- comes available it will be provided in this column.


Two messages were received from David B. Risdon, Hartford, Conn. The first one called attention to several errors in spelling of names, but there were complimentary remarks too.

"I am especially pleased to know that the name Risdon is still to be seen on the historical plaque in Risdon Square.

"Your four articles are most commendable and no doubt of great interest to Fostoria citizens who like to read about local history."

His second letter called attention to a serious error in the headline of the last article: "I was just filing away the copies of your articles and sud- denly noticed the headline, "The Daughters Of Joseph Risdon Sr.'

"I paused, and thought: 'Just who is Joseph Risdon Sr.?' There is only one Joseph Risdon among all the male descendents of Josiah Risdon."

The headline should have read Josiah instead of Joseph.

Edna Risdon Neary, residing at Plano, Texas, wrote: "I was so thrilled to get the clippings. Am working on copies of my mother's family. When I get them done you will be hearing from me. I have a letter William Rumple wrote his wife from Iowa. He died of cholera the night he returned home. Also have an interesting articleabout wolves chasing the Rosenberger sled. Thanks again, so pleased."

The Rosenbergers were a local family that followed David Risdon to Iowa.


Alverda Myers, residing on Ohio 23 north, telephoned me as soon as she read the Potluck article about "the other Fosters" on April 5. Visiting in her home later, I was surprised at the information and photos she had.

Mrs. Myers' grandmother's sister was Lydia Swope, who was married to Abraham Foster, both of whom wrementioned in the April 5 article. In fact, Mrs. Myers has a photograph of Abraham and Lydia, which she thinks may have been their wedding picture. She also has photos of Ella and Ora, twin daughters of Abraham and Lydia.


Rebecca Hampshire, daughter of Barney and Margaret Hampshire, was married to Daniel Swope, great-grandfather of Alverda Myers. In Mrs. Myers' possession is a large framed certificate of the birth and christening of Rebecca on June 3, 1813, in Morgan County, Ohio. As I admiringly looked at the beauti- ful certificate I was impressed with the importance of the birth and the christening of children back then. I then thought about lives by the mil- lions that are snuffed out today by abortions.

Jonas Foster married Elizabeth Stahl and they had daughters, Louisa and Dora, for which Mrs. Myers also has pictures.

Another piece of memorabilia which she has which interested me was a certifi- cate from the American Bible Society, New York. It was issued to Daniel Swope through the Fostoria branch of that organization dated March 20, 1865, signed by E.W. Clark, agent. It was alsosigned by R.L. Caples and M.W. Plain. The award to Swope was for his donation of $5. My special interest in the ABS award rose out of many years of membership in it too.


Blake Myers, 116 N. Union St., telephoned to reminisce about the old "Hocking Valley," as he called it.

First he asked if I had ever seen the monument near the village of Crawford erected in memory of Colonel Crawford who was burned at the stake by Indians in 1782. I told him I saw it many years ago.

The story about Col. Crawford and his inhumane demise at the hands of the Indians is told in a booklet printed for Grace Emahiser, 145 Rock St. The account is the only eye-witness report written by Dr. John Knight taken from the Pennsylvania Archives.

Mrs. Emahiser, a descendent of the Crawford family, has written a book about the family and a copy is on file at Kaubisch Memorial Public Library. The Upper Sandusky Wyandot County Pictorial Memories also contains information about Col. Crawford. It can be found at the library too.

Several years ago consideration was given to moving the Crawford monument to a more suitable location. Many of the colonel's descendents opposed to the move and it is still on the same spot where it was placed in 1877.


Back in the early 1920's when the C&O (another name under which the Chessie System operated) was laying double tracks, Blake Myers, then a young man, was working for that railroad.

When work was being done in the Crawford vicinity Myers mentioned the Colonel Crawford monument to one of the railroad bosses who knew nothing about it. He asked Myers to take him to it. Blake did take him to the monument and told him the story about it.

Myers also recalls another event from that time when he worked for the C&O. A number of aliens worked as section hands and they liked to talk to Myers to improve their ability to speak English. One of them was a young Mexican who was instantly killed by a train when they were working.

The young man's body was held at the morgue in Carey for considerable time until his parents could be located in Mexico. When finally discovered, Myers said that they learned the young man's father was high in politics in his country.

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