Boyhood days of author near railroad stations
Pix #1 - Illustrated in above photo is the T.& O.C. Depot which served both the Toledo and Ohio Central. It still exists between E. North and McDougal Sts., in the east of Fostoria. Today it serves as a warehouse for Gray Printing Co. The water storage tank, mentioned in today's article, can be seen in the background.
Pix #2 - Well Fargo Co. Express. The Well Fargo wagon was photographed as it stood beside the Interurban Station on Main St., where all of the electric cars picked up and discharged passengers, the location being where Bill's Economy Store is today.
Pix #3 - United Express Co. Today's article mentions two express services in Fostoria back then. The United Express wagon was photographed at the T. & O.C. Depot as it waited for the arrival of a train. Express service catered to both trains and interurbans, the latter serving Toledo, Findlay, Fremont and Tiffin.
Pix #4 - This photo shows another view of the water tower, taken from the rear of the house where the author lived as a boy. The person in the foreground was Carl Otten, one of my boyhood friends. He resided at E. North St.
(AUTHORS NOTE: February 13, 1987, I had an article about Fostoria's railroad history. It is a subject that is always interesting and will probably be rehashed again and again by old-timers, or for the benefit of newcomers when they settle here.)
Recollections of that area
The boundaries for that area of town included in today's article are mainly between North and McDougal Sts., and the railroad yards, which back then consisted of tracks for the Hocking Valley R.R., New York Central and Toledo and Ohio Central...the latter two using the same tracks and the same passenger depot, illustrated.