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April 10, 1986


Pix #1 - This photo is a reminder of the days of the past, when electric trolley cars provided transportation between towns and cities in Ohio. Car No. 11 was photographed by W.H. Weaver on the bridge at Pemberville. Don Kinnaman, Mesa, Arizona, provider of the photo does not know who the three attendants of No. 11 were on that day.

Author's Note: Today's column is more from Charley Walters, Mesa, AZ, which was delayed until today because the Father Duffy article took preference, in as much as it had news value. Walters first segment of things he recalled about Fostoria from years ago were appreciated by readers.

First, the picture of Poody Switzer, Hal Stout and editor of the "other" Fostoria paper, Al Bryan, might have been taken while they made plans for the daily paper when the printers of the two newspapers went on strike in February 1938. The two papers combined to publish four and six-page dailies so that subscribers in Fostoria would not be denied.

Three items of "Remember When": Policeman Gorril after retirement, was a Merchant Policeman. I believe, rattling doors for uptown merchants; the cost of Depression Day haircuts were 25 cents and 15 cents for a shave; the Christian Endeavor Society in Fostoria was blessed with the Seneca County Supervisor, Ruth Krupp, your sister, before her marriage to Dewey Dillon, on of the four brothers of Donald.


The funeral train of President Warren G. Harding, halted for a few moments on the B&O at the Main street station as people crowded near to see the flag- draped casket and the guards, on its way to Washington, D.C. for final rites.

Marijuana struck a blow to the city when a local youth was sent to Toledo for treatment in early 1930's.

Noting Rev. Father A.A. Weber pedaled his gear driven bicycle on his calls in the parish.

The Memorial Day parades with the Knights of Pythias Uniform Rank, the Knights Templar Masons, adding color and John Portz as a Civil War veteran on the trip to Fountain Cemetery.

Safety Service Director C.C. Page, DVM, overseeing removal and cleaning brick on Perry Street to be laid by the then noted world record holder brick layer who kept four men busy bringing brick to lay as he bent at the waist, all day. Figures and name escape me but the Lynn and Cherry street resident may have placed 5700 bricks a day and was an item in Ripley's "Believe It Or Not", in the early 30's.


After Main Streets tracks were removed and asphalt paving was put down, the telephone company cut a trench on the east side of the street and manholes at intersections to sink four section vitreous tile as conduit for phone cables. The overhead poles were removed.

A "Human Fly" scaled the front of the Andes block for the crowd gathered in the street below.

Kenneth Strouse was a test driver of Seneca Light-Car chassis on Fostoria streets before the finished bodies were placed on the frame.

Floyd Kinnaman presenting radio presentation in City Park on North Vine Street in early 1920's to show a small crowd this new fangled wonder.

Fostoria Machine and Tool on West Center being used for some carnivals and also for Revival Meetings by a Dr. Lyon to which school children were especially invited after school. Leveled scene became new Post Office.


Rev. E.L. Miley Men's Bible Class overran Church of Christ and moved to Colonial theater where enrollment hit over 600. His call to Nashville, Tenn headquarters abolished class.


With glass-enclosed barbeque in front, the Burkharts started the Black Cat Barbeque with tiny serving front at side of home behind gas pumps in front. Then enlarged with booths and bar to serve inside. Enlarging brought small stage, table area and a 16 by 16 foot dance floor, a mecca for the Saturday night crowd.

On band breaks at the Black Cat, Bill Daub took to drums and Elinor Riley hit the 88 keys as others joined them to keep up the dancing.

Elinor was percussion lead for musicals and Pontiac Clut Follies. Her brother, Richard, former FHS coach, on return to visit school, invariably was asked to sing "Marquita" to the high school assembly.

Sports events of yesteryear that come to mind: Strangler Lewis shown in exhibition in the 100F Lodge hall in the Botto Block on canvas spread on the floor...

Willie Hoppe giving a billiard exhibition at the Pastime Pool Room of his world class ability.

The New York Knickerbockers meeting the Cleveland Rosenblooms at FHS gymnasium and starring the noted Joie Lapchick.

The portable roller skating rink each summer south of Hissong Avenue for local aficionadoes, a forerunner to drive in movies for dating.


Pelton quarry, Jackson and Countyline, the only public spot to swim. No shower, no bathhouse, no guard, no cost.

Faculty manager George Cameron giving Friday FHS chapel pep-talk to students. The band traveling by interurban to Findlay, thence to Bowling Green for sports events.

Frank A. Copley, staging annual bike races in front of Fostoria Union Dairy on West South Street.

Adams brothers Henry and John (?) to California national rifle event, and Henry first in his class.

Daring to ride bike on 16 inch dividing wall at Water Works old filter beds.

Cook Carriage converting old autos to sleepers by hinging back of the front seat for fishermen.


The three time zones for the city: Eastern, Central and Sun. Some factories were on Eastern, as were the schools; some were on Central and some families retained Sun tim, half way of Eastern and Central, until the Central zone was moved from near Fostoria to the Indiana border, by legislative action.

Before the advent of out of town bakeries, Gerlinger, Pfau Jones and Cottage served city, Doughboy flour processed by the Mennel Milling here was choice of many family bakers.


Seeing brick ice cream sliced in half-inch thick portions and dipped in melted chocolate making Eskimo Pies at Ammer Dairy east of The Review.

Bank President Merganthler signing sheets of $5 bills while paper carrier collected for paper opened one's eyes.

The memory of the odor that came as a blacksmith pressed a hot shoe to a horse hoof behind and opposite the Buick garage on East Tiffin street.

At Crocker school a visit to Freese Creamery at back door gave change for tin-cup drink of free buttermilk from barrel inside door.

And FHS band first state champ trumpeter Arvine Harrold, winning left handedly because of fingers missing on the right hand.

Rowland and King Furniture was in Security building south of the Review on South Main Street. The Boston Store located there for a while, then Montgomery ward; while A&P broke up Star Grocery complex.

Chinese Laundry in the Bond block on South Main, a nephew of onw owner attending Crocker School (Whitier).

Toledo Blade and Toledo News-Bee carriers received dail newspaper at Inter- urban station and were envied by local carriers for subscriber prizes they received.


Persimmon treee on Foster park land; tall lilac growth at rear of Foster home property requiring climbing to get bouquet for the teacher, and the danger of being caught in the act.

The Comfort Station established in the old Foster home on West Tiffin Street.

W.D. Zuber harness shop that was between Clyde Schwab Plumbing and Carl Herbert Vulvanizing and opposite Review office. Watching as reins were stretched, saddles and harness repaired by artisans was an interest.

Steps to climb to shop Wagner Clothing, First National Bank, saloon south of alley beside the Fair Store and the Smokehouse pool room.

Dr. Reycraft fram office on West Center, later location of Pontiac, Desoto and A&P market.

...And I'll rest a while jogging my memory that is, but not too many other items are as fresh as these.

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