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January 19, 1984


PIX #1 - Rev. Paul Haworth, former pastor of The Church of the Brethren in Fostoria, now pastoring at this Brethren Church in Freeport, Ill.

PIX #2 & #3 - Ollie Cook Hartline Marguerite Gray Holliday Two known survivors of FHS class of 1907

Many Fostorians, as well his former parishoners when he pastored there, will remember the Rev. Paul Haworth of The Church of the Brethren. He served the local church from 1956 to 1965.

Several weeks ago, the Potluck author received a letter from him about two articles providing the historyof that church. His letter is printed in its entirety along with the photo of The Church of the Brethren where he is now pastoring in Freeport, Ill.

"Dear Mr. Krupp: Several weeks ago our daughter and others sent clippings from The Review Times of two articles on the Church of the Brethren in Fostor- ia and a general background of the denomination. You did your homework well. The series of two articles would help anyone understand our background and the unique contribution we offer to the totality of Christian witness with other church bodies. Your use of pictures and human interest events made fascinating reading (of course I'm biased).

"Thank you for your interest and writing skill. I am assuming there are other articles of other Fostoria churches that will be helpful for folk in the com- munity to appreciate the contributions each branch of the Christian Church in the community make. This will help folk realize that our various congre- gations should support and complement each other rather than compete with each other.

"Thank you for using your skills to glorify the Christ we all serve."

Paul Haworth, 1345 S. Demeter Dr., Freeport, Ill., 61032.

His church is at West Pleasant Street and South West Avenue.

The Haworth's daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George Fiedler, reside at 1365 Short Elm St., Fostoria.


This article produced interesting telephone calls.

One of the calls revealed that in addition to Marguerite (Gray) Holliday, another one of that class still living is Ollie (Cook) Hartline residing at Winebrenner Haven, 425 Frazer St., Findlay.

The telephone caller reported that she had received a Christmas card from Mrs. Hartline and that it was written with a firm hand.

As I mused about it, I realized that Mrs. Hartline had to be in her 90's...a fine old age. Then I remembered what Clara Eissler had written about her in the class history:

"Ollie Cook, who has always lived strictly to the letter of the day she was advised not to cut the stops from the onions in the garden. Later she was found, hands behind her back, eating them off."

So there's the answer to her long life...eating onions while young! (She's 95.)


Later I telephoned Mrs. Hartline and brought myself up-to-date on her family. I reminded her that I remembered her family many years ago when they resided here. They attended the Presbyterian Church, and so did I. In fact, I had their son Ernest in my Sunday School class.

Her husband Ed was a grocer in Fostoria for many years...perhaps in more than one location. When he sold the store on Vine Street in 1951, they moved to Findlay where their daughter, Margaret McDowell, resided. Mr. Hartline died in 1962.

Ernest made the Army Air Force his career. Although he retired he is still an active flyer residing in Lake St. Louis, Mo. Some of his medals from service and other memorabilia have been donated to The Fostoria Area Histor- ical Museum. Ernest's address is 62 Normandy Dr., Lake St. Louis, Mo., 63367.

Mrs. Hartline said she had been thinking of Marguerite Gray, her classmate, She also said she doesn't know if there are any others of the class still living.


There wasn't time to resurrect a photo of Marguerite Holliday Gray when last week's article was being written. Since then, through the courtesy of George Gray of Gray Printing Co., one of her taken seven or eight years ago was rushed to Fostoria by her son William Holliday. It arrived just in time to use with the one of Ollie Hartline, taken by The Review Times photographer.

So readers, there are two members of the FHS Class of 1907.

I'll bet they could spend an afternoon traveling down memory lane...talking about the happenings when they were in school they faced the world 77 years ago after graduation...and what has happened to them and their classmates since then.

In my telephone conversation with Mrs. Ora Wade she remembered that Peggy Gray's boxed chocolates were sold in Florence Lonsway's shop in Fostoria many years ago, and, "Oh, how good they were."

The complete story about how Marguerite Gray Holliday got in the candy busi- ness back in 1922 and what has happened since then will be told in another article later. It is an interesting success story.


She telephoned to express her great interest in the article about the history of the high school, the colors and the Red and Black.

She was particularly interested in two of those grads because they and she attended the Fostoria Business College after they graduated. They were Ross Sobers and Amon Dildine.

Mrs. Wade recalls Amon Dildine as a tall, slender youth who, in business school, was a whiz with mathematics...called "rapid calculation" then.

In Clara Eissler's class history here is what she said about Dildine: "In Dildine's school career he once chose for his subject in rhetorials, 'We all have to scratch.' Amon went to the front of the room and said, 'We all have to scratch," then scratching his head repeated it, ending it by saying, 'That is all I can remember.'"

The tale about Dildine doesn't seem logical as compared to Mrs. Wade's report that he was a whiz with mathematics.

Ross Sobers was listed as first name unknown the reason being that Eissler, the historian, neglected to mention it. She only said about him, "It so hap- pened that in February of this year, Mr. and Mrs. Sobers received as their valentine, a very quiet, sleepy boy. The older he grew the more difficult it was to keep awake, and his favorite song has ever been, 'Please Go Away and Let Me Sleep.'"

Mrs. Wade's keen memory recalled Sober's first name immediately.


It was called to my attention that in the article about FHS colors and pub- lications, I mentioned the name of Charles Gribble living at the Good Shepherd Home. Sorry! It should have been Charles Reed. Reed is the grandson of Gribble, and I guess I had the grandfather on my mind when I wrote Gribble has been dead for many years.

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