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Pictoral History of many years ago
Thursday, February 2, 1989


Pix #1 - (Question marks indicate that part of name unknown) Top row: (??:) Garn; Delpert (??); Arvelli Munn (Bozman) Tiffin< Ohio; Harriet Andrews (Streely) Elyria, Ohio; Dorothy King; (??) Shults (deceased); Onlee Kisabeth; Loewr row: don Jackman; Stella Went (Gobel), Fostora; Rev. E.C. Clessler, Pater, Hope Lutheran church; Lucille Crow (Hemrick) Fostorai; Harrold Leonard (deceased). Rev. Clessler, the man in the center, wea the Pastor of Hope Lutheran church afor many yhears, probabl longer than any others. He was a regular user of the YMCA facilities, across the street from the church. I believe he was also a memeber of Rotary Club

Pix #2 - Time table for the railroads

Pix #3 - This is one of the photos sent by Mrs Werthermer of a young man, presumably a resident of Fostora many years ago, photographed at The Biles Studio in Fostoria.

Pix #4 - Advertisement for a bowling alley.

As many longtime readers of this column know,, the title Potluck was selected in the beginning (more than 10 years ago) because I wanted readers toknow the subject matter would be whatever was available at the time even thought some of it is often in the planning stages weeks earlier.

Today's article was not planned in advance just available.

The large photo of young people and the dignified appearing man is an example of Potluck. the photo was recently discovered in a desk drawer int he Editorial Dept. at tThe Review Times. Hew long it has been there and where it come from ono one knows, but, I am sure that it will bring repsonsed form some readers who may still be residing in this area whether they are the subjects themselves or with knowledge about them.

A communication from Maryland.

A short note and photos, addredded to "Editor - Review Times, 113 E. Center, Drawer C, Fostorai, Ohio," came from Mrs. elizabeth S. Wertheimer, St. Michaels, Maryland.

She worte - "Found enclose dphotos in an album of my late father (1897-98). Since the phgotos are not identifiable, perhaps some historian in Fostora may be interested. I just didn't have the heart to destroy them."

this is one of the photos sent by Mrs. Wertheimer. It was taken by The Biles Studio, located in the Alcott Block which was where the parking lot is tiday at Main and Center.

Although it is unlikely any RT readers will be able to identlfy the man, perhsps someone will ahve some inforfmation about the family name and connect it with business or industry back then.

Included with the photos from Wertheimer was a business card for The Gread Souther Bowling Alleys, sice located in Fostoria where the jparking lot is today at Main and south Streets, and illustrated with today's article. Also information about the reilroadsthat seved Fostoria many years ago. The reverse side of the card i sillustrated, too, and that information is interesting and informative.

Heed God's word God works in strange wasys

sometime, I'm sure, church goers in the U.s. may have distored views of the people in other parts of the world.

In the January issure of Union have asked the United Bible societies to supply 100,000 Bibles and 40,000 Bible Story Books in Russian." The Shipment is possible on its way ny now.

Many other shipments of Bibles, and New Testaments have also been sent to Protestant and Orthadox churches in the soviet Union.

the readers of those Bibles may influnce good-will between the Soviets and the rest of the world in a way diplomacy might never achieve. "Old Betsy," the gun that beat the British in 1812
Thursday, February 9, 1989

Pix #1 = "Old Betsy" that won the War of 1812 for the U.S. is still in Fremont, Ohio, area where it won its laurels and has made its home since. this is just one fiew of ti. Another view will be shown with the rest of the article next week.

(Author's NOte: Today's article will not be new to some of the older readers since the information was first broadcast over WFOB in April 1961, and printed in a boolket authored by Mel Murray in 1939. Andrew Emerine who was Presicend of First National Bank and an avid historian,m decided to have some miniature models of "Old Betsy" made to help preserve the history of the victory of the .S. over British naval forced. At that time (12930) Jim Rowles was an employee at First national, having joined them immediatly after graduationg from Fostroai High School, and he was one of those who became owner of an "Old Betsy" miniature model. It has been in the Rowles family ever since, andthe photos with the article were photographed from it.)

fremont know as Lower Sandusky

In 1813 Fremont was known as Lower Sanducky, because of its position upon the Sandlusky Rive, and was little more thatn a mere Indian settlement of Wyandots int he year 1812,a t the opeing of hostilities between the United states and Great Britain. On a know of Lower Sanduky, the American had built Fort Stephenson as a means of communication between the forts at Detroit and Chicago. It was an isollated outpost in an open sea of hostlle Indians, constantly hrassing army communicationa at the request of the British, who stood to gain by intreasing tensions between the Indians and the Americans.

Fort mamed after colonel

Fort Stephenson was names for Colonel Stephenson wh had directed its erection in 1812. It was placed under the command of Major George Croghan, a yound man of just 21 years, who had very little military experiecnce. The fort enclosed about one acre of land and was constructed of logs, perpendicular to the ground, 10 feet high and 18 inches thick and each come to a sharp point, to prevent scaling by enemy troops.

crogham ordered ditched duhg arougnthe fort, sicx feet deep and nine feet side and logs were placed at the top of each picket, so consturcted taht anyt slight pressure upon the log at attemping to scale the fort would bring the logs down upon the attacking troops outside the fort.

Groghan mucst have been disappointed to find that his garrison was a handful of men, with one rifle each and only one cannon, a six-pounder, later to be known as "Old Betsy." The stratigic river location of the fort was a great aid, however, as its height and command of the riever were satisfactory for defense against either land or water invasion.

"Tippecanoe & Tyler Too" Slogan of that era

In overall command of the enitre Northenrn campaingn was General William Henry Harrison, whose victory at Tippecanoe, Indiana, had made him a favoritr in the yere of American and this same victory over the Indians in the Hooser State was to furnish the basis for the successful campaign for presidency at a later time, under the slogan of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too." General Harrison's headquarters were at Upper Sandlucky, where he directerd his undermanned and under-equipped forces against a powerful foe.

General Harriason has sent sealed order to Makoy Croghan to abaodon the frot if the Briatish were to broign their large gunboats up to the fors, as he felt that such a small garrison, with just one larg cannon, could not withstand an assault, But,m after the order was give, the fate of a fort at Chicago had been learned,m wherein the British had jpromised safety to the defenders of the fort, but after surrender, every American was massacred by the Indians, over strong but ineffective protests forom the British.

British attack cam on August 1, 1813

Late in July of 1813, the American headquarter at Upper Sanduskyt had learned of an imminenbt attack by the British ;upon Fort Stephenson. General Harrison immiediately sent a note to mak=hor crogahan, ordering him to burn the fort and tretreat. However, the messnebgers who were bearing the message became lost in the darkness and did not arrive at the fort until the afternoon of the following day.

Upon receipt of the note, Major Croghan decided not to abandon the fortm because Indians had by that time completely surrounded the garrison and would surely have tortured the American in their retreat.

(Continued next week.)

Historical society meeting s resuem

There are probable many r3aders who do not belong to the Fostoria Area Historiacal Sociery. It is an excellent group to join if you are interested int he history ot this area ... as well as the additional interesting programs presented in monthly meetings.

The Museum, in the building which once housed the City Offices, the City Jain and the Fostoria Fire Dept. contains many historical items of interest to both young and old.

The FAHS will resume regular meeting Feb 12 at kaubixh Library at 2 ;.m. Jim and Jame Kemp will have the program and will talk and show pictures of lifesytles oaf the native living in South Zaire (formerly a part of the Belgian Congo) which is the size of the eastern half ot he United States.

The kemps visited that area in October, where thier daughter and son-in-law Peggy and Dave Scherger and their two children presently reside, doing nimmionary work and teaching the natives how to better sustain themselves, both physically and spiritually.

Heed God's Word

"A shepherd looks at Psalm 23"

That's the title of a fascinating book by Phillip Keller int my possessio. The bobk compaeres the daily habits of a heard of sheep with us humans who are professing Christianns.

Halfway throught the book, I arlready argree that we humans share the wesknessand habits of sheep, also part of God's creation. If you get the bood you may agree, too9.

\the publisher is Zonder van House, Grand Rapisds, Mich.

Sinch the book is a paperback of only 142 pages it would probably be an inexpensive investment ... and well worth it..



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