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Thursday January 8, 1987


PIX #1 - In the Potluck article of Dec. 11, pertaining to exhibits at the Fostoria Historical Museum, there was not space for all of the photographs. The photo above was one of those, showing a collection of mandolins, one of the favorites of "Bid" Kuhn, a well known musician in Fostoria back then. Above the mandolins are photos of the musicians who played in Wainwright's band, as they met for a reunion in Fostoria. To the right are badges Kuhn saved from the many Federation of Musicians conventions.

PIX #2 - C.R. Hatfield

PIX #3 - One of a number of seats salvaged from the Andes Opera House, and now in the museum. The Opera House was on the top floor of the building still standing at Main and Center streets (west). In later years, the building was owned by Dr. T.T. Rosendale

1986 is now past history...and 1987 provides unlimited new opportunities for editorial pursuits which I hope to tackle...God being willing to provide the physical and mental stamina required.

When Potluck was born ten years ago (January 1977) the main objective was "historical"...mainly about our town and its people who have been involved since the early part of the last century. Later that theme was expanded to the villages surrounding Fostoria.

As the years passed, and subjects other than "historical" were added to the agenda, with a style other than stictly news, acceptance grew to the extent that I found it exceedingly difficult to keep up handling telephone calls and correspondences, for which apology is due, especially in 1986, upon which I will not elaborate here.


There are still historical subjects to write about, and they are important for preservation of history for Fostoria and the adjacent area...including the people who were involved.

However, there is a great need today to consider ways to combat the many ills that confront the world, and truly transcend every human being on earth. As every individual is transformed so will world problems be solved.

It is my zealous wish to commit some of my time and editorial space in 1987 to that cause believing that readers agree with the necessity for editorial action to combat the spirit of the liberal thinkers and the satanic forces of evil rampant today.

The several articles extracted from the book "The Rebirth of America" and reprinted in recent weeks are examples of editorial material that need to be given more space in the printed work and via radio and television.

There is a great battle raging all over the world led by the combined forces of evil to capture the minds, the wills and the habits of people.


The answer is a return to, or turn to God, and to become committed to His plan for man, as contained in His Holy Bible.

Looking at the forces of evil and the gains they have made in recent years should tell us that the war will not be won unless there is an about face of those who outwardly profess to be Christian, but inwardly have sacrificed the Christian heritage of their ancestors.

God is waiting for the confession of committed sins of individuals and nations and return to His fold...turning to worldwide revival and return to the Holy Bible, as experienced in this country during the great church revivls of the past...Turning from abortion, teenage pregnancies, drugs and alcohol, terrorism, homosexuality and humanism. All of those subjects are dealt with in the book "The Rebirth of America" and will be republished in Potluck from time-to-time or articles of similar content.


Potluck regrets to be tardy in reporting the death of Cecil R. Hatfield, of Falls City, Nebraska, who died Nov. 29, 1986. The information was sent by Harold Freese, former Fostoria resident who visited Fostoria this past summer, and attended the Kansas, Ohio homecoming. Hatfield and Freese were friends when they both lived here and attended Fostoria High.

In a letter from Freese, he wrote: "Hatfield has few distant relatives and perhaps some former schoolmates there who may be interested" which incidentally includes me.

"I encouraged Cec to go to Ashland College with in the second year, and introduced him to a girl friend of my wife's who came with her from Nebraska, whom he married and moved to her hometown in Falls City, Ne.

The Hatfield Farm was at the corner where Perrysburg Road and Countyline Street joined. The house was a large brick two-story house, on the west side of the road.

Older Fostoria residents will recall the house and Hatfield. Cec was a good basketball player on the FHS team back then. The Hatfield house was demolished many years ago. The Hatfield family farmed the land in that area.

Cecil Hatfield, according to the obituary, was an active business man in Falls City, and president of the James Oil Co. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church there, and also other community activities.


Dear Paul: On behalf of the entire membership of the Fostoria Exchange Club, I wish to express our thanks for your articles based on our history on the occasion of the Club's 65th anniversary.

Your efforts did us proud, as you extracted the important items from what was an overwhelming amount of trivia. The articles were discussed at length during our meeting this evening, with nothing but positive comments made. At the conclusion of this discussion, the members expressed the desire that you be informed of their thoughts; therefore this letter.

In closing, let me say again that we certainly appreciate your efforts. You may rest assured that all the members will continue to strive to live up to the good publicity you gave us.

Yours for a better Fostoria - K.H. Speelman, Secretary.

I can only add, that those articles and all others are done with interest and pleasure for The Review Times Readers.


Readers will remember the series of Potluck articles about former Fostoria resident Ed Hamman, the "clown of baseball".

One of those artcles told about Hamman's suit of Universal Studios, whom he furnished information and properties to produce a move about those days in baseball.

According to a recent note from Hamman, Universal has never returned his properties. Hamman has been very critical of Universal for their presentation of the film. The court has repeatedly delayed the hearing according to Hamman.

It seems like it is difficult for the "little guy" to win.

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