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Thursday, October, 4, 1984


PIX #1 - Hog sales draw crowds back in 1919, and they traveled in horse and buggies and cars of that era to get there, as this photo shows.

PIX #2 - Ladies at hog sale near Amsden, in 1919. Bottom Row, left to right: Verda Craun, Mrs. Stingwine, Rowena Wyant, Alvina Ames, Carmen (Ash) Lyons, Zenith (Mowry) Aumaugher, Fern Good, (child) Thelma Good. Second Row: Ms. Albert Lambright, Mrs. David Hartline, Mrs. Levi Good, Anna Wyant and (child) Willis, Grace Copsey, Mona Copsey, Mrs. Hurst, Olidle Mowry, Rose Pankhurst, and grandchild Rose Mary Pankhurst, Mrs. Saul Saum. Third Row: Anna Good, Flossie Craun, Ola Harding, Mrs. Kate Eckert, Jane Kunkleman, Mrs. Frank Good, Aunt Emma Gee, Iva Pankhurst, Mrs. Ellsworth Pankhurst, Verda Pankhurst, Allie Feasel. Fourth Row: Sara Good, Esther Aumaugher, Jessie Good, Mrs. David Rouser, Hazel Aumaugher, Ellen Mowry, Mrs. Mosier, Mrs. Kisabeth, Mrs. John Shaw, Elmer Stump (grandchild), Mrs. Edwards.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Today's article developed during the Amsden series was held because of the long duration of the series, and because the subject matter is of general interest to farmers and readers who like to atten sales.

People have always been interested in sales. Buying and selling is an important part of life today, as it has been throughout history. Today, there are auctions, public sales, garage sales, bake sales, antique sales and more.

Today's article and photos tell the story about "hog sales" as they were conducted in the earlier part of this century. This particular sale was at the Mowry-aumaugher farm, on Ohio 12 in 1919, south of Amsden.

Floyd Aumaugher married Zenith Mowry, and they took up residence with her parents on the farm where the hog sale was held. The farm became known as the Mowry-Aumaugher farm after the marriage.


Hog sales were popular events in the earlier part of this century, as the one photo shows the many who attended, coming by vehicles parked in the barnyard.

Readers will find many interesting objects in that photo...the lap robes draped over the auto radiators to keep them from freesing...the rows of stubble from the corn stalks can be seen in the field in the background... the seedpods still hanging on the catalpa tree on the left...Ohio 12 extending eastward was once the Old Plank Road.

The Mowry-Aumaugher farm in more recent years has become part of the Ash family holdings.

I was told hog sales were held by farmers who raised pedigreed stock for breeding purposes. Possibly as many as 50 or more choice hogs were auctioned at those sales, and bought by other farmers in the area who purchased them to breed and raise more hogs for their own purposes.


Hog sales were well advertised and drew good sized crowds as the photo of cars illustrates. but, in addition to the men who came to see and buy hogs, women came along too. Perhaps to enjoy the excitement and food served there, or to help serve the food.

I was told that there was a Sunshine Club in the Amsden area, and they often used such gatherings as a means of raising money for their activities by serving lunch. It is not known for sure if the group of ladies shown in the one photo was that club or another.

The old cars in the one photo will interest auto buffs. They will probably start picking out cars of that era, Buicks, Reos, Fords, Studebakers, Hupmobiles.

The photo with today's article were furnished by Ray L. Remusat, Toledo. His mother was Doris Aumaugher, and Floyd Aumaugher was his uncle: therefore, Zenith Mowry Aumaugher was his aunt.

In Mr. Remusat's most recent letter, he remarked that he was an antique car buff..."We have two model T's...a 1921 roadster and a 1925 coupe".


"We have cousins still living just outside of Amsden"...Mrs. Miriam (Feasel) Findley. She lives at 16511 N. Seneca CR 3, on the J.L. Feasel farm where she was born. Her son Dick Findley lives down the road at 6881 N. Seneca CR 3., on the old Aumaugher farm where my mother was born.

Many readers of this column will appreciate the photo showing the group of ladies since there are many descendents of those named still living in this area.


The Amsden series of articles continues to develop many comments by phone, and in person.

When the author failed to get back to a telephone call placed by Mrs. O.E. Kisabeth, 10310 W. Jackson TR 84, she came to visit me, bringing along the little booklet about the Stahl family, as written by Noah Stahl, a pioneer settler of the area east of Fostoria.

I am always glad to meet and hear from readers.


The author had no more than stepped inside the Basehore establishment on East High Street (to purchase supplies) until Les launched into a conversation about the Amsden articles.

He soon reminded me that one of the persons I should have consulted was Clifford Hartline, part of the family who figured in the early days of Amsden. I readily admitted my oversight.

I must add that Hartline is only one of other (unamed) who should possibly have been contacted.

Beasehore also referred to Sam Reese, brother of Ethel (Reese) Ash. He said Sam, many years ago, called on him, representing the National Lime Co. Les didn't know that Sam is still living.

I know now that I should have consulted Les, since he knew many people in the Amsden area, and could have provided tips about people and events.

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