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It All Happened in Ashland


Once Upon A Time...

here’s an old saying “Anything can happen; and usually does.” If one lives long enough in any community, he picks up all kinds of information relative to the history of the place. Following are recorded events in Ashland’s past, not in any particular order. A Newfoundland dog once carried the mail between Ashland and Hayesville in 1872 when there was an epidemic among horses. Ike Saner’s baby parades were big attractions in Ashland in the 1890’s. The first Ashland County Fair was held near Hayesville. The first one in Ashland was held on the site of the present F.E. Myers & Brothers Co. buildings on the northwest corner of Orange and Fourth Streets. The Decoration Day parade in 1898 was followed by the Ringling Brothers Circus parade. Ringling’s was not then the big circus that it became later. The entire Ashland High School

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student body walked from the school to Brookside Park on a spring day in 1927 to observe a tree planting on Arbor Day. Some of the trees planted can be seen today in the area directly behind the stands at the No. 1 diamond. The first airplane ever seen over Ashland flew over the city The interurban line ran from 1907 to 1935. on September 30, 1911. Ashland daily from Cleveland to A skunk once broke up a political Bucyrus between 1907 and 1935. jubilation on election night when A community-wide religious revival tossed into the winner’s headquarters meeting in 1905 was conducted in a in Hayesville. large wooden tabernacle built on the The old County Jail, outside of which west side of Luther Street in the area the last public hanging took place in now used as a city parking lot. 1884, stood on the site of the present Many older people remember Soldiers Monument on the southeast summer band concerts by the Ashland corner of the courthouse square. City Band in the bandstand at the The Ashland Centennial celebration northeast corner of the courthouse in 1915 had its pageant in a tent on the square in the first quarter of the site of the old post office at Cottage present century. and Main Streets. Samaritan Hospital had its beginning A wooden bridge once covered a in 1912 through the generosity of J.L. deep ditch on Center Street in front of Clark. the present Good Shepherd Home. It Ashland College had a U.S. Army drained a pond then located along unit, The Student Army Training the present Samaritan Avenue. Corps, in World War I with barracks in There has been a school house the old tile gymnasium which burned on the site of the present Ashland in September 1926. Junior High School since 1850. By Ashland High School played next year, there will have been a Culver Military Academy of Indiana school building there for 125 years. in football at Redwood Stadium on The Cleveland and Southwestern October 31, 1958, losing to the Cadets interurban line operated 18 28-27. departures of electric cars through Three major festivals were held in

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Ashland in the mid-60’s–The Balloon Festivals in 1963 and 1964, and the Sesquicentennial celebration in 1965. Most of the big circuses played Ashland including the fledgling Ringling’s, John Robinson’s, Walter Main’s, Wallace and Hagenback, 101 Wild West Ranch, and Forepaugh and Sells. The last big one was Cole Brothers on June 25, 1945 showing on

the grounds on Eastern Avenue gymnasium against the “Tampico directly behind Samaritan Atleticos,” a group of Mexicans Hospital. working for the Erie Railroad out of An Ashland boy serving in Ashland during World War II. New Zealand during World War The little-known facts about Ashland II was surprised to get a drink found in this article were written by from a pump bearing the name local Ashland historian, Sid Boyd. Sid F.E. Myers & Brothers Co. was a reporter for the Ashland TimesInventor Charles Kettering, Gazette. This column was published a native of Loudonville, made on February 20, 1974. More Sid Boyd a “broadcast” in 1902 when columns to be shared in the future. he installed a telephone on the piano of a woman who was later to become his wife, Olive Williams, W. Walnut Street, Ashland, and entertained operators up and down the line to Cleveland. He was an employee of the Star Telephone Co. in Ashland at the time. An Ashland College basketball team played a game at the old From the Ringling Brothers Circus Parade

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hroughout history, innovators have been consistently working to perfect and improve the way people communicate. Today, armed with cellphones of every type, Ashland County residents have their own definitions of “perfect” communication. In 1876, inventor Alexander Graham Bell and business partner, electrician Thomas Watson, had success with their voice-transmitting device. Today, technology allows more options for people to communicate with one another on their phones. A phone that once required an operator to connect a caller has evolved into a handheld computer that can connect callers with the touch of a button or screen, a voice command or a few strokes of the keypad. Cellphones not only allow people to communicate from just about anywhere, but they have combined with

technology and other innovations, including cameras and internet accessibility, to become one handheld device. A person can make a phone call to a friend and get directions to that person’s house on the same device. According to Pew Research, nine out of ten Americans have a cellphone, and the share of adults who are “cellphone only” — not keeping a landline — has steadily increased since 2004. Texting, FaceTime and a variety of social media platforms and apps, such as Snapchat and Facebook, allow families and friends to keep in touch and share more information, photos and videos in real time. The way people choose to communicate can depend on the person’s personal preference, and to whom they are talking. A few people enjoying a card game at the Ashland Senior Center also shared their preferences, which were as mixed as the phones they preferred. Charlene Wuthrich has a prepaid wireless TracFone, which she uses for calling, texting and taking pictures. “If I’m home, I use a real phone,” she added. She was the only one of the three who still has a landline. “I hate texting. I’ll never use texting,” said Orrlon Weitzel, pulling out his LG flip phone, which he uses when calling his daughter. “I text more than I call,” chimed in Sue Lai, who has a Kyocera smartphone. She also likes using it for Facebook and Google Street View. When shoppers are checking out phones at GoWireless on Claremont Avenue, employee Chris Stoffer observes that the operating system is the first thing they look for in a Adrea Tennant, Human Resources Development Coordinator phone, with Apple or Android options being for the Adult Education Center at the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center, poses with an iPad and iPhone. Tennant the most popular. He tends to see more is planning a class to help seniors navigate these devices after Ashlanders choose iPhones. the center received several calls about how to use certain “iPhones are definitely more easy to use,” he functions with them. She also consults with various businesses said. on how to use their phones for their business needs.

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Fitbit, using GasBuddy and Google Maps apps, and how to borrow library books. “Each of them is looking for something a little different,” she said. She’s happy to be a part of these “lightbulb” moments when someone witnesses the capabilities of these devices. She recalls with a smile when a grandmother learned about FaceTime and how she could see her grandchild over the computer. When asked if she thought these technologies were making life easier, or too complex, Tennant thought the answer was a little bit of both. With all of the options available to people with phones, whether it’s to communicate, to entertain, to play games or to read a book, people are finding more reasons to keep them within arm’s reach. “I think maybe it’s difficult to separate from phones for awhile and have more downtime,” she said.


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Stoffer added that another reason many choose the iPhone is because they like to use FaceTime to communicate with others. To do that, both ends of the conversation need the same operating system, namely Apple’s iPhone system. However, for those who prefer simpler phones for just talking and texting, Stoffer said about 10 models are still available. With so many ways to communicate, so many apps to choose from and technology everchanging, navigating these phones can be overwhelming for some. The Ashland County-West Holmes Adult Education Center plans to have a class in the near future geared toward seniors to help them navigate iPhones and iPads. Adrea Tennant, human resources development coordinator for the Adult Education Center at the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center, said the class came about after the center received several calls from seniors asking how to use their devices. While this is the first time such a class is scheduled for the public, the Adult Education Center does customized iPad/ iPhone training for businesses. According to Tennant, people asking were either going from having no cellphone to having a cellphone, or going from having a flip phone to an iPhone. Depending on participants’ needs, she plans to cover downloading podcasts, how to buy apps, security issues (particularly with respect to online shopping), knowing and understanding the security settings on a phone, how to coordinate phones with

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Gallagher Has Been Fighting Fires Since the 1990s Story & Photo by JIM BREWER ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT


om Gallagher, a member of the Loudonville Fire Department since 1992 and its chief since 2007, has retired. Gallagher joined the department as one of the first three full-time emergency medical technicians for the newly created full-time Loudonville Emergency Service. He was hired by former chief Ron Hans, his hiring confirmed by then mayor Tom Miller. “Calvin Keene, Todd McElwain and I were the first full-time EMTs,” he said. “We were kind of hired on an extension of faith, as at the time none of us were certified EMTs. However, the village paid to have us take the training to earn the certification.” Gallagher has served as a full-time EMT ever since, eventually also serving as the emergency squad captain. In that role, he began working closely with Jim Danner, the fire chief, on administrative chores in the fire department. “Through this work, and in part because I did the work with the squad, I became familiar with the things the fire chief does, including making budgets, working with the village council, working on operations and dealing with other administrative details, like purchase orders. I was also, after longtime member Jack McElwain retired, elected to serve as the secretarytreasurer of the fire department.”

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“Chief Danner, in part to save the village extra salary money, did not replace the assistant chief of the fire department when John ‘Moxie’ Augustine retired,” Gallagher said. “So when he was preparing to retire, the captains serving on the department at the time discussed naming someone as chief on his retirement, and I was the selection, starting in 2007.” In addition to all of the administrative work he had done, Gallagher also earned a bachelor’s degree in fire service, from the University of Cincinnati, in 2005. With that degree, he began work as an instructor in EMT and fire educational programs, teaching at Stark State University in Canton. He said he teaches approximately 50 classes in both the spring and fall to basic fireman and EMTs, to perspective fire officers, and even to high school students in special fire or emergency service programs. He says he will continue the teaching work, even though he is retiring. “The people of Loudonville have been very good to me,” he said, voicing appreciation for his initial fire and emergency service education and support for additional fire service education, which enabled him to go into teaching.” Gallagher joined the department in 1992 at the urging of a friend, Jerry Dudte, who was on the department at the time. The pair met helping to teach a Sunday school

there full time for several years, and later worked independently as a marine equipment repair specialist.” Just last summer Gallagher and wife Denise moved into their new dream home, located just off West Main Street (Maple Heights) on the hillside overlooking McMullen Assisted Care. They acquired the property nine years ago and “we took our time building.” He will continue teaching his fire and emergency service classes, and will be doing a huge amount of landscaping at their new home, in addition to his vocations, reading, hiking and playing the guitar. “We also recently had our first grandchild, and so we will do a lot of visiting with him,” he said. The Gallagher’s have two sons, Shane, who is a member of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and recently had the grandson, and Ryan, who lives in Danville and works at Mansfield Plumbing Products.

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class for kids at St.Peter’s Catholic Church. He also said he vividly remembered his first fire as chief, a barn fire southeast of Loudonville, “where it was noted in the newspaper that it was ‘Gallagher’s first fire as chief.’ ” Gallagher grew up in Lakewood, graduating from high school there in 1973, but he admitted “I did not like living in the big city. “While growing up, we often camped at Mohican, and my parents purchased a vacation cabin on Pleasant Hill Lake which he adopted as a permanent residence,” he continued. “I went to college at Mansfield OSU and lived in the cabin, eventually getting a job at the Pleasant Hill Lake Marina under former owner Al Hofsas,” he said. “Later, my parents, influenced by my working at and interest in the marina, took over its management, and I worked

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Tech & Religion

Technology Makes Religious Teachings More Accessible Story by NOELLE BYE ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT


ave to miss a week of church? At one time, to hear the words of the pastor, the public had to physically find themselves at least once a week in the place of worship. Welcome to the 21st century. Want to hear the sermon you missed? More and more churches let you download this week’s service on their website or iTunes and YouTube or catch it live on radio or through streaming. Ashland Grace Church, for example, has been recording its services for years, said Morgan McQuate, the church’s audio/ video/ lighting director. Ashland Grace’s sermons are also aired on Ashland University TV-20. Another example: Park Street Brethren Church also makes audio of the services available on its website, and broadcasts them on Channel 2 and livestreams them on Ustream, said secretary Melanie Plank. “We embrace any means that folks can engage with the Pastor when he is preaching from scripture, be it cell phones, tablets, iphones (or an) actual hard copy of the Bible,” Plank said. The availability of the services online benefits more

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than just the local congregation members. They help the churches expand their reach outside the community. “With the recordings online, those who live outside Ashland, people from out of state and even out of country are listening or watching the recordings also,” McQuate said. “People vacationing, some missionaries that Grace supports, a few families with ties here who’ve moved away all like to stay connected online in addition to their new home Church. It’s not meant to be a replacement for actually meeting together, as I think you’d miss out on the relationships you gain from meeting, worshipping, and doing life together. It’s just another valuable tool we use to help people stay connected.” Even though radio technology and broadcasted sermons are nothing new, the web has made them more readily available. “Technology in and of itself does not change worship. It is how we choose to use the technology,” said Ron Marenchin, coordinator of music ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church. “In this case the new technology of radio was used to include more people in a traditional

service. Now in our 69th year, because most radio stations are available online we also have folks who listen to our services in Maine, Michigan and Florida.” Technology has affected the churches on other levels. For instance, music has been modernized through the choice of instrumentation. “In the past two decades worship has seen the inclusion of electric keyboards and solo CD accompaniment tracks and projection screens and the like,” Marenchin said. “Electronics have gone digital and programs are available Bob Pinkley, sound technician for Trinity Lutheran Church, shows off the church’s over the Internet to download sound board, a Yamaha LS 9, used during the services. Photo Credit: Noelle Bye on your personal MP3 player. Our new equipment - with 96 sliders — will give us years of service in the new 21st century.” And, thanks to social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, getting the latest church news is easier than ever. The institutions can post pictures and update the public on special events such as baptisms. Ronnie Martin, pastor of Substance Church, also uses Twitter to post articles and thoughts throughout the week to keep the community engaged. “We’ve become a very visual culture in many ways, so social media had been invaluable for giving people a picture of how God is working in our church, as well Thursday, April 6, 2017 as being one way for the church family to stay invested 9:00am - 3:30pm in the lives of one another so that church goes beyond Free Admission being just a Sunday-only club,” Martin said.

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My Daily Life

Laura Mae Riffle Finding Love In Every Season

Story and Photos Submitted by CHERYL WESTFALL


aura Mae Riffle is a friend to all she meets his bicycle around square north, one mile west, south, and has the sweetest disposition of anyone I’ve and home again. As he approached Route 224 the sun ever known. I met Laura Mae Riffle when we was bright and the grass was green. A man in a car did both attended Park Street Church in Ashland, not see Darrell and our Darrell met Jesus early. Sad, sad Ohio. While singing in the church choir, we encountered for us and for the driver who had sons of his own. a song that encouraged the use of testimonies during “Our Little Leaguer’s funeral was well-attended. He the chorus and Laura Mae was scheduled to give one of had marched with his trombone in the 1965 Memorial those. Though we practiced several times with her, each Day Parade. His wonderful little growing earthly time she used a different approach and body now lies in the back part of Nova each time she left the choir teary-eyed, Cemetery. choking and sniffly. “The next saddest day for Riffles was Laura Mae did not have an easy life. when Hayward, at age 59, was diagnosed Her husband’s father, Amos Harrison with Parkinson’s Disease. To quit work Riffle (married to Lillie Mae Moore) likely hurt Hayward more than the moved to Gassaway, West Virginia to name of his illness. Hospitalization, and be a carman (repairman) for B&O then Elms Nursing Home in Wellington railroad. Little Hayward was born into followed until September 10, 1984, when the family on April 12, 1915, with two God’s call came for him to turn into an brothers, Darrell and Amos H. Jr. When Angel in Heaven.” the Great Depression hit, the family In spite of these unfortunate times, moved to a farm near Chapel, West Laura Mae Riffle in 1995 Laura Mae keeps her sweet spirit alive Virginia, and brother Darrell shared a and always shares a smile and kind word. locker in high school with Laura Mae, where a romance She writes: sprang up between the two of them. In all she has “I enjoy reading biographies more than novels. It written, it remains unclear how she switched from one gives views of real lives really lived. One such example brother to the other, but on January 2, 1945, Laura Mae of that is Horatio C. Spafford from a book entitled Then married Hayward Paul Riffle. They were parents to Sings My Soul. His life story included a shipwreck three children: Andrea Atwood of Cleveland Heights, which took away his four children. Later as Spafford Celia Rogers of Canton, and Darrell Riffle, deceased. passed over the place where Ville du Havre went down, She writes: he said to himself, “It is well, the will of God be done.” “June of 1965 was the saddest day in our Riffle family. Later he wrote “It is Well with My Soul.” From grief can I was in Ashland and Darrell had permission to ride on come good or bad.”

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Laura Mae turns 99 on March 8, 2017, in Lutheran Village, 330 Davis Road, Ashland. Her body is fragile and tired, but her blessed spirit fills all she meets with love and joy. Time flies when I visit her because she has so many things to talk about, and it is therapy to listen to her brilliance. You learn from her how life was back when, the best way to interact with other people, and how to find glory in God. In her own words, “I do love to be loved and I do love to love.” Laura Mae gives joy to all as she shares her love. Woman of Achievement in 1996

I do & I do love love to to be love. loved

She recalls making a split bonnet for little Darrell to wear as part of his costume for a public program. He was seated between Andrea and Celia as they sang, “Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet.” She fondly remembers the sweet memory they now keep for almost eleven years of having a son. And she reminisces about her daughters—“As I held Andrea, our beautiful dark-haired babe, I prayed a prayer of thanks and a prayer for guidance for both of us. She’s so much like her Daddy. Second child, Celia, born also in Samaritan Hospital . . . as Andrea resembled Hayward, Celia was more like her mom—stubby nose and mouth below it, always open to talk.” Laura Mae loves to write letters and poetry. I can’t keep up with her in letter-writing, but I do enjoy her poetry. Here is one she wrote in 2009:


Silky white hair And wrinkles to match Years! Ninety-one! Isn’t that a batch?

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Chair to move me, Lift chair for seating I was so happy for Today’s telephone greeting!


You make me happy Calls many or few I can’t tell you now ‘Twas good to hear you! LMR 11/18/09

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Directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames In the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine, the northern lights 16 hover in the star-filled sky above as residents find themselves falling in and Maplerock Jazz Festival out of love in unexpected and often When: 7:30 p.m. hilarious ways. A series of nine amiably Where: Hugo Young Theatre absurdist and whimsical vignettes 331 College Ave, Ashland about love laced with magic realism, Ashland University’s award-winning uncanny coincidences, metaphors taken Jazz program is proud to present the literally and idioms come to life. 2017 Maplerock Jazz Festival. Along School Matinee Performance: with free performances by area high school jazz ensembles in the afternoon, Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 9 a.m. ($2 per the a main stage concert in the evening. seat - Call 419.289.5950 to reserve seats in advance) The afternoon performances are free Tickets: $12 Adult; $10 AU Alumni/ and open to the public while tickets Faculty/Staff, Senior Citizen; $8 Group for the evening concert are available of 10 or more at $12 or $10 rate; $5 through the Ashland University Box Non-AU Student; $2 AU Student Office at 419.289.5125 Box Office: 419.289.5125 www.Ashland. edu/Tickets Tickets:$10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, non-Ashland University students and AU faculty and staff; FREE for AU students


26 Spring Choral Concert

When: 4 p.m. Where: Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, 456 College Ave., Ashland Ashland University Department of Music presents a spring choral concert with vocal selections performed by the Ashland University Women’s Chorus and the Ashland Area Chorus, both under the direction of Libby Slade. Free & Open to the Public.

29- April 2 Almost, Maine By John Carian

When: March 29, 30, 31, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 at 2 p.m. Where: Studio Theatre

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1 Pancake Breakfast, Live & Silent Auction

When: Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m./ Auction Starts at 9 a.m. Where: ACS Gym, 144 West Main Hilton Head condo vacation, gift baskets, gift cards and more! Purchase discounted presale tickets at ACS or Ashland Grace. Tickets also sold at the door (see ticket prices online at

Upstairs Tour/Shop Hop

When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Where: Downtown Ashland More information at www.facebook. com/MainStreetAshland/

9 Bridal Open House

When: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Where: The Creative Chateau 1432 County Rd. 1575, Ashland Enjoy an afternoon touring the property, the barn, the conservatory, and historic home. Meet our wedding partners while sampling food, drinking wine, listening to music and discovering the magic atmosphere the Chateau has to offer for your upcoming wedding.

Surround Sound & Drop of a Hat Players Showcase

When: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Hugo Young Theatre 331 College Ave, Ashland The student-led a acappella ensembles Surround Sounds joins forces with the musical theatre revue troupe Drop of a Hat Players to present a joint concert. From popular contemporary tunes to a collection of musical theatre favorites, the concert promises to offer something for everyone to enjoy. Free & Open to the Public. Know any events coming up? Contact Now & Then Events at 212 E. Liberty St. Wooster, OH 44691 or email editor@ Please include the date, time, contact information and a brief summary.

Recipe Enjoy the flaky crust, savory blue cheese, and the sweet tang of grape tomatoes on this tasty tart.

A Tailor-Made Tart for Brunch


Serves 6


together the olive oil and vinegar and drizzle over the 1. Arrange a rack at a center Crust tomatoes, and then sprinkle position and preheat the oven with salt. Place the tart on 1 cup all-purpose flour to 375 F. Have ready a 9-inch a baking sheet to catch any 4 ounces cream cheese, chilled tart pan with a removable drippings and return to the and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces bottom. oven and bake until the 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2. For the crust: Place the cheese has melted and the chilled and cut into 1⁄2-inch flour, cream cheese, butter, tomatoes are hot, 10 to 12 pieces salt, and cayenne in a food minutes. processor; pulse until the 4. Cool the tart for 5 to 10 1⁄4 teaspoon salt mixture resembles coarse minutes and then remove the 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper meal. Remove and knead the sides of the tart pan. (The tart mixture into a smooth mass Topping can be made 3 hours ahead. and then press it with your 4 ounces creamy blue cheese, Leave the tart cool at room fingers in an even layer into finely crumbled temperature and reheat in a the bottom (not up the sides) preheated 350 F oven until 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved of the tart pan. Smooth the warmed through, 8 to 10 length-wise (see note) dough with the back of a minutes.) 2 teaspoons olive oil spoon. Freeze the tart shell for 5. Mix together the parsley and 15 minutes to firm, and then 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar green onions, and sprinkle bake the crust until golden Kosher salt over the tart. Cut the tart into brown, 30 minutes. Remove 6 wedges and serve. 11⁄2 tablespoons chopped flatthe tart shell from the oven leaf parsley and cool for about 5 minutes 2 green onions, chopped to NOTE: Small grape tomatoes, which but retain oven temperature. include 2 inches of the green 3. For the topping: Sprinkle the have a sweet flavor, work better parts than larger cherry tomatoes in this cheese evenly over the crust. recipe and can be used year-round. Arrange the tomatoes in a However, in the summer, feel free to circular pattern and in a single try the tart with one of your favorite layer over the cheese, cutvarieties. Sweet ones that are on the sides up. You may not need to small side work best. use all of the tomatoes. Whisk Now & Then • 17

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t. Patrick’s Day is rife with tradition, but arguably no tradition is more eye-opening than the one most synonymous with the city of Chicago. Each year, the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day. A tradition that began in 1962, the dyeing of the Chicago River traces its roots to something that the Windy City’s historians believe has nothing to do with the famed Christian missionary and primary patron saint of Ireland. In 1962, pollution-control workers in Chicago employed dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges in the river. These workers realized the dye they were using turned the river green, the color most synonymous

with Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. So that year, 100 pounds of green vegetable dye were released into the Chicago River to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The tradition has endured, though much less dye is now released into the river in an effort to limit the environmental impact of the tradition. While St. Patrick’s Day celebrants across the globe are familiar with the tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day, debate exists as to where the idea came from. Some believe a less successful attempt to dye a river in Savannah, Georgia green, in 1961 ultimately laid the foundation for the tradition in Chicago.

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A publication dedicated to enlightening, entertaining and encouraging mature readers in Ashland County.