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ovember is a time to remember and honor veterans from all conflicts. We thank each and all for their service to our country. The article that follows tells the story of the Sultana river boat transporting Ashland County soldiers home from confederate prison camps in the south after the Civil War. Let us never forget those who serve this great nation. Many thanks to Robert Crego, Ashland County Historical Society Veterans Committee volunteer for the submission of this article.

military prisoners along with 100 civilian passengers and a crew of 85. Filing aboard throughout the day of April 24, the Union troops, recently released from the terrible confederate prison camps of Andersonville, Georgia and Cahaba, Alabama, included over 650 Ohioans. Among them were 108 men of the 102nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, representing Companies A through I, and also Company K. Most of the soldiers in Companies B and K were from Ashland County. By the time the loading was completed, the troops occupied every available space on deck as well as any staterooms REMEMBER THE SULTANA not taken by the 100 civilian passengers also on board. Hundreds Perish in River Disaster… Earlier on April 23, while northbound from New Ashland County Soldiers Lost! Orleans, a leak had been discovered in one of the middle boilers. Repaired after arriving at Vicksburg This might have been the headline on the Ashland by cutting out a section of the boiler plating and Times of May 5, 1865, had the use of newspaper then riveting a patch over the area, the boiler was headlines been in vogue at that time. The disaster then assumed to be suitable to operate, thus enabling referred to was the explosion and subsequent burning the Sultana to continue its trip north once all of its of the river boat Sultana shortly after two o’clock in the passengers were aboard. morning of April 27, 1865. A waterborne catastrophe The overcrowding was abominable, but to the soldiers, of the worst order, resulting in the loss of 1700 or more the pleasant thought that they were finally homeward lives, the event was overshadowed at the time by the bound made this temporary plight at least endurable, grim shroud of sadness cast over the Union states by especially when compared to the privations of the the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on prison camp life from which they had just emerged. April 14. Laden with passengers beyond all normal and The Sultana death toll exceeded even that of the reasonable limitations, the Sultana got up steam and at subsequent Titanic sinking in 1912 in which 1500 about 9:00 pm departed Vicksburg and headed north perished, and the ramming and sinking of the Empress up the Mississippi River. of Ireland on the St. Lawrence River in 1914 with a loss On the morning of April 26 as the boat plowed of 1024 souls. steadily through the brown waters of the river swollen The 260 foot long river steamer, designed to carry by early spring rains and runoff from melting snow, the about 376 passengers, had been loaded at Vicksburg, town of Helena, Arkansas appeared off the port bow. Mississippi with what has been estimated to be 2250 to During an hour long layover there, many spectators 2300 people, of which about 2000 were paroled Union

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65th O.V.I., another man from Ashland County who was aboard the Sultana. Grave markers or memorial headstones for most of these soldiers are to be found in several of the cemeteries throughout our county.

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from the town came to dockside, their curiosity no doubt aroused by the noise and spectacle of so many human beings jammed and squeezed onto a single river boat. Among the sightseers was photographer T. W. Banks who set up and took the last known photograph of the Sultana which vividly illustrates the elbow to elbow, chest to back throng of soldiers packed on all decks of the vessel. After the brief stop at Helena, Sultana steamed on, arriving at Memphis in the evening where it offloaded some cargo from the hold and then resumed its voyage north at about 1:00 am. At a little past 2:00 am when the boat was about seven or eight miles upriver from Memphis, a horrendous explosion rent the air as one boiler exploded followed shortly by two more. The resulting destruction was appalling. Many aboard were killed outright by the explosions. Others were hurled into the river, where some survived, while many others drowned. Still others were scalded to death by the live steam and hot water which erupted from the boilers. Many died in the ensuing fire which ultimately engulfed the whole vessel, burning it until it became only a blackened hulk. To escape the flames, scores of the soldiers and passengers jumped overboard where many drowned in the tangled mass of humanity and debris already in the water. Seventy-one of the 108 men of the 102nd O.V.I. who boarded the boat at Vicksburg were killed. Much conjecture has occurred over the ensuing years as to the exact cause of this incident with most authorities placing the blame on boiler problems. Ashland County soldiers of the 102nd O.V.I. known to have lost their lives on this terrible night are: Co. B: Pvt. Adam Bahn, Jr., Pvt. Daniel Fisher, Jr., Cpl. Henry Krebbs, Pvt. James M. Mercer, Cpl. John McCrea, Sgt. Reuben H. Richards; Co. D: Sgt. Joseph B. F. Corts; Co. K: Pvt. John Cassel, Jr., Pvt. John F. Hartman, Pvt. Reuben Leidig, Pvt. Charles P. Ogden, Pvt. Jeremiah Singer, Pvt. George Steinmetz. In addition to the above casualties may be added Pvt. David Grubaugh, Co. G,

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re you planning to watch one of your family game does become a part of an athlete’s identity, and often members participate in some kind of sporting continues on in local leagues or early morning pick-up event this week? In 2016, that athlete might games. Yet if my minimal experience playing in a celebrity be a 6-year-old in a soccer match, a 4-year-old basketball game a number of years ago is reliable evidence, gymnast or a helmeted 16-year-old quarterback under the speed and agility can become an issue as we age. That’s why lights on Friday night. In our 21st century culture, that’s a sport such as golf often becomes an activity of choice for what parents and grandparents do – support their children older adults, as skill trumps speed on the links. Many golf of all ages in their athletic endeavors. courses offer senior leagues, such as the one enjoyed by Life was a bit different in my family in the 1960s. As Hayesvile resident Gaylord Anderson, 98, who golfs at the kids, we did have some opportunities for athletic pursuits Mohican Hills Golf Club. As Harner reported, Anderson (at least as much as we were interested in them), and my understands the benefits of golf: “Getting out to golf is dad coached a developmental swim club for a number of better than sitting at home on the couch.” years. However, Frank Streeter’s three children spent many For those of us who aren’t looking for competitive sport, a summer evening watching our dad play softball on the the nationwide Silver Sneakers program provides an dusty diamonds spread throughout Tonawanda and North excellent option, describing itself as “helping a generation Tonawanda. By his mid-40s, his speed defy the odds, shatter stereotypes had decreased as he rounded the and answer every challenge with bases, but he remained quite vocal ‘I can do this!’” The organization, for his team, often chanting, “he which includes more than 113,000 can’t hit, he can’t hit” as the opposing gyms and fitness centers, claims to be batter awaited the next pitch. just about excuse-proof. And many My dad worked for American insurance plans cover the cost. Seating for many years, climbing Perhaps the oldest yet still quite countless steep steps to install seats effective type of exercise is walking. in auditoriums and stadiums across With trails throughout our park New York State. As a result, he system, we can enjoy the beautiful began to have difficulty with his hips, Doug Cellar swings during Huff-N-Puffers autumn weather at dawn or dusk or action at Brookside Park on Wednesday, so had to give up his softball career. anytime in between.When inclement June 15, 2016. However, he enjoyed bike-riding weather strikes, the Ashland Kroc until forbidden to do so by his doctor after a hip replacement, Center provides a dry space to take some laps around the and still swam regularly until just days before his death. gym or fieldhouse, and still have time for a cup of coffee Although the spotlight of this decade is generally focused with fellow walkers. on youth sports, there still are plenty of opportunities Many of today’s baby boomers remember well the for organized physical activity for those who are on the directives from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness downward side of 50. My dad would have enjoyed being from our elementary school years, as we ran, threw, climbed, a part of the Huff-N-Puffers, a fast-pitch softball league and jumped our way to fitness. Now, as we move into our with two categories: junior (ages 45-59) and seniors (ages sixties, seventies and more, the words of President John F. 60 and older). Finishing their ninth season in Ashland, an Kennedy still ring true: “Physical fitness is not only one of inside-the-park home run by Rob Obrecht was a highlight the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of of the season finale games. When T-G sports editor Andrew dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” So, as Gaylord Harner interviewed one Huff-N-Puffer, 87-year-old Jim Anderson’s example reminds us, it’s never too late to get off Reed of Shelby, Reed suggested that because of his long- the couch. time involvement with softball, “the game just became a JoAnn Shade is a local columnist for the Ashland Timespart of me.” Gazette. She can be reached at gracednoteministries@gmail. Baseball, football, basketball, soccer and more — the com.

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John Finley Feasel, WWII Veteran A Tribute to My Father



ohn Feasel was a simple man who accomplished of those times was that there were no jobs, no much, but perhaps nothing remarkable by unemployment compensation, no welfare checks, today’s standards. And yet he always worked and no money to be had. Men in suits sat on corners hard, aspired for perfection, dealt honestly selling apples or pencils. Bums and hobos came to with all, and cared passionately for his fellow man. his house and his mother, Leonora, never sent them He was born May 31, 1917, in Mansfield, Ohio, away hungry. and moved around the state John joined the Army when for his younger years as his World War II broke out, at father, Bert, was a railroad the age of 25. He recorded man. During his high school the highlights of his days in years he played violin in the the service, and I will use his Boy Scout Orchestra and words to relate that here: in the Student Symphony I got my Army exam in Orchestra. He joined the Akron, Ohio, and reported to Torch Club which was part of Fort Hayes in Columbus as Hi-Y. He was active on both my induction point. But I had the football and baseball to wait til they made a blouse teams and worked on the for me. I was pretty heavy at Hyphenarian, their school that time and they didn’t have newspaper and was elected a blouse in my size. Next I Class Treasurer. went down to Miami, Florida, He was an avid reader and for my basic training and tells about being ill one year. spent about a month there. He wasn’t allowed to finish When I left Miami, I went out the baseball season, but with a bunch of recruits to had to stay quiet, so he read a camp on Long Island and books by Louis Bromfield (a from there I was transferred local farmer) and his personal to Bedford Army Air Base up favorite was The Green near Boston and that was my Bay Tree because he could permanent place of residence look across the field and see for the next year. Shane’s Castle, which is now John Finley Feasel pictured in uniform in 1944. I had some really good called Oak Hill Cottage. times on weekends in New During his school days, John worked in a barbershop York while I was stationed in Boston. I rode my first shoveling snow, sweeping, polishing mirrors, and subway. I used to catch the Seventh Avenue Express cleaning spittoons. In high school he worked for subway on Long Island and I could be down to the the county coroner. He was sad when he graduated center of town in just a few seconds. I also attended because he wanted to go to college, but these were several shows in New York. I saw Arsenic and Old the days of the Great Depression and his explanation Lace with the original cast. I also saw a Broadway

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musical with Milton Berle and Arthur Treacher. I was finally put on shipping orders to go overseas. From Bedford I went to Vineyard Field, New Hampshire, for a staging area, and then from there we went to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. In order to ship out we took a train from Camp Kilmer one morning and wound up in New York City out on the docks where we boarded a ship called the Athlon Castle. It was a British ship and a dirty old tub at that. It took us 16 days to cross the ocean. It was right around the first of November when we got to England and we had to sit out in the harbor for two days waiting for the fog to lift so we could get in to dock the ship. While at my permanent base in Watton, England, I was part of the 3rd Strategic Air Depot in the Quartermaster Unit. There were 5,000 men stationed there and it was our responsibility to provide them with food, clothing, and other equipment. While working there, I was promoted to Corporal from PFC and then four months later to Sergeant and this was my top rating all the time I was in the service. I got to spend a furlough in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was one of the prettiest cities I ever saw. Scotland was so pretty and it was far enough away that very few German planes ever got there. So it was pretty much untouched by the war. We did see a lot of the Scotsmen in kilts–mostly soldiers. They had regiments there and that’s what they wore. Of course

From the scrapbook of John’s wife Velma.

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the mystery was, “What do they wear under the kilts?” On the day Armed Forces invaded France, we had orders to carry gas masks, our helmets, and they gave us two clips of live ammunition for carbines. And if you went to London, you had to take your gas mask, but of course we didn’t get to go to London very often because it was usually restricted to personnel because of the

secrecy of the invasion. We never knew when it was going to come. And even the fellows who were in the Invasion didn’t know until they had boarded the ships to cross the English Channel. The day after the war with Germany ended, I was lucky enough to get a plane ride to see some of the bomb damage that was done to Germany. We flew in as far as the Rhine River, and up through the Rhone Valley and back. It was about an 8-10 hour trip and the most memorable thing that I saw was the cathedral at Cologne with the steeple standing. That was the only thing I saw standing in the whole city. We had a big assembly the day the war in Europe ended and were told at that time that our outfit would be going back to the states. I was fortunate inasmuch as I got a ride home on the Queen Mary. When we got almost to New York we heard about the plane that

hit the Empire State Building. That was big news at that time. We wound up at Camp Kilmer once more and I was then sent to Kelley Field in San Antonio, Texas to help make arrangements for our unit to report back after their thirty days R&R. I was put on the discharge team at Kelly Field. I had served 3 years and 1 week with 22 months in England. I took a bus but could only get back as far as Columbus, Ohio. It took two days to do that, and from there I had to hitchhike back to Ashland. John returned to Ashland and married a girl he met on a blind date, Velma Mauritz, on November 17, 1947. Three years later they gave birth to me, Cheryl, their only child. They settled into a small house in Ashland to be near family and soon after John took the Civil Service Exam and began a new job with the Ashland Post Office. In our November issue of Now & Then, we’ll continue John’s story and learn about his year’s in Ashland and his career with the United States Postal Service.

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espite the hot weather, hundreds of Japan; Columbia and Manila, Philippines, to name a veterans with their friends and family came few. out to Ashland County Airport in August His crew transported “anything that they would throw for a day of enjoyment and gratitude to at us,” he joked. those who served our country, during the third annual “There were other times I had some flights to Korea, Veterans Appreciation Day. across the Sea of Japan,” he said. For Marvin Barr, a 93-year-old World War II veteran, After the war, Barr joined the Air National Guard this was a time to reconnect with his past as a United in Mansfield and flew F-88 and F-84 Thunderjets States Air Force before choosing pilot. a different career A new highlight path with United this year, Barr had Technologies in the privilege to Lexington, serving fly in a restored 13 years in the Douglas C-47 United States Air Skytrain along Force. with another World The flight brought War II pilot who back memories, operated the same including his plane during the long-hour trips war, nine other from California to passengers and Hawaii. three crew. “(It) took us Barr enjoyed his flying 14 ½ hours. flight in the C-47, You had 16 hours as it brought back of fuel out and 14 ½ Marvin Barr, 93, of Ashland salutes the American flag next to a C-47 memories of his (flight),” he said. airplane during Veterans Appreciation Day at the Ashland County Airport time flying the Yankee Air on Saturday. Barr flew planes (including the C-47) across the globe same plane during during World War II. Museum volunteer the war. Tony Pequeno and The flight “was nice,” he said. “I did a lot of flying in his crew flew Barr during Veterans Appreciation Day that. It’s the same” as his was. and enjoys keeping history alive for veterans and new In 1942, at the age of 19, Barr enlisted with several generations. friends a year after he graduated from Ashland High “We get a lot of satisfaction out of keeping her (the School. plane) maintained and being able to bring it out to He chose to enlist “so I had my choice for what I these folks is a great privilege,” Pequeno said. wanted to get into. I knew I was going to be either “Between 1935 and 1945, over 10,000 of these aircraft drafted or maybe put somewhere I didn’t want to be.” were built. As of today, there’s probably a hundred or Serving from 1943 to 1946, he piloted a C-47 and C-46 fewer that are left flying around in the world, so it’s with a crew of five, transporting cargo and passengers very special to be flying one of these,” Pequeno said. across the world. He flew to Kanton Island; Christmas The Douglas C-47 Skytrain was the military version of Island; Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea; Okinawa, the DC-3 passenger airliners, and was used for various

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purposes, mainly delivering cargo and passengers. “Most people might know these as being used during World War II airlifting troops (during the Berlin Airlift) and also delivering cargo,” Pequeno said. “They’re more famously known for the work they did during the D-Day operations — Operation Market Garden, and also the invasion of Italy and Sicily. They had a good reputation of being very tough.” The museum’s particular plane, the Yankee Doodle Dandy, was built in August 1945. Too late to be used in the war, it was used in the 1950s until about 1965 in the United States Air Force inventory before the Air Force retired Marvin Barr of Ashland salutes the American flag during the singing of it and the plane was used by the federal the national anthem at Veterans Appreciation Day at the Ashland County Airport on Saturday. Barr flew planes (including the C-47 pictured behind government. him) across the globe during World War II. Later on, the Yankee Doodle Dandy was used as a research aircraft at the University of Michigan before the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan acquired it in 1982. After two years of minor restoration, the plane has been shown at several local and out-of-state venues each year. “I think it’s interesting to note that a lot of people at air shows ask us how we feel about flying in a 70-plus-year-old aircraft and I can tell most people that I feel probably safer in one of these than I do in Annual Holiday Open House modern airliners,” Pequeno said. “These planes are a Sat NOV 19th 10-3 great testament to the manufacturing process in this country back in the ’40s. This is a remarkable piece of • Collectibles machinery.” Pequeno himself served as a flight officer in the U.S. • Wilton Brand Decorating Navy for 15 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander Supplies in 1995. During his years, he served in three major • 700+ Cookie Cutters combat deployments, including the Libyan strike during the Cold War and Desert Storm in the first Gulf War. • 75+ Cupcake Holders

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Honoring Our Heroes



he day Roger Shriver spent in Washington, D.C., with a friend of over 40 years was one of the best of his life. Shriver, 93, is a veteran of World War II, during which he served in Europe from Jan. 29, 1943, to Nov. 29, 1945. On Aug. 20, he and friend, Gary Wyckoff, 77, woke up early to leave New London by 2:30 a.m. to get on a plane headed for Washington, D.C. They were among the 100 veterans and guardians who took part in one of the Cleveland Honor Flights, an opportunity for veterans to see the memorials that commemorate the wars they fought in. By 10 p.m. Saturday, Wyckoff and Shriver were back in Ohio. They arrived at Wycoff’s New London home by midnight. The flight, which happens monthly in Cleveland, was a surprise for Shriver, who was part of the fifth wave of American troops who landed on Normandy for D-Day and fought during the Battle of the Bulge from Dec. 1944 to Jan. 1945. He was drafted into the war. Shriver’s two brothers also fought in the war, one in Europe and the other in the Pacific theater. Shriver was part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who were working to World War II veteran Roger Shriver with guardian Gary Wyckoff pose in front of the Washington Memorial. put together a pipeline in Europe, he said. “I had heard about the honor flight. I didn’t have any on going,” Shriver said. idea of getting anybody to sponsor me. I didn’t figure That changed after he and Wyckoff talked about the flight. Wyckoff offered to pay the $250 fee and serve as Shriver’s guardian as they went on the daylong trip to visit memorials including World War II, Vietnam, Korea and Iwo Jima. The pair met through their church, New London’s Church of Christ, which Shriver helped build. “I wanted Roger to see that memorial,” Wyckoff said. “He’s a good friend. The last couple of years we’ve become really acquainted.” Wyckoff and Shriver said a highlight of the trip was witnessing the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Wyckoff pushed Shriver in a wheelchair all during the trip. Shriver said Wychoff insisted on doing so, so Shriver could take in the sights of the nation’s capital. A visit to the World War II Memorial was particularly Shriver and Wyckoff board the plane to go to Washington special, Shriver said, and it left him in a state of awe. D.C. during the Cleveland Honor Flight on Aug. 20.

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The memorial recognizes the 405,000 U.S. military personnel who died during World War II. “It’s a feeling of awe, of course, realizing what great things these men did,” Shriver said. “You realize how great a price A rubbing World War II veteran Roger other people Shriver made of a relative who died during the Vietnam War. Shriver made paid. I didn’t the etching during his trip to D.C. as have to, I was part of the Cleveland Honor Flight. fortunate I didn’t get hurt or anything. It makes you feel so small to see what the others did.” At the Vietnam Memorial, Shriver got a rubbing of a family member’s name who died in that war — it was his cousin’s son, Charles Schnegg. The 50 veterans with their 50 guardians received applause and words of thanks as they made their

way across Washington, D.C., Wyckoff said. “It makes you want to tear up a bit,” he said. When the honor flight group got to the World War II Memorial, they came across some servicemen who took a liking to Shriver, who was telling stories of his time in Europe. Wyckoff said he had to let them know the pair had to rejoin the honor flight group. “We’ll have to charge you

World World II veteran Roger Shriver at the World War II memorial, which he visited on Aug. 20 during a Cleveland Honor Flight.

past $10 if you want information,” Wyckoff joked to the servicemen. Shriver said he was surprised to not be the oldest on the trip — one World War II vet was 97 years old. On Sunday morning, the day after the trip, Shriver was back into his routine, and attended church at Ashland Church of Christ. The trip, he said, was a success because of his friend. “You couldn’t get a better guy than Gary to take care of me,” Shriver said. A U.S. servicemen greets World War II veteran Roger Shriver at the World War II Memorial during his Honor Flight trip.

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Potpie With a Twist As warm weather slowly turns cold, certain dishes that don’t make much sense during the summer start to sound more appealing. Potpie is one such dish. Cooks who want to try something new with potpie can try the following recipe for “Tortellini & Pancetta Potpie” from Elinor Klivans’ “Potpies: Yumminess in a Dish” (Chronicle Books).

Tortellini & Pancetta Potpie minutes. Transfer the pancetta to Ingredients: a large bowl. In the same skillet,

9 ounces cheese-filled egg tortellini

heat the 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the onion and cook until it softens, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and basil and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chicken broth and adjust the heat to cook it at a gentle boil until it is reduced to about 1⁄2 cup, about 5 minutes. Add the cream, bring to a boil, then immediately remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Stir the sauce into the pancetta in the bowl. Add the salt and pepper and taste for seasoning. Set aside. 3. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the tortellini for 5 minutes. Drain the tortellini well and stir them into the pancetta and sauce to coat them with sauce. Transfer the pasta to the baking dish.

9 ounces cheese-filled spinach tortellini

Extremely Flaky Sour Cream Crust

Makes 6 servings

6 ounces pancetta, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 cup finely chopped onion 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped 1⁄4 cup lightly packed, coarsely chopped fresh basil 3⁄4 cup chicken broth (low sodium, if canned) 1⁄3 cup heavy whipping cream 1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1⁄8 teaspoon salt 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Rub 1 teaspoon olive oil inside a baking dish with an 8-cup capacity. 2. In a medium skillet, cook the pancetta pieces over medium heat until the edges brown, about 10

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

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1⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces 1⁄4 cup cold sour cream

Directions: 1. To make the pastry in an electric mixer: Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter pieces and mix them with an electric mixer on low speed until the largest of the butter pieces are the size of small lima beans, about 1 minute. The butter pieces will be different sizes and there will still be some loose flour. Add the sour cream and continue mixing until large clumps of smooth dough that pull away from the sides of the bowl form, about 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape the beaters clean, if needed. To make the pastry by hand: Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Use a pastry blender, your fingertips or 2 dinner knives to combine the flour mixture and the butter until lima bean-size pieces form. Add the sour cream and stir with a large spoon for about 2 minutes until clumps of smooth dough form. 2. Form the dough into a smooth ball, flatten it into a 6-inch disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes. You will see small pieces of butter in the dough. This is good and contributes to the flaky texture. The dough is now ready to roll and use in the recipe.

Calendar of Events


22 One-Stop-Shopping 14th Annual “Christmas Extravaganza”

When: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Ashland Senior Citizen Center, 615 West Tenth Street, Ashland (Corner of West Tenth & Myers Avenue) Plan to attend our “One-StopShopping” event! This will be a great get acquainted/reacquainted and Christmas Shopping Day!!!!! There will be Door prizes and lunch (Homemade Soup & Sandwiches) Representatives will be available for your shopping convenience. Stanley Products, Watkins Products, Fuller Brush, Jewelry, Rags to Rugs, Avon, Baked Items, Homemade Candy, Tupperware, Honey Products, Garden Art, Dog Biscuits, ThirtyOne and much more! Also, available are Center Homemade Noodles, Center Bake Sale Items, Sets of Caned Chairs, Miscellaneous Caned Items, “Bargins in the Belfry” (Second-Hand Clothing/Variety Shop). Purchase available products that day – Place and pay for ordered items. Representatives will give a percentage of their sales to the Center. This is a Fund-Raiser for the Ashland Senior Citizen Center, A Non-Profit – Self-Supporting Organization

25 Costume Capers

When: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Where: Downtown Ashland

27 Tick or Treat

When: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Where: Ashland

details/murder-mystery-lightscamera-murder-11-12-16-4157. Your confirmation will serve as your ticket. Questions? Call 419-281-4584 ext. 101


19 Holiday Parade

12 Lights! Camera! Murder!

When: 6 - 9 p.m. Where: Mitchell’s Orchard & Farm Market, 1217 Township Road 1153, Ashland Presented By: Ashland Area CVB A tantalizing night in Tinseltown filled with twists and terror. After a night of accolades at the Academy Awards Show, you will attend the A-list after-party hosted by millionaire Vanity Affair. While socializing and schmoozing with Hollywood’s elite, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken and a homicide will happen. With a V.I.P. victim and the celebrities all suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red carpet caper. Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows? A livid lover who has been pushed too far? Or possibly the teen starlet trying to attract a more mature audience? As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point you to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed. Come walk the blood red carpet for a night of secrets, celebrities & scandal. Tickets: $20 per person - includes food, drinks, and Murdery Mystery Mayhem! Purchase in advance at Mitchell’s or pay at the door the night of the event. Order online at

When: 6 - 7 p.m. Where: Downtown Ashland, Broad Street to Main Street Sponsored by the Ashland Evening Lions. Broad St. will be closed at 4:30 pm. All traffic should enter Broad from Jefferson. Walking units please meet in the County Lot off Main Street. Note: Please, No Santas, except the designated Santa. Santa will be at Home Hardware after the parade. Nothing can be thrown from floats during the parade, candy if used, must be handed out to onlookers. Judging will be based on: Creativity, Theme Related, Overall Appearance. There will be ONE winner for first, second, & third place for both Commercial and Noncommercial categories. Email: For more information: 419-281-6651 (ask for Jim Hofer)

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Preserving History


Story & Photos by KATE MINNICH

Historical Landmarks



he creaking of the staircase underfoot ads to the nostalgia as patrons of the Hayesville Opera House ascend to the second story theatre. Restored to its original architectural glory, the opera house has been updated to show family friendly movies, concerts and plays in order to continually serve the community. The only opera house along the Lincoln Highway, the Hayesville Opera House opened in 1886 within a two-story brick building. In the early years of the opera house it was used for numerous performances by community members including the annual Hayesville Memorial Day program honoring local veterans. The local high school of the time, Vermillion Academy, used the space to present school plays and graduation ceremonies. Vaudeville shows also Inside the Hayesville Opera House in 1886. graced the stage, which would have featured medicine men selling their products. Only a few traveling shows made appearances at the opera house, due to the lack of a railroad in town, but many of the first silent movies were shown within the opera house. In 2005, the Hayesville Opera House received a grant from the National Park Service, allowing for the restoration of the theatre to its 1886 appearance. Comfortably seating about 200, the wooden chairs still boast their hat racks on the underside. The stage itself maintains its racked, or slight

Old Photos Submitted by DAVID ROEPKE


slant toward the audience which allows for the best view by audience members. Original hand painted backdrops adorn the stage depicting various scenes and providing a beautiful look into the past. Backstage there lays hidden a treasure; a record of all the performers to grace the stage of the opera house. Covering the walls, doors and even portions of the backside of the backdrops, are signatures of actors, actresses and musicians who have ever performed on the stage. Signing the wall became a ritual of luck for the performers including Buffalo Bill Cody whose signature was added to the wall of a dressing room in 1888. As traveling plays became fewer and local schools built their own auditoriums, the Hayesville Opera House began to show movies in an effort to transform with the community and to keep the historical building in the public eye. To date, the opera house has been showing first run movies, meaning the movie has not been made into a format that is readily available to the general public. Operating as a non-profit, the opera house relies on the proceeds from the movies to keep the building utilities up to date. The Hayesville Opera House aims to provide affordable entertainment the entire family can enjoy. Movies times are generally 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and 4 p.m. on Sundays. In keeping with movie theater tradition, Inside the Hayesville Opera House now.

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time periods. Those who wish to support the Hayesville Opera House in their much needed upgrade may leave a donation at the box office or visit the theatre’s GoFundMe account. Simply search the site for Hayesville Opera House. For more information, please call 567-203-3231.

Outside the Hayesville Opera House in 1886.


the opera house even offers a concession stand where patrons can purchase popcorn and candy to enjoy during the feature. This past month, movies such as The Secret Life of Pets and Star Trek Beyond attracted families from the surrounding counties. As of the beginning of October the only other movie scheduled to play at the opera house Outside the Hayesville Opera House now. is the latest remake of Ghostbusters which will premier Halloween weekend. ! ! With the move to digital projectors, the age of film is reaching its end. In order to continually show the latest Hollywood features, the Hayesville Opera House has to upgrade their projector. The cost of a new digital projector has been estimated around $40,000. Due to the leadership and dedication of board president David Roepke, the Hayesville Opera House has been successful in attracting government grants. In previous years the grant money has been used to renovate the    

  ! building and update certain features such as the heating    #! system. Recently, Roepke wrote a letter to Senator Obhauf, explaining the Hayesville Opera House’s projector needs.  


 ! In response, a grant of $20,000 has been approved to assist in the purchase. The only catch is the opera house has to   #! provide half of the value of the grant or $10,000. Many opera houses across the country are disappearing, but there are a handful that have been modified in order to Free b      ! appeal to the general public. Centrally located between the  !   !#! cities of Ashland and Wooster, the Hayesville Opera House offers an accurate representation of an opera house from the 1800s. Representing the style of opera houses built       ! in 1900s is the Ohio Theatre, located in Loudonville. This theatre is also in the business of showing first run movies and has already upgraded to a digital projector. Both &"'%%" #! #! theaters are historical landmarks and time capsules of their

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My Daily Life

Historic Treasures Found From Ashland Ice Co.

It’s time they were evicted. It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it. As I was removing each orange crate panel, DAVE MIKLA Local Columnist the nuts and dirt would pour down out of there. Suddenly I spied something up in the hole I had just created. At first glance, I thought it might be a one-inch diameter pipe or a wire running along the or all of you readers out there that were ceiling. too young to know, and for all the elderly I grabbed it and it moved, so I worked it down too old to remember, I will refresh your out of the hole. I was now standing in my shed with memories with a story I wrote last May of an old hammer in my hand. Hmm, interesting I 2015. thought, but why did he, and how could he finish The Lincoln train had been put on display at the Ashland fairgrounds. This was one of the beginning this project without his hammer? I took the next panel down and found what I events this town was to offer for the bicentennial thought was another piece of pipe. Upon further year. inspection, I was now holding a homemade chisel. At this same time, I wrote about a project I was Now with growing excitement and curiosity, I doing where I was tearing down a ceiling at my reached up to hunt for more. Bingo, I also found basement stairway. I had mentioned that after an old wooden backed brush similar to what we ripping down the old fiberboard, all I found was dirt and President Lincoln’s lost paper clip. Now, fast forward to my latest project around here and I’ve got to tell you I’ve found another hidden treasure. I was tearing down a ceiling, this time in an old chicken coop on my property. One of the previous owners finished off the interior of this 9-foot by 15-foot shed with orange crate panels. Over the years, squirrels have gnawed their way into this shed and made themselves at home storing nuts and living the good life at my expense. Now the dirt is coming submitted by Dave Mikla. Some of the items he found while tearing down a down through the rafters and Photo ceiling in a shed on his property included orange crate panels and these tools from it’s packed with old walnuts. the old Ashland Ice Co.


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used to buff shoes with. My last find was a squirrel gnawed, wooden handled, ice pick. I cleaned the handle to find the words, ASHLAND ICE CO., PURE ICE, PHONE 141 MAIN. Having moved to this town in 1978, I have never heard of this company. After a little bit of thinking, I believe the owner of these tools was making himself a little time capsule of outdated tools. I’m assuming this person had now bought himself one of those new-fangled refrigerators. After telling some people about my find and checking with the Ashland Historical Society, I realize now that the Ashland Ice Co. was a thriving business in this town for some years. I can’t ever replace the late Betty Plank, but I can tell you what I’ve learned about this place and inform anyone else that has no recollection. In a “nut shell” (get it), the company was started on Pleasant Street around 1911. A Mr. WE. Biggs is listed as manager. Around 1923 the business was moved over to 901 Cottage St. where a Mr. R.R. Johnson is now listed. This building I remember most was occupied by the Old Elevator in my lifetime in this town. In the 1930s, a Mr. E.C. Fulmer became a partner with Harry Hess and they started the Ashland Ice & Coal Co. I’m told the coal yard was down around Rubber Street and Miller Street. As times were changing in the early ‘50s, they merged with Culligan Water Soft and added more supply and demand items dropping the coal line. The only name I hear today is Culligan Water Soft. I fondly remember laughing at a Laurel & Hardy episode from the ‘30s where they were employed as ice men and had to deliver a block of ice up about 150 steps to a home on a hot day. By the time they reached the top of the steps, the block had melted down to the size of an ice cube.   Oh, for the times they are a changing. Dave Mikla is an Ashland resident. He can be reached at

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sunset each year. However, because the sun is always above the horizon in the summer and below the horizon in the winter, the North Pole actually experiences 24 hours of sunlight in summer and zero hours of sunlight in the winter. While children in North America know the North Pole as home to Santa Claus, that’s a relatively recent addition to the legend of Santa Claus, a story that some historians suggest traces its origins all the way back to the third century. Historians credit famed 19th century caricaturist and editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast with being the first to link Santa Claus and his workshop to the North Pole. However, many Nordic countries continue to say Santa Claus lives in their territories.

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

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