BVC Girls Jr. Hi B-Ball Tournament Brackets

The Blanchard Valley Junior High Basketball Tournaments begin today at Cory – Rawson. Here are the printable brackets.

The Blanchard Valley Junior High Basketball Tournaments begin today at Cory – Rawson. Here are the printable brackets.

8th Grade – Click the image to enlarge – Right Click to Print
7th Grade – Click the image to enlarge – Right Click to Print

submitted by Suzanne Bucher (via email:  editor@thenbxpress.com)

 

NB Students Invited to Ohio Music Education Association Honors Festival

Congratulations to all of the students selected to the Ohio Music Education Association Honors Festival.

Congratulations to all of the students selected to the Ohio Music Education Association Honors Festival.

From the Middle School Choir: Blaine Knitz, Grace Knitz, Mali Combs and Dominic Sheeks.

From the Middle School Band: Casey Mowery.

From the High School Band: Andrew Shelton and Damon Dotson.

From the High School Choir: Mason Byrd.

The performances are February 12, at Toledo’s Stranahan Theatre. The middle school concert begins at 2:30 pm and the high school concert begins at 7pm. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Please support our amazing musicians.

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More than 600 music students to perform at Stranahan

More than 600 middle school and high school students from more than 40
school districts across Northwest Ohio will participate in the annual Ohio
Music Education Association (OMEA) District 1 Honors Festival Sunday,
February 12 at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo.

Congratulations to all of the North Baltimore students selected to these
prestigious ensembles. Middle School Choir: Blaine Knitz, Grace Knitz, Mali
Combs and Dominic Sheeks. Middle School Band: Casey Mowery. High School
Band: Andrew Shelton and Damon Dotson. High School Choir: Mason Byrd.

The students were selected through either an audition or application process
to participate in these high caliber orchestra, band or choral ensembles
conducted by special guest clinicians.

The middle school honors orchestra, choir and band performances will begin
at 2:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the high school honors orchestra, choir and band
ensembles will perform.

The concert is free and open to the public.

OMEA District 1 is comprised of all schools from Defiance, Fulton, Henry,
Lucas, Williams and Wood counties.

Three of the six guest clinicians come from the music departments at 4-year
universities, including the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State
University.

Dr. Bradley Pierson, Director of Choral Activities at the University of
Toledo, will direct 135 vocalists in the High School Honors Choir. Dr. Lisa
Martin, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Bowling Green State
University, will conduct 109 instrumentalists in the Middle School Honors
Band.

Pierson joined the faculty at the University of Toledo Department of Music
in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Music from UNLV, a Masters of Music from
California State University-Los Angeles and a Doctor of Musical Arts from
the University of Washington.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois,
and a Masters of Music Education and Doctorate from the University of
Colorado-Boulder.

Scott Boerma, Associate Professor and Director of Bands at Western Michigan
University’s School of Music, will conduct 88 instrumentalists in the High
School Honors Band.

Conductor of the University Symphonic Band and Western Winds at Western
Michigan University, Boerma received his Bachelor of Music in Music
Education from Western Michigan University, his Masters of Music from the
University of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts at Michigan State
University.

OMEA District 1 also welcomes:

Sara Given, Hilliard Schools Orchestra Director, conducting 94
instrumentalists in the Middle School Honors Orchestra
Dirk Eachus, Mansfield City Schools Choral Director, conducting 121
vocalists in the Middle School Honors Choir
Dr. Angela Santangelo, Princeton City School District, Cincinnati, Ohio,
conducting 73 string students in the High School Honors Orchestra

Besides teaching at Hilliard, Given is also conductor of the Columbus
Symphony Youth Orchestras Junior Strings. She completed her Bachelor of
Music Education in Instrumental Music Education at Ohio University and
Master of Arts in String Music Education at Ohio State University.

Eachus has taught vocal music in the Ohio public schools for 30 years. In
Fall 2017, he will lead the implementation of the first Performing Arts
Career Program for Mansfield City Schools that will include courses in Music
Theater, Acting Performance, Dance/Choreography, Stage Design and Technical
Theater. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bluffton College and his
Masters Degree from Wright State University.

Dr. Santangelo is an active Conductor and Music Educator throughout the
Cincinnati area. Prior to her position with Princeton City Schools, she
served as Music Director and Conductor for the Northern Kentucky University.
Dr. Santangelo earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the
University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. She completed her
Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral
conducting from CCM.

The festival is co-chaired by Eric West of Defiance City Schools and Kristen
Woodard of Evergreen Local School District.

OMEA District 1 Officers are Travis Pennell, President, Springfield Local
Schools; Eric Boswell, President-Elect, Maumee City Schools; Kent Vandock,
Past President, Archbold Area Schools; and Ben Lupo, Secretary/Treasurer,
Bryan City School District.

List of all school districts (addendum)

Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Archbold Area Schools
Ayersville Local Schools
Bowling Green City Schools
Bryan City School District
Central Local School District
Defiance City Schools
Eastwood Local Schools
Edgerton Local Schools
Edon Northwest Local Schools
Elmwood Local Schools
Evergreen Local School District
Fayette Local Schools
Holgate Local Schools
Lake Local Schools
Liberty Center Local Schools
Maumee City Schools
Millcreek-West Unity Local Schools
Montpelier Exempted Village Schools
Maumee Valley Country Day School
Napoleon Area City Schools
North Baltimore Local School District
North Central Local School
Northeastern Local Schools
Northwood Local School District
Notre Dame Academy
Ohio Virtual Academy
Otsego Local School District
Perrysburg Schools
Pike-Delta-York Schools
Rossford Exempted Village Schools
Springfield Local Schools
St. Augustine Catholic School
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School
St. Paul Lutheran School
Stryker Local Schools
Swanton Local School District
Sylvania Schools
Toledo Public Schools
Toledo School for the Arts
Trinity Lutheran School
Washington Local Schools
Wauseon Schools

Lady Tiger Jr. Hi B-ball vs. L – B

North Baltimore Jr. High Girls Basketball Results – Liberty-Benton at N Baltimore – 1/30/2017

North Baltimore Jr. High Girls Basketball Results – Liberty-Benton at N Baltimore – 1/30/2017

8th Grade Girls

Liberty-Benton – 46

N Baltimore – 25

NB scoring:

Makenzie Perez – 13

Mia McCartney – 5

Lucy Trout – 5

Grace Hagemyer – 2

7th Grade Girls

Liberty-Benton – 39

N Baltimore – 15

NB scoring:

Grace Hagemyer – 9

Lucy Trout – 3

Hailey Lennard – 2

Emma Cotterman – 1

Upcoming Girls Jr High Games:

1/31 thru 2/11 BVC JH Invitational @ Cory-Rawson

submitted by Suzanne Bucher

Lady Tiger Photo Gallery: Cory – Rawson

Special Times TONIGHT (Tuesday) – Lady Tigers are at home with Hardin – Northern. Meanwhile enjoy a few shots from our BVC win over Cory – Rawson on Saturday.

Special Times TONIGHT (Tuesday) – Lady Tigers are at home with Hardin – Northern. Meanwhile enjoy a few shots from our BVC win over Cory – Rawson on Saturday.

Tonight’s game will be a 6 PM JV start with only 2 quarters JV and Varsity immediately following.

fotos by Ferg 

Haley Watson shoots in JV game
JV Leah Lee drives the lane and puts it up
Alivia Light lays it in
Cassidy Hiser looks to pass down court

Boys Jr. Hi B-ball vs. L – B

North Baltimore Jr. High Boys Basketball Results – North Baltimore @ Liberty-Benton – 1/30/2017

North Baltimore Jr. High Boys Basketball Results – North Baltimore @ Liberty-Benton – 1/30/2017

8th Grade Boys

Liberty-Benton – 55

N Baltimore – 16

NB scoring:

Nick Morales – 4

Zach Weinandy – 4

Blaine Knitz – 3

Alex Benjamin – 3

Seth Cole – 2

7th Grade Boys

N Baltimore – 43

Liberty-Benton – 27

NB scoring:

Johnny Hagemyer – 16

Caiden Phillips – 8

Gunner Kepling – 6

Jeremiah Suman – 4

Mitch Clark – 4

Isiah Boyd – 3

Brenden Woodward – 2

Upcoming Boys Jr High Games:

Mon 2/6 Hopewell-Loudon (home), 5pm

2/20 thru 3/4 BVC JH Invitational @ Cory-Rawson

submitted by Suzanne Bucher

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. to Hold Memory Action Program

Registration is required and limited to the first ten participants……

Bowling Green, OH (January 23, 2017) – Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will hold a Memory Action Program on Tuesdays, February 7 to March 14, 2017 from 2-3 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green.

 

The Memory Action Program is designed to improve memory by teaching basic techniques that allow participants to change their “memory lifestyle.” The sessions will present new memory techniques to help master what is learned in class. The program was designed by Dr. Robin West, Recipient of the Mind Alert Award from the American Society on Aging.

 

Manuals are available for use (sponsored by Heritage Corner Health Care Campus and Right at Home Health Care). A deposit of $15 is required for the loan of the manual. The deposit will be returned if the manual is returned in its original state. (All damaged books will require a $30 payment.)

 

The Program Department of WCCOA will facilitate the program.

 

Registration is required and limited to the first ten participants. Contact the WCCOA Program Department at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935 or email programs@wccoa.net.

 

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

 

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.

Attorney General DeWine Warns of “Can You Hear Me” Calls Reported in Ohio

“Any time people receive a call that’s suspicious, we encourage them to be very careful and not to respond to the call,” Attorney General DeWine said……

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that since Friday, several Ohioans have reported suspicious calls from callers asking “Can you hear me?”

Similar calls have been reported throughout the country as part of an alleged scam to trick consumers into responding “Yes” and using their response to place unauthorized charges on their phone or utility bill.

“Any time people receive a call that’s suspicious, we encourage them to be very careful and not to respond to the call,” Attorney General DeWine said. “When in doubt, just hang up. If you need help or if you suspect a scam, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.”

In reports to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, consumers generally say the calls appeared to come from a local phone number, such as a number showing a 614 (Columbus) or 330 (Akron) area code. Some consumers said the callers claimed the consumer had won a vacation or cruise or claimed to work for an extended warranty company.

Tips to avoid potential phone scams include:

* Don’t respond to suspicious calls. Let the calls go to voicemail, or hang up if a call seems questionable in any way, especially if it’s an automated telemarketing call (or “robocall”), which is used commonly in scams.
* Don’t always trust caller ID. Even when calls appear to come from an Ohio phone number, the numbers could be spoofed or the calls could be made over the Internet, meaning the caller could be located somewhere else entirely.
* Check your phone bill and your credit card statements regularly. If you find suspicious charges, immediately report them to your provider.

Consumers who suspect a scam or who want help resolving a consumer problem should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org [ www.ohioprotects.org ] or 800-282-0515.

BVC Girls B-ball Stats & Standings – Week 7

Stats and Standings for the Blanchard Valley Conference Girls Basketball after 7 weeks of play. L – B is still on top and unbeaten in league play.

Stats and Standings for the Blanchard Valley Conference Girls Basketball after 7 weeks of play. L – B is still on top and unbeaten in league play.

1/26/2017Arlington68Arcadia27
North Baltimore70Cory-Rawson35
McComb59Riverdale56
Leipsic68Hopewell-Loudon53
Liberty-Benton92Vanlue14
Van Buren37Pandora-Gilboa56
VARSITY STANDINGS
  LEAGUE OVERALL
WinLossWinLoss
Liberty-Benton80141
Arlington71152
Arcadia53124
Leipsic53125
North Baltimore53115
Pandora-Gilboa53115
Hopewell-Loudon44107
Riverdale4488
McComb3589
Vanlue17411
Van Buren17213
Cory-Rawson08018
JV STANDINGS   
 LEAGUE OVERALL
WinLossWinLoss
Arlington70111
Liberty-Benton61121
Arcadia52142
Van Buren4386
Riverdale4347
North Baltimore2395
Leipsic3476
Pandora-Gilboa14114
Hopewell-Loudon3598
McComb2538
Cory-Rawson07311

 

2/2/2017ArcadiaLeipsic
Pandora-GilboaRiverdale
VanlueHopewell-Loudon
ArlingtonMcComb
North BaltimoreVan Buren
Cory-RawsonLiberty-Benton
TEAM 2pt. %%TEAM REBOUNDSAVG
Liberty-Benton54.9%Hopewell-Loudon36.4
Riverdale52.7%Vanlue35.7
Arlington47.9%Leipsic32.9
North Baltimore44.0%Arcadia30.9
Leipsic43.5%North Baltimore30.8
Arcadia42.7%Cory-Rawson28.6
Pandora-Gilboa42.1%Liberty-Benton28.6
Hopewell-Loudon35.5%McComb27.6
Van Buren32.3%Pandora-Gilboa27.0
McComb30.3%Van Buren26.8
Vanlue27.0%Riverdale26.3
Cory-Rawson21.3%Arlington24.5
TEAM 3pt. %%TEAM ASSISTSAVG
Arlington33.5%Riverdale17.8
Leipsic32.9%Arlington17.0
Liberty-Benton31.0%Liberty-Benton14.9
Arcadia30.4%Arcadia14.1
Hopewell-Loudon27.7%Van Buren12.1
Van Buren27.6%North Baltimore10.8
North Baltimore26.7%Hopewell-Loudon9.7
McComb26.4%Leipsic9.6
Riverdale26.3%Pandora-Gilboa8.2
Pandora-Gilboa24.6%McComb6.3
Vanlue16.3%Vanlue5.1
Cory-Rawson15.1%Cory-Rawson4.7
TEAM FT %%TEAM TURNOVERSAVG
Arcadia68.3%North Baltimore12.3
Arlington68.0%Liberty-Benton13.3
Liberty-Benton65.5%Pandora-Gilboa13.4
North Baltimore65.4%Arcadia13.6
Riverdale65.3%Arlington14.0
McComb63.9%Riverdale14.1
Pandora-Gilboa58.9%McComb16.7
Hopewell-Loudon58.8%Hopewell-Loudon17.9
Leipsic56.7%Leipsic19.1
Vanlue50.3%Van Buren22.7
Van Buren48.5%Vanlue26.4
Cory-Rawson34.6%Cory-Rawson31.6
TEAM STEALSAVG
Riverdale16.8
Liberty-Benton16.7
Arlington15.6
Hopewell-Loudon13.1
Arcadia12.3
North Baltimore11.9
Leipsic11.1
Van Buren10.5
Pandora-Gilboa10.4
Cory-Rawson9.5
Vanlue9.1
McComb7.4
INDIV 2pt. %SCHFGMFGA%
10 – S. RichardsLB527569.3%
40 – S. NicholsARL11116467.7%
13 – S. HoldermanRIV9514366.4%
25 – C. RigelLEIP396065.0%
3 – M. SmithARL7111561.7%
21 – J. HiegelLB8013260.6%
3 – K. FergusonPG427159.2%
11 – C. ElseserLB8614658.9%
11 – J. TaylorRIV6711956.3%
42 – K. PrattARC11120055.5%
INDIV 3pt. %SCHFGMFGA%
24 – He. LammersLEIP429942.4%
14 – J. WebbARL358541.2%
1 – N. HemmingerMC92240.9%
21 – W. DoddsARL297240.3%
10 – S. RichardsLB123237.5%
10 – H. CoppusHL256836.8%
24 – J. HerrMC216035.0%
32 – K. JolliffARL216333.3%
2 – S. LasiterLB319532.6%
20 – B. HovestPG185632.1%
INDIV FT%SCHFTMFTA%
3 – A. LightNB323982.1%
21 – K. PowellNB496279.0%
1 – N. HemmingerMC557078.6%
42 – K. PrattARC506478.1%
21 – J. HiegelLB8411374.3%
22 – K. MeyerLEIP679173.6%
13 – S. HoldermanRIV425971.2%
24 – J. HerrMC486870.6%
30 – B. ArbogastHL486969.6%
11 – J. TaylorRIV507368.5%
***MIN 2 ATT/Game for FT % & 3pt. %
***MIN 3 ATT/Game for 2pt. %
INDIV STEALSSCHSTEALSAVGINDIV SCORINGSCHPTSAVG
10 – S. RichardsLB755.013 – S. HoldermanRIV32220.1
13 – S. HoldermanRIV684.31 – N. HemmingerMC14818.5
21 – W. DoddsARL653.824 – J. HerrMC30117.7
11 – J. TaylorRIV593.721 – J. HiegelLB25917.3
14 – J. WebbARL563.342 – K. PrattARC27517.2
22 – K. MeyerLEIP553.221 – K. PowellNB25515.9
10 – L. WrightRIV503.140 – S. NicholsARL26915.8
1 – N. HemmingerMC243.022 – K. MeyerLEIP24714.5
3 – A. LightNB483.021 – W. DoddsARL23513.8
20 – ColemanHL33.011 – J. TaylorRIV21413.4
12 – R. FreyRIV442.811 – C. ElseserLB19913.3
15 – A. LenhartLB332.83 – A. LightNB20913.1
24 – J. HerrMC462.724 – He. LammersLEIP21712.8
10 – H. CoppusHL442.610 – H. CoppusHL21212.5
14/15 – Ke. SiebenallerHL422.520 – B. HovestPG19312.1
21 – K. PowellNB392.430 – B. ArbogastHL20412.0
55 – S. WatkinsARC342.410 – S. RichardsLB16511.0
12 – M. MondayARC352.313 – A. ClymerVAN16110.7
21 – J. HiegelLB342.314 – J. WebbARL17210.1
23 – S. ShepherdLB322.112 – M. MondayARC15110.1
INDIV ASSISTSSCHASSTAVGBLOCKED SHOTSSCHBLOCKSAVG
21 – J. HiegelLB855.711 – C. ElseserLB453.0
12 – R. FreyRIV784.921 – K. PowellNB442.8
21 – W. DoddsARL784.624 – J. HerrMC382.2
11 – J. TaylorRIV734.613 – A. ClymerVAN332.2
20 – A. RussellARL754.410 – L. WrightRIV291.8
3 – A. LightNB674.223 – B. VandenBoschRIV291.8
13 – S. HoldermanRIV493.12 – A. MaagPG261.6
22 – K. MeyerLEIP502.910 – A. HerrMC261.6
10 – S. RichardsLB392.611 – J. TaylorRIV241.5
22 – H. KiefferARC412.640 – S. NicholsARL241.4
10 – L. WrightRIV392.432 – B. GerdemanLEIP241.4
4 – J. BurnsHL402.442 – K. PrattARC221.4
14/15 – Ke. SiebenallerHL392.330 – T. WareARC81.3
12 – B. RampeVB342.322 – E. BillerVAN181.2
14 – J. WebbARL382.232 – L. ReinekeVB161.1
12 – M. MondayARC332.213 – E. SaltzmanARC130.8
5 – P. HenryLEIP362.14 – L. WillowARL130.8
3 – B. KuenzliRIV312.125 – L. FretzARC30.8
24 – J. HerrMC352.110 – K. MullinsPG100.6
13 – A. ClymerVAN302.025 – S. RosenbergerVB90.6
INDIV REBSSCHREBSAVG
13 – A. ClymerVAN16210.8
30 – B. ArbogastHL18110.6
10 – L. WrightRIV16910.6
21 – K. PowellNB1509.4
22 – E. BillerVAN1278.5
42 – K. PrattARC1247.8
11 – C. ElseserLB1097.3
40 – S. NicholsARL1237.2
22 – K. MeyerLEIP1217.1
24 – B. RothCR1166.8
32 – B. GerdemanLEIP1136.6
1 – N. HemmingerMC536.6
52 – M. SnookVAN976.5
10 – A. HerrMC986.1
20 – B. HovestPG976.1
24 – J. HerrMC1015.9
2 – A. MaagPG915.7
11 – J. TaylorRIV895.6
21 – J. HiegelLB835.5
32 – L. ReinekeVB765.4

ODOT District Two Winter Weather Update

Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two are ready for upcoming winter weather in Northwest Ohio.

BOWLING GREEN (Monday, January 30, 2017) – Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two are ready for upcoming winter weather in Northwest Ohio.

Tonight at midnight, over 120 snow plow trucks in Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties will roll into 12 hour shifts, and treat and plow state and federal highways in Northwest Ohio.

Crews will continue twelve hour shifts until roads are clear and the weather conditions have improved.

Overnight tonight and into Tuesday morning, ODOT reminds drivers to use caution and drive to the conditions of the road.

Remove snow from all windows, mirrors and lights.

Drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between cars.

Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

Check OHGO.com before you leave for the latest road conditions.

NBHS Hall of Fame Induction & Banner Auction Friday

February 3, 2017 will be North Baltimore’s Sports Hall of Fame Dedication before the boys’ Varsity Basketball game vs Cory-Rawson High School. and an auction for the old league championship banners that have been updated.

February 3, 2017 will be North Baltimore’s Sports Hall of Fame Dedication before the boys’ Varsity Basketball game vs Cory-Rawson High School. All current members of the North Baltimore High School Sports Hall of Fame are invited to attend the induction ceremony as we celebrate the new inductees’ accomplishments.

The inductees this year are Amanda Hotaling (Track & Field), Tyler Simon (Track & Field), and Bob Smith (Announcing).

In addition to the induction ceremony we will be holding an auction for the old league championship banners that have been updated. The banners will be spread out in the hallway with a sheet attached to each one. If interested in purchasing a banner place your bid on the sheet along with your name. Bids will be accepted until the end of the Varsity game. The banner will go to the highest bidder, who will be contacted by the Athletic Director the following Monday (Feb. 6). Payment must be received in the High School Office by Friday, February 10, 2017. Otherwise the banner will go to the next highest bidder. If you have any questions please contact Rob Luderman at 419-257-3464.

NB Pioneer Days Series II: A First-Person Account

“The wolves didn’t venture up to the house that night because of a large bull dog, which we called Tiger, as big as a calf that kept everything away from the house.” In the late 1890s and early1900s, George W. Wilkinson, the editor of the North Baltimore Beacon, encouraged elderly local residents to write about their experiences in the settling of southern Wood County. This is one such article about arriving in our area in the 1830’s.

NB Pioneer Days Series II: A First-Person Account

By Tom Boltz

In the late 1890s and early 1900s, George W. Wilkinson, the editor of the North Baltimore Beacon, encouraged elderly local residents to write about their experiences in the settling of  southern Wood County.  He published their letters in a series of articles which he titled “Interesting Pioneer Sketches.”  

In 2015, the North Baltimore Ohio Area Historical Society (NBOAHS) selected some of these letters from the Beacon archives which were published by TheNBXpress.  Because of positive reader feedback on the first series of Beacon pioneer letters, the Historical Society has selected a second series of letters for publication.  (This article was originally submitted to NBXpress in February, 2016 – but it was misplaced and never posted – life happens – thanks Tom, JP)

The following article was written by Mrs. Levi Coleman (born 1830died 1907).  In it she describes the daily life of the early settlers in the Black Swamp and especially the threat posed by wolves and other large predators to the pioneers in the early 19th Century. Mrs. Coleman’s maiden name was Mary Howard.   

This article is directly transcribed from the North Baltimore Beacon of August 23, 1901. 

nb-historical-tom-boltz-mrs-levi-coleman-to-the-nb-beacon-in-1901-wolfThe North American timber wolf was a major threat to the livestock of early Wood County pioneers.  Cougars and black bears were also a menace, but not to the same extent as the wolves.  To reduce the number of wolf packs, the Wood County commissioners paid professional wolf hunters a bounty for wolf scalps from 1835 until 1858.   This program was extremely successful in eliminating the wolves.  By the early 1860s, all the large predators had disappeared from the area.

AN AGED LADY

Recalls Early-Day Affairs Very Entertainingly

The Pioneer’s Cabin Minus Doors and Windows—Tiger and the Wolves—The First Sabbath School—Pot Pie and How Prepared

Mrs. Levi Coleman (Editor Beacon:  Please accept this in compliance with your kindly request to supply some reminiscences of the past.)

My father Mr. John Howard moved from Richland County to Hancock County in 1830.  Well do I remember when we crossed the Ten-Mile Creek, although there was no water in it, the grass was so high and the blades so long and sharp that father carried my sister and me across on his back. We came out in front of Mr. Carl’s who lived in a double log house where the Hill house now stands. We took dinner there and then proceeded to where the D’Rodes live.

My father entered one hundred and sixty acres there and the men went ahead and cleared the road. When we arrived, there stood the log cabin but without a door, window, or fireplace, right in the dense woods. The next thing was to saw out a place for a door. We children were all waiting patiently but my brother, younger than I, who couldn’t wait to get in through the door, tried to creep through a crack and got his head stuck fast. Father then played the saw faster than I ever saw him afterwards to get his head out. The door, fireplace, and window were finally cut out and our home was before us.

The next thing was to cut some of the big trees down that would reach the cabin providing a storm came. The wood thus secured was then prepared to get supper with as there was no such thing as cook stoves in those days.

When night came on mother made our beds down on the ground, as they could not bring but one bedstead and there was no one who had a broad axe to hew the puncheon floor.

The mosquitoes and gallinipers, an insect almost twice as large as the mosquito and with a bite like a bee sting, the wolves howling, made us children stay pretty close to our mother’s aprons.

The wolves didn’t venture up to the house that night because of a large bull dog, which we called Tiger, as big as a calf that kept everything away from the house. In a few nights they would be back again and you could hear us children say as they howled around the fire “father we are afraid” but he would say “don’t be afraid children, Tiger will keep them out.”  Tiger and the wolves got into a fight then and he jumped over the fire in the fire place and such fighting you never heard: we could hear him crush their bones as he grabbed and killed them.

There were bear, catamount (NBOAHS note: cougars), lynx, squirrels, coon, turkey, deer, groundhog, possum and porcupine vermin galore.  All these had to be contended with.  We lived principally on game at that time as the wolves and bear would devour all the cattle and hogs that could be brought in.

I remember an Irishman came to our house and stayed all night. In the morning upon going out he saw the old dog standing there with his mount full of porcupine quills, and scratching his mouth, seeming almost crazy. The Irishman cried out: “faith and will yes be after comin’ out han tellin’ me what moight be the matter wath your dog; faith he’s out here playin’ the jew’s-harp.” 

Well do I remember the first Sabbath School that I went to. There was a gentleman by the name of Morgan who lived where john Shafer now lives, who organized a Sabbath School in his little cabin. All the children in the neighborhood went dressed in linen dresses with red handkerchiefs and barefoot. What would the children say if they had to go that way now?

My father and the two oldest boys then left for Maumee to work on the canal to get something to live on; leaving John at home to do the clearing and every child that could pick a brush or chip being called upon to help. The women also went out and worked to; they didn’t lie in bed until the sun burst a hole in their blanket nor let their men go out to his hard day’s work without his breakfast. Flour was $12 a barrel then and corn meal one dollar a bushel.

When logs were rolled all the men and teams in the neighborhood were invited and were always accompanied by four or five women who came along to help cook.  Potpie was the favorite dish and was cooked outdoors in a large kettle. The people all practiced in those days “love the neighbor as thyself.”

The Indians camped near us but were harmless.

We went to the log school where the high class and the A B C were in the same room. I don’t think there were any graduates at the close of the term.  Mr. D’Rodes spoke of some the privations; I have been through them all. We had no steel pens in those days but used quill pens. The old ganders would not have feathers enough left to fly over the fence.

When people came here, there were but two stores in Findlay. Later on Wm. Mungen, who was the first editor, printed the Findlay Courier. It was there that I cooked on the first cook stove I ever saw.

I have seen the foundation of most of these roads laid and they have been improved so much, that now the boys can ride in the rubber buggies with their sweet-faced girl by their side without getting ruts or receiving hardly a jar or bump. I have also seen Findlay become a city; Van Buren, McComb, and North Baltimore become quite large villages.

Well, I am past 71 years old and most of the old pioneers have gone to the sweet by and by. For fear I am taking too much space in your valuable paper I will bring my letter to a close. I remain your friend.