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Page 15 text:
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Ralph W. Jordan, President
Paul E. Matteson, Vice Pres.
Ruby M. Allen, Secretary
Helen Cole, Treasurer
Miles H. Benjamin
Helen E. Tuttle
Edgar H. McDermott
Ray Steiner, President
Clifton Houts, Vice Pres.
Bertha Smith, Secretary
Earl Bechtell, Treasurer
Scott J ohnson
Timothy F. Simmons
Carl M. Jordan, President
Frank A. Troutman, Vice Pres.
Gladys Stuckey, Secretary
Susie Cole, Ass't. Secretary
Paul Heichel, Treasurer
Fred L. Aby
Harley Coffey, President
Merle Tuttle, Vice President
' Helen Sulliger, Sec. and Treas.
ClarenceWhonsetler Jennie Coulter
Nettie Notestine Gladys Harris
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A Handiul ofhCompliments. -----
" Say John, do you remember the Annual that the Class
of 1908 published?" fl -,A
, , 9 ' , ' Q' 1 Q Q Q
" Yes, I believe I do. What did you think of those 'J '
'comps' they handed us? "
" Where was that? I don't remember----oh, yes,
sure I do. Those opinions of theirs?
" Yes, I wonder what stars they had been reading? "
"They must have been dreaming instead of reading
stars, especially on those editorials."
" But don't you remember how we used te help them
at their class meetings? I remember one in particular at
Amstutz's where we helped them choose' their class pins
and, well, I guess we helped ourselves to their pop corn and
" Sure, and wasn't it kind of them? "
"Oh, yes. Didn't they certainly spiel on us at their
Junior entertainment in 1907? "
" Yes, nearly ausgespieltf'
" But how about that banquet that they gave the Glass
of 1907? Wasn't it the limit?"
U Blamed public, a 'bun shower' for those Seniors. But,
didn't we show them a time at our banquet in 1908? "
" Well, I guess! And didn't they look sick when we
sprung their own dirge on 'em, but more surprised when we
sang our jolly song? "
"Sayl Didn't we decorate for 'em at their Baccal.
" You bet we did. But I still often wonder if they ever
found those colors that we were accused of taking?"
" Which? Oh, yes, I know now. Those 'yellow' ones
that they tried to pawn off as Old Gold."
" But I noticed they called it 'yellow' on their invita-
tions, all right youl-"
" Yes, but everything was 'blue' to them on Com-
mencement night after they had seen those bogu programs
of ours! I'l1 see if I 'can find-lherds one, read it."
" Well, what do you think of that? I haven't seen one
of those programs in years. You read it, Bo."
" Well if that picture ain't a peachl I'll tell you Bo
didn't we hit the nail on the head?"
" Yes. But haven't we went some since we've been
up there? Eh?"
"Say that's quite a stunt."
" Well, let's look it over together."
. H . . .
At the Methodist Church, Creston. Ohio, lunc 5, 1908, 7:30 p. m.
- by SENIORS OF 1908.
CLASS Morro: CLASS FLOWERS!
NON COMPOS MENTIS- FORGET - ME - NOT -
mot ln sound mind! with lemons.
Honors-One 0. W. U. Scholarship.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Funeral Two-step ...... Orchestra
Presentation of Boquets to Class .....
Benedietlon ..... Rev. Wm. Wallace
Oration-" My Specialties"-Ham-sandwiches 0'Ha.rie bAby
Oratlon-' ' The Amblsh of the Class" lwantlngb Purly Sch. Lagle
Oration-" Stargazing" .... Edy Gordant
Music-Mex-ry,Wldow Waltz .... Orchestra
O1-ation-" Heads U wln, Tails I've lost" . Clud Lead Us
Or-ation-' ' The Class ln the Dark-Cwlthout a matchJ" . .
. . . . . . . . Mar. Gerryz Anor
Lyre Dultt-' ' Lost, yet T-r-a-v-eling" ....
. . . . Misses F o. Metzette and Lalla Selblni
Ancient His. and Dreams of the Future . Doty Trough. Mon
Music-Starlchvondellv . . - . . Orchestra
Oratlon-" The Birth Place of the Class- QO'er the hills in the
punk fieldsJ" ..... Wah-os Led Us
Oratlon-' 'Litte slow but Build for Yesterday" . .
. . . . I . . . Jon. Huwawkd Irvine
Class Calllngs ' H. B. Williams, Supt. City Schools, Sandusky,O.
Music-Flying our colors ..... Orchestra
Presentation of those longced-for parchments . . .
Pres. Of School Plan . . . U. U. R. MacDarma.k
Class Warble . . . . Class lor what is left of ltj 1908
Song-"Give Me back my 15c" .... Audience
Invocation ..... Dr. Ole M. Showalter
Music furnished by Mascheronldacostnyz Orchestra.
" That will do for them, all right."
"Yes and they surely had a good janitor that night,
" Yes, you bet your boots. But say, those Freshies
are 0. K."
" How's that, John?"
" Why, they have adopted our Royal Purple as one of
" Well, so much the better 3 we won't fight over that."
" No, because we hope that the Purple will bring them
as much success as we have had, Nittle."
" Yes, and good times, too.
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Perhaps we often wonder if Creston has a history. Yes,
she has, and, indeed a most interesting one. A
Let us take a journey back to Creston in 1839. You
didn't know she was so old, did you? This territory was
then all densely wooded and very marshy, and pierced by
only one highway-The Columbus dz Cleveland Turnpike, or
" The Pike," as it was called--which was at that time pri-
The ' muck ' was then covered with a luxuriant growth
of vegetation-chiefly alders, which was the abode of many
kinds of wild animals and game, such as pigeons, rabbits,
hogs and turkeys and also all kinds of snakes. Pigeons so
infested this marshy ground that often when they return-
ed at roosting time, their numbers were so great that they
obscured the sunlight. Cranberries also grew in abundance.
Indeed everything was so wild that hunters were often
lost, night coming on unawares, and being unable to see
over the tops of the bushes were forced to remain there
over night. In winter, this marsh not having been yet
drained, it afforded a fine skating park extending nearly to
The few log huts have gradually been superceeded by
houses, until today our town has been made beautiful by
more modern structures. The oldest houses today, only
two in number, are the Benjamin house, now occupied by
Dr. Van I. Allen, and the Stanford house, the residence of
The first school house stood on the site now occupied
by the residence of A. R. Hall and was taught by Betsey
Stanford Wells. The small space of perhaps 200 square
'feet enclosed by a rail fence A was their 'playgroundj as
Anthony Wells termed it. The second school house still re-
mains intact and is occupied by J. O. Stayton. In 1880
the present school house was erected and dedicated. Ded-
ications were as ceremonious then as they are today, and
with " Ye Old Time Orchestra" the services were beauti-
fully rendered with an old-fashioned dance. Even today
scholars often 'dance' there, but to a different tune.
The first church was erected in 1845 and is the Mrs.
Hall property in South Creston. Being then owned by
Isaac Wells, several denominations held services tlfere-
the Free Will Baptists, the Methodists and nearly anything
that happened this way. The second church was formerly
the Mrs. Bott property, now in use as a barn. In 1882 the
present M. E. church was erected, a few years later, the
Presbyterian, and in 1890-1, the United Brethren which
was later bought' by the voting precinct.
We might well note that the first industry was a saw-
mill owned by A. W. Wells and located on the site now oc-
cupied by the residence of Leo Stuckey.
But let us again return. " The Pike " in those early days
was our present Main Street. The mode of travel then was
by 'stage.' These stages were dark colored coaches drawn
by four horses, and seating six -and nine passengers, and
also having a ' boot' on the rear for baggage. Jackson,
then called " Old Hickory," being a relay station for the
stages, was larger than Creston. The only stage-driver yet
living is John Willour, who resides not far from Creston.
Another interesting sight was the tollgate. These were
placed at regular intervals along the pike for the collection
of toll which went toward the maintenance of the road.
One of these gates stood near the C., C. Sz S. W. Traction
Co.'s Y in South Creston until 1855, at which time the road,
being no longer a paying investment, was donated to the
State. When money was scarce hou ehold articles and
trinkets were taken as toll, which was a shilling for a team,
a sixpense for a single horse and cattle was charged by the
About 1862-3 the N. Y. P. tk O.,-now the Erie rail-
way-was built through Creston. Much grading was done
by wheelbarrows as the land was almost impassible, the
settlers having just begun the work of clearing and drain-
ing the land. flu clearing, the underbrush was set aiire
and the fire was communicated to the muck which burned
down to the clay. Smoke filled our town the whole au-
tumn until the snow extinguished the firel. The track
sank not far west of the Erie street crossing. Thirty acres
of timber was cut and thrown in, which consumed' two
months time-working both day and night. From the time
of the building of the Erie R. R. Creston began a steady
growth and after the opening of the oil ,fields in Pennsyl-
vania, was a noted grain center. In 1864-5 a few onions
were grown, which industry has become the most extensive
in Creston. , 8 , '
Perhaps you wonder how Creston got her name. Prev-
ious to the completion of the Erie, " Sink Hole" was the
popular appellation. Her first name, however, was Seville
Station g the second, Pike Station, and the last, Creston.
The former names were changed on account of similarly
named towns in Ohio. Just after the first rail was laid on
the W. dz L. E. R. R. in 1880, Capt. Bassetts, a clothier,
named the town Creston. And here another interesting
fact might be added. The construction of the W. dz L. E.
R. R., the first locomotive, and the Hrst repair shops, all
work, in fact, commenced here. Traces of the old W. dz L. E.
Y may yet be seen north cf'the Handle Factory, on which
site the shops were located but a little later were destroyed
In 1888 the B. dz O. R. R. was built through Creston,
and in 1903-4' the C. dz S. W. Traction Line.
Much can be said in regard to the early buildings but
space does, not permit us here to go into lengthy detail.
Woodworking factories were plenty in Creston 3 there being
a coffin factory and also furniture factory and cooper shop.
But the scarcity of lumber has taken these away.
Now we think we have a well organized town, having
been indorporated in 1899. Warden B. Wheeler was the
first Mayor. Creston has surely been growing since 1839,
her population today numbering about 1200 and her tax-
able.property value S300,000.
But only three of the original settlers remain-An-
thony W. Wells, R. E. Kerr and N. M. Wells, Sr.
Many thanks and especial acknowledgments are due
the following persons with whose aid this history was made
C. A. Mellen,
N. M. Wells, Sr.,
Anthony W. Wells,
Warden B. Wheeler,
Elmer St.John, J. L. Zaring,
W. I. McGlenen, C. A. Tenney.
E. H. MoD.
AM .Y - 41- --J
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