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   Orrville Courier Crescent (Newspaper) - August 19, 1968, Orrville, Ohio                                 The Courier-Crescent  A Century of Service To Eastern Wayne County  ORR VILLE, OHIO 44667; THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1968  10 CENTS A COPY  Vol. 100—No. 8  Historic Town Timepiece Relegated To D irty Corner  CHARLES D. MATSON, JR.  Michigan Native Is Named General Sales Manager For Allen Divisions  Charles D. Matson Jr., a native of Pontiac, Mich., has been named to the post of general sales manager for both Crown Steel Products and DEK Manufacturing divisions of Allen Electric and Equipment Co. Crown Steel manufactures truck cabs, cab components and special van interiors, while DEK specializes in custom fiberglas manufacturing.  Mr. Matson served the past 16  years with Truck and Coach Division of General Motors Corp. During his GMC employment, he held many sales positions, including sales engineer and supervisor of sales engineering. Before joining Allen, he was operations supervisor in the GMC sales distribution department.  A graduate of Michigan State University and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Mr. Matson is married and the father of two children.  Riddle: . What is 55 years old, has . four five-foot faces, the same number of four-foot hands, a zillion wheels and cables, and a brass bell that weighs 1,190 pounds?  Clue: It has spent many of its years in retirement under a layer of dust in a Pine Street garage.  Give up?  Why, it's the town clock, of course. It bears little resemblance to the large timepiece on the Savings Bank building, which lias faithfully flashed both time and temperature with dozens of tiny bright lights for 15 years. Such an amazingly accurate electronic device was unheard of when our clock made its Orr-ville debut in 1913.  But, for all its intricacy and impressiveness, the modern clock lacks something which made its predecessor dear to the hearts of many residents — formal notification of the beginning of each hour. When the clock looked out over the budding community from its tower atop Town Hall, it would announce the incoming hour with the clear ring of the massive bell. So huge was the brass bell that on fair days its tolling could reportedly be heard as far away as Dal-ton.  The clock was given to the town in 1913 by Jacob Stauffer in memory of his wife, Martha. "Matt," as she was known to all her friends, operated a very successful millinery and ladies' store in Orrville, and her death was felt deeply by many of the town's citizens. Jake decided to present something b y which everyone could remember Matt, and thought a bell ringing each hour would be quite appropriate.  Council To Special Session After Equalization Rfport  With final protests on proposed water line installation on North Crown Hill Road scheduled for Monday at 7:30 p. m. in Council chambers, City Council advanced plans for a special meeting September 30 to hasten expected construction.  A three-man assessment equalization board heard a majority of objections to the 10-inch installation on August 26, but illness prevented at least one resident from attending.  Ward 2 Councilman Pete Gus-ter ^Dressed objection to the lengthjr^period between board hearings, but City Law Director Richard Wagner noted the excuse was legitimate, and Herm Panyard, councilman - at - large, added, "We have a tremendous obligation to these people."  Council had passed a resolution of necessity July 15 to initiate the- project. Estimated total cost at that time was $29,-550, the city paying $7,140.60; Public Uilities, $9,357.60, and the property owners, $14,261.34, or $3.91 per front foot.  Without the special meeting, the intended project would be  Vietnam Support Was Appreciated, Serviceman Says  Jack McGreevy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom McGreevy, has been home since September 6 after four years service with the U. S. Air Force, and he has expressed appreciation t o all area people who sent cards, letters, packages and other items to nurseries, orphanages, servicemen and to him while he was in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a year.  People responded very well to McGreevy's request for articles to give children of Vietnam at Christmas and afterward, and it was an encouragement to him and other servicemen in Vietnam to know the people back home were supporting them so heartily.  Missing Youth Home After Three Days  Mark C. Miller, 527 W. Church St., reported as missing since Saturday, was located near Lou-donville about 2 p. m. Tuesday by members of the family.  The 18-year-old OHS sophomore was traveling on foot, and he explained to his parents that he had experienced a personal problem that had to be worked out alone. Parents had last seen the boy Saturday evening as he departed for Shreve.  Workshop at Mabel's Gift Shop on October 14. 17, 21 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Call 2-7981 (or reservations. 6t4  delayed an additional week, extending construction into December and creating problems of line freezing. Council passage of necessary legislation would be followed by two weeks of legal advertising of bids, awarding a contract, and at least two to three weeks to complete the job after crews finally began, said James Specht, Municipal Utilities director.  Clerk Robert Myers read a letter f r o.fn Charles Cairnie, president of Orrville Bronze and Aluipffium, commending the city police department and individual officers for thwarting a May 8 safe-cracking at his firm on North Main Street.  One suspect was apprehended in the immediate area, convicted, and is now serving a term in Ohio Penitentiary, while a second implicated in the crime is being held in Cuyahoga County on other charges.  Lee Johnson will head a committee of his choice to work  with the Chamber of Commerce on appropriate signs at entrances to the city and at Ohio Route 5 and US 30, and with a thorough study of what is acceptable, no action is expected in the next two-three months.  L. L. Fletcher recommended removal of parking meters on West Church from Main to Vine, with the motion approved by Council. M r. Fletcher then questioned Engineer Barry Baker on status of proposed paving of the Meadow Manor sector in the west end, a recent topic of controversy, but Mr. Baker only indicated "plans for review will be ready the first of the year or so."  JANE WILLIAMS  OHS Senior Lass Rates National Merit Semi-Finals  OHS senior Jane Williams, who plans to attend Ohio State University next Fall to major in secondary education, has been named a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  Miss Williams, daughter of Mrs. Martha Williams of 806 S. Main. St., and the late Dr. Robert H. Williams, a prominent area dentist, is a member of the National Honor Society, College Club, Girls' Athletic Association and chorus. She is a member of United Methodist Church, and regards piano as her principal hobby and entertainment.  Erection of such a large expensive item was a major event, in those days, and its dedication received much publicity. The August 12, 1913, Courier had a front-page story about the clock, which included the following paragraph:  "At 7 o'clock p. m. Thursday, August 7, 1913, the new town dock, donated to the village of Orrville by Mr. Jacob B. Stauffer in memory of his wife, Martha J. Stauffer, deceased, announced itself in operation by striking 'the hour."  Strangely enough (and either unknown by the writer or tactfully overlooked), the bell was not "in operation:' that night. It had been announced weeks, beforehand that thé clock would operate for. the first time to summon éveryone to the evening band concert August 7. Several men hired to install it had worked feverishly that day to ready the bell, but as tbe appointed hour approached, they knew it would not be done on time.  After sizing up the situation, j one sly workman found an Orrville youth, Frank Olin (who died earlier this year in Board-man where he had resided for some time), and made a bargain with him to solve the predicament. Frank climbed up into the bell tower and, at a flashlight signal from the ground at exactly seven O'clock, struck the bell seven times with a ball-peen hammer. The crowd cheered and shouted, not realizing the bell hadn't rung under its own power, and the grateful workman paid Frank $2.  And from that hour until the clock was completed, Frank was the town's official secret bell-ringer. It is rumored that Frank carved some kind of identification on the inside of the bell that night, but until someone moves the huge brass object, no one will know for sure.  Very few people actually remember Jake Stauffer. As far as we can determine, he bad no regular job. He helped his wife in her store from time to time, but spent many of his days in the general store just talking and catching up on the latest news.  Jake was a real individual — either he loved you or he hated you; there was no middle-of-the-road opinion on anyone. Much of his income must have come from renting two properties which lie owned in the business district (the Stauffer buildings how house Reynolds Drug and the Ben Franklin Store). At that time, rent of $100-$150 a month could easily support a man and his wife, and the Stauffers had two such buildings plus the millinery store.  Mayor Gordon Hostetler said the newly-appointed citizens committee for urban renewal .would meet Thursday at 7:30 p. m. in Council chambers with Consultant Gerry Hinton and Council Chairman Panyard to explore initial ideas for downtown and residential improvement.  Robert Lacy, safety service director, announced concrete for a second basketball court at Orr Park would be poured this week, and a consultant was scheduled to be in the city Tuesday to discuss plans for a 200-bed "packaged disaster hospital" from the federal government.  The plan was first presented by Civil Defense Director Ralph Linsalata, but about 7,530 cubic feet is needed for storage. No location of that size is now existing, with a possible alternative available following construction of a new City Hall.  Mr. Lacy detailed progress of a sanitary sewer on North Elm, n  an area designated R-3 (multiple housing) following a public hearing and Council rtezoning on September 3. Crown Steel is also considering extension of water lines from North School to North Elm to complete a grid, according to Mr. Lacy, with city" and Board of Education properties also involved.  About 60 per cent of the city has received new street lighting, Mr. Specht said, with Vine, Oak and Paradise next on tbe schedule.  Council President A1 Beck recommended additional study of yield signs as a possible substitute for stop signs, as proposed by Paul L. Powell, Courier-Crescent senior editor.  Chief of Police William Stacker noted, however, that lack of viewing distance handicapped such a venture in many locations, and one councilman voiced that majority of yield signs appear as autos enter one-way streets or highways at an angle rather than open intersections.  English Leather for Men at Dick Zarle's, Orrville'« franchised dealer. 8  The University of Akron at OHS announces two Counseling and Admission Sessions for the Fall Quarter, 1968: Tuesday, Sept. 24, and Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rooms 165 and 167 «t OHS. 8  contract to- remove the town clock, and the building was demolished a short time later.  What was to be done with the town clock which had been an integral part of Orrville for 15 years? Planning and construction of the new building took place during the Depression, and therefore all "extras" were shaved from blueprints. Unfortunately, a new bell tower was classified as an extra. City Council decided that such a costly expenditure could not be approved, so the clock, bell and all, was banished to a city garage.  And there it has been ever since.  Of . course, such a grand object could not be completely forgotten for 40 years, and there was at' least oite serious attempt to save he bell and return it to its rightful spot.  Tliree years ago, Charles Le-Chot, brother of the man who had taken the clock down in 1928, tried to revive the bell. He moved it from, its dusty, spidery corner in the city garage to the Davault showroom on North Main and, in about two weeks, had the entire device in working order again. Unfortunately, one vital part of the clock, the huge pendulum, could not be found.  After careful research, a local jeweler estimated the cost of a new pendulum that size would be $75. But what would a mere $75 be to improve tbe bell so that it could be put into use once again? Not much, unless you «insider, as one city official did, that it might cost as much as $30,000 to erect a proper tower —Continued on Page 12  ANYONE SEEN A JOLLY GREEN GIANT - SIZE PENDULUM? That's all that's missing from this dusty assortment of wheels and cables which, when assembled, really make the old town clock tick.  Another Lengthy Meeting For Board Of Education  Jake died shortly before 1920 (no exact date can be found), leaving the huge clock to remind the town of the Stauffer couple. In the mid-1920's, it was decided that the old Town Hall, which had served since 1882, should be razed to make way for a new one. On September 4, 1928, John LeChot was given a  Final Two Days For x  Registering At Kent Center  Kent State University Academic Center here is holding late registration this week for certain selected graduate and undergraduate courses.  Introduction to Educational Administration, Education 652, is open to teachers and administrators in the Wayne County area. This graduate class will be on Thursdays only from 6:30 to 9 p. m. beginning September 26.  A limited number of undergraduate courses remain open if students interested will phone or visit the Center office at OHS, North Ella Street. Director Marvin Phillips, who expects a 25 per cent increase in student enrollment by the opening of classes on September 23, may be contacted at 682-5946 for additional information. Counseling is available by appointment.  Akron Counseling And Admission Sessions  University of Akron at OHS will hold two counseling and admission sessions for the 1968 Fall quarter next Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9 p. m. in Rooms 105 and 167. Courses to be offered this Fall include Data Processing I and Computer Science I.  Have you tried Bun's new Flavor-Crisp pressure-fried chicken? Better get some today! The Homestead. tf  Free Kodak Color and Black and White Film at Dick Zarle's Photo Dept. You may win an electric guitar!  8-9  A multitude of small items and lengthy discussion carried the Board of Education into another extended session Monday night, with official . hirings, a Booster Club donation, and policy revision highlighting the monthly meeting.  Robert Green, industrial arts instructor at the junior high; Donald McDougal, junior high evening custodian, and Joseph Giffen, bus driver, were officially added to the staff. All 'three have been on duty since September 3.  Assistant Superintendent Richard Thomas reported work on replacing North School roof had been completed by Edwards Roofing and Heating at a cost of $4,458, representing seven year's service on a 20-year roofing bond.  (   The roof has been patched repeatedly during the past several years, with a great deal of damage done to interior ceilings when heavy rains opened new cracks.  After a complete study of the cause of breakdown by William Dykes, architect, and the roofing companies involved, Edwards Roofing officials and Dykes agreed to accept major share of replacement at a cost of $17,-689.25. Donley Co. ofClevland will replace damaged ceiling tile and cost of cleaning and painting of walls and other tile will be borne by Dykes' firm.  Hartzell of Wadsworth, stating it had purchased the Chamberlain farm and was interested in developing it into multi - family dwellings.  The firm indicated a parcel would be available to thp Board if desired. At one time, tlx; Board had considered the site as possible location of a new junior high school.  Lacking Sufficient Information  No action was taken on a Max Morrison proposal to accept responsibility for operation of a local Head Start program. Mr. Morrison is director of Community Action Commission for Ashland and Wayne Counties.  policy committee, reported on progress of a policy statement revision which led to a lengthy discussion of what members wanted included.  A letter was read from the development firm of Alleu and  Don . Steiner, representing the Booster Club, indicated the club would purchase mat covers for six mats at the junior high for the wrestling program and, in conjunction with Mothers' Athletic Association, would donate half toward a scoreboard for the junior high if the Board would pay for the other half of a $500 clock-scoreboard. The mat donation would be $150.  Board voted to share cost of the scoreboard, and expressed its appreciation for the gift from the organizations and junior high fund.  A final check for $1,138.11 was received from the Fred Reufer estate, bringing the total to $16,-138.11. Interest from the memorial gift is to be used for a scholarship for a graduating senior each year.  Kent -Warner/chairman of tlx;  Upon recommendation of the State Department of Special Education, Board authorized Mrs. Neda Workinger, work-study coordinator and special education instructor at the high school, to require each student in her program to set up a savings account under her supervision.  At present, six students are participating in the progfam of working half days and attending classes the other half. Smith Dairy, Buehler's Mart and Ross Sod Farm are local firms cooperating in the program. Two students are employed in the school cafeteria program.  Superintendent Howard Netzly reported a total of 1,426 students enrolled in elementary schools, 666 at Maple, 399 at North and 393 at Oak. Junior high has 423, and 574 are enrolled at the senior high school. Eighty-seven are in special education, making a total of 2,510 students.  Fun Show Saturday At Frontier Arena  Frontier Riders, Inc., will sponsor its last fun show of the season Saturday at 4 p. m. at Frontier Arena on Ohio Route 94, five miles northeast of this city. High-point trophies will be awarded at the end of each class.  ROUT BEGINS. Bob Buchanan (21) streaks through the outstretched arm of Triway's Don Flto. ner to score this third-quarter touchdown, icing what eventually turned into a 37-0 rout o£ the Titans. Game story is on Page 8.  i  •i   

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