First Southwest Ohio Insulator ShowPTO scholarship fundbenefitsAn art object? An artifact of earlv communications^ A scientific curiosity?Different people see the fast-disappearing insulator differently. However they view it, many collectors gathered at the first annual Southwest Ohio Insulator, Lightening Rod and Bottle ■ at Glen Este HighSchool. The show was sponsored jointly by the Ohio Valley Insulator Club and the Glen Este PTO. Proceeds from the show go to the PTO’s scholarship fund.The show at Glen Este had a special division for youth, a first in the history of insulator collecting. Kecia Drummond from Mt. Healthy won the grand prize from Crown Jewels in the youth division. (‘Crown Jewels’ and ‘Cross Arms’ are two magazines for insulator collectors.) David Turner of Goshen received the second prize ribbon from ‘Crown Jewels’. Valerya Byrne won the first place PTO ribbon; Turner won the second place PTO ribbon; Donna Stimkorb of West Clermont won the third place PTO ribbon.Gary and Chris Curts of Mt. Gilead, 0. won thegrand prize ribbon from ‘Crown Jewels’ in the adult division. They also won the OBX ribbon for showmenship. Jerry Turner of Goshen won the first place ‘Cross he also won the PTO specialty ribbon:.. Forrest Jones won the second place ‘Cross Arm' ribbon Steve Blair received the third place ‘Cross Arm’ ribbon.Ray Cook of Indiana won the PTO bottle award for color; John Webster of Kentucky won the specialty award in bottles.Collectors came from Chicago, Toledo, Alabama, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Dale Vincent travelled the farthest-from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.An insulator is that cone shaped object perched on top the telephone pole that has the wires wrapped around it. The insulator is used to prevent the current from being conducted down the pole. Telegraph wires and electrical wires also find themselves wrapped around the rather odd-looking object.Actually, right now, the best place to find an insulator is the local dump--or at a flea market, along theThis is an insulatorValerya Hyrne from Glen Este High School insulator to a customer.railroad tracks or in ruins of a former manufacturer. The item is becoming obsolete as companies opt to bury their cables rather than string them up from pole to pole.Insulators are made out of non-conducting materials such as pottery, glass, rubber, wood and porcelain. For obvious reasons, the metal insulator never caught on. The cone-shaped objects come in a variety of colors-green, blue, purple, clear, carnival.The Ohio Valley Insulator Club was formed last March; it now has over 130members from stateswithin the Ohio River basin--and several members from Florida.Glen Este Sophomore Valerya Hyrne has been collecting insulators for sixyears. Her hobby began when her grandmother gave her an insulator. Then her uncle gave her a couple. Now she has quite acollection-and is still adding to it. Valerya was a charter member of the Ohio Valley Insulator Club. Her mother, Juanita Hyrne, is recording secretary of the Glen Este PTO. Mrs. Hyrne' and Wilma Glover (treasurer of the PTO) hosted the show.Insulator collecting began about a dozen years ago, but it wasn't until 1972 that the national insulator club was organized. Collectors trade and sell their items. Prices vary according to the availability. Certain company brands are more valuable than others, the' Journal learned. Also, threadless insulators are more valuable than threaded ones.Judge Jacksonpto speak at PTAInsulator collectors came from all over the first annual Southwest Ohio InsulatorShow.Judge .Charles Jackson be the speaker at the February 12 Milford Junior and Senior High PTA meeting. Judge Jackson, in his second term as Judge in the Court of Common Pleas, division of Probate and Juvenile Court, will talk on “The Juvenile Court - What is it?” A graduate of Salmon Chase College of Law, Judge Jackson was a member of the state' legislature for two terms. Mrs. FrankLongevine, progra chairperson, announced that the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior High Building.
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