Honoring Wayne County: 1896 Centennial Celebration

Centennial Log Cabin

During August 10-15, 1896 residents throughout the county flocked to Wooster’s downtown to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original founding of Wayne County by Governor General Arthur St. Clair in 1796. It was reported to be the most elaborate and largely attended affair ever held in Wooster up to that point in time. Those … [Read More]

College of Wooster 1874 Rock

COW 1874 Memorial Rock

If you have ever taken a walk on The College of Wooster campus you have probably been drawn to the large rock located near the east side of McGaw Chapel and south of Kauke Hall’s west wing that has a large inscription of “1874”. The College was established in 1866 and did not hold it’s … [Read More]

Smithville High School Girls Basketball, 1928-29

Smithville High School girls basketball team, 1928-29, Smithville, Ohio

If you think girls basketball started in Wayne County in the 1970s, you need to consider these athletes! According to the writing on the back of the photo, the team consists of: front row, left to right, Irene Yoder, Fern Greenwald, Alta Hartzler, Erma Ramseyer, “Bin” Daily, and Ferne Bieler; second row, McFadden, Emma Berkey, … [Read More]

Quonset Hut on S. Walnut St.

Quonset Hut on S. Walnut St. in Wooster, Ohio was erected in 1947.

You’ve probably walked or driven by it a million times and never really noticed it, but tucked behind the building where Matsos Family Restaurant & Pizza is located on the corner of Liberty Street and South Walnut Street, along Diamond alley is a WWII-era, 40-foot by 60-foot Quonset Hut. The old building that once stood … [Read More]

Vote – you lucky American!

This banner hung across East Liberty Street in downtown Wooster to remind people to vote.

                                          We’re seeing more and more political advertising, debates, and talk shows these days. We thought we’d take you back to the days before Super-PACs! Can anyone tell us the time period of this photo, … [Read More]

Wooster City School Block through Time

Original Wooster City High School looking north from Bowman St. Image courtesy of Harry S. McClarran.

This month, the Wooster City School Board continues to discuss and study the various options for facilties optimization, in an attempt to reduce the operating budget by one million dollars by July 1, 2012. At the heart of all three scenarios thus far presented to reduce the budget, is the role Cornerstone Elementary School will … [Read More]

Then and Now

BuckeyeLibertyThumb

This picture was taken by Kent Morrison Photos for The Daily Record. It is the last look of the northeast corner of E. Liberty and Buckeye Streets as it appeared in August of 1966 a few days before the three old buildings were torn down. Hansons stood on the corner, Liberty Studios, a photography business … [Read More]

The Human Fly

Complimentary postcard of the occasion

Harry H. Gardner, also known as “The Human Fly”, was a hit on September 13, 1919, as he scaled the Peoples Savings and Loan Company ¬†on the square in downtown Wooster. The image from this souvenir postcard shows Mr. Gardner in five different positions.

Monument in Honor of Union Soldiers

Union Soldier monument_1

It took Capt. Forbes Alcock seven months to carve the figure of the Civil War soldier in downtown Wooster. The monument is made of Richmond granite, stands 22 feet in height and weighs about 30 tons. Donors were Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Frick. The plaque carved into this monument, which is located on the square … [Read More]

Wayne County Public Library

Wayne Co Library

Funds to build this grand old library were donated by Andrew Carnegie. In the early 1900s, Carnegie was considered the wealthiest person in the world after the sale of his company, Carnegie Steel, to J.P. Morgan. Carnegie’s philanthropy extended to donating money to communities in order to build over 2,500 libraries around the world. With … [Read More]