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A team of six horses, which had just hauled a load of goods from Philadelphia, for the firm of Templeton and Elder, being in harness in the town of Lexington, in this county, on the 14th inst. were then instantly killed by a stroke of lightning. - Somerset, Ohio, Advocate (The team belonged to Mr. King, of Carlisle)  [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, June 29, 1830; NP,Sub by FoFG]

Her Father Relented too Late.
Denver, Col., May 23 - Several years ago Winne Burton, daughter of a wealthy merchant at Mansfield, Ohio, married a young man against her father's wishes, and was never forgiven. The husband soon deserted her, and she afterwards drifted around the world, making a living as best she could. Some months ago she went to Leadville, Col., and is now dying of consumption. She secured a rough house in the lower part of the city, and being too weak to work, lived on the charity of the few people she knew. Yesterday morning she received word that her father had died, leaving her $150,000. The news came too late, as the poor woman can live but a short time. She was carried to the train last night and sent to Ohio. [ Buffalo Courier (Buffalo, NY) Sat., 24 May 1890, p3]

Al and Donnie Hess, 5 and 8 years old, respectively, can tell you that it's very handy to have a father in the monument business. Donnie and Al were two of the mourners when "Skippy," the pet rabbit of Peggy Iden, died last week. Six of the neighborhood kids felt that Skippy deserved something pretty swell in the way of a funeral, so Donnie and Al agreed to ask their father, Virgil Hess, for a granite memorial. So now it is being carved in formal fashion with the simple markings of "Skippy, 1937-38" on it. Skippy was buried in the Iden's backyard on Wellington avenue, and in a few days his grave will be marked by the swankiest monument that any bunny ever had. [Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) April 5, 1938 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

"Girl of the Year' Chosen

For the second time in three years, a Mansfield girl has been crowned "National Girl of the Year" of the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, a youth organization for high school-age girls in the Brethren Church.
This year's winner is Miss Rebecca
Kochheiser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kochheiser, Lexington, RD 7. The Lexington High School June honor graduate is a member of Grace Brethren Church. She received two college scholarships in the National contest.
Her second cousin, Miss Pam Walters of Madison High School, was the national winner three years ago.
Miss Kochheiser, who qualified for district competition by completing a series of goals on the local church level, won the Ashland area competition in July on the basis of a written personal testimony. The testimony covered her church and school activities and Christian growth. It was accompanied by recommendations from school officials, her pastor and the patroness of the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha at Grace Brethren.
She competed with nine other finalists on the national level during the youth group's national convention at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., this month.
At the end of the formal pageant, she was awarded a $200 scholarship to the Christian college of her choice. She will attend West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in Oak Park, Ill. this fall.
Her second scholarship, a $125 award from Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., was received for placing second with a flute solo in the national instrumental solo competition.
Miss Kochheiser is a Sunday School and Bible School teacher in her congregation and sings in the choir. She also plays forward on the church girls' basketball team.
At Lexington High School, she was active in music groups, the Spanish Club, and served as secretary of the National Honor Society.
[Mansfield News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) August 22, 1973]

College Graduates
Kochheiser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kochheiser, Lexington, West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Oak Park, Ill., R. N. Degree. [The Mansfield News (Mansfield, OH) June 22, 1976 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

John A. Massa, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Massa, of 147 West First street, is one of the members of this year's graduating class of the Mansfield high school who was until very recently a News carrier, having given up his route in order to take a position in the office of the Citizens' Savings and Loan company. He carried the News for three years, his route having been south of Second and east of Main streets. He took the college preparatory course in high school. [The Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) June 8, 1910 - Sub by Ida Maack Recu]

John A. Massa Elected Officer Of Local Bank
Announcement has just been made by C. B. Hosack, Executive Vice President, of the election of John A.
Massa to the office of Assistant Secretary of Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Association whose Mansfield office is located at 127 Park Avenue West.
John, as he is known to his many business friends and acquaintances, is the "Dean" of savings and loan officers in the Mansfield area as his services date back to 1910 when he was employed by the Citizens Savings and Loan Company and where he held various positions until being elected as Secretary-Treasurer and General Manager.
Mr. Massa is truly a 100 per cent citizen of Mansfield in every respect -- his great grandparents were early settlers in Richland County with both of his parents, John A. Massa and Laura Ott Massa having been born in Mansfield. He was educated at St. Peter's school and graduated from Mansfield High School -- serving as an enlisted man with the Quartermaster Corps during World War I and now being a member of St. Peter's Roman catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and McVey Post No. 16 of the American Legion.
In 1920 he was married to Genevieve L. Smith. They have three sons and six grandchildren -- the sons being Paul L. Massa; David J. Massa, MD, and John A. Massa III.
During a recent interview Mr. Massa stated "I am very happy and pleased to be now affiliated with Peoples Federal which is a Federal and Insured savings and loan. Mansfield in particular, and Richland County as a whole, has been in need of the services of this type of financial institution that is operated in the public interest. Earnings at the rate of 2 1/2 per cent per annum are paid and compounded on insured savings. This latter feature of INSURED SAVINGS is very important as our Association is "Safe because it is insured and insured because it is safe." This is a well founded saying as in order to be acceptable to the insuring agency of the U. S. Government, the out-standing loans must be in sound condition and the management must pursue those fundamental policies that provide for the sound investment of the community who place funds in the form of savings accounts. I welcome my friends and acquaintances to call at our place of business -- we are currently in temporary quarters, but the construction of our new modern building will commence within a few days."
Office hours at Peoples Federal are 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and closed all day on Saturday. The Friday hours to 7 p.m. have provided most popular and convenient to the people of the community.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) December 8, 1952 - Sub by Ida Maack Recu]

'Doc' Is Ex-Mansfielder
The man known as 'Doc' who answers questions for readers of the Columbus Dispatch is a Mansfield native whose parents and brother live here. He is Paul L.
Massa who grew up in Mansfield and attended Ashland College. He authors the "Tell it To Doc" column, similar to the News Journal's "Hot Line." Massa was wounded in World War 2 and one of the nurses who cared for him in a Louisville, Ky. hospital became his wife. He has been away from Mansfield for more than 20 years. He worked for the Newark Advocate before joining the Dispatch. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Massa, 151 West Second St Dr. David J. Massa, Mansfield anesthetist, is a brother. [News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) September 30, 1967 - Sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Harry Valentine Oberlin -- MANSFIELD BOY FIRST TO PASS
Harry V. Oberlin, Born Here, First to Be Examined in Cleveland.
"I'm Proud to Be Able to Go," Oberlin's Comment; Made No Exemption Claim.
Harry V. Oberlin, who was born in Mansfield 24 years ago, is the first young man to have successfully passed the examination in Cleveland for draft into the new national army and has the distinction of being a 100 per cent man, having passed the examination without a single black mark. He did not make any claim of exemption.
Harry Oberlin is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Oberlin, now living in Toledo but for many years residents of Mansfield. He is a nephew of Miss Rose Oberlin of the Reed store.
At 5:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon he was certified as physically fit and his name inscribed at the top of what will become a list of Cleveland's quota to the national army.
"Say, when will we be called for training?" Oberlin demanded expectantly as he climbed back into his clothing in room 11 of the courthouse. "I'm proud to be able to go-especially with the distinction of being the first to be passed in Cleveland."
Oberlin presented himself yesterday afternoon at an opportune time when all members of the board, including Dr. J. J. Thomas, were present. So, under the eye of a camera, registering a history-making episode, he went through the same sort of an ordeal that close to 30,000 Cuyahoga county men will have to undergo in order to furnish the county's quota of (unreadable figure) men
It required approximately fifteen minutes to complete the examination of "Private" Oberlin. Dr. Thomas, however, expects to cut down the time when the real work begins today. He went through the various steps of the test exactly as every other candidate will be required to do.
Entering the room he was sent by Charles Wesley, reception clerk, who handed him a bag, showing him to be No. 1 in the examination list, and attached to his coat lapel a laundry check bearing the corresponding number. This system will be used to avoid confusion in call and in clothing when large numbers of men are awaiting examination.
From the reception clerk, Oberlin passed to Clerk T. J. Jackman, who thumbed the files for his registration card and compared its notations as to the color of eyes and hair with the applicants appearance, a procedure that will be followed to prevent hired substitutes from impersonating a drafted man.
Jackman checked Oberlin's notification with his card, showing him to be 24 years old, living at 9716 Lamont avenue, serial No. 2787, twentyseventh in order of call, a salesman employed by the W. Bingham company, unmarried, without dependents and making no claim for exemption.
Thence Oberlin passed to a table where A. W. Keagy and John E. Murray, members of local board No. 15, were seated. Under their direction, he answered questions as to his health and habits. The answers to be noted on the first page of the physical examination blank, which Oberlin signed.
He passed them into the hands of Dr. J. J. Thomas, physician member of the board, who conducted the actual examination while Walter F. Flory, chairman of the board, filled out the second page of the blank. Partly stripped, Oberlin stepped on the scales, which showed his weight to be 148 pounds and his height six feet two inches.
He was measured and thumped and put through a hop, step and jump before the stethoscope was used to determine his heart action. A scar from an appendicitis operation was noted, and his heart and other organs were found to be normal. His chest expansion was shown to be thirty-five inches at expiration and thirty-five inches at inspiration.
Eye, ear and teeth tests showed him normal in these respects. Whereupon Dr. Thomas signed the black certifying Oberlin to be physically fit for military service.
After that Oberlin passed on to C. H. A. Palmer, chief clerk of the board, who checked the physician's report in every detail, filled in the place and date and signed a form on the third page of the blank declaring that the local board finds the person named on the first page here of physically qualified for military service. That ended Oberlin's ordeal, and he went away to wait an order from the war department instructing him to report for duty.
[The Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) July 31, 1917 - sub. by Ida Maack Recu]

David Ott is more than proud of the pin he's wearing these days . . . He was initiated into Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor recently ... Dave, who's the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Ott, is a student in the College of Pharmacy at the university. [Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) April 15, 1940 - sub. by Ida Maack Recu]

Well Shot on
Secrist Farm Promises To be the Best Producer in That Territory - A 250,000 Flow.
Butler, March 19. - The gas well of the Elah Oil & Gas company on the Elah Secrist farm, which was pronounced a duster at a depth of 2,496 feet, was shot Thursday afternoon and a flow of gas secured which approximates over 250,000 cubic feet. The flow is increasing steadily since being shot, and may prove to be the best well in the Butler territory.
This well is located one mile north of Butler, on a direct line with the famous McClellan well and the Cates well, four miles north of town.
The sand is very thick, but is not porous, like in the other wells, and the gas could not come to the surface until an opening was made. Oil men claim there is plenty of gas and oil in this locality and there is a strong likelihood that other wills will be put down this season.
(The Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) March 19, 1909 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu)


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