Ward Tunte Van Orman – Famous Hot Air Balloon Navigator and the Lorain High School Scimitar of 1928

Ward Tunte Van Orman

Ward Tunte Van Orman:  
 
“Ward Tunte Van Orman (born September 2, 1894 in Lorain, Ohio – died March 11, 1978) was an American engineer, inventor and balloonist. A lifelong employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company credited with invention of Goodyear’s inflatable life raft[2] and self-sealing fuel tank,[3] Van Orman set an unprecedented record of winning five annual National Balloon Races (including the first ever Litchfield Trophy issued by Goodyear’s Paul Litchfield in 1925), participating in ten and winning three International Gordon Bennett Races (1926, 1929, 1930)”
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Lorain High School’s class of 1928 choose to feature the life and hot air balloon race adventures of one of their own:  Ward T. Van Orman  — who was a 1912 graduate of Lorain’s high school on the shores of Lake Erie where the coal and iron meet.

Below are pages from the 1928 L.H.S. yearbook “The Scimitar”  that spotlight this enterprising Lorainite:

WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - coverWARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - Title PageWARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 1WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 2WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 3WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 4WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 5

WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 8 WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 7 WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 6 WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 9WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 10WARD VAN ORMAN LHS CLASS OF 1928 - 11

Shannon Cemetery plans debated Bluffton cemetery neglected – LimaOhio.com – limaohio.com

Shannon Cemetery plans debated Bluffton cemetery neglected – LimaOhio.com – limaohio.com.

Sharing this Lima (Allen County) Ohio newspaper story regarding the Shannon Cemetery in Bluffton, Ohio where standing gravestones as well as unearthed grave markers were removed from the cemetery to be later placed in a large concrete base and put on display elsewhere on the property. The Shannon Cemetery no longer has any standing gravestones because of the actions of one man and his ‘vision’ for the cemetery to be turned into a ‘cemetery – park.’  Civil War and Rev. War veterans are also buried at the Shannon Cemetery.

Memorial Day- 2015- Respect through the ages

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Sharing this blog post in honor of Memorial Day, 2015.

Originally posted on That Woman's Weblog:

A little over 2 1/2 years ago Lorain Mayor- Chase Ritenauer, Chief of Staff- Derek Feurestein , Ariel Vasquez of the Lorain Utilities Dept. met, along with the parents and family members of three of the young men who had lost their lives for our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan, on what was then a derelict waste and dumping ground .
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We trudged , and I mean that literally, through bracken, weeds, over fallen trees and mud as Ariel explained his vision for what would become Eric Barnes Heroes Walk.
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Ariel explained how each young man would have a tribute garden with a bench , signage and artwork along a path which would meander through what was left of a woods, flower beds and a view of Lorain’s lakefront a priority . The pathway would connect the two areas already in place known as, Settlers’ Watch 2009
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“Before” and “After” Comparison Photos of the Dorothy Eleanor Provoznik Gravestone – Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio

The top photograph below of the Dorothy Eleanor Provoznik gravestone, that is 95 years old this year, at the Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio was taken on May 28, 2007 after it was cleaned with only plain water.  

As can be seen, there was a white streak across the front side of the gravestone most likely made by a weed whacker that remained even after cleaning with a soft bristle brush.  This stone is quite porous.  It is almost like a concrete block. 

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The second photograph below was taken May 9, 2015 not long after water and  D/2 Biological Solution was applied to it.   The stone was scrubbed with a soft bristle plastic brush.  

It was so amazing to watch as brown and green ‘gunky’ liquid just “oozed out” of the gravestone and came to the top surface rather quickly.  

It is important to note that there are steel mills in the area and much pollution is in the air, unfortunately. 

The gravestone was rinsed down well with water afterward.  In a few minutes the stone began to dry and it looked as seen now.

This stone will be checked again this summer to see how it is doing!

(Above)  May 28, 2007 after being washed with water and a soft bristle plastic brush

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May 28, 2007 after being washed with water and a soft bristle plastic brush

 (Above)  May 9, 2015 after being cleaned with water and  D/2 Biological Solution and rinsed with plain water

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May 9, 2015 after being cleaned with water and D/2 Biological Solution and rinsed with plain water

   

Solomon Ennis (1818 – 1848) – Find A Grave Memorial — Views of the Grave Marker before and after it was repaired and “polished” with an abrasive treatment

Solomon Ennis (1818 – 1848) – Find A Grave Memorial.

 SOLOMON ENNIS SIDE BY SIDE PHOTOS CLOSE UP - ROB MYERS with lettering

These photos are close up views of the upright marker for Solomon Ennis who died February 13, 1848 and was buried at the Bedford Cemetery in Bedford, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

The photograph on the left was taken September 3, 2012 by a “Find A Grave” contributor and prior to any repair or cleaning application.

The photograph on the right was taken on April 12, 2015 during my visit to the Bedford Cemetery.  This photograph shows us the stark contrast to the one taken in 2012.  It shows us what it looks like now after it was repaired and highly polished with a power tool.

This gravestone was repaired, cleaned, and polished sometime in 2013 – 2014.  While the repair work to the cracks appears to have been done in an acceptable manner, however, the unnaturally bright white and shiny highly polished surface finish is indicative of other gravestones in this cemetery that have been known to be polished using a Nyalox Brush on a Power Drill. 

This gravestone had clear deeply carved lettering and a beautifully carved open Bible motif that were all diminished in depth and clarity by the abrasiveness caused by use of one or more Nyalox Brushes rotating at high speeds attached to a portable power drill.

Obviously, using power tools on gravestones is not condoned by nationally recognized professional gravestone organizations and their conservators  such as NCPTT and A.G.S.

Unfortunately, this marker has lost some of the outer ‘skin’ because this aggressive and abrasive method evidently used one or more times over all of its marble surface during the ‘polishing’ process.  

Based on photographs of other gravestones that were taken right after they were subjected to such treatment, that are published online, marble dust can be seen surrounding the gravestone as well as on any plant life near it.

Sadly, often those who use this damaging ‘treatment’ defend and promote it in their business and at workshops they hold as being part of a restoration process; ‘restoring’ the gravestone back to its original condition.  That they are in the business of restoration and not preservation or conservation.

This begs the question, how can a peeling away a layer of stone return it to its original condition?   — And, the fact that they, themselves, were not taught by any nationally known reputable preservation organization’s conservator to engage in this type of ‘polishing’ of gravestones in the first place?