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

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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

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

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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