Portman’s office weeds out Democrats from attending his political speech

Katie Finneran called off from work Wednesday evening so she could drive two hours north of Ohio State University to hear Sen. Rob Portman speak at a Lincoln Day Dinner, sponsored by the Seneca County Republican Party. Finneran, a 25-year-old environmental policy major, identifies as a member of the Green Party. But, partisan politics aside, she paid $30 to see her Republican senator, after calling his office repeatedly and always hearing that the line was full. Unfortunately, the morning of

Source: Portman’s office weeds out Democrats from attending his political speech

Central Ohio cemeteries running out of space | The Columbus Dispatch

Cemeteries have only so much space. And yet with an endless supply of new customers, they rarely have to put up “no vacancy” signs. This week, tiny Williamsville Cemetery in Orange Township in Delaware County essentially did that, declaring that it was suspending new burials because the grounds had reached their useful capacity.

Source: Central Ohio cemeteries running out of space | The Columbus Dispatch

The Williamsville Cemetery in Orange Township, Delaware County, Ohio on “Find A Grave”

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Ancestors, Snake Oil, and Politics

Sharing this newspaper advertisement for “Dr. Williams Pink Pills for Pale People” which was obviously an early “snake oil” scam, however, one of my Limes ancestors, Dr. Jesse Laws Limes, apparently was not afraid to be associated with it!

If you Google the name of the product you will find a lot of links and photographs about it.

I am not 100% sure that the drawing in the newspaper article is that of Dr. Limes or Dr. Williams.  This advertisement appeared in 1897 in a Chanute, Kansas newspaper. It appears in several issues over the years in this newspaper with the same drawing and Dr. J. L. Limes’ name.

Note, among the reasons Dr. Limes  states he was well-known “in this part of Kansas and Fayette County, Ohio” was that he was chairman of the Republican County Central Committee (Stafford County, Kansas.)

THE CHANUTE TIMES - JUNE 18 1897 - JESSE LIMES WITH FRAME & TEXT

The fun of Researching Ohio Bricks

I recently purchased three Ohio bricks (meaning that the word “Ohio” is stamped on them!) that I thought were really neat to have.  I knew I had some other older red bricks with different names stamped on them so I wanted to add the Ohio bricks to the small but now growing collection.

Sharing my photos of the bricks here. I cleaned them up with “D/2 Biological Solution”, a soft bristle brush, and regular water to rinse them off.  It will take awhile longer for them to lighten up more than they are now.  

Also sharing some great links that I found on the Internet about bricks made in Ohio:

Brick Names

“The Paving Brick Industry in Ohio” from the Ohiodnr 

The Trimble and Wassall Brick Companies, Athens County, Ohio

Bricks of Ohio WordPress blog:

     Metropolitan Block Canton, Ohio

     Trimble Block

“Historic Ohio Bricks” publication order form

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BRICKS - BIG FOUR BRICK

It’s Spring & Summer is Coming — & so are Cemetery Preservation / Restoration Workshops – But Not All Hands-On Workshops are Alike!

With Spring upon us and Summer on the horizon, we are reading about hands-on cemetery preservation (or cemetery restoration) workshops to be presented in Ohio and in neighboring states.  

Please keep in mind that a workshop is only as worthwhile as the quality of the teaching by its instructor.    

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Gravestone cleaning methods always matter!  

Below is a handy sheet to have on hand before attending a cemetery workshop that includes demonstrations and instructions on how to clean gravestones. 

Remember that not every gravestone really needs to be cleaned in order to read its inscription!  

 Less is always more when it comes to gravestones. 

***It is never appropriate or acceptable to use power tools on gravestones to clean them!**  

“NCPTT does not advocate the use of power tools to clean headstones. The use of such tools can abrade and remove granules from weathered marble and limestone. We do not advocate grinding, re-lettering, or polishing headstones as this alters the original surface of the grave marker. 

The company that makes Nyalox brushes compares their performance to wire brushes, which are much too harsh for a stone surface. Would you use a Nyalox brush on a power drill to clean the surface of your automobile? If not, then you would not use it to clean a grave marker.”

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These abrasive brushes shown below are harmful to gravestone surfaces and have no place at a cemetery workshop no matter who the instructor is!