Foutz Bros Waylaid on Way to Cage Match

Great-Grandpa Vance Foutz, far left, was not along when sons Roy, Don and Carl suffered a car cash in March 1946. But then, Vance had some other dustups to his name.

Great-Grandpa Vance Foutz, far left, was not along when sons Roy, Don and Carl suffered a car cash in March 1946. But then, Vance had some other dustups to his name.

Family Fender Benders: Don Foutz, 1946

To err is human. To find your fenders trading paint — or parts — with another automobile during the course of your lifetime, um, mundane.

If the local newspaper captured everything from 6-year-old birthday parties to jury summonses to ailments cured, you can bet it faithfully recorded the minor dustups that were a matter of routine on 20th century roadways in and about town.

And in case you never thought grandpa — or grandma, or great-grandpa — encountered a bad turn or two behind the wheel, well, this series should dispel that myth.

In all its permanent record detail.

Today’s inaugural installment puts us on an Ohio back road in March 1946. The two oldest Foutz brothers — Roy and Carl — are passengers in a car piloted by their youngest brother, my then 32-year-old grandpa Don. They’re on their way to a road Dover basketball game when they suffer that common specimen of automotive transport — road trippus interruptus.

From the New Philadelphia Daily Times of Monday, March 18, 1946:

En route to the Dover-East Liverpool basketball game at New Concord, a car driven by Don Foutz, 32, of Dover, was involved in a collision with a car driven by W.F. Jones, 24, of Canton, two and a half miles north of Newcomerstown on Rt. 21, Saturday at 6 p.m.

State Highway patrolmen said the accident occurred when Jones stopped for a car that was partially parked on the highway and the Foutz car, also traveling south, was unable to stop and struck the rear of Jones’ car.

Carl and Roy Foutz, brothers of the driver, suffered bumps and bruises. Both machines were damaged.

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Birthday Soiree for 6-year-old Donn Foutz

Waddington Joy Foutz Don 1950

Joy Waddington and cousin Donn Foutz, about 1950.

Donn Foutz’s Sixth Gets Times Write-up

Yes, it was common for the local paper in 1950’s Ohio to lend precious ink to even the most everyday occurrences. Such as a six-year-old’s birthday party.

Albeit, this March 1950 shindig was for the illustrious Uncle Donn Foutz.

Hey, Happy 71st, Uncle Donn!

From the Tuesday, March 14 edition of the New Philadelphia Daily Times:

Six-year-old Donn Foutz was a happy boy Saturday when his mother, Mrs. Don Foutz, entertained at a birthday party at the Foutz home, 323 E. Front St., Dover.

Tom Schupbach, Donald Maughan, Jack Colley and Rolly Varner won prizes.

Others attending were: Bobby and Carl Foutz, Susan Hardesty, Carol and Jim Edwards, Katy Andreas, Dick Williams, Jim Lanzer and Matt Fisher.


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Dover Police Blotter: Stolen Tire

Foutz Don Tire Theft Mar 1940


Honestly, Who Steals One Tire?

And honestly, who throws a shoe?

From your bustling hometown of Dover, the police blotter of 75 years ago. Grandpa Don Foutz suffered a stolen wheel and tire from his Chevy roadster overnight that Saturday, according to the New Philadelphia Daily Times of March 5, 1940.

Maybe police should have been on the lookout for a uni-roadster piloted by some sketchy looking character?

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Janet Ley Goes “Psychadelic”

Ley Janet DHS grad 1970

Janet Ley, psychadelic artist

2nd Prize in 1968 Window Art Contest

It was the age of Cream. Hendrix. Ken Kesey.

Tom Wolfe. Flower Power. And Woodstock on the way.

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out.

And aspiring teen artist Janet Ley was racking up notice in small-town Dover, Ohio with her entry in a psychadelic window painting contest.

The Weinsz Motor Co. sponsored the contest to promote its psychadelic sale in February 1968. From the Feb. 29 (hey! Artistic leaps, Leap Year….) edition of the Dover Daily Reporter:

Second prize of $10 went to Janet Ley, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ley of 1 Parkview dr. …

Miss Ley’s entry, which is on a new car display window at 2nd and Race st. is a circle entry of modernistic design, including 4 footprints which were outlined when she was held up to the window.

Thirteen members of the Art Club participated in the contest with a total of 9 paintings. The high fever and white hat themes of the Dodge promotion campaign were emphasized by some of the designs. …

A “Flower Car” will be awarded Saturday night at 8:53 as a climax to the sale.

SO many questions, 47 years later. Such as: what became of the flower car? Why 8:53? (And was it a.m. or p.m.?) How did Mom spend the $10? And what became of the first place entrants, the tag-teaming paintbrush duo of Debra DeWire and Alfred Johnson?

We know what became of Miss Ley. She went on to embody Flower Power over the next few years… but let’s redact that.

She would one day apply that psychadelic talent to teaching art in Garaway, Sugar. Creek., Dover, and the world over.

Tune in. Turn on. Drive a Dodge?????

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Rachel Caldwell, Valentine’s Day Baby

Great-great-great grandparents Robert & Rachel Caldwell, parents of Rebecca Jane (Caldwell) Foutz, wife of Jonathan Foutz.

Great-great-great grandparents Robert & Rachel Caldwell, parents of Rebecca Jane (Caldwell) Foutz, wife of Jonathan Foutz.

Born Feb. 14: Rachel Cramblett Caldwell


Happy birthday, Great-Great-Great Grandmother Rachel (Cramblett) Caldwell.

And Happy Valentine’s Day, as well.

Born today, 188 years ago, on Feb. 14, 1827 in Franklin Twp., Harrison County, Ohio.

Rachel was the daughter of John Cramblett and Margaret (Gladman) Cramblett, who came to Ohio from Anne Arundel County, Maryland. John’s father, John Crablett Sr., is notable for platting the town of Deersville in Harrison County.

Rachel met husband Robert Caldwell, a native of Virginia, in Harrison County, where they were married in March 1845 — hey, 170 years ago next month.

As much as we can make  out, from census and other records, they had 12 children — and two daughters married Foutzes: Rebecca to Great-Great Grandfather Jonathan, and Mary to his brother (Third Great Uncle), John G. Foutz.

Sweethearts galore.

Sherman, Grace, and Rebecca Foutz; Rachel Caldwell 1910

About 1910, clockwise from left, Sherman Foutz, daughter Grace Foutz, mother Rebecca Foutz and grandmother Rachel Caldwell pose in happier times.


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