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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Super Bow(ling) for Dummies: Cousin Carlo Clears up Scores


Standings weren’t looking good for Don Foutz and his bowling colleagues from Potschner Ford in January 1954.

Foutz Bowling Frames Decoded

Guest post today comes from Katie’s cousin, Carl Knutson. Who bears some responsibility for Colt’s genealogy obsession, as you may recall.
Carl writes:
I saw your post this morning on Twitter from your blog. … I saw it was about bowling in the 50s (and) I thought I would check it out. If the leagues worked the same way then that they do now I might have some additional insights for you.
You mentioned you thought there were two games per week, although I’m guessing there are actually three games per week. That seems to be the standard for most bowling leagues now, at least. There are two things that point in that direction from the scores you posted.
First, there are two scores from the April page that are over 600. This wouldn’t be possible in a two game series even if someone would be able to bowl two 300s in a row. Shetler from Wallick Coal put up a 618 and Rose from Lewis Funeral Home put up a 609.
Second, bowling scores just weren’t that high back then and they aren’t typically that high now either. The spring bowling season just started for me so I don’t have the scores from last week handy, but last fall I was in a league of thirty 4-person teams. While we are the “fun” league, there are some good bowlers and the highest average is still only around 190. Most averages range from about 110 to 170.
I was trying to find some data on Pro Bowling scores from that era but couldn’t really find anything. The closest I could really find was this article:
I calculated what would have been the average score with the totals you posted for either 2 or 3 games. You can check it out here:
Two games would have everyone on your grandfather’s team scoring well over 200 for nearly every game.
For the points, the way things work now is that you get one point for each game and then another point for winning the match each week. From the standing you posted, it looks like there were 15 weeks of games if there were 4 points per match and 8 matches per week. This actually is similar to the league I’m in now. We do 16 weeks during the fall and spring seasons and then 12 weeks over the summer.
I was also interested in the handicap. Usually there is some sort of formula that determines the handicap. In my league, the handicap is currently 90% of the difference between your average and 205. Usually this handicap changes as your average changes week to week.
One thing I noticed is that there were a number of teams that had the same average as your grandfather’s team, 375, and that it didn’t seem to change. This comes out to 25 points per player per game. Maybe this was the maximum handicap you could have in the league. Other teams that had higher scores on average had a lower handicap and it changed over time.
Anyway, I hope that gives you a bit more info about your grandfather’s bowling league.
Cheers to you and the rest of the family.
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For the Record | Elizabeth Zeigler, 1928 Obit

Duerr Siblings 1903

Great-great Grandmother Elizabeth (Duerr) Zeigler — seated in the front row, second from right — and her siblings and siblings-in-law, at a family reunion, circa 1903. From left, front row: Margaret Stallecker Duerr, Mary Duerr Welsch, Anna Duerr Arnold, Elizabeth Duerr Zeigler, Susan Myers Duerr. Back: Michael Duerr, John Krantz (husband of Catherine Duerr) and Sam Duerr. Courtesy of Thomas Bitticker.

Elizabeth Duerr Zeigler, 1845-1928

From 87 years ago today, Great-Great Grandmother Elizabeth (Duerr) Zeigler passed away in the home of her daughter, Great-Grandmother Laura Foutz.

She was 83 and a native of Germany. Just where in Germany is pretty nailed down, and what’s more, that area lines up pretty neatly with her spouse, Jacob Zeigler’s, neck of Deutschland. But more interestingly, the place our Foutzes (over there, Pfoutses) are likely from, too.

How they all ended up in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, is a story that bears digging into.

But for now, record transcriptions report the Zeiglers (sometimes Ziegler) came from Hohenacker and the Duerrs came from Schlaitdorf. Both are towns near the southwestern German city of Stuttgart, in the Neckar River region. Pfoutses are said to have come from the lower Neckar River region in what is now Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Well, the trouble with certain German towns from the 18th and 19th centuries is that they were small then — some aren’t even in existence today. And, to complicate things further, sometimes there are more than one of them.

In the case of Hohenacker, birthplace of the Zeiglers, you can find the village in Bretzfeld, Waiblingen and Esslingen. Record transcriptions for the baptisms of Great-Great Grandfather J.J. Zeigler, in 1827, and sister Barbara, in 1810, show that they were born in Hohenacker, Waiblingen — which also happens to be the district that eventual wife Elizabeth Duerr and family called home, in Schlaitdorf. But family records claim these Zeiglers were born in Hohenacker, Esslingen.

Which is correct? Both villages are found near Stuttgart, both near that famed Neckar River which also produced the Pfoutses.

Baptismal records are probably the most authoritative when pinpointing our German ancestors. But I have seen more errors in transcription — and interpretation, such as family records that mutate Wuerttemberg into Wittenberg, which, as the German eagle flies, is aaaaaaall the way up in northeast Germany toward Berlin, but maybe our cute little relative researchers were thinking of the college in Ohio? — than I have seen dead-on accuracy.

So finding the actual records and eyeballing them is key. Until then, we have the swirling mists and a general geographic idea of where our Germanic roots got growing.

From the Jan. 23, 1928 edition of the New Philadelphia, Ohio Daily Times:

Mrs. Ziegler Dies Monday


Mrs. Elizabeth Ziegler, 83, widow of Jacob Ziegler, native of Germany, but a resident of Dover township since she was eleven years old, died at 10:20 p.m. yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vance Foutz, 515 Race street, Dover, where she had made her home for the past six months.

Mrs. Ziegler, who became bedfast seven months ago tomorrow, died of a complication of diseases and infirmities of old age. Prior to her removal to Dover, Mrs. Zeigler had resided for twelve years with her son, David Ziegler, Russlin Hills, Dover township, four miles north of Dover. Mr. Ziegler died June 1, 1897.

Surviving are eight children: John, Zoarville; Mrs. Samuel Lengler, Parrall; Mrs. Edward Archinal, 515 West High street, this city; Jacob, David, Edward, all of Route 4, Dover; and Mrs. Foutz, at whose home she died; one brother, Samuel Duerr, Zoar; and a sister, Mrs. Constantine, Michigan.

Mrs. Ziegler was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical church, Ruslin Hills.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Foutz home where she died, and at 10 a.m. at the St. Paul’s church. Rev. Paul Kaefer, Bolivar, will officiate. Burial will be made in the church cemetery by the Lewis Funeral Home, Dover, and Uhrichsville.


Zeigler Elizabeth Duerr grave Ruslin Hills Cemetery Dover Ohio

Great-great Grandmother Elizabeth (Duerr) Zeigler is buried in Ruslin Hills Cemetery north of Dover.


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Good Bowling Night for Don Foutz


Standings weren’t looking good for Don Foutz and his bowling colleagues from Potschner Ford in January 1954.

Don Foutz: Rolling Frames for Potschner Ford

Life wasn’t all sticker price and trade-in value for my enterprising Grandfather, Don Foutz, as he worked the lot at Potschner Ford in 1950s Dover, Ohio.

Come Saturday, he could look forward to cutting loose and rolling a few frames with buddies in the … bowling league.

OK, legendary football field exploits these are not.

But if you’re into bowling box scores — ha ha, little joke there — they do provide a window on 1950s life. At least, from a middle class social networking point of view.

The active leagues in smalltown Dover mirror the area’s industry in their team rosters. Among car lots, there are Potschner and Boliver Ford dealers rolling into the alleys. Toland and Lewis funeral homes sent teams to play, as well as Dover Market, Eichel Meats and Zoar Tavern to represent knife and forkers.

Even white-collar Hanhart Insurance went toe to toe in the Industrial League, but, speaking of clean collars, sitting atop the circuit in early 1954 was Puritan Laundry. Potschner, meanwhile, had recorded not even a quarter of the point totals as the league’s top teams.

Huh. Guess they were opting for the I-block six instead of the Y-block V8.

Lousy puns aside, it’s tough to determine how well Grandpa Foutz did on a weekly basis… and slightly beyond my interest to check. But here are a few clippings from that year and his scores and the results of the games. On his best nights, he was a high-400s bowler for what I’m guessing was a two-game league match. On his worst, he recorded in the 300s.

Like me, maybe he’d rather have been watching football.

Foutz Don Good Bowling 22 Jan 1954 — 61 years ago this week — led both teams with 499, beat Wendling Bros.

Foutz bad bowling April 1954 — second on team with 449, lost to Harmon Studio

Foutz Bad Bowling 5 May 1954 — last on both teams with 325, lost to Zoar Tavern

Fred Potcshner Ford Agency Dover Ohio

Old pic of Fred Potschner Ford, Dover, Ohio.

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