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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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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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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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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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