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Zula Ley: Little-Known Fact #1

Fisher Zula Clover bio 1913

Great-Grandmother Zula Fisher Ley’s 1913 high school senior class photo and bio from the Clover, New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Zula Fisher Lauded in Theater Role

Hey, hey, and happy 2016 to family and familiars.

Two things that keep me returning to genealogy — no matter the gaps between hits on the blog odometer — are the stories (confirming old ones, uncovering new ones) and the mysteries (solving an old one, unearthing a new one).

This week, by virtue of some spurts of research spawned by arctic temps here in the western outpost of Foutz- and Leydom, I’ve got some new tidbits to share.

Today we visit with a teenage Great-Grandmother Zula Lucrece (Fisher) Ley, circa 1913.

As a New Philadelphia, Ohio, high school senior, Zula was noted in her yearbook entry for her participation in basketball and the senior play. But a (remarkably) lengthy write-up in the Daily Times shared some interesting details of her role.

Subbed after Classmate’s Sister’s Death

“Real stars uncovered in playlet,” the headline reports, and the article goes on for a full, front-page column, then jumps to more on page 5.

Even my indulgent newspaper editors probably would have red-penned me to death were I to have pulled that almost a hundred years later.

We learn more about Zula’s role about 2/3 of the way down. From the Saturday, May 24, 1913 edition:

Miss Zula Fisher deserved much credit. Miss Fisher portrayed the part of Miss Mayne Hensel, leading lady in the junior class play. The part was to have been taken by Miss Martha Swearingen, but on account of the death of Miss Swearingen’s sister she was unable to take part. Miss Fisher was notified only Friday morning that she was to take the part and had only one day to prepare it. If one had not known, it could never had been told as she spoke her lines and acted as though she had been practicing a month.

A nice little nugget, in a story of otherwise merely contemporary value, that shines a little light on Zula’s budding character.

No surprise, then, that she grew into a local teacher well-known and beloved by pupils over the following years. And also sheds light on another surprising tid bit I’ll share Tuesday.

Till then….

Fisher family 2

Fisher family portrait, circa 1910. Front: Addie May & John W. Kids: Byron, Zula, Clyde, Alverna, Oscar.


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Jeanne Ley, 1965 Buckeye Girls’ Stater

Ley Jeanne Girls' Stater Daily Reporter 29 Mar 1965

Aunt Jeanne Ley is featured in this March 1965 profile on her selection for Buckeye Girls’ State conference.

Girls’ State Trip for Junior Jeanne Ley

Quickie post from the Ley side today, racking up more accolades for the Ley sisters of the 1960s.

From 49 years ago this month….

Prior to being featured (with Uncle Bob Foutz) among the top Dover High seniors of 1966, aunt Jeanne was honored with a selection to the Buckeye Girls’ State conference the previous summer, according to this Dover Daily Reporter profile.

But then, academic honors weren’t new for the Ley sisters. Witness older sister Sally’s 1965 newspaper feature, which, going by straight chronology, would actually be published the month after Aunt Jeanne’s girls’ state mention spotlighted here.

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Sally Ley, Top Senior, 1965

Ley Sally top senior pic Daily Reporter 29 Apr 1965

From 1965: top senior Sally Ley of Dover High.

Bike Tumble Precedes Top Senior Status for Aunt Sal

One thing about suddenly gaining access to an online archive of the Dover Daily Reporter from the 1930s through 1977 — they covered everything, and I mean everything, in my hometown.

Thus, club notes, traffic mishaps, kids’ birthday parties, the odd injury or two.

I thought it might be funny to celebrate my Aunt Sally Ley Pacheco’s birthday today by sharing some oh-so-pressing news, as detailed by the Reporter in February 1959:

Ley Sally bike accident Daily Reporter 18 Feb 1959

Actually, second-degree burns and cut foreheads notwithstanding, I can see how this accident is far from funny. In fact, I remember hearing about it from Aunt Sal as a kid.

So to add a bit of balm to this birthday trip down memory lane, here’s a more thoroughly reported piece from April 1965. Hey, just about 50 years ago!

Looks like things were looking up by then for Aunt Sal, one of Dover High’s “top seniors.”


Ley Sally top senior story Daily Reporter 29 Apr 1965

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High School Life in Dover, Ohio, 1935

1935 Dover High School Basketball Reserves

Among the 1935 Dover High School basketball reserve squad was my grandfather, Robert Earl Ley Jr — top photograph, back row, third from right.

1935 Crimson & Grey Yearbook – Dover, Ohio

Among the cool genealogical finds on Facebook — of all places — are pages devoted to an area’s history, usually maintained by a devotee whose family has called the place home for generations upon generations.

Gee, I don’t know anybody in my own family like that.

Seriously, though, the work Dan Slentz has done on Facebook collecting and commemorating Dover’s history is fun, indeed. Everything from mid-19th-century shots of the early canal days to ribbon-cutting ceremonies from the Dover today find a place on his page. And the historical shots are abundant!

In this post, some scans Dan shared from the 1935 Crimson & Grey yearbook of Dover High School, then the Roosevelt High School of my grandparents.

Bob Ley and Sue Weible were still in school that year — as juniors — and my grandpa Don Foutz had graduated a mere three years before.

Above, you see the pic of the basketball reserves, on which Bob Ley (top photograph, third from right in the back row) played.

Other finds:

* sponsorship by Great-Grandpa Robert Ley Sr. of the yearbook — a tradition Mom says grandpa carried on, and from the same dentist’s office

* sponsorship by Miller Studio Inc. — although in New Phila, the offices eventually run by my grandma Foutz’s second husband, Max Miller (a graduate of New Philadelphia High School) also came to employ my grandma, Erma Foutz, and my dad, Fred

* pic of the 1934Dover football varsity — thought Grandpa Ley might have played; closer inspection reveals no

* an ad for Fred Pottschner Ford — which employed my Grandpa Don Foutz, a 1932 alum and former star of the DHS football squad

* a page devoted to the Dover School Board — of which cousin Edwin Frederick Weible was president

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Are You Ready for Some (Dover) Football?

Colt's grandfather, Don Foutz, set records as starting halfback for Dover in 1931 that would stand for more than six decades.

New Campfire Series Explores 1931 Tornadoes Team

If you didn’t get the hint from daily temperatures routinely topping 90 throughout the Midwest, then count me among you. But the calendar — and this dispatch from The Times-Reporter back home — tells it like it is. School is back in session, and with it, the Friday night ritual observed by thousands of the faithful in my hometown of Dover, Ohio: high school football.

Certainly, having a heart that palpitates for autumn nights under the lights, the band blaring away from the end zone, cheerleaders high-kicking along the sidelines, and the whole town seemingly turned out and tuned in to the movement of a cowhide-covered ball, is a condition shared by many. But I’d argue that for my town, and my family, the connection is a touch more special.

Maybe it’s because so many of us called Dover home, and for so long. It’s hard to ignore tradition when you’re walking the same school halls as three or four generations of your family did before you.

Or maybe it’s that in an old mill town, and canal town before that, with a population a thousand or so souls above 10,000, year after year, there just was no way of getting around the excitement shaking Crater Stadium each Friday night at 7:30. It was the biggest show in town, the only show in town.

It probably has something to do with the brand of ball Dover plays, and has played, for decades. The Tornadoes are recognized as one of the longest running, and most successful, programs in a football-mad state.

This year will mark the 107th time Dover will square off in the season’s final game with arch-rival — and neighbor just over the river — New Philadelphia. Fifty times Dover has won (including 14 of the last 16); forty-seven times the victory has gone to the Quakers; nine contests have ended in a draw. According to WTOV-9, Dover has an all-time winning percentage of 62%, and an overall record of 623-332-44. For those scoring at home (or even if you’re alone), that’s 999 all-time games. So the team’s opener next Thursday, Aug. 26 against Carrollton will mark its 1,000th game.

But Dover football lore goes beyond the numbers, beyond even a personal store of memories of contests past, to a collective lore many kids in town were raised on. One of my favorite tales is of the legendary Paul Brown, destined for Ohio State and then the Browns and Bengals in the NFL, refusing to let his late 1930s Massillon squad play Dover during a decade  in which the Tigers would win six straight state championships. Setting the stage for that power play was a 1931 squad – Brown would take over as Massillon coach in 1932 — led by my grandfather, Don Foutz, and captained by first-year coach Herman “Bup” Rearick.

My grandfather’s football exploits certainly qualified as legend in my family. According to relatives, he rarely — if ever — discussed his playing days. Although he was featured in a story during my Uncle Donn’s All-Ohio season as fullback in the early 1960s, we didn’t put all the pieces together of how good Grandpa really was on the field, and what the end of his career may have cost him, until much later.

The stats tell it this way — and again, I am kicking myself for having misplaced the volumes of football history I have by Dover gridiron scholar Denny Rubright.

* In 1930, grandpa almost single-handedly won the game against hated New Phila by accounting for 47 yards of a 49-yard drive and scoring Dover’s first touchdown, and then throwing the winning 50-yard touchdown pass with barely 5 minutes remaining.

* In 1931, he rushed for 220 yards in the rivalry game and scored two touchdowns. The yardage mark would remain tops in the record books for another 67 years. As of 2001, it was still the sixth-best single-game rushing mark in team history. (He also owned the eighth-best mark, with 209, set earlier in the 1931 season.)

* But for all Grandpa’s prowess running the football, he was most coveted — and feared — for his foot. Specifically, as a punter and place kicker. Here is where the statistics give out, and legend kicks in.

According to family, he never spoke of it, but Grandpa was recruited by Ohio State and spent a year on campus as a member of the varsity Buckeyes squad — though he never played a down. Tragically, He got lime in his eyes (they used to line the fields with it) and never returned to Columbus.

This summer, my father and I decided to preserve an important collection of family documents by scanning Grandpa’s football scrapbook. Before, during and after his senior season, Grandpa dutifully kept a record of newspaper articles clipped and pasted, and his own notations on the contests as they were played out. There are team and individual photos, programs, his treasured varsity letter, telegrams, and yes, recruitment letters from Ohio State, his report card, and record of his final withdrawal.

As a sports fan and writer, I particularly relished the game-by-game accounts published in the local Times-Reporter and other area papers during that 1931 autumn. In the coming weeks, as this year’s Dover season is played out, I’ll share the scanned scrapbook and the written account of each contest from 79 years ago.

Somehow, seeing it all in print, and holding these important family artifacts in my own hands, all these years later, doesn’t take away from the legend, but only makes it all the more indelible.

From Don Foutz scrapbook. Don -- middle row, third from left -- and his teammates compiled a 4-4-2 record, but stunned rival New Phila in the closing minutes with his 50-yard pass play to win the game and the conference title.

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