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Vance Foutz – Drunken Car Crash

Vance Cleveland Foutz

Great-Grandfather Vance Cleveland Foutz, 1887-1968

Tusc Ave. Crash Lands Vance Foutz in Hot Water

It’s Memorial Day weekend, family and friendlies, occasion for cookouts and Indy 500 watching and — in Dover Foutz tradition, Indy 500 cookouts. As the commercials say: drink responsibly.

A maxim Great-Grandpa Vance Foutz might have followed a bit more closely on a late May weekend some 76 (!!!) years ago. The (typically traitorous) New Philadelphia Daily Times made Vance an unwitting subject of its front page that Saturday, May 19, 1939, chronicling his misadventures of the night before, as he piloted a car and two female occupants into a parked vehicle along Tuscarawas Avenue.

Complicating matters — a fire plug suffered in the collision, flooding the scene. Other damage? Blackened eyes, cut lips and a fine of $100 plus costs.

Read the full report — and stay out of the police log, kiddos.



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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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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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Charles Ley Appoints Election Foe

Charles Henry Ley

Great-great Grandfather Charles Henry Ley


Ley Allows Opponent to Keep County Post

“Sure, politics ain’t bean-bag. ‘Tis a man’s game, an’ women, childer, cripples an’ prohybitionists ‘d do well to keep out iv it.”

Finley Peter Dunne, newspaper columnist, in the guise of character Mr. Dooley, 1895

In this age of fierce partisan tussles in American politics, a 120-year-old saying probably rings truer than ever.

Well, save for the part about it being solely a man’s game.

Or, for that matter, the exclusive domain of any one party, from the highest to the most local of levels. (Though, for an entertaining account of the intrepid Mitt Romney’s marring of the phrase, check out this NY Mag recap.)

Still, in even the most rough-and-tumble professions resembling politics — football coaching, say; or the PTA — it’s not unheard of for the new regime to retain a bit of the old, particularly when the would-be incumbents boast experience or qualifications helpful to the new order.

I am sure the practice never has anything to do with needing a handy scapegoat, or a grunt to the dirty work.


No great stretch, then, to imagine this act of generosity — whether in earnest or calculation — predates “politics ain’t beanbag” by centuries, and likely millennia. I seem to recall a certain Brutus bringing a sharp object past the Roman Senate’s metal detectors and toga friskers, and Mark Antony having a few words to say about that.

So today’s post transports us a mere 104 years, or 26 four-year political cycles, back to Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Great-great Grandfather Charles Henry Ley has just won election as county treasurer, and instead of cleaning house, he opts to retain his opponent, the incumbent deputy treasurer John Lineberger. Ley had bested Lineberger in the primary election that spring.

No word on how much calculation or generosity was involved in the gesture. But I like to think the two got along as they saw to the county coffers. In 1915, when Charles Ley’s tenure ended, Lineberger would step in.

Here’s how the New Philadelphia, Ohio Daily Times wrote up the appointment, Jan. 30, 1911:


Treasurer-elect C. Ley Re-appoints Him


Deputyship, however, to be retained by present incumbent.

Deputy County Treasurer John A. Linbeberger, of Dennison, has been reappointed to that office by Country Treasurer-elect Charles Ley of Port Washington, who defeated Mr. Lineberger for the nomination at the primary election last spring. The appointment was officially announced Monday morning by Mr. Ley, and is being received with favor on all sides.

Mr. Lineberger has been deputy county treasurer under W.A. Wagner for five years. He is a courteous official and during his term of office has made many friends, who will be glad to hear of his re-appointment.

There were nearly twenty applicants for the position, it is understood, notwithstanding this Mr. Ley made an almost unprecedented move by appointing  a man, was was not an applicant for the position and who was also his opponent for the nomination. This is said to be without parallel in Tuscarawas County.

Treasurer-elect Ley will take office the first Monday in September, when the present incumbent, W.A. Wagner will step out after five years of most efficient service. Mr. Ley’s term of office, under the present law, is two years.

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