Q: Findlay’s East Main Cross Street, between Osborn Avenue and Blanchard Street, has been closed for several weeks. Construction equipment is there. What’s being done, and when will it be finished? — Steve Schroeder, Findlay.
A: The bridge over Lye Creek is being replaced. Officials hope to have the street reopened by winter. — Paul Schmelzer, city service-safety director.
Q: What happened in Capernaum, Hancock County?
A: Not much.
In 1831, Judge Abraham Huff laid out Capernaum as 16 lots on his farm in the western half of the northeast quarter of Section 3 in Amanda Township, just northeast of Vanlue.
County Recorder Wilson Vance acknowledged it on March 15, 1831. But, no lots were sold and no houses built. The lots were vacated on Dec. 30, 1862. — “History of Hancock County, Ohio,” 1886, 1903.
Q: Are there other places around like Capernaum that never were, or came and went?
A: Yes. They include Frankford, Freedom, Jamestown, La Fayette, Martinstown, Olney, Ridgeville, North Ridgeville, and West Union. — “History of Hancock County,” 1903.
Q: Have another of the language’s 10 best sentences from The American Scholar?
A: From “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” by Joan Didion, 1968:
“It was the United States of America in the cold late spring of 1967, and the market was steady and the G.N.P. high and a great many articulate people seemed to have a sense of high social purpose and it might have been a spring of brave hopes and national promise, but it was not, and more and more people had the uneasy apprehension that it was not.”
Q: Years ago, I looked for those tiny newspaper items that might just say “Kangaroos are marsupials” or “Ohio is 41,328 square miles.” Why don’t I see them anymore?
A: Editors don’t need them.
When newspaper pages were composed in lead, those “fillers” were needed when stories came up shorter than expected and there was a little space left.
Today, computers allow editors to stretch out the copy if stories are a little short.
Q: Don’t tell me there’s even a hall of fame for quilters.
A: And it is in Marie Webster’s colonial-revival house in Marion, Indiana, where she designed her famous quilts and operated a successful pattern business.
Webster (1859-1956) wrote the first American book about quilting, “Quilts, Their Story, and How to Make Them,” in 1915. The National Park Service has recognized her house as a landmark of women’s history.
By the way, Meredith Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky, was last year’s inductee. She founded the American Quilters Society in 1984 and co-founded the National Quilt Museum in Paducah in 1991. — Martha Esbin, “Librarian’s Muse” blog, Toledo.
Q: Whatever happened to Geritol, the cure for “iron-poor blood” on ’50-’60s television?
A: It’s still going strong, “delivering just the right balance of key vitamins and minerals.”
It is made by Meda Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Meda AB of Solna, Sweden. — Various sources.
Q: What did Mark Twain (1835-1910) say?
A: “What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.”
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