1990 Black Swamp Driving Club Officers
Vice President: Peter Kolan
Secretary/Treasurer: Pat Bilow
Other Board Members: Gary Gillfillan, Becky Robertson, Rich Beach, John Hunter
May 1990 BSDC Newsletter
By Pat Bilow
At a special Board meeting on March 18, the Board regretfully accepted the resignation of Julie Petree who resigned because of other commitments. A motion was unanimously passed to ask Becky Robertson to fill the vacancy. A big thanks to Julie for assuming a leadership role with the Club.
The first drive of the year is coming up. Join us on May 20 at the home of Robert D. Voska, Sr., in Woodville, Ohio. The drive will start on County Road 34 with is a dead-end road that runs off State Route 105 East )also known as Water Street). There will be a half-mile of parking along County Road 34. This road is no longer in use and has been approved by Woodville’s mayor for the Club’s use on this date.
A potluck lunch will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the backyard of the Voska home located right on the Portage River at 737 Water Street in Woodville. Following lunch, the drive will be 9 ½ miles of shorter for anyone wishing to turn back earlier.
The Voska home in on State Route 105 in the northeast corner of Woodville. Don’t miss our first drive of the season.
The next drive has been scheduled for Sunday, June 24 at Wayne and Jeanette Kidd’s in Jenera, Ohio. Mark your calendars now for this beautiful drive in the country. We’ll be driving to a park for a picnic. More next month on time and location.
July 21 is the Parade at Sauder’s Craft and Farm Village in Archbold, Ohio. We’ll have a potluck lunch at noon, with the parade at 2:00 p.m. and a drive at 3:30 p.m. This is a special event in which you will want to dress in clothing of early America. Be sure to be a park of this special day!
Special thanks go to Chari Ritledge and Peter Kolan for coordinating the driving clinic at Golden Wing Stable in Findlay.
See you on May 20 for the first drive of the season at Bob Voska’s!
July 1990 BSDC Newsletter
An antique carriage exhibit, parade, pleasure drive and potluck supper is being planned by the Black Swamp Driving Club for Saturday, July 21, at Sauder’s Museum, Farm & Craft Village, one mile north of Archbold, Ohio, on State Route 2.
Anyone interested in being in the parade should contact Henry zumFelde, Chairman, 4436 County Road 13, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 (419) 335-7746.
Owners of antique vehicles are encouraged to display them even if they do not plan to drive them in the parade.
The Parade of Turnouts will begin at 2:00 p.m. through the museum grounds. A public address system will be used to describe turnouts to the public. Appropriate dress will be required.
After the parade, there will be a country drive with a rest stop at Goll Woods parking area where restrooms are available.
A potluck dinner will be held in the shelter house at 11:30 a.m. Refrigerators are available. Bring a dish to share and your table service and drinks.
There are no entry fees. All who participate will be given four one-day passes (per turnout) to the museum – valid during the 1990 season.
This will be a fun event! Let’s have a great turnout!
In August, we’ll be having a drive in the countryside starting at Independence Park in Defiance, Ohio. More about this next month.
A driving class has been included at the Fulton County Horse Show in Wauseon on Wednesday, September 5, with premium monies. See you at Sauder’s on July 21!
August 1990 BSDC Newsletter
Ready for a gorgeous drive down by an old river canal? Then be sure to join us on August 12 at Independence Park on the banks of the Maumee River near Defiance, Ohio. Enter off State Route 424 on the West Side of the park where there will be plenty of parking. It’s right across from Martin Diesel Service.
We’ll start out with a potluck lunch at 1:00 p.m. (Plenty of picnic tables!) Then we’ll hitch up at 2:00 p.m. for a beautiful drive in the countryside. Catch the spirit of the old canal days on August 12 when we can see Independence Dam and the remnants of some old canal locks. See you there!
The Fulton County Fair in Wauseon will be offering a driving class this year with premium monies. It is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, at 11:30 a.m. Premium monies offered for this draft horse competition are $40, $30, $20, $15 and $10. To enter, contact Henry zumFelde at (419) 335-7746 or write him at 4436 County Road 13, Wauseon, Ohio 43567.
A special thanks to Sauder’s Farm and Craft Village for hosting the Black Swamp Driving Club Parade on July 21, Also, thanks to Henry zumFelde, Joe Bell and all the others who worked so hard to make this a success. It was great.
Coming up in September is Pioneer Days at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Kenton, a drive at Winameg near Wauseon in October as well as Corn Husking Days in Upper Sandusky. Stay tuned for more information next month. Have a happy, healthy summer!
A hearty welcome to the following new members: Steve Larkin, Okeana, OH; ronald Hay Hurst, Bowling Green, OH; Ronald Wiechman, Findlay, OH; Willis and Annabelle Bible, Edgerton, OH; Steve and Eva vonBakonyi, Broadview Hts., OH; Fred and Margie Shininger, Delta, OH; Debra Precht, Liberty Center, OH; Gene and Diana Darbyshire, Columbus Grove, OH; John H. Begg, Columbus Grove, OH; Loretta Gschwind, Helena, OH; Mary Elllen Elliott, Galion, OH.
September 1990 BSDC Newsletter
Members interested in driving in the parade for Pioneer Days in Kenton, Ohio, on September 15 and 16 should contact Gary & Connie Gillfillan at (419) 675-3257 or Mark and June Newman at (419) 675-2843. On September 15 at 6:00 p.m., we will be having a chicken B.B.Q. and potluck supper. Bring soft drinks, table service, and a covered dish and lawn chairs. Tables will be furnished.
There will be an auction of any horse-related items held after the supper on September 15th starting at 8:00 p.m. to help benefit the club. Sales from donated items will go directly to the club. The parade will be held at 2:00 p.m. each day. Camping and motels available _ plan to stay overnight! Pioneer Days features 150 craftsperson spinning, whittling, weaving, log splitting, making music and much more. Don’t miss this trip back to yesteryear.
You are invited to participate in Corn Husking Days in Upper Sandusky on October 6 and 7. Vehicles are welcome for display if you are unable to bring a horse. Activities will be planned such as log skidding and an obstacle course. Come for all or part of the weekend, which will be held at the Fairgrounds. Camping space available. For more information, contact John Hunter at (419)396-6746.
On Sunday, October 7, we’ll be holding another driving clinic with Debbie Banfield, at Golden Wing Farm in Findlay. A few slots are still open. The fee is $40 for an hour private lesson. There will be plenty to see for those who would like to audit. Auditing fees are $5 per person. Those under 18 years old are free. People taking lessons may bring a groom at no extra cost. Coffee and donuts will be available.
To make reservations call Char Rutledge.
Another great drive is coming up on October 13 at Winameg, east of Wauseon. We’ll see the great Council Oak tree where Indian treaties were once signed and some lost their lives. This is beautiful country with lots of trees. It will be a beautiful Fall color tour of 10 miles. A potluck lunch will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the drive following. We’ll meet at the parking lot of Schmidlin’s Greenhouse. To get there, follow Route 2 to Route 109. Go north on Route 109 six miles to County Road M. Go left ½ miles on Road M to Schmidlin’s. This tour also will feature a Colonel’s mansion.
A special welcome to new members, David and Janis Jones of Mt.Vernon, Ohio.
Our Annual meeting is scheduled for November 11.
October 1990 BSDC Newsletter
Corn husking days are right around the corner in Upper Sandusky! Join us at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds on October 6 and 7 for a weekend of old-fashioned fun. Horse-drawn vehicles are welcome for display if you are unable to bring a horse.
Activities will be planned such as log skidding and an obstacle course. Campers are welcome and there will be free stabling for the horses. Cost for camping with electric and water hookups will be $7.50 per day. For more information, call John Hunter at (419) 396-6746.
On Sunday, October 7, we’ll be holding another driving clinic with Debbie Banfield, at Golden Wing Farm in Findlay. A few slots are still open. The fee is $40 for an hour private lesson. There will be plenty to see for those who would like to audit. Auditing fees are $5 per person. Those under 18 years old are free. People taking lessons may bring one groom at no extra cost. Coffee and donuts will be available in the morning. Bring lunch and drinks. There is an indoor arena.
To make reservations for a lesson, call Chari Rutledge at (419) 423-5887. Leave a message on the answering machine if no one is home. Directions to Golden Wing are: from Findlay on S. Main Street, go to Sandusky Street east (568) about five miles to County Road 7. Left on 7 about 2 miles to the farm. From Routes 12 and 224 each of Findlay, go south on County Road 254 to County Road 7. This farm is on the corner. The Spring Clinic was a great success for those who attended. We are hoping for a larger turnout this fall.
Then, for the last drive of the year, we’ll be meeting at Winameg, west of Wauseon on October 14, (Not October 13 as reported last month). We’ll see the great Council Oak tree where Indian treaties were once signed and some lost their lives. This is beautiful country with lots of trees. If will be a beautiful fall color tour of 10 miles. A potluck lunch will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the drive following. We’ll meet at the parking lot of Schmidlin’s Greenhouse. To get there, follow Route 2 to Route 109. Go north on route 109 six miles to County Road M. Go left ½ mile on Road M. to Schmidlin’s. This tour also will feature a Colonel’s mansion.
Our annual meeting is scheduled for November 11 at the American Legion Hall Ridgeville Corners.