June 2000 Newsletter
By Fred Thompson
Joe & Ann Bell
Pictured left: Joe and Ann Bell at Longaberger Carriage Classic 1999. Ponies Kate and Julie hitched to a wicker cutunder carriage. Pictured right: Grandson Nathan Strasbaugh giving Grandpa Joe and Sister Marie a ride in homemade sleigh.
Hello everyone and welcome to the wonderful month of June. If you area pessimist you might be saying " June, big deal, that just means the year is half over. " and you would be correct. Ok this is where the optimists jumps in and helps me out. June is the month of the summer solstice. This means that the sun is at its highest elevation in the sky giving us the maximum amount of daylight and the strongest sunrays. June 20th is the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. I think most of you will have to agree that we have the best part of the
Our oldest daughter Patti is married and has 3 kids, Maggie, Nathan and Marie, BSDC members know one of them, Nathan well. Barbara is married and has 2 kids, Taylor and Lane, more drivers coming on. We bought the kids, HA!HA! a pony in 1960. Then I bought a pair of Chocolate dapple Shetland pony mares that were 2 & 3 from my great uncle in 1969. When I got them home Ann had a fit! I told her we would break them & sell them and make a lot of money. Henry zumFelde is driving one of them and we had to bury the other one last spring. I guess they never became broke!
In 1984 Henry zumFelde talked to us at the Henry County Fair about a driving club and we had forgot about it until "88 when Henry sent out a letter about starting a driving club. We attended the meeting and Ann & I are charter members. We operated a 6-pony hitch from '78 through '85, advertising at fairs and parades for 3 Pepsi Cola bottling companies. At one time we had 18 head of Chocolate Dapple ponies on our little patch of land.
We now have 5 ponies in our barn, all home raised, and are offspring of the 2 mares purchased from my uncle.
Ann & I now have the 5th wheel hitch wagon, a doctor's buggy, and a wicker cutunder by Brown Carriage Co, 2 carts and a bobsled and a sleigh we built.
We really enjoy driving with the Black Swamp group in addition to just pleasure driving with the grandkids. We now pleasure drive and show at the Hancock County Fair. Besides belonging to the Black Swamp Driving club, Ann is very active in the Lutheran Church and Joe is a director of the Hancock County Agriculture Society and is draft horse superintendent at the fair.
June 5 Roger Higgins Sr.
June 11 Nathan Strasbaugh
June 12 Sue Thompson
June 13 Pat Burghardt
July 6 Henry zum Felde
July 9 Connie Gillfillan
July 12 Dave Kuhlman
July 14 Doris Fairchild
July 18 Darlene Higgins
July 26 Joyce Cook
UPCOMING EVENTS 2000
*June 2-4.. Drive at Kentucky Horse Park
June 15-17. Topeka, Ind. Carriage Auction
*August 27.. Drive at Sandy Young
*September 10. Drive at Oak Opening hosted by Mike Cook
September 24-24 Longaberger Carriage Classic, Dresden, Oh.
October 5-7. Topeka, Ind. Carriage Auction
*October 7-8.Heritage Days, Kenton, Oh. Hosted by the Gillfillans
October 11.. Mt. Hope Carriage Auction
*October 14-15 Corn Huskers hosted by the John and Sara Hunter
October 18-20 World Singles Champion at Gladstone, N.J.
*October 29... Drive at Mark and Marla Newman
*Denotes a BSDC sponsored activity