Black Swamp Driving Club September 2004 Newsletter


September has crept up on us all again.  Fall is in sight. There haven’t been too many hot days and now they are ending, but as one door closes, one opens. Cooler days and nights, beautiful foliage, and the promise of lovely drives are just some of the things we can enjoy.  Speaking of things to enjoy, we are going to make up for our lack of drives in August this month – we have two events planned.

            With great sadness, I must report that we have lost one of our members.  Marilyn Rasey  has passed away.  I know I speak for the entire club when I say that our deepest sympathy is given to her family and husband, Gerald.  Please take a moment and remember them in your prayers for peace in their time of grief.

            Our member, Linda Spears is still recovering from her injuries at Gallion Community Hospital.  She is doing better but has a long, hard road to travel to a full recovery.  Pray for her speedy recovery.  She would enjoy a card with words of encouragement, I am sure.  Please send them to her in the hospital at: 

Linda Spears, Gallion Community Hospital, 269 Portland Way St., Gallion Ohio 44833 Her room number 279.    Linda is home now.   Her address is:

Spears       Linda 419-468-6016 1181 Stevens Rd Galion, OH 44833

            Another lady that needs our thoughts is Mary Elliot.  She is still in therapy three times a week for her hand.  Give her a call or send her a greeting in the mail to let her know that you are thinking of her, too.

            On more of a lighter note, last month at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, some of our dedicated members spent the day at the Civil War Reenactment event.  Although this was not a club sponsored event there was a nice turnout of Black Swampers.  Julie Emmons and John Miles gave rides to anyone that wanted them.  They stayed very busy, from my understanding!  Connie and Gary Gillfillan brought their Kaiser Buggy and a sleigh for display.  Additionally, the Higgins family brought a buggy for display.  Thank you to all of the people who represented our club.

            At this time, I would like to give a hearty welcome to our newest members, Barb and Jim Snyder of Cridersville, Ohio.  They are proud owners of several gorgeous Gypsy Vanner Horses.  (Go to to see for yourself!!)  Henry ZumFelde and Angie Hohenbrink both have had the pleasure of meeting with the family.  They had requested some assistance with harness adjustments so they both went to lend a hand or two. After Henry gave a few pointers, both he and Barb went for a drive together.  Moreover, just as a reminder, the Black Swamp Driving Club offers a mentoring program for those who would like to learn about driving or just need a few pointers, as the Snyder family enjoyed.  We hope to see you at the next drive!

            Speaking of drives, the next club- sponsored event is the annual drive at Sauder Village, hosted by our friend Henry ZumFelde.  The drive is will be on September 11, 2004 at Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio.  Sauder Village is open from 10am –5pm.  Enter the drive on the east side of the village.  There is a cafeteria in the entrance building; a short distance from our parking lot and the Barn Restaurant is just beyond the entrance building, lunch on you own, please. Each turnout will be given two admission tickets valid on Sept. 11 or a later date.  The parade through the village is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm. Period dress and a short write up about the horse, vehicle, the person driving and all riders are required for those wishing to participate in the parade. The drive will continue to the covered bridge at Lockport, returning along the Tiffin river (13 miles) with shorter options.  Maps will be provided.  Sauder Village is located north of Archbold on Ohio Rt. 2 one-quarter mile east of Rt. 66.  As Rt. 66 is closed south of Archbold, it is suggested that coming from the south take Rt.6 west through Napoleon to Co. Rd. 19 north to Rt. 2 then left to Sauder Village.

            The second drive in September is on Sunday, the 26th.  It is hosted by Roger and Sue Murray in Tiffin, Ohio.  A potluck is at noon, drinks will be provided. The drive is starts at 1pm on public roads with little vehicle traffic. (Don’t forget your SMV sign)  To get there – from the east or west take US 224 or SR 53 just south of Tiffin.  If coming from the north, take turnpike or US 20 to Fremont interchange, which is SR 53 and follow that until you have gone through Tiffin and come to US 224.  Go south on SR 53 for 5 miles to CR 6.  Look for the Camp Glen signs.  Turn left (east) on CR 6 and go 0.8 miles to TR 131. This will be the second right.  Again, you will see Camp Glen signs, plus a Walnut Grove Campground sign.  Travel on TR 131 for 1.5 miles.  Sandusky River Coonhunters Lodge (7575 TR 131) is the big barn on the left.  Plenty of parking and restrooms, etc. are available.  The drive will be between 4.5 – 6.5 miles (your choice of routes) along the Sandusky River on county roads.  Any Questions? Call Roger or Sue.

            The only other scheduled events are: Oct. 3 Emmons/ Higgins drive and Oct. 9,10 the Corn Huskers drive in Sandusky, Ohio hosted by John and Sara Hunter.  More information to follow next month about both drives.

            Another annual event that is quickly approaching is the banquet dinner at the Schnipke Inn in Ottowa, Ohio.  We all look forward to seeing our old friends and new faces there every year over a lovely meal.  The date this year is November 13.  Please get your reservations in by October 30 to Peg Graham or Tom Shapler. Hors d’oeuvres to be served 5pm and dinner at 6pm.  An auction is also planned so bring something interesting!

Well, I didn’t think I would have anything to talk about since there was not an August drive.  Guess again!   Who am I kidding, me with nothing to talk about, come on!  See you all soon.