Toledo Evening Bee – February 25, 1884

The Toledo Evening Bee

February 25, 1884

The Toledo Glass Sand Railway Company


Fine Entertainment Given by the G.A.R.

Monclova, O., Feb. 20, 1884

Our people have been pleasantly entertained a number of times this winter with temperance lectures, protracted meetings, etc. The Whitehouse “Dramatic Club” played “The Three Classes” for the the benefit of the Temperance lodge. We were very much pleased; call again, brothers.
It takes the G.A.R. to bring out a crowd here. They gave an entertainment assisted by Mrs. R.S. McCann, “their favorite elocutionist” (as Mr. John N. Kerr, Commander of Post, in a net little speech, introduced the lady.) They had an interesting programme. Mr. Norris, principal of the school, a thoroughly educated gentleman, although notified at a late hour, was on the programme for a speech, and responded cheerfully, making the kind of pne that interests an audience – short and to the point!
Rev. Wilcox gave a short lecture on temperance, which was well received. Squire Coder was invited to take the stand for a while, and he astonished as well as thrilled his audience by his eloquence; he was heartily cheered. Henry Shufelt related a little of his army life, especially his experience while in Libby Prison, which was interesting. The entertainment closed with a good oyster supper at Mrs. Wilson’s. The boys, though few in number, have warm hearts and willing hands to help their needy comrades.
I see by lasts week’s Bee, in the good letter our Holland neighbor wrote, an objection to our claiming the fine sand stone quarry, and the idea of Monclova reaping the benefits. The quarry had always been used by men living in Monclova township although not extensively. Messrs. Hubbell & Tropp have received several hundred dollars in exchange for their goods. Mr. Mat Dunn of Holland, a fine engineer, is for the present running the stationary engine here, pumping the water out of the quarry.
Mr. Dunn was telling me his experience with the elder Vanderbilt, President of Lake Shore Railway, and that man’s great generosity. He stopped at Holland in company with Charles A. Collins, Chief Engineer of the Air Line, who was so severely censured for neglect of duty in the Ashtabula accident, and afterwards committed suicide. They came over to look at the stone quarry. Mr. Thomas Dunn, who was then agent at Holland, sent them over in his private carriage, with —- —– as driver, the latter being about ten years old. Vanderbilt, feeling under especial obligations to the boy, took him in his private car and gave him an orange, no doubt feeling that the boy had been well paid for his services.
We may considered ourselves truly blessed, that the railroad kings cannot monpolize the public highways. Mr. D. Hammon, the foreman, is well known to the people in Toledo as a first-class manager. Mr. L. H. Brown, superintendent of the grading and laying of the iron, is rushing the work in his usual style, and clearing the track for the locomotive that came in this afternoon for the first time, bringing more iron for the end of the road. The Toledo capitolist (sic) has been seeking mines in Colorado and other parts of the country, while here at their very door lay a mine of unknown wealth.