Sunday, August 22, 2010

Eva Mae Pugh, prize-winning Tupperware lady

Eva Mae Pugh earned enough points in Tupperware sales to receive a van to haul her products to Tupperware parties -- an amazing feat for someone who did not drive.

"Eva was a good seller," said Tupperware colleague Nora Ritter. "She earned lots of free stuff -- big and little -- and earned good money."

The Dash Between April 19, 1924, when Eva was born a coal miner's daughter in West Virginia, and July 24, 2010, when the Tupperware lady of Lorain, Ohio, died at age 86, appears in the Aug. 22, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Barbara Shea Baldwin, Youngstown native, managed gas stations in Lorain County

Barb Baldwin, who graduated from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1957, became a pioneer of sorts for Sohio (Standard Oil of Ohio) in the 1970s.

She began managing gas stations in Lorain County, Ohio, when handling such a job was unusual for a woman.

Barb managed one of the first Sohio gas stations in Amherst, Ohio, which was converted into a self-service operation after pump-your-own-gas facilities were legalized in the state in 1977.

In many ways, it was like a family business.

Barb, whose maiden name was Shea, met her husband, Dick, at a Sohio station in Youngstown, where he was a mechanic. He later became an auditor for the company.

Each of their three sons worked for the oil company at some point in their lives.

Click here to read about "The Dash Between" Feb. 3, 1939, when Barb was born in Youngstown, and July 13, 2010, when she died at Amherst Manor Nursing Home at age 71, in the Aug. 8, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Billy Ray, Medina County volunteer, Parma autoworker

Billy Ray volunteered with and served on several social service agencies and community service organizations in Medina County, Ohio, after retiring from the General Motors plant in Parma, Ohio, in the early 1990s.

This list of organizations includes:

Billy, pictured here receiving an award from the Medina Noon Kiwanis Club, was recognized many times for his community service. He was well-known throughout the Medina area for his good-deed doing, yet shied away from the spotlight.

Billy posed for the photo on the left for a United Way campaign.

Read the Aug. 2, 2010, edition of the Medina County Gazette for "The Dash Between" June 26, 1927, when the longtime Medina, Ohio, resident was born Billy Wray in College Grove, Tenn., and June 26, 2010, when he died at Southwest General Medical Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, on his 83rd birthday.