Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dash Between: George Hoover, old-fashioned country doctor

George Hoover (Photo courtesy of the family.)
George Hoover made house calls, accepted produce and chickens from patients in payment for his services and served his community - Oberlin, Ohio - on school boards, on city government commissions and through Kiwanis and other service organizations.

Click here to read about the Dash Between Nov. 19, 1921, when Hoover was born near Johnstown, Pa., and June 9, 2011, when he died at age 89. The story was published in the July 24, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

View his photo gallery here.
George Hoover often took his dog, Capricorn, on house calls. Capricorn obediently waited in the car, while Hoover saw his patients. (Photo courtesy of the family.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dash Between: Gladys Pease, 92, Seville municipal utilities retiree, prolific cook

Gladys Pease dressed in pioneer garb for the annual GiantFest in Seville, Ohio.
Gladys Gordon Pease
Gladys Pease retired as a clerk with the Seville (Ohio) Board of Public Affairs, which handles electric, water and sewer services for the community.

She also served as longtime secretary for the Seville Historical Society, which coordinates the city's annual GiantFest to honor Capt. Martin Bates and his wife, Anna, who were known as the world's tallest couple and lived in the Medina County town in the late 1800s.

Pease was especially known for preparing an abundance of dishes for club meetings, community events and family functions.

Click here to read about the Dash Between Oct. 21, 1918, when Pease was born Gladys Gordon in Rittman, Ohio, and June 5, 2011, when she died at age 92. The story was published in the July 4, 2011, edition of the Medina County Gazette.

Clicek here to view her photo gallery.

Kenneth and Gladys Pease, 1943.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dash Between: Tom D. and Jean C. Bowen, anything but average

Jean Bowen receives her associate's degree in data processing in 1971 and a kiss from acting president of Lorain County Community College, her husband, Thomas D. Bowen. (Photo provided by the family.)
Tom D. and Jean C. Bowen, community leaders in Elyria, Ohio, were married 67 years and died within three weeks of one another.

During his Dash Between Sept. 4, 1920, when he was born Thomas Duluth Bowen in Duluth, Minn., and May 29, 2011, when he died at age 90, Tom served as the first treasurer of Lorain County Community College, co-founded the Firelands Chapter of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and belonged to the Elyria Rotary, Elyria Kiwanis and Erie Shores Girl Scout Council board.

His wife, who was born Jean Crisp in Elyria on Feb. 18, 1922, and died June 18, 2011, at age 89, spent much of her Dash Between volunteering and holding leadership posts with the Girl Scouts, YWCA, PTA and United Methodist Women. In 1974, she received the title of Beta Sigma Phi First Lady of Elyria for her community service.

Both Tom and Jean served on the administrative board of Elyria's First United Methodist Church, quietly tried to make a difference in their community and raised four children for personal success and community service.

Click here to read the Bowens' "Double Dash Between" that was published July 3, 2011, in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and here to view their photo gallery.

Jean and Tom D. Bowen, 1995. (Photo courtesy of the family.)