Eleven years ago Jackie (Hersman) Gingery of Wooster called with a memory from the early '50s. She recalled there used to be a fortune teller in town named Madame Rachael who — it was reported — told fortunes in a second-floor room located above Hanson's Restaurant and Liberty Studios.
A doorway between the restaurant and the photo studio led upstairs and Gingery, along with a sixth-grade girlfriend, used to sneak up the stairs hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious fortune teller or listen in as she gave one of her readings.
Gingery said she had a photo of the doorway. It faced Liberty Street and is where the entrance to today's Daily Record offices is now located.
More memories ...
Don Cicconetti said he remembers that back during the Depression years many area residents became distrustful of financial institutions. He recalled one local man in particular who decided it was safer to store his savings in tin cans. Unfortunately, the gentleman placed the containers along "Jennings ditch on Prairie Lane."
"There was a flood," Cicconetti wrote, "and the cans and contents were never seen again. It wasn't long, however, until trust in financial institutions returned and people started using banks as places of deposit and security."
After reading Rich Ball's memories of collecting newspapers as a youngster, Larry Reed called to say for years and years Boy Scout Troop 61 in Wooster collected newspapers, too.
"We had," Reed recalled, "a trailer in our back yard and when it was filled with newspapers, the Boy Scouts would take them all to Volpers.
In response to a recent column about the oldest buildings in downtown Wooster, Greg Long wrote that another old building outside the downtown area is the building at 517 N. Market St., the location of the Wayne County Community Foundation. It was built in 1830.
One reader remembered what she called "the scramble on the square."
Back then, traffic lights on the square used to halt vehicles in all four directions at the same time. Pedestrians could criss-cross every which way when all the traffic lights had turned red.
During her high school and college years, Jane Snyder Horn, Wooster High School class of '65, remembered that the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan lived in nearby Lodi.
The Roy F. Martin Ford dealership in Wooster had its beginning on Jan. 1, 1921. That year a Model T Touring Car had a cruising speed of 33 mph and sold for $450.
Thought you should know.
Columnist Ann Gasbarre can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-345-6419.