Wellston, Ohio – Louvee Theater Then and Now

April 26th, 2011 5 comments
Ohio Avenue, Wellston, Ohio Postcard

Ohio Avenue, Wellston, Ohio Postcard

I found a listing for this postcard on eBay, and immediately noticed the Louvee Theater marquee. While visiting Wellston, Ohio last summer, my mother and I took the following photo:

Louvee Theater Marquee, Wellston, Ohio

Louvee Theater Marquee, Wellston, Ohio

According to CinemaTour, the Louvee operated from 1937-2003. While once booming, the downtown area of Wellston has fallen into disrepair. My maternal grandfather, Ralph Williams Jr., graduated from Wellston High School on 5/21/40. I imagine the Louvee was very popular at that time.

Brian Davis – Christine (Williams) Davis – Ralph Scott Williams Jr.

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Circleville, Ohio – Paul’s (Isaly’s) Dairy Store Article and Pictures

April 22nd, 2011 No comments
Paul's Dairy Store Article

Paul's Dairy Store Article

During World War II, my great grand uncle, Charles Richard “Dick” Waits, and his brother-in-law, Paul Hang, were in Europe fighting the Nazis, while their families remained in the States. Paul’s wife, Bette, was in Circleville, Ohio with two small children and a business to run. Dick’s wife, Peggy, was in Lancaster, Ohio.

The following are excerpts from an article about Paul’s Dairy Store that appeared in the Circleville (OH) Herald in 2002:

Hang recalls ‘simpler times’ at helm of Isaly’s Dairy

5 cent cones, busy Saturday nights offer reminders of days gone by

By Mike Pratt – The Herald

Many fond memories are rooted in the Isaly’s Dairy Store that was once part of Circleville’s business district on West Main Street. It was located in the western side of the building that Block’s Shoes occupies today…

Paul Hang, half the operating muscle behind the store, is gone now. He died in February 1995, but his widow, Bette, remembers it all – from the day she and her husband moved in to the day it closed as Paul’s Dairy Store…

Having moved here in February 1943, it took only a year for the inevitable to happen.

Paul was drafted into the Army.

“I prayed a lot for him to come back while he was gone and I was on my own,” Hang said. “I never worked in the store and we’d only had it about a year. But it was an opportunity for Paul, and I wanted to keep it for him so he would have something to come back to after the war…”

Fortunately, during the war, Hang’s sister, Peg [Waits] Henderson, came from Lancaster to help.

Because Paul was wounded in Europe and his feet were frozen, Hang said it took him longer to recuperate…

Isaly’s eventually closed its Columbus plant sometime in the 1950s. That’s when the Circleville store was renamed Paul’s Dairy Store…

Paul’s Dairy Store closed in 1973 but the memories it created will be a long time dying.

The article, along with the pictures and descriptions below, were sent to me by Paul and Bette’s daughter, Sue Rizvi. I cannot thank her enough for the contributions.

Paul Hang Picture

Paul Hang Picture

The Kitchen at Paul’s Dairy Store –

Walk-in cooler/refrigerator behind Paul and large saw was used for bones in roast beef that he roasted and sliced for sandwiches, hot or cold.

Bette Hang January 1967 Picture

Bette Hang January 1967 Picture

Bette in the Kitchen –

Behind, but in front, of her is a potato cutter for French fries and behind is an orange juicer.
Dad made all of the foods he sold – potato salad, baked beans, roast beef, pimento cheese for the Deli section. At the lunch counter in the rear of the store, where all the local businessmen (and women) ate lunch and had coffee breaks, he made chili, vegetable soup, bean soup, fries, oyster stew, and pork tenderloin on occasion. Hamburgers from good, ground beef, and, of course, the soda fountain and ice cream dishes.

Modern Day Site of Paul's Dairy Store

Modern Day Site of Paul's Dairy Store

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Ralph Scott Williams Jr. – Nellie Ruth Williams (Waits/sister of Charles Richard Waits)

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YouTube Video – James Nead Davis 60th Birthday Party

January 14th, 2011 No comments

I created this highlight video of my paternal grandfather’s 60th birthday party using Apple iMovie ’11. The event took place on 12/30/1988 in Petronila, Texas. I hope you enjoy it. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. If you’d like to subscribe to my YouTube channel, click here.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis

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Jackson (OH) 1941 Osky Wow Yearbook – Jean Williams

December 7th, 2010 No comments

Yearbook Cover

The Jackson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (JCOGS) has recently made copies of the Jackson (OH) High School Osky Wow yearbooks available in PDF format. I received the files for the following years: 1937-1948 and 1968. The 1941 Osky Wow is the junior yearbook for my maternal grandmother, Madrith Jean Williams (Williams).

Jean was in the “A” Glee Club, Vice President of Girl Reserve, and Vice President of the Charm Club.

My great uncle, Don Williams, was a member of the Freshman class. Bob Williams, my first cousin twice removed, was in the 8th grade and the Jackson spelling champion.

Please check back, as I will be posting images from the rest of the Jackson (OH) High School Osky Wow yearbooks in the coming weeks.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Madrith Jean Williams (Williams)

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Jackson (OH) 1942 Osky Wow Yearbook – Jean Williams

December 3rd, 2010 No comments

Yearbook Cover

The Jackson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (JCOGS) has recently made copies of the Jackson (OH) High School Osky Wow yearbooks available in PDF format. I received the files yesterday for several years: 1937-1948 and 1968. The 1942 Osky Wow is the senior yearbook for my maternal grandmother, Madrith Jean Williams (Williams).

Jean was: an honor student, played Lola Pratt in the senior play Seventeen, on the student council, voted school citizen by the student body, and a band majorette. She was also compared to Lily Pons, a French-American coloratura soprano.

My great uncle, Don Williams, was a member of the Sophomore class and on the reserve basketball team. Bob Williams, my first cousin twice removed, was a member of the Freshman class.

Please check back, as I will be posting images from the rest of the Jackson (OH) High School Osky Wow yearbooks in the coming weeks.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Madrith Jean Williams (Williams)

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YouTube Video – My Life

December 1st, 2010 No comments

I created this video about my life through pictures, film, and video using Apple iMovie ’09. I hope you enjoy it. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. If you’d like to subscribe to my YouTube channel, click here.

Brian Davis

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Jean Williams Band Majorette Pictures

November 18th, 2010 1 comment

Jean Williams Majorette Pictures

1941 Jackson High School Band Picture

1941 Jackson High School Band Picture

My maternal grandmother, Madrith Jean Williams (Williams), was a Jackson (OH) High School Band majorette during her senior year 1941-1942. I’ve included a portrait and a few newspaper clippings that appeared in the Columbus (OH) Citizen on 12/21/1941. In the above band pictures, Jean is on the far right. Many thanks to my mom, Chris Davis, and aunt, Terry Kaiser, for providing the portrait and newspaper.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Madrith Jean Williams (Williams)

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Wordless Wednesday – Backus Family Portrait

October 8th, 2010 12 comments

Backus Family Portrait

From Left to Right: Florence Emma Backus, Mary Isabelle Backus, Arthur Bernard Backus (Backhouse), Arthur Burgoyne Backus, and Henrietta Bellfield Backus (Kelly). Portrait taken approx. 1902 in San Angelo, Texas. Many thanks to my cousin, Eddie Cope, for sending the photograph.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – Georgia Lou Davis (Barlow) – Katie Maybelle Barlow Schwabe Stinson (Backus) – Arthur Bernard Backus

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YouTube Video – Charles Richard “Dick” Waits

September 29th, 2010 No comments

I created this short video about the life of my great grand uncle using Apple iMovie ’09. I hope you enjoy it. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.  If you’d like to subscribe to my YouTube channel, click here.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Ralph Scott Williams Jr. – Nellie Ruth Williams (Waits/sister of Charles Richard Waits)

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Wordless Wednesday – Dick Waits and Ralph Williams Jr. Fishing Picture

September 22nd, 2010 No comments

Dick Waits and Ralph Williams Jr. Fishing Picture

My great grand uncle, Charles Richard “Dick” Waits (on the left), and my maternal grandfather, Ralph Scott “Button” Williams Jr. Photo taken approx. 1935. Many thanks to my aunt, Terry Kaiser, for contributing the photograph.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Ralph Scott Williams Jr. – Nellie Ruth Williams (Waits/sister of Charles Richard Waits)

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