Stories by Contributing Writers

Back then, advertising was spoon-fed

Thursday, January 11, 2001

Advertisement spoons are of special interest because of the subject represented and the ease of identification. However, many spoons are questionable as to whether there are an advertisement or souvenir.

Jury’s still out on high oil corn

Thursday, January 11, 2001

An Ohio State researcher cautions livestock producers to pencil it out first before switching to high oil corn for their rations, due to a good market for feed grade fat.

New pests relentless in march on crops

Thursday, January 11, 2001

New pests are finding new ways to destroy crops and destroy producers’ profit margin.

Teams of horses and mules lighten the load of logging small woodlots

Thursday, January 4, 2001

Before World War II just about everybody farmed and hauled lumber and cord wood with horses. That love of the heavy horse seems to persist especially in Ohio, the heart of draft horse country in the modern farming era.

Tables for dinner, chairs for sitting

Thursday, January 4, 2001

Along the way style imposed itself over the basic function of chairs, as columnist Roy Booth points out in this week’s column.

American pottery comes of age in 1876

Thursday, December 28, 2000

After the 1876 Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia American artisans began to develop true American styles, especially in art forms. Greater progress was evident after 1876 than in the two centuries prior.

History of pottery has Ohio roots

Thursday, December 21, 2000

Some historians say the history of East Liverpool, Ohio, is the pottery history of the United States. Columnist Roy Booth traces the roots of pottery in the Ohio Valley.

Things changed in the Roaring 20s

Thursday, December 14, 2000

During a short period – 1920s to 1930s – American’s lifestyles changed radically year by year.

Grain has always been bread of life

Thursday, December 7, 2000

The history of bread isn’t complete without the history of the mills.

Seeing the world through stained glass

Thursday, November 30, 2000

You might say stained glass art has a colored past. Columnist Roy Booth explores its early use.


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