The Fairview Area Historical Society
Posted on May 31, 2016.
Old-time Fairview folks were known for family reunions and neighborhood picnics. It's just the way it was! They got together, had lots of food and a great many laughs. It was a wonderful experience for all ages, Grandma right on down to the smallest baby.
Recently, in looking through our archives we found this old news item from 1924. What a time these folks had! It goes like this (and we quote)....
Neighborhood Picnic at Fairview Great Affair
Yesterday was the big Nickel Plate Neighborhood picnic up Fairview way on the farm of John Heidler, champion quoit pitcher of the whole lot. The picnic dinner wasn't to be served until about 10 o'clock but about 11 they started coming in one after the other, chugging away in a cloud of dust, making the old Lizzy do some tall rattling. About 12:30, according to schedule, the tables were put up on the lawn and seventy-five hungry mortals gathered round. Yeah, you should have seen the food disappear.
After a little lazy spell waiting for the effects of eating to wear off the ladies got out a few potatoes and started a race. Mrs. Crothers and Mrs. Cline, being the sprightliest of the lot, came out ahead. The children thought 'twas pretty good so they set up a racing with peanuts. Esther Walker and the little Cantbelle fellow won just naturally.
Well, of course, the men couldn't hang round all day doing nothing so they got out the quoits and started in pitchin' for fair. Old John was in fine trim, they fought hard and heavy, but you couldn't keep him from beating them all hollow.
After exerting themselves like that of course they were rather hankering after food again, so about 5 the ladies started cutting up the cakes and serving ice cream.
There wasn't much left to do - it had been a good day all told. The old Lizzies were set a-chugging and they all drove off.
Mrs. J. D. Hay was head of the affair and was helped by Mrs. Wohldemuch (sic - possibly meant Wohlgemuth?) and the quoit pitchin' John Heidler.
Wasn't that fun? As yet we have not identified the location of the Nickel Plate Neighborhood, but we are digging, digging. When we know we'll let you know!
Our favorite historian, John Klier, told us that the Nickel Plate Neighborhood was centered around the Middle Road and Avonia Road area, north, south and west.
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