delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 9


Will Hoffine,  N8TQU

Mound Street  I've often wondered where Mound Street derived its name, having never seen anything resembling a mound anywhere in the vicinity. The only mounds I've seen in the area are the Shrum mound on McKinley Avenue and an unnamed mound in Prairie Oaks Metro Park near West Jefferson. According to historian Ed Lentz, a mound was located at the intersection of Mound and High Streets. The mound was about 40 feet tall and three hundred feet wide at the base. To accommodate the mound, High Street simply made a turn and went around the mound. Around 1820, local physician, Dr. Young built a house on the summit, among the large oaks upon it. By the 1830's traffic had increased so much, it was decided the mound needed to be removed. Much of the clay was used for bricks in many of the buildings in the area, including the first statehouse. After the statehouse was destroyed by fire, many of the bricks were reused on the current statehouse. All other contents of the mound, mostly tools and “trinkets” as they were called, were lost. Several other mounds in and around downtown Columbus were also destroyed due to growth. Ref: this week community news The Scarlet Carnation In 1866 , Alliance Ohio horticulturist and politician, Dr Levi Lamborn propogated the Scarlet Carnation from french seedlings. He named it the “Lamborn Red.” While opposing William McKinley for the 18th congressional district in  1876, he presented McKinley with a” Lamborn Red” before each debate. As McKinley's political career rose, he wore a scarlet carnation as a symbol of good luck and kept them on his desk to give to guests. On Sept 6, 1901, moments after giving a scarlet carnation to a young girl, McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died 8 days later. Lamborn lobbied the Ohio legislature until Feb 3, 1004 when they passed a joint resolution naming the scarlet carnation the state flower. On April 1,1959 the Ohio legislature recognized Alliance Ohio as the “Carnation City”. Ref: Rodman Public Library