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Newell Rubbermaid Inc. : Bits and piecesVet owned the old barn on South Grant Street

11/23/2013 | 08:29am US/Eastern
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It's taken three years, but we finally have an answer to a question asked by Susan Zimmerman back on Sept. 14, 2010.

"When I walk to the Wayne County Public Library," Zimmerman said back then, "I notice a big old large barn that's in the alley that comes out onto South Grant Street just across from the west side of the library (around where the library garage bays are located). I'm wondering if anybody remembers anything about that big barn that's practically in downtown Wooster?"

Ninety-two-year-old Evelyn Harman called recently to say the barn belonged to her grandmother's brother, Wooster veterinarian William Kinney, who lived in a nearby home.

"He was," she explained, "the brother of Dr. John Kinney who opened the Kinney and Smith Hospital (which used to be located where the Best Western parking lot is on South Bever Street)."

They had another brother, Charles, whose son, Paul, was superintendent and executive director of the Wayne County Children Services Board for whom the Kinney Building was later named.

Harman remembered her father and brother laughing about a humorous event that took place during a visit to the veterinarian's office sometime during the 1930s.

More memories

Dave Stefanski has been collecting Rubbermaid memorabilia as a tribute to his late father, Ed, who was a long-time company employee.

The Smithville resident said one of the more interesting items in his collection is a Christmas book signed by the late Jim Caldwell, Rubbermaid CEO from 1933-59.

"The book," he speculated, "must have been passed out to employees during the holiday season."

Clyde Potts wrote that two bottles from Shelly's Dairy recently sold at auction for $650 each.

Jingle bells

Window Wonderland opens tonight in downtown Wooster with Santa making his descent from the rooftop of Gallery in the Vault following a musical program at 7 p.m. featuring The Christmas Brass, SignSations, and the Wayne County Choral Union. In addition, there will be free horse-drawn wagon rides and two very live reindeer.

Children can have their pictures taken with Santa at the gazebo or with Mrs. Claus at FirstMerit bank. Letters to Santa can be dropped off at Everything Rubbermaid.

FYI

There are two competing claims as to which president was the first to place a Christmas tree in the White House. Some scholars say President Franklin Pierce did in 1856; others say President Benjamin Harrison brought in the first tree in 1889. Thought you should know.

Columnist Ann Gasbarre can be reached at agasbarre@gmail.com or 330-345-6419.

© ProQuest Information & Learning, Acquiremedia 2014
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