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Get your history books out for this one

By Don Hohler • Nov 27, 2019 at 4:15 PM

Time for a history lesson. How many attempts, successful or non-successful, have been made on the lives of our presidents since mental patient Richard Lawrence made an attempt to kill President Andrew Jackson on Jan. 30, 1835? By the way, Lawrence was a two-pistol shooter that day. Thankfully, both misfired. He died in a mental hospital.

I ask this question because of the near proximity to my chosen fall, 1975 micro film dates.

Sept. 22, 1975 was the first of two attempts on President Gerald Ford. A second would happen less than three weeks later.

Sarah Moore was arrested after she fired a shot at the president in San Francisco on the 22nd. On Sept. 5, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a member of the Charles Manson cult, aimed her .45 at Ford as he walked across a courtyard in Sacramento, Calif.

To save readers from looking back in history books, here are the main details on the rest:

Nov. 22, 1963 — Everyone remembers where they were the day they learned that President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Nov. 1, 1950 — Two Puertorican Nationalists stormed the Blair House in D.C. where President Truman was living. Guards killed one and took the other one prisoner.

Feb. 15, 1933 — President-elect Franklin Roosevelt was awaiting his inauguration in a Miami amphitheater when Joseph Zanagera fired wildly at the stage. Roosevelt was not hit but Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was killed and four others were wounded.

Oct. 14, 1912 — John Shrank, who claimed he was ordered in a vision to kill President Theodore Roosevelt, shot him from six-feet away on a Milwaukee parade route. The bullet caused only a flesh wound on the chest of Roosevelt as much of the bullet’s velocity was slowed by the 50-page speech that was in the president’s vest pocket. In fact, Roosevelt gave the speech before seeking medical aid.

Sept. 6, 1901 — Leon Czolgosz used a cloth-wrapped right hand to conceal a pistol at a exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. He approached President William McKinley and fired twice. McKinley died of the wounds eight days later. Czolgosz was executed.

July 2, 1881 — A one-time supporter of President James Garfield, Charles J. Guiteau, turned on his former boss as he was boarding a train. It would be a life for a life as Guiteau was hanged.

April 14, 1865 — John Wilkes Booth somehow got by a guard (he was non-existent) at The Ford Theater in Washington, D.C., slipped into the presidential box and shot President Abraham Lincoln. It took a week but Booth was tracked down, found in a Virginia tobacco barn and was shot by an army soldier.

Truckers stop Shelby

“Beat Shelby and your season is a success.”

That was the belief of Reflector writer Jack Lolla as he wrote the lead after Norwalk turned back the Whippets, 14-8.

Strangely, Norwalk scored twice in the first half while limiting Shelby to just 24 yards. The locals then played lights-out defense in the second half to preserve the win.

Remember the year before? Shelby won the battle 20-6 but lost the war, in this case a shot at the playoffs, by the narrowest of margins. The Truckers went on to win the biggest prize in school history.

Monroeville stops St. Paul

Sam Fornsaglio claimed the No. 1 spot in the state after Mark Hauler rushed for three scores and the Eagle defense played liked banshees in shutting out the Flyers, 28-0. The numbers were staggering, 314 to 71 rushing and 23 to 2 in first downs.

Edison wins, S.C. and N.L. loses

Edison rebounded from two straight losses to start the season by beating Western Reserve, 40-0. The Chargers got TDs from Randy Deehr, Tony Robinette, Jack Van Winkle, Eric Bauer and Mike Stoll. Not even when suspended Western players Mark Strimpfel, Jeff Emerick and Fred Leimeister were allowed to play in the second half did it help the home team.

Black River jumped on New London for 21 points in the second quarter to win 31-0 while Mapleton got a scare from South Central when the Trojans took a 12-0 lead. But, too much Kevin McQuate and Tim Kline in the second half would erase that early margin.

Chapin remains top gun

Captain Bruce L. Chapin won “Top Gun” honors in National Guard competition for the third straight year. Competing against fighter pilots from all over the state as a member of the 179th Tactical Fighter Group from Lahm Airport in Mansfield, Chapin also had three bulls eyes in bombing runs and had a strafing score of 51 percent.

The Top Gun Trophy was permanently retired to Chapin by Brigadier General Paul Hoover, the assistant adjutant general for air for Ohio.

Butler far and Wide best at chess

Eric Butler has a 68-0-6 record and is the favorite to win the Firelands Chess Club’s first open tournament.

Stan Cook is in second place after his upset of Homer Lawrence. Cook twice was narrowly defeated by Butler. Daryl Gross, Jim Weber, Dan Flanigan and Allen Langjahr round out the top seven players in the local club.

Blazing away at the Ducks

Sixteeen duck blind locations at Memorial Lake Park were assigned per a drawing managed by the Park & Recreation Department. Those who won a spot included Ronnie Haupricht, John Brutsche, Everett Kocher, Hank Shaper, George Gilbert, Dale Egle, Dick Gfell, Charles Brown, Thomas Battles, Frank Geer, Jack Kohlmyer, Jim Hammond, David Bauer, James Brutsche and Maurice Keefer.

Park and Rec employee Andy Luxon will police the blind sites after the season is over. He warned the lottery winners that the water level is down so building them far from the water is a smart idea as the water is certain to go up.

Barker, Peckham ousted

The city golf tournament at the Elks Club enters the semifinal round without two odds-on favorites, Chuck Peckham, Jr., and Ed Barker. John Puente bested Peckham, 6&5, and Barker lost 2&1 to Merv Thomas.

Don Riley moved out in the A flight after beating Bill Rogers. Bob Fisher was a 6&5 winner over Louis Frey. Fisher gets the winner of the Mike Schneider-Creight Staschke match.

Other flight winners were Don Hohler, Dallas Tackett, Harry Ludewig and Urb Livengood in B and Bob Hoffecker and Jack Blanton in C.

Fore! — or look out on the green

Roger Hopp, 27, Columbia Station, probably didn’t have a chance to shout anything when he drove through the Ohio 61 intersection at Old U.S. 20, busting through the guardrail, crashing down the embankment and on to No. 9 fairway.

Hopp was kept overnight at Fisher-Titus. He was charged with reckless driving. A Milan driver will attest to the reckless part. Hopp’s car whizzed in front of him as he was driving west on Old U.S. 20.

Don Hohler is a longtime Reflector sportswriter.

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