First names come and go.
Check out these stats, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau:
• Top girl names in 1914:
• Rank of those same baby names during the first decade of this century:
Helen: Not in the top 200.
Dorothy: Not in the top 200.
If you need further proof that time kills first names, look no farther than a news release sent out by the folks who are helping to stage Wadsworth’s bicentennial celebration.
The Founder’s Day Committee for the bicentennial is trying to locate people who are direct descendants of the families who founded the city and lived there between 1814 and 1820.
A partial list is below. Today you won’t hear most of these first names anywhere outside of Holmes County or Middlefield — if there.
Ephraim Moody, Guerdon Hilliard, Abiah Lindley, Augustus Mills, Levi Blakeslee, Orrin Loomis, Ebeneezer Andrus, Abiel Bennett, Stanton Bennett, Phineas Butler, Sabra Curtis, Salmon Warner, Lemuel North, Leavitt Weeks, Clement Clark, Philo French, Hiram Kingsbury and Obadiah Newcomb.
Founder’s Day weekend kicks off Aug. 7, but bicentennial events have been running throughout the year and include a community picnic July 25-27. For more information, visit www.wadsworth200.com.
Bob: OK, so this historic house burns down and no one knows why or how. Authorities will pay $2,000 for tips about the perps. Makes sense. But then it says the house WAS SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION. Well, maybe not in all caps, but what’s the point?
By the way, I did not do it.
Pat: Law-enforcement experts say arsonists often return to the scene to watch their handiwork. I hope you have a solid alibi.
At least two Beacon Journal readers, Lynn Vallee and Cathie Marshall, enjoyed a recent classified ad. Thanks to them, I did, too.
The advertiser was hoping to sell “ROCK WILDER” puppies.
Perhaps they are a special breed of Rottweilers that are musically inclined.
Bob: Your ever-alert reader here in Tallmadge has detected a disturbing trend in the placement of your column in Section B of the BJ.
Have you considered that your editor may be sending you a subtle message by placing the continuation of your column immediately prior to the beginning of the obit section? If the BJ starts placing your photo at the end of your column, I’d begin to worry.
Richard: Not to worry. None of my many editors is the least bit subtle.
Bob: This was listed in a recent crime report in the Beacon.
‘‘Medina: Police were called to a parking lot on Lafayette Road after a man was seen sitting in a car with no pants.’’
Since when do cars wear pants?
Caroline: What a smart-aleck you are. You should be a columnist.
Colleague Mark Price says, “Am I the only one who reads this website’s name the wrong way?”
He was talking about the Fairlawn Business Exchange Networking Group. Its website: www.businessexchangeinc.com.
No, Mark, you’re not alone. I also get the impression they’re exchanging one gender for another.
Yet another crime rampage in Medina County. Check out this police report of a “suspicious car”:
“Officers stopped a vehicle on Pearl Road after hearing ‘yelling’ and seeing the car ‘rocking violently.’ The occupants told the officer they had been singing.”
No word on whether a Rock Wilder was contributing some harmony.
Won’t touch this
A colleague recently asked, “Did you know that Christie’s Cabaret in Jackson Township is on Everhard Road?”
Knowing what is best for me, I did not.