When he was growing up during the 1940s, Rich Ball said he and his friends used to have summer "snowball fights." It was a once-a-year event and something the boys always looked forward to.

"Behind our house on East Larwill Street," Ball explained, "and across the neighbor’s lawn, right across the alley from the Lutheran Church, was Borden’s Dairy. Every summer they’d defrost the dairy’s freezers and they always had some ‘popsicles’ left to pass out to us neighborhood kids.

"Then, they’d clean out the freezers and bring out the ice and ‘snow’ they had removed and place it in a pile on the lawn — and we’d have a summertime snowball fight."

Elevator operator

Lucille Pagniano Santangelo, Florence Santangelo Keltz and Elsie Moretti Cosentino were the first three Italian women hired at Freedlander’s. All three ran the department store elevator.

Several years ago, the late Lucille Santangelo called to say it was her first job — fresh out of high school.

"One day while running the elevator," she recalled, "the power went out and I was stuck in there for a half hour. I decided to ask for something else to do. Eventually I ended up working in the office."

She remembered when the store installed the first Coke machine for its employees. Until then, associates had to go next door during their lunch hour to buy a Coke.

"We thought," she said, "we had the cat by the tail."

More memories ...

Lynette Geitgey remembers when City News used to be located at the corner of South Market and East South streets.

"The big chrome peanut machine," Geitgey said, "would be turning around and around roasting peanuts. The machine was located in the big window by the jukebox."

Back in 1943, Don Cicconetti said you could purchase a half dozen hamburgers at the Hamburger Inn for just a quarter.

Cicconetti wrote that Tommy Glasgo — one of Wooster’s most interesting characters — was a noted member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Glasgow’s secondhand store in the Reed Warehouse at the foot of Spink Street used to be filled with all the salvageable items he picked up while on his garbage route in Wooster.

FYI

The contract for the first jail in Wayne County was given to Benjamin Jones on July 12, 1816. He was the lowest bidder at $1,300. According to the book "Picturesque Wayne," Thomas Porter was confined in the new jail as early as 1818, and was likely the jail’s first inmate.

Thought you should know.

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