2 — Visions of Paulding County July 2012
‘Paulding County Then and Now’
By Melinda Krick • Progress and Visions editor
aulding County Then and Now” is the themefor our 13th edition of
.The concept this year was inspired bynumerous books published around the coun-try filled with images comparing vintage and historic photographs of events, scenic places, street scenes andlandmarks with modern photos of the same places. Wehope to utilize this technique to tell a unique version of county history.Many antique photographs are full of small details thatstir the imagination. Who were the people on the railroadstation platform and where were heading? How many people passed through the depot in a day or a week? If walls could talk, what tales would the old general storetell you? Who lit the street lamps in the days before elec-tricity? What were in the barrels and boxes on the side-walk in front of a grocery store? Could the people proud-ly standing before a new brick building in 1890 have ever dreamed the place would still be occupied in the new mil-lennium?Taking new photographs based on the historic originalcan be tricky – new construction or trees can block theview, roads have been moved or abandoned, other land-marks have vanished, buildings have been leveled and it’snot possible to find where they had been located.Sometimes a little detective work is needed (using refer-ence books, records, newspapers, etc.) to piece together the clues, but when the answers come together, there’s an“Ah, ha!” moment when you find yourself standing in theexact spot that a photographer did more than a centuryago and gaze upon the same view. What did they seewhen they looked through the viewfinder? In those days, photography was almost exclusively left to professionals.Why were they taking the photo, and for whom?It’s endlessly fascinating to examine these photos andsee what has changed and how much. Sometimes nothinghas really changed at all except for the cars and the men’sand women’s fashions. Some changes are subtle; maybea more modern facade for the building entrance, treeshave grown or been cut down, newer signage. Often, thechange has been so drastic that a place isn’t recognizableanymore. Fires have changed the streetscapes in almostevery town. Canals and railroads have been abandonedand overgrown. Aging buildings have been razed to makeway for things newer and more modern. Many homes, businesses, recreational facilities and schools have beentorn down with nothing left to indicate they ever existed.Things once familiar, like a steam locomotive or one-room school or log cabin, have slowly vanished from our landscape. The only thing that remain are photographslike the ones in this publication. Other places haveendured, continually adapted to new uses and changingneeds.The men and women who built our county were justifi-ably proud of the towns, farms and commerce they creat-ed. However, nothing ever stays the same. This “Thenand Now” look at our county is a tribute to the people and places that came before us, some gone forever and somestill in use and some lovingly restored and preserved for future generations.
‘Visions’ again wins 1st place
From the Paulding Progress of Feb. 15, 2012:
OLUMBUS — The
Paulding County Progress
is proud to announce it has earned another award from the Ohio Newspaper Association.The
received a first-place awardfor special sections with its historical publication,
Visions of Paulding County Volume 11
. This edition focused onPaulding County in the Civil War.
is a yearly special section edited and designed by
editor Melinda Krick.The judges’ comment was, “According to the editor’snote, Paulding County provided more soldiers per capitathan any other Ohio county This publication introduces themto their descendants. Readers can learn about the ‘Drummer Boy of Shiloh,’ be moved by battlefield photographs andread excerpts of soldiers’ letters home. This magazine-style publication includes fascinating, absorbing, well-curatedcontent.”
received a second-place award in 2010 and a first- place award in 2009.The awards were presented as part of the Osman C.Hooper Newspaper Show at the ONA annual conference inColumbus. The contest is sponsored by the Ohio Newspaper Association. A total of 70 participating member newspaperssubmitted entries for judging.