Years ago both Freedlander’s and Annat’s department stores in Wooster — as well as The Daily Record — used the pneumatic tube system to transport items from one area of the building to another. (Before the paper had computers, "copy" from The Daily Record newsroom was sent all the way back to the teletype department located at the rear of the building.)

In an article appearing in the July 10, 1986, Daily Record, Harold Freedlander explained the department store's pneumatic tube system was installed sometime during the mid-40s. The tubes were manufactured by the Lamson Corporation of Syracuse, N.Y. The 28 tubes were made of brass and were located throughout the department store.

After a sale was made, oblong carriers were used to transport the sales slip and payment up to the credit department where change was made or credit was approved. Then the carriers were sent back down to the original sales clerks via the tube system. The returning carriers plopped into wire baskets. Often the baskets contained bean bags to soften the landing.

Local hat shop

A recent column claimed that Thelma Kaufman — who owned the Juliette Shop in Wooster — was related to Morris Levine.

"Not so," wrote Kauffman's granddaughter, Tonja (Lehman) Myrda. "She rented the store from the Levine family until she and my Grandpa bought their house at 748 W. Liberty St. They remodeled the basement and the back driveway and she moved her shop there. A few years later Grandma then leased space at Newberry's on the first floor toward the back, near the steps. I loved her shop. I loved trying on the hats, gloves and especially the bridal veils.

"Although it was nice when the shop was in her home," continued Myrda, "I think I enjoyed visiting her at Newberry's more and getting to eat lunch at the counter with her. Grandma also sold gloves, evening bags, shawls and hosiery. She specialized in bridal accessories. Gloves were still in fashion back then and I remember trying on the long opera-length evening gloves with a lacy shawl and an evening hat."

At the end of the season — and after sales — Myrda said her grandmother would let her pick out some hats that she would then use to play dress-up.

"My love of hats did not go away," she commented. "Now all grown up, I'm a Red Hatter."

Church timeline

The following list of churches and the year they were established was compiled using information gleaned from local ministers back in 1958 along with historical records and other research:

Bethany Baptist, 1812; First Presbyterian, 1815; Methodist, 1816; Trinity United Church of Christ, 1819; Central Christian, 1835; Zion Lutheran, 1840; St. James Episcopal, 1840; St. Mary Catholic, 1847; First Church of God, 1848; Westminster Presbyterian, 1874; Second Baptist, 1892; Christ Scientist, 1910; Knesseth Israel, 1926; Four Square, 1929; Nazarene, 1930; Seventh-Day Adventist, 1935; First Brethren, 1939; Christian Missionary, 1941; Mennonite, 1944; Baptist Temple, 1950; Assembly of God, 1952; Church of Christ, 1957.

By the way, Father Fridolin Ankley served as pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wooster for 49 years — from 1865-1914 — a record for any Wooster minister.

FYI

Only about a dozen youngsters were living in Wooster in June, 1812 — six years after the first pioneers came to the area.

Thought you should know.

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