Front L to R: Doug Krocker, Jim Krocker
Rear L to R: Sue Kenndy, Mike Kennedy
This was taken in the Krocker’s back yard.
WILSON (BILL) O. KENNEDY, 67, of Goshen died on August 20, 1998 in his residence. He was the son of the late John O. and Mary E. Wilson Kennedy, of Goshen. He was retired from his work of many years in the retail paint business. Bill was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and graduated from Midvale High School. He and his wife BETTY I. VITT KENNEDY, had two children; Michael O. (Brenda) Kennedy, of Florida and Sue Ann (Steve) Burgess, of Dover. The Kennedy’s were married on January 3, 1953 and were members of Sacred Heart Church, in New Philadelphia. Betty passed away at the age of 69, on February 20, 2003, in Park Village Health Care Center, in Dover following an extended illness. She was a homemaker and also worked at Daniel’s Dress Shop for several years. The couple are buried in Calvary Cemetery, at New Philadelphia.
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Wilson “Bill” and Betty Kennedy moved into their house along State Route 416, in 1955. The house was moved around 1970 from the current Goshen Valley Rd. when the new 416 was built. Bill and Betty had two children, Mike and Sue.
Mike and Sue’s grandparents were Jack and Mary Kennedy, who lived in Goshen since 1939, next to the Goshen Community Church of the Nazarene. The house has since been razed. Mary’s maiden name was Wilson and her parents also lived in Goshen. Their children, besides Mary, were John “Huck” Wilson, Woodrow “Woody” Wilson and Margaret Jackson.
Sue lived in Goshen from 1958 to 1982. She now resides in Dover, Ohio after marrying Steve Burgess, on August 21, 1982. They have two children, Stephanie Ann Burgess Stevenson and Shane Phillip Burgess. Stephanie is married to Josh Stevenson and Sue and Steve are now the proud grandparents of Cy Stevenson, who was born June 24, 2011. They also have a dog named Sammie and enjoy gardening. Sue has fond memories of living in the small, close-knit community.
“I loved to visit my grandparents,” said Burgess. “And running over to see Cindy (Davis) and Teri (Stein) Krocker, Dene Krocker (Badertscher) and Sue Rolli (Kirtley)”
Burgess adds that she doesn’t remember much about her Goshen home being moved except that Ralph Slimmers was the person who moved the house.
“I remember Mom saying that, ” she said, noting she isn’t certain about the spelling of his last name. “And we had to climb a big step ladder to get into the house!”
The Universal Sewer Pipe Corporation Plant #2 began its operations about 1920 and was located at the present site of the Skeeter Hollow Farm (owned by Mike and Dawn Smitley), which was formerly Cookson Industrial Site. The plant, which had 14 kilns, specialized in making vitrified clay pipe, flue lining and stove pipe in various sizes that were used by building supply dealers. Employees of the plant belonged to the 501 United Brick and Clay Workers Union. During World War II, while the men were serving in the military, 14 women worked in the sewer pipe plant including Roberta Warner, Fanny Swaldo, Emma Gervasi, Lena Richardson, Mary Kennedy, Betty Krocker, Alice Cooper and Ruth Trimmer.
Floyd “Zeke” Davis was a recording secretary for the Local 501 in 1953 and recalls earning 68 cents an hour. ($5.44 a day) when he began working in the early 1940’s. Others who held office at the this time include President Adrian Rausch, Vice President Bernard Conklin and Treasurer Walter Hammon. The last union meeting was held in December of 1960. There were 73 members at the time of the plant’s closing. Francis “Foxy” Walton was the oldest man in terms of service for Plant #2 at that time. Davis still has some of the minutes recorded during the union meetings and read a portion of them at one of the Goshen Reunions. Read more on Page 8 of Recollections of a Community Part 1.
John R. “Huck” and Ellen Wilson opened Wilson’s Service at Goshen, in 1946. They not only pumped gasoline but sold groceries and snack items. Ellen took care of the store while Huck worked at the Goshen Sewer Pipe. In 1970, St. Rt. 416 was re-routed and the house was moved down the road and a new store built. There are apartments and Fox’s Horse Farm in that location currently. Huck died in 1972 but Ellen kept the house and store. In 1976, she decided to sell the property. The couple were known for rewarding the local kids who received three A’s on their report cards. The kids would get a candy bar for their efforts. Huck’s sister was Mary Wilson Kennedy who also lived in Goshen on what is now David Rd. She was married to John Kennedy. The house is no longer standing. Huck was also one of Goshen’s honary mayors.
Before Little League was organized in Goshen, Huck coached a team in Goshen called the “Goshen Mighty Mites.” Some of the players on the team include Junior and Frank Davis, Ronnie Harmon, Bill Anderson and Eddie Krocker. Krocker remembered that time very well. “Huck formed and coached the team, provided the ballfield, drove us to games in his pickup truck and bought us all pop after the game,” Krocker noted. ” Mostly we played teams in Wainwright and on the Southside. The farthest we ever went was to Stillwater.”
Wilson “Bill” and Betty Kennedy moved into their house along State Route 416 in 1955. The house was moved around 1970 from the current Goshen Valley Rd. when the new 416 was built. Bill and Betty had two children, Mike and Sue. Mike currently resides in Clearwater, Florida and Sue, in Dover. Bill’s parents were Jack and Mary Kennedy who lived in Goshen since 1939, next to the Goshen Community Church of the Nazarene. The house has since been razed. Their children besides Mary, were John R. “Huck” Wilson, Woodrow “Woody” Wilson and Margaret Jackson. Bill passed away on August 20, 1998 and Betty on February 20, 2003.