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John Blackford

April 5, 1935 - July 8, 2006

The 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will be held August 28th at 6:00. Jerry Cline and john Russell are the Chauncey-Dover Inductees this year. They will also be honored at the High School on Friday, and presented at Halftime Friday Night.

John was born April 5, 1935 on Mill Street in Chauncey, OH. 

He was the youngest of 4 children.  He died July 8, 2006 in Amherst, OH.

John was very active in the Church of Christ where Rev. Courtney was

the minister, sometimes getting the heat going and cleaning the church. 

John was also active in Boy Scouts lacking one badge before he would

become an Eagle Scout.  On one of the outings with boy scouts, they camped

in W. V.  The Ohio River over flowed the banks and they were stranded. 

Mr. Davis, the Superintendent of Chauncey Schools was their troop leader. 

John was awarded the "C" monogram for being the baseball manger in

1951-1952.  He also helped with football and recalled many stories about

Bill Smith and the years the Blue Devils didn't lose any games.  He was so

proud that his little school in Chauncey held that title.  


News Hall of Fame Date set:


Chauncey-Dover Alumni Banquet

is always the first Saturday in June. 

For 2015, that will be June 6th.

This year the banquet will be held at

Lee's Banquet Haus, 580 Radio Lane,

Logan, Ohio 43138. 

Exit north off U.S. 33 at SR 328, left on

East Front Street, and left on Radio Lane - then on left. 

John did odd jobs like mowing people's lawns and working in the fields while still in school.  He also worked at Tubby Buffington's filling station in Athens, making .50 cents and hour.  Of course, he found time to get pop at Adbella's and play cards or checkers.  He would have to sit in the restaurant side since he wasn't old enough to go in the bar.  Oh, Abdella's was the place to get those hot dogs too.

While in high school, he and Chuck Fiske, a fellow student and best friend, discovered 8 mm film that was being put in the dumpster.  I believed these dated into the 1930's and 1940's.  John and Chuck ask if they could retrieve and keep them, of course the answer was yes.  Years passed and John took them to Chet Baughman in Chauncey to have them made into videotapes with clearer pictures, which turned out very good.  Later they were shown at one of the Alumni reunions and Gilbert Courtney had copies made for $10.00 each for anyone that wanted to purchase one.  Many watching, were surprised to recognize so many people.

After graduating in 1953, John went to work at North American Aviation in Columbus as a machinist.  He met Jeannine Stace July 4th 1954 and got married, by Rev. Courtney, December 11, 1955 and lived in Athens.  Not wanting to drive every day to North American, he was hired at McBee's in Athens, which was suppose to be a life time job?  While working there his first son, John David was born August 29, 1957.  In 1958 John was laid off from McBee's with no plans of being called back. 

John did odd jobs for people, worked at selling cars for Mr. Beasley at the Ford garage and worked in a clothing store to make ends meet. 

With no bright future of work locally, he got a call from his sister-in-law to come to Northern Ohio where there was work.  He was expecting his second child in June, and this was the middle of May so John left for Oberlin, OH.  On Monday, he put his application in at Bendix-Westinghouse in Elyria and got the call to come in for a physical on Wednesday.

Planning to move to Oberlin, he brought his wife and son to Oberlin with him to look for a place to live.  Jeffrey Allen was born in Allen Memorial Hospital in Oberlin, OH, June 3, 1959, three weeks early.   He found a place to move his family too, renting a U-Haul and making 2 trips in one day, moving into a second floor apartment and sharing the bath with the apartment on the third floor!   

While working in the machine shop at Bendix, he was offered a 4-year Tool and Die Maker apprenticeship in May of 1960, going to school nights and working days.  Day wages then was $1.98, plus, he was paid the same wage for his school hours.  That afforded us to move to a house outside of Oberlin.

In September of 1963 we bought our first house in Elyria, OH, closer to his work.   In 1965 John had an industrial accident of his left hand loosing part of his finger and damaging the nerves.  At first the Emergency Room Doctor said his hand was torn up so badly they would have to amputate.   Thanks to the specialist called in, he said it was repairable and would only have to remove part of a finger and repair the damaged nerves.  He regained moving most of his fingers and the use of his hand. 

While working in the tool room, one of John's fellow workers was a Ham Operator and got John interested Ham Radio.  He not only got his license; he began building his own radio equipment and antenna that became one of his hobbies. 

John finished his apprenticeship and was ask to go into the management level as a Methods Engineer then onto Manufacturing Engineer.  With these promotions, John had to travel to the Bendix Plant in Frankfort, KY, working there during the week and home on weekends for several years. 

In 1971 we moved to the outskirts of Oberlin where I still live.

In 1973 Bendix wanted John to move to Frankfort, KY and work.  He decided not to make the move, leaving family and friends in Ohio and his sons, 12 and 14 having to change schools. On that decision, he was put into the Maintenance Department at Bendix, which lasted for 2 years working the night shift.  That was the price he paid for turning Bendix down on moving. 

He finally was put back as a Manufacturing Engineer and started traveling to Mexico working on building a plant in Acuna, Mexico, also traveling to N.C., England and Canada helping build their plants.

During those projects he became a Senior Manufacturing Engineer, retiring in 1988 after 28 years.

After retiring John still was doing his Ham Radio and started doing video of family and friends weddings.  He would make videotapes putting music and headers just like you would see in the movies.  He loved working on those, plus, started a site for the Chauncey Dover Alumni.  He would take pictures at the reunions, put them on the site, plus, the Chauncey Dover Blue Devil.  That was another one of his loves thinking of his hometown and the people in it.  John was so proud to have come from such a small town and how so many people affected his life. 

John had a full life with many friends caring for each one of them.  He always told his grandsons, Matthew and Jarad, they can accomplish anything with hard work and determination.

Mrs. John Blackford

Here is a school picture of John age 9 or 10.


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Dear Alumni:                                                                                                                            April 27, 2013


You are cordially invited to attend our annual banquet and dance on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at

Lee’s Banquet Haus, 580 Radio Lane, Logan, Ohio 4313. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with registration and social hour.  If you want alcoholic beverages you must bring your own as they do not have a permit for liquor sales.  Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. ($25.00 per person) and music will begin at 9:30 p.m. and run until 11:45 p.m.  Please be informed because of the cost of dinners and available seating we regret that we will be unable to accept walk-ins for the dinner.


Reservations for the banquet/dance must be returned to Judy Stanley, 11425 Peach Ridge Road, Athens, Ohio 45701-9768 no later than May 24, 2013. We cannot accept reservations after this date! Your payment must accompany your reservation in order to confirm your attendance.  Please make checks payable to the Chauncey-Dover Alumni Association. If you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your reservation, your tickets will be returned to you, and you will be able to avoid the ticket pick-up line on the night of the banquet.


If you would like to make reservations to stay overnight we have rooms blocked at the Baymont Inn, 12819 State Route 664, Logan, Ohio 43138.  You must contact them directly at 740-385-1700.  Please remember to tell them that you are with the Chauncey-Dover Alumni Association to receive the discount price.  Cost of the room is $120.00 plus tax.  Please make your room reservation no later than May 12.  After that the rooms will be released to the public.


Thanks to all of you and your generous donations our Chauncey-Dover Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment has a current balance of $45,157.71.  With the closing of Chauncey Elementary the Chauncey Elementary P.T.O. donated $2,500 to the Chauncey-Dover Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment and sent a big THANK YOU and APPRECIATION for all of the support the Alumni has given to the staff and students at Chauncey Elementary.


Thank you for your $167.00 donation to the Athens High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. Please pick up a nomination form at the banquet or get in touch with our representatives to the Hall of Fame Committee, Tom Kranyik, JerryYates, or Judy Stanley to insure that our athletes are honored.  Please remember that a C-D athlete must have a completed nomination form on file, as no one will be inducted without the nomination form being completed.


We are still continuing to collect yearbooks and/or class (group) pictures to ensure our history at Chauncey-Dover for the Athens County Historical Society and our website;  If you have items for our archives please contact Archie Stanley.


Nominations for the Honor Graduate Award are greatly appreciated.  However, nominations are getting less and less each year.  If you wish to continue this honor, please help by submitting your nomination along with your reservation.


Look forward to seeing you on June 1.

 Jim Shumway 

Jim Shumway, President

Chauncey-Dover Alumni Association


Chauncey-Dover Alumni Association

2012 Final Banquet Treasurer’s Report


Banquet Fund Beginning Balance 2012                                                                                     $1,739.45       Receipts for 2012                Scholarship Donations 2012                             $   394.00

                                                            Hall of Fame Committee                                   $   167.00

                                                            Dues                                                                $   217.00

                                                            Dance                                                              $   261.00

                                                            Dinner                                                              $3,270.00

                                                            Lois Simpson Fund (Transferred to the

                                                               Scholarship Fund)                                          $       5.00

                                                            Walk-ins (Dinner/Dance/Donation)                   $   141.00

                                                            Chauncey Elementary P.T.O.                            $2,500.00

                                                            Total Receipts                                                  $6,955.00

                                    Balance                                                                                                            $8,694.45

Expenses for 2012                                Honor Grad Plaques                                         $    40.00

                                                            Banquet Dinner Expense                                   $1,902.88

Dance                                                              $   200.00

Athens High School Hall of Fame                      $   167.00

Scholarship Endowment Fund               $5,240.00

            Total Expense                                                                                                   $7,549.88

Balance                                                                                                                                    $1,144.57    

Checking Account Funds:

            Scholarship Endowment Fund   $       0.00

Hall of Fame Committee                       $       0.00

            Banquet                                                $1,144.57

Bank Balance                                       $1,144.57


Chauncey-Dover Endowment Fund                     $  5,240.00

Interest                                                                $     881.76    

Expenditures-                                                      $  1,500.00 

Total Scholarship Endowment Balance     $45,157.71


Chauncey-Dover Alumni Banquet Registration 2013

June 1, 2013


Name__________________________________________               Class of _____________________

Address________________________________________               E-Mail_______________________

City_________________________    State_____________________          Zip Code________________

Number of Banquet Reservations(s) ($25.00 per person) _________________________

Alumni Dues ($3.00 per person)_________­

Scholarship Fund Donation $____________________                        Hall of Fame Donation $________________

Honor Grad Nomination__________­­­­­­­_________________________