Then & Now: Ohio Seamless Tube in Shelby 1908:
How a pink liquid could save Ashland money on maintaining streets:
Charles R. Iams
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The heartbeat of the Great Mohican Pow-Wow roared to life again on Friday after a year of silence. The 36th annual, three-day event held at the confluence of Ashland, Holmes and Knox counties kicked off with traditional music of the Andes Mountains by Malkuri.
Robbie Swift, the event’s organizer, planned activities for every half-hour — each led by Native American or First Nation people, who are indigenous to Canada. Activities included storytelling, tomahawk throwing, a flute act and fire starting demos.
Swift says he hasn't seen anyone in over a year, except family, so it was an emotional event. The Great Mohican Pow-Wow is traditionally held in July, but COVID-19 changed things. Moving forward, it will only be held in September.
One of the acts this year included the Sinquah family, who traveled from Arizona to showcase spiritual hoop dancing. 56 year old Moontee Sinquah was one of them. In fact, Sinquah and his two sons are hoop dancing champions, with Sinquah earning three world championship titles.
Native American tribes employed hoop dances as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to honor and celebrate indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Sinquah told us he grew up dancing. For him, it’s something about the drum, it draws you — it makes you want to dance.
Sinquah’s hoop dance on Friday stemmed from one created for a boy in New Mexico who was ill at the time. Each time the dancer’s body moved through the hoop represented one more day of life for the boy. Sinquah, donned in colorful fabrics, danced to the beat of a drum played by his two sons and another man who belongs to the Lakota tribe. After his dance, he invited people from the crowd to dance with him — and many did!
Friday’s performance was the first he had done with his two sons since the pandemic canceled all events. He performed at a festival in Long Island, New York and at another in California before coming to Ohio. Sinquah told us the pandemic wreaked havoc on him and others he knows. He’s lost a lot of relatives, and a lot of friends within the pow wow and dance arena.
The reservations where he and others live is also much more secluded because of pandemic-related shutdowns. But he also said the pandemic forced him and his family to slow down a bit. And he’s now a proud grandfather.
Next, some local history. The seamless steel tube industry originated in Shelby in 1891 as The Shelby Steel Tube Company. Their product was created principally for use in bicycles, though it was perfect for early airplanes as well. And the city was proud to say that Shelby Tube was used exclusively in the Spirit of St Louis when Lindburgh crossed the Atlantic in 1927. Today the plant is just as vital as it ever was, in the steel industry and in the Shelby econom. It’s called ArcelorMittal.
Next, From Ashland Source - Maintaining streets is a costly endeavor. But Ashland's city officials hope to at least postpone some of those steep costs with a pink liquid promised to “rejuvenate” asphalt pavement. City council voted in early September to spend around $69,000 on the product. That price would buy nearly 3,000 gallons of a liquid, known as Reclamite. This should help extend the life of 15 newly paved streets in Ashland by up to five years.
Shane Kremser, the city’s engineer, has eyed the liquid for around six years. But pulling the trigger never made sense until recently because the product works best on newly paved streets. But now that the streets have been repaved, maintaining those new streets — and simultaneously repaving other deteriorating streets — reflects a new challenge that officials hope Reclamite will solve.
So what is Reclamite? Put simply, the product keeps water out of asphalt. The City of Wooster has been using Reclamite for a few years and really started noticing a difference. In Ashland, the hope is that Reclamite will eliminate the need for filling pot holes and filling cracks, which are symptoms of asphalt oxidation.
Mayor Matt Miller said the product will be applied to the following streets starting today. It takes about 30 minutes for the pink liquid to dry. And if Ashland sees a difference in the quality of its treated roads, then the city will consider applying it to more streets.
Finally, we’d like to take a moment to remember Charles Iams of Mansfield. He was born in Upper Sandusky in 1937. Charles graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1955. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and reported to the USS Fred T. Berry DE858 for 4 years. He also served 2 years on the J.D. Blackwood DE219 and later on the USS Moinester. Upon returning back to Mansfield, he began working at the Mansfield U.S. Postal Office and then at Mansfield Tire and Rubber until it closed. After moving to Florida, he joined the naval reserve. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1995 after serving 26 years. He was a member of the Venus Lodge #152 F&AM.
Charles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Deborah, his three children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, niece, and special friends, John and Robert. Thank you for taking a moment with us today to remember and celebrate his life. Also, make sure to head over to richlandsource.com and click be a member button to help support independent local journalism that informs and inspires. Every contribution goes to helping us make Richland County a better place and to help keep our journalism free. Also, if you like this podcast and want to hear more, make sure to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts!