To the Editor:
The people of Carroll County have benefitted immensely for 50 years from the Carroll County Veterans Club.
Older members considered this a diamond in the rough that took 100 to 150 members and non-members donating their time so family members could utilize the club, pavilions, fishing pond, ball fields and swimming pool. All people were expected to conduct themselves and their family under reasonable club rules.
In 1980, we gave the Carrollton Water Department free right of way to the county home and Carroll County Vets Park including the city park. In 1964, the first little league ball teams were started. In 1973 boys and girls shared the field together. Merchant leagues shared the field in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2008, the Carrollton Recreational League built a third field. Tennis courts were available.
The club membership is half, the Vet’s Pool is stalled on $1.6 million, redo, oil leases stalled.
Lynn Noble made a great contribution as pool manager for the children’s safety and swimming instructor.
Contributions in time and money for the entire complex were made by people such as Peany Sheldon, Wib Manfull, Don Stewart, Virgil Tinlin, Judge Cope, Dean Yeager, county commissioners, civic clubs in the area, Moyne Smith, club manager; along with businesses such as Twin City Concrete, Olin Plastics, Stark County Tile and many unnamed people who made donations.