FREDERICKTOWN — A newspaper printed on calico was the centerpiece of the Main Street Free Press Museum’s program at the annual Fredericktown Tomato Festival.
Mansfield historian and author Bob Carter displayed a copy of the Oct. 18, 1879, edition of the Fredericktown Free Press, printed on calico cloth in honor of the election of “Calico Charley” Foster to the first of his two terms as Ohio governor. He had already served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Carter explained that Foster, a Republican from Fostoria (named for his father), had not served in the Civil War. He helped raise a company and helped the widows and families of soldiers, but stayed home to run the family store as his parents were ill and he was the only surviving son.
The Democrats had nominated Thomas Ewing, a son of the long-time U.S. Sen. Thomas Ewing of Lancaster. The younger Ewing had risen to the rank of general in the war and his supporters thought to ridicule Foster for staying behind to sell calico.
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