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Mortgage Burning

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Sep 8, 2021

Tony Powell and Vic Henthorn

Let’s stroll down memory lane to the time “Tony” Powell and Vic Henthorn proudly burned the mortgage for Paden City’s Berger Field while standing on the fifty yard line. Are you aware the first Paden City Labor Day Celebration was sponsored by the Paden City Athletic Association and was in 1950?

The proceeds from this annual festival were to be used to pay the $17,300 loan for the 4 ¢ acre field. It was estimated it would take 80 months to pay off the loan, but on October 11, 1952, just 24 months later the loan was paid in full. Generous citizens pledged as much as they could afford at a time when factories were shutting down in the Ohio Valley. All the labor for leveling the field, building a fence, bleachers and field house was completed by volunteers.

For more information about this local historic event, be sure to visit this year’s Labor Day celebration at William E. Ford Park (Sept 3 – Sept 6) and visit the Paden City Museum and Cultural Center to see the vast collection of artifacts, pictures and written materials depicting our town, its businesses, schools and its people over the years. \The Museum is located at 105 W. Main Street and is a project of the Paden City Foundation, Inc. The good old days are here at the Paden City Museum on Thursdays from 1 – 3 PM, Fridays from 1 – 3 PM and Saturdays from 9 – 11 AM. See you there.