Have you met Ed Didier?

Yesterday we stopped in Versailles to see any evidence of the Airstream Argosy factory, apparently abandoned by Airstream in the late 1980s. Ed Didier, proprietor of Didier's Hardware, told us Midmark bought the old Argosy plant and makes medical equipment there. And a brief word about Ed. He gave us a small card inscribed with his poem about eternal life through Christian faith.

He said this is the first and last poem he wrote, doesn’t believe he is supposed to write another one. Ed said he feels he was called by God to write this poem and share it. His inspired mission, Ed says, is to distribute one million cards with the message and to try and reach all the states and countries. He also believes he is not to count how many he is distributing.

Ed has been on this for awhile already and shares interesting stories about feedback he receives after visits with people in his store. We enjoyed meeting Ed and seeing his fifty year old hardware store he and his father created. We hope Ed is still at it next time we come through here. I think he will be.

We next toured Greenville, OH, and enjoyed the KitchenAid factory and The Garst Museum. The KitchenAid factory tour was very well done and the plant is fun to tour. The mixer castings are done elsewhere but all preparation, coating, assembly, testing, and packaging occurs in KitchenAid's factory. The Garst Museum houses fun and nicely presented displays of military and local history.

My biggest surprise was learning of a naval ship crash near Ava, Ohio. How can a United States Ship crash in southeast Ohio, hundreds of miles from the oceans or great lakes? This crash was of one of the four U.S. zeppelins, the U.S.S. Shenandoah. You can read some about its crash here.

The Garst Museum includes a display about the USS Shenandoah because Zachary Lansdowne, the ship’s captain, is from Greenville, Ohio. Annie Oakley was a local girl and has an attractive exhibit, as does Lowell Thomas, also born nearby (Woodington).

We like to provide photos with our sightseeing blogs. This time, you forgot to tell us to take our camera. Luckily, we put a spare camera in the truck’s glove box. So Jim whipped out the spare camera, poised himself to take a great picture to share with you and, Voila! You didn’t warn us to put extra batteries with the camera. No camera if the battery is dead. So we’ve tried to describe especially well what we saw. Hope it worked.

We have two of Ed’s cards and will give you one when we see you. Until then, pray for our farmers and our soldiers.

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