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September 12-13, 2020
is a "go"!
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Very Special Guest, The Winchester Arms Collectors
Nov. 21-22, 2020
(Annual Meeting/Director Election) Note:
Nomination forms are available and the deadline has been extended. See below.
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Fall 2020 Member's Newsletter (click to read)
A Word From Our President
Fall 2020 newsletter finds you and your family well. I think
many of you may share my feelings of Gun Show withdrawal and look
forward to being able to attend a show again.
I am excited to share that after a lot of planning and a meeting
with the Roberts Centre staff and the Health Dept. that it appears
that we will be able to have a September show.
Two words that will dictate our ability to have a safe and
successful show are “change” and “compliance.”
"Change" in that just about everything you have come to expect and
experience in prior shows will be different from the entrance to the
exit to the interior traffic pattern within the facility. The
location of services such as Gun-Tie Tables will be relocated as
well. Plenty of signage will be posted to help you find your way.
You will also be required to wear appropriate masks and Social
Distance. These changes are necessary to insure our ability to keep
you and all the other members that choose to attend safe and to
insure our ability to continue to have future shows throughout this
"Compliance" in that if we all tolerate and comply with these
required changes, we will have a safe and successful show for you to
Finally, I hope you enjoy the
Fall 2020 newsletter. There are great articles and a new addition,
member ads to help you add to your collection or sell something you
want to move. I look forward to seeing you in Wilmington.
Register to Vote Today - Vote on or prior to November
Right now, an army of
anti-gun organizations are registering voters. If all OGCA members
and just a fraction of American gun owners turned out to vote on
November 3rd, the battle would be won. If you’re not registered to
vote, it’s easy to register.
If you live outside
Ohio visit www.vote.gov or the
NRA’s nonpartisan voter registration site
Ohio members can also
visit www.voteohio.gov to
register to vote, check their voter registration status, and get an
absentee ballot. Spend 10 seconds entering your name and county and
you’ll find out instantly if your voter registration is current. If
not, follow the simple instructions to register. You don’t have to
register online. You can obtain a voter registration form and
register to vote at numerous locations including public libraries
and most Ohio BMVs, for example. Ohio members, be sure your
voter registration application reaches the office of a board of
elections or the Secretary of State by Oct. 5th. All Ohio voters
whose registration is up-to-date have the opportunity to vote from
the convenience of their homes by requesting an absentee ballot. If
you desire to vote via absentee ballot you can also use that website
now to sign up to receive an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3rd
election. This takes less than two minutes. (Do not wait to request
your absentee ballot in the event that the system gets overwhelmed
closer to the election.)
EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING in ohio
In Ohio, voters have many options to vote. Beginning
October 6th, all registered voters may request and vote an absentee
ballot in person at their county board of elections or early
voting center as designated by the county. Most Ohio counties
provide early voting at their board of elections office. However, a
few counties have separate early voting centers (so check online or
with your county Board of Elections).
Important Dates for ohio
Military & Overseas Absentee Voting:
Begins September 18 (46 Days Before Election Day)
Early In-Person Voting:
Begins October 6 and includes the two Saturdays, two Sundays and the
Monday before Election Day
Deadline to Register to Vote:
October 5 (BOEs open until 9:00 p.m.)
Absentee Voting By Mail:
Begins October 6 (28 Days Before Election Day)
Election Day: November
3 (Polls Open 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
October 6: Absentee Voting by Mail begins (ends
October 6: Early In-Person Voting begins
October 31: Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot
EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING HOURS FOR OCTOBER
October 6-9: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
October 12-16: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
October 19-23: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
October 24: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
October 25: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
October 26-30: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October 31: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
November 2: Mailed absentee ballots must be
postmarked by this date
November 3: General Election: Polls are open from
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
November 3: Voters are able to drop off absentee
ballot at their county board of elections office until 7:30 p.m.
EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING HOURS FOR NOVEMBER
November 1: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
November 2: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ernie Pyle and Sergeant Joseph Toth
Joseph Toth of Mansfield, Ohio,
was one of the many brave men and women interviewed by noted WWII
journalist, Ernie Pyle.
Toth was an
OGCA member and “professional gun collector” at a time when
membership was approximately 700 members in 21 countries. Thank you
to Sergeant Toth and our many veterans.
After this article ran in our Summer Newsletter, we found out
Sergeant Toth is a current member of OGCA. Read Chuck Benton's
article on page 4 of the
Fall 2020 newsletter
Fred Kolb, President
one small-arms repair section that I visited the only man who knew
or cared anything about guns before the war was a professional gun
collector. He was Sergeant Joseph Toth, of Mansfield, Ohio. He was
stripped down to his undershirt as the day was warm for a change.
He was washing the walnut stocks of damaged rifles in a tub of water
with a sponge. Sergeant Toth used to work at the Westinghouse
Electric plant in Mansfield and he spent all his extra money
collecting guns. He belonged to
Ohio Gun Collectors Association.
He said each one of the gun collectors back in Ohio had a different
specialty. Some collected machine pistols. He had thirty-five in
his collection, some of them very expensive ones. Ironically
enough, he had not collected any guns at all in Normandy, even
though he was in a world of machine pistols and many passed through
A stack of muddy, rusted rifles is a touching sight.
As gun after gun came off the stack I looked to see what was the
matter with it---rifle butt split by fragments; barrel dented by
bullet; trigger knocked off; whole barrel splattered with shrapnel
marks; guns gray from the slime of weeks in swamp mud; faint dark
splotches of blood still showing. I wondered what had become of
each owner. I pretty well knew.
Infantrymen, like soldiers everywhere, like to put
names on their equipment. Just as a driver paints a name on his
truck, so does a doughboy carve his name or initials on his rifle
butt. I saw crude whittlings of initials in the hard-walnut stocks
and unbelievably craftsman like carvings of soldiers’ names, and
many names of girls. The boys said the most heartbreaking rifle
they’d found was one belonging to a soldier who had carved a hole
about silver-dollar size and put his wife or girl’s picture in it
and sealed it over with a crystal of Plexiglass. They didn’t know
who he was or what had happened to him. They only knew the rifle
was repaired and somebody else was carrying it, picture and all.
Ernie Pyle, Brave Men
This thought-provoking article is a classic example
of Ernie Pyle’s writing style. He “told it like it is”
primarily from the viewpoint of the average G.I. Ernie Pyle’s newspaper columns have been
compiled into several books.
is a collection of his columns from 1943 and 1944 in
The above can be found on page 422.