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Carol and Jerry Daniels purchased this pennant at an auction. It commemorates London’s 100th anniversary, which took place in 1911. 

$100 will go to top winner of bicentennial logo design contest

The City of London’s 200th anniversary is four years away, but residents are already digging out relics of past milestones and thinking creatively about how to commemorate the big 200.

Carol Daniels, principal of London Elementary School, and her husband Jerry are history buffs and memorabilia collectors. Among their prized possessions is a fabric pennant from London’s 100th anniversary celebration, which took place in 1911.

“Jerry bought it at an auction three years ago at a farmhouse just outside of London,” Carol said.

Attached to the pennant is a cardboard medallion featuring a photo of the Madison County Courthouse. Two pins affixed at the top and bottom of the pennant may be clues to the previous owners’ interests. One pin features a photo of the Dahl-Millikan Grocery Co.; the other is an advertisement for The Ohio Dairy Co.

“At the time (we bought the pennant), Jerry said, ‘We’re not that far from 2011.’ Before that, we hadn’t really thought about how close the bicentennial is,” Carol said.

Jerry is originally from South Solon. Carol has worked in the London school system for 33 years. The couple’s pride in the community runs deep.

“Being in this brand new building, I think we need to remember where we came from,” Carol said of her vantage point from the new London Elementary building. “That’s why events like bicentennials are so important—it’s a chance to reflect.”

Carol said she hopes memorabilia like the centennial pennant serve as inspiration for the creation of unique items to commemorate London’s upcoming bicentennial.

Logo contest prize is $100

To that end, the Madison Messenger and the London Bicentennial Committee (a group of city officials and citizens) are sponsoring a London Bicentennial Logo Design Competition. Any Madison County resident of any age is eligible to enter. The winner will receive $100, and his or her logo will be used to promote the city’s 200th anniversary.

Each logo design must incorporate the phrase, “London Bicentennial 1811-2011,” and represent London as a whole. The deadline for entries is Nov. 5. For a full set of contest rules, call the Messenger at 740-852-0809, London Mayor Dave Eades’ office at 852-3243, or go online to columbusmessenger.com and click on Madison to print out the rules and entry form.

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