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www.wmfd.com - The Ashland County Historical Society held their 20th Annual Ice Cream Social this year, and with that milestone, they celebrated another: the 'homecoming' of Abbott- Faultless employees.

   
 
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The Ashland County Historical Society held their 20th Annual Ice Cream Social this year. The Ice Cream Social also featured a silent auction and live music. Proceeds from the Ice Cream Social will go towards Ashland's bicentennial, which is observed in 2015.

"We couldn't do it without the community," said Chris Box, director of operations for the historical society. "I like to think that we are one of Ashland's best-kept secrets," she added. "We always want people to come in and visit, and we're expecting around 400 people today."

The ice cream social wasn't just celebrating its 20th anniversary - it also marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of Hospira, a spin-off company of Abbott Laboratories. After purchasing the Faultless Rubber Company in the late 1960s, Abbott Labs developed their own medical division. In 2004, that division would become Hospira - although the division's Ashland facility would soon close. The Faultless Rubber Company is gone, but its history is preserved within the walls of the Ashland County Historical Society. However, several former employees want to expand that history.

"Within the museum here at the historical society, they have a small section on Faultless," said Gary Greene, a former technical manager for Abbott Laboratories. "They did not have a section on Abbott. So our goal is, by the 50th Anniversary (which is 2016), expand the Faultless section to now include Abbott Ashland as part of that display."

Retirees brought many different things from the old facility: things they made, things they found, and things they wanted to preserve. One former worker even brought the original greeting sign that was hung on the wall before the facility was torn down. Items brought in will be given to the Historical Society for preservation.

"We felt like we had one opportunity to ensure our history," Greene said. "So we're doing this in honor of the 50th anniversary (of the merger), and the expansion of the museum here at the historical society."

For more information about the Ashland County Historical Society or its events, visit its website at AshlandHistory.org.

   
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