Average Joe Buckeye Blitz cont. I met with J.W. Simpson today, curator of the Blanchester (Ohio) Historical Society Museum. He said sparks from a passing locomotive are said to have ignited a livery stable on a windy October day in 1895 here — burning the whole 5-block downtown to the ground. Some 70 years later, a train coming down the same stretch of Blanchester tracks, made a “whistle-stop” with Barry Goldwater (who was running for president at the time). Old time resident, and retired City Department worker Ed Bailey said he lifted the town newspaper photographer “high up” in a heavy equipment bucket so he could take a picture of Goldwater. I told Ed he might not have to lift a photographer up, oh, “as high” at one of our whistle-stop events.