Military convoy to make return visit to Columbiana

COLUMBIANA — Columbiana County residents will have two opportunities to see an historical military vehicle convoy this week.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the original 1919 Army Motor Convoy with a re-enactment tour that consists of a stop first in East Palestine on Wednesday and then again in Columbiana on Thursday as it moves its way toward San Francisco.

The convoy is expected to arrive in Columbiana at 7:30 a.m. where it will be served a private breakfast at Homestead Kitchen and Cocktails located at Firestone Farms.

Firestone Farms will then show a silent, subtitled movie of the original convoy on the big screen located there and the vehicles will then be on display for a few hours until its departure, which will lead past the Columbiana Log House Museum in the square around 9:30 a.m.

The visit is being hosted by the Historical Society of Columbiana and Fairfield Township and Firestone Farms.

The original convoy, which included Lt. Dwight D. Eisenhower, also stopped in East Palestine and Columbiana back in 1919, with Harvey S. Firestone providing food and entertainment to the troops at his homestead.

Ken Rambo, representing Firestone Farms, said Harvey Firestone even supplied two of his own vehicles on the original convoy, with spare tires, tubes, rims and tools.

“Harvey was a huge pioneer of shipping goods by truck on improved highways. He knew the success of this convoy would advance that cause,” Rambo said.

In preparation for the visit, the Log House Museum has featured an exhibit dedicated to the 1919 convoy that has been available to the public since June.

Rambo said the museum will be open on Wednesday as the convoy moves through town. “Teaming up with the historical society has been great. Our goals for the project are the same, to preserve and pass to the next generation our local history.”

The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. during the months of June, July and August, and will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 15.

More information on the event can be found online at firestonefarms.org