16 December 2011

Lewis Cass

English: Lewis Cass ( October 9, 1782 – ...

Lewis Cass was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, on the 9th day of October, 1782. His father, Major Jonathan Cass, was a soldier of the revolution, who enlisted as a private the day after the battle of Lexington. He served in the army till the close of the war, and was in all the important battles in the Eastern and Middle States, where he was distinguished for his valor and good conduct, and attained the rank of captain. He was afterwards a major in Wayne's army, and, after a life of usefulness and honor, died at an advanced age, at his residence near Dresden, in Muskingum county, Ohio. His son, Lewis Cass, the subject of this biography, emigrated, at the age of seventeen, to the then North-western Territory, and settled first at Marietta, in the county of Washington. He was thus, as he was recently called by the Convention of Ohio, one of the "early pioneers " of that immense western region, which has already risen to such a magnitude in our i own days, and is destined to attain one so much greater hereafter. The country north of the Ohio then contained one territory and about 20,000 people.

05 December 2011

Rev. Thomas H. D, Bell

Brother Bell was born March 7, 1836, in Coshocton, Ohio. He died March 81, 1878, of inflammation of the brain at Wilmot, Stark county, Ohio, aged forty-two years and twenty-four days.

He was blessed with devoted parents, who early and faithfully taught him "the principles of the doctrine of Christ." He became a willing student in "the school of Christ" very early in life. He was converted when fourteen years of age under tbe labors of Rev. A. 8. Moffltt. The clearness and satisfactory character of his conversion he attributed, under Divine trace, to the careful training of his Christian mother. He was known as a young man of studious habits, with a high sense of religious and moral obligation. When he united with the church he became a faithful working member, strictly attending to all his duties. At the age of fifteen he entered the West Bedford Academy. After a close attention to study for two years he commenced the work of teaching, in which he was successful and popular. Eleven years of his life were devoted to this noble work; meanwhile he gave attention to reading and study, enlarging his knowledge of the sciences and of general literature. While engaged in the work of teaching he did not forget the work of his Master, to which he felt a special call. In some instances nearly his whole school were converted through his earnest and prayerful efforts. The church of his early choice, seeing his "gifts, graces and usefulness," urged upon him the work of the Christian ministry.

03 December 2011

Ancestry's WW2 Collection

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28 November 2011

The Lemert Family

The ancestors of this family were probably from Alsace, Germany, and settled in Pennsylvania about the year 1760, afterwards my grandfather migrated to Loudoun county, Virginia, where he died about 1780. His wife died in Coshocton county, Ohio, early in the present century. Lewis Lemert, the grandfather, was born in Pennsylvania, accompanied his father to Loudoun county, Virginia, afterwards settled and married in Fauquier county, Virginia, to Elizabeth Glasscock. They raised six sons and one daughter. Lewis Lemert died in 1817. His widow and family came to Dresden, Muskingum county, Ohio, in the autumn of the same year, and I think, raised the first house in Dresden. The names of the sons were Thaddeus, Laban, Beverly, Leroy, Ferdinand, and Abner. The latter the only one surviving. The daughter's name, Minerva. The widow and younger children removed to Licking county, Perry township, where they owned a considerable body of land, and laid out the village to which she affixed her own name (Elizabeth). She erected a meetinghouse at her own expense, dedicated to the use of the Disciples, of which she became an active and zealous member. She manifested a great amount of energy and business tact, and filled well her part in pioneer life, and died in August, 1834, in the fifty-seventh year of her age. Thaddeus died in Dresden, in 1820.

21 November 2011

Joseph Shaw

Manufacturer: born Newburgh, N. Y., 1840; son of Joseph and Mary (Williams) Shaw; educated in Putnam Academy, Zanesville, Ohio; married, Dresden, Ohio, Oct. 1881, Amanda A. Marshall; seven children. Engaged as pharmacist 1869-1881; assisted in organizing The Citizens' National Bank and its successor old Citizens' National Bank, of which he is vice-president, Muskingum Coffin Co., of which he is president. The Shaw & Welty Shirt Co., snd the Hercules Pants Co., president of both; president The Elgin Silver Plate Co.. Gold Hill Mining Milling & Power Co., organizer of both; vicepresident Guardian Trust Co., organizer; and director and organizer Homestone Building & Loan Co.; was president of Municipal Board of Sinking Fund Trustees, organization, until 1909. Served in 3d and 62d Ohio Voluntear Infantrv, during Civil War, started as private, and mustered out as captain. Republican; Presbyterian. Member Grand Army of Republic (commander). Club: Zane. Address: 328 Woodlawn Avenue, Zanesville.

Source: page 774 of Who's Who in Finance, Banking and Insurance, Volume 1, edited by John William Leonard, published by Who's who in finance, incorporated., 1911.

14 November 2011

Carl Lehmann

Carl Lehmann is a lawyer of the younger generation of Cincinnati, influentially identified with the civic administration of his resident village of Glendale. He is a native of Dresden, Ohio, born January 4, 1884, and as a youth attended the public schools of that place. Subsequently, be went to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he pursued a course at Cutler Academy, then returning to Ohio, where he attended the University of Wooster and was graduated with the class of 1907, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. His law studies were prosecuted at the Cincinnati Law School, where he was a member of the graduating class of 1910, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and upon being admitted to the bar in the same year began practice with Pogue & Pogue. Mr. Lehmann maintained his relation with this concern until November 1, 1916, since which time he has been engaged independently in the practice of his profession as a general practitioner. His offices are located on the sixteenth floor of the Union Trust Building. Mr. Lehmann is a member of the Hamilton County Bar Association and of the college fraternities of Phi Delta Phi and Phi Gamma Delta. He likewise belongs to the Masonic order and the Business Men's and Blaine clubs. For several years he has acted as solicitor for the village of Glendale, where he maintains his home.

Source: Memoirs of the Miami Valley, Vol. 3 by John Calvin Hooper and Joseph Daniel Barnes, Robert O. Law company, 1920, page 30

07 November 2011

Nathan H. Webb

NATHAN H. WEBB was elected on the Republican ticket in 1893 to his present position as Justice of the Peace of Jackson Township, Hardin County. He has made his home in the village of Forest for several years, but he is well known, not only hereabouts, but in various portions of the state, as a hotel-keeper of some thirty years' standing. He has been retired from this business only for the past five years, since which time he has devoted himself more than ever to politics and public affairs.

16 October 2011

The Blue Rock Mine Disaster - Part 2

Continued from The Blue Rock Mine Disaster - Part 1

Escape of William Edgell, Sr.
- I noticed nothing wrong about the bank that morning.  At half-past ten o'clock went in with my car as quickly as I could and loaded up with coal.  The miners were racing and I was not disposed to be behind.  Returning with a load of coal, pushing my car before me, I encountered another resting on the track.  A lad was standing beside it, whom we all regarded as rather weak in the upper story.  He was crying, and when I asked him what was the matter, replied that the bank was falling in.  Pausing to listen I heard a roaring off to the left in the old diggings, which are situated in the northern part of the mine.  I hesitated a moment what to do.  I thought I would go back to where Pearson, Gatwood, Savage, my son William and others were at work and inform them of their danger.  In the meantime I observed that the pillars of coal were crawling outwards at the bottom.  Chunks of coal began to fly from one side of the entry against the other.  They went with such force that I think they would have cut a man in two if they had hit him.  All this occurred in less time than it takes me to tell it.

Others had got to where I was standing with their cars.  I started back to warn the boys, but it was too late.  The mine was falling so rapidly in that direction that it would have been madness to venture. The way was already impassable. I turned towards the mouth; it was falling in that direction too. I called to the boys, “Hurry out, hurry out.” As I turned something struck my light and knocked it out; there were lights behind me but I stumbled on in perfect darkness. In the race I struck a pile of earth which had fallen in the entry and pitched clear over it.

When I rose I was on a fair ground again and went on rapidly, calling for the boys to follow. I came to a place where a light shone in from the mouth. I was safer now, but there was danger yet. At once a sudden faintness came over me. I grew blind and dizzy; my knees became weak and it seemed impossible to move one before another; they were as heavy as lead. But somehow I struggled and found myself upon the platform.

15 October 2011

The Blue Rock Mine Disaster - Part 1

Coal Formation in Harrison Township - In April, 1856, there occurred in [Muskingum] county one of the most remarkable mine disasters in the history of coal mining.  The Blue Rock mines are in Harrison township in the angle formed by the stream known as Blue Rock run and the Muskingum river.  The stratum of coal at this point is about four feet in thickness, the quality excellent and the formation that which miners denote "curly."  The stratum of rock which overlays this vein of coal is a slaty soap-stone, light blue in color and subject to rapid disintegration when exposed to atmospheric influences, but forming a safe roof for the miner when properly protected.

Reckless Coal-Mining - The particular vein in which this disaster occurred was owned by Stephen H. Guthrie and James Owens, Jr.  Former owners had taken large quantities of coal from the northern portion of the mine and the work was said to have been done in an unusually reckless manner:  many of the rooms were nearly forty feet square, while the pillars were small and comparatively few in number.  The hill above the mine has an altitude of about two hundred and twenty feet and the pressure from such an immense weight of earth should have dictated more than ordinary caution.

Falling in of the Mine - The falling in of the mine occurred about 11 A.M. on Friday, April 25, 1856.  At that time there were some twenty persons, many of them boys, employed in the mine.  Several were standing on the platform at the mouth of the entrance, others on the inside saved themselves by precipitate flight.  Upon investigation it was found that 16 were safe, but that four persons were either imprisoned in the mine or crushed to death by the falling mountain.  Hope preponderated strongly in favor of the former conjecture inasmuch as it was known that these persons were at work in a part of the mine from which no large amount of coal had been taken and which in consequence was supposed to be comparatively safe.  The persons who escaped were:  James (Duck) Menear, John Hopper, James Larrison, George Ross, George Robinson, William Edgell, Sr., Uriah McGee, William Gheen, Timothy Lyons, G. W. Simmons, and the following boys:  Patrick Savage, Hiram Larrison, Franklin Ross, William Miller, James Savage, Thomas Edgell.

04 October 2011

The Late George W. Cass

Of Mr. George W. Cass, Sr., brother of Gen. Lewis Cass, who died in Dresden, Ohio, on Wednesday, at the age of eighty-seven years and six months, the Pittsburg Gazette thus speaks:  "The deceased was a man of great intellect and sound reasoning powers, and had he taken a public life would have become a man of marked distinction.  Singularly unobtrusive, however, he always preferred a quiet life, void of all ostentatious display.  Although never taking a prominent part in politics, he had been a Whig, and was strong in the faith of the Republican Party, but his ambition never spurred him on to political preferment, and in this respect he was content to keep aloof from an active participation in the struggles and results of political parties.  Mr. Cass moved westward with his father's family, Mr. Jonathan Cass, from New Hampshire, in 1776.  After his father purchased the military section on the Muskingum River, he moved his family to the then new home in 1801.  It is here Mr. Cass has spent a long quiet, and happy life.  By the affection and power of love his children had for him they all hastened to gather around his deathbed.  They consisted of his oldest son, Gen. Geo. W. Cass, of Pittsburg, his daughter, Augusta, and sons Dr. Abner and Dr. Edward.  Gen. Garfield, after calling upon the deceased, wrote the following:  'I called on the venerable Geo. W. Cass to-day, whose character, marked ability, and wonderful memory made an hour spent in  his company long to be remembered.  His relatives have the sympathies of all in their great affliction, and his name will be held in kindly remembrance by all who were fortunate enough to have formed his acquaintance.'"

From: The New York Times, 9 August 1873

03 October 2011

Colonel Thomas Cresap

By Mrs. Mary Louise Cresap Stevenson[1]

To write the history of Colonel Thomas Cresap is to write the Colonial History of Maryland and Virginia and more or less of Ohio. To recount the story of these colonies is, to tell the story of the Revolution.

The rehearsal of that noble struggle would involve much of the history of the great powers of Europe and you might conclude, we were like Tennyson's brook, and would 'go on forever.' Therefore, we will try to give you only a snap shot at the life and times of our hero. We will give you items here and there, and leave you to develop the composite picture.

We believe, that when William the Norman invaded England, he found the family of our hero on the ground. His characteristics were essentially of the sturdy, faithful, "Cedric, the Saxon" type! His family was ever loyal to country and flag.

01 October 2011

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30 September 2011

LLoyd H. Stradley

As president of the company which bears his name Lloyd H. Stradley is well known in commercial circles of Detroit, being at the head of a business of extensive proportions. He handles the candies made by the Bunte Company— one of the high class and most popular grades on the market—and his interests are conducted most wisely and capably, resulting in the attainment of a gratifying measure of prosperity. He was born in Dresden, Ohio, August 13, 1873, a son of Harvey and Sarah (Lewis) Stradley, who became the parents of six children, one of the brothers of the subject of this review, Carl R. Stradley, being now associated with him in business.

29 September 2011

Pioneer Days in Ohio

Interesting Letter from Gen. Garfield - Recollections of the Brother of Lewis Cass
HON. JAS. A. GARFIELD has sent to the Secretary of the Western Reserve Historical Society the following letter, which the Cleveland Herald publishes:
HIRAM, Oct. 14th,  1871
A. F. Goodman, Secretary, &c., Cleveland, Ohio:
    DEAR SIR:  While recently spending the day in Dresden, Ohio, I called on the venerable GEO. W. CASS, whose high character, marked ability and wonderful memory make an hour spent in his company long to be remembered.  He has been a resident of Dresden since 1801, and has the most most perfect recollection of the leading events in the history of the State, and particularly the Muskingum Valley.  Among many recollections of early scenes and events in Ohio, the history of a journey made by him in 1797 was of peculiar interest to me as affording a basis for understanding the marvelous growth of Ohio.  Mr. Cass, brother of the late LEWIS CASS, is the son of JONATHAN CASS, who was an officer in the Army of the Revolution and after the war was a Major of infantry, and served under Gen. WAYNE, on the north-western frontier, in the last decade of the 18th century.  In 1797, Major Cass was on duty at Fort Hamilton, now Hamilton, Ohio.  In June of that year he received a furlough, and, with his family, went to his home in Exeter, N. H.  At that period there was but one white settlement in what is now Ohio, that at Marietta, begun in 1788.  There were however, several military posts, viz.:  Fort Washington, now Cincinnati, Fort Hamilton, Fort Laramie, Fort Recovery, Fort Wayne and Fort Defiance.  Beyond and between these places lay the unbroken wilderness.  The route taken by Major Cass and his family was the shortest, both in distance and time, of any then possible.  This is the route, as described by to me by Mr. Cass, who was eleven years old when the journey was made.  They pushed up the Big Miami in keel boats to near Fort Laramie, and thence passed over a portage of three miles, to the head waters of the St. Mary's River.  That stream they descended in batteaux, and were piloted by a half-breed Indian.  Mr. Cass remembers seeing vasty numbers of fish in the clear waters as they descended.  They passed down the Maumee to the lake, and thence rowed along the shore to Detroit.  After waiting at that point about ten days, they took passage on board a British schooner, and landed above Niagra Falls.  They were carted around the Falls; and, taking batteaux, rowed along the southern shore of Lake Ontario, stoppping nights and pitching their tents in the unbroken wilderness until the reached the mouth of the Oswego River, which they ascended until they entered a small lake, (Mr. Cass thinks it was the Oneida Lake) and from that up a small stream, at the head of which was a wooden lock through wich they passed down into the waters of the Mohawk, and thence to Albany.  There they took stages to Boston, and thence to Exeter, N. H.  The whole journey consumed three months - the actual running time being seventy-five days.  The journey from Hamilton, Ohio to Exeter, N. H., can now be made in thirty hours [16 hours in 2011].  I suggest to the Historical Society that the precious personal recollections of such a man as Mr. Cass should be preserved.  He is the most amiable and intelligent gentleman, and one of the few who has seen the whole growth of Ohio, almost from the beginning of its territorial existence.  Though now eighty-five years of age, few young men know more fully the history of events daily transpiring in the world than he, and few weigh their significance and tendency with more judgment. Very truly yours, J. A. GARFIELD.

Originally Published: 21 Oct 1871 in the New York Times

28 September 2011

Thomas McCoy

The subject of this review is a self-made man who, without any extraordinary family or pecuniary advantages at the outset of his career, has battled earnestly and energetically and by indomitable courage and integrity has achieved both character and fortune, being now the owner of three hundred and eighty-five acres of land in Virginia township, so that he is now numbered among its most substantial citizens.

26 September 2011

Swiss Immigrants on the Ohio Canals: The Diary of Joseph Suppiger, 1831

In 1831 a group of Swiss immigrants arrived in America from their homes in Lucerne. Among them was Joseph Suppiger, who had left prosperity in his homeland to seek religious freedom in America – specifically Illinois. He and his fellow travelers came to Ohio via canal boat and lake steamer to Cleveland. They arrived at midnight and immediately signed on to a canal boat bound for Dresden, Ohio. Suppiger's diary was translated from German by Leo Titus, the husband of a Suppiger descendant.

25 September 2011

Flooded Ohio

We are printing on this page a picture sent us by Dr. James L. Neave, of Dresden, Ohio, who writes:

"Don't have any flood experience if you can avoid it—it is more pleasant to read about than to be mixed up with. I have been camping for a month and am very far from being straightened out yet. I was run out both of house and office, and when I got back was up against mud and destruction. Maybe a fire is worse. I didn't know that water was such a nuisance. I am enclosing a picture of the square wherein my office is located—it is close to the dentist-sign on the right of the picture."

From: The American journal of clinical medicine, Volume 20, American journal of clinical medicine., 1913, page 524.


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