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.


Welcome to my new blog. I have been working on my family history for several years now and have found that one of the most interesting parts of the whole process is the many interesting little stories you come across in while conducting your research.

Unfortunately, as interesting as these stories usually are, more often than not, they are not directly related to my own family history. Rather than just pass these little gems by and let them fade away again back into obscurity, I thought it might be fun to share some of these treasures online. Thus was born Annales Patrio.

I hope you enjoy reading my discoveries as much as I enjoyed finding them.