11 November 2012

Annales Patrio Moving!

This is just a short note to let everyone know that this blog has moved to my new WordPress Blog. Unfortunately, the move didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked and I have a few issues to correct at the blog's new home.

However, once I have the problems sorted out (they're fairly minor), I will actually be continuing the "Murder in Dresden" series and there won't be posting on blogger any more.

30 July 2012

Dresden Murder - Part 1

Alfred Farrell Arrested At Dennison Hotel Where He Had Used False Name

Bloody Shirt and Trousers Found in Man's Bedroom

A former convict, 43-year-old Alfred Farrell, was questioned today in connection with the brutal murder of his mother, Mrs. Nellie Farrell, 73, whose bruised and battered body was found last night at her home in Dresden.

Farrell was arrested shortly before midnight at a Dennison hotel where he had registered falsely under the name of "Brice Buell of Zanesville."

Confronted by a blood-stained shirt and trousers, found in his room at Dresden, Farrell admitted they were his but professed to be unable to explain the bloodstains.

He told Marshal James Lacy of Dresden and Sheriff Harry Bealmear that he was drunk yesterday and did not remember where he was or what he did.

09 April 2012

Why is Ohio Called the Buckeye State?

The name Buckeye as applied to the State of Ohio is an accepted sobriquet, so well recognized and so generally understood throughout the United States, that its use requires no explanation, although the origin of the term and its significance are not without question, and therefore become proper subjects of consideration during this centennial year.

The usual and most commonly accepted solution is that it originates from the buckeye tree which is indigenous to the State of Ohio and is not found elsewhere.  This, however, is not altogether correct, as it is also found both in Kentucky and Indiana, and in some few localities in Western Virginia, and perhaps elsewhere.  But while such is the fact, its natural locality appears to be in the State of Ohio, and its native soil in the rich valleys of the Muskingum, Hocking, Scioto, Miamis [the Great Miami and the Little Miami] and Ohio, where in the early settlement of the State it was found growing in great abundance, and because of the luxuriance of its foliage, the richly colored dyes of its fruit, and its ready adaptation to the wants and convenience of the pioneers it was highly prized by them for many useful purposes.

It was also well known to and much prized by the Indians from whose rude language comes its name “HETUCK,” meaning the eye of the buck, because of the striking resemblance in color and shape between the brown nut and the eye of that animal, the peculiar spot upon the one corresponding to the iris in the other.  In its application, however, we have reversed the term and call the person or thing to which it is applied a buckeye.

22 February 2012

History of Dresden Presbyterian Church (1819-1919)

As written by Mrs. T.M. (Mary Louise Cresap) Stevenson


"Hitherto that the Lord helped us."- 1 Samuel 7, 12

Ohio became a State, November 24, 1802. So when the Presbyterian Church was organized, the State was only "sweet sixteen" and one month old. The town of Dresden was laid out by Major Jonathan Cass, a Revolutionary officer, who brought his family here, in 1801, and soon after laid out the town, which therefore, is as old as the State. Looking backward, as we should, what of our Nation is that year of our organization-1819? Our Fifth President was James Monroe, of Virginia, from 1819 to 1825. Today he is probably the most talked about of any of our former Presidents.

President Monroe and his Notable State Papers

The "Monroe Doctrine" is a Shibboleth to arouse every patriotic citizen, men and women, to enthusiasm. Our newspapers, religious and secular, or Senators and Congressmen, everybody, official and unofficial, are all discussing the Monroe Doctrine, as they believe it to be, for or against, the "League of Nations."

Nothing has so crystalized and immortalized patriotism in our land, for 1819 to 1919, as the famous Monroe Doctrine. "Friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none." and the American continents by the free independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European Power. France and Germany tried by sending Maximilian to Mexico; poor Maximilian and poor Carlota.

How the past and the present are linked together! 1819-1919! President Wilson has been touring the country showing what he believes to be the harmony between the Monroe Doctrine and the League of Nations."

In 1819, when the Dresden Presbyterian Church was organized, over in England, George III, the Pharoah, who oppressed our forefathers and called our Revolutinary War "A Presbyterian Rebellion" (perhaps with astuteness as Presbyterians always stood for liberty), was still living. (He died in 1820)

The times of 1819 were similar to those of 1919. an upheaval of the nations was just settling down. France and the "Man of Destiny" had been at war with England, Prussia, Germany and Russia. Bonaparte had been shorn of his power, like Germany today, and banished to St. Helens, as the Kaiser is an exile in foreign land; and on the lonely island in 1819 Bonaparte was then living, grieving, and the world was the, as it is today, drawing long breaths of peace and liberty, after this World War.

27 January 2012

The History of Prospect United Methodist Church

 The first Methodist meeting house in Madison Township was held in Struthers Schoolhouse. In 1820, Rev. Jesse Roe, the Wheelan's and 13 other families organized what would be known as the Wheelan Church. In 1823, they built a 24 x 36 foot hewed log building on the “King Reunion Grounds” at the west end of Prospect Church Road. It was from the Wheelan Church that Prospect, Fairview, and Bethesda Churches were born. Rev. Roe died in 1828 and was buried in the cemetery next to Wheelan Church. Later, his relatives had his remains moved to a cemetery in Indianapolis.

09 January 2012

Samuel Tyhurst

SAMUEL TYHURST, of the firm of Wiandt & Tyhurst, millers, Newcomerstown, is a native of Huntingdon County, Penn., where he was born June 27, 1842. He is a son of Robert and Siena (West) Tyhurst. He emigrated to Licking County, Ohio, at the age of seven years, and remained there for twenty years; thence went to Muskingum County. He was there married, September 1. 1869 to Clara Wackford, born in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, April 3, 1842. and a daughter of William and Emily Wackford. To this union have been born two children—Essie, born November 13, 1870, and Daisy, born December 4,1872, both in Muskingum County, Ohio. Mr. Tyhurst has been a resident of Neweomerstown for about three years, and has been in the milling business since he was ten years old. He was educated in the high school at Newark, Licking County. He was a member of the Ninety-fifth Regiment, Company E, and served for upward of three years. He has acted as Mayor of Dresden, Ohio, and is a member of the Council, also of the School Board.

Source: "The history of Tuscarawas County, Ohio" written by John Brainard Mansfield, published by Warner, Beers & Company, 1884, p.882