We are pleased to present the text of many newspaper articles preserved by Eileen Thomas as well as excerpts from her publication, FOOTPRINTS. Topics are in bold print for ease in locating the articles that our visitors will find of interest. Many thanks to Eileen for having the foresight to preserve so much of Newport and Washington County history.
The following are
excerpts from FOOTPRINTS, which was researched, compiled, and printed by Eileen
Watson Dana was supply pastor
during 1867-1878.He was born November 12, 1837, the son of
Charles and Eunice Churchill Dana.He was
granted a license to preach in 1867 and ordained in 1869.He was the only ordained minister from the
church up to the present time.Rev. Dana
died February 1, 1928, and
is buried in the NewportCemetery.
In the early 1870’s, the
congregation decided to build a bell tower and two classrooms.Some interesting history in how the church
acquired the bell was recorded and ties in with Newport’s
busy trade as a river town during this period of time.
According to the records, the bell
was bought at Cincinnati, Ohio, and paid for by voluntary contributions
collected by the crews of the Courier and Diurnal, daily packets in the
Wheeling and Parkersburg trade.The
collection far exceeded the amount required, so the bell committee gave first
prizes to the crews of both boats.The
bell cost $237.After the work was
completed on the tower and the classroom and the bell was properly hung, the
church was rededicated on March 1, 1880.
Minutes show that on July 20, 1872, on motion, James
Ferguson and Silas Stone were appointed delegates to meet with the CenterValleyBaptistChurch
for purpose of recognizing it as an independent church.
Encouraged with the growth in
membership and finances, the church began making other improvements in keeping
with the time.The year 1881 saw an Estey
Organ installed.The pot bellied coal
and wood stove and the oil lamps were replaced by natural gas in 1890.
Between the years 1904-1907 the baptistery
was installed, thus eliminating the necessity of “gathering at the river” for
baptismal service.In the fall of 1981,
the baptistery was remodeled: a new sheet metal insert was completed and new
plumbing was installed.
In 1909 the parsonage was built
next to the sanctuary.Rev. E. G.
Stanley was the first pastor to occupy it.It is a two-story frame house consisting of three rooms, a half-bath, a
utility room, and a front reception hall which could be used as a study
downstairs.There are three rooms and a
full bath upstairs.The parsonage has
air conditioning and forced-air heating.Recently new windows and storm doors were installed.This year (1984) a new kitchen was being
installed and carpet laid.Improvements
and repairs to the parsonage are the responsibility of the Trustees, and the
utilities are paid by the church.
A garage fund was started in 1922
and collected $199.08.The cost of the
garage was $197.98.The garage was built
behind the parsonage in 1928.The garage
in recent years has been used for storage and fallen into a complete state of
disrepair.This summer (1984) this
landmark will be burned by the Newport Fire Department.
Everything went along pretty much
the same until April, 1915.At that time
a new communion service was added and new pews installed.The old pews were sold to the Church
of Christ for their newly formed
church on Maple Street.The Esty [different spelling from above]
Organ was replaced by a Hardman piano which was presented by Mrs. Mary
In 1921, electricity was brought
into Newport, so new drop lights
were installed.Commemorative Services
of the 100th year of the church edifice were held in 1942.The Centennial Celebration was dedicated to
the pioneers who suffered and sacrificed that the church here might become a
With the growth of the church it was
decided to build a 20 ft. X 30ft. block structure.It is attached to the rear of the sanctuary
and is used for Young Adult Sunday school Class and Pastor’s office. This work
was completed in 1956.
A WEEKEND OF
By Eileen Thomas
a while this afternoon—
are back in the year of 1797 when the first Baptist church was formed in WoodCounty.You are traveling on your horse through the
woods following a well-traveled wagon trail (These woods probably were like our
WayneNational Forest.)You don’t have a permanent home—everything
you own is neatly packed in your saddlebags.
Do you have
the picture in your mind?Now—
is James McAboy, you are a circuit preacher and you are committed to go from Beverly,
Ohio, to Sistersville,
Virginia.[In the year 1797, West Virginia
had not been divided (annexed) from the State of Virginia,
this came later.]You travel to preach
to the brethren in this territory, as it is now, it was very important to teach
God’s word.You travel up the hills and
down into the valleys—you have ‘tent meetings’ in all the settlements along the
way.Last night you stayed with Elder
Davis and his family at the settlement of Rainbow.Rainbow was located on the Muskingum
River twelve miles from Marietta.Next morning Mrs. Davis had made breakfast for
you and the family—there were flapjacks, eggs, ham, fried potatoes, fresh made
biscuits and apple butter!Then she
packed you a lunch—corn pone-fresh baked bread-wild turkey meat and a huge slice
of deer steak and a couple of apples from their small orchard.You’ll have to be alert on the trail today
because some Delaware Indians had been seen in the area— probably a hunting
party, but you still should be careful.Mr. Devol, who has seen the braves near his home said they didn’t seem
hostile, but to keep an eye out!
At you decide to rest your horse and let him
graze while you eat your lunch; first you led him to the river for water and at
the waters edge you hear a sound, listening more clearly you jump back on your
horse and ride off fast!A pack of
wolves were chasing a deer right towards you!!In the distance you see an old log house that seemed to be abandoned;
you make it to the door and lead your horse inside with you, just as the
critters passed by!So you end up having
your lunch on the broken down porch on the front of the old house, not letting
your horse graze too far in case the wolves doubled back.Do you have the picture in your mind as to
some of the hardships the early preachers went through to bring God’s word to
the early settlers?Also I forgot to
mention you had to ride through all kinds of weather—most of the time you were
not in sight of shelter. You had to face the wind-rain-sleet-snow, etc.
imagine you’re a farmer in the Lower Settlement (down by Hassely’s Sawmill on
Rt. 7). Your name is Joseph Barker.
night, you go to bed as soon as the sun goes down, you know you have to get up
around As the rooster crows you get up and begin
your chores—feed the chickens—milk the cows—slop the hogs—clean out the
barn—check out the farm and see if everything is intact.This done, you go back to the house to wash
up for breakfast of ham—red eye gravy—fried potatoes—cooked apples—flap jacks and
home made maple syrup and coffee.
wife, Melissa, and your nine children complete their chores you go outside and
ready the buckboard for the trip to the Upper Settlement (Newport).
Now you go back inside to spruce up a bit for church while Melissa is putting
the finishing touches on the
meal she has packed, the children are ready for the trip just as the sun is coming
You get to
thinking on the way, you are glad to have your tobacco crop in before the rains
come, next week the corn will need harvested, the apples will have to be picked,
and you’ll have to set the boys on gathering firewood and get it split and
stacked before the weather breaks.Melissa will be making her lye soap before long.The girls will have to gather some nuts—seems
to be plenty of hickory-walnut-butternut and hazelnuts this fall.Plenty for us and the wild critters,
too.Also can’t forget to ask Brother
Luther if he will trade me some peaches for apples; Melissa wants to put up a
bushel or two.
you notice the horses having some difficulty on the slippery road; you notice
in the distance a couple other wagons.Nearing them you are able to see what the hold up is—Dana’s Run had
risen from all the rain.Everyone was
standing around wondering what to do.
Churchill and John Greene came to their rescue by bringing row boats down the Ohio
River from the Newport Landing (just beyond the Newport P. O.
toward the river)They rowed everyone
across the run.The horses had been tied
in a shaded area with a slack rope so they could graze a bit.
making an impression on your mind as to how the early families lived and the
lengths they went to have church services?
think God was pleased with his children?
imagine now that you are one of the Joseph and Melissa Barker children—
arrived in the Upper Settlement, today is Saturday—what would it be like to
attend church in the early days?You
came to church with your parents—you sit beside them—no visiting with your friends
during services—no morning snacks—you ate a hardy breakfast and no more eating
until meal.You are there to learn from the Good
Book.There is no radio—no T.V.s, no
Nintendos—no cars—no ball games—no bikes and no sleeping in!!This is just a partial look into the life of
a child in the early 1800s.The Elders
of the Church had the say of the church.They were very strict in their beliefs, and you were brought before the
church to be questioned for any unusual behavior.If you didn’t have answers to meet their
beliefs they expelled you from the church.The Newport people were
members in the early days of the MariettaBaptistChurch,
the circuit preacher held meetings in the settlement about every two
months.On Saturdays services were held
in the morning along with a business meeting, then an all day meeting on Sunday
August 25, 1822, is our earliest
record of a meeting held in the Lower Settlement, with Abigail Churchill,
Melissa Barker, and Susan Dana being received into the church.The next was held Saturday Sept. 21, 1822, at Jacob Churchill’s
home.Being the custom, the wife placed
a Bible on a table covered with her best white cloth and bade the neighbors and
friends to come at early candle light, meaning come as early as you can, we
will be ready for you.
So here we
are at Brother Churchill’s for Saturday services.After prayer by Elder James McAboy, Sarah
Howard, David Canfield, Ira Hill and his wife, Wealthea, related their
experiences and were received into the church.
services and business meeting, church was dismissed until the next
morning.So now we walk back to Dana’s
Run; the water was way down by this time so we waded across to the wagons and
proceeded to eat a late lunch.
had fed and watered our horses while we were at church; so giving him our
thanks, the wagon caravan started on the trek home to the Lower
Barker and his family were in the lead wagon, followed by Jacob Middleswarts,
then our wagon followed by Jacob Leonard who turned off at Newell’s Run, and
last the Thornilys.A lot of singing
could be heard as we traveled down the River Road.Arriving home we boys helped Father with the
evening chores and brought wood in so Mother could begin supper.After eating and the dishes were cleared
away, the candles were lit and Father read aloud form the Bible.The Bible is the only book other than a school
book or two in the house.Mother and
Father asked questions on the morning service, and each of us older children
told what we had gotten out of the service.Now its bed time; the sun has set.
We get up
at the crack of dawn to do the same thing over again!But today is a special day—
bright beautiful fall day as the wagons make their way back up the river
road!!As we reach the top of the hill
in Newport, we meet several wagons
coming in from the other directions—there were the Danas, the McMahans, and the
Holdrens coming from Leith Run Settlement and the Fergusons from Ferguson’s
Landing.So as we merged we became quite
a large wagon train as we arrived at Jacob Churchill’s yard!
began with prayer, then a sermon by Elder McAboy, songs were sung and a lecture
was given by Elder McAboy, then we were dismissed from the morning
services.While the Mothers sat out the meal, we kids played tag, Red Rover and
Drop the Hanky.After the adults had
filled their plates, we children were allowed to do the same.This was a steadfast rule which was to show
respect for your elders!After the food
had been put away we gathered and started walking toward the river.
This is what made our day
special—Mother was going to be baptized today!!
We had not witnessed a Baptism before.We sure know what the saying “We shall gather
at the river” stands for now.
After the river services, we
returned to Brother Churchill’s for the afternoon services and then partook in
the Lords Supper.
We sure were a bunch of tired happy
travelers when we returned home that evening!
These types of services continued
on until January 3, 1838,
when the Newport branch of the MariettaBaptistChurch
became an independent church, thus the date on the front of our church.Then in 1841 it was decided to build a brick
church.Our church building was
dedicated January 1, 1842
with Elder Geer preaching the sermon.Sunday school was established in 1841.
The forefathers of our church built
a firm and lasting foundation of faith and fellowship so let’s continue to join
forces as one church family and trust God’s wisdom and will.Now is the time to set aside your
imagination—for you are now “back to the future!”
And yes, you are our future-May God
continue to bless us.
By Kathy Perrine
been several years since the dream of a new addition began at NewportUnitedMethodistChurch.
one year since the congregation approved plans for the new addition.It’s been seven months since the rear wall of
the church collapsed during the digging of the basement for the new addition.
a lot of work and dedication by a lot of people to get to the near completion
of the sanctuary and the new fellowship and education hall.The target date is Sunday, October 20, 1991 for worship services
to return to the church and, possibly, to hold Sunday school classes in the new
Landerholm, minister at the church, said members are volunteering their time to
help finish the building.
every evening through the week and Saturdays for the last month there have been
volunteers there painting.”
One is Roger
Dye, a chairperson on the building committee.He said it’s wonderful to see the building nearing completion, and he is
proud to know his grandchildren can grow up and say, “My grandpa did this.”
become friends, really; I didn’t really know the guys I went to church with
until I worked with them.”
said all of the chapel furniture and other wooden fixtures that were damaged or
destroyed in the collapse are being repaired, rebuilt or replaced by church
member and building committee chairperson Walter Lauer and his son Gale.
me feel good to begin to see what we were working for,” Walter Lauer said, “to
see things shaping up after all the hardship and heartaches.”Lauer has been overseeing the project since
said: “The contractor has done a great job with the church.It’s going to be very beautiful.”
years from now somebody is going to look at this and say, ‘You know how that scratch
got there?That happened when the church
congregation held services in the NewportSchool gymnasium following the
collapse until it began using the NewportBaptistChurch
said that was a very good experience and the hospitality was appreciated, but because
the Baptist church has revival starting this Sunday, Newport United Methodist
will use the school again until the sanctuary is ready. Both churches will resume
their regular church hours starting this Sunday with Sunday school at 10: a.m.
and worship services at 11: a.m.
said that in an effort to display appreciation to the Baptist congregation,
members have invited them to a dinner in the new fellowship hall on Sunday,
November 24.It will be held prior to
the traditional community Thanksgiving service.
recently discovered, while Newport Baptist’s records were being retyped, that
in 1902 the Baptist church was undergoing roof repairs and could not use its
building for some services so the MethodistChurch offered its building.Landerholm said he hadn’t been aware of the
coincidence but said he wasn’t surprised because the two churches had such a
good working relationship.
said that the first Sunday in Newport United Methodist’s long-awaited church
and fellowship hall will be a very emotional and exciting time.“We are looking forward to it.”
church member Libby Lauer said, “I think we are all going to be so overwhelmed
and so glad when we get in there that you just can’t describe what it’s going
to be like.”
CHURCH TO BRIING MUSIC TO EARS
By Kathy Perrine
October 18, 1991
Saturday, the carillon chimes
at NewportMethodistChurch will again strike the
hour—for the first time in 226 days.
At March 7, the rear wall of the church
collapsed.Power was cut off, and the
chimes ceased to play.
Landerholm, minister at the church, said the carillon system was installed at
the church about six years ago in honor of long-time members Gale and Hilda
were programmed to strike every hour between and with the
playing of short gospel selections and hymns at
we indicated that should be a
time of prayer to remember each other and the community, our country and the
nation,” Landerholm said.
received so many positive comments.It’s
been something the community has enjoyed.”
people use it as a signal for times.Some tell their children to be home by so many bells.Some use it as a mealtime reminder.
chimes went-off, we’ve heard many comments about how people have missed it,” he
said.“I’m sure it will again be
services will return to the church on Sunday. Landerholm said it is
structurally completed, with 95 percent of the interior decoration
finished.He hopes that everything will
be finalized by Christmas.
“Bit by bit
and piece by piece, we’re going back together.It’s been exciting to see the sanctuary come back.”
Lauer and his son, Gale, built a new wood arch for the front wall of the
said his Sunday morning sermon will be from the Old Testament book of Ezra on
the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.
the hurdles and struggles and victories that the people of Juda[h] encountered
in the rebuilding of the temple parallel what we’ve gone through.”
that it will be an emotionally charged worship service, lots of excitement and anticipation.It was almost like a death when the church
collapsed.Now it will be like the
commitment and dedication service is planned after the regular morning
burial in the NewportCemetery
was Nathaniel Little on November 20,
Many of the
stones were cut by Frank Valentine.Later years his son, Ben Valentine, was the stone cutter.The last stone Ben cut was his own.
also a small cemetery located on the property now owned by Paul Berga.It contained many early settlers’
graves.Dr. George Gale said his
grandparents were buried there.They
were moved to the HammettCemetery
at Willow Island, West Virginia.Others were moved to the NewportCemetery.
membership of the Dewey Avenue Church of Christ congregation came from the
faithful members who moved from the rural area to live in St. Mary’s West
year 1906, with thirty-one charter members, the first regular meetings were
held in the old M.E.Church
building, where the present MethodistChurch now stands.
building served the congregation as a meeting place for fifty years.Then a new building was constructed on the
opposite corner of the street where services were first conducted March 22, 1959.
Our church was
started in 1914 under the supervision of this St. Mary’s Church
of Christ.The John Shaw building on Maple
Street was purchased in 1916.The top floor was removed, and the lower
floor of the building was remodeled into a meeting place.Pews were bought from the BaptistChurch in 1915.
early 1950s a complete revamping was done.Two bathrooms were installed, and one addition was built on the back to
be used as two classrooms.And a
baptistery was constructed.William
Dewell was minister at this time.
trustees were W.A. Wilson, Marcus Bayless, Clarence Theodore McCullough, J.O.
Rogers, Cyrus Bayless.It is interesting
to note that Cyrus and Marcus were brothers.Marcus’s family moved to St. Mary’s.Cyrus’ family were faithful members of the church.Cyrus’ daughter Ethel Berga is now the oldest
member of the congregation.Her son Jim
and her grandchildren and great grandchildren help to make up the family of God
in attending the Wednesday evening and Sunday services in the Newport
bought property from Howard and Fern Ward Pryor for $5,000 on the corner of
Green[e] Street and Woodland Drive.A preacher house was erected on this lot in
1965 by men of the congregation.The
first minister to live in this home was Minister Donald Kelly and family.
Due to the
growth of the congregation, Charles Newell, minister, suggested a new meeting
house be built.
bids were put out for the sale of the church building.Ralph Hendricks bought the property.It is now used as a storage building for
Construction Company started to build the new church in 1974 at a cost of
$125,000.This loan was paid off in
building was dedicated on November 9,
The program included:
Opening remarks—Charles Newell
Song Leader—Dwight Sanford
Introduction of Speaker—Charles Newell
Song Leader—Larry Shingleton
Closing remarks—Charles Newell
A tour of the building followed the dedication.
seats 150 people with a baptistery and two side rooms in front of the
church.Seven classrooms, an office, a
utility room, a nursery and two restrooms are included in the addition.
Some of the
furniture from the old church is still in use today.Wallace Construction donated 50 Hymn Books
and a Bible.Howard Pryor a clock.
In 1992 the
church bought new carpet, a new sign and new landscaping.
are Larry R. Shingleton, Robert Stewart, and Burl D. Hewitt.
List of full time preachers:
of Washington County, Ohio
Presbyterian Church was organized in the village
of NewportJune 9, 1838, by Rev. Bennett Roberts, an
Evangelist.The nine constituent members
were, David and Mary Murdock, John and Mary Greene, Jane Moreland, Eleanor K.
Cook, Mariah H. Bailey, Sarah E. Dana, and Ira H. Bosworth.They held their meetings in the pioneer
schoolhouse just north of Newport,
and after it was burned, meetings were held at the other schoolhouse and at the
Methodist and Baptist churches.The
congregation was never strong. They had occasional supplies from Marietta,
but not until Rev. Henry Smith, D.D. president of MariettaCollege, came did they have a
stated supply.For fifteen years he
preached to this people twice a month.He
was accustomed to remark that his visits to the little flock in Newport
were green spots in his life.Certain it
is no little church for miles around was favored with the service of so
talented a minister as was Dr. Smith.Rev. John Noble also supplied the church.
In 1869 the
presbytery of Athens formally dissolved [the] Newport church, and the following
were at their own request transferred to the Fourth Street Presbyterian Church
in Marietta:Eleanor Cook,Dr. J.H. McElhinney and wife, Ira H. Bosworth
and wife, Eleanor C. Bosworth, Augustus Leonard and wife.Luther Edgerton, the only surviving elder,
afterwards became a member of the FourthStreetChurch
Back in the
early pioneer days the children in the neighborhood were first instructed by
Caleb Greene, a son of John and Mary Greene, at the family residence.This was as early as 1801 or 1802.
school house was erected near the present site of the old Barkwill home.It was very rude in its structure, being built
wholly of rough, round logs and having split logs smoothed on one side for the
floors and seats.School was held for
only a few months in the winter, and the teachers boarded around among the
pioneers who in the early days had to keep the school going largely by
subscriptions, let us pause and think of the sacrifices that must have been
made.But they were men and women with a
vision, and in the progress of time, the development in the school system has
building, which was later destroyed by fire, replaced the primitive log houses;
and then another school was started, still on the same site, but this has been
torn down by the hand of progress many years ago.In its place, two grade schools were started,
one in the lower part of town, the former site of the Laundromat, the other at
the crossroads in what was called the back neighborhood.This is now the home of Joe and Mary
largely through the efforts of J.B. Greene, a native son and state representative,
the NewportSpecialSchool District was established.
time the upper grades were taught in the old MethodistChurch building which stood where
the present old brick school building stands.
continued with the three schools in the district until 1889 when a large frame
building replaced the old MethodistChurch.The three schools were consolidated and a charter
was granted for a high school.John McDaniels
was the first superintendent, from 1890 to 1892.
One of the
requirements for graduation was that each graduate should deliver two self
written orations, one in December and the other at commencement time.In January of 1894, the school burned.School was then held in vacant buildings in
completion of a new brick building in 1895 was located at the bottom of Turkey
Knob Road.F.L. Bailey was the superintendent, from 1895 to 1899.The facility consisted of three teachers, one
for the high school, one each for the intermediate and primary grades.Up until 1907 the superintendent was the sole
instructor in the high school.The
recitation was fifteen minutes in length and no study halls.Another year was added to the high school course
in 1900, and the school became a third grade high school in 1903.
In 1907 an
assistant teacher was added to the high school faculty, and it became a second grade
high school.The first piano was
purchased in 1915 through the efforts of the pupils.
grade school was voted in November, 1925.The three acre lot was secured from William J. Todd.
On Friday, April 22, 1927, the present
grade school building was dedicated.The
first auditorium was a dream come true.
1929-1930 the two buildings, grade and high school, were separate units and
were under different supervision.Lynn
N. Nicholas was high school principal, Grace Reckard was grade school principal
in charge of the eight grade and several one-room buildings which had not
become a part of our new consolidated system.
On December 24, 1915, the Ohio State
Department of Education recognized the Newport Number 1 Rural High School.
In 1917 the
present building was ready for occupation and the four high school grades were
transferred to the new building.
were held in Room A on a stage which since has been removed.Basketball in 1919-1920 was played in Room B,
under the direction of Arthur Buchanan.
On May 25, 1931, a six year high school
charter was granted.
school paper, “The Mirror,” was published in 1940.The 50th Anniversary Book
published in 1940 was dedicated to Miss Nora Ferguson, the first graduate in
The Civic Club, redecorated the gymnasium, located in the grade school, and
purchased a new electric score board.
kindergarten class was started in September of 1967.Mrs. Sue Herlan was teacher.Members of the class were: Rebecca Barnhouse,
Joni Board, Sherri Boley, Suzanne Cline, Cheryl Cornell, Jay Eichhorn, Karen
Fenton, Bobby Garret, Jane Ann Greenwood, Bryan Harris, Kim Hearn, Kathy
Hewitt, Tony Hurte, Maxolia Martin, Debbie Murphy, Randy O’Neal, Eddie Pryor,
Jamie Rouse, Faye Seevers, Alesia Smitley, Shelia Summers, Penny Thomas, Kevin
Tidd, Brian Wolfe, Jody Wolfe.
the gym and school addition were appropriated in a school bond passed by voters
in November, 1954.
block and steel building provides a music room and two class rooms, lockers and
restrooms.Architects for the building
were Scott and Easley from Marietta.The contractor was O.J. Paul of Zanesville,
The old gym
in the grade school building was made into a cafeteria.The new gymnasium was open for the first game
of basketball on January 18, 1956.Mr. Charles Morus joined the staff at…Newport
this year 1955-1956, as a coach and teacher of history and physical
education.A graduate of SalemCollege, Salem,
WV.Coach Morus, (Hank) ended the basketball season with…16 wins and 10 losses,
won third place in the county tournament and first place in the sectional
tournament.He later became principal at
Newport and transferred to FrontierHigh School with the consolidation
of schools in 1968.
the Varsity team were: Dick Harris, Harold (Bevo) Francis, Blaine Mendenhall,
Dave Riggs, Bernard (Buck) Murphy, John Pritchett, Dave Bookman, John Herlan,
Members of the Varsity Cheerleaders:Judy (Hoff) Murphy, Sue (Hoff) Herlan, Patty
Riggs, Patsy (Roe) Stalnaker, Shirley (Thomas) Rogers
of the school term 1947-1948, the mothers club was organized.The club was started with twenty members and
had increased to fifty at the end of school.
projects were carried out to provide money to apply toward the payment of a new
projector for use in visual education.
beginning of the school year 1970-71, a new organization, the P.T.I.,
began.In the summer, election of
officers was held at the home of Mrs. Herman Thomas.Marcia Summers, President; Eileen Thomas,
Vice President; Betty Smith, Secretary; Shirley Beaver, Treasurer.
Carnival was the biggest project of the year.
HORRORS!A POTENTIAL PAUCITY OF PUMPKINS
By Nancy Taylor
Times Staff Writer
Saturday, October 13, 1979
frightening rumor to hear this time of year, especially if you’re a comic strip
character named Linus and you’re waiting for the Great Pumpkin.
Linus, there may be a pumpkin paucity—not enough pumpkins out in the ol’ patch.
grower says wet weather has put a real damper on the pumpkin population this
year.A couple others say their crops
are fine.But two more who aren’t
growing pumpkins have heard the whispers in the autumn wind—there’s a shortage.
we’ve got about three tons of pumpkins,” grower Bill Burkhart of Masonic
Park Road said early this week.Counting an average pumpkin at about 15
pounds, that would be 400 pumpkins.
pumpkin lovers count their pies before they’re baked, though, a word of
caution; Burkhart had 25 tons of pumpkins last year.This year has been a bust, as far as his
pumpkin productivity goes.
too much rain when the plants were blooming, and they didn’t pollinate,”
Burkhart said.“And it’s been so wet
lately, it’s hard to get into the fields.”
generally wholesale the pumpkins, but this year we had so few we’ll retail them
in the greenhouse.”
plenty of pumpkins,” Dean Abicht of Abicht’s Market in Newport
said.“We didn’t lose many at all—not
over 10 percent from the weather.In
fact, we’ve got twice as many this year.”
heard there’s a shortage,” said Mrs. Jerry Witten of the Witten Farm at Coal
Run.“But we didn’t hear it was because
of the weather; we heard it was because a lot of people just aren’t growing
them.My husband didn’t grow any this
said her children had raised a couple of pumpkins for the county fair
contest.“We put them on display down at
the market,” she said, “and we’ve had all kinds of offers to buy them—even
though they’ve got our kids’ names carved in them.”
Fruit Farm on Ohio 676, Hazel
Lane said she didn’t think her husband, Eugene,
was aware of any shortage.“We have a
nice supply,” she said.“Ours turned out
nice.Our only problem is the groundhogs
getting into them.”
of Stacy Farms said he didn’t grow pumpkins this year.“It was too wet in July to get them planted,”
he said.“But I kinda suspected a
shortage, from talking to the other growers around here.”
Doak family on Newport Pike isn’t raising pumpkins, “but we heard there was a
shortage,” Mrs. Doak said.
local folks do, if there is a shortage?Many of them certainly won’t want to depend on those plastic
jack-o-lanterns do-jobbies.They might
find substitutes, but a cleverly carved eggplant or zucchini just doesn’t have
the same kind of appeal.
time for America
to sink their teeth into research for pumpkin preservation.It may not sound attractive now, but it might
be better to become a pumpkin-independent nation before we’re faced with
pumpkin rationing, pumpkin imports—and those long lines of pumpkin-guzzlers
that form at the dinner table at holiday time.
By Diana McMahan
Written on Sunday, March 25, 1979
Today, the Ohio
River offers little threat to the homes of most Newport
residents, for new construction has been on higher ground.However, in 1913, the great flood practically
covered the houses and store buildings close to the river bank.This record flood of all time crested at 58.7
feet at Marietta on March 29, 66 years ago.
eyewitness reports of damage in Newport
came to Matamoras via the Matamoras Relief Committee, a large group of citizens
who had traveled down river on the Brown Brothers’ boat, the Evelyn, checking
on friends and relatives as far as Marietta,
and taking food, clothing and necessities to those who had lost everything to
the high water.
harm done to familiar landmarks shocked everyone on the boat, although damage
in Newport was not so great as was
first reported.The wide stretch of
water from the West Virginia
hills to the Ohio hills, with no
valley in sight, made all viewers lose their bearings.
suffered considerably from the flood.The Reynolds’ home and the Newport
mill are gone, and Will Cook’s store swung around.Elson Kirkbride’s Meat Market turned over,
and the Post Office and store owned by Will Gano is off foundation.” (Matamoras
Enterprise, April 3, 1913.)
damage above and below Newport was
just as devastating.“The O.R. Track
above Raven Rock is washed out for a mile or two.A.A. Stewart’s Oil Well (sic) on the Hall
farm, across the river from Raven Rock is all upset.A house on GrapeIsland is all upset.Ex-Sheriff Obe Clark’s old house on the
bottom land is wrecked.
Run, Lock’s blacksmith shop and several other buildings are gone.A 25,000 barrel tank floated out of its bed,
across the river from Eureka and
landed on the fill that is built around them.Several miles of the O.R. track near St. Mary’s
is washed out, and the trestle is also out. Alvin Haskins’ two story house and
wash house is turned over.
“At the DanaRunBridge
all the telephone and telegraph wires are down.The old store house at Newell’sRun
is gone and the new one badly damaged. Barn and warehouse of F. B. Leonard are
gone and the store is badly damaged.”
reports that were exaggerated and in error were corrected by Mrs. William Cook
of Newport, whose husband had the
store seen from the Evelyn as she went past.Mrs. Cook wrote to the Enterprise,
“The mill is still standing and almost ready for business.William Cook’s store, I am happy to inform
you, would have taken 18 feet more water to have touched us. Loss of
merchandise and household goods in Newport
is comparatively small, for three fourths of Newport
population is on high ground.”
of Newport and the flooded
residents arrived in Matamoras in the column of Newport
“Personals” published in the Enterprise.Identity of the columnist is today unknown,
but through the short paragraphs one can see how the flood touched the lives of
those in a small river town.
Bacheldor, who was floodbound in New YorkState, returned home Saturday.
“Mrs. Will Conerty was flood ground
in Parker, Pa.
“Harry Karcher has purchased the
Hines property and is moving to higher ground.
Market collapsed in the flood; it was the property of Mr. Bernard Reynolds.
Collett’s cottage was wrecked, also a small house belonging to the Bosworth
Cook’s Blacksmith shop which was on the bank was washed away.
Hassinger was flood bound in Columbus, Ohio.
Strickling house went away in the flood and the old store room swung off the
foundation.Only one occupied house left
in the flood, which was the Charles Reynolds’ cottage above the mill.
property of Water Street
left in the flood, but landed on a farm below town.
Francis’ barn and other buildings left in the flood, but were anchored before
going far.Mr. Wesley Hoff lost his barn
during the flood.”
LONE TREE HILL
Hill, sometimes known as Adkins Point, is famous for its great scope of vision
up and down the Ohio River.
started a race track near the OscarMitchellHome.The curious feature of the attempt was the
envision of the usual construction of such a course.Instead of having the track in an open arena,
visible from the surrounding grounds.This particular track wound around the outside of the hill.The spectators having their stands in the
center and looking down upon the entire performance.Why the novel project was abandoned was not
won the marble championship of WashingtonCounty in June, 1934, winning for
the second consecutive year.Before
winning his title, Guy was given some stiff competition by Donald Cornes.They tied in the regulation play-off, each
having a percentage of .667.In an extra
match Harris took three straight to gain the title.
June 8, 1935.He was
the county winner.
He will go
to the eastern finals at Ocean City, New
Times was the sponsor.
GRIST AND SAW MILL
horse-power mill commenced to operate on the Ohio
at the village of Newport
in 1855.The owner, John S. Moore, at
first only ground feed for his own horses, but gradually the operations became
enlarged, and in 1859 he erected a frame steam flouring mill, which was
afterwards enlarged.In 1879, the
Newport Mill Company bought the old mill, tore it down, and disposed of the
was incorporated in July, 1879, with a capital stock of twelve thousand
dollars, in shares of one hundred dollars each.Victor Torner is president, James Johnson secretary and treasurer, and
John Hadley, director.Individual
members of the stock company were T.S. Hadley, Richard Rea, and Dr. C.B.
Gale.The company erected the mill
building, which is of frame and three story and basement structure, 56 X 50
feet in dimensions.In the year 1887,
the mill was remodeled with modern improvements, such as the roller
processes.The company contracted with
the Cooper Manufacturing Company of Mt.Vernon for a complete new process
mill of four run of buhrs.It manufactures
two fine grades of flour for both family and bakers use, the Electric Light and
the Victor.The Electric Light is a high
grade, carefully mixed flour excelled for bread making qualities, and is in the
true sense of the term of high grade.
is also a high grade, carefully milled flour and is their leader.It is in steady demand from not only local
trade, but from distant points.
brand, the Globe, is a lower grade of flour, but is as the others in great
demand.The mill was completed and in
operation on September 1, 1879,
the total cost being ten thousand dollars.
Company has been since the date of its establishment, one of the representative
features in the milling interests of WashingtonCounty.
Hadley, the head miller, and Victor Torner, upon whom the management of the
mill mostly revolves, are both active business men.The production of the plant is about 75
barrels per day, but the capacity of the plant is about 100 barrels per day.
Madingly and Bill Travis worked there.Mr. Isaiah Hendricks bought the mill and operated the mill at this location
until the 1913 flood when the machinery was ruined.He tore the building down in 1934 and rebuilt
on Dye Street, where he
started a feed store.Rhoda Hendricks,
his wife, ran the feed store while Mr. Hendricks started a saw mill, located on
the site of the flour mill.In later
years he moved the saw mill to Archer’s Fork, Todd home place.He continued working in the lumber until his
In 1947, Newport
Lumber and Coal Co. was started in the building by Mr. Hendricks children,
Ralph and Freda.The business was
started on a small scale, as the business grew remodeling and improvements were
done on the old building.
Distilleries were very numerous in the early days when it was a breach of
hospitality not to pass the bottle when guests were present.The purity of the liquor made by the honest
pioneer distillers was unquestioned, and everybody used it, until they noticed
that they were beginning to yield to whiskey the mastery, and then they quit
the use and the manufacture and today there is but little spirituous liquor
sold, and none made, in this township.During the first years of the settlement, “Whiskey Mills” were even more
numerous than grist-mills.
Greene, Jr., Ebenezer Battelle, Sr., and Richard Greene had a small distillery
in the northwest corner of section twenty-eight in 1805.They had three copper stills in operation and
devoted most of their time to the manufacture of apple jack and peach brandy.They continued at the business for about ten
years, and now there is no sign of their place of business.
Dana started a still in about 1815, and continued until 1832 or 1833, when
being convinced that he was not doing right, he ceased operations in this line.
once a log distillery on the Little Muskingum, nearly opposite the old Sharp
Mill, owned by Reuben Northup.This was
burned in about 1826.A remnant of the
old fixtures was recently found deeply buried in the river bank.
to 1832 Thomas Ferguson had a still-house on his place above Newport,
in section twenty-two.
to the old account book of John Greene, which was in the possession of his son,
Christopher, proves that in the early days whisky was legal tender for all
debts, for in those days it was supposed that whiskey was even better than
water.From the same old book it is
learned that the consumer of the fiery liquid wanted it to be like water in two
respects—pure and free, for they always bought on credit.
March 6-7, 1993
good news.Catch this:
Volunteer Rescue Squad made history when squad members delivered its first baby
in its 17 years of existence on the way to the hospital.
most thrilling thing that’s happened,” squad member Barbara Himmeger told
Weston Greene was born last week to Lana Greene of Upper Newport
at near the Willow Island
Locks and Dam on Ohio 7 North.Assisting
with the birth were squad members Himmeger and Bill Greene.
was driving and Alice Greene and Mary Lou Reynolds assisted Himmeger and
weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 ½ inches long.“A beautiful little boy,” Himmeger said.
By Julie Brienza
Times Staff Writer
March 27, 1982
was injured Friday evening when a Halliburton Oil and Gas comenting truck
crashed into a gas meter beside the Newport Laundromat and set the building on
of the truck, Steve Blake, 29, of Zanesville,
was taken to MariettaMemorialHospital where he was admitted in
fair condition, according to shift supervisor Tarcella Hendershot.He had burns on his face and hands, she
said.No other injuries were reported in
the Ohio Highway Patrol he attempted to pull into the Laundromat parking lot at
about when his brakes
failed.He and his passenger, Jerry E.
Conroy of Cambridge, were traveling
south on Ohio 7.The truck crashed into one corner of the
cement-block Laundromat, breaking a medium-pressure gas main that exploded into
flames higher than the roof of that single-level store.
at the Laundromat, Freeda Adams, and a customer were inside the store when the
talking to the woman, who was drying her clothes,” Adams
said, “and the smoke started to roll in just right now.The woman said to break a window, and that’s
how we got out.”
Barnhouse, who lives in Riverside Apartments across the street, said he heard a
boom and took off running for the Laundromat when he saw the fire.
from the Newport Volunteer Fire Department contained the blaze in one fourth of
the building for about 45 minutes before River Gas Co. workers shut off the gas
line at , said Fire Chief
had a problem turning off the gas, it’s an understandable problem.”The fire chief said the gas company crew had
to be selective in turning off the line so the entire area would not be without
said he couldn’t determine the cause of the fire until he got more information
on the accident.Neither he nor the
patrol has determined what caused Blake’s truck to go off the roadway.
saved 75 percent of the building, McMahon said, but added most of the damage
was from water sprayed to keep the fire under control.
Patterson, owner of the Newport Laundromat for 10 years, said he has some
insurance on the building.
TO FILM IN NEWPORT
By Betty L. Smith
will be featured in an upcoming segment of the Unsolved Mysteries television
Greenwood home and the “gray house” both built by the Greene family, will be
shown in dream sequences of the program, said Kathy Cumbo, associate producer
of the Los Angeles based television program.
it that Mary Frances Wood, who lived in PleasantsCounty on the acreage now owned by
B. F. Abicht, married Christopher Greene and lived in the “gray house.”Their daughter Carrie married Junius
Greenwood and moved from the gray house to the Greenwood
estate, which was built in 1808.Just
exactly how the Greene family fits into the sequence was not explained, other
than there is some connection with the gray house.A bedroom and the exterior of the Greenwood
home are being filmed for the show.
historic homes have been selected as examples of the period when Georgia
Rudolph, the subject of this “Unsolved Mysteries” segment, dreams of living in
the Marietta-Newport area as “Sandra” a century ago.
Rudolph, a middle-aged lady from Atlanta, Georgia,
had been experiencing these recurring dreams over several years, finally
seeking the help of a hypno-therapist.Under hypnosis, she was transported back in time to a former life.Through this experience, she has come to
believe that she is the reincarnated “Sandra.”
Rudolph had not been in Marietta
until about five years ago, although she lived for a short time in Columbus,
said Miss Cumbo.Arriving in the Ohio
city which was the first to be built in the Northwest Territory,
she saw houses and churches which were familiar to her, having seen identical
structures in her drams.She had also
visualized the sternwheeler, common to Ohio River
travelers of a century ago.
Rudolph was also able to relate several facts about the city that she could not
have known without extensive research, Miss Cumbo said.She is able to clearly recall a number of
things, even describing clothing worn during the time.
“We are a
reality based program,” the associate producer noted, “and we are not taking a
stand on reincarnation.We are
presenting the segment as unexplained, and the viewer may choose to believe it
or not, but Mrs. Rudolph is convinced of reincarnation.”
Azzariti is the producer of the “Unsolved Mysteries” segment.A crew of seven are [sic] here from Los
producer was in New York the
first of the week conducting interviews with doctors and other professional
people for the program.
which will be filmed in Newport, in
addition to the Greenwood home and
the “gray house” include views of the NewportCemetery.
includes a drowning episode which was supposed to occur during Mrs. Rudolph’s
past lives.She has relived the
traumatic suicide several times.
the Marietta area which have been
chosen are the Ohio River Levee, the Claire E. sternwheeler, the Crown of Life
Lutheran and Unitarian churches, and Paul and Robin Broughton’s residence at 826
local people have been chosen to fill the cast.Miss Cumbo said there are five principal actors and five extras, but
none of the cast will have speaking parts.An other-worldly atmosphere will pervade the show, drifting back into
the mists of the past as the woman’s dreams are recreated.
Film star Robert
Stack, host of “Unsolved Mysteries” which is broadcast at on Wednesday evenings on NBC, will narrate the
film.There will also be narration by
Mrs. Rudolph, about whom the film is being made.
by doctors and professionals will provide input into the subject of
reincarnation, not a widely accepted theory.
graduate students from OhioUniversity
at Athens have been hired as
costumer and production assistant, said Miss Cumbo, while the direct crew of
cameramen, technicians and producers are from L.A.
show is scheduled to air in February, this could change.Miss Cumbo said an announcement will be
mailed to area media of the exact schedule, which can then be shared with the
planned for Friday through Monday, weather permitting.
snows, perhaps the order of 200 pounds of fake snow for the scene at the LutheranChurch can be cancelled.
MAN HELPS OTHERS WITH CANCER
By David Ball
April 27, 1991
patient Ruober Holpp helps other victims of the disease in order to help
of his kindness toward others, the Newport
60-year-old will receive the Ohio Courage Award from the American Cancer
Society April 29, in Columbus.Gov. George Voinovich will give the award to
Holpp, who has helped needy people by operating the Newport Food Pantry.
called me up about it, I told them at first, “I don’t think so,” Holpp said of
receiving the award.“The things I do
helping cancer patients and everyone is what helps me handle cancer.”
is given to an individual who has shown unusual courage, according to Jan
Stine, executive director of the Marietta
unit of the American Cancer Society.
you a real good feeling,” Holpp said of the award.“That tells me I’m doing the right thing and
(to) keep on doing it.”
story of courage began when he was diagnosed as having breast cancer in 1981, a
rarity in men.After surgery and
chemotherapy, Holpp’s disease went into remission.But while in the hospital, former cancer
patients came and talked to Holpp.
continued to work in the community, even though his life was threatened,” Stine
was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1989, this time in his spine and both rib
cages.He can no longer lift objects, so
his food pantry work has been curtailed.He has undergone six months of chemotherapy and now is taking
first bout with cancer, Holpp became a participant in the “I Can Cope” program,
which helps cancer patients deal with the disease.He and his wife, Sue, became weekly
volunteers at the American Cancer Society office in Marietta.
giving person, and it makes me feel good about myself if I can help someone
else,” Holpp said.
Holpp also has been called upon by doctors to talk with other cancer patients.
down-to-earth manner and attitude make it easy for people to talk to him,” she
said.“He has truly been an inspiration
to others.He teaches us all, including the
facilitator of our “I Can Cope” and Pioneer Cancer Support groups, that a
positive attitude and helping others are important parts of recovery.
has been unable to return to work now that he is considered disabled, he spends
his time in other ways, such as operating the Newport Food Pantry, helping
needy people with household goods and food.
He said he
tries to have fun and laugh, regardless of how bad the situation might be.
in Newport knows Bob and how he is
fighting cancer personally, and that he is an advocate for them if they need
one,” Stine said.“He is very shy and
doesn’t feel that he deserves the awards that he has been given.”
awards have included “Man of the Year” from the local Salvation Army.
been truly an inspiration to everyone who knows him,” Stine said, “and they all
have a deep appreciation for his service to others and respect for his
willingness to help, even when he is ill himself.”
unit never has nominated anyone for the award before, Stine said.
“I guess we
did this year because he was dealing with a reoccurrence, and he was still
interested in serving the community,” she said.
looks at his disease optimistically.
hadn’t been a cancer patient, I wouldn’t have gotten to meet all these people,”
he said.He also wouldn’t have started
the food pantry, he said.
that God had things for me to do, and this is the only way for me to do it.”
REST HAVEN REST
“A House of
Friendliness for Those Who Care”
On Rt. 244, Off
Rt. 7, Greene Street
Ohio—Call GR 3-2677
Presenting Your Map of Washington County, Ohio—compliments
of River Gas Company
One of the
outstanding characteristics of this enlightened age in which we live is the
fact that our citizens, when they are aged, sick or infirm, shall have every
advantage and opportunity to convalesce in surroundings where kind attention
and sympathetic treatment, scientifically rendered, and combined to assist
nature in the most effective care of the patient.
regard, we wish to give prominent mention to the Rest Haven Rest Home, in Newport,
which is owned and operated by Mrs. Lora McColl.This establishment offers recreational
facilities and is state licensed, and the care given patients here has won for
them an excellent public acceptance throughout this territory.
this opportunity to commend the Rest Haven Rest Home upon the valuable service
they are rendering and we wish them continued success.
May 17, 1935 Diabetes Causes Young
aged 24 years, son of John W. and Mabel Ward Eddy of Newport
died in MariettaMemorialHospital on Thursday at following an extended illness with
diabetes.He was brought from Newport
to the hospital late Thursday afternoon and never rallied from a diabetic coma.
He was born
and spent his entire life in and near Newport.He was a member of the Newport Church of
Christ and of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Newport.Surviving with his parents are Wayne, Ward, Emma Holdren, Mrs. George
McKitrick of Newport, Mrs. Ernest
Graham of Michigan.
services will be held at the Church
of Christ, Newport,
on Sunday at Burial in MountHopeCemetery
on Eddy’s Ridge.
Eddy was a member of the Boy Scouts, Beaver Patrol #1. On April 27, 1923, he received the rank of
tenderfoot.Scoutmaster at that time was
James W. McKibben.
MAIN STAR OIL
started?Buckeye Pipe Line discontinued
the haul of crude oil and the contract in four southeastern counties.(Nobel Washington Gruency and Monroe—in 1958.)
Starling, Virgil Starling, Edward Snodgrass and Ray McMains bought the old
Torner gas station and began the Main Star Oil Company in May of 1958.Ed later sold his shares to the other three
Starling was the first office manager. Secretaries were: Pat Bush, and Donna
Perrine.David Starling, son of Raymond,
was the next office manager.
drivers were: Glen Harmon, Albert Doyle Taylor, Chester Cline, Larry Boyer, Tim
Reese and Vernon Smith.
drivers were: Clyde Thomas, Lewis Thomas, Bill
Braunburger, Chuck Walker, John Knight, Jerry Eddy, Charles Berga, Dale Berga,
Raymond Beaver, Jim Busche, Earl Busche, and Oscar Starkey.
mechanic was Paul Nichols.The garage
crew was: Carl Flannery, Terry Perrine, Perry Thomas, and Bruce Greenwood.
By Diana Hott
There was a
time in the late 1800s and the early part of the 20th century that Newport
was a thriving population center booming with stores and industries.
In 1897-98 Newport
even supported her own newspaper, named the Newport Record.It was published and edited by Arthur N.
Dowling.Subscription price was 50 cents
a year, payable in advance, and a single copy was one penny!
Much of the
6 page weekly was given over to advertising, and from those merchants listed
practically every purchase [that] could be made in one of the Newport
Lauer’s Harness Shop was on Greene St.Also on Greene were Dilly and Garretson
Contractors.Builders and Cabinet
work.J.L. Yonally, Jeweler, advertised
repair of watches, clocks and jewelry.
George W. Haight was proprietor of
the 5 and 10 cent store.W.S. Gano had a
general store.R. Hanna, in Bevan,
bought a large space to advertise fruit and ornamental trees.J. E. Snodgrass had the Central Hotel, with a
livery stable attached.W. H. Kesselring
was contractor and rig builder.
also had a livery stable, with boarding horsed advertised in addition. B.C. Edgell was proprietor of the Newport
Bakery.The Bevan Brothers in Milltown
urged everyone buy their felt or knot boots.The Newport Mill manufactured “Victor” flour.
Gale and Eddy, Dr. J.M. McElhinney and Dr. W.W. Warren bought ads in the
Newport Record, and Floyd M.Gano advertised himself as funeral director and
embalmer.L.C. Cree sold millinery.And there was the Newport Daily Meat market.
A small ad
reads “Send 10 cents silver for a copy of The Newport Hymnal 29 pieces, some
old some new, with paper cover, Address editor.”
Dowling wrote news that was interesting, amusing, and local.No national news marred the peace of this
small town newspaper.
story on November 19, 1897,
was one which evidently aroused much excitement.
had an unwelcome canine visitor last week.When first seen he was engaged in a fight with Burkhart’s dog under the
store porch.From there, he took in the
town generally, killing a cat and a rooster for Mrs. Harris.Then to K.B. Davis’s
giving their cat and dogs a good overhauling.
“Then to D.
Henry’s giving his dog a shaking up and received a good hint to go from one of
good old Davey’s No. 8 shoes which sent him up against the side of the
house.Then to M.L. McKitrick’s killing
a fine roostnose.He caused no little
excitement at R. Hanna’s, made it interesting for the dog and cat.Lawrence
with the side of a club put the little fellow to fight.The dog would weight about 7 or 8 pounds, and
was very slim, about one foot high and of a dark brown color, said to have been
a ferret hound.He was shot by M.L.
McKitrick which we think was a good act.”
subsequent note reports, “Several new dog houses have been built since the dog
scare.Dog loafers are scarce in town
PEOPLE IN NEWPORT
personals from 1897]
Squire Murphy, on his trip to Marietta
the other day, purchased a string of suckers.Daily can be seen 4 or 6 horse teams hauling oil well supplies through
Master Larry Gale has not been able to attend school for
Leander Bayless is building a new stable for his cow this
Cecil Collett has ordered a new hammerless shot gun.
The foundation is laid for Dr. Warren’s new residence in
M.E. HANNA MARKET
established meat market of M.E. Hanna Meat Market.Mr.
M.E. Hanna, which was first opened here about one year ago.Mr. Hanna has been engaged in the butchering
business for the last five years, but not until within the last year has he
opened a regular market.He has fitted
up a room on Main Street
where he keeps the best fresh meats on hand, beef, port, sausage, etc.
is a native of Monroe County, Ohio,
born on January 25, 1861.He secured his education at public
schools.His early life was spent on a
farm.At the age of twenty-four he
commenced the butchering business.One
year ago he started his business at Newport.
Kirkbride, a butcher, was born at Archers Fork on February 6, 1855, the son of William and Wealthy Decker
Kirkbride.He married Mathilda J. Scott
on April 23, 1879.They had six children.She was born in 1862, died in 1943.
For 35 years he ran the meat and
grocery market.He died March 13, 1934, at the age
of 79 years.
The Cree House,
D.H. Cree Proprietor
Establishment of Mrs. L.C. Cree
History of WashingtonCounty, Page 262
class house of the Cree Hotel conducted by Mr. D.H. Cree, a native of Newport,
born and raised in the town and has conducted the house for the past ten or
Mrs. L.C. Cree, his wife and help mate conducts a Millinery Emporium in which
capacity she has been in this business for 24 years.She is a native of this county and learned
the cut of millinery in Wheeling,
WVa.And established herself in business
1867, then unmarried.She afterwards
married D.H. Cree, and here we find them today so far in the journey of life.In her millinery emporium is carried a fine lot of hats and bonnets
trimmed and untrimmed, besides an extensive showing of general millinery goods,
such as ribbons, flowers, plumes, feathers, etc., in great variety.The very latest blocks and designs are
received by this house, and appear in the show cases simultaneous with their
introduction in our eastern cities.Louisa Cree Shop on Green [e] Street.
Hamilton Cree was born in 1847, died 1919 in Newport,
married Louisa G. Heintzellman on March
6, 1871. She was born in 1846, died 1920, in Newport.Both are buried at NewportCemetery.They had one son.James Alfred, born 1872 and died 1943,
married Bertha Alice Hayes on March 1,
1899.She was born on Friday, November 25, 1870, died
1937.Both are buried at NewportCemetery.Bertha was the daughter of Preston
and Mary L. Rea Hayes.They had three
Alberta-born June 21, 1905-died
August 27, 1906
Hayes-born November 6, 1902-died
November 11, 1902
GEORGE W. HAIGHT,
DEALER IN GROCERIES, NOTIONS, PROVISIOINS, PATENT MDICINES, ETC.
is a native of Tyler County, West Virginia, but has lived in this place from
childhood up and has always held a prominent position in commercial circles,
having been engaged in the retail grocery and provisions line for the past
twenty years.He has just erected a new
building 22 X 60 feet which is perhaps the finest retail grocery room in the
entire county.The entire front is large
plate glass.In this room everything exhibits
neatness and cleanliness.The stock
embraces fine and fancy groceries, provisions, fine hand picked and garden
grown tea spices, flavorings, notions, cutlery, glassware, a large and varied
stock of patent medicines.Candies,
cigars, tobaccos, and everything in home and table supplies.
was on the river steam boating for twelve years and held various commissions in
that capacity. He is much identified with commercial affairs and is among the
most energetic merchants of this section of the county.
Haight served with Co. F. 85th O.V.I. born
1843 died 1916 married Annie M. Hunter born 1846 died 1937.They have five children.
Edgar Haight born 1867 died 1918
Wood Haight born August 6, 1866
died November 10, 1867,
1yr 3mon 4dys
Haight born December 18, 1870
died March 24, 1875 4yrs
born 1876 died 1960 married Frank Kerr on October 31, 1899. He was born in 1874 died 1951 They had
two children (Frank’s parents were James
and Hattie Jewell Kerr.)
Norman Eldon born September 10, 1907 in Williamstown,
WV died September 26,1972 married Beatrice Porter on August 18, 1931.She was born on January 13, 1905 died November 26. 1989.They had one son
1. Timothy H.
Mr. Kerr was a graduate of MariettaHigh School, Class of 1925.He was an engineer inspector in Columbus.A member of American Union Lodge No. 1, FSAM
and Sigma Chi Fraternity.A member of NewportMethodistChurch.He owned the Marietta Country Club before
coming back to Newport.They are both buried at NewportCemetery
2. Dean died 1970.
was located in the upstairs of the old Joe Greene’s Store, brick building on
river front, behind IGA.
put gas lights on corners of Newport.
of the store building Blinkie Hendershot ran a tavern, held square dances twice
THE HOFF HOTEL
Hoff born Cow Run on May 12, 1855, the son of Thomas and Nancy (Petty) Hoff,
died 1930 married on November 6, 1879 to Elizabeth Allen born 1855 died 1948.They had two children.
born 1880 died 1969 married William Goddard born 1897 died 1950 no
children.They are buried at NewportCemetery.
2.Dee born September 11, 1882 died July 4, 1899.He is buried at NewportCemetery.
was owner of the Newport Hotel in the early 1900s.Sue Herlan has a picture taken in 1910.It was a two story frame building with two
large glass windows in front.Meals were
served.It was located on the IGA
a member of Raynold Lodge #12, Knight of Pythias, Marietta.
M. REA AND COMPANY
Jones Store until 1884 when he moved to Columbus, Martin Wilbur Rea, a lawyer
in Marietta, purchased his goods
and rented his building.The firm
becoming M. Rea and Co.The popular Mr. Rea
died on November 1, 1887.This store was on the river bank.Edward A. Jones was born in Toxteth Park
Liverpool England on November 3, 1827 died in Columbus, Ohio on December 2,
1886 married Anna Marie Collins born October 28, 1831 died April 7, 1919 They are buried at Newport Cemetery.
WILLIAM COOK STORE
Cook Store was started on Ohio Street.After the 1913 flood, he built a store on Greene
Street.Kesselrings had it next.It
changed hands again with Mr. Higgans proprietor.Then Isaac Mendenhall and Sons had it until
1946.They operated a milk and cream
station.Newport Sales Company was
started by Tom and Willie Meadows in 1955 and continued until spring of 1961.
ROB’S CARRY OUT
and Mildred Beaver Cochran came to Newport
in 1949 and ran the George Washington Camp that they leased from Ray and
Kathryn Perrine.They started the
carry-out in 1955.Rob’s brother Ralph
ran this business for them.After Rob
died in 1963, Mildred gave up the lease and moved up to live at the apartment.
the property in 1973 when the new bridge was built and moved to Reno,
Ohio, in 1974.
Florist was started in 1982 in the Quaker State Gas Station by Sandra
Binegar.Sandra is the daughter of Carl
and Erma Eddy Holdren.She married Lyle
Binegar, and they had five sons: John, Jeff, James, Shane, and Jarod
her favorite flower, being her trademark.Before opening her shop, she did flower arrangements for “her girls” (neighbors’
She has won
many ribbons at the county fair for her arrangements.In 1985 she won the floral design contest
sponsored by Florafax.
station was run first by Earl Rouse, then Jim Binegar, then Lyle Binegar and
sons.They had a game room and bait
shop.Lyle bought the property from QuakerState.Sandra started her shop in the garage
section.They remodeled and have added
three additions.Their son Shane has a
body shop, and their daughter-in-law Sandra has a beauty shop in two of the
(Thomas) Cameron opened her shop on June
1, 1959, and continued until 1988.Her shop was located on Newell’s Run.
Beauty Shop, owner and operator Rose Marie Hays.She ran her business from 1965 to 1978.Her helpers were Becky Strickler, Barbara
Jurin, and Jane Mendenhall.Her shop was
located on Rt. 1, Newport.
Beauty Salon, owner and operator Catherine Hall.Her shop was located on the corner of Greenwood
and Stanley Streets.
Beauty Shop, owner and operator.She
started her business in October 1970.Her shop is located on Greene Street,
Beauty Salon, owner and operator Carma Board. She started her business in
1971.Her shop is located on Harris
Beauty Salon, owner and operator.She
started her business in January, 1978.Her shop is located on State Rt. 7, Newport.
Cuts, owner and operator Myrene Joan (Colvin) Reese.She started her business in January, 1983.Her shop is located on County Road 244.
Choice, owner and operator Terri (Morris) Wise.She started her business in 1983.Her shop is located at Wilson Street,
Shear Design Beauty Salon, owner and operator Penny (Thomas) Rutherford.She started her business in 1992.Her shop is located at 203
Harris Street, Newport.
owner and operator Sandra (Earley) Binegar.She started her business in 1992.Her shop is located at the Oopsa Daisy Complex.
Beauty Shop, owner and operator Gayule Berga.Her shop was located at Rt. 7 and County Road 244.
operated by Howard (Pete) Edgar.From
1960 to 1965, Pete joined his brother David in the Edgar Brothers Drilling
business.When David went to work as a
state inspector the business was changed to Edgar Drilling. It was finally
changed to Howard Edgar Contractor, as the drilling slowed down.Pete does more dozer and backhoe work.His sons Jeff and Scott worked for him.
operator: Charles Hearn
building and remodeling and started his business in 1967.He has employed his son David and his nephews
the Fickensen boys.He has a steady
worker in John Felton.
C. A. THOMAS
operator: Cecil A. Thomas
learned his trade from Ralph Winters of R&M Stone Shop of Marietta (no
longer in business).
started his business in 1978 and has employed as many as 11 men on some
jobs.He has employed in the last year:
Mark Mendenhall, Tim, Harold and Jack Kimball.And his steady employees are Ferrin Thomas and Billy West.
early twenties, the Wilderman Company built a large block building 90 by 90 to
sell cars.This was a branch of the
Marietta Company.In 1928, John Eddy,
Wayne Eddy, Floyd Cady, and Mr. Clark bought the building and continued to sell
cars and run a garage.In the front of
the building they started an ice cream parlor.Mr. J.F. Cady and John Eddy started a small gas station, and it continued
until 1946.It was the Newport Service
Station (The Standard Oil Company).
the business originated with a gasoline station plus a small grocery store, and
in 1960 developed into an independently owned and operated supermarket.This supermarket was known to river men as
the Boat Store. Waiting at the river’s edge was “The Ranger,” equipped with a
two way radio making possible contact with the river boats.Orders were radioed to the Ranger’s owner and
pilot E. A. Harris.Then deliveries were
made boat to boat.
is modern in every respect and displays the one automatic change machine in
this area.Eugene A. and Kermit Harris
are the owners.Foodland leased the
market in 1970.It is now known as IGA
with Buckie Lee as manager.The Newport
Post Office is connected to the store building (the old Wilderman building.)
IGA AND CAR WASH
business was purchased from E. A. Harris and Company.Carlye (Buckie) Lee and Charles Warren are
the owners.Buckie manages the
store.They opened for business on March 27, 1971.In September of 1979, the business was
expanded to include the Newport Car Wash located one half mile north of the
store on St. Rt. 7.
BRANCH OF THE PEOPLES SAVIINGS BANK
branch opened in May of 1975 with Loretta Wilson as manager and assistant
cashier.The cashiers were Betty Smith
and Betty Elder.This was the former
Ashland Gas Station.Eugene Martin was
the manager of this station.He later
moved to Bell’s Run and operates a
Vera Greenwood are the owners of The Jug.It started operation in 1955.The
Jug was built in 1955 by William Greenwood.
By Jim Greenwood
grandfather, Junius Greenwood had a large dairy farm. My father, William,
continued this line of work.I remember
him delivering milk first with a horse and buggy, later with a 1937 Ford
pick-up and a 1940 Ford pick-up.He
delivered milk twice a day.During the
war (WWII) he delivered milk once a day.
Dad and my
brother Sam and I put in the plant to pasteurize milk in 1954.We had a herd of 40 Guernsey
milk from other farmers. Don and Dick Brown, David and John Thornily and Milton
our business the Golden Guernsey Dairy.We had working for us: Erie O’Neal, Ronnie Bush, and Tom Bleakley worked
in the plant.
We had two
trucks.I delivered to the New Matamoras
area on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to Newport
and St. Mary’s.
O’Neal delivered the milk to Marietta,
this was door to door.We missed
deliveries one day because of the big snow in 1950.
spring the NewportGrade
School children toured the dairy for a field
trip.We sold the business to Sealtest
in 1962.I continued to deliver milk for
Sealtest until 1971.In 1965, my wife
Shirley and I built our new home on a section of the Greenwood
farm.We have two children, Jane Ann and
operator, Danny Van Wey, started his auto detailing business in 1985.In 1990, he began his pressure company. He
high pressured residential and commercial establishments.His business is located on Maple
THE CHICKEN FARM
and operators were Larry Shingleton and Floyd Cady.We started in business in 1954.We operated until 1959.It was a 5,000 broiler plant.Day old chicks wee received from a hatchery
in Ellenboro, West Virginia.They were fed night and day under
lights.They were stared out under gas
brooders.They were fed and watered by
hand.At the age of 10 to 12 weeks they
were caught and loaded onto trucks.The
trucks were weighed on scales at the Crystal Ice in Marietta,
Ohio.The average weight would be 3 ½ to 4 pounds.Processing plants were at Columbiana,
Ohio, and Parkersburg,
West Virginia.We also dressed out several hundred birds for
local use and markets.Mr. Cady
supervised and furnished feed from his store in Marietta,
Ohio.Charley Seevers of Eight Mile was the feed deliverer.The chickens consumed a ton of feed a day at
the finishing period.On our first batch
of chickens we cleared $1,200 at 39 cents a pound.On our last batch, we received 13 cents a pound
and broke even.
HARRY LAUCK POOL
By Rose Marie Hays
mother died when he was 13, and his father died when he was 17.His story to me was that after his parents
died he had it pretty rough.He had a
half brother on his mother’s side who came in for part of the house his parents
owned, and if it hadn’t been for Bill Greenwood’s father he would have lost
everything.He went to work for Hiram
Carpenter when they were building the St. Mary’s Bridge.Hiram ran the ferry boat and taught Dad to
pilot the ferry.
when he was nineteen to Lenora Rolston.He was a very tender-hearted person and felt the boys in town needed a
place to enjoy themselves, so he built his first pool room.There was a service station owned by John
Eddy where IGA is now, behind the station was a house.I don’t know if he bought the house or not
but remember living there.He built a
small building back of it and had two tables.I remember Norman Wallace and Albert Berga racking balls after school.He didn’t have it very long.He got steady work on the river and didn’t
have time to run it.Mr. Carpenter
worked Dad for several years.
went to work for Dravo Corporation at Pittsburgh.He took a test and got his pilots
license.Later he worked for Atlas
Towing Co.I got to go one summer on the
boat as mother took a job as cook for the summer.He retired after about 35 years.
bought the old post office building from Mr. Gano and made it into a pool
room.He ran this a few years until he
moved on account of a flood.He then
made it into two apartments.June and
Junior Harris lived in one, and Ruth and Ed Pryor lived in the other.
made it back into a pool room and a small lunch room.Mother wanted to serve just sandwiches, but
when I went to work for her, I started having a special dinner every day.The business grew, and Dad decided to buy
Cale Davis’s house.He had it torn down
and built the block building that stands today.He had three tables in it and enlarged the restaurant.
ran that for several years.Mother passed
away in 1966, and Dad ran the business until his death in 1968.
1958 Janet Van Dyne
1959 Marsha Smith
1960 Charlotte Hanes
1966 Judy Hayes
1967 Mary Parker
1968 Kathy Hoff
1969 Joan Hendricks
1970 Elmeda Hanlon
1971 Joyce Hearn
1972 Linda Stewart
1973 Brenda Fletcher
1974 Pam Back
1975 Barbara Thomas
1976 Rhonda Bartrug
1977 Brenda Bond
1978 Brenda Thomas
1979 Teresa Binegar
1980 Charlene Garrett
1981 Shelly Davidson
1982 Connie Binegar
1983 Kim Dalrymple
1984 Dawn Collins
1985 Terry Haught
1987 Brenda Himmegar
1988 Jackie Tenney
1989 Sheir Binegar[Sheri
1990 Missy Hldren
1991 Heather Thomas
1992 Holly Tenney
office was opened in the Bevan Brothers Store on June 22, 1897, with the senior partner James A. Bevan
(born 1857, died 1947) named postmaster.The office was called Bevan because the name of Milltown could not be
used as there were already several offices with similar names in Ohio.The younger brother Harmen E. Bevan (born
1854, died 1945) took over the duties of postmaster on October 31, 1903 and
held it the remaining 29 years of operation until it closed as no longer
needed, being so close to Newport, Ohio, in September, 1932.
Brothers Store building still stands at Milltown across the little iron
bridge.It has been remodeled into a
residence owned by Phyllis Brake.
Sugar Camp was located behind the Bevan house.The earliest record of the sugar camp is February, 1823.Five hundred trees were tapped at one time,
where thousands of pounds of sugar were made.The older people as well as the young for miles around helped.The trees were bored, the sap collected in
troughs and then conveyed to kettles, some boiled down to sugar and the rest to
molasses.This continued for days and
nights.They would relieve each other
for sleep and meals.
had the honor of sending the first soldiers from NewportTownship to the Civil War.They sent seven soldiers.James Davis, the first to enlist, Henry
Davis, A. S. O’Bleness, John Davis, Carley Jobes, Henry O’Bleness and K. B.
Davis.Henry Davis was the only one
born in 1972 and died in 1950, was married on November 20, 1894, to Bertha Cline who was born in 1876
and died in 1949.Both are buried at NewportCemetery.Mr. Henry started a small blacksmith shop
across the road, before erecting a store and blacksmith shop.This stood in Milltown until the 1980s.No family records were kept on the family
K C QUILTING SHOP
operator, Virginia A. Smith, Custom Machine Quilting.She started her business in 1991.The business got its name because she
appliquésKritters in the Corners of
baby quilts.The business is located on
Rt. 7 next to the Spinning Wheel, at Newell’s Run.
married Gertrude on April 28, 1919
and started housekeeping at Wade, Ohio,
just above Newport.In April of 1927, they purchased a home at
the mouth of Newell’s Run.Earl was a
CPL in the U.S. Army in WWI.He was a
school teacher for nine years and taught at the WhiteSchool (1916) which was located at
what was in later years the Edwin Pritchett property on Newell’s Run.On Township Road 19 to the left, just before
Township Road 23, is Peggs Fork. No. 9 School at the head of Bell’s
Run and Seever’s Ridge.ShoeFlySchool
located on Township Road 637 Hanna Eddy property.He taught grades 1-8 at ReasRunSchool
in 1921-1922 in Wade, Ohio.He served on the Newport Board of Education a
as clerk from 1930 for 16 years.He
served as Clerk of Newport Township for ten years.He was a Notary Public.Gertrude taught school on Newell’s Run at the
across form what is presently George Rodgers’s home.
Gertrude Abicht were farmers and started a small roadside produce market near
Route 7 at the mouth of Newell’s Run, located in the field in front of their
home around 1936.They sold produce they
raised.Dean Abicht, their youngest
son, lived at home and farmed and worked the orchards.In 1950, they built the present market
building at Newell’s Run. They sold produce and fruit they raised until
1962.They operated a 30 acre apple
orchard on the 126 acre farm at Wade, Ohio,
from 1919-1958. (Rea’s Run)
operated a peach and an apple orchard on the hill behind their home, 20 acres
of the 36 acres at Newell’s Run, from 1950-1958.They operated a 25 acre peach orchard on the
208 acre farm on Township Road 637, which the family referred to as the Aunt
Hannah Eddy Property.The peach orchard
started in 1949 and was in operation until the 1970s.They had strawberry fields.Dean recalls selling first grade peaches,
graded and brushed, as well as apples for $2.50 a bushel.No. 2 sold for $1.50 a bushel.Young men were eager to get to work to buy
their school clothes.Young men were
employed from Newport, Lawrence,
and Dark, Ohio and St. Mary’s, West
picking strawberries was five cents a quart.Besides the market at Newell’s Run, Dean operated a Cider Mill from
1953-1958.Cider brought 50 cents a
gallon or $10.00 a barrel.After Dean
and Bonnie married, Bonnie delivered cider.The property where most of the farming was done is located three miles
from Newport just below Newell’s
Run. Eight and three quarters acres were
purchased in 1939 and were known as the Frank Leonard property which is the
location of what is now the Spinning Wheel.The house directly across was the Frank Leonard House, and located on
the river bank was the Leonard boat landing.The Spinning Wheel originally was the Leonard General Store on the
opposite side of State Route 7.Ben
Abicht moved the building across the highway in 1940.
Most of the
plowing was done on the Leonard farm by tractor.Sometimes Earl Abicht would bring his horse
Old Bess around Mud Lane
(around Township Road T 19 to Township Road T 443). When he had finished
plowing, Rema would ride Bess back home to the mouth of Newell’s Run.
Earl Abicht became a riverboat lamp lighter; he kept the kerosene lanterns lit
to guide the riverboats.In 1942, Dean
Abicht took the duties over and retired as one of the last lamp lighters with
25 years of service.After electricity,
the kerosene lanterns were replaced with light bulbs.Dean still has the kerosene lanterns.Dean and his father serviced four river
lights.One at Wade, Ohio, one south of
Newport one halfmile below Dana’s Run
Bridge, one at Newell’s Run, and one just above Willow Island Dam.
As a child,
Dean was given a ride on the U.S. Greenbrier Coast Guard Boat, which was the
boat that brought the supplies for the lamp lighting.
On November 25, 1955, Dean married
Bonnie Jean Mason Coury (daughter of Nathan Goff and Nellie Belle Rollins
Mason).Bonnie was born at Clarksburg,
West Virginia on September 25, 1925.She had one daughter, Rema, by a previous
marriage to Isaac Joseph Coury who died in 1953.Rema was born December 20, 1944, at Clarksburg,
Bonnie started housekeeping at the property known as the Leonard.Dean, Bonnie, and Rema moved to the Leonard
house from Vienna, West Virginia,
in April of 1956.Rema recalls the Trail
Run Phone System.Ring to answer was a
long and one short ring with more than one on a party line.
living at Lower Newport, to vote we took Township Road
387 to Township Road 637 to the town hall on County Road 22 at Long Run.The town hall is still used on election
Bonnie, and Rema continued to work with Dean’s parents until 1958 when Deal
left farming and went to work at the Olin Mathiesen Aluminum (Conalco) plant at
Hannibal, Ohio.Bonnie went to work at Marietta Office
Supply.Dean continued to operate his
peach orchard at the Hannah Eddy home place.In 1960, Dean and Bonnie purchased the Old Greene Hotel property from
Lawrence Farr.The location of the
Greene Hotel is the parking lot of the Dean Abicht Market, State Route 7 and
County Road 25.
Dean and Bonnie purchased the Fred Kerr Store from Fred Kerr which is now the
site of the present Dean Abicht Market building.Dean and Bonnie sold their peach crop from
the Fred Kerr Store for one season.In
1964, Dean and Bonnie purchased the Fred Kerr house on Greene
Street from Winifred Kerr, Fred’s daughter.They have since renovated the house which is
now the lot behind the present market.
Dean and Bonnie purchased the Leonard Farm from Dean’s father, Earl Thomas
Abicht.Bonnie left Marietta Office
Supply to open their new market, D&B, for Dean and Bonnie, on July 10, 1962.Bonnie operated the market during the day
while Dean worked at Olin on shift.On July 5, 1965, Dean decided to return
to the farming and produce business.They changed the market name from D&B to Dean Abicht Orchards in the
1970s and then to Dean Abicht Market.
started the market as a produce market, operating from April to December.Bonnie enjoyed harvesting the vegetable crops
and worked in the strawberry fields as well as working at the market.In the early 1960s, they started selling plants,
seed, and fertilizer.In the early
1970s, they added the greenhouse and expanded to groceries and stayed open all
graduated from NewportHigh
School in 1944 and served as Democratic Central
Committeeman for eight years.He has served
as Notary Public since 1965.
graduating from NewportHigh
School in 1962, Rema graduated from SalemCollege in 1964.Rema married Wayne Edward Robbins on January 2, 1965.Wayne
was born at Dart, Ohio, on November 12, 1941.His parents were Willard Bruce and Helen
Eileen Haught Robbins.Rema worked at
B.F. Goodrich at Oak Grove, Marietta, Ohio.Wayne
worked at Dupont in Washington, West
lived in Marietta.In 1966, Wayne and Rema decided to return to Newport.They moved to the Leonard property.In the early 1970s, Rema decided to join her
parents at the market. Along with the market she has served as Newport Area
Deputy Registrar for the State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and as a Notary
Public has sold hunting and fishing licenses since the early 1970s.Rema clerked at the Newport Post Office in
1983, and served as Rural Carrier Associate at the Newport Post Office from
Rema filled the position as clerk at the New Matamoras Post Office and is
presently U.S. Postal Service-in-Charge, since September 25, 1992 at New Matamoras.
is a mechanic at Dupont and will have 30 years of service in June of 1993.Both Wayne and Rema still help at the family
market, remembering how they met.Wayne
was employed as a peach picker for Abicht Orchards.Dean and Bonnie built their first home on Mitchell
Drive in 1960.They sold and built their present home at 204
Hendricks Street since 1976.Wayne and Rema built their present home at 200
Gale Avenue since 1973.
many years of long hours and hard work as a family, Dean and Bonnie have been
very successful in the community of Newport
with many valued customers from Newport
and surrounding communities.
for farm and country, Dean, Bonnie, Wayne, and Rema in 1992 purchased the 95.84
acre farm from the Burkhart estate.The
farm originally belonged to the original settler John Greene and is referred to
in Williams History of Washington County as the Rufus G. Greene Farm.This farm has been passed down to the heirs
of two families. Abicht and Robbins are the third family to own this land.The property is located off County Road 25
about one mile from Abicht’s Market in Section 34, town 1 range 6.
was previously operated as a dairy farm by Michael, Clyde,
and Ruth Burkhart who delivered milk seven days a week to St. Mary’s, West
employed young men from Newport.
Bonnie, Wayne, and Rema are making many improvements and looking forward to
many years of enjoyment and relaxation with country living.
Rema was a
member of the first band and one of the first majorettes at NewportHigh School in 1958 and a candidate
for queen for the first Fire Department Festival.She received Outstanding Amateur Gardener at
the Ohio Association of Garden Club State Convention at Akron
for Region II in 1979.Rema was a member
of the Marietta Garden Club.She
participated in the Washington County Fair flower show for several years and
received several ribbons with the flowers she raised and the arrangements she
RECALLS OF DEAN,
BONNIE, REMA, AND WAYNE
By Rema Robbins
1957 Greenwoods walked on ice across the Ohio River from
Newell’s Run to the Island to feed their hogs.The families’ participation in several floods,
when they had to move their equipment from the market located at Newell’s
January 20, 1959 Cakes of ice lay
along State Route #7 left
from the flood.
night, January 26, 2977
Mother Nature made her own snowballs as strong winds clocked at 36 knots at the
airport turned loose snow into balls and produced snow doughnuts that ran the
gamut from tiny to huge cylinder size.
clouds that ripped through the area of Newell’s Run on Ohio State Route 7 at Tuesday July 29, 1981 which brought back memories of
family talk of the tornado which struck and destroyed Aunt Hannah Eddy’s barn
and trapped her inside in the 1930s.
blizzard of Saturday, March 13, 1993,
24 inches of snow fall during the day and into the night.People were told to keep their cars off the
highways.Rural letter carriers were
unable to deliver the mail.
Bonnie, Ben and Pearle participated in four parades in 1987 with their horses
and surrey. The Newport 4th of July
Annual Fireman’s parade on July 4, 1987.The Marietta Northwest Territory Bicentennial
parade on July 11, 1987
during mid Summer Heat Wave.19th
Annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival parade on September 17, 1987, received two trophies.October
3, 1987Lowel, Ohio
harvest of wild turkey for the last 12 years in a row.Rema appointment as officer-in-charge of the
New Matamoras Post Office during the 1992 reconstruction of the Postal
received at the market when customers come in.I remember coming to Abicht’s Market with my grandparents. What an impression the large sucker rack display
on the front wall had made.
Market has many good memories of the different seasons.Spring with the greenhouse.Helping people plan their flower and
vegetable gardens. Providing good fresh fruit and produce in the summer
months.Apples, Cider, Mums and Pumpkins
in the fall.Christmas trees and fruit
baskets in December.
Rema planning and planting the flower bed at the market for the community to
enjoy.Bonnie’s delicious home cooked
meals and holiday dinners shared with some of the elderly folks in town.
BECOMES HISTORIC RECORD
By Kathy Perrine
August 30, 1991
Lauer’s collection makes her Newport’s
unofficial record-keeper and solver of historical questions.
has lived her entire life in the same house on an 84 acre farm in NewportTownship.During 60 of those years she has collected
newspaper clippings and kept them in scrapbooks.
Lauer was awarded a scrapbook by her eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Boswell, for
“At first I
started to write in it then decided not to,” she said.
began collecting newspaper articles about people she knew or ones related to
people in the Newport area.Lauer said the original scrapbook became so
worn that she transferred everything into a large binder with protective
It is now
one of the 13 big, thick binders with many pages covered with news
are filled with marriages, divorces, obituaries, memorials, murders, suicides,
robberies, fires, wrecks, military stories and other miscellaneous subjects.
most of the clippings were from The Marietta Times.
remember a time when we didn’t take it (The Times).”Other articles are from the St. Mary’s
Oracle, and some are ones sent to Lauer from other publications.
lot of interesting things in them.”
one of her favorites was about a tar and feathering on Mill
Creek Road in October, 1938.Some Newport
residents were responsible for the incident that occurred on the recipients’
honeymoon.She said The Times used to
print gossip, which she kept also until they quit printing it.
there was one thing she missed about The Times:It quit printing the list of obituaries on the front page.
she said, “It takes a long time to see if mine is in there now.”
she had more obituaries than anything.She also uses them most, she said.She said she used them as a source for genealogies—hers and
others’.So, she has gone back through
her scrapbooks and indexed all the obituaries.
I’d remember what book ones were in, and sometimes I couldn’t,” she said.
scrapbooks serve as information for a lot of people, she said.
loan them out, but anyone can come here and read every one of them if they want
to.It doesn’t bother me to have people
call and want information.There’s been
people ask me if I had things.That
makes it interesting to me to go hunt it up, I love doing that.”
the scrapbooks have settled many arguments, some of them between she and her
husband of 44 years, Homer Lauer.
“We’ll get into a discussion and we’ll wonder, ‘Now, who’s that?’ sometimes
it’s ‘Now I know it’s so and so’ and then it’s ‘No, it’s not.’Then I’ll go looking.”
he’s wrong, sometimes I’m wrong.”
her granddaughter, Cindy Hearn, has asked for the scrapbooks when she
else has asked for them.I said,
‘Whoever gets them, if anybody calls and wants to know something out of them,
you have to look it up.’There is hardly
a week that I don’t chop something out of the paper. This is my enjoyment.”
It was the
former Newell’s Run school house.George
Swain bought the property from Michael Barnhouse.Ray and Katherine Perrine rented the
business from George in 1937.Two years
later they bought the property.
a garage and 24-hour wrecking service.Bob and Mildred Cochran leased the tavern from 1949 until 1963.After Ray’s death in 1974, Katherine sold the
property to Cliff Longnecker in May of 1976.
POINT OF INTEREST
Three BrothersIsland, named in honor of the
Briscoe brothers, who are said to have taken tomahawk claims on them in about
1783.The first BrotherIsland lies close to the main shore
at Belmont, WV,
and the separating channel has so filled that now it is really a part of the
commonly known of Broadhead because of the wide sandy bar which almost blocks
the river in low water lies well out in midstream.The boat channel being on the Ohio
Brother Island located also well out in the river, perhaps owes its existence
to McElroy Run, and Willow Island which nestles close to the shore about a mile
below, is perhaps a creation of Cow Creek.
The soil is
very fertile on the islands.They are
especially adapted to growing peaches and small fruits.
claims each comprising from one hundred to four hundred acres roughly guessing
at.And marked by hacking trees on the corners
with hatchets or tomahawk, whence came the name.Valid titles were given by the government.
the government constructed a dam, extending from the shore just below the mouth
of French Creek to the head of SecondBrotherIsland
at work that gave employment to quite a number of laborers.
The dam was
very strongly constructed, composed of huge blocks of stone laid between large
timbers.The object being to compel a
greater flow of water to the west side of the island, scouring out and deepening
the steam boat channel.There was so
much silt to be deposited in the still water below the dam that FirstBrotherIsland
is no longer an island in ordinary stages of the river the old channel being
now part of a corn field.
WILLOWISLAND LOCKS AND DAM
Island Locks and Dam rest in a scenic part of the OhioValley—with abundant agriculture on
the Ohio side and industry on the
West Virginia side.
just off Ohio State Route 7, ten miles north of Marietta,
the $76 million federal project was initiated by the Corps of Engineers in
relocating a portion of Route 7, construction of the locks began and the dam
was started in 1971.The visitors’
center has exhibits pertaining to the locks and dam, the Ohio River,
and the Corps of Engineers.
project, operated 24 hours a day year round by civilian employees of the Corps,
contains two lock chambers.The large
one is 1,200 feet long to accommodate modern river tows, and the auxiliary
chamber is 600 feet long.Both are 110
level inside the lock chambers can be changed to raise a tow or boat headed
upstream from the “lower pool” to the “upper pool” and vice versa for downbound
craft.Under normal conditions, the
“lift” (vertical difference between the upper and lower pools) is 20 feet.A lockage takes about 20 minutes.
lock chamber, with the water at the level of the upper pool, contains
19,747,200 gallons—enough to fill 264,000 bathtubs.The auxiliary lock contains 9,843,000
are used to seal off the locks at both ends.Each miter gate leaf weighs 200 tons and contains enough steel to
produce a single railroad track 1.7 miles in length.
contain 421,000 cubic yards of concrete, and the dam contains 125,000 cubic
yards.The total of 546,000 cubic yards
is equal to 67 miles of four-lane highway.
CODY BELL STORE
born February 24, 1894, in
Freed, West Virginia, died October 4, 1967.He married on June 27, 1920, to Virginia Fortney, born May 13, 1896, in West
Virginia, died July 18, 1979.They
are buried at The Valley Cemetery, Reno, Ohio.Cody worked in the oil fields and came to
Bells Run in the early 1940s.He
operated a small store (it still stands in the yard of Richard Adams’s
property).Later he built a larger store
on the other side of Route 7.The store
closed when State Route 7 was widened.The Bells moved to FearingTownship.They were the parents of five children:
Irene, Brice, Christine, Duane, and an infant.
DYE FORD TRACTOR
R.R. 1, On Newport
Pike, Newport, Ohio
Presenting Your Map of Washington, County, Ohio—compliments
of River Gas Company
is regarded by other nations as “the horn of plenty,” and with good
reason.We not only maintain the highest
standard of living in the world for our own people, but we also contribute
generously to other countries.
makers and distributors of modern farm machinery goes much of the credit for
this high degree of productivity, and in the Newport
area, many farmers depend on the Dye Ford Tractor sales to supply them with
equipment.This concern, managed by Mr.
Dye, handles the well-known Ford and new Holland
line of farm machinery, as well as a complete line of new and used industrial
and farm tractors.They are thoroughly
conversant with farming conditions in this area and can recommend the best machinery
for a specific purpose.
as the Dye Ford Tractor Sales have helped to ease the hours to work formerly
synonymous with the operation of a farm, and in this review of WashingtonCounty, we commend them upon the
valuable service they provide.
operated a sorghum mill on his property on State Route 7 around 1940 or 1941.
BUCKEYE PIPE LINE
There was a
pipe yard located on Stanley Street
between Alice McGrew’s and Bernard Reynolds’s property.
In 1869 or
1870, a tank of ten thousand barrels was erected by the Cow Run Iron Tank
Company.This location today is known as
the tank farm (Bell’s Run).
(Shortie) Gibson worked for the Buckeye Pipeline Company for 39 ½ years.He was transferred to the Newport
site in 1947.He was an engineer.The farm has storage tanks that crude oil is
stored in, then transferred to barges on the Ohio River.
and last post office in the spacious township
of Newport also had the shortest
existence of any WashingtonCounty
office.The office was established on May 8, 1901, at the head of Bell’s
Run in the southwest corner of Section 17 near the crossroads.Martha A. Maxon was the postmaster and the
office named “Maxon Post Office.”The
Maxon family was represented as early as 1788 in WashingtonCounty.Henry Maxon who was a member of the first 47
men to arrive April 7 of that year.Maxon Post Office was in operation only four months when discontinued on
September 14, 1901, and the
patrons then served by Gracey Post Office, three miles north of LawrenceTownship.The reason for the brief existence of Maxon
Post Office is not known nor are there any cards or letters seen cancelled Maxon,
Ohio.There may not have been any mail dispatched.
RUN BALL PARK
Run ball park was located on eight acres of the Harry Lauck property.It was built in 1925.Harry Lauck started his blacksmith shop at
Newell’s Run.He moved it to Bell’s
Run and continued his business there.
School House is still standing today.It
is a rented home, the property belonging to the Barth family.The school had eight grades.Some of the teachers were Nathaniel Kidd,
Carl Edward, Gertrude Eddy, and Bertha Wening.
EDDY GENERAL STORE ON BELL’S
O’Neal Eddy born 1865 died 1948 married Lulu Gano on February 19, 1888.She was born 1870 died 1940. They are buried
at NewportCemetery.They had two children.
I.Howard born September
13, 1889 at Newell’s Run died July 29, 1965 married Iva McKinley on December 24, 1910.She was born 1883 died 1964.They are buried at NewportCemetery.Howard operated the general store at Bell’s
Run for 25 years and later operated a dairy from 1912 to 1937.
II.Ethel born 1895 died 1978 married Raymond Warren born
1891 died 1966.They are buried at NewportCemetery.(His parents were Dudley and Belle Smith
Warren)Raymond had an orchard business
which he started in 1922.In 1949 he
dded 3,500 more trees.They had four
A.Ivan born September
26, 1921 died September
23, 1927.He is buried at NewportCemetery.Age 5 years 11 months 27 days.
Ken-Mac Lumber Co.County
244Kenneth and Mac
KCQuiltingSt. Rt. 7Virginia Smith
King Barber ShopGreene St.Rodney King
King Beauty ShopGreene St.Julie King
Martin Auto RepairSt.
Rt. 7Gene Martin
Run Rd.Opal Mendenhall
Mendenhall Junk YardCounty
Newport LumberDye StreetJohn and Richard Hendricks
Oopsa Daisy FloristSt.
Rt. 7Sandra Binegar
Ohio River Wholesale
Peoples BankSt. Rt. 7
Pryor Beauty ShopSt.
Rt. 7Ruth Pryor
Riverview Auto ShopSt.
Rutherford Heating &
Penny Shear DesignHarris StreetPenny Rutherford
Smitley ConstructionDye StreetD. P. Smitley
Thomas Auto RepairGreene St.Jeff Thomas
Van Wey Pressure CleaningMaple
West Custom QuiltingCounty
Wise ChoiceStanley StreetTeri Wise
behind Robert Thomas’ home is known as MountDudley.
may have had a larger history if Harman Blennerhassett had built here.The story is told of Harman Blennerhassett
wanting to build a castle on MountDudley,being influenced by Dudley Woodridge to build
there.He spent a large amount of time
seeking a location for a home.
He sent a
scout to the top of the hill.If he
could see Marietta from there he
would build his castle there.The scout
came back and told him he couldn’t see Marietta,
so the deal wasn’t completed. He went to Belpre and built his mansion on the
From the Marietta, Ohio, Times
By Mrs. Frederick
evident in the scenic Ohio Rivervillage
of Newport.Twenty-five years of growth represent
of the old as well as expansion by the new illustrates the way of culture and
school, and business projects are among the progressive advancements of the Newport
community which has doubled its size in population during this period.
built in 1866, has recently taken on a new look achieved by sand blasting the
lounges, a kitchen, and two balcony classrooms have been added for convenience
A new altar set and candelabra enhanced by a
background of purple velvet draperies replace the old picturesque wall painting
of the ascent and entrance to heaven.
A new Hammond
electric organ has been purchased. A baby grand piano has been donated by the
late church organist, Miss Mary Ethel Hays.
completes the new picture of the church which will soon celebrate its
enrollment has increased to the extent that an annex to the grade school
building was necessary to provide space for classrooms
has been added to the high school, a band has been organized, and a new
gymnasium has been built.
business is well demonstrated by the Harris Super Market located at Route 7 and
the business originated with a gasoline station plus a small grocery store, and
in 1960 developed into an independently owned and operated super market.
This super market is known to the
river men as the “Boat Store.”Waiting
at the river’s edge is “The Ranger,” equipped with a two-way radio making
possible contact with the river boats.Orders radioed to the Ranger’s owner and pilot, E.A. Harris, are
delivered “boat to boat” in the river.
is modern in every respect and displays the only automatic change machine in
this area.A glowing neon sign, “Harris
Super Market,” extends across the entire front.
is truly proud of its new market and the owners, Eugene A. and Kermit, Harris.
Lumber Co. is a thriving business located on Dye at Greene
Street.Ralph Hendricks owns and operates this enterprise and has remodeled and
expanded during the past year.The same
company is operating successfully in Marietta
at the present time.
Laundromat is located on Route 7 above Greene St.The owner is Dr. Robert Rudolph of Marietta.He has provided a modern convenience for
which Newport residents are
With in the
past 25 years, an oil welldrilled by
William Harris on the Crago farm marked a new depth in oil-well drilling and
production not equaled today in this locality.
Plant and Dairy Bar
modern milk plant with newly equipped pasteurization devices furnished milk for
Newport and surrounding areas until
Bar is owned and operated by the Greenwood Farm.
roadside markets display a variety of farm products.
The D and B
Market is new within the past year and is named for its owners, Dean and Bonnie
Farm Market is operating successfully under the management of Mr. and Mrs.
lumber companies are operating in the Newport
area.The U. S. Hardwood Corp. and the
Haessly Hardwood Lumber Co. both have furnished employment and progressive
interests in Newport for the past
service stations are operating in Newport.
the Sterling, the Sunoco, the
Sohio, and the Ashland are managed
by Frank Crumpley, Earl Rouse, Cecil McCoy, Dave Hendershot, and John Vannoy
Tractor Sales and Service is owned and operated by Ernest Dye at Bells Run.
salons began operation during the last 25 years in the Newport
community.They are Gail’s Beauty Salon,
Cameron’s Imie’s Lura’s, and the B and M Beauty Salon.
Nursing Home accommodates 17 patients.It is owned and operated by Mrs. Lora McCall.
housing projects have busied the building contractors.The Riggs Sub-division, the Milltown Community,
and the Greenwood Addition have added numerous modern and attractive homes to
the Newport village.
Miss Bell is Engaged to Mr. Greene
announcement from a newspaper
Mrs. Fay M. Bell of 1312
½ Lynn Street, Parkersburg,
is announcing the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Patricia
Lee, to Robert Clyde Greene, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Greene of Newport,
will take place Sept. 18 at the Saint AndrewsMethodistChurch.
is a graduate of ParkersburgHigh
School and at present is employed at the Division
General Office of the Imperial Ice Cream, Division of Fairmont Foods Company.
is a graduate of NewportHigh
School, Newport, Ohio,
and Mountain State College. Parkersburg,
and at present is employed at the Washington County Farm Bureau, Marietta,
PROF. RICHARD D.
GREENE HAS TAKEN POSITON WITH THE GOVERNMENT AT NEW
Greene, graduate assistant in the Department of Chemistry at Marietta College
has resigned his position, effective December 1st and will report
for duty immediately thereafter to the Bureau of Chemistry of the U.S.
Government.He has received an
appointment as junior chemist and will be stationed at New
Greene received the highest grade in his civil service examination on
quantitative chemistry that there is any knowledge of at the College—99.Mr. Greene graduated from MariettaCollege last June and soon
thereafter took the Civil Service examination.Because of his high record at Marietta,
he was appointed in September to the position of assistant to Prof. E. L.
Krause, head of the Department of Chemistry.His place at the College will be taken by Ernest Irwin who also
graduated with high averages last June.
Hardy-Greene Wedding Was Brilliant Event Of New Year
clipping, date not shown
the wedding of Miss Elizabeth West Greene of Newport, Ohio, to Mr. Frank Gibson
of Cambridge, Mass.,
celebrated on the first day of the New Year will be of interest here where the
bride and her family are well known.It
took place at in the morning at
the “Greene Terrace,” the ancestral home of the Greene family.The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. C. R.
Vinten, the impressive double ring service being used the young couple standing
before a beautiful improvised altar of palms erected in the living room which
was redolent with the fragrance of evergreens.There were no attendants, and the bride wore her traveling costume made
of lovely rust colored ostrich cloth with frost velvet trimmings.A small dark brown hat and brown accessories
completed a becoming outfit, and her flowers were a colonial corsage of
breakfast of attractive appointment was served at Greene Tavern immediately
after the ceremony, a mound of roses and gypsophilia centering the table.Mr. and Mrs. Hardy left immediately after the
wedding breakfast for New York City,
and they will be at home at 137 Irving Street,
is a member of one of Newport’s
oldest and most prominent families, well known along the Ohio River
and closely identified with river traffic in present and past years.She is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph E. W. Greene and is a graduate of NewportHigh School after which she studied
at Lake ErieCollege
for Women at Painesville and at OhioUniversity at Athens.She received her diploma from the latter,
graduating with the class of 1923.She
then took a post graduate course at the Cambridge School of Domestic
Architecture and Landscape Architecture and is a member of Chi Omega national
sorority.For the past few years she has
been a member of the NewportHigh
is connected with the Houghton Mifflin Company of Cambridge,
Mass.He possesses an excellent tenor voice and has been a pupil of the late
Augusto Vannini of Boston.He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Hardy of
guests at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Hardy, Cambridge,
Mass., Mr. and Mrs. John Gist and daughter
Jean, Mrs. Elizabeth Greene and son John of Athens, Ohio, Captain and Mrs.
Chris Greene and Captain and Mrs. Tom Greene of Cincinnati.
Rev. G. I. Wilson Pastor Emeritus At 1st Presby.
Tuesday Evening, January 18,
Gill I. Wilson, D.D.,
retiring pastor of the First Presbyterian church, after serving the
congregation for 30 years, was made pastor emeritus by the congregation at the
annual congregational meeting Sunday morning.
resolution read by Herbert S. Boreman, said in part, “In recognition of the
thirty years of faithful, loyal and untiring service rendered by Rev. Gill I.
Wilson, and of his effort beyond the call of duty, of his great sympathy and
understanding, of his unending love and devotion to the ministry, of his
sincerity, his magnificent work in this church, in this and other communities,
his teaching and example, his high moral concepts and his noble Christian life
and character, this congregation is proud to extend an invitation to Reverend
Wilson to become pastor emeritus of this church, at the termination of his
told the group, that “Perhaps at times we have not appeared to appreciate the
fact that our own minister was one who kept abreast of the changing times, who
devoted more of his time and effort to hose various matters pertaining to the
ministry than should be expected or required of any man; one whose high moral
purpose and sincerity could never be in doubt; one who has been a leader in
thought and who has taught by precept and example.”
the talk by Mr. Boreman, the congregation held its annual election naming John
Hughes and Dr. C. S. Lytle as elders; George Oiler and Dr. Ray H. Wharton as
deacons and Henry Ruf as trustee.
“Doc” Gale Observes 50th Anniversary Today as Member of That
Fast Vanishing Fraternity—the Country Doctor
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Hays Gale of Newport observed his 50th anniversary today as an
active member of that fast-vanishing fraternity—“The country doctor.”
epochal period of change and rapid modern development, the 72-year-old
white-haired medico—known affectionately to many hundreds in Ohio and West
Virginia as “Doc”—has treated thousands of cases covering all forms of
ailments, delivered three generations of babies, averaging 35 per year for a
grand total of 1,750 infants, including 20 sets of twins.This astounding figure is equal to nearly
four times the population of his home town of Newport.
“Doc” Gale, during his 50 years of
practice, has worn out 6 harness horses, 2 sleds, 2 harness buggies, and 26
cars, including 2 Hupmobiles, 10 Fords, 3 Dodges, 2 Buicks, 1 Oldsmobile, 2
Chevrolets, 4 Plymouths, and 2 Chryslers.
“I sported a linen duster in the
summer time,” said the “Doc,” “and leather leggings and a heavy fur-lined coat
with a high collar in the cold months.There was supposed to be roads, but they were nothing but a sea of
mud.I have seen the time when I
couldn’t make over three miles an hour.”
In payment for his services, “Doc”
Gale has received everything from tommyhawks to catfish, and from spearheads to
turnips.He has covered a territorial
radius of about 70 miles: Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, and parts of Wood counties
in West Virginia; Washington and Monroe counties in Ohio, all representing a
total population of about 30,000 people.“To quote David Harum,” said the “Doc,” “I have treated people for
everything, from ring bone to ‘disapinted’ affections.”
jaunts in all kinds of weather under all kinds of conditions—from the horse and
buggy days to the automotive era—have taken him to such out-of-the-way places
as Whiskey Run, Horse Neck, Fish Pot, and Friendly, in West Virginia; and to
Dog skin, Trail Run, Spindle Top, Fly, and Pine Ridge, in Ohio.It was in such isolated locales that “Doc” Gale
delivered one baby in a garden, and another in a corn crib.“I have been consulted on many occasions on
things not pertaining to medicine.” Said the “Doc,” “you have to be not only a
doctor, but a friend, and a family adviser, as well.”
50 years of service to humanity, “Doc” Gale has operated on and treated
patients both under gas and electric lamps in hospitals, houses, cabins,
shacks, shanty boats, corn cribs, and even in the wide-open spaces.“And through it all,” said the “Doc,” “I have
enjoyed every minute of it, especially my contacts with people and the many
friends I have made.If I had it to do
over again, I would not change one single line.”
Although, after some reflection,
the “Doc” chuckled and said: “there have been some exceptions or course. There
were the times when people called me at all hours in the night, claiming to
have some terrible elaborate ailments.But when I got there, after a lot of time and trouble, I found out they
were not sick—they were just plain drunk.”
“Doc” Gale represents the third
generation of Gales in Newport who
have been practicing medicine uninterrupted for over a century and a
quarter.It began when the Gale family
came over from Ireland
in 1799, headed by Captain George Gale, formerly of the British Army.Captain Gale settled in Virginia
and taught school.
His son, George Washington
Gale—“Doc” Gale’s grandfather—studied medical books by Benjamin Rush, the only
medical man to sign the Declaration of Independence.(“Doc” Gale now has those books in his
possession at his office in Newport.”
George Washington Gale came to Newport
in 1821 when the place was a mere hamlet of scattered cabins and houses.He practiced medicine on the Ohio
River between Moundsville and Marietta
until his death in 1879, leaving six girls and six boys, five of whom became
One of the six brothers—“Doc”
Gale’s father—Dr. George Thomas Gale, served Newport and vicinity for sixty-one
years before retiring in 1935, and passing on in 1946, at the age of 94.
The present senior “Doc” Gale went
into partnership with his late father in 1906at the age of twenty-two, after
graduating from JeffersonMedicalCollege in Philadelphia,
the second oldest medical institution in America.The “Doc’s” brother, Dr. Larrey Richard Gale,
practiced eight years with them, from 1915 until 1923, when he died of heart
trouble.But from 1906, onward, “Doc”
Gale has served and continues to serve West Virginia
and Ohio, up to this date.He will be seventy-three years old on November 6, 1956.To quote one of his patients: “‘Doc” Gale is
known to us as a friend and as a charitable man who has never neglected his
profession or ever turned down a request for help.”
“Doc” Gale’s son, Dr. Larrey
Bernard Gale, graduated from the same college as his father, on the same
minute, on the same day, 42 years later, on June 6, 1948, and began practicing with the “Doc” at Newport
in 1950.This latest edition adds up to
four generations of Gales practicing medicine in Newport
and environs over an uninterrupted period of one hundred and thirty-five
And one might well describe the
senior “doc” Gale as the last 100 per cent country doctor of the lineage.In the early days of his career, it was a
hard life of exposure, long hours, loss of sleep, poor communications, almost
impassable roads, and a river full of floating ice which sometimes would take
one hour to cross in a row boat.
But, nowadays, with improved roads,
automobiles, bridges, telephones, electricity, lights—the picture has changed
considerably.“Doc” Gale put it like
this: “At the best we had boats, trains, and horses when I began to
practice.Automobiles were a curiosity
and very unreliable.Today, the
passenger boats have gone with the wind.And the olden days’ schedule of sixteen full passenger trains a day
passing through from Kenova, W. Va., to Pittsburg,
has been reduced to one passenger train carrying one coach.Automobiles, airplanes, and buses have taken
In a 50-Year Span
In the span of his 50-year-career,
“Doc” Gale has witnessed a complete revolution in the healing and treatment of
internal cases and methods of surgery.Said the “Doc”: “In my early days, pneumonia was called the great killer
and the old man’s friend and carried the highest rate of mortality in this
climate.Today, new medical discoveries
have almost eliminated this disease as a killer.
“The once dreaded diphtheria,
typhoid fever, and small pox all are practically things of the past, due to the
development of modern preventive medicines.Chest surgery and surgery on the heart are very commonly done at the
present time, but they were unthought-of of in my horse and buggy days.”
For another sharp comparison, “Doc”
Gale pointed out that the primary tools of the old days consisted of a pocket
case of instruments and saddle bags, carrying from fifteen to twenty different
medicines.“Today, “ said the “Doc,”
“the country doctor, what’s left of him, carries a blood pressure apparatus, a
stethoscope, an otoscope, a tongue depressor, applicators, sterile dressings,
gloves, antiseptics, drugs for easing pain, and a hypodermic syringe with some
emergency remedies and a needle.”
Are country doctors disappearing
from the national scene?“The answer is
definitely yes.This is because the
young doctors all want to go to urban or city centers where they have hospitals
and many convenient facilities which the country doctor does not have.This makes the work easier for the new
generation of doctors.Their hours are
shorter and they are less exposed to hardships, and have more time for
recreation.Also, there is the fact that
most young physicians nowadays want to specialize in one branch of medicine,
rather than to practice all branches, as the country doctor has to do.”
To demonstrate the decline of country
doctors in this area, “Doc” Gale said that when he first began to practice in
1906, there were fifteen country doctors at work within a radius of twenty
miles.“Today, in this same vicinity,
there are six country doctors carrying on the same work, but with a rising
population.That ought to give you an
idea of the signs of the times.”
On the hopeful side of the rural
area of America,
from a medical standpoint, “Doc” gale disclosed that there has been a drive in
recent years to persuade young doctors to settle in small towns.Said the “Doc,” “It has been successful to an
extent.Some young doctors have
responded and are now supported by fast cars and efficient hospitals in nearby
urban centers.As a result, the country
trips that used to require hours to make, now take only a few minutes.”
For More than a Century
The Gales have maintained a medical
office in Newport for over 100
years, since 1838.The original office
was washed away in the 1913 great flood.The present office, now occupied by “Doc” Gale and his brilliant son,
Bernard, was constructed immediately after the flood.
“Doc” Gale enjoys courtesy staff
associations at the MemorialHospital
in Marietta, and at St.
Joseph’s in Parkersburg.He is a member of three major medical
associations, including Washington County, Ohio
State, and the National American.
In addition to his profession,
“Doc” Gale has dabbled successfully in oil for a good many yeas,
commercially.During World War One, he
served as Chairman of the Newport Township War Board and volunteered and was
commissioned a first lieutenant with orders to sail for France
when the conflict ended.He was a member
of the School Board for twelve years, and is now past president.
His hobbies are hunting, fishing,
harness horses, and the collection of Indian relics.The “Doc” has bagged many a deer, squirrel,
rabbit, and grouse in the forests of Ohio,
West Virginia, and Canada.His fine collection of Indian relics, of
which he is justly proud, consists of arrowheads, spear-heads, tommyhawks,
husbandry instruments, and fragments of Indian bones.
“Doc” Gale married Miss Carolyn
McGrew thirty-eight years ago, April
have five children: George, Carolyn, Kathryn, Larrey, and Nina—all married
Retirement Not for “Doc”
When queried about his plans for
retirement, “Doc” Gale had this to say: “I have no such plans at the present
time, at least not as long as I am able to work.A fellow is far better off doing something
instead of just sitting around all day doing nothing.”
Dr. and Mrs. Gale are leaving Newport
on June 12th for a trip to Philadelphia
where he will attend the fiftieth reunion of the JeffersonMedicalCollege,
class of 1906, on June 13th and 14th.Out of the original graduating class of two
hundred, only sixty-four are alive today.And Dr. George Hays Gales of Newport, Ohio, is one of them.
A “Country Doctor” Is Honored
undated newspaper article
Ralph Edwards’ large televiewing
audience got a first hand look at a vanishing breed of man last night and liked
what it saw—not that the shy, retiring and visibly embarrassed “subject”
particularly cared one hootenanny.
It was Newport’s
gentle and kindly Dr. George Hays Gale, described as a “country doctor,” but
more of a friend, counselor and good Samaritan to his legion of friends and
patients in this part of the valley.
A full and rewarding lifetime of
serving his fellow man passed in parade across the nation’s television screens
in the 23 minutes Hollywood’s
master of ceremonies was able to overflow the studio stage with Doctor George’s
children, relatives, old friends, classmates and patients.
There was Mary Heeter, long Dr.
Gale’s secretary and receptionist, sons Dr. Larry Gale and George Gale and
daughters, Mary, Katherine and Nina and Mrs. Gale, the former Carolyn McGrew.
“I rather suspicioned all this,”
the doctor grinned after Edwards introduced him to the “This Is Your Life”
program with the remark that he never had such a difficult time luring a
subject to California.
In rapid order Dr. George was
introduced to his cousin and boyhood companion, the Rev. Cecil McCray of Indiana;
Col. Edgard [Edward?]
C. Jones, of Rokeby Lock, O., a classmate at Jefferson Medical College; Mrs.
Earl Baxter of St. Marys, W. Va., the first baby Dr. Gale brought in the world
when he began his practice in Newport in 1906; Dr. Lynn Nicholas, former
Newport superintendent of schools and now president of Wayne State University;
and finally, old patients, William DePuy, Martha Schneider, Marie Edgell, Elmer
Riggs Jr., George Locke and three generations of Keisters.
Newport’s Population 1,883 Census Shows
From an undated
census report figures give Newport
a total population of 1,883 consisting of 1,015 in Upper Newport
and 868 in Lower Newport.
Figures show there are a total of
630 housing units.Of this number 370
are in Upper Newport with 260 in Lower
includes the territory between Newell’s Run (right side) to Davis Run.Lower Newport includes
the territory between Newell’s Run (left side) to Hensler’s Market and No. 9.
Final Day of
Wednesday was the final day or
school for seniors of FrontierHigh
School.This morning the seniors met at the school gymnasium for graduation
practice and taking of pictures for the yearbook.
Baccalaureate services will be at Sunday in the FrontierHigh School auditorium.
An important meeting of the
Volunteer Firemen will be held on Tuesday, June 2, at in the Fire Department Hall.All members are requested to be present.
The soft ball tournament is now
plays Plauche Insurance in the finals Saturday, May 30, at , on Hadley Field at the fairgrounds.
The Amici Class of the NewportUnitedMethodistChurch met Thursday evening at the
home of Mrs. Rhoda Hendricks.
Present were Mrs. Mary Hughes, Mrs.
Effie Edgar, Mrs. Edith Sillaman, Mrs. Mary Leister, Mrs. Hilda Heeter, Mrs.
Pearl Hendricks, Mrs. Neva Nash, Miss Freda Hendricks, Mrs. Francis Dimit, Miss
Mary Heeter, Mrs. Hazel Greenwood, Mrs. Marian Dougherty, Mrs. Lorraine
Stephens, Mrs. Hazel Hoff, Mrs. Cora Whaley, Mrs. Ruth Hoff, Mrs. Anna O’Neil,
Mrs. Wanda Brake, Mrs. Lucy Brown, Mrs. Beulah Lauer, Mrs. Emma Eddy, Mrs.
Altha Haynes, and Mrs. Rhoda Hendricks.
Miss Freda Hendricks and Mr. and
Mrs. David Edgar of Newport and Mr.
and Mrs. John Hendricks of Marietta
were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. James Snow and daughter Susan in Eatlake [Eastlake?].
Mrs. Elsie Mullens, Adrian, W.
Va. and Mrs. Ruby Scott, of Marietta,
were Wednesday visitors at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Pat Brake.
(Family tree information in following articles may not be
‘Tree that Owns
Old Deed Protects
Giant Elm Against Harm by Man
Ohio, Times—no date given
Schornstheimer Special Feature Writer
On the banks of Danas Run at
Milltown near Newport stands a
giant elm, making a bold if somewhat jagged silhouette against the sky.For almost a century this tree has been
protected from harm by human hands by virtue of the following contract:
“Sold to W. C. Greenwood a large
Stately Elm tree, Standing on the East Bank of the Creek and about 12 Rods East
of my Store. Said tree is never to be disturbed, defaced, mutilated, or in any
way despoiled of its beauty and grandure, so long as it lives as Mother Earth
will nurture it.
Milltown June 19th, 1879
(signed) M. Rea”
Marcellus Rea, who made the sale,
owned a small store just across Danas Run.No information is available as to the amount of money which changed
hands.The original contract was written
in pencil on a pasteboard show box.
William C. Greenwood, grandfather of
the present owner of Greenwood Farm, purchased the tree to preserve it.The elder Greenwood
was attracted to the tree because of its size and stateliness, according to his
grandson, William G. Greenwood.“Bill,”
as he is known to friends, gives no credence to the legend that his grandfather
proposed marriage to his grandmother under the elm and therefore wished to
insure its future.
Whatever the reason, the tree
itself was well worth his concern.Charles Wing, a Mechanicsburg nurseryman, in the late 1930s estimated it
to be about 600 years old.He also
expressed the belief that it was at the time the third largest elm in the U. S.
W. C. Greenwood was a flatboat man
who had come from Morgantown, W.
Va. in 1821 when he was 17 years of age.Later on he quit the river, got married, and
in 1846 bought the home and acreage now known as Greenwood Farm from Capt.
Daniel Greene, a sea captain.Capt.
Greene, who had built this first brick house of NewportTownship in 1808, was the great
grandfather of Capt. Tom Greene of present-day riverboat fame.The Greenwoods’ son Junius, who was born in
this house, grew up and married Carrie Greene, granddaughter of Capt. Daniel
Greene, who thus went to live in the house built by her grandfather.Their son Bill was born within these walls,
as were his two sons who now help him work the farm.
All in all, the family tradition is
one of cultivating the earth’s treasures and handing them on to succeeding
generations, so it is quite understandable that the gallant elm tree on Dana’s
Creek remains standing through the courtesy of W. C. Greenwood.
Huge Deeded Elm Tree Is Felled near Newport
From The Marietta,
Ohio, Times, August of ?
By Myrtle Davis
on the banks of Dana’s Run, a stately old elm tree, sometimes referred to as
the “tree that owns itself,” has been regarded by many as the oldest, largest,
and most unique elm tree known to man.
Wing, a Mechanicsburg tree surgeon, in the late 1930s, judged the tree to be
approximately 600 years old and the third largest elm in the U.S.The Rathbone elm in Marietta
and a tee in Connecticut were
first and second in size.Since then the
Rathbone elm has been removed and the eastern one has perhaps disappeared from
mother nature [sic].Now, the oldest and
largest elm has fallen.Its measurements
were 27 ft. in circumference and 9 ft. in diameter.
The tree is
unique in that it has been protected through the years by a deed and financial
provision for its maintenance.
contract made nearly a century ago tells an interesting story:
“Sold to W.
C. Greenwood a large stately Elm tree, Standing on the East Bank of the Creek
and about 12 rods East of my Store.Said
tree is never to be disturbed, defaced, mutilated or in any way despoiled of
its beauty and grandeur, so long as it lives as Mother Earth will nurture
“Milltown, June 19th, 1897
(Mac) Rea who made the sale to W. C. Greenwood owned a store across Dana’s
Run.The original contract was written
in pencil on a pasteboard show box, and no amount of money for the transaction
Greenwood, grandfather of William (Bill) Greenwood,
present owner of Greenwood Farm, attached great sentimental value to the old
elm tree. According to an old legend he and his sweetheart wee engaged under
this tree.Therefore, he wished to
insure its preservation.
years his son, Junius Greenwood, carrying out his father’s tradition,
supposedly was married under the branches of this beautiful giant elm.
Greenwood, a flatboat man, came to the OhioValley in 1821 from Morgantown,
W. Va., when 17 years old.Later he married and bought the present
Greenwood Farm from Capt. Daniel Green, a sea captain.Capt. Greene, grandfather of the late Gordon
Greene, and great-grandfather of the late Tom Greene of riverboat fame, built
the first brick house in Newport in
1808.It was in this house that the Greenwood’s
son, Junius, was born.Junius married
Carrie Greene, Captain Daniel Greene’s granddaughter and continued to live in
the old homestead and farm the land of his father.His son, William was born in the same
beautiful old brick home and so were his two grandsons, James and Samuel.
tradition and sentiment as well as love for land and beautiful handwork of God
that has caused the Greenwood
family to cherish and preserve the old elm tree on Dana’s Run, Milltown.
the time has come when the tree threatens danger and becomes a hazard to
highway and public utilities, the Ashland, Ky.,
tree cutters have felled the old elm, and only a huge stump remains as a
landmark and remembrance of bygone days.
[Caption under the photo:This 600 year old Milltown Elm, located on
the banks of Dana’s Run near Newport,
has been removed to provide a safer highway.Early settlers and Indian tribes were familiar with this spot and
embedded relics in the tree remain as proof of their visitations.(Times photo by Jack Lowe)]
3 Landmarks nominated for National Register
Regional News, name of newspaper
not shown; the date of July 12, 1979
is written in ink.
Three WashingtonCounty landmarks are being
nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, according to David L.
Taylor, Regional Historic Preservation Officer at the Ohio Historical Society’s
Regional Preservation Office at Ohio University-Zanesville.
They are the Waernicke-Hille House
and Store, located in rural IndependenceTownship, and the Mason House,
located at Coal Run, near Beverly.
The Waernicke-Hille House (1865) at
Archer’s Fork was the first brick house erected in Independence Township and
was built by Ernest Waernicke (1831-1872) a German tobacco producer and
processor.He was in partnership with
Augustus Hille (1844-1918) another German who purchased the home and farm after
Waernicke’s death.In 1874, a post
office was established for the Archer’s Fork community and Hille was named
postmaster.Shortly thereafter he
erected a wood frame store nearby and housed the post office and community
Hille remained postmaster until his
death in 1918.From that time until the
post office as closed in 1949, his daughter Ida Elizabeth “Bessie” Hille
(1897-1962) was postmistress.Thus the
father-daughter combination served the community for 75 years—the entire life
of the post office—an occurrence probably unique in Ohio.The present owners are Dr. and Mrs. Richard
Hille of Marietta.Dr. Hille is the grandson of Augustus
The other nominated property, the
Mason House, was built in 1802 along the Muskingum River
just north of the Coal Run community.Its significance lies in the fact that it is an intact, little-altered
version of the “saltbox house” a New England folk house
type.It remains essentially unaltered
and in its original state.It has been
owned by the Mason family since the mid-19th century.Currently it is owned by Horatio Mason.
The National Register of Historic places
is a list, maintained by the U. S. Department of the Interior of the Nation’s cultural
resources which are historic for their architecture, history, or archaeology on
a local, state or national level.The
nomination was prepared according to Ohio’s
statewide plan to identify and document historic properties which qualify for
National Register status under provisions of the National Historic Preservation
Act of 1966.
Any property’s inclusion on the
National Register of Historic Places in no way affects an individual owner’s
property rights.Rather, it serves to
draw attention to the nation’s visible cultural heritage and also affords
owners to take advantage of several provisions to encourage preservation.
The National Register provides for
limited protection against demolition of a listed property by a federally
sponsored or licensed project; it also entitles property owners to apply for a
50 per cent matching grant-in-aid from the Department of the Interior to aid in
the preservation of their property.
Also, there are several important
tax benefits for owners of income producing National Register properties.
Newport O., Has 60 Firemen
By Helen M. White
News, Sunday, October 15, 1961
Newport Twp., in WashingtonCounty,
O., was organized in 1798, and early settlers established homes at that time in
what is now the village of Newport,
this settlement has never found the need to become incorporated.
years of its existence, Newport residents depended on luck and buckets,
available water and neighboring communities whenever fire broke out in their
1958, the Men’s Civic Club of Newport began a drive to arouse local interest
and to raise sufficient funds, both of which were necessary, in order to
organize and establish a volunteer fire department in Newport.
Gale of Newport gave encouragement
and impetus to the undertaking by donating a valuable piece of ground on which
to build the fire station.
level land given by Dr. Gale fronts 80 feet on Rt. 7 and is 150 feet deep.
Fire Station was built in 1959.Heiby of
Marietta had the contract for the shell of a 37 by 47-foot building to be
constructed of 12-inch blocks.
included only the four walls, roof, windows, and doors for an approximate cost
Members Build the Rest
of the Newport Volunteer Fire Dept. donated their time and labor and completed
the building, pouring the floors, installing the wiring, the plumbing, and all
the inside trim and finishing.
“Our building alone,” said Fire
Chief, Harold Lauer, “is valued at around $25,000 with another $20,000 worth of
Having the fire department has
reduced insurance rates for Newport
residents and, “our next project,” Chief Lauer said, “will be to get a public
water supply for our town.”
The Newport Fire Dept. has one
300-gallon pumper and one 1000-gallon tanker which, according to Lauer, is
enough for most fires.
In addition to this, the department
has maps showing the location of every cistern, pond, and stream in Newport
They also have similar maps for
Lawrence and Independence Twps, with which the Newport Volunteer Fire
Department has yearly contracts to answer all fire calls.
In addition, Newport
has mutual agreements with all nearby fire departments.
of the department built the tanker themselves but their pumper was obtained
from the St. Marys Fire Dept. on most generous terms.
fire chief of Newport was David
Edgar who served one year.Lauer, the
third chief, is now serving his third term in office with assistant chiefs Earl
Rouse, Paul Riggs, and David Riggs.
Perrine is president of the department and Mrs. Lucille Edgar is president of
the Ladies Auxiliary, which, said Chief Lauer, has been a wonderful help to the
around 60 members on the roll with approximately 30 of them active.The department has a regular meeting twice a
month and a training meeting every Thursday.
Volunteer Fire Dept. was host this year to the WashingtonCountyFairSchool
which is held each year for all volunteer fire departments in the county.
times Chief Lauer commented on the wonderful help they had received from the
St. Marys Fire Department in both money and encouragement.
friendly assistance Newport has
received from their West Virginia
neighbors in helping them get organized and equipped would be hard to evaluate.
establishment of the Newport Fire Dept., the only two major fires tghey have
fought have been both in St. Marys—another example, it would seem, of the
Biblical truth about casting bread upon the water.
Newport squad displays van
March 11, 1977 is
written on the page, no source shown
emergency vehicle was displayed to the public at the fire hall Saturday and
which cost $18,000 and was purchased from the Horton Ambulance Co., Columbus,
arrived last week.For a few days, the
squad member familiarized themselves with the equipment in the van and took no
calls—but they will be answered for any emergency.
squad will operate in cooperation with the Newport Volunteer Fire Dept. and
take its calls over the fire department telephones.
is housed in the fire department building—and donations toward its purchase
will be accepted by the fire department.All funds for operation of the fire department are raised locally
because the village is not incorporated and has no tax levies.
ready to answer any emergency although there is a need for more equipment in
the van, it was said.
emergency squad are Jack Boley, captain, and Ed Pryor, volunteer fire
department chief.Certified squad
members who have completed the necessary training directed by James Vuksic are
John Turner, Bill Greene, Steve McMahan, Bob Kelly, Ed Pryor, Wayne Greathouse,
Tom Barker, John Beck, Darryl Smith, June Kelly, Pam Greathouse, Pat Lamp,
Jennie Smith, Eve Pape, Carolyn Casto, Cathy Rinard, Alice Vannoy, Mary Lou
Reynolds, Jack Boley and Shirley Beaver.
History of Ohio
Community Is Told
News, Sunday March 12, 1961
of Newport, O., is on a flat,
fertile plain along the Ohio River almost opposite St.
Marys, county seat of PleasantsCounty.
where Newport stands was conveyed
to Ebenezer Battelle, Sr., about 1801 by Neal Cortner and John Cotton who had
resided briefly on the acres before selling out and moving on.
buildings where Newport now stands,
other than the two or three squatters cabins built as early as 1798, are said
to be the log cabin of John Cotton built near the river, and the cabin of John
Luckey on the present site of the village.
Battelle, Sr., built the first substantial house.At that time the hamlet was called Upper
Newport to distinguish it from Lower Newport
which was only six miles above Marietta.Battelle’s house had several rooms instead of
the one large room in the quickly constructed cabins of the early settlers.
brick residence built from bricks baked on the premises was erected about 1809
by Captain Daniel Greene.Others
settlers floating down the Ohio
often stopped at Newport and
stayed, not going on to their intended goal of Marietta.
Battelle had his land surveyed for a town on Jan. 30 and 31 of 1839, the
nucleus of a village was already established.
50 years later, at the beginning of the 1880s, Newport
numbered 50 dwellings and 300 inhabitants.
steam operated flouring-mill, there were two blacksmith shops, one wagon shop,
a cigar factory, a harness and show shop, seven general stores and three
hotels.The Thribble Shovel Plow and
Cultivator was also manufactured at Newport
about this time.
recorded that all seven general stores were unusually prosperous and that the
Cree House and the City Hotel were the leading hostelries in 1880.
decades Newport was belligerently
against any form of alcohol, in fact none is sold in the village even today and
only two such establishments are located anywhere in the township.
this firm and united stand on temperance came about as the result of an earlier
and more lenient attitude towards the subject.
early pioneers distilled their own liquor.They used it for medicine and hospitality, for frost-bite and
snake-bite, and in lieu of the many comforts left behind when they trekked
first years of the Newport
settlement it is recorded that “whiskey-mills were even more numerous than
One of the
earliest of record was operated by John and Richard Green [e] and Ebenezer
Battelle in 1805.This venture had three
busy stills and a considerable output of apple jack and peach brandy.
Dana started a stillhouse in 1815 which he ran until 1833; Thomas Ferguson had
a busy still for a number of years, and an old log distillery which burned in
1826 was also located in Newport Twp. and did a thriving business from 1820 to
account books preserved from that early time, it appears that whiskey was
accepted in the area as legal tender and was always bought and sold in no less
than gallon lots.
Due to an
embarrassing and unfortunate occurrence which the passage of time now makes
humorous, there was a strong reversal of feeling on this subject.The operations of the distilleries
disappeared almost overnight.
place of whiskey mills, Temperance Societies sprang up, and Newport
village and the entire township became the driest place in all the Northwest
Palatial Residence in 1807
Dwelling is Newport’s
unnamed newspaper article
By Helen M. White
Of The News Staff
scattered squatters’ cabins were located in the area of Newport,
O., when the first settlers established permanent homes here in 1798.
Ebenezer Battelle and his son, Capt. Ebenezer Battelle, came to the settlement
in 1802 and located on the land which Capt. Battelle later platted for the village
arrival the Battelle men soon had ground cleared of its dense growth of virgin
timber and a large home erected.
dwelling, said to be the first substantial house built in Newport,
was a sturdy, two-story building constructed of hewed logs and was considered
to be quite a palatial residence in its day.
1807 Capt. Battelle married Mary, the daughter of John Greene, another early
pioneer to the area, it was to this fine show-place of a home that he took his
Time has proved with what care and skill this house was
built over a century and a half ago as it is still standing today, one of the
oldest buildings in WashingtonCounty.
to Dr. George Gale of Newport, the
house remained in the Battelle family until the 1870s.About this time the family fell into
financial difficulties and sold the property consisting of about 1,000 acres
and the dwelling, to Capt. Jack Harrison.
owner, Dye Arkey Dye, made extensive additions and changes to the old
He built a
frame addition onto the left end of the original log dwelling and a stone
addition in the rear.
years the structure has been improved and modernized, the logs have been covered
with weather boarding and the interior sealed.
addition built by Dye was first used for additional living space, but when the
old property was purchased in 1908 by the Gale sisters, Alcinda, Raebael, and
Ellen, they converted this wing into a private chapel
Fine Furnishings For Chapel
was specially built for the chapel which was adorned with candlesticks and a
handsome, large statues, one of Christ and one of the Virgin, were sent the
maiden ladies, for their chapel by a nephew then living in Cincinnati.
chapel would seat about 15 to 20 worshipers, Dr. Gale said.Since there is no Catholic Church in Newport,
Mass was recited from time to time in the chapel by priests from nearby
Archbishop Swint Held Mass
recalled that Archbishop Swint celebrated the Mass in the chapel on at least
one occasion when he was conducting a week’s mission in Newport.
historic old house is now the property of Dr. Gale’s son, Dr. Larry Gale, who
is in practice with his father in Newport.
the old dwelling is empty and the tiny chapel dismantled except for the benches
and the bare altars.
Gale has not decided just what he will do with the property, according to his
father, but he did not want the old home with its historic background and
family associations to fall into the hands of strangers, his father added.
Chris Greene Beats
Betsy Ann in 20 Mile Boat Race on Ohio;
Thousands Crowd the Shore
Wooden and battered Betsy Ann Eats the Smoke of Trim Chris
Greene in 20 Mile Contest; Greene Wins by Two Length; Local Man Commands Betsy
O., July 24 [year not given]—The steel river packet Chris Greene tonight
assumed the title of speed queen of the Ohio River and invested itself with a
share in its rich tradition and racing lore by making the wooden, battered
Betsy Ann eat its smoke in a 20 mile race up the river from Cincinnati.
whistles screaming, her hull trembling from the task and her twin funnels
belching smoke and flames, the newer, finer, larger boat loomed through the
twilight a winner by two lengths after two hours and 25 minutes of excitement
such as the old river had not seen in years.
Recalls Old Days
took old river men back to the old racing heyday of the middle on the Ohio
and Mississippi, to the day when
the Robert E. Lee set the present record for the run from New
Orleans to St. Louis, and beat the Natchez by six
hours—a day when a conscientious riverman would stand squarely before the
smokestack and part his hair in the middle to trim ship while a big stake race
at the foot of Broadway Street
in Cincinnati at [;] crowds lined the river front and
every bridge across the stream as they got underway with the Betsy Ann on her
rival’s starboard.Hundreds of launches,
motorboats and small river craft set their sirens screaming as they started up
the stream, swollen by recent rains.
Chris Greene commanded his own boat and took an early lead which he increased
by two lengths at Coney IslandAmusement
Park, the half way point, and to 800 feet at New
Palestine, but Captain Charles Ellsworth of Parkersburg,
W. Va., cut that down to two lengths again three miles
from the finish.
of spectators lined the banks all the way, cheering the racers, and faster,
smaller craft pursed them all the way with a din of whistles.Airplanes soared overhead and then returned
to Cincinnati flying fields for
more loads of passengers.The calliope
on the Island Queen started to play “Old Man River,” and “Mississippi Mud.”
hastened to the finish line, their automobiles thronging the roads into
Richmond as the cry of “here they come” went up with their boilers straining
until it seemed they must burst and the signals set at full speed ahead, the
boats went for the finish line and the Chris Greene barely got there
was engendered by a boast of Captain Greene that his boat could beat the Betsy
Ann “anytime,” after reading press reports of a victory of the Betsy over his
boat last week.He claimed his ship had
been four miles ahead of Betsy Ann and had given up the race, allowing her to
go ahead on their daily run up the river.
Way, of the Pittsburgh
and Cincinnati Packet lines, owners of the Betsy Ann, took up the challenge and
offered the gilt elk horns, won and defended by the Betsy Ann in many a hard
fought race on the Mississippi
and the Louisiana bayous in the
earlier days as a trophy for the victor.
Ann was launched in 1915 and measures 170 feet by 35.She carried 150 passengers today while the
Chris Greene, built in 1924 and measuring 180 feet by 42, carried 250.Hundreds of others fairly fought for the privilege
of lining their rails during the race.Neither boat was stripped.
M.O. Irwin of the Steamer Senator Cordill, Pittsburgh,
telegraphed a challenge to the winner before the race, offering to deposit $500
with his crew to put up a like amount as a wager on the outcome.Rivermen hope for a renewal of the brave old
days when frequent races decided the supremacy of the stream.
From the Parkersburg
News, Sunday, April 15, 1973
Old Ferguson House Was Built to Last
By Diana Hott of
the News Staff
O.—The Ferguson House still looks down on the Ohio River,
and on what used to be the well-known Ferguson Landing, north of Newport
on Rt. 7.
In the 19th
century, Ferguson Landing was familiar to all who knew the Ohio
River.Today, the water
laps up along the shore where once, amidst the hustle and bustle, there were
packets and other boats loading and carrying off cargo.Today Ferguson’s
Landing is there in name only.
river maps list “Ferguson’s Light”
at the place the busy landing was.
settler on this land was Thomas Ferguson, born in Loudoun
County, Virginia.Of Scottish decent, he came to WashingtonCounty in 1801, and settled on the
land, giving Ferguson Landing his name.
He built a
fine log cabin and married Grace Holdren, daughter of Joseph and Grace
Holdren.They had 13 children, among
whom was James.He added the Ferguson
property, and it is through that he built the present Ferguson
Mrs. William Wulfert are the present owners of the Ferguson
home.Mrs. Wulfert is the niece of
George Ferguson, who died in 1932 and was the last of that name to live in the
home.In approximately 1936, Mr. and
Mrs. Wulfert remodeled the old dwelling for more modern living.
Wulfert still has many of the beautiful family heirlooms that originally graced
the house.Included is a deed for
additional land that was given James Ferguson.Inscribed in fine Spencerian handwriting, it was signed by President
Martin Van Buren according tot the Act of Congress April 24, 1820, making “provision for sale of PublicLand.”
hand-hewn timbers stretch across the basement ceiling to support the weight of
the house.Basement walls are stone, chiseled
cut laboriously by hand, tool marks still upon them.The stones are carefully cut to fit together
Many of the
floor boards throughout the house are wider than trees cut today, and they are
still held with the pioneer’s square-cut nails.
Wulfert has made room-size braided rugs inkeeping with the family traditions of
ancestral grandfather clock stands in one corner of the living room.Family stories tell that the works were
purchased, but the beautifully grained cherry wood of the case was from a tree
cut on the original Ferguson land
The first Ferguson’s
solid cord bed is there, as well as his cherry drop leaf table and delicate oil
Wulfert’s home are Julie and Lila, two large tabby cats who are sisters, 20
Apparently from the Parkersburg News, date not given
Pearls, Buttons—From Ohio River
By Diana Hott
The News Correspondent
River furnished materials for an unusual industry which had its
apex during the first two decades of the present century.In Beavertown, five miles south of Matamoras
on Route 7 at the Dawes community and stretching along the shallow shores
toward Newport, industrious
citizens capitalized on the large black-ridged shells of the fresh water river
mussels. (Mollusca unionidae.)
water mussels are lined with mother of pearl.This iridescent lining was used to make buttons.Buttons factories all up and down the river
bought the mussel shells for processing; the nearest factories were in St.
Marys and Wheeling, and the factory
at St. Marys purchased most of the shells collected at Beavertown.
“fleet” of mussel boats was oared at Beavertown, a community project at which
the Beaver and Mounts families worked.Further down river, near Leith, Donald Louderback
commanded the mussel boat industry.
boats were wide heavy skiff-like johnboats, designed to balance without
capsizing in the water, even when the workers stood in them and the boat was
loaded with many pounds of mussels.
before the days of dams; the river was shallow with sweeping bars, and a man
could easily wade to the West Virginia
shore in the summer.
was equipped with poles about ten feet long, bamboo if available, or sometimes
a straight branch cut from the nearest tree.These were fastened to upright braces affixed to the sides of the
had 30 or 40 heavy lines going down from it, and at the bottom of each line
were study [this is the word used—seems it would have been sturdy mm] hooks,
each with four barbs.The poles were
lowered into the water and towed along, lines and hooks dragging the bottom.As a hook slid into an open mussel shell, the
shell closed over it.At intervals, the
workers raised up the poles and the mussels were pried off and tossed into the
bottom of the boat.
cleaned-out mussel shells could be sold to the button factories.So, when the mussel boats were landed, fires
were built along the riverbank, and the loads of mussels piled into the black
iron kettles full of boiling water.
meat was easily picked loose from the shell.Women and children usually did this work, carefully searching for the
pearls that sometimes occurred in mussels, just as they do in oysters.Rings, pins and men’s tie tacks were made
from the pearls, and some of this jewelry can still be found in the area.
meat from the mussel, although delectable and quite similar to the meat of a
clam, was seldom used for human consumption.Sometimes it was fed to dogs.But
more often it remained in a decayed, supperating [as typed in the article] pile
on the hillside.
working in a mussel boat was about 40 cents a day.
mussel collecting has again become popular in some areas, although not on the Ohio
River.The mother of pearl
from the shell is polished into small beads which are used as a pearl producing
irritant in oysters in countries, such as Japan,
in which pearls are an export industry.
Date is hand-written as Sept. 3 & 4, 1988; source of the following
newspaper article is not shown.
Photo is of Beaver’s Bait Shop
on Coony Danver.He never had any money
so I cut his hair for free.”
was named after Michael Beaver in the late 1790s.A post office named after Civil War Gen.
Rufus R. Dawes opened in 1882. Devol explained that the post office couldn’t
use the name Beavertown because there were similar names elsewhere in Ohio.Postal authorities wanted to avoid
office closed in 1911 after a rural free delivery started out of Matamoras,
focus of Beavertown is the twice-monthly catfish tournaments organized by Danny
Beaver, co-owner of Beaver’s Bait Shop.
proudly displays a bulletin board full of snapshots of fish pulled from the Ohio
River which flows just behind his shop.
been some nice fish turned inthis year,” Beaver said, pointing to the
Sam Butler with the 26- and 30-pound catfish he caught May 29.Another shows Ron Felter with an 11-pound,
9-ounce catfish caught during the contest.
Beaver said it is important to develop the area’s tourism potential to replace
a decline in industrial jobs.
dad worked at Ormet, I thought I would work there,” he said, sitting in his
small shop. “That’s all changed.”
works the night maintenance shift at McDonald’s in Marietta
for most of his income.The bait shop is
primarily a hobby, he said.
shop is closed and you need bait, please come next door and I will help you!”
said a sign on the door.“Both owners
work full-time jobs and it’s hard to stay open for everyone’s convenience.”
UnitedMethodistChurch, another gathering place is
Whitey’s, owned by Mary Dowler.
“If I have
somebody in here who is hungry, I’ll fix ’em something,” Dowler said.
She and her
husband, Raymond, fixed up and ran the tavern until his death last year.Now, she lives upstairs but spends most of
her time downstairs taking care of customers.
his empire,” she said as she gazed over a fishing dock out back and her
two-story building.“He put an awful lot into it, bless his heart.”
About Beavertown—not dated and source not shown
Dawes Post Office
office was established in Beavertown and was named Dawes Post Office in honor
of Rufus. R. Dawes, head of the OhioValley
enterprise in 1870 that tried to establish a railroad up the Ohio
side of the river from Marietta to
Bellaire. His attempt failed, and the
railroad was built on the West Virginia
side clear through Wheeling.
postmaster at Dawes, Ohio,
was James C. Cochran in 1882, who was succeeded in 1885 by Daniel T. Webber,
then in 1889, Samuel Chocran, 1891, Setathiel Hutchison, 1893, Aurelius Ellis,
1894, William Beaver, 1907, Frederick Joy, and when the appointment rescinded,
William Beaver was the postmaster until the post office was dissolved in 1911
due to the rural free delivery from New Matamoras.
all started with Dragon John, but just about every Beaver has a nickname
somewhere.None goes by his Christian
name.Over the years these are a few: Clyde
is called Dude; Glen answers to Beaver; Oreton is Bugger; Harmon is Abe; Veryle
is Cotton.Wilbert is Grantie Bud; Cecil
is Blackie; Ray is Broughtie; Charles is Link; Ray is Riddle; Earl is Dog Earl;
Robert is Bob; Margaret is Maude Beaver Smith; Andrew is Andy Tar Heel; William
is Greaser B ill; Sylvia is Mommie Sil; Willard is Gris; Charles is Snappin’
Charlie; Isabell is Bell; Icey is Ice; Clarence is Sloppy; Victor is Vic;
Raymond is Doc; George is Rip: Cecil is Bossy: Earl is Junkey; Mabel Corum is
Jenny; Vernon is Jiggs: Charles is Chuck; Vernn Michael is Mick; Vernon L. is Johnnyboy; Edgar is Slim Danver; William Danver is
Goonie; Raymond Jr. is Bud; Margaret is Jiggs; Dean is Alfred; Robert is Rob;
Ralph is [ends here]
From the Cincinnati Post, date handwritten is Sept. 15,
1952 [which seems in
conflict with the date of Sept. 18 at the beginning of the article]:
Control of Floating Hotel Poses Problem
River Steamer Would House A-Plant Workers
By James T. Keenan, Post Special Writer
Sept. 18—The attorney general was asked today what Ohio can do, if anything, if
a 100-room floating hotel proposed for Portsmouth illegally sells liquor or
conducts or allows gambling.
for an opinion came from A. A. Rutkowski, the state’s chief liquor enforcement
officer and the man Gov. Frank J. Lausche designated to bust the big commercial
gambling joints a few years back.
Kimble Jr., of Portsmouth, has an
option on the Gordon Greene, once “the queen of the rivers,” according to H. B.
secretary-treasurer of Greene Line Steamers, Inc.The option expires Oct. 1, Lyle said.The company is reported asking $60,000 for
didn’t reveal any additional money-making plans, if he has them.However, a man who said he was a Portsmouth
resident inquired from the liquor department by telephone if he could get a
liquor permit for a floating hotel.The
answer was “no.”Hard liquor permits
have been frozen since April 11, 1949.
Kimble or anyone else who establishes a floating hotel on the Ohio
River may not need an Ohio
liquor license.The boundary between Ohio
and Kentucky is the low water
mark on the north side of the river.Ohio
owns none of the Ohio River except when waters are high
and pass the low water mark on the north. Ohio
might not be able to touch the boat regardless of how it is operated.
not discuss how the deal would be financed.Rutkowski’s agents have had reports that some of the gamblers who
operated in the Ironton and Chesapeake
area, and along the river generally, may have some money in the deal.
and continental Clubs stand in Chesapeake
as shabby and weather-beaten monuments to the success of the governor’s drive
against the big commercial spots.The
key to the Colony club, raided by Rutkowski, is still in a safety deposit box
in an Ironton bank.It was put there
immediately after the raid four years ago and the owner of the property has
never claimed it.
Schwartz, who was connected with gambling in Chesapeake, after getting his
schooling in Cuyahoga County and serving a term in Ohio Penitentiary for
killing a man there, is now operating the Huntington Athletic Club in
Huntington, W. Va., across the bridge from Chesapeake.
Greene operated on the Ohio [,]
liquor and beer were served under a federal license and the bar was closed
while in port.
Newspaper clipping from unnamed source with a hand written date, Sept. 18,
1949, along the side:
Miss Patricia Lee Bell and Robert Greene Marry Sunday
Miss Patricia Lee Bell, the lovely
daughter of Mrs. Fay M. Bell, Lynn St.,
and Robert Clude Greene, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Greene of Newport,
Ohio, were married yesterday afternoon in
St. Andrew’s Methodist church.The
pastor, the Rev. Thomas Zumbrunnen, officiated at the exchange of vows.
A standard filled with white
gladioli and greenery formed the center of the bridal setting, and at either
side were seven-branched candelabra in which burned white candles.The family pews were marked with satin ribbon
bows and sprays of greenery.
A half hour of bridal music was
provided by Mrs. Monroe Cunningham, preceding the ceremony, and during this
time guests were seated by Gail McVey and W. E. Lallathin, both of Marietta.
Donald Greene, of Newport,
O., served his brother as best man.
Given in marriage by her cousin,
Gerald Maple of Goffs, the pretty young bride wore a white lace gown, the full
skirt being of ballerina length, and around the bottom was a wide band of
net.A Peter Pan collar was at the round
neckline and extending from this to the waistline in the front were small white
velvet buttons.A narrow white velvet
ribbon circled the bride’s waist and fell into short streamers.On her head was a head-hugging cap of white
net, and circling this were flat leaves of white velvet.She carried a colonial bouquet of white baby
mums, centered with white gardenias.
Miss Janet Bell, sister of the
bride, was the maid of honor, and she wore [a] bright blue velvet gown, made on
lines similar to that of the bride.She
carried a colonial bouquet of pink baby mums.
Mrs. Bell, mother of the bride,
wore a rose crepe dress, gray accessories, her felt hat being trimmed with
feathers.On her shoulder was a corsage
of white carnations.
Mrs. Greene, mother of the
bridegroom, wore a green dress, black accessories and her shoulder corsage was
of yellow roses.
The wedding reception was held in
the church chapel, there the traditional bridal colors of white and green were
seen in flowers in bowls placed throughout, and palms and ferns.A tiered wedding cake, topped with a bride
and groom, centered the bride’s table.
Later when Mr. Greene and his bride
left for a wedding trip, she changed to a suit of black and matching
accessories, her smart felt hat being trimmed with feathers.On her shoulder she pinned a corsage of white
gardenias.After their honeymoon, they
will go to Martins Ferry, Ohio,
to make their home.
The new Mrs. Greene graduated from ParkersburgHigh School.For the past three years, she has been
employed by the Imperial Ice Cream Co., in the division of Fairmont Foods
Co.She has been an active member of the
Junior Dept. of the Parkersburg Woman’s Club.
Mr. Greene graduated from NewportHigh School, and Mountain State
College in this city.He is employed by
the Quaker State Oil Co., in Marietta.
Newport Volunteer Fire Department
The Newport Volunteer Fire
Department was founded in 1957 by the Newport Men’s Civic Club.Members met in the school gymnasium until the
fire house was completed in 1960.The
land on Route 7 was donated by the late Dr. and Mrs. George H. Gale and the
late Miss Mary Gale.The cost of the
building and firefighting equipment at that time was $45,000.The department finances its operations
through the Fourth of July celebration and a tax (1 ½ mill) levy and public donations
from the community.In 1992, the fire
dept. was able to acquire a Bingo license, and Bingo was started as a
fund-raising operation in November of 1992.The department serves NewportTownship
and parts of IndependenceTownship.They also have a Mutual Aid agreement with
St. Marys Fire Dept. (W. Va.)
been 5 fire chiefs: Dave Edgar, Harold “Dutch” Lauer, Steve McMahan and the
current chief, David Casto.[Only four
emergency squad is a branch of the dire department.Each squad member is also a member of the
fire department.The squad began in
early 1976 when Jack Boley organized the first training class.There were 21 EMTs certified in December of
1976 for the first time. Presently there are 16 certified EMTs in the
department with a few serving as both EMTs and firemen.The squad made its first run on March 9, 1977, in the new Horton van
purchased by the department.A second
Ford van was purchased used in 1987, and the Horton van was traded in.This is the current ambulance.
squad captain was Jack Boley.Following
in Jack’s place as squad leader were Carolyn Casto, Lowell Eddy, Nancy Holpp,
and Don Brilliant who is currently serving in that capacity as of January,
1993.Squad Lieutenant is Bill Greene.The squad currently meets once a month to go
over squad runs, train, have an occasional program and sometimes have training
programs along with Pleasants County Squad.Squad members have a shift schedule made up once a month and mostly run
one night a week and every other weekend with 4 EMTs on each shift.There is no charge for runs within the
township but donations are accepted.
the fire dept. building was remodeled and many improvements were made to the
building itself including insulation and paneling installed, new heating and
air conditioning unit put upstairs, new windows throughout the building,
etc.Also in 1992, a brand new Ford
mini-pumper was bought with the help of a grant from the County.This is the first brand new vehicle purchased
In 1992, we
also were lucky enough to have our first paramedic trained.Don Brilliant trained and took classes for a
whole year to become a paramedic.We are
all very proud of his accomplishments.We are now able to carry a defibrillator for which we may all be trained
on it’s use.We presently have a fund
drive going in the community to purchase this piece of equipment which is very
From The Marietta Times, Date not shown
Retired Riverman’s Pencil Faithfully Depicts Old Days
By Augusta K. Bedillion
P. Hughes, a native of Washington Co. and who spent more than a half century on
the rivers as a master, pilot, steamboat architect, artist and all round
riverman, is the author of “Cap’n Hughes Steamboat Sketchbook.”It is an original art picture book of river
craft and scenery.It is published by
The Picture Marine Publishing Company, Cincinnati.
Hughes, who spent his early life in Newport,
worked with the famous Greene family of two generations as captain and pilot on
many of the steamboats operated by the Greenes.
pictures in the book are lithographed pencil sketches of a half century of
steamboating that Mark Twain missed.The
sketches were done in pencil from memory and some on the spot.
Gordon C. Greene, on which he was navigator and the Steamer Indiana, last of
the Whit Collar line of steamboats on the rivers, are on the cover page, done
in color.The Gordon C. Greene still
plies out of St. Louis on the Mississippi;
and the Indiana was destroyed by
fire in 1916, ending the long reign of the Commodore Laidley steamboat history
on the rivers.
Began Career as Boy
Hughes began is career on the rivers 60 years ago while in short breeches as a
cabin boy on the Steamer T. N. Barnsdall, in the
Marietta-Matamoras-Sistersville trade.The boat was owned and operated by the late Capt. William E. Roe.He is now in Honolulu,
Hawaiian Islands, spending a long-earned vacation
visiting with his son-in-law, B. E. Prater, an instructor in the University
of Hawaii, and his daughter, Mrs.
from the Barnsdall to boats operated by Capt. Gordon C. Greene and began his
piloting career on the Steamer H. K. Bedford, on which Capt. Greene took his
bride, Mary Becker Greene; and on the Steamer Argand, which Capt. Mary Becker
Greene commanded in the late 1890s.When
Capt. Greene took his steamboats from the “Port
of Newport” to the “Port
of Cincinnati” Jesse went with him.
forward his close friend, Capt. Frederick Way,
Jr., of Sewickley, Pa.,
noted author of river books and head of the organization which sponsors the RiverMuseum in Campus Martius states:
“Capt. Jesse P. Hughes went to an art school.He told me he did.He told me,
too, that his art career was nipped in the bud.‘Old Man Greene’ needed him back on the river.And what Capt. Gordon C. Greene wanted, that
was what Jesse usually did.His yearning
for art, and his natural talent for drawing, played him good stead.
pencil and brush man who turned pilot and captain has one guiding
principle.He is accurate in everything
he undertakes as is humanly possible.He
now gives us a series of sketches, and they are more than that.They are photographic; they are historic
glimpses of what interested this man most in his river travels over the past
half century.If Jesse’s pencil catches
a guy-line somewhat crooked, you may depend upon it that that guy-line was
crooked.He is also accurate in the
thrill of a gracefully crated ‘sheer line.’
been other steamboatmen with the artist’s skill, but none of them have had
their work published.Of all the
candidates, Capt. Jesse’s book was chosen.He was known as a steamboater and not as an artist.”
Delta Queen, finest on the rivers, done in color, is the first picture in the
there’s the sketch of the T. N. Barnsdall, named for T. N. Barnsdall, early oil
operator here, who gave the whistle on the boat—his namesake.The boat was later sold and renamed “Royal,”
and later named “Liberty.” Her
whistle showed up on the Reuben Dunbar, one of the boats brought from the South
during the exigencies of World War I.
There was a
time before canalization of the Ohio River was completed
that the Ohio River was “figuratively speaking,” frozen
over half of the year and dried up the other half.The Steamer Cricket especially designed for
low water operations was designed by Capt. Gordon C. Greene and Capt. Hughes.She only drew 15 inches of water and could
run when all other boats had to suspend operations because of low water.
In a story
in the book with a sketch of the Cricket, Capt. Hughes tells of seeing a farmer
drive his team and wagon across the Ohio River directly
across the course of the Cricket.(It
might be remembered when folks in this area drove across the Ohio River on low
water stage at what was Carpenter’s bar, near the site of the present Lock and
S. snagboat, E. A. Woodruff, is pictured in
the book.The boat ran from 1874 to 1921
in the days when there were snags which spelled disaster all too frequently to
the barges of towboats on what were “coal waves” after rains enough to make a
navigable stage; when there was smoke
100 miles long in the air from stacks of the towboats following close one after
is the sketch of the light house tender “Goldenrod,” only light house tender on
the rivers since 1889 until the Steamer Greebrier [Perhaps he meant Greenbrier
as that is the word used later in this paragraph. Typed as shown in article.]
took over.The Greebrier retired from
service when the Coast Guard took over, now operating five modern diesel
vessels.It might be interesting to note
that these light house tenders were named according to a system for wild
flora—Goldenrod, Greenbrier, Anemone, Wakerobin, Fern and Willow.
A sketch of
the Courier, owned and operated by Capt. J. Mack Gamble, and later owned by
Capt. Gordon Greene; the Steamer Tacoma, owned by Capt. Greene and which burned
in the big river craft fire at Cincinnati in 1922 when the old steamer Island
Queen and the Morning Star of the Coney Island Company and Tacoma were
destroyed with the steamer Chris Greene burning; a wood named for Mrs. Junius
Greenwood of Newport, sister of Capt. Greene; a sketch of the H. K. Bedford
which sank and was destroyed in the ice at Ralph Bean’s Landing above Reno are
Hughes selected a miscellaneous collection of his drawings for his book.There is one of the Peter Sprague, largest
towboat ever on the rivers; a showboat in tow; the race of the Steamer Betsy
Ann and the Chris Greene in the famous sprint of the packets in July of 1928
when the Chris Green won the antlers.
A sketch of
the side-wheeler St. Lawrence which had the most famous musical steamboat [copy
of article ends here].
From the MuskingumValley Review, Sunday, August 2, 1998:
German churches aided settlements, by Diana McMahan
middle of the 19th century, the arrival of many German families
enriched the small communities, such as Matamoras, and the rural areas
beyond.Many were merchants and
craftsmen, others were farmers.
families made great contributions to the communities [was typed as commities,
but I believe she meant communities].They were all hard-working people; they added German foods to the hill
culture as well as their skilled handwork and Teuton ideas.Where enough of them lived together, they
built solid churches with the old gravestones that were more often in German
script and carried valuable information about their native homeland.
northeast end of WashingtonCounty,
several German churches were formed for the many immigrants who settled in this
area.It has been suggested that the heavy
forests and the wide river reminded the newcomers of their native RhineValley and the Black
organized church nearest to Matamoras was the German Methodist Episcopal Church
on Alloway Road.
Organized About 1860
of this church was on Township Road 14, a short distance after it turns off
County Road No. 9 at the Stonerock home.
congregation organized about 1860 and land for the church and cemetery were donated
by Mr. and Mrs. Kollman, great-great-grandparents of Bradley Alloway, his
brothers and sisters.
remember the small church that stood by the road in the middle of the
cemetery.Many feared it would be
destroyed, a victim of time.However,
the church building was purchased by former resident, Gale Motz, and moved to
the Mill Creek Road, where
the owner has done much toward restoring it.
first members of this church were Peter Englehardt, Anna M. Englehardt, John
Killmer, Mrs. Kollman, John Singmaster, Philip Newman and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
minister of the church was Rev. Reinhart, and class leader was Jonas Neun.The first list of trustees included John
Neun, Peter Englehardt and Tunis Neun.In 1881, trustees were Peter Englehardt, Conrad Miller and John Kellneer
A list of
early pastors included Henry Henkey, Frederick Schimmelfenig, Carl Melitzer,
John Kupp, J. G. Reiber and Rev. Moehring.Sunday School was held every Sunday and church whenever the pastor could
History of Washington County, 1881, mentions several other German
congregations.Regarding the old log
German church on Bell Ridge, the IndependenceTownship sections states,
year 1847 or 1848, the German element in this vicinity had become strong enough
to establish the GermanLutheranChurch.The first members of this were Adam Yost,
Martin Sippel, Henry Goodballet (Gutberlet), Christian Hanselman, John Kinsel,
John Wagner, William Saelick and their wives, also Mrs. Huffman, a widow, and
others.A church building was erected on
land given by Messrs. Yost and Holstein.The first preacher was the Rev. Bairnes.The present minister (1880) is Rev. Wintrin.”
1882 History of Monroe County tells
the history of churches in Brownsville,
located about five miles from Matamoras.“The sixth church organized was the GermanEvangelicalChurch,
at Brownsville, Aug. 30, 1856.They bought a lot with a house on it, which
they remodeled and used as a meeting house.In 1866, they built a new frame church edifice, 24-by-30 feet, present
pastor Rev. R. Leuscher, membership twelve families.A treasured 1870 record book of the “Zion
Evangelical Church of Brownsville” was given to the Matamoras Area Historical
Society by Ernest Thode.Beautifully
written in German script, this book contains members’ names: Schmidt, Kraft,
Reinherr, Dornbusch, Gross, Machetanz and others.Ernst Waernecke, who lived at Archers’ Fork,
was a member.
In LawrenceTownship, “The first German Society
in the township was organized in 1845, as the GermanMethodistChurch.A log building was put up and a burying
ground laid out on the ridge in the northwest corner.This house is still standing and services are
still held in it at regular intervals.”
NewportTownship also had a GermanChurch.“A Methodist Church known as the German
Church was organized at an early day, and a little log church erected on the
west bank of Newell’s Run, in the northwest part of the township.It was occupied until about 1873, when its society
passed its membership to the Pine Ridge Methodist Episcopal Church in LawerenceTownship.”
The following appears to be from Tallow Light and the
Washington County Historical Society:
The following article was supplied by Mrs. B. F. Cogswell, a
member of our society.As such, it was a
typescript copy.Consequently, we will
not credit misspelled words to the author of the original manuscript, nor label
these sometimes quaint twistings of the alphabet with a sic.In other words, without the original
manuscript (Its location being unknown at the present), we cannot determine how
many transcriptions the present typescript copy represents.Beyond this, there are references to certain
families and persons who have been mentioned in some detail in previous
bulletins.In this case, for the sake of
the article, we will indulge in repetitions.
HISTORY OF THE EARLY SETTLERS OF THE OHIOVALLEY
By Charles L. Dana
The first exploration of this territory now consisting of
the State of Ohio was made by the
French in the year 1680.The Ohio
Company organized in New England in 1786 was composed of
men who had served in the Revolutionary War, and who purchased a large tract of
land north of the Ohio River, paying for it in Continental
money.This was the first sale of public
land made by the Government.The first
permanent settlement made in the OhioValley was on the Ohio Company
Lands at Marietta, the pioneers
landing at the mouth of the Muskingum River on the 7th
day of April 1788.Other settlements
were made along the Valley soon afterThe war between the British government and the Colonies had practically
prohibited emigration to this countty.
The first I
will mention is Col. Joseph Barker, who was born in New Market, N. H., in
1765.He was married to Miss Elizabeth
Dana of Amherst, N. H., in 1789.They
came to Belpre, Ohio,
in this county, the same year.He died
in 1843 and she died in 1935.Joseph
Barker, Jr., was born in Belpre in February 1790.He was the first white child born in the
township, and is said to be the second white child born in the State of Ohio.He married and moved to Lower
Newport in 1821 and built a frame house and lived in it until he
built the brick addition to the house (now occupied by George Henry Holdren) in
1832.He was married twice, his first
wife was Miss Malissa Wilson Stone,
and to them four children were born.His
second wife was Mrs. Mary Ann Shipman, and to them four children were
born.He was prominent in public
life.He died in Lower
Newport in 1860.
Holdren was a farmer and a shoe maker.He came from Pennsylvania
in 1801.His wife was Miss Grace Coleman
of Trenton, N. J.She died in the year 1842.To Joseph and Grace Holdren were born eleven
children, as follows: Nancy, John, Betsy, Mathias, Joseph, Ruth, Polly, Grace,
Susan, Sophia and Coleman.ColemanHoldren owned and lived a number of years on
the farm now owned by Andrew and George Smith, in Lower Newport.His family moved to Marietta
where he died in 1875.The children of
Coleman Holdren were: Joseph, James, Mary Ann, Julia and Fanny.George Henry Holdren who is a member of this
club [Valley Farmer’s Club] is a son of Thomas Holdren who was a grandson of
Joseph Holdren, Sr., and wife Grace Coleman Holdren.
come to the Middleswart Family.Abraham
Middleswart was born in 1787.He lived
near Pittsburgh, Pa.,
where all his children were born.In the
year 1815 he moved to Ohio and
settled in Lower Newport.He had fifteen children.Among them were Jacob and Clark who settled
in Lower Newport.After Clark’s death his family moved out
west.Jacob Middleswart was born 28 December 1793 near Pittsburgh,
Pa.He married Miss Eleanor Fulton, 24
May 1835.To them were born
twelve children, three died when young, nine lived to be grown up, as follows:
Hamilton, Francis, George, Austin, Ner, Sarah, Anna, Emma and William.Of the five men four served in the Union
Army, one (William) being too young.Jacob Middleswart died 14
December 1861.His wife died
8 August 1891.
Family was eminently a pioneer family.Jonathan Plumer was born in Newburyport,
Mass., in 1724, married 6th June 1744 to Mehitable
Harrison.They had three sons:
Nathaniel, Paul and Jonathan in 1753.He
married Miss Facett and removed to OldTown near FortCumberlin, where he engaged in
Indian trade.He furnished commissary
supplies to the army under Gen. Braddock.He placed his wife and children in the fort and joined the army.When he returned he found another child had
been born, named William Plumer.William
Plumer had nine children.Directly after
Wayne’s defeat of the Indians,
emigration became active toward the upper valley
of Beaver.Mr. William Plumer must have followed.They removed in 1802 to Kentucky,
but not being satisfied they moved to this community in 1804, on the farm now
owned by his grandchildren.His son
John, married Jane H. Fulton, in 1831.He died 10 May 1889,
his wife having died in 1876.They left
a family of three sons and two daughters:Happy, Eliza and Charles occupy the homestead, Fulton
the oldest son lives in Iowa and
John lives in Marietta.
Hollister, son of Roger and Hannah Hollister, was born in East
Glastonbury, Conn., 10 August 1797.He came to Marietta
in the year 1819.He was married 22 Feb. 1823 to Mary Ann Ryan, who
was born in Ireland,
27 June, 1799, and with her
parents came to this country about 1802 and settled on the farm now occupied by
Charles Hollister.To this union were
born five children: Dwight, Charles, Almira, James and George.After the death of his first wife, which
occurred in 1937, he brought his parents from Whitehall,
N.Y. to reside in his home.His mother lived about a year, his father,
Roger Hollister, died in 1851.He was married
a second time, 4 November 1838,
to Cynthia A. Brooks who was born in Athens County 22 September 1811 and died
23 December 1848.To them were born
three children: Mary, Elizabeth R. and Harriett.Sereno Hollister lived for sixty-one years on
the farm, which is still the home of his son.During the active years of his life he followed the occupation of Stone
Mason.He died 2 September 1880.
The next on
the list is the Racers.Benjamin Racer,
Sr., was born in Normandy, France
in 1752 and came to this country when a boy.His family were all, with the exception of himself, killed by the
Indians.He, by showing so much bravery,
skill, and fleetness of feet evaded them for several days and won for himself
the esteem that caused them to favor him and to adopt him into their home where
he lived until becoming tired of that kind of life, when he liberated a
prisoner that the Indians captured and escaped with the prisoner and joined the
British Army.He married the daughter of
Maj. David Chestnor of the British Army, and came in 1798 to Marietta,
bringing his wife and four children: Dennis, Benjamin, Mary and Elizabeth.They came to the farm in this valley in
1816.He died in 1823 on the farm
afterward owned by his son, Benj. Racer, Jr., and now owned by Ezra Racer.Three of Benj. Racer, Sr.’s, children married
into the Holdren family.Benj. Racer,
Jr., was born in Wyoming County, Pa.,
24 March 1785, was married
in Newport to Miss Susannah Holdren
who was born in Trenton, N. J.He afterward married Abigail Churchill.He was the father of sixteen children, as
follows [names not listed] who with one exception lived to be grown up.They all settled within the township except Mary
who married Jonathan Middleswart and resided in the state.All of Benj. Racer, Jr.’s, children have
passed away except Ezra and Mrs. Ann Alcock.
English emigrants coming to this settlement in the year 1795 was a man by the
name of Caleb Thorniley.He with his
wife and nine children left Cheshire, England,
early in the year, arriving in this country at the port
of New York, from this point they
came through Pittsburgh, Pa.,
in wagons.On account of sickness in the
family they were compelled to stop there.Two daughters died and were buried in the cemetery in Pittsburgh.The family made the journey from Pittsburgh
to the Little Muskingum creek in boats, landing on the 18th day of
July 1796.William Thorniley returned to
England in the
fall.After settling some business and
visiting friends and relatives he returned to his own home in the wilderness
bringing with him three young men; Joseph C. Cole, Joshua Armitage and William
Holt.Joseph Cole took a tract of land
on the left bank of the Little Muskingum creek, about three quarters of a mile
from the Ohio River.A number of his descendants are living in this community.Joseph and William live on a part of the old
homestead and are grandsons of Joseph C. Cole.Joshua Armitage married a daughter of William Thorniley.She died and he remarried and went to Cuba
where he and his family were murdered at the time of the Insurrection of
slaves.William, the oldest son of Caleb Thorniley,
married a Miss Markham in New York City.They named their oldest son, Phillip Van, in
honor of the small boys of William Livingston, with whom she had lived before
her marriage.They had in all seven
children, namely: Phillip Van, Caleb, Augusta, Harriet, William, Cornelia, John
and Thomas.Phillip Van had a family of
seven children, as follows: William, Walter, Wallace, Willis, Warren, Willard
and Samantha.William another son had
five children, who are: Samuel, Elizabeth, Augusta, Eliza and Laura.John Thorniley was the father of William
(called Tanner Bill), Caleb, Mrs. Adaline West, Mary Ann, Thomas C., John,
James, George, Elizabeth and Harriet.The Thorniley’s have been a prosperous family and have helped make the
valley what it is today.
speak of the Smith family.Samuel Smith
came from Connecticut.He was a sailor and farmer.He came to the OhioValley in 1803.He married Miss Jemima Bradley and to them
eight children were born: Stephen, Susan, Esther, Joshua, Charles, Henry,
Frederick, Elizabeth and Eliza.All have
passed away except Joshua, Frederick and Elizabeth.Joshua lives in W. Va.,
Frederick in Florida and Elizabeth
lives in this neighborhood.The Smiths
were among our earliest gardners
and have always been our best gardners.The children of Stephen and Susan Smith are:
Roena, Joshua, David, Samuel, Rachel, William, Albert and Anna.According to the best information that we can
get the family of Wests in Fairfax County, Va.,
is the oldest of the family of which we have any definite knowledge.He lived in Fairfax
County, Va.His wife, Sarah Trammel, came west with her
children, making her home with her son John and died in Brown
County, Ohio, about 1828.Their children were: Thos., Wm., John, Hugh,
George, Robert, Nancy Sally and Libby.Nearly all the children came to the Ohio River
about 1800.Wm. and Hugh settled near
the mouth of Cow Creek, W. Va.,
about 1803-4.Later Wm. Married Susannah
Reed in Fairfax County, Va.,
and their children were born there.She
died about 1822-3.He was a cabinet
maker.He was drowned in the Ohio
River near the mouth of Bull Creek, W. Va.,
about 1827.Their children were: Newman,
Wm., Russell and Susan.Newman married
Eliza Sharp; Russell, Amanda Harness; Susan, Tunis
Middleswart.Wm. was born in Fairfax
County, Va., 23 Feb. 1796 and came to Ohio
with his parents early in 1800.He was a
volunteer in the War of 1812 and 1814, and was Colonel of the Wood Co. W.
Va., militia in the twenties.He married Elizabeth Compton, 16
May 1819, moved to Washington Co., Ohio,
to the farm now owned by their son, Wm. West in 1827.He died in May 1866, his wife died 9 Jan. 1867.Their children are: John A., James C., George
W., Henry C., Wm. W. and Thos. J. John, James and Wm. settled on farms in the
Harness and family moved from Morefield, Va.,
to Wood Co., W. Va. [all references to W. Va. Should be Va.]about 1815 and settled on what is now known
as Ness Farm above Waverly, W. Va.Granville Harness, the son of Solomon was
born at Morefield, Va.,
5 August 1798 and moved with
his parents to WoodCounty,
W. Va.He was
married to Jane Compton in 1826.She was
born in Winchester, Va.,
19 May 1797.They lived at Calf Creek on his father’s farm
until 1831 when they moved to Washington Co., Ohio
on the farm above the mouth of the Little Muskingum, where they lived the rest
of their lives.The farm is now owned by
Mr. and Mrs. Kraft.Granville Harness
died 2 June 1870, and Jane
Compton Harness died 9 Nov. 1874.There was born to them five children, as
follows: Virginia C., John L., George W., Solomon and Kathrine W.None are now living but Kathrine.John L Harness married August Thorniley in
1853.Kathrine A. Harness married
Theodore Kraft in 1866.Virginia C.
Harness married Capt. Hunter in 1889.
Bain Posey were the original Posey settlers of the Valley, coming from William
County, Va., in 1813.Thos. Posey was
married to Amy Petty and to them were born seven children: Anney [?] married
Jane McKibben in 1822.One daughter was
born to them and two years later she died.Henry married Susan McKibben, eight children were born to them.Three are living, Henry died in 1880.Alexander married Mahalla Morrison.Nine children blessed this union.After her death he married Mrs. Ellen Northrup.Later he married Miss Kalkins. He died in
1882.George married Mary Riley in
1838.Ten children blessed this union,
one only living.George Posey died 31
July [cannot read the date] at the age of ninety-three years, four months,
having attained the greatest age of any of the family.Thos. died in 1854, aged twenty-one
years.Dudley Posey married Rachel Racer
for his first wife and Susan Philips for his second wife. He died in 1899.Wm. Mar. Elizabeth Williams. Sidney
married Benj. Racer.Alfred and Jessie
left here years ago.Eliza married Wm.
McKibben.Bain died in 1860, his wife
married Wm. Alcock who owned a cheese farm in Cheshire,
England, where they lived
until 1797, when they sailed for America,
arriving at Marietta in Nov.
1797.They bought a farm four miles
above Marietta.They brought with them large quantities of
fine cloth, velvets, etc., which together with money was entrusted to a
relative and lost, this left them in the wilderness without money or
friends.Wm. Alcock died in 1799 leaving
a widow and seven children.Thos. the
eldest was sixteen years of age.In 1813
he married Sally Holliday Wells of Winchester, Va.He loaded boats with produce and took them to
New Orleans.The return trips were generally by vessel
from New Orleans to Baltimore,
Md., and from that city he walked across
the country to Pittsburgh, and from
there home in a canoe.Twice he walked
home from New Orleans carrying his gold in a leather girdle around his waist
having also his gun, blanket, skillet and killing what he needed, often sleeping
with the Red Man for whom he had never had any but kind words.He kept the first and only ferry across the
Little Muskingum, running until the Marietta
and Newport pike was built in
1839.He died March 1860.His wife died in July 1874.Thos. Alcock, Jr., lived and died in the same
home in 1878.His widow and son George
live on a part of the same farm.There
were ten children born to Thos. and Sally Alcock: Margaret, Wm., Sarah, Thos.,
Robert, Mary Ann, Martha, Sally, Richard and Nannie.Three died in infancy, Martha died at the age
of thirteen.Thos. married Ann
Racer.Robert never married.Mary Ann married Dudley Racer.Sally married Dr. B. F. Hart.Richard married Cynthia Middleswart.Nannie married Dwight Hollister and resided
family we can trace back to 1806 when John Miller moved from West
Y., to Fearing Township, Washington Co., Ohio,
and engaged in farming.In 1825 he moved
to the farm now known as the Miller farm and built the house (now occupied by
L. E. Miller), which he moved into during the flood of 1832.He was born in 1777 and died in 1840.His son, Robert T. Miller, was born in
Fearing Township 20 June 1809.He
married Marietta Fuller in 1838.They
had five sons and four daughters: Jane Plumley, John W., Charles A., Emmaline,
Robert T., Jr., Lucy Thorniley, George W., Mary Mitchell and Lewis E. Of these,
Charles, Robert, Lucy, Mary and Lewis are still living.The farm was originally entered by Col.
Robert Taylor in 1798, who came to this country from Rhode Island and who died
soon after, being the first person buried in Mound Cemetery in Marietta (1801).
Timothy Buell and his brother Gen. Jos. Buell, came to Marietta
in 1789 from Klintworth, Conn.,
now called Clinton.Capt. Timothy Buell was born in 1768 and died
in 1837.He served in the War of 1812,
in the State Legislature and was sheriff and Tax Collector for WashingtonCounty for a number of years.He was married at Covington,
Ky., to Sally Dewitt in 1795 and settled on
the farm now occupied by Mr. T. L. Buell.After the death of his first wife he married [?] McAlister.
McAllister and family came from Colbrook, N. H., in 1815 and settled on section
16, the farm now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Loren Olds.The original land grantor patent signed by
Martin Van Buren is in the possession of Mr. and Mrs. Olds.The family consisted of self, wife and twelve
children and an aged father and mother, both of whom died in 1816 and were
buried in MoundCemetery,
Marietta.Wm. McAllister died of cholera while down the
river on a flat boat in 1819 and was buried at Hartford,
Ind.It is rather remarkable of seventy descendants of said William
McAllister now living, none have the name of McAllister.The children of Wm. McAllister are: James,
Camilla, Harry, Polly, Rebecca, Irene, Nancy, Wm. Jr., John,
Frances, Hainer and
speak of the Cogswells.Harry Cogswell
was born in Whitehall, N. Y., in
1791.He came to Marietta,
Ohio, in 1821.He married Polly McAllister about 1824.She died in 1825.In the year 1827 he married Elizabeth
Carlisle who was born in Providence,
R. I., in 1804.They came to Marietta
in 1807 in covered wagons and settled at Whipple, Washington Co., Ohio.She was the mother of six children.She was the daughter of Maj. Benjamin
Franklin Carlisle; she died in 1890.Harry Cogswell was a soldier in the War of 1812 while a young man.He taught school in 1823.He kept the ferry at the mouth of Duck
Creek.He was a farmer by
occupation.He died in 1859.
Stephenson was born in the year 1793 in Hagerstown,
Md., and came to Marietta
in 1812 and enlisted in the United States Army the same year.After the close of the war he engaged in the
shoe business in Marietta.He engaged a number of hands called
journeymen to make shoes which he carried on horseback to Hagerstown,
Md., and Harrisburg,
Va.He would take about thirty horses and fasten sacks of old shoes on each
horse and would take several men to ride and lead the horses.He would make it a point to arrive there at a
time when Court was in session and by so doing he could make sale of his shoes
and horses and then would buy leather and bring back to make more shoes.He married Louisa Gravin in 1824.She was born in Harrisburg,
Va., in 1808, came to Marietta in 1810, and
in 1847 they moved on the farm east of Duck Creek now occupied by R. J.
Stephenson.The family came from Maryland
in covered wagons at a cost of one hundred dollars for a family which was a
good deal at that time.
I will just mention the names of some early settlers of whom I was not able to
get information.The families are as
follows: The Hills, Howards, Bells, McKibbens, Broughs, the Ryans and many
author of the above article, Charles Luther Dana (1845-1905) was a son of
William Pitt Dana (1817-53, of Dea. Stephen, of Capt. William) and Susan E.
Shipman.Charles L. Dana married 5 Nov. 1866, Mary Racer (1842-1927)
The following item
was furnished by Mrs. Otto (Grace) Gibson:
Christmas Eve on
on Harmar Hill,
The city slumbers down below
Electric lights like fire-flies glow,
And ev’rything is hushed and still.
As slow the hours drag away,
I think about the days agone
And anxiously await the dawn
To usher in the Holy Day.
In rapturous dreams of baby dolls
My little one now calmly sleeps,
While here and there a shadow creeps
Along the dingy cottage walls;
And, as I hang her little toy
Upon the tiny Christmas tree,
The distant years come back to me
And I am but an anxious boy.
For, while I dream beside the hearth,
I seem to hear a dear one tell
A story that I love so well
About a Babe of Royal Birth.
I list’ to catch her voice again,
But singing breaks the magic spell,
And soft and sweet, o’er hill and dell,
Comes “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men.”
From Unpolished Pebbles
And thus with those of yesteryear, we wish you all A Merry
The following is
from a newspaper clipping, the handwritten date is 11/19/85 with credit to the Marietta
Letha C. Greene
Hyde Park—Letha C. Greene, 80, of
Hyde Park, who headed the line that once owned the Delta Queen Riverboat, died
at 6 a.m. Monday in Good Samaritan Hospital of Cincinnati of an apparent heart
preceded in death by her husband, Capt. Tom Greene, in 1950.Following his death in 1950 she became
president and general manager of Greene Line Steamers, owners of four
steamboats until 1966.She then
continued as president for two more years, and was instrumental in keeping the
Delta Queen on inland waterways.
when riverboat business became economically strapped, she made financial
arrangements to save the Delta Queen.A
51 per cent controlling interest was sold to a California
resident, Richard Simonton.In 1969,
Overseas National Airways, a New York Charter Airline company bought all of the
attended Marshall University of Huntington, W. Va., and
the University of Cincinnati.She was a teacher, public speaker and honorary
member of the Cincinnati Propeller Club, Zonta Club, Sons and Daughters of
Pioneer Rivermen and Knox Presbyterian Church.She also became a member of the Screen Actors Guild after making a
A native of
Vinton, W. Va., she married Greene in 1930.For five years she lived aboard steamers of
the Greene Line, founded by her father-in-law, Capt. Gordon C. Greene, in
1890.The family then settled in Cincinnati.She authored the book, “Long Live the Delta
survived by two sons, Gordon C. II of Cincinnati
and Thomas R. II of Cedar Grove, Ind.;
two daughters Mary G. Stewart and Letha J. Greene, both of Cincinnati; one
sister, Leoma Weidmann,; and six grandchildren
services will be at Newport.Memorial services will be at Thursday in Knox Presbyterian Church
in Cincinnati.Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s
McRea Post Office Momento
By Jerry B. Devol
One of the
naturally great pleasures in the collection of county postal history is to discover
a postal marking from an office long missing from one’s collection.A year ago I was missing 23 of the 151
offices that had existed in WashingtonCounty, and the McRea office would
have seemed one of the least likely to turn up due to its very short life.
Post Office was established at the village
of Milltown, about one mile north
of Newport, 16 November 1893, in the store of Moses E.
Hanna Jr.He was its first and only
postmaster.After serving some 150
citizens of Milltown and a total of 400 including surrounding farms for about
20 months, the McREa office was discontinued 11 July 1895, with mail going to the Newport Post
Office.The closing of this tiny office
was probably due in part to the illness of Postmaster Hanna; he died four
months later, at the age of 33 years.
Hanna was born in MonroeCounty
in 1861 and came to Newport as a
child.In 1885 he was employed as a
butcher; by 1890 he acquired his own shop on Main
undoubtedly was acquainted with the Rev. Thomas Ison McRa (1954-1933) of Monongahela
County, West Virginia, who was
well liked in the Newport-Lawrence Methodist circuit in the 1880s.It appears that the little office of Milltown
was so named after the Reverend McRa in spite of the misspelling of his
the demise of Moses Hanna and the McRea Post Office, the store was taken over
and operated for many years by Hugh Henry.Another post office was established at Milltown on 22 June 1897, but it was installed in the
larger store near the bridge over Dana’s run toward Newport—Bevan
Brothers, with James A. Bevan as postmaster.His younger brother, Harmen E. Bevan, took over the Bevan Post Office in
1903 and kept it for 30 years until it closed 8 September 1932, mail going to Newport.
years after Hugh Henry locked his store for the last time, a great auction sale
was held there in 1983.Some fine
collectors’ items were sold out of the old store and out-buildings.The natives and bidders were shocked when a
handful of cigarette baseball cards from the 1910s brought $1100.00.While rooting in boxes of junk, I found some
envelopes, including eleven bearing postal markings of McRea,
Ohio.Fortunately for me, no one at the auction was interested in old letters,
so I got them cheap. The McRea postmarks ran from 5 May 1894 through 22 May 1895.
missing example postal marking from the following Washington County post
offices: Aurelius 1850s; Barber 1850s; Cat’s Creek Mills 1813-1817; Corner
1890-1902; Cornerville 1890s; Devol’s Dam 1880s; Gray 1873-1889; Halfway 1890s;
Hope 1890s; Liberty Hill 1855-1865; Limburg 1890s; Lower Lawrence 1846-1867;
Maxon 1901; McGuire 1840s; McIntosh 1830s; Mildred 1898-1902; Olds 1855-1863;
Olga 1888-1899; Parker 1880s; Prosperity 1898-1902; Rinard’s Mills 1846; and
Warfield 1880s.Most of these probably
exist in manuscript only.I will pay
good prices for examples of any of the above:--J. B. D.
Tallow Light, Vol. 18, No. 2
A History of the LawrenceBaptistChurch
was organized in 1840.A log meeting
house was built and the people met for worship every Sunday, although no
regular preacher visited the congregation until 1844.During this four year period the very
existence of the organization was hanging between doubt and fear, but the
courageous labors of Lettie Templeton carried the helpless infant beyond the
period of danger.She has been entitled
the proud distinction of God-mother of the church.
William’s History of Washington County, Ohio
regular court of quarter sessions in Dec. 1798…all that portion of Washington
County lying east of the western boundary of the Seventh range was set apart
and named Newport Township.Later six
townships were created from this parcel, namely: Grandview,
Liberty, Jolly and Newport.(end of quote)
It was in
the northeast part of LawrenceTownship,
that the little BaptistChurch
bearing the Township name was established.There is evidence that the original log building stood not far from the
present site.There was at that time a
post office nearby and the address was Steel Run, Ohio.
First Sunday School
Sunday School in the Little Muskingum Valley, so far as is known, was taught by
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McEl Hinney, who resided above and opposite the mouth of
Elk Run.This school was attended by the
parents and children of the settlement within a radius of four miles.It was an itinerant school (traveling from
place to place) and was held at the houses in the neighborhood, and most
frequently at the homes of Joseph McEl Hinney of Lawrence,
and Robert McKenzie and Jesse Fleming of Independence.
very probable that the LawrenceBaptistChurch was established as an
outgrowth of this first Sunday School.
records show that Joseph McEl Hinney with his aged father, John McEl Hinney,
and his only sister, Anne, came from the North of Ireland and settled on the
Little Muskingum River near the mouth of Elk Run, in 1832.
for the present church site, dated in 1865, shows that the land was deeded to
the Church from Mr. and Mrs. McEl Hinney.Because of inadequate records we do not know when the present building
was erected, although it could have been much earlier than 1865, when the land
minister of the LawrenceBaptistChurch was the Rev. J. D. Riley,
who became pastor in 1844.
early years there was very little money to pay the pastors, and evangelists who
visited the church for revivals from time to time.The old records tell of how one minister
brought both Saturday night and Sunday morning messages, and was paid $7.44 per
week for his services.Another instance
tells of how the parishioners gave a dime offering which amounted to $1.10 to
pay their preacher for a Sunday service.The record books also show that $20. was paid to a Dr. Gear for a
two-week revival in October of 1901.
Records show that LawrenceBaptistChurch
has sent two members into full-time ministries, Rev. Emmet U. Smith and Rev.
The Rev. Emmet Ulyusses Smith, was
united with the LawrenceChurch
and very shortly thereafter he was licensed to preach.He was founder and minister of Fair
in Zanesville, Ohio,
from 1889 to 1894.Ill health forced his
early retirement and he died in Banning, California
Fred Bake left the church around
1905 to study the ministry at Moody Bible Institute.After Moody he attended FranklinCollege, in Indiana.He served as pastor at Logansport,
Crawfordsville, Vincennes and Evansville
in Indiana and at St.
Louis, Mo.He ministered to a large congregation at the EvansvilleChurch for 36 years until his
He was very active in the LawrenceChurch as a youth and this love and
dedication manifested itself in his coming to this community many times to
preach revivals, while on vacation from the Evansville
pastorate.Records indicate that after
one of his evangelistic meetings here, as many as thirty converts would be
baptized into the church.
In August, 1922 the Marietta
Baptist Association held its annual meeting at the LawrenceChurch.Although they had been sending delegates to
the meeting each year, this was the first time the church hosted the annual
Of the several ministers that
served the church during its history, the Rev. O. R. Hoskinson from Marietta,
Ohio served the longest period of time (15
years).He brought messages bi-weekly,
and was compensated only by the offerings taken at the meetings.He is now deceased.
The Rev. Edwin McLeod ministered to
the church for eleven years, from 1958 to 1969.Under his leadership many changes were effected in the physical and
spiritual growth of the church.He
inspired the church in its dedication to missions, both at home and
abroad.During his tenure the church
also began regular contributions to Jewish Missions.
church (1975) is proud of the two “Gideons” it has in its membership, Lawrence
M. Smith and William H. Bowersock.
In 1973, Lawrence
M. Smith was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Baptist Convention,
the first member of the church to serve in this capacity.
Marietta Baptist Parish was formed in 1970, consisting of the Newport,
Deucher and LawrenceBaptistChurches.The Rev. Sherman J. Snider from New Concord,
Ohio was called to this ministry.He
resides in the parsonage, owned by the NewportChurch, and thus is in the
community where he is active in home and hospital visitations, for all three
is able to enjoy and benefit from a worship service each Sunday and a weekly
Bible study and prayer meeting under his guidance.It was the first time in the history of the
church that a worship service was held every Sunday.Many improvements to the building have taken
place, and Rev. Snider has inspired his parishioners to a grater love and
concern for friends and neighbors.
searching the records it has been determined that the church does not have a
constitution.On e is being drafted at
the present time, and will be completed and ready for approval in 1976.
Important dates and interesting
highlights in the history of the church:
1844Rev. J. D. Riley became first pastor.
1865Land deeded to church from Joseph McEl Hinney.
1867A constitution was drawn up to govern the SabbathSchool.
1889Emmet U. Smith was licensed to preach.
1905Fred Rake entered Moody Bible Institute.
1922Church hosted the Marietta Baptist Association annual meeting for
1952Shingles were installed on the church building exterior.Interior work included painting walls,
sanding and varnishing floor.
1955Basement built under church building, with tile floors, a rest
room and built-in kitchen.An electric
range and refrigerator were donated by the minister, Rev. O. R. Hoskinson. The refrigerator has since been replaced with
a new one, but the range is still in use.
1965The entire sanctuary was refinished with paneling on the walls
and a dropped ceiling with new ceiling tile.
1966New concrete entrance steps and a large portico attached to the
front of the building.
1967All new pews, with padded seats and a new pulpit were purchased
and dedicated to the Lord.A new piano
was purchased, with the Ladies Aide Society paying half the cost.
1968A new communion table was purchased.A new communion set was donated by the
pastor, Rev. Edwin McLeod.
1971The women’s Mission Society was organized.The church had been supported in its many
endeavors over the years by the Lawrence Baptist Ladies Aide.This organization was dissolved at the time
of the establishment of the Mission Society.
1973New shingled roof replaced the slate roof that had been on the
building (as far as the records show) since it was erected.
1974Folding partitions installed in the basement.This enables the large social room to be
divided into four separate rooms for Sunday School classes.An electric furnace installed to heat both
the basement rooms and the main sanctuary.
1975New storm windows installed on building.
Following is a roster of the pastors serving
1844J. D. Riley
1863B. M. Stout
1866-1898Incomplete (Records missing.)
1898Bro. H. Cofer
1904H. C. Downing
1919(Supply) J. M. Turner (Associate Pastor)
1921N. N. Peyton
1922(Supply) F. A. Maier (Associate Pastor) and N. N. Peyton
1923T. B. Ashton
1926-1929N. M. Cunningham
1929-1931I. L. Basford
1931-1935J. C. Lucas
1935-1938A. W. Guiliano
1938-1941Mrs. A. W. Guiliano
1941-1956O. R. Hoskinson
1970-presentSherman J. Snider
AAUW Christmas Tour of Homes—1975
Greenwood Home—Newport, Ohio
Note: Please read cards that identify the other beautiful
and old places in the house.
beautiful stately home is constructed with bricks that were made and kilned on
the farm.The walls are 18 inches
enter the Living Room—immediately to your left is a melodeon believed to be the
first musical instrument in Newport.Note the red velvet button back love seat
that was Grandma Greene’s, an antique butterbowl filled with greens, the old
stone jars, copper pans, brass and irons and candlesticks.On one mantle—glass hurricane candle covers,
music rack.Note large keyhole in hall
door that is upside down.
Bedroom to the right at top of
stairs: The fireplace is in its original state.Note the wide window seats.The
four poster bed is a cord or rope bed.The ropes run lengthwise instead of crosswise which makes it unusual.The Empire dresser and dressing table are
mahogany and are very compatible to the bed.A cherry candle table stands beside the bed.Many a Greene and Geenwood baby has slept in
the cherry baby bed. Gentleman’s wicker chairs flank the fireplace.The painting of the Delta Queen was done by
Helen Parr Fleming.
Bedroom to the left of the stairs:
A spool four poster bed painted white was originally covered with a
canopy.Early Wedgewood plaques are on
the wall near the fireplace.
Master Bedroom: This bedroom is
massive.The walnut in the bed has a
beautiful soft luster.The marble-top
wash stand with the upturned back (splash board) is rarely seen now.A mahogany desk has ball and claw feet.From the windows in this bedroom nearly all
of Newport can be seen.
Fourth Bedroom: An early wardrobe
and a small table with unusual turned legs are points of interest.The painting of the “Gordon C. Greene” was
done by Captain Jesse Hughs.
Fifth Bedroom: This room was added
about 30 years ago.The ancient trunk is
most unusual in size and shape.The
rocker with an oriental influence, a cedar wardrobe and captain’s chairs along
with other maple pieces complete this room.A child’s rocker with quaint carved back was used by Mrs. Greenwood when
she was a child.A winding stair leads
to the downstairs but it is not used today.
Back downstairs, the warm Den was
formerly used as the parlor.From the
west windows you get a view of the Ohio River.The chandeliers in this room and the dining
room came from the “Chris Greene” and the “Tom Greene” riverboats.The walnut secretary in the corner, brass
candlesticks and sleighbells on the mantle and stone jars on the hearth are
other points of interest.
Dining Room: On the wall over the
sideboard is a Venetian Mirror and on the sideboard, among other things, a
glass Dolphin Compote in the Ribbon pattern.The many handpainted plates were done by early members of the Family. On
the mantle is a Copper Lustre pitcher and above the door a Flow Blue plate and
a pewter teapot.On the cherry table—a
rare glass fly catcher vies for attention.
Kitchen: In the pine paneled kitchen
dining areas, above the windows, the racks hold Spode, Haviland and Royal
Daulton plates.In the center of the
kitchen table the massive antique butter bowl holds a half-bushel of apples.A huge key, butter paddle and brass dipper
adorn the walls.Off the kitchen is a
closed porch now used as an office.
Out the back door to the screened
porch: Note the boot scraper if you missed it on your way in and the hand
picked, sandstone trough for watering the horses and now used for flowers.
We hope you
have enjoyed this memory filled home with all of its lovely furnishings and
appointments that have been gathered and saved, passed from one generation to
the next, cared for by each so they may serve those who follow.
Attached to the above is a
newspaper clipping, the source not shown:
A land grant from the United
States government was secured by the
Greenes.Their son, Daniel, a sea
captain, built the first brick home in 1808 for his parents.The home remained in the Greene family until
1846.W. C. Greenwood, a flatboat man,
bought the property.Mr. Greenwood’s
son, Junius married Carrie Greene, a granddaughter of Daniel Greene.Their son, William is the present owner.
News of Newport found in Pleasants County Leader, July 9, 1988:
Clarence and Lucille Clegg, Weirton,
spent last Friday and Saturday with Mrs. Clegg’s brother and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Francis M. Farnsworth, Sr. of Route 1.
David and Virginia Toth, Allison,
Jason and Sean of Richmond, Va., visited recently with their grandmother, Mrs.
Fern Pryor.Allison remained for a visit
until after the Fourth of July holiday.
Pvt. Gary Boley will arrive home
soon for a month’s leave of absence from duty in the U.S. Army at Stuttgart,
Germany.He will visit his wife, Violet, and parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Boley of St. Marys and other relatives.
Luncheon guests with Hope Barnhouse
last Tuesday were Mrs. Thelma Rupert, Mrs. Genevieve McKown and Mrs. Beverly
Carpenter.Also calling were Diana
McMahan and Helen McMahan.
Mrs. Alberta Huck and children, Waterford,
Ohio, spent last Saturday with Mrs. Bessie
Hashman, Route 3, New Matamoras.
Becky Pritchard, Marietta,
visited with her mother, Hope Barnhouse, on Wednesday evening.Charles and Beverly Carpenter were recent
clallers of Mrs. Barnhouse.
The 30th Annual
Firemen’s Festival of the Newport Fire Department brought friends and relatives
from far and wide to share in picnics and fellowship.Family get-togethers proved popular.
Family members visited with Mrs.
Jessie Barnett, Leith Run Road,
Saturday through Wednesday.Sharing the
good times were Rich and Diane Thomas, Jessica and Jody, Bob and Edie Harris,
Billie Jo and Charlie,Chuck and Judy
Harris, all of Coshocton, Ohio;
Steve and Karen Brooks, Stephanie and Stevie of Michigan.The entire family enjoyed attending morning
worship at the CenterValleyBaptistChurch.
Gathering at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert W. Thomas, Newport, to
enjoy the Fourth of July were Mike and Carol Barnhouse and Ryan, Marietta;
Karen Smith and Jeff, Macksbujrg, Ohio;
Jerry and Leta Barnhouse, Rachel and Amy, Hope Barnhouse and Frank, Newport.A delicious picnic dinner was enjoyed
following the annual parade.
A delicious pot-luck dinner and
fellowship were shared at the residence of Loren and Tammie Rinard.Attending were Denzel and Mabel Rinard, Mrs.
Lulu Rinard, Ed and Lamyra Rinard, Eric Rinard, all of Rinard Mills; Tara
Rinard, Marietta; and Greg Edgar, Roger and Darlene Dye, Robb and Valerie
McPeek, Mark Mendenhall, Newport; Brenda Antill, Dale and Norma J. Antill,
Frank Antill, Rinard Mills and Kim Beidenbach, Scott, Vickie and Marcie Turner,
Marietta; Franklin and Mildred Dye, New Matamoras.Callers during the day were Terry and Janice
Pringle, Jennifer and Tiffany, New Matamoras; Roger and Beverly Rinard, Chad,
Heather and Jason, Rinard Mills, Ohio; and the hosts, Loren and Tammie Rinard
and daughter, Lauren.
Harold and Gladys Dye, St. Marys,
shared the day in Newport with
their brother and sister, Bernard and Hazel Dye.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carpenter entertained
with a delightful pot-luck supper on the lawn.Their near-by rose garden in bloom was enjoyed by the group.Appropriate decorations for the day enhanced
the lawn and garden scene.Those
enjoying the occasion were Doug Cochran, David and Linda Cochran, Kelly and
Mike Cochran, Becky Farley, Mrs. Edna Cochran, Charles and Diana McMahan and
Vachel, Mrs. Helen McMahan, Dick and Mary McMahan, Natalie and Nicole, New
Matamoras; Howard Thomas, Mrs. Fern Pryor and Allison Toth, Mrs. Hope Barnhouse
and Frank, Mrs. Genevieve McKown, Susan McMahan, Bryan McMahan, Newport; Mary
Carpenter, Parkersburg and the hosts, Charles and Beverly Carpenter.
“Daddy Told me So”
From the St. Mary Oracle—PleasantsCounty Leader, Sept. 7, 1978
By Hope Deshler Barnhouse
always believed implicitly in what my father told me!Perhaps I should say—“in what Daddy told
me”—because I do not recall calling him anything except “Daddy.”But some of the tales he tells do have a
tendency to stretch a little over the years, in the telling and retelling!
from a large family of eleven children, and this does not include his four
older half-brothers.Hence, one can see
that the stage was always set for some incident of humor or pathos.With such a cast of characters, and I DO mean
characters, someone was always playing a joke on another or dissolving into
fits of laughter at some comic situation.
with a drawl which we accept naturally, Daddy tends to prolong a
conversation.Many people, hearing him
speak for the first time, think he is “pulling their leg” a little.One such person was a school chum of my
sister Helen. On her initial visit to our home, Esther had not heard Daddy talk
until his arrival home from work, whereupon we sat down for the evening meal.Passing a serving dish to her, Daddy
asked:“Esther…do…you…want…some…beans?”With a puzzled look, she drawled in reply: “No…thanks…I…don’t…care…for…any!”Needles to say, Esther was very chagrinned to
find this was Daddy’s normal way of speaking, and was always a cause for
embarrassment to her!
Daddy tell countless times of a man who lived in a houseboat moored along the Ohio
River.He must have been
away from home when a rise in the river came; the boat was left tied to its
moorings and consequently sunk.Next day
an acquaintance came along the road; seeing only the roof and the smokestack
protruding from the water, he ran down the river bank calling excitedly, “Wherry!Wherry!Are you in there?”
wonder how they managed to feed all the hungry mouths through the cold winter
months on the hilltop farm overlooking the Ohio
near the mouth of Davis Run and GrapeIsland.Of course, they had their root bank where
potatoes, turnips, parsnips and various vegetables were buried beneath mounds
of earth with a covering of straw for protection.The cellar was full of all kinds of preserved
produce, barrels of sauerkraut, sorghum, pickled beans and apples; the meat
house was rich with tender pink hams and shoulders, cured by long, slow hours
of hickory smoking.
born and bred in the country knows the hard work entailed in butchering a hog
and preparing the meat for curing.After
killing the animal, it is scalded to clean the outside and the bristles
removed.The carcass is then laid upon a
table or board across saw-horses, all preparatory to making the various cuts of
meat.This brings to mind Daddy’s
somewhat pathetic tale concerning his younger brother’s reaction at the time of
their Grandmother Deshler’s death.
born in Wurttemburg, German, Dec. 12,
1805, and came as an immigrant to settle in Monroe
County, Ohio, around 1840.When Grandfather Deshler came to settle on
the 140-acre farm on sections 24 and 18 in Newport
Township, Washington County,
she lived in her own small house next to the main house on the farm.Being still in the horse and buggy days, an
undertaker was long in coming (if at all), and they would lay a corpse on a
board or flat surface, often with large pennies on their eyelids to keep the
eyes closed.A similar procedure was
followed at the passing of Daddy’s grandmother in 1891.My Uncle Ray, then only a lad of four or
five, upon seeing her still form stretched out in this manner, turned to their
mother and cried in anguish, “Oh Maaa….I can never eat her!”
rocky hills of Ohio seem to be a
good habitat for copperheads, one of our most poisonous snakes.Daddy and my uncles had many experiences with
these reptiles, and they held a healthy respect for the “coppers.”Gathered together one evening on a visit to a
neighboring Ohio town, Daddy and four uncles sat talking of the
copperheads—“they weren’t as numerous as they used to be;”—“they’d never been
seen in or around this particular area;”—“they weren’t as large as in years
gone by,” and numerous homily observations.
following this discussion, as we climbed the concrete steps from busy Pennsylvania
Avenue, a through street in East
Liverpool, O., to my Uncle Carl’s tiny front yard,
“Copperheads!”Sure enough, into the hedge crawled a
copperhead!In the mad scramble a hoe
was secured and the snake quickly dispatched.But did they let that reptile rest in peace, as all dead snakes
should?Oh, no!He was gently put into a box and tenderly
carried out into the country the next day; there he was “cunningly planted” in
the path by Daddy, while Uncle Carl talked with Uncle Earle, requesting a look
at the favorite foxhound.They managed
to put Uncle Earle in the lead down the path so he would “chance” onto the
snake.I can’t say how high he jumped
nor how loud he yelled, but from all reports, it much have been some kind of
record!Now with Uncle Earle in on the
plan, they went on up the road to pull the same trick on Uncle Ray, who was
especially afraid of copperheads.As
they had shown the snake around to everyone interested, the decision was to let
Ray “kill it!”When Uncle Ray saw the
snake, he managed to grab a shovel that happenedto be standing “conveniently “ nearby, and
proceeded to beat the snake to a pulp, while Daddy and my uncles stood by
convulsed with laughter!One gets the
impression that over the years Uncle Ray was often the brunt of their jokes.
His brothers always accused Daddy of bringing that snake to the East
Liverpool area!Foolish idea!
in this locale always used to grow tobacco, usually for their own
consumption.The tobacco leaves were
hung in log buildings or barns to dry and age, the space between the logs
affording a chance for the air to pass freely between the suspended
tobacco.One such barn stood alongside
the road Daddy and the others took downhill to the store and defunct post
office at Murphy, O., near the mouth of Reynold’s Run.At the residence, living with his mother, was
a youth who could not talk plain, having a definite lisp.On passing the barn, Uncle Ray would reach
between the logs and get a handful of tobacco; this probably gave him a chance
to try the forbidden art of chewing tobacco.Apparently it had gone on for some time as a shortage had been detected
by the owners.One day in passing, Uncle
Ray reached through the logs as usual, and much to his surprise and
consternation, his wrist was securely grabbed, and the youth inside bellowed
loudly, triumphantly, “Ma…Ma…I’ve caught the ’fief!”
journeyed down-hill from the ridge several miles to the one-room schoolhouse
where he, with my aunts and uncles, received at least the equivalent of an
eighth grade education.They would often
remain in school following their eight years, reading and absorbing as much
more learning as they could acquire.The
schoolhouse was set near Reynold’s Run, and here they read their McGuffy
readers, studied geography, had their spelling bees—in other words, learned
their “reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic.”The schoolhouse still stands today, remodeled into a residence, but
basically the same structure in which Daddy attended his lessons these many
years ago.One of his favorite teachers
was Mr. Fletcher, a colored man, which must have been unusual for that
local oil boom, Daddy worked in the oil fields.He worked with a man that was deathly afraid of dynamite.One day during the lunch-time, another
worker, knowing of his great fear, carelessly tossed a couple of sticks of
dynamite near the first laborer.Leaping
up in surprise and managing to transpose the syllables in dynamite, what he
actually cried angrily was, “Now look-a-here!Daminyte is daminyte, and daminyte is dangerous and not to be fooled
time of my birth, we made our home with our maternal grandfather Louderback,
who we simply called “Grandpa,” our paternal grandfather having passed away
years before.Grandpa smoked a pipe,
occasionally a cigar, but at most times the house reeked of the deep, rich
smell of Kentucky tobacco.He was not content, however, with blends he
could buy in the stores, but would send to Kentucky
for bundles of tobacco leaves.These
came periodically, in dark brown wrapping paper, whereupon Grandpa would sit
down, newspaper in lap, and proceed to crumble the leaves to the texture he
liked.This, in turn, he stored away in
tins or humidor.
lifetime, Grandpa worked at many things—gardening in hotbeds, and selling the
early produce to the river packets or shipping things to Wheeling,
W. Va., for sale.Sometimes he would row in his skiff down behind MiddleIsland to St. Marys for sale of
garden produce.He spent many years at
the cooper’s trade, going from orchard to orchard in the northern panhandle,
building barrels needed for shipping apples.At one time, probably around the early 1880s, Grandpa had a dish boat
which he would have towed upriver to the pottery town—Wellsville, East
Liverpool or Chester—where he took on a supply of ware for sale at the stops on
his way back down river.A john boat and
the river current were the sources of “power” on his trip home.We have one hadnbill stating that “A.C.
Louderback will be at your landing with a good supply of pottery, dishware,
etc….” He lived a busy, interesting life while rearing a family of seven
children, one of whom is my mother, Iva Louderback Deshler.
the local oil boom and Grandpa held interest in many wells, some good but some,
dry holes.He often worked on these
wells, as a tool dresser or pumping them when they did srike oil.In working at an engine one day, he caught
the index finger of his right hand, and was forced to jerk it from the
machinery to keep from losing his whole hand.The doctor did a good job, for this finger was neatly and smoothly
rounded at the first joint.Many are the
times that Daddy told us that Grandpa had burned his finger down to a stub from
tamping tobacco in his pipe!I was just
a child then, but I believed it, for after all, hadn’t Daddy told me so?I suppose that my face wore the same
expression of awe that I was to see in later years on the faces of my nieces
and nephews, as they were told the same story by Daddy.
Our Elderly “Kin”
It seems as
if young people today often miss the fellowship, the companionship of older
people.A development of concern for one
who is elderly is bypassed, and far more than a generation gap exists!Not so, when we were youngsters!We were not permitted to call these
“senior-citizens” by their first names; they were “Mr. and Mrs. So and So.” Or
more likely, Aunt or Uncle, though no family relationship actually existed.
My life as
a child held a series of these so-called “kin,” with whom I felt a comradeship,
an esteem that seemed mutual.Our next
door neighbors, Aunt Kate and Uncle Ed, were especially near to my sisters and
me, as was Uncle Clem.He was a brother
to Uncle Ed and resided in his home.Uncle Clem was a retired school teacher with a great knowledge of
historical and natural points of interest, especially in Ohio.They often toured these sites, including us
in the picnics and expeditions—but that is a story in itself!
were Aunt Barbara and Uncle Gil.Aunt
Barbara was called in to care for Mother at home after the doctor’s visit when
my sister Helen and I were born.For
about a year following their marriage, Mother and Daddy lived in East
Liverpool; during this time, Aunt Barbara would often
come in to clean or do some cooking for Grandpa.She lived next door in the house that was
once Grandpa and Grandmother Louderback’s home, where Mother was born.She had a vast knowledge of the relationships
of the families in our locality, plus a store of old wives tales.If I were to believe that a child could be
marked, then I would say that Aunt Barbara marked me!Later I was to have an avid interest in
genealogy, particularly those of our surrounding community.
also Aunt Alice, the widow of my great uncle, though she remarried following
Uncle Bernard’s death.Her sister and
husband, Aunt Sis and Uncle Elmer, were equally close.When I was very young, and only vaguely
remember, there was Aunt Hattie.She was
plump and jolly, and at the time, was engaged to Grandpa.Aunt Hattie had been married before also,
with children and grandchildren, but death claimed her before they were
wed.I think hers was probably the first
funeral that I ever attended.
sisters and I always felt at home in the residences of these various “aunts and
uncles;” I was as much at home sitting in the kitchen with Aunt Kate, drinking
fresh buttermilk, as if I were at home!She lived in the house that my great-grandfather, James H. Louderback,
built in the late 1860s or early 1870s.He was a river boat pilot, and the stairway in his home was constructed
similar to those on a steamboat, going up from a wide front door with glass
panes on each side of the door.It was a
favorite place to play when I was small.You could imagine all sorts of things lying on the wide steps that you
could stretch out on and have room to spare!
sister, Genevieve, whom we always called Vevie, is an avid reader.When we were young she was usually curled up
somewhere with a book, often chewing feverishly on numerous toothpicks, which
we accused her of swallowing.Daddy said
she would end up with a wooden leg!She
was six years my senior, so as a tot, this seemed logical to me, too!
of fruits and vegetables were preserved when Daddy was small.On one occasion when Grandma was canning
peaches, he questioned as to when they would eat them.Grandma simply replied, “When the snow
flies,” and busied herself with her work.That year when the first snowflake fell, Daddy ran in excitedly calling,
“Get the peaches!Maa…get the peaches!”
are simple tales that we have heard many times, but they have become a part of
our heritage, as even within my childhood, there are incidents that color my
memory.A neighbor boy, near my
age—about eight or nine then—on hearing that his mother was going to the
funeral of a great-aunt, wanted to go also.When he found he was to stay with another lady, he broke into great
sobs, and with tears coursing down his cheeks exclaimed, “I’ve never seen Aunt
Toots!”How well I know what he
meant!There have been endless
situations that have arisen, when those same words expressed my dismay at not
being able to go somewhere or see something!
of a family was coaxed for the last of the cookies—maybe it was a piece of
pie.I don’t know!Finally, in exasperation and thinking of the
son away from home, the mother said, “Oh, all right, take it!Poor Otto won’t have any.”
of the Past
that we did as children would seem mighty hum-drum to the young people of
today!We lived a slower pace, in the
era when radio was new, the “Model T” was popular and the women, in their short
fringed dresses, were dancing the Charleston.I don’t actually remember seeing anyone dance
the Charleston, except in movies
and later on television.The first movie
that I recall seeing was “The Covered Wagon;” I can see yet, in my mind’s eye,
the dust from the rolling wheels, the galloping horses, and the attack of the
howling, feathered Indians!
went to the live shows on the old showboats that plied the Ohio
River—the “Cottonblossem,” the “Majestic” and others whose names I
forget.The last performance that I
attended was on the Majestic when she was docked at Marietta
and summer productions were given by the students of HiramCollege, Hiram, O.The joy of hearing the huge steam calliope
play the old familiar tunes is a childhood memory to cherish.
“GerneralWood,” “Senator Cordell,”
and later, the smaller “Liberty—these
were all river packets passing our home weekly on the run from Cincinnati
to Pittsburgh.The Liberty
would sometimes stop at the old Shuster’s Landing, across from the head of GrapeIsland, to take on some cattle or
logs for market.An occasional passenger
would board for New Matamoras, or one of the numerous towns or landings
upriver; likewise for the downriver trip to Marietta
or points south.In later years the
“Gordon C. Greene,” with its beginnings at Newport
with the famous Greene family, plied these waters.Now, we look forward to the annual trip of
the beloved “Delta Queen” each summer!Even yet, there is the excitement of piling into the car and going to a
good vantage point or the WillowIsland
dam, the better to see her regal passage, to hear her mellow steam
whistle!A nostalgic chapter of Ohio
River history is all but gone!
how many a child learned to roller skate in the dining room on a linoleum
rug?Or played “Hide and Seek” on a
bright moonlight night with their parents?What a joy it was to bundle up in a mass of heavy clothes, boots and
mittens to sleigh ride on an old homemade bobsled!I still recall how we walked gingerly behind
Daddy across the frozen Ohio,
while he tested the ice before him with a long pole!I guess that must be what everyone refers to
as “the good ol’ days!”
child has sat upon an open hilltop at night and listened to the baying
foxhounds as they chased the fox over hill and down vale?While the chase went on, Daddy, who was
familiar with the lay of the land, would give a running commentary:
crossed the Hoffman…now they are going down the Brown hill…Rock is ahead—now
Pat is chiming in…they’re going up Davis Run…will probably ‘hole up’ before
long…No, they are still going…up Clyman point…out past the Yonally!”By that time they were getting too distant to
hear, and we made our way down the road from Abicht’s Orchard by the light of
the old lantern.It’s now just a memory
that means little to anyone except a privileged few!
childhood held a series of foxhounds, each finding a place in our hearts. Pat
and Rock; Ranger and Blazer; Sort and finally, Nip and Tuck, the last two
hounds that Daddy had.I think that the
twinges of rheumatism had set in, putting an end to sitting on a cold hilltop
on a damp, summer night!
I’m a little curious as to what
Daddy’s reaction to this recitation might be, but I don’t think that I’ll ask
him!He’d undoubtedly say, “No, Hope,
this is the way that story goes,” and then give me another version of the same,
Or perhaps he might reply as he did
on a recent occasion.I had an
opportunity to let another party know my thoughts and feelings on a certain
subject; later, in telling Mother and Daddy of that conversation, with the
remark that I didn’t think I’d said anything to offend the party, Daddy stared
at the floor and rocked quietly in his chair for a few moments.Looking up, he drawled gently, “Well,
Hope,…as…a…general…rule; when…you…say… anything, you…usually…say…too…much!”
Lock No. 16 pottery to be displayed at library
From MuskingumValley Review, December 10, 2000
local pottery, handmade at Lock No. 16 during the years 1935 to 1938 is on
display in the lobby of the Matamoras Public Library.This is the first time the Beavertown Lock 16
Pottery has been displayed since it was made.
At the end
of the Depression, times were hard in southeastern Ohio
and other parts of Appalachia.
In order to
help the esprit de corp of the rural people, the U.S.
government planned several programs, both to help the citizens and to provide
jobs for some of them.
One of the
centers where programs were planned was at Lock No. 16, Beavertown,
Ohio, several miles south of Matamoras on
State Route 7.Lockmaster at No. 16 was
Nelson Beare who, with his wife Virginia and daughter Ethel May, lived in one
of the spacious lockhouses.
Beare Noland vividly remembers the pottery program.She described it as being under the auspices
of the Government Extension Program, as a means “to help people express their
creativity after the end of the Depression.”
far downriver as Wade, as far upriver as Matamoras, eagerly met every week or
two at the Locks.A teacher was
furnished and he instructed them in molding the clay, in painting, glazes, and
art forms.Some molds were used, but
most of the pottery was designed by the women who make it.
art session was over, the potter took the collection of weekly creations away
with him to put in a kiln.The women
were excited, waiting to see how their pottery would turn out.Would it be perfect … or would it be cracked
or broken?Would the colors be good?
Most of the
pottery that has survived those 65 years since it was made is beautiful.Large and small, dark and light, and of many
different colors, each piece was a testimony to the creativity of country women
who had never worked with clay before.There are pieces of black, white, blue and pink.However, most of the pottery is in earth
tones of brown and green.
lived in this area and whose pottery is on display are: Virginia Beare,
Beavertown; Maud Cochran, Grandview; Iva Deshler, Wade; Margaret McMahan,
Leith; Ethel May Noland, Beavertosn; now of Marietta; and Minnie Smurr,
collectors of this unusual regional pottery are Hope Barnhouse, David and Linda
Cochran, Helen McMahan, Richard and Mary McMahan and Ethel May Noland.
Carol Gay urges everyone to stop at the library and view the Beavertown Lock
No. 16 Pottery.Many people did not
realize that there was a locally made pottery and have not seen it before.
Caterers give Betsey Mills Club New Life
From MuskingumValley Review, Sunday, December 10, 2000,
If you talk
to someone familiar with Marietta
about unique attractions that help make the city special, they will inevitably
mention the Betsey Mills Club on Fourth Street.
1911 by a civic-minded sewing group, the Betsey has been a fixture of the area
for the better part of the last century. Offering everything from swimming
lessons to day care to art classes, the Betsey Mills has remained one of the
most versatile community facilities in the Mid-OhioValley.
In the past
few years, however, there has been a decline in the amount of tourism going
through the Betsey.
that we really haven’t seen the tour buses stopping here the way they used to,”
said executive director Mary Jo Duncan.“In that respect, things used to be a lot different.”
the unique quality of the Betsey’s look is the interior design work done by
Circa’s Doug Hines.Hines, who has been
involved with the Betsey Mills since April, is one of the main reasons for the
dining facility’s authentic colonial look.
“I had an
older woman come up to me recently and tell me she thought the inside was
looking the way Mr. Mills had originally intended,” Hines said.“Overall, everything is turning out the way I
would like it to; I’m very pleased.”
We’ll cross that bridge…on Nov. 19, the opening day, say state
From The Marietta Times, Saturday, October 29, 1977
Story by Adella Wacker, Photos by Dave Williams
It sure has
been a long time.
new four-lane bridge opens between St. Marys, W.Va., and Newport,
“it’s going to be the biggest thing that’s happened here in 10 years—they’re
going to be jumping,” said a St. Marys businessman.
is just how long the townspeople have been without a bridge.
hard on a lot of families,” said Rob Lewis, who is president of the St. Marys
Retail Merchants Association.
the two towns had married, worked, shopped and visited back and forth.
of the old HiramCarpenterBridge caused a slow decline in
their relationships, said Lewis.Business declined on both sides.
to be amazing to see how everyone gets back together.”Lewis said.
He will get
his chance to see how the towns get back together on Nov. 19.That’s the official opening date for the
bridge from Charles Miller, the West Virginia Highway Commissioner.
But it’s a
date met with healthy skepticism by the locals.
“Oh, but we
don’t know what year,” teased John Hendricks at Newport Lumber Co.
and the Federal Highway Administration first foresaw a November, 1976
opening.Then they said summer.Then September.Now, November.
seem serious this time.On Tuesday the
state has scheduled a meeting with town officials to plan the celebration.They’ve never gone that far before.
the hoopla will coincide with St. Marys’ annual Christmas season promotion.
will arrange for speakers and guests, which are to include Gov. Jay
the traffic comes across the 2,579 feet of steel and concrete, good things are
going to happen for St. Marys, a town of 2,500, hopes James Rekard, manager of
Shouldis Department Store.
And it will
mean more Ohio traffic to
Harrisville, Sistersville, PadenCity
and Belmont, W. Va.
bridge traffic won’t be one way.Ralph
Hendricks, the president of Newport Lumber, said he lost 30 per cent of his
business when the old bridge first closed.
He hopes to
reclaim a chunk of it.
Marietta Area Merchants Association has hoped the bridge would open in time to
carry Christmas shoppers from West Virginia.
has the QuakerState
refining plant, Union Carbide, American Cyanamid and construction on the WillowIsland power station.Their workers and families in St. Marys can
just as easily go to Parkersburg
Rekard and Ralph Hendricks outlined the logistics of getting to and from St.
Marys for the past 10 years.
said he makes the 50-mile trip from Newport Lumber to Marietta,
over the WilliamstownBridge
and on W. Va. Rt. 2 to St. Marys.
alternative is the ferry at St. Marys.It runs from about to and takes passengers across the Ohio
River for 60 cents ($2.50 for trucks), said Rekard.
complain the ferry is not consistent, and the waits can be long.
choice was the ferry at Sistersville, W. Va.
It was on Dec. 18, 1967, that the Hi Carpenter
span was closed.That was three days
after the similarly-designed SilverBridge
collapsed at Point Pleasant and killed 46 persons.
The Hi Bridge
was reopened briefly to light traffic, but it was closed for good on Dec. 30, 1968.It had been built in 1928.
plans included repairing the Hi Carpenter and building a new bridge on existing
1970, former Gov. Arch Moore, Jr., after a “town meeting” at St. Marys, said West
Virginia would build a $13.5 million four-lane toll
bridge on the Carpenter piers.
governor said the new bridge would be ready for traffic in 24 months,” a Times
interim, West Virginia got
approval for federal funds for 100 per cent of the cost of the bridge.Environmental impact studies, hearings and
locations and approval from the U.S. Coast Guard had to be obtained.
started about October 1972.It was
supposed to take about three years.
Scyok, the director of the construction division for the West Virginia
Department of Highways, said recently design considerations mainly were
responsible for the slow pace of the construction.
It takes “a
long time after contract letting before you see any progress because of the
fabrication process,” he said.
He said it
could take a company a year to 18 months to get the steel rolled in the mills
and form steel to fit exact bridge measurements.
The MemorialBridge at Point Pleasant,
W. Va., was completed in two years because it was built
from an existing design rather than a new one.
Scyok said, the Point Pleasant contractors were hired
and paid to build the bridge on a high-priority deadline.Work at St. Marys didn’t have as high a
people angry about the time it took to get the bridge?
sure,” said Rekard of the St. Mary’s department store.
“I think it
was outrageous,” said Hendricks.
residents really don’t understand why the bridge took so long to get built, he
said St. Marys people have been patient.
Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W. Va.,
for securing the federal funds to build a four-lane bridge that will not charge
wait?“We were content to do that, as
long as we got a bridge.”
The cost of
it to date is $24,222,459.
Dairy farm family gives up business
From The Marietta Times, Saturday, May 7, 1977
By Adella Wacker, Times Staff Writer
the Willow Island Locks and Dam have nudged brothers Richard D., 54, and Donald
M. Brown, 52, out of the dairy business.
On April 26
Richard—Dick—paced in his muddy boots outside the milking parlor, watching
Newport Pike for a cattle truck.That
afternoon the last of the mostly-Guernsey dairy herd went for sale at the
Farmer’s Livestock market on Marietta’s
West Side: three for slaughter, 11 for dairy.
morning Dick was able to sleep in, getting up at instead of starting his day at ,
because for the first time in 36 years he would not have to worry about milking
cows in the damp morning darkness.
Richard L., 24, helped load the Guernseys on the auction
truck at the Brown’s farmyard.His wife
Ruth Eloiuse watched.Don’s daughter,
Jayne Snell, took pictures.
Don was at work at American
Cyanamid Co., however.He has worked
there since the 1960s when construction on WillowIsland began.Dick also works at another job in addition to
farming and milking.In April he
completed 30 years as a bus driver for the Marietta Local and MariettaCitySchool District.He quit driving the Newport Pike bus route
and went to work full time in the bus garage.
The U. S.
Army Corp of Engineers demanded 25 cropland acres from the Browns for the locks
and dam project in about 1966.“I just
didn’t see how there was a living for the both of us,” said Don about his
decision to work outside the dairy farm.“I knew we weren’t going to be able to have as many cows.”
remaining 260 acres along the Pike include a lot of woods, 30 acres of cropland
and 76 acres of pasture, Don estimates.
have enlarged their operation by buying feed rather than growing it, enlarging
the herd to 100 or more head and trying to make that way.As his wife Isabelle said, “You’ve got to be
into it pretty big if you’re going to make a living at it nowdays.”
could slowly go out of the business.The
brothers considered the dairy market, the size of their farm and their age, and
decided two or three years ago to let the size of their herd dwindle.
hate to see ’em go,” Isabelle said, “but we were going to have to start
replacing the herd.”
who lives with her husband in the original brick family home on the farm,
regrets seeing them go.Back from a
career as an airline stewardess based in Washington, D. C., she had just
learned how to make homemade butter.
stories about like the time company representatives came to the Brown farm to
demonstrate the new Surge milker to area farmers and got their clean clothes
covered with mud and cow manure.Or
about the half-Brown Swiss and half-Hereford cow the Browns decided to
all agreed selling the dairy herd was the best thing.
a certain point in your life when you wonder if your husbands are going to have
to work this hard the rest of their lives,” said Isabelle.
thought along the same line: “I guess the older we got the less we felt like
putting in long hours….It takes a young man to do it all that.”
he will be able to take a little more vacation time.Don repeated a saying about dairy farmers
that pegged the situation: “One thing you know, you’re not going to need any
good clothes because you’re not going to go any place.”
the Brown’s say they had it better than most diary farmers.At least they could trade milking and farm
chores with each other.Between them
they had three sons who helped when they were at home.Don’s sons, Mark and John, have moved away.
brothers started out with Brown Swiss dairy cows.The family moved to the farm in 1938.Don was 16 and Dick, 18, when they began
dairying.Later they sold Golden
Guernsey milk to William Greenwood, Newport.
War II and Korea
were over and they returned home from the Navy, the brothers stepped up to a
Grade A operation.In 1965 the dairy herd
hit its peak with 53 head.
about 1966 when construction of the four-lane Ohio
7 highway began next to the Browns. A year later, they moved the original Brown
home across that highway, across from the acres bought by the U.S. Army Corp of
engineers to the other side of the Pike.The brothers and their families live in two other houses on the farm.
been about 10 years that the Willow Island Locks and Dam changed their scenery
on the river.
kind of bitter about it,” admits Don.
From a newspaper clipping, source and date unknown:
…35 cents for a bushel basket of mussels.
Special Boats Used
the mussels, Hank explained, a special boat was needed.This boat would be around 12 feet long and
four feet wide with a “standard” on either side. Attached to the standard were
iron poles holding a number of ropes to which hooks were tied. These were let
down into the mussel beds and as the boat moved slowly over the bed the hooks
dug up the mussels. When one side was full, the other would be let down.A contraption he described as a “mule” at the
back of the boat, helped to shove it along in the water.
cooking the meat in the shells were situated along the river bank.One, Hank recalled in particular, was in
constant operation at the city wharf giving off an odoriferous aroma—probably
the city’s first introduction to pollution.
mussels were cooked, they were picked up by large forks similar to pitch forks
and thrown over onto benches where the mussels were pried open and the meat
picked out by hand.
step the mussels made on their way to becoming beautiful mother-of-pearl
buttons was to be steamed for four or five days. This was done in large vats,
placed near the factory.(Hank says the
vats are still there.)
process softened the shells and, after being sorted into sizes, they were ready
for the buttons cutters.
cutters, who practically taught themselves the trade, worked at machines placed
side by side on a four foot wide bench built down the center of the
factory.The machines were powered by a
gas engine, the shaft being against the wall.It was necessary to have a steady stream of water sprayed constantly on
the tiny saw blades, both Hand and Dent recalled.
cutter also had to buy his own machine and tools, keep them repaired and be
sure the saws were filled to insure perfect slugs.
in All Sizes
mussels were in various sizes, ranging from 16 to 30,” Rockwell said.He worked at this factor in the early 1900s
and some days he would saw out as many as 14 quarts of 24s a day.“This,” he admitted, “was a hard day’s work.” Hank Dotson still has some of
the tools he purchased while working there, and he demonstrated how the tiny
circular saws had to be kept filed.“Some of the fellow never did get the hang of it, and I remember one
fellow’s paycheck at the end of the week came to nine cents.”
said his first paycheck as a button cutter was $7 for a week.“We were paid by piece work and the company
counted a gross as 168 instead of the 144.This was to allow for faulty slugs,” he explained.
the workers would let their daily output of slugs pile up while drying out in
sawdust for the entire week, and on payday when they would get a lull, they’d
carry the slugs to the bookkeeper and have them weighed on an automatic scale,
whereupon she would figure out what they had coming and issue the check.
bookkeeper was the only female working at the factory.The first to have this position was Minnie
Lamoreau—later Ruth Marple Core took over the work.“In those days,” Ruth said, “everything was
each worker had his own pile of slugs, no one ever thought of bothering
them.Honesty was considered the best
policy in those days.
of the mussel was used, and the various sizes were called such names as “Mother
mucketts, pig toes,” etc.Some of the
mussels would be four lines thick and used for the larger more expensive buttons.The outer trim of the shell was sawed by tip
cutters for the cheaper and smaller buttons.Whatever part of the shell remained was then ground into chicken feed.
were shipped on to the finishing plant at Amsterdam,
Many of the
workers were “floaters” from the Midwest, as far away as
As in many
endeavors, too much overhead finally kept the factory from making a profit and
it shut down, but for a number of years St. Marys was a winner of he game,
Who’s go the button.
Beavertown: a spirited history
The Marietta Times, September 3 & 4, 1988 (date
By Roger G. Kalter, Times Staff Writer
mix of riverside bungalows and trailers, an underground house, two taverns, a
service station and a little white church skirt the Ohio River
in the shadow of what was once a notorious moonshine town.
this mile-long hamlet along Ohio
7, three miles south of Matamoras, still are full of stories about illicit
whiskey made during prohibition in the wooded hills overlooking the Ohio.
early days of the 20th century, there was little else in the way of
work in the tiny community, which today has 75 to 100 residents.
simply did what they had to do,” said the Rev. Frank Conley, minister of BeavertownUnitedMethodistChurch.His church was converted from a one-room
school house perched on the hillside.
has ministered the church nearly 28 years, believes stories told about the
town’s moonshine history are worse than deserved.
is not as bad as the name carried down through history,” said Conley, who lives
in Sardis.He also ministers churches at Mt.Olive and Locust Grove.
“I came in
as a young minister.I was new,” he
said.“And I stayed there.I’ve always had the freedom to worship
there.It meant the world to me.”
has a special quality that pulls it together when hard times fall on residents
ever came to Beavertown hungry and then left hungry,” Conley said.“When there were disasters or desperate
needs, the town pulled together to fill that need.”
Conley said his small congregation is extremely spiritual, it is another spirit
that comes to mind when many residents and former residents talk about the
“When I was
a kid, the cow went dry and my dad gave me moonshine,” said Earl Flowers as he
nursed a mug of beer at Whitey’s Tavern.Flowers, a retired construction worker, spent seven years building the
Pleasants Power Station, which looms overhead south of town on the West
Virginia side of the Ohio River.
remoteness and ruggedness of the terrain made the Beavertown area a natural
place to hide stills and their pig-tailed tubing.Some abandoned equipment is said to still dot
officials occasionally attempted to shut down the operations during
Prohibition, but at least several attempts ended in failure.
neighbor threw a federal man into a mash barrel head first,” Flowers said.
historian Jerry Devol said one of his ancestors had a run-in with the
moonshiners, too.Fax Devol was a Marietta
constable in the early 1920s.
O”Neill got a complaint about the moonshine operations and sent Constable Devol
to do something about the problem
up in the middle of the river without any clothes,” Devol said.“They took his gun, his clothes, threw him in
a row boat and told him never to come back.”
Beaver, 65, of Matamoras was born in Beavertown during 1923.
“It was a
town where you generally minded your own business,” Beaver said.“You were taught never to look too much up
the hillsides or at the houses so you wouldn’t see anything.If someone saw you looking up there, and then
their still was raided, they might blame you for it.”
watch his grandfather, Robert, in action, however.
Beaver’s two sons made moonshine, and he rowed their product across the Ohio
River to West Virginia
customers, Walter Beaver said.
“I was too
young, they wouldn’t let me go,” he recalled.
had a sophisticated alarm system to watch for law officers. That system
apparently included someone in the courthouse who tipped off the local
Robert Beaver’s house would yell the name of a nonexistent dog, and by the time
the law arrived, family members were all sitting around the dinner table.
one close call, however, when Robert Beaver’s sons dashed down to the riverside
and escaped across the river in a row boat to West
Virginia as the law closed in, Walter Beaver
said.The two hitched a ride to Sistersville,
W.Va. and then were picked up by a friend
who brought them back to Beavertown.
“Scotty” Scott would fly in and land in corn fields and a small landing strip
to collect loads of the Beavertown moonshine for sale elsewhere, said historian
Devol.Police couldn’t cope with the
area’s first aviator because they were limited to land.
moonshine was touted as the only way to earn a living in the community, Lyle
Beaver set up another business there.
“I had a
barber shop when I was 12 years old cutting kids’ hair,” said Beaver, who is 80
and still working part-time in his Matamoras shop.“I cut for 10 cents.If they didn’t have a dime, I didn’t charge
Beavertown Has Esprit de Corp
The Parkersburg News, Sunday, May 9, 1976
By Diana McMahan of The News Staff
O.—Throughout its long history, Beavertown has been known to have an unusual
amount of community spirit, and esprit de corp among the people who live
this is because the large majority of people who have lived there for the past
125 years have been friends, as well as being related to each other—sisters,
brothers, cousins, down through the fifth and sixth generations!
perhaps it’s because they have shared so many of the same experiences.During historic times, the people of
Beavertown not only lived in close proximity, but they worked side by side, on
family and community projects.
One of the
best known of the community projects was a fleet of mussel boats, a combined
project of the Beaver and the Mount families.
shells were sold to button factories, chiefly the factory located at St.
Marys, W.Va.However, before the mussel shells could be
sold, they had to go through a rough processing.
was mostly the Beavertolwn men who manned the mussel boats, it was the women
and children who waited on shore and did the dirty work.
boats were equipped with poles about 10 feet long, each pole having about 40
lines going down it.Each line contained
sturdy wire hooks with four barbs each.These hooks dragged along the river bottom, and mussel shells would
clamp shut on the hooks.
men had the boats of the Beavertown fleet filled with the big Ohio
River mussels, they would dock and the women and children took
had to be completely cleaned before they could be sold to the button
factory.The women had huge fires
roaring on shore, and they could fill the big pots with mussels.
the mollusks were cooked, they had to be cleaned.The mussel boat fleet was truly a community
project, and everyone participated.
addigtiion to the fleet of mussel boats, the Beaver family had prospered, and
they owned at least two packet boats on the OhiRiver.
were named Beaver No. 1 and Beaver No. 2.These boats seem to have been a family or community project, including
both ownership and the crewmen who worked on them.
these two boats are not presently known.However, the “Matamoras Enterprise” dated Dec. 17, 1914 has a note listed under Sheets Run
items.“Beaver No. 2 is going to run
excursions to Marietta this
week.Now is the time to do your
family can trace its genealogy back to Michael Beaver, who came from Germany.He married Catherine Benine, and they brought
their family first to Maryland,
then to the OhoValley
in 1838, settling on Sheets Run on the Arthur Taylor farm.
lived out their lifespan on the farm and are buried in a small family grave
yard.Michael Beaver, born 1784, died July 28, 1860, aged 75 years, nine
months and four days. His wife’s stone reads born Sept. 10, 1796, died Sept. 5, 1858.They had three children, Nancy, Rachel and John.
born May 16, 1831 in Maryland.Once in Ohio,
he remained his lifetime, marrying (1856) Rebecca Thompson, daughter of
Benjamin Thompson of Pennsylvania.Although Andrews Washington County History
states that they had 13 children, the family Bible lists only 10.John Beaver died Nov. 21, 1913, and is buried in the older section of the
Parr Hill cemetery.Thanks for Beaver
historical details goes to Eileen Thomas, who has done a complete study.
The name of
Beaver crops up often throughout area history, not only in Beavertown, but in
the outlying areas.Peter Beaver moved
north to Matamoras and was one of the fore thinking men who signed the first
petition for incorporation in 1846.
Post Office bore the name of Dawes, for Rufus Dawes, rproponet of the ill-fated
Marietta to Bellaire railroad.However, it was not established until 1882.
Beavertown area also boasts several important firsts!
it is thought the very first man to live in GrandviewTownship was David Shepherd, who
built his cabin right below Beavertown. He came down the river, lived here an
undetermined amount of time and then moved on.
permanent settlers in the township were most definitely the Dickerson brothers,
who took over the Shepherd claim.They
were Thomas, Revolutionary War veteran.And his brothers, Vachel and Kinsey, who were famed as Indian scouts
throughout the OhioValley,
often traveling with Jonathan Zane and Lewis Wetzel.
Making Room for Progress
77-year old NewportElementary School demolished
By Wayne Towner, Staff Writer for the MuskingumValley Review, Sunday, June 16, 2002
As about 50
people watched with mixed emotions…heavy machines spent Monday morning tearing
down the main portion of NewportElementary
School, a 77-year old piece of Newport’s
history.Lolanne Hale has been a teacher
at the school for 24 years and said she felt both sadness and joy as she
watched the building reduced to rubble.
in a way, but in a way it’s really great to see the progress that’s going to be
made in this community and for our kids.It’s exciting,” she said.“I’ve
been in the new building three or four times, and it’s wonderful.It’s going to be really exciting for the kids
and the staff to have a new building.”
million [dollar] project—utilizing both state and local funds—is providing new
elementary schools for Newport and
New Matamoras and extensive renovations at FrontierHigh School, including the
construction of a cafeteria, five classrooms and a district bus garage.
construction work began in August 2001, most of the construction and
renovations work in the district either is on or ahead of schedule, Frontier
Schools Superintendent Harold Carl said.The elementary school was scheduled for completion in November, but
should be ready by the beginning of the school year in late August, he
said.The high school renovation work
should be completed in November.
the building demolished Monday was built in 1925.For many years, it has served as the school
for the younger children from kindergarten through fourth grade at Newport.The new school is nearly completed and will
be much more state-of-art, she said.It
will have televisions in each classroom, telephone intercoms, a media center,
computers in every room, a science lab and many other features.
the old school had long reached the point where it needed replaced.“We would have snow come in around the
windows in the winter time.You’d freeze
to death one day and burn up the next day.There was plaster falling off the ceilings.It was time for it to go,” she said.
building across the street provided classrooms for fifth through eight graders
and was commonly called the “junior high” building.It is even older than the elementary building
and was built in 1917.For many years,
it was known as NewportHigh
Principal Bill Wotring said the junior high building is scheduled for
demolition in August after asbestos abatement work is done in the building.
Wotring said Monday’s demolition work will clear the way for the final
construction of the new school’s gymnasium.After the junior high building is demolished later this summer, it will
become a parking area, he said.
officials have decided to keep and maintain the third building in the Newport
school complex, the school’s gymnasium.It will continue to be made available to the community at large for
events and programs and will effectively double the amount of gym space
available in Newport once the new
building is completed, he said.
people in the Newport community,
their history and connections to the old school can run deep.
Murphy, the secretary at NewportSchool,
has been involved with the school for most of her life.Murphy attended the school herself as a child
and her parents attended the old NewportHigh School.She also has children and grandchildren who
have attended the school throughout the years.
addition, members of her family have served the school as adults, including a
brother who worked as the district superintendent, an uncle who served as Newport’s
first basketball coach and an uncle and her father who each served on the
district’s school board.
family’s always been connected with the school in some way,” she said.
experiencing mixed emotions as she watched the demolition work Monday.She said she was sad to see the old school
going but also was happy to see the new school and other changes.
“Our kids deserve
it, they really do,” Murphy said.
a right to learn in an environment that’s comfortable.It’s going to be a nice school, really nice,”
scene is expected to occur in New Matamoras in the near future.Carl said the schedule calls for the old
elementary school in New Matamoras to be demolished in about two weeks.
Chamber Family History
By W. M. Brown—The spelling, capitalization, and punctuation is as
recorded by W. M. Brown.
Chambers to come to the U.S.A.
came to Philadelphia about the time
it was first settled. Ben Chambers moved from Philadelphia
to the Chambersburg district in 1634 and took up land
there and laid out the town of Chambersburg
in 1664.They have quite a large
monument erected to him as the first settler.I got this information from Helen Brown when she and Florence
(her daughter) made a tour to the east through this town.Mother said John Chambers stopped at Chambersburg
before he came to the Brown farm near Reas Run about 1783 or a little
Chambers—One of the first settlers of WashingtonCounty.Emigrated to America
between 1783 and 1799, Had nine sons.Married Anne Grear.Came from CountyDown,
Ireland. Died in 1823.
Chambers—Older brother of John Chambers, Sr., settled in Lawrence
township about 1810.A younger sister
emigrated from Ireland
at the same time.She became the wife
of Hugh Wilson of Arelious township.
Chambers (above) One of the early and probably the first settlers in Lawrence
township before Newport township
was organized.At that time Lawrence
and Ludlow townships were included
in Newport.This was before the survey.Born probably about 1760.Died in 1823.Was the Great Grandfather of this writer.Came from County DownIreland.CountyHistory says he came to his home on
the mouth of Chambers run, North side of the Muskingdom Creek.Short distance below Cow Run, in 1798, or
1799.He lived two years at the mouth of
Sacket Run in Ludlow township in
Chambers lived to be 104 years old.She
was Scotch.Her brother was a
Congregational Minister around Marietta
at the time she lived at Chambers Run, Lawrence. Twp.
Chambers (above) built the first grist and saw mill on the Little Muskingdom
River, also the first church of any kind.Any denomination could use this church when they wanted it. (page 678,
Washington County History)According to
the memory of my Grandfather Joseph Chambers, John Chambers Sr. came from
Philadelphia to around Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and from their down the Ohio
River on a Keil Boat and landed at the J. Henson, Walter Brown Farm ½ mile up
river from Reas Run, He built his first log house about 200 feet above Broom
Run on the river bank built the second house of log a short distance from the
first. He left this locality to go to Sackett Run on the Little Muskingdom
Creek.He complained that the river
pirates robed him of his corn, hogs and other goods.
Chambers were Scotch probably came to Ireland when Scotland conquered Ireland’s
seven counties in the NorthThey
claimed, according to my mother, to be descendants from the Stewarts, Scotch
Kings before they married into English Royal Family.My mother, Mary Elizabeth Chambers said that
John Chambers collected a small amount from a large estate in Scotland
after coming to this country. The estate was entailed down to the 14th
generation.The amount collected was so
small that it did not pay to collect.John Chambers being about the sixth or seventh generation, I saw an
article in a magazine several years ago that described this estate.Don’t remember the names or dates.
Chambers—said that he was born on the Brown Farm.I think he said he was the fifth son of John
Chambers.His father lived here about 15
years.He was born in 1806 He said he
was 6 years old when they left the Brown Farm and he knew Charles French as a
small boy.Living on the one time
Allison Farm I remember Charles French when I was about 10 or 12 years old.He was a very old man at the time.(W.M. Brown)
Chambers—taught school a short time.
Nancy Chambers taught school at St.
Mary’s W. Va. Several terms before she married James
Steal of Baricksville, W. Va. He was a flour
miller.Nancy and Dr. Joe Chambers both
are buried at Baricksville W. Va.
(Page 150 WashingtonCounty History)Chambers War History Muster Roll—Captain Joe
B. Daniels Company.First Regiment,
Third Brigade, Seventh Division Volunteer.Militia Co. by Major O. Burnet, Oatis J. Chambers, Non-commissioned
officer, cavalry, aged twenty years.He
was a private soldier.John Chambers,
Salmon Chambers Third generationWar
1861 to 1865.Marietta
township.William Chambers aged 23,
Veteran Sept. 1862.Three years
Company H.Discharged Jan. 1863.Elias Chambers Age 21, volunteered 1862.For three years.Regiment 92, Company F. Private 20 years of
age.Harmer, First Company.Salmon Chambers 2 years as sergeant.Aged 26, Volunteered October 1861.Three Yrs. Service, First Cavalry, Company L
served 4 years.1862-1865. A
reestablished Veteran, Otis J. and Danial T. Chambers Jan 8, 1864 three years.service thirty-ninth regiment company 13
Mustered out July 9, 1865.Chambers War Record according to CountyHistory.(Page 273 WashingtonCounty History)
First Bank at Harmer, First
Corporation in the State of Ohio
which excirsized banking powers.Was
chartered Feb. 10, 1808.As the Bank of Marietta.The Directors names were Rufus Putnam, Pres.
Gen G. Gillman, Will Skinner Paul Faring Dudley Woodridge, Earl Sporate, Dvid
Putnam.First cashier in the stone
building in Harmer, a short distance above the dam.In 1812 the bank was moved to Marietta
side of the river.Occupied a one story
building on Front Street.Lot above the First
Congregational Church.At this time
David Putnam resigned his chairmanship and chairmanship was succeeded by David
S. Chambers about 1812 to 1813.In 1815
William Henderson was cashier.In 1816
the state extended the charter, to 1843.When business as suspended at the end of the charter.The first bank vault was constructed in the
building.Was removed in 1833 from the
old building.Safe, a heavy plank chest,
barred with iron and secured by heavy padlocks.Now a relic in the possession of the Bank of Marietta.1860 (Page 373, Co History) for further
information read Co. History.Samuel
Chambers volunteered in the war 1761[1861?]-1865 Volunteered Jan, 18, 1864 for three years.Thirty-ninth Regiment.Company B Private mustered out July 9, 1864.Page 565 CountyHistory)John Chambers, trustee, Newport
township.Jacob Middleswart and S. Hervy
It looks as if there is some
mistake about the dates as Joe Chambers was around 6 years old at the time they
left the Brown Farm. They would have arrived at Sacett Run about 1811 or
1812.If the countyHistory is right they would have
come to the Brown Farm in 1783.John
Chambers was a squatter when on the Brown Farm in IndependenceTownship.He had no patent right for land as it was not
Joe Chambers said that they left
the Brown Farm at Reas Run when he was 5 or 6 years old.That would be 1811 when they arrived at
Wingett Run. They lived for 2 years in Lawrence
township before moving to Chambers Run in Lawrence
township.John Chambers lived 15 years
at the Brown Farm before he left.
I have heard Old Dr. McElhinney
tell stories about trips on rafts.John
Chambers floated down the little Muskingdom Creek and Ohio River
as far as Cincinnati.He laughed about them saying that they had to
have whiskey so that they could see further in the fog.
The Mill was a straight saw hung on
a frame run by a water wheel.Grists
were also ground by stone burrs.By the
William Chambers older brother of
John Chambers arrived from North Ireland in 1910
[1810?].He settled across the creek
from Chambers Run.He had 2 daughters
and 2 sons.One daughter was Mary A.
West.One son James P. Chambers was a
surveyor.He surveyed land without
instruments.He was very accurate at
One sister not named, came across
with Will Chambers, she married Hugh Wilson of Arelious Twp.
James G. Chambers sone of John
Chambers was distinguished for having a high temper.He was a captain in the Army of 1812.
William Chambers A younger brother
was killed by lightning at the age of 17 years.
Joseph Chambers My Grand father,
married Matilda McElhinnyShe was Joseph
(Dr.) McElhinny’s sister, Matilda lived on part of John Chambers farm until
1850 when they moved to Harmer, later to Marietta.Next lot north of Citizens Bank, on 2nd
Street, Marietta, Ohio.He was first a farmer and sawmill hand in his
fathers mill, later a carpenter at Fort Knox Boat yard.
Joseph Chambers children were; Lucy
Chambers, born 1838 died about 1858.She
died from Typhoid.Mary Elizabeth born
1840, died Nov, 7, 1912.Nancy D. Chambers, and Dr. Joseph
Chambers.He was one of the first dental
surgeons in Marietta.
Mary E. Chambers.My mother was a school teacher started
teaching 1855 at Reas Run.Then she
taught at Marietta for 2
terms.She also taught at Leith Run or
Center Valley In 1866 she married Walter Brown 3rd.
Alumni of NewportHigh
Mary Arlene Williams
John Robert Holdren
Lennie Leota Francis
Ronald Neil Herlan
Esther Marlene Riggs
Jo Ann Seevers
Nancy Lee Thompson
Nina Jean Hearn
Patty Lou Mendenhall
Carl Edward Brown, Jr.
Mary Ann Hearn
Berl Dale Baker
Linda Diane Finley
Nancy Lou Thompson
Franklin Van Noy
Steven Clayton Berga
David Edgar II
Linda Sue Yonaley
Varsity 1956 Team
Billy Hall Manger
Mr. and Mrs. Horace Greeley Heater came to Ohio
from Pennsylvania in 1901 and
settled in Newport in 1920.Mr. Heeter was born ____________married August 14, 1901 to Sallie Dunkle
Painter, daughter of Peter and Mary Anne Logue Painter.She was born October 2, 1878.They were the parents of three children:Gale Heeter, Mary Heeter, and Mead Heeter.Horace Heeter died September 15, 1926.Mrs Sallie Heeter died Ocbober 12, 1961.
Miss Mary Heeter, a graduate of Newport High School Calss of
19__, began her secretarial career with Dr. George T. Gale in 19__.She is an active member in the NewportUnitedMethodistChurch, W.S.C.S., and a delegate in
the United Methodist Conference.
Gale married Hilda Gano, parents of Ted and Charlotte.
On July 26, 1898,
Newport celebrated its one
hundredth anniversary; it was the third permanent colony in Washington