Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Used Gun to Scare Umpire

The Register-Leader, May 6, 1907

Youthful Ball Players Cut Quite a Caper on Washington Street Commons.

A miniature hold-up was a feature of a baseball game, Saturday afternoon, between a lot of boys on Washington Street commons, and from the actions of two or three of the boys, it is very evident that they have a bad career before them unless they are immediately rounded up.

Two young teams were scheduled for a game.  Two members of one team went prepared to win no matter what happened, and when a dispute arose over a decision by the umpire, one of the boys immediately pulled a loaded pistol of twenty-two calibre, and proceeded to tell the official of the game what he would do.

Things were getting pretty lively when George Curtis, a well-known colored man, came along and took the gun away from the belligerent player.  The weapon was taken to the store of Frank Baker, unloaded, and the boy was told he could have it after the game was over.  

Within a very few minutes a companion of the boy entered the store, flourished another gun, and threatened the store keeper if he did not return the pistol he had.  The store keeper immediately went over the counter, grabbed the boy with the second gun, and took it away from him.  

In the meantime the other youngster, so it is reported, proceeded to a show case where his gun had been placed, secured it and helped himself to other articles.  But about this time customers entered the store and both boys were captured.  The goods were taken from the boys and they were allowed to go their way.  They both belong to respectable families, and their parents will be notified of their actions.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Louis Goebel Estate

The Register-Leader, June 16, 1908

One of Marietta's Most Beautiful and Inviting Properties.

The "Louis Goebel Estate" Home, Surrounded by Seven Acres of Choice Ground.

A newspaper representative was invited to take a ride with a gentleman who was going to the Goebel home in the northeastern part of the city on a business errand.  When he arrived on the scene he was asked into the great grand house which has stood on the hill near the center of the seven acres which surround it, and which commands one of the most beautiful views of the surrounding country, the city, the hills and the valleys. He was amazed at the grandeur of the big house from every standpoint, passing from room to room, through spacious halls between large parlors, to the second floor, where large bedrooms, light, airy, high ceilings and a picturesque view from each caught his eye. Then, thinking he had concluded the rounds he was taken to the third floor, where the space in the mansard roof is adapted to almost anything in the living line.  Then to the cupola, from which a view of splendid grandeur greeted the eye.  

It is hardly necessary to say more to Marietta people than that the Goebel home is one of the finest, if not the best, in all the city, and its natural surroundings, with large orchard containing many varieties of choice fruit, burdened with the weight of an unusual crop, this year, the largest and finest garden we have seen anywhere.  The strawberry beds bearing the last of a large crop, the immense crop of hay just being harvested, the shade of many beautiful trees, choice shrubbery, with its June blossoms, the great underground cellar, fine barn, all go to make the place one of the most inviting in all the Ohio valley.

There is nothing in the spacious house to detract from its completeness, it being furnished throughout with all modern conveniences, even to a complete laundry and a cellar not to be equalled anywhere.  The seven acres surrounding afford ample room for all that is needed with such premises.  The character of soil, rich, loamy, soft, gives to the place the grandest garden spot out of doors.  Added to all that has been said, you hear the merry whistle of the quail, the young rabbits are running about, and the squirrels, of which there are many, eat from your hands.

The elevation of the house makes it one of the most healthful to be found.  The first and second floors have eleven spacious rooms, and as many more as would ever be desired can be arranged on the third floor.  The property was that of the late Louis Goebel, who constructed it from the very best of material to be had, personally looked after its construction, allowing nothing that was not perfect to find a place in the building.  It is a brick structure, built to last for ages, in good repair.  

The property is within the city limits, although from every standpoint can be considered a country home, and a more ideal spot for a country home, with the added advantages of city conveniences, would be hard to find.  It is easy of access, surrounded by other fine country homes and occupied by most delightful neighbors.  It is unfortunate that circumstances connected with the settlement of large estates should find it advisable on the part of the heirs to dispose of such a property and they each and all reluctantly agree that this is the best thing to do.  They have, however, come to this decision and have placed the property in the hands of Flanders Bros., who are looking about for a suitable buyer.  This much may be said, however, that whoever obtains the property will have one of the finest homes ever offered and at a satisfactory price.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Another Revolutionary Patriot Gone

The Marietta Intelligencer, August 22, 1850

Died at his residence in Watertown, on Tuesday, the 30th July, Col. Simeon Deming, in the 88th year of his age.  He was a native of Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and emigrated with his family in the fall and winter of 1796 and 1797, to the then Northwest Territory, and with two others, opened the first Wagon Road West from Marietta.

Nurtured in the school of the revolution, he early imbibed the spirit of those times, and when a youth, participated in the trials and dangers of a campaign on the Northern frontier of New York, and was led into an ambuscade of Tories and Indians, when Col. Brown and others of the Massachusetts volunteers were killed.

Particularly fond in early life of Martial display, he devoted considerable attention to the subject - and held commissions from Gov. Hancock of Massachusetts - and also from acting Gov. Sargent of the Territory, older than any man living at this time.  Arden in his sympathies, he was sincere and confiding in his principles, of diffident and unobtrusive manners, he rather shunned than courted the attentions of others.  Domestic in his feelings he always sought and found his greatest enjoyment in the endearments of home - rendered doubly endearing by the enchanting melody of his own sweet musical powers, which were of a highly cultivated order and for many years, the favorite exercise of his leisure hours.

Strictly puritan in his education, the high moral standard of that age, marked all his conduct through life, but he renounced all confidence in the efficacy of his own moral goodness, by a public profession of faith in the atoning merits of one whose Righteousness is perfect.  Temperate and uniform in all his habits, he enjoyed almost uninterrupted good health, and though for the last twenty years, he lived secluded from the world (by reason of deafness) and had wholly resigned all its cares, still it was his pleasure to be diligent in business, with no other object or motive than the luxury of doing good.  He seemed to live a relic of other days, and could say, "all the days of my appointed time will I wait," till my change comes.  And when the summons came, he understood its meaning, and without moving a muscle he quietly fell asleep in about twelve hours after its announcement.


Watertown, Aug. 14.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A False Report

Marietta Intelligencer, March 9, 1853

We have noticed the following article in two or three of our exchanges.  It now turns up in the Pittsburg Gazette:

"The Sacrifice of a Medium.  A man whose name is Samuel Cole, residing in Washington county, Ohio, who was made insane from the workings of the spirit-rappings delusion became possessed of the idea that he must offer, like Abraham of old, a sacrifice to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.  He accordingly proceeded to carry his object into execution, by taking off one of his feet, which he succeeded in doing some days since, in a very scientific manner, and with a heroic determination that it should compare with the self-sacrificing deeds done in the earlier ages.  His family, fearing that some other of his limbs might be demanded in a like cause, had him conveyed to the Lunatic Asylum at Columbus, where he is now in the enjoyment of as much liberty as the nature of his disease will warrant the superintendent of that institution in granting him."

Such an occurrence may have taken place somewhere, but we think not in "Washington county, Ohio."  At least we never heard of it until we saw it in some remote newspaper, and we do not think there is, or has been, such a man as "Samuel Cole" residing in this county.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lewis Mixer, Tinner

American Friend & Marietta Gazette, May 9, 1829

Lewis Mixer, Tinner, respectfully informs the public that he has recently established the Tinning Business in Marietta, at the dwelling house of Mr. Isaac Mixer, at the corner of Ohio and Third streets, where he will have on hand a general assortment of Tin Ware, at the lowest prices.  He will be ready, at all times, to accommodate his customers with Job Work of any description, who may be pleased to favor him; and hopes by his attention to business to merit the encouragement of the public.

Old Copper and Pewter will be received in payment.

Marietta, April 8, 1829.