Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Horror of Hasty Interment

The Marietta Register, May 24, 1866

The Zanesville Signal of last week states that a few days since, a coffin containing the body of a lady was shipped from Parkersburg on board the D. M. Sechler for transportation to Guernsey County, via Wheeling. Upon reaching its destination and being opened by the friends, their horror and dismay may be imagined upon discovering that the unfortunate lady had evidently come to life during her incarceration within the narrow limits of her coffin. Her hands were up to her head, and the tangled and disordered hair gave evidence of a struggle which must have been as brief as terrible.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Local Man Purchases Wakefield

Marietta Daily Times, June 13, 1916

The Wakefield, one of Marietta's leading hotels, was sold Monday afternoon by Charles A. Ward to S. A. Mullikin of this city. The purchaser has leased the hostelry to Thomas W. Porter and Edward Cottle, who will take possession next Monday morning. While the purchase price is not given out, it is understood to have been something over $30,000.

The Wakefield, which is located at Third and Putnam streets, was erected about sixteen years ago, but a part of the structure had been operated by Mrs. K. L. Dye as a boarding house for 30 years. The hotel has always enjoyed a large patronage from the traveling public, as well as from the residents of the city.

The new owners will renovate the structure at once and expect next year to remodel the structure and build an addition of 25 rooms with baths, making a first class $2 and $2.50 house. The lessee will improve the service as soon as they take possession. They have purchased the furniture and fixtures.

Mr. Porter is an experienced hotel and restaurant man. He has operated the St. Elmo hotel for three years and the Superior restaurant on Second Street for the past six years. He will continue to operate the St. Elmo, but will turn the restaurant over to B. W. Stanley, who has been associated with him.

Mr. Cottle is a chef, who has recently been employed at the St. Cloud hotel. Formerly he was employed in a like capacity at Braun's.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Boys Risk Lives to Leave Jail

The Register-Leader, October 30, 1916

Youthful Robbers Break County Jail Here, Are Caught.

Make Key of Spoon.  Peg Leg Taken From Boy.

Clarence Lemmon, 17, and William Lemmon, 14, brothers confined in the juvenile apartment of the county jail made their escape sometime during Saturday night, the boys declare between 10 and 11 o'clock. They were caught by Capt. Smith of the Parkersburg police department about 10 o'clock Sunday morning four miles this side of Parkersburg. Sheriff Posey was notified and the young jail birds were returned by him by automobile to the county prison.

Asked how they made their escape, the boys said that they worked one whole day making a key to the lock in the prison window with an old spoon. Successful in this undertaking, they unlocked the barred window, climbed upon the window sill, pulled themselves up on an eavespout about five feet above the prison window to the roof of the court house, thence through a window into the tower and down the tower steps to the interior of the court house. Exit from the court house proper was made through one of the doors on the first floor.

The boys stole their way across the Ohio River bridge and were walking the road to Parkersburg when apprehended. Clarence, the boy who has a peg leg, tried to run into the Ohio River when Capt. Smith went to take him and his brother into custody.

Sheriff Posey is under the impression that the elder Lemmon boy broke the lock in the jail window with his wooden leg instead of picking the lock with a broken spoon. For this reason,the peg leg was last night taken away from the crippled boy and will be taken away from him every night until the courts dispose of the case of the two youths.

It was Clarence, William, and their elder brother Ernest who robbed the Buckeye Clothing store of over $600 in merchandise and carried their loot through the culvert that leads from behind the Buckeye store to the Muskingum River. They carried the clothing in a boat to Little Hocking, where they shipped it to Akron. The boys were caught in Akron and brought to Marietta. 

Arraigned before Judge Follett in common pleas court last week, Ernest Lemmon pleaded not guilty to the charge of robbing the Buckeye Store. Clarence, the peg leg, pleaded guilty in an effort, it is believed, to obtain the mercy of the court, while William, the youngest of the trio, was detained for action of the probate court.

The law provides that juvenile prisoners not be imprisoned with the other inmates of a county prison. The only place in which juvenile prisoners can in anywise be securely confined in the county jail, is by placing them in a small room, just opposite the wash room of the jail. There is but one window in this room, and covering it is a large iron-barred affair provided with a heavy lock. It was through this window that the boys escaped. How the peg-leg youth climbed the eavespout onto the roof of the court house is a mystery. It must have been a difficult feat, even for his brother, who is very small for his age.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pike Street School to be Re-Opened

The Register-Leader, October 3, 1916

Requests by residents of the East End, presented to Marietta city board of education several weeks ago for the opening of the Pike Street school, were granted at a meeting of the school board Monday evening. Pike Street school, which has been closed for several years, will be reopened about November 1. Just how many grades will be taught at Pike Street has not as yet been determined, but this will be known within a week or two. Pupils in the lower grades of Willard and Norwood schools will be transferred to the Pike Street school.

The board instructed Supervisor of Buildings, Whiston, to make the necessary repairs on the Pike Street building in order to use the building for school purposes. Mr. Whiston stated that it would probably be the first of next month before these repairs could be completed.

Action on the opening of the Pike Street school was delayed by the board until it became known just how many children would be accommodated there. The big increase in the number of enrollments in the Norwood and Willard buildings makes it imperative that another school building be opened.

Many Students Enrolled

An increase in enrollment of nearly 200 pupils in the city schools at the end of the first month of school this year was reported by Superintendent Skinner, over the enrollment at the end of the first month one year ago. Mr. Skinner reported the following comparative enrollments:

High school:  1916 - 503; 1915 - 455
Marion school:  1916 - 290; 1915 - 289
Washington school:  1916 - 725; 1915 - 710
Willard school:  1916 - 346; 1915 - 321
Norwood school:  1916 - 341; 1915 - 306
Harmar school:  1916 - 426; 1915 - 389
Terberg school:  1916 - 69; 1915 - 63
Fairview Heights:  1916 - 27; 1915 - 36
Totals:  1916 - 2,727; 1915 - 2,569

This is the largest enrollment ever reported for the Marietta schools, and Superintendent Skinner reported that only three or four rooms in the entire city had any empty seats. The eighth grads in all the buildings are especially crowded, an unusually large eighth grade, composed of 53 pupils, being enrolled at Willard school.

Increased enrollment in the Fairview Heights district has necessitated the reducing of that school from a four-grade school to a three-grade school. The pupils of the fourth grade in that district have been transferred to the Harmar school.

Enrollment of First Grade Pupils

Superintendent Skinner asked for a modification of the rule covering the enrollment of first grade pupils. He wants a rule made that children entering the schools for the first time should do so but once a year. The present rule provides that all children whose sixth birthday is before Jan. 1 can enter school in September, and all whose birthdays are after Jan. 1 enter at the beginning of the second semester. Mr. Skinner asks that the rule be changed so that all children whose birthdays fall before March 1 be permitted to enter in September, and that no new first-grade pupils be permitted to enter at the second semester. The board instructed the superintendent to make a careful examination into the question and bring the matter to its attention again.

The salaries of Mrs. Whiting, janitress of the Terberg building, and Mrs. Lillie Wolfe, janitress of the Fairview Heights building, were increased from $7 to $8 per month, respectively.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

General Rufus Putnam's Army Chest

The Marietta Register, May 16, 1878

Through the courtesy of our well known and respected fellow citizen, Col. William R. Putnam, American Union Lodge No. 1 of Free and Accepted Masons have been put in possession of a very valuable relic, the old hero's army chest. It is made of pine, 3-1/2 feet long, 18 inches wide and 16 inches deep, with a till across one end. On the outside is the name in well shaped letters, R. Putnam, Lew't Colo'n 22 Reg. The chest shows unmistakable signs of antiquity and rough usage.

In 1740, there were 80 males of the name of Putnam in America, two of whom became conspicuous in the history of our country and Free Masonry. Rufus was born at Sutton, Worcester County, Mass., April 9th, 1738, joined the Revolutionary Army at Cambridge, 1775; made a Mason in American Union Lodge No. 1, July 26th, 1779. The place of meeting of the Lodge when he received the degrees was at the "Robinson House," on the east bank of the Hudson, about two miles below West Point. 

Eleven years after (June 28th, 1790), he was present at a meeting of the Lodge in Campus Martius, Marietta, Ohio, at which time he was elected Junior Warden. This was the first Lodge opened in the Northwest Territory. He was elected Master of the Lodge in 1791, served six years and gave great satisfaction. In 1808, a convention was called at Chillicothe to organize a Grand Lodge of Ohio. At this meeting Putnam, at the advanced age of 70, was unanimously elected Grand Master of Masons in Ohio.

He continued his membership in American Union Lodge until his death, which took place in Marietta, May 4th, 1824.

Any person having old Masonic books, papers or relics of any kind, pertaining to American Union Lodge or Masonry generally, are most earnestly solicited to present them to Old No. 1, and the undersigned is duly authorized to receive them.

George T. Hovey