Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Trophy

Home News, January 11, 1862

A couple of female rebels - shame upon a disloyal woman! - recently crossed the Ohio from Belleville, Virginia, to Reedsville, Meigs County, sporting the rebel flag in the form of aprons. The sight was more than three of our loyal Buckeye girls could stand, and they forthwith captured and confiscated the aforesaid contraband goods, despite the resistance of the rebels. Bravo for the Meigs girls. The aprons were divided and sent to the boys from that county in Camp Putnam, and also to the Marietta Editors, as the Telegraph says, but they failed to reach the latter.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rope Walkers

The Home News, November 3, 1860:

Tall Walking

Tuesday last was a "great day in Marietta."  So the bills said.  They also said that on that day, Master Charlie Alford would give us, to quote from the Rhyme of ye Ancient Pedlar Man, a "specimen of tall walking."  And so he did.

He stretched his cable from the roof of the National House to a pole erected at the corner of the alley by the "burnt district" - some 300 feet long and 50 to 60 feet high.  At the appointed time, Charlie made his appearance on the roof of the National, in costume, and seizing his balancing pole, marched out on his air line, with the stately and heroic tread of a warrior.  He reached the other end of this journey without difficulty, amid the hushed stillness of the largest crowd we ever saw in Marietta.  Had it been a political gathering, it would have been said that ten thousand people were present; but as it was not, five thousand will include all.

Resting a few moments, he retraced his steps to near the National, when fastening his pole to the cable and guys, he gave an illustration of how a man would look pointing his pedals to the sky, hanging by his hands, feet, &c. at that distance above terra firma.

In the evening, in the beautiful moonlight, the performance was repeated, a torch being fastened to each end of his pole to light him on his perilous way.  He accomplished the feat without difficulty, and retraced his steps to the hotel backward.  A few Roman candles ended the entertainment, which was witnessed by almost as large a crowd as in the afternoon.  Let Blondin look out for his laurels.

The Home News, December 29, 1860:

More Rope-Walking

Mr. Moses Cook, a young gentleman residing in the eastern part of Marietta Township, thinks some things can be done as well as others, and that Washington County boys can do what any body else can, proposes to walk a rope fifty feet high and three hundred feet long at Robinson's Mill on the Little Muskingum, on Tuesday afternoon next, New Year's day. He expects to see the day when he will beat Blondin all hollow. Those who are fond of such exhibitions should be on hand.

The Home News, January 12, 1861:  

Mr. Moses Cook, on New Year's day, performed his rope-walking experiments at Robinson's Mill with complete success. He walked backward and forward with steadiness and grace, and did everything that could be done except standing on his head. The cable was 48 feet high and 300 long.

The Home News, January 26, 1861:

Tall Walking

Mr. Charles Cook of this township, who exhibited a specimen of tall walking equal to young Alford on the Little Muskingum on the 1st inst., will show the citizens of Marietta and all others who choose to come and look on, how it was done, on Saturday, the 2d day of February. His rope will be 300 feet long and 50 feet high, on which he will perform all the usual antics of the profession.

The Home News, February 9 1861:

The rope walking exhibition of Mr. Moses Cook on Saturday last was a decided failure. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, several hundred people assembled to witness the performance, but the rain rendered the cable in a very unfit condition to walk on, and after progressing a few feet from the roof of the National, the attempt was abandoned as too hazardous. 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Jail Break

Home News, December 14, 1861:

Evacuated - A general jail delivery took place at Winsor Castle at an early hour on Thursday night when the iron parlor was evacuated by all its involuntary tenants, seven in number. This room, for the better security of the boarders, had been faced with boiler iron, but the stone floor had been left as it was. A large stone slab behind the stove had been laboriously sawn in two and a part removed , large enough to afford exit to the ground below. In this dungeon place, about four feet high, they worked at the outside wall with a piece of iron bar until a sufficient portion had been displaced to get through to the earth.

Everything being in readiness, soon after dark on Thursday night the slab was removed for the last time and dropped down, and the jail birds quit their comfortable quarters, leaving the hold covered with a piece of sheet iron. Quick work was made of the dirt between the wall and the top of the ground, and the prisoners scattered. One of them, Bob Griggs, went immediately to Camp Tupper and notified Capt. Chandler of what had occurred. He, accompanied by Capt. McCormick, hastened to the jail and communicated the information to the astonished sheriff that his boarders had taken French leave.

Measures were taken for instant pursuit, and before nine o'clock several horsemen were on their track. One of the prisoners, Henry Elder, was under indictment for murder, four others for penitentiary crimes, and the other two for minor offenses. We hope they will all be retaken.

Home News, December 21, 1861:

Recaptured - Three of the prisoners who effected their escape so adroitly from our jail on Thursday evening of last week have been recaptured and returned to their old quarters. Richard Taylor, indicted for burglary, was arrested at his own house on Bear Run, Lawrence Township, on the same night by Nathan F. Smith and Josiah Cline, and returned to jail early on Friday morning. These gentlemen received the reward of twenty-five dollars offered for the recapture.

Henry Elder, under indictment for murder, was taken in Lawrence Township at the house of a man named Reeves on Saturday forenoon by Messrs. William Hamilton, John Skinner, Matthew Rake and Elijah Rake, who received the reward of Fifty dollars.

Lafayette Lagrange was captured in Williamstown, Virginia, on Monday night by C. F. Nellis and J. W. Metcalf, to whom was paid the reward of twenty-five dollars. He is also indicted for burglary. 

Four others are at large, only two of whom it is desirable to retake. These are William Swank, committed for grand larceny, and Harvey Fletcher, for burglary.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Napoleon House

Marietta Gazette, March 27, 1841

George Kaldanbach respectfully informs his friends and countrymen and the public generally that he has leased for a term of years, the tavern stand formerly occupied by A. R. Harvey on Ohio street, between Third and Fourth streets, where he intends to keep a public house inferior to no other in the place. 

The house has just been thoroughly repaired and fitted up for the accommodation of travellers or boarders, and he has not the least hesitancy in giving the strongest assurance to his friends, that he will keep a quiet and orderly house, and his Table will be furnished with the best variety the country can afford. His stables are ample & well furnished with provender, together with a first rate hostler, who will pay the strictest attention to horses entrusted to his care. 

His wagon yard is furnished with a good shed for the accommodation of pedlars, movers, &c. He solicits a share of the patronage of the public, and will be under obligations to any of his friends and fellow-citizens who can recommend his house.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Lyceum Notice

Marietta Gazette, March 27, 1841:

The Harmar Lyceum will hold a public discussion of the following question, at the Town Hall in Harmar on Wednesday the 31st instant, to wit: Ought the Government of the United States to impose any restrictions on Foreign Immigration. Ladies and gentlemen are respectfully invited to attend.

Abijah Hulet
President of Harmar Lyceum.

The Mechanics Lyceum will meet on Monday evening next, March 29th, at 6-1/2 o'clock. Question for discussion: Should the town council of Marietta License houses to retail ardent spirits?  The public are invited to attend.

By order of the President, 
J. T. Clogston, Sec'y.