Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fire - Baptist Church Burned

Marietta Intelligencer, March 28, 1855

Thursday Evening, Mar. 22, 1855 - The Church building belonging to the Baptist Society of this place was destroyed by fire this morning.  The pulpit, most of the seats, and some of the doors and windows were removed in a damaged condition.

The fire was discovered about eight o'clock on the roof, and in a few moments the entire roof was in a blaze.  The walls of the lower story of the building were of stone, and were of course, but little injured.  The loss is about $1,000.  There was no insurance.

By most diligent efforts the fire was prevented from extending to the frame buildings near - some of them not more than 20 feet distant.  We are requested by Mr. L. Brigham to express his hearty thanks to the people for their vigorous and continued exertions to save his property from destruction.  His buildings were in imminent danger, but by most resolute efforts, no serious injury was done to them.

Before this fire was extinguished, another alarm was given, occasioned by the discovery of fire on the roof of O. Franks' warehouse, near his foundry.  It was extinguished without difficulty.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Streets Being Filled With Excess of Dirt

The Register-Leader, September 15, 1906

Third Street extension, which is being paved to the corporation line, is now closed to traffic, the contractors having found such a step necessary in order to carry out their work with any degree of satisfaction. They have, however, put in some extensive fills on Pennsylvania Avenue, and have opened an outlet to the lower end of that street in order to permit free traffic. A large amount of the dirt which it was found necessary to remove from Third and Front streets at the point where they are being paved has been hauled into the low ground of Riverview addition, where the streets were in need of extensive repairs and here it has been, and will be, used to an excellent advantage. 

Another big improvement to be made on the streets is the filling of Wooster and Washington streets, from the intersection of Seventh Street to Oak Grove Cemetery. This work is to be done with a portion of the dirt being removed from the streets where paving is in progress, and the remainder will be done with the excess dirt derived from the big sewer ditch which will be dug within the next few weeks.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015


The Marietta Register, December 29, 1898

It is evident that the present City Council will not consent to appropriating Quadranaou Square for county buildings. It is clearly within the power of the City Council to erect city buildings on Quadranaou or on Capitolium Square. Possibly on Sacra Via, all of which lie in territory ceded by the Ohio Company. Whether the right to erect city buildings is broad enough to permit their use for county buildings which are for both city and county, is perhaps one of construction. The Council did not bring out, in our opinion, the strongest reason for not assenting to the use of Quadranaou, which is, what two contributors have brought out, viz., the greater necessity of preserving it to public park purposes.

They are ideal spots on which to build, but clearly too far away from business for Court House. The county is able to buy all the ground necessary, but it did not authorize as much money as would be required to buy an ideal site as the proper location. If the new buildings shall be moved altogether away from the business district, then surely the square of Campus Martius is an ideal spot, has the sentiment and is not too large. But besides being too far away, it would take perhaps all, or nearly all that can be realized from the present locations and leave the county barely $125,000 to build with, which is not enough.

The grounds bounded by Butler, Front, Wooster and the Muskingum River never were under control of the Ohio Company and therefore never passed, as the other squares did, into the control of the City Council. This ground, by the State, was vested in the Ministerial trustees. Still there has been a good deal of common authority exercised over them. The permission to use a portion for private purposes, when the mill was built upon them, could not come from Council and perhaps was of doubtful legal right from any other power. But it was acquiesced in. When a county bridge was built the right to run a street across, or build to the bridge was assumed, but not granted, and save for the public necessity might not stand the test of the courts. So the Council probably could not consider granting an easement for county buildings above the monument on the park although it would be no worse than to appropriate Quadranaou on Third Street. That is to day, this Park is not more sacred not more needed for park purposes.

The ground below Putnam is entirely different. An enactment of last March put it directly under control of the Council for city buildings and structures for public use. It might be no stretch of the meaning of words to say "and other structures for public use" (not city public use) would clear the title for county use in common with the city. If this should not be accepted then it could only be acquired by condemnation; the right to condemn Quadranaou may exist also, but we doubt it. But the county should not strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. It made a street approach across the city commons without saying so much as by your leave. Now if the city consent to its building in common on the ground below the bridge approach, who could object?


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Teachers Institute

The Marietta Register, November 13, 1873

We could not find time for more than a call, now and then, at the Institute last week.  We regret this, because to all appearances and from all reports, it was one of the happiest reunions of teachers ever held in the county.  We have mentioned the names of our home instructors who were in attendance.  They were those who feel and manifest a special interest in the cause of education.

State School Commissioner Harvey (author of Harvey's Grammar, now in use in our public schools) was in attendance and was a cheerful and able lecturer.

Prof. Hartzler of Lancaster had charge, more especially, of penmanship, the most neglected branch taught in our schools and yet one of as much importance as any.  He is not only a very pleasant instructor, but a good penman.  None but those who can write well, can teach writing successfully.  We wish our common teachers would early learn this fact.  His lectures on English Grammar and orthography were also very able. 

Prof. J. C. Ridge had charge of Elocution.  He made many friends and, we believe, was considered a good instructor.  We only heard him in his public readings.  He gave us an excellent entertainment.  His selections were mostly humorous, and he assumed somewhat the character of an actor, though not to his discredit, in entertaining us.  We failed to hear the lectures of Profs. Graves and Kendrick, which are spoken of in terms of praise.

Prof. Bentley gave a feature not always found in our Institute, that of music.

The weather was fine for the most part, and the week was one long to be remembered.  Our list of names of teachers in attendance will show that much interest was felt among them.  May it never diminish.

Teachers' Roll

The following is the roll of teachers in attendance upon the Institute:


L. D. Brown, Newport.
Judson Phelps, Marietta.
Henry C. Parker, Liberty.
C. A. Bentley, Marietta.
A. L. Smith, Marietta.
B. E. Randall, Marietta.
T. J. Mitchell, Marietta.
Francis E. Andrews, Marietta.
John C. Ward, Fearing.
E. M. Hugus, Marietta.
William H. Bell, Marietta.
Anson De Puy, Lawrence.
L. J. Beabout, Lawrence.
William H. Mitchell, Lawrence.
D. R. Rood, Marietta.
Thomas H. Kelley, Waterford.
R. S. Padan, Marietta.
Charles G. Porter, Salem.
Theodore Scott, Marietta.
John T. Duff, Harmar.
Mr. Pannenburg, Marietta.
E. A. Jones, Marietta.
John D. Phillips, Marietta.
S. S. Porter, Marietta.
John Slattery, Marietta.
James B. Reed, Jackson, Noble County.
Andrew Gracey, Newport.
Francis E. Millard, Adams.
James N. Reese, Marietta.
James Adams, Ludlow.
Albert J. Caywood, Harmar.
Charles W. Rarick, Marietta.
James Taylor, Independence.
J. B. Lawton, Barlow.
W. F. Chevalier, Dunham.
William W. Rowlands, Marietta.
John L. Davis, Marietta.
Theodore Bracken, Marietta.
E. T. Duvall, Lawrence.
John H. Watson, Little Hocking.
L. K. Chapman, Fearing.
Jesse R. Vickers, Belpre.
S. P. Bailey, Warren.
S. S. De Garmo, Marietta.
J. M. Graham, Wesley.
R. J. Irvine, Decatur.
Frank Cheadle, Wesley.
E. S. Cox, Belpre.


Miss Delia Richardson, Marietta.
Miss Mary M. Johnson, Marietta.
Miss Nellie D. Green, Marietta.
Miss E. Bassim, Dunbar.
Miss Maggie C. Dabele, Marietta.
Miss Minnie Skipton, Palmer.
Miss Ida M. Brown, Palmer.
Miss Ella Bartlett, Harmar.
Miss Fannie Barber, Harmar.
Miss Emma J. Evans, Barlow.
Miss Lizzie Dutton, Marietta.
Miss Lucy Proctor, Watertown.
Miss Mary P. Slocomb, Marietta.
Miss Ella G. Pannenburg, Marietta.
Miss Carrie Jewell, Harmar.
Miss Park S. Browning, Belpre.
Miss Mary L. Rood, Marietta.
Miss Mary E. Berkley, Belpre.
Miss Ettie Cunningham, Belpre.
Miss Susan Daniels, Harmar.
Miss Sabra C. Thompson, Harmar.
Miss Harriet M. Dye, Marietta.
Miss Lucinda Smith, Cutler.
Miss Sarah M. Greene, Marietta.
Miss Lizzie Anderson, Marietta.
Miss Nannie Cole, Marietta.
Miss A. Jennie Cole, Harmar.
Miss Julia Barber, Harmar.
Miss Mary Eells, Marietta.
Miss Mary A. Seaman, Marietta.
Miss Jennie M. Geren, Marietta.
Miss Emma Arnold, Marietta.
Miss Maggie Arnott, Marietta.
Miss Lucy Grosvenor, Marietta.
Mrs. R. W. Devol, Marietta.
Miss Sarah A. Weeks, Marietta.
Mrs. L. O. Park, Marietta.
Miss M. Carrie Haskin, Marietta.
Miss Maria Hart, Marietta.
Miss Laura McMaster, Marietta.
Miss Hattie Remely, Dunbar.
Miss Mary J. Holden, Warren.
Miss Alice M. Bailey, Marietta.
Miss Mary M. Dye, Marietta.
Miss Emma J. Eggleston, Marietta.
Miss Angeline Dunbar, Marietta.
Miss Sarah M. Johnson, Cow Run.
Miss Mary E. Maxwell, Union.
Miss V. C. Sheppard, Marietta.
Miss Julia Fletcher, Waterford.
Miss Mattie Caywood, Hills.
Miss Alma Humiston, Watertown.
Miss Talma Goddard, Fairfield.
Miss Maria Morris, Wesley.
Miss Christina Arend, Marietta.
Miss Ellen Henry, Watertown.
Miss Mattie S. Morris, Adams.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Third Street Project Given New Impetus

Marietta Daily Times, February 24, 1915

Property Owners Name Committee to Learn Cost of Raising

Not only are residents of Third Street between Putnam and Wooster, and Scammel between Second and Fourth, interested in the project for the raising of those streets above flood level, but a large proportion of them are willing to meet their full share of the expense and will devote their efforts to putting the project through. The residents of other of the low-lying streets are also interested, and it is practical certainly that if Third Street raises itself above flood line, other thoroughfares will quickly follow suit.

These facts are made evident at a meeting held in the high school Tuesday evening for consideration of the Third and Scammel streets matter. There was a big attendance of enthusiastic property owners from the district directly interested. In addition, many persons living on other streets were present, as well as city officials, members of the city council, officials of the board of trade, members of the board of education, real estate men, contractors, and railroad representatives. About 150 people in all were on hand for a discussion of the proposal, in the agitation of which some of the biggest property owners on the streets have been the prime movers.

The outcomes of the meeting, which was purely preliminary in character, was the appointment of a committee of three, composed of Messrs. Charles Weber, W. A. Sniffen, and H. A. Wagner, with instructions to secure plans and estimates, with information as to how the improvement could be handled through the city administration, for report at at meeting to be called in the near future. This committee is expected to canvass the situation thoroughly and be able to give each of the property owners information as to how the raising of the street in front of his property will cost.

A number of enthusiastic and business-like speeches were made at the meeting, which was devoted to a general discussion of some of the phases of the proposed improvement. W. A. Whiston was elected temporary chairman and J. W. Gray temporary secretary.

Plan Is Outlined

Charles H. Weber said that the plan which had been in mind for the improvement was to run a grade from a 46 foot elevation at Putnam and Third streets to about 35 at Wooster, crossing Scammel Street at about 50 feet, with Scammel graded from about 55 at Fourth Street to the 50 foot elevation at Third. This was only tentative, he said and the men who had suggested it were willing to give or take a few feet from others who had different views on the matter.

H. A. Wagner moved that the chairman appoint a committee of three to draft resolutions and bring the street raising proposition before the meeting for consideration. On this committee were reported Hon. C. S. Dana, Henry Albrecht, and John W. Mills. The committee reported a resolution recommending that a committee be appointed to investigate the plan outlined by Mr. Weber, with the probable cost and the plans for financing it, for report to property owners and the permanent committee named above was then selected by the chairman.

Endorses the Plan

B. B. Putnam was called upon and said that the committee of 21 which recently investigated the street raising matter as a general proposition for the city had been forced to the conclusion that the only way to do it was for the property owners to get together, as they are doing in this case, and raise a street or two at a time. He had hastily figured since coming to the meeting that the deepest part of the fill, about 10 feet, would require 42 cubic feet of dirt to the running foot. Figuring this dirt at top price of 30 cents per yard, it would cost approximately $12.90 per running foot to fill the street at the most expensive point.

Dividing this between the properties on both sides of the street would mean an assessment of $6.45 per front foot on the abutting property. Add to this the cost of new paving, he said, and it would mean an assessment of not over $10 per foot to fill and pave the street at the point where the fill would be deepest and the coast greatest. Where the fill was three feet the cost would be less than $6 per front foot, he said. It would cost not over $250 to fill any yard on the street, he thought.

Thinks It Would Pay

"The cost is significant and the possible benefit unlimited," said Mr. Putnam. "Marietta can never become a city among cities until her citizens become live ones and put her up out of the reach of floods. Hardly a day passes that someone does not come into my office and ask about a business location out of the reach of the water, but we have nothing to give them. If your street is raised and other streets do not come in on the plan, I predict that most of you will be forced to sell your properties for business purposes, because the prices offered you for them will be so big you cannot afford to refuse them." 

Dr. J. C. Swan was asked to speak. He said that for about 11 years he has been attending meetings called for the purpose of raising streets, but about the only thing the citizens of Marietta have raised is their voices.

Easy to Finance It

"This is no financial obstacle in the way of raising Marietta. There is no physical obstacle in the way with the exception of the laziness in the heads of people who should be doing things. Excuse me for scolding. The trouble with Marietta is its lack of unity, its lack of community of interest, its lack of initiative and cohesion.

"If you unite on this proposition you will make money for yourselves and leave legacies for your children."

Charles H. Weber expressed the belief that the Third Street proposition can be put through. "We can do it," he said "and can bring Third Street to the front. Other streets will follow and we can make Marietta bigger and better than she has ever been. My idea of financing the proposition its that we have got to do this ourselves. We can't ask the hill people to do it. We must do it ourselves for the value it will add to our property."

He said that the meeting had been called for the purpose of learning the opinion of the property owners and urged them to express themselves freely.

Dr. Ballard For It

Dr. C. B. Ballard said that he had concluded after the 1913 flood that he would not ask anyone to raise his property or the street in front of it, believing that the increase in the value of it would remunerate him for any expense to which he was put. "What we would like to know," he said, "is just about what our tax would be on a fixed grade. This is important, as we must know whether we can finance the proposition. I believe the way for this work to be done is for the property owners to say that they will raise their property so that the property will have greater value. I believe that the other lowlanders feel the same way."

Rev. John H. Holtkamp of the German M. E. Church spoke enthusiastically in favor of the proposal. He said he thought he could say that his church, which has property at the corner of Third and Wooster streets, would do its part and that he would do so personally. "You can't stop the water's coming," he said, "but you can go up above it. The good Lord has given lots of room up there."

Suggests 48 Foot Level

F. L. Alexander of Second Street raised the question whether it would not be a mistake to raise the street to a 50-foot level. He said this would necessitate the raising of a lot of houses that have already been raised once, while a 46 or 48-foot street would make this unnecessary and would at the same time put a house five feet above the street out of all probable floods, placing them above practically every inundation that the city has experienced save that of 1913. Reducing the level at Scammel Street from 50 to 48 feet would save a lot of money, he said, and would make friends for the project.

President Crawford of the city council, when called to the floor, said he believed council would go as far as it could under the city's ordinances to aid the project. He has not heard a dissenting voice among the members of the body. Personally he pledged himself to do all he could to further the success of the scheme.

Mr. Dauenhauer of the house moving department of the John Erichleay Jr. Company of Pittsburgh, contractors, told the meeting that what is proposed here is nothing new, that it has been done before, and can be done easily. The Third Street proposition is a very small matter, he said. To accomplish it is just a matter of going ahead. The general average of cost of raising the frame residences on the street, according to his estimates, would be from $500 to $750.

Engineers Present

Engineer E. Frank Gates gave the elevation of the streets which it is proposed shall be raised and made some suggestions  as  to the best grades for them. He said he thought the best way to get at the grade would be to assume one at Third and Scammel streets and work from that to the outer ends of the proposed improvement.

E. D. Baldwin, agent of the B. & O. Railway Company, said that his company had no figures available on the cost of laying dirt down on the streets here. He said, however, that the company had sent two of its engineers to this city to attend this meeting, and that they were present to learn whether or not the people meant business, that they would doubtless look the ground over and would be glad to meet the committee that had been appointed. Mr. Baldwin was accompanied by P. Didier of Pittsburgh, chief engineer, and J. Fordella of Newark, division engineer.