Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Survivors of 148th O.V.I.

The Register-Leader, October 11, 1911

Survivors of 148th O.V.I. Who Were in Attendance at Dinner Served by Daughter of Colonel of Regiment.

Following is a list of survivors of the 148th Ohio Volunteer Infantry who attended the banquet tendered by Mrs. Julia Reed, daughter of the late Colonel Moore, last week:

A. E. Tompkins, Co. F, Lowell, age 66.
John Drain, Co. H, Vincent, age 62.
I. F. Palmer, Co. F, Barlow, age 67.
J. A. Arnold, Co. J, Vincent, age 66.
David C. Smith, Marietta, age 71.
Milton H. Ellis, Co. H, Bartlett, age 64.
T. J. Mellor, Co. A, Marietta, age 75.
G. C. Henry, Co. F, Waterford, age 74.
Godfrey Leibrand, Vincent, age 70.
S. R. Beebe, Co. J, Waterford, age 75.
R. S. Babb, Co. G, Marietta, age 78.
A. S. O'Blenness, Co. G, Marietta, age 67.
Ezra Mankin, Belpre, Ohio, age 70.
J. P. Smith, Co. B, Marietta, age 73.
W. W. West, Co. B, Marietta, age 79.
H. C. Ferguson, Co. F, Marietta, age 65.
L. C. West, Co. B, Spring Hill, Kansas, age 64.
Enoch Huggins, Co. K, Marietta.
S. N. Hobson, Co. D, Athens.
R. T. Miller, Co. B, Marietta.
R. F. Alexander, Co. I, Cutler, O.
D. J. Richards, Co. I, Zanesville, O.
Roscoe Wolcott, Co. J, Watertown, age 69.
J. H. Gitchell, Co. J, Marietta, age 70.
M. M. Hart, Co. K, Marietta, age 66.
Edward Anderson, Co. K.
A. F. Braddock, Marietta R. D. 2, age 69.
W. P. Racer, Co. A, Marietta, age 66.
R. J. Beebe, Co. J, Marietta, age 73.
Edward Cecil, Co. H, Vincent, age 71.
James McCammon, Co. K, Marietta, age 72.
H. B. Davis, Co. G, Newport, age 71.
W. H. Jennings, Co. B, Reno, age 74.
George Mull, Co. K, Whipple, age 68.
Charles Coffman, Co. K, Marietta, age 74.
A. S. Wilcox, Co. K, Parkersburg, age 68.
John C. Vincent, Co. F, Vincent, age 70.
Albert Riley, Co. J, Waterford, age 67.
James Cain, Co. B, Marietta, age 73.
N. E. Kidd, Co. B, Stanleyville, age 78.
Luther Lapham, Co. G, Cleveland, Ohio, age 63.
Tyrannus Power, Co. J, Watertown, age 74.
J. R. Beebe, Co. J, Waterford, age 75.
A. M. Jordan, Co. F, Beverly, age 68.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Unique Carving Set Presented to President

Marietta Daily Times, December 12, 1922

Unique Carving Set Made By Washington County Man Is Presented to President.

President and Mrs. Harding may carve their Christmas turkey with cutlery made by hand in Washington county, as Sylvester Hoon, aged blacksmith residing near Vincent, has made and presented to the nation's executive a carving set of unique design and of real historical worth.

A number of Mariettans saw the carving set that has been given to President and Mrs. Harding by Mr. Hoon, and join in pronouncing it a creation of real beauty that will be worthy in every way of a place on the festal board at the White House.

The following copies of letters exchanged by the parties interested in the presentation of the gift explain fully the making of the cutlery by Mr. Hoon, and the historical significance that attaches thereto:

Hon. Warren G. Harding
Chief Executive of the U. S.
Washington, D. C.

My Dear President Harding:

I am forwarding you by today's mail a gift which I trust you will receive as a token of the high esteem and regard in which you are held by a plain and humble citizen of Ohio.

Some forty odd years ago I was presented with a steel pick that had been used to dress the burrs in the old Wolf Creek Mill, the first mill in the Northwest territory and the source of supply of the bread stuff used by the colonists who first settled at Marietta, Ohio.  This mill was erected in [1789].
To my mind this historical association gave to the old pick an unusual value and I took great pleasure in fashioning of its steel the carving set which I am sending you.  The handles are of curly maple and were dressed and fitted by me.
In passing judgment upon the workmanship please bear in mind that I am but a country blacksmith and am now 75 years of age; that the gift speaks only of my high regard for you, and carries with it a connection with the early life of our country which I feel will be of interest.
With every assurance of sincere good wishes for a continuance of your health, success and prosperity, I am, Honorable Sir,
Most Respectfully Yours,
Sylvester Hoon.
*     *     *
The White House
November 20, 1922.
My Dear Mr. Hoon:
I was interested and delighted to receive the present which you sent me, in the form of a carving set which you had yourself made from the old steel pick that had been used at the Wolf Creek Mill one hundred and forty years ago.  It is indeed a memento, of especial historic interest to anybody from Ohio, and both for its associations and for the splendid workmanship you have put upon the pieces, I want to thank you most sincerely.
Gratefully Yours,
Signed Warren G. Harding.
Mr. Sylvester Hoon
R.F.D. No. 1
Vincent, O.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mail Collection By Automobile

Marietta Daily Times, September 30, 1911

Horses and Mail Wagons to be Done Away With in Marietta.

Beginning on Sunday, the horses and wagons, which have been used by the local post-office authorities in collecting mail from the street boxes, will be discontinued, and an automobile will be substituted.  From this date, the mail carriers will not collect mail from the boxes, all this work being done by the collector in the automobile.  In this way, the public will receive their mail earlier than heretofore.

The automobile will also be used to deliver packages, which come through the mails, to the remote parts of the city.  As the carriers have, in the past, been compelled to carry a heavy load around the city for several hours, this will be a welcome departure from the old way to the mail carriers themselves.

The arrangement for collections of mail matter by automobile has been made with the Marietta Motor Car Co. of this city, by Postmaster Alderman.  There will be no additional expense to the government under the new way.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Historical Exhibit

The Marietta Daily Times, November 17, 1905

Historical Exhibit At the Old Campus Martius Block House.

Many Antiquities and Relics Shown.

Daughters of American Revolution Invite the Public to Examine.

The old block house at the corner of Second and Washington streets, more than a century ago a part of Campus Martius and the home of General Rufus Putnam, was bright with lights once more last evening and its rooms and hallways were filled with the murmur of many voices.  People thronged the rooms and inspected the historic building, which many of them had never before entered, and examined many articles of historic and intrinsic value that were on display everywhere.
The occasion was the opening to the public for a brief period of the block house, by the Marietta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who took charge of the property some time since.  They have made some changes that have made things more convenient but have not altered the character of general appearance of the house and will contribute to its preservation.
Preparations had been going on this week for an exhibit of antiquities and relics of the time of Governor Meigs and other periods of long ago, some of them earlier and some of them later than the time when that leader held the reins of authority.  The three rooms on the ground floor were all very attractive and were the stories of only the most thrilling interest with which the various articles which are shown collected, a most interesting book could be written and one that would have much value from the light it would shed on the band of pioneers who made the early history of Marietta and laid the foundation of the Northwest Territory.
The apartments were lighted with candles throughout.  They were in candlesticks of all sorts and sizes, and in large numbers.  All of them were heirlooms and there were some particularly handsome and valuable ones among them.  Silver sticks of elaborate design held numerous dips which shed a yellow light over the interior of the house.  Single sticks of cheaper material were on all sides.
Chairs of fantastic design and other furniture such as the forefathers were accustomed to was arranged.  Pictures of various kinds, mirrors which date back to the settlement of Marietta, bed spreads made by the hand of the woman settlers, laces of elaborate design and great beauty, portions of the wedding gowns of the brides of a century ago, silverware that was used by George Washington and other notables, chine from which Governor Meigs and his associate leaders ate and drank, books and manuscripts growing yellow with the passage of time, etc., etc., held the attention of the caller and conjured up many visions.  The owners of some of these antiquities were present and told interesting bits of their history.
The kitchen is the room which seemed to appeal to most of the visitors.  In it was a great open fireplace which takes up almost one entire side.  Andirons a century old which were brought over the mountains supported the logs of the wood fire and over the blaze swung an iron pot which has a history of its own.  In a corner stands a spinning wheel, beside it rocks a cradle, ears of yellow corn hung from the ceiling.  On a table stood a keg and tin cups, from which sweet cider was served with doughnuts.
The exhibit opened Thursday afternoon and quite a large number of people called and were much interested in what they saw.  The block house will be kept open all of today and Saturday and all who care to visit it are invited to do so.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


American Friend, & Marietta Gazette, December 6, 1828

On Wednesday night last the watch-maker's shop of Mr. D. B. Anderson was entered through a back window and forty-two watches, among which were some gold ones, and a quantity of Jewelry were taken therefrom.  The thief or thieves made good their retreat without creating alarm.  In the morning, from the circumstance of a yawl being missing and a pair of oars from the ferry boat, it was concluded the villains had descended the river, and pursuit was immediately made.  We are informed that one man had been overtaken and arrested about twenty miles below this place, by the party who went in pursuit, and that thirty-eight of the watches have been recovered.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Horatio Booth Dies

The Marietta Daily Times, November 17, 1905

Old Resident Dies in the Person of Captain Horatio Booth.

He Had Lived In Marietta During a Life of Ninety-one Years.
The oldest native-born resident of Marietta passed away this morning when Captain Horatio Booth died.  His death occurred at his home on Fourth street at 1 o'clock.  While the members of the family had seen that he was failing, the end came suddenly.  Captain Booth was taken ill about 11:30 o'clock last evening, with congestion of the lungs due to old age, and he passed away an hour and a half later.
Born in Marietta, September 19th, 1814, and having lived in this city during a period of ninety-one years, his life span, he was the oldest resident of the city who was born here.  He was universally known and highly esteemed by the people of Marietta and many will mourn at learning of his death.  He was a son of James M. Booth.
September 19th, 1837, Captain Booth was married to Miss Harriet Soyez, also a native of Marietta, and for nearly seventy years the couple lived happily together.  Mrs. Booth is still living and the following are the other members of the immediate family:  Mrs. Sarah Holden, who lives at home; Frank Booth, of Callaway, Neb.; Harry M. Booth, of Cincinnati; Charles Booth, of Guymon, Oklahoma; and Mrs. Fannie B. Moore, of St. Louis.
Captain Booth retired from active business life thirty or thirty-five years ago.  When a young man he was engaged in the furniture business, having an establishment on Greene street.  In those days tables, chairs, etc., were made by hand and his store and factory was the only one in Marietta.  He carried it on for a number of years.
Later he became interested in the steamboat business and had some experience on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.  He was associated with Captain Franks and others.  They made a practice of building boats, loading them with produce and merchandise in the fall, making the trip down the rivers to New Orleans.  There they would dispose of boat and cargo and make their way back home in the spring.
Captain Booth became interested in other ventures and was for a while in the grocery business.
His health was remarkable during his long life.  He had never been ill, say on one occasion when he had an abscess, but for a number of years his sight had been badly affected.
He had received recognition at the hands of his fellow citizens.  From 1854 to 1856 he served as Auditor of Washington County, defeating the late F. A. Wheeler and being in turn defeated by Mr. Wheeler, and he had acted as member of the City Council.
In addition to the widow and the relatives mentioned above Captain Booth is survived by a sister, Mrs. George S. Jones; a half sister, Mrs. Mary D. Murdoch; and two half brothers, Mr. Edward M. Booth and Mr. Henry J. Booth, the latter now residing in Cleveland.