Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Boat Building Great Industry

The Register-Leader, May 6, 1907

Hammitt Construction Company Will Have Large and up to Date Plant.

The work of remodeling and re-arranging the old Knox boat yards to make way for the Hammitt Construction Co., which recently took over the large plant, is well under way and already the construction of river craft is well in hand.  Several new pieces of machinery are being installed and the plant placed in shape to handle any kind of work that may come up in the promotion of steamboating and river business.

At this time there are three gasoline launches on the ways receiving an overhauling and a large sand digger is all but completed.  It is expected that within a few days the keel for a large steamboat will be laid.

The Knox boat yard has enjoyed a successful business since about the year 1800, and its reputation extends far and near.  Mr. Hammitt will, no doubt, continue to merit this standing and his acquaintance among river men will insure the bringing of much boat building to this city.


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.