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.