Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Children's Home

The Marietta Register, August 19, 1864

It being necessary to appeal to the public for aid in behalf of the "Children's Home," under Miss Fay, the following statement of facts is submitted, showing its history and condition.

The institution was founded in the spring of 1858 and has been in successful operation for six years.  The plan was conceived and carried into execution by the wisdom, energy, faith and means of a woman, to stand to her lasting honor.  She purchased a farm of 32 acres, and erected the buildings by her own resources, at a cost of $2272, receiving some small assistance from personal friends who sympathized in her unusual undertaking.  Her faith had conceived the enterprise of rescuing the children of poverty, in this county, from their degradation, and she consecrated her life and property sublimely to the task.  The first offering was all her pecuniary resources, made by her own labor in teaching, and the portion received of her father's estate, amounting, as already stated, to $2272.

The more difficult task was then the carrying out of her plans in the erection of buildings, the management of the farm, and the conduct of the institution, commencing at once in an old log house with the care of four children, increased during the year to 13; all of which she superintended and carried forward by her own indomitable energy and courage.

The improvements since made, and the stocking of the farm, have cost the additional sum of $1311, making a total of $3583; while the expenses for the six years of conducting the institution have been $5451, being an average of $908 per year.  The appropriations from the county for the same period have been $4528, being an average of about $755 per year.

Miss Fay makes no account of the interest on her capital invested, nor of her own services.  Both these are gratuitously thrown in, beside the income of her farm.  This is the noble offering she makes for the support and education of these children of want.

The total number of these children in six years is 66, of which 18 have found good homes, 12 have died, and 10 been removed by their parents.  The number at the close of last year was 27, of whom three only were over nine years of age, and eight were under four years of age.  This fact will serve to show what the care and labor must be, connected with such an enterprise.

Miss Fay employs a teacher six months of the year, and during three other months the children attend the common school of the district, so that they have schooling during nine months of the year.

She also provides half the necessary medical attendance, and the labors of a nurse; and these cannot be small, when the children with but few exceptions are subject to disease or some physical defect, when first brought under her care.  Their health, however, has in nearly every instance improved, while their moral condition more deplorable at the beginning than their physical, has been marked by the most wonderful improvement.  From almost utter ignorance of God and the Bible, and all laws of truth and honesty, they have been made to know the blessedness of religious instruction, and rendered happy under the same, becoming uniformly attached to the "Home."

The county has heretofore allowed $1 per week to a child.  During the present year they appropriate $1.25.  But owing to the increased expenses of living, this falls short of meeting the necessary expenditures from $4 to $5 per week, for which no means are provided - or, say, from $200 to $250 per year.

An effort was begun, last year, to secure legislative action, which would enable the County Commissioners to make ample provision for such an institution, and it is hoped that the next winter will see this effort consummated.  In the meantime it is necessary for the people of the county to come to the aid of this noble philanthropic enterprise.  It is an honor to old Washington County that one should have been found among her daughters, who had the genius to conceive, and the benevolence and courage to execute such a scheme as now stands a monument to her praise.  She has believed that the work was of God.  In all her straits she has gone to him for help, and her testimony is, that she has never failed to receive the assistance which she needed.  She believes that He will now provide for her, and not suffer her charge to fail; but will put it into the hearts of those who care for the suffering and poor to supply that which is lacking.

After consultation had with some friends of this cause, it is proposed and requested that this statement of facts be read on the next Sabbath in the churches of the county, with a view to obtaining donations.  And it is hoped that the towns through the county will interest themselves in this object.  Donations may be made in money, produce, clothing, or whatever else may be found useful in such an institution.

Donations may be sent to William F. Curtis or Buell & Bro., Marietta.

Thomas Wickes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Boat Club

The Marietta Intelligencer, April 9, 1859

Some of our young men have formed a Boat Club, and obtained at Pittsbugh, an A-1 four oared boat, named Reindeer.  It is about 40 feet long, has a breadth of 3 ft., with a sheer forward, of 13 ft., and aft of 17 ft.  The bow is very sharp and cuts the water like a knife.  It is handsomely painted, and fitted out with a carriage to convey it to and from the water.  Yesterday a trip was made of her speed, and under the stalwart arms of four veteran boatmen, the circuit of Kerr's Island was made in fifty-three minutes.

We understand that another Club is about to be formed, and a rival boat to be built in town.  Success to the boat clubs - there's no exercise better fitted to develop the physical system than boat rowing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recollections of E. B. Clarke

Sunday Morning Observer, April 15, 1917

We are in receipt of a mighty interesting letter from Mr. E. B. Clarke, an old Marietta boy, now living at Athens, and in which he says, after some very complimentary words about Marietta, the town, the people and the Observer:

"The paper interests me very much and I thought I might contribute to the cause by sending you some 'scraps of paper' giving some early recollections.

"It might be asked by what authority I announce myself as a historian. I think my credentials will admit me. My grandfather arrived at Marietta soon after those who landed on that memorable seventh of April. I was a school boy at Marietta and played football in Butler Street while a student at the Western Liberal Institute. Afterwards was for several years employed in the offices at the Court House and in the Post Office. Did I become acquainted with any of the Marietta people? Yes, I knew them all, but now I fear I would be a stranger but not in a strange land. J. W. Nye was about the last survivor of those I knew so long ago.

"They were good people, I have never found better."


Marietta Bucket Factory, John Newton, manager, at ferry landing, Harmar. There was another bucket factory at the north boundary of Harmar, buildings afterwards used as a pow factory. There was a flour mill adjacent. Marietta Woolen Factory, operated a few years, now Nye's stove foundry. Henry Wesselman did the painting at the Chair Factory. There was a barrel factory near the foot of Washington Street. A wooden pump factory was operated near the Exchange Hotel. M. J. Morse's tannery East side Second Street, near Butler. Two large dogs pumped the water by treading a wheel.

J. O. Cram's flour mill, just above the railroad bridge, was burned. A man named McBride owned the mill on the West side of the river. McBride was arrested as the incendiary. He shot Davis Greene, the attorney who defended him, and when about to be arrested for attempted murder, committed suicide by shooting.

Owen Frank's machine shop on Second Street built machinery for steamboats, mills, etc., and manufactured cotton plows which were shipped by the boat load to Mississippi and Louisiana.

Steamboats were built at the shipyard in Harmar.

John Hall had a cracker bakery on Ohio Street.

A. & S. Fuller manufactured furniture by hand, no power machines.

J. Naylor had a boot making shop on Gilman Street for many years.

A. Weber's tailoring establishment was on the island between the bridges on Front Street.

W. B. Hollister had a marble shop on Gilman Street. Peter McLaren's shop was on Front Street.

First gas works built about 1855. Previous to that time we carried lanterns when on the street at night.


Mansion House by Mrs. F. Lewis, near junction of rivers. Marietta House by C. W. Moseley, Third and Ohio streets. Biszantz House by C. F. Biszantz, Butler Street, west of Front. National Hotel by N. Fawcett, Greene and Second streets. Brophy House, Ohio and Third streets. Exchange Hotel (afterward Putnam House), Gilman Street, near river. Harmar House, diagonally across street from Putnam's store.


Marietta Branch, State Bank of Ohio, I. R. Waters, cashier. Benedict Hall & Co., private bank. D. G. Mathews, member of firm.

Some Marietta Merchants

A. A. Darrow & Bros., C. & S. Shipman & Co., George M. Woodbridge, John M. Woodbridge, John Brophy, George Benedict, William F. Curtis, Gates & Payne, David Putnam, L. & D. Barber, A. Stone, James Holden, D. Holden, Bosworth Wells & Co., John Marshall, C. F. Biszantz, Gerd Wendelken, W. B. Thomas, Wilson & Waters, A. B. Waters, r. P. Iams, J. Ebinger, John Mills, Mills Iams & Dana, were dry goods and some general merchandise.

J. B. Hovey, A. L. Guitteau, Bosworth Wells & Co., retail grocers.

Hovey, Iams, Battelle & Co., wholesale grocers. 

 J. C. Paxton, S. H. Paxton, cigar store and factory.

Gurley & Cross, C. E. Glines, George Jenvey, Edwin Fuller, books.

W. L Ralston, S. Slocomb, boots and shoes.

E. B. Perkins, Cotton & Buell, Buell Brothers, drugs.

J. W. Baldwin, David Anderson, M. T. Peddinghaus, watches and jewelers.

Bosworth Wells & Co. (two stores, one groceries), A. T. Nye, Rodick Brothers hardware.

Hugh Brennan liquor store, Greene Street, only drink shop in town.

L. Soyez "ice cream saloon" on Ohio Street. General Lafayette visited Mr. Soyez.

Reckard & Fawcett operated a livery barn on Third Street near Greene and owned the only omnibus.

A. W. Sprague owned a low water steamboat of which he was captain. It made trips up the Ohio.


F. Regnier, J. D. Cotton, H. Trevor, Seth Hart, ____ Sawyer, S. P. Hildreth, George Hildreth.


E. H. Allen, J. A. Tenney.


Marietta Intelligencer by Beman Gates was the Whig newspaper. T. L. Andrews became owner and editor, and he sold it to R. M. Stimson who changed the name to Register. A. W. McCormick was editor and owner of the Republican, the Democratic organ. McCormick sold the paper to William Scott and became a captain in the Civil War. The Republican soon ceased to exist. William Lorey published the Marietta Demokrat, a German paper. It had a short existence. E. Winchester of the Home News, published that paper for a few years. Tradition says the Marietta Gazette was the first newspaper and that Caleb Emerson was editor.

Early Postmasters     

A. L. Guitteau - Fillmore's administration and before.

Nathaniel Bishop - Pierce's administration.

A. W. McCormick - Buchanan's administration.

Sala Bosworth - Lincoln's administration.


All draying and probably delivery of coal was done by two ox teams in dump carts owned by "Sink" Munsey and M. Torpy. James Goldsmith operated the first two-wheeled dray.

The Fair     

The first Agriculture fair was held in the Court room of the old Court House. The live stock, consisting of eight or ten cattle and a few sheep, were on exhibition on the square north of Scammel Street and east of Third. No houses on that square at that time.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Registrants Listed by Two County Draft Boards

The Marietta Daily Times, July 11, 1941

Starting below is the list of new registrants who now are among the potential U. S. Army draftees of Washington County. These young men reached their 21st birthday after the first registration day, October 16, 1940, and so registered on "R" Day No. 2, July 1, 1941.

After the national lottery, tentatively scheduled for July 17, has been completed in Washington, D. C., each registrant can tell by the serial number that accompanies his name just where he fits into the sequence of induction. When this sequence has been determined by the lottery, each registrant will exchange his serial number for a permanent order of induction number.

In the following list, the first name after each serial number is the registrant for Board No. 2 (which includes Marietta) and the second is the registrant for Board No. 1. All these names and serial numbers are posted on the bulletin boards at the Marietta Armory.

S-1, Roy Eugene Radabaugh, 211 Market Street, and Richard Ishmael Armstrong, Coal Run.

S-2, James Harold Delaney, Box No. 343, Marietta, and Ralph Arthur Hall, Beverly.

S-3, Ernest Earl Masters, Marietta Route 6, and Bruce Clark Richards, Beverly.

S-4, Walter Harold Archer, Jr., 422 Seventh Street, and Hershel Eugene Thorne, Beverly.

S-5, Bryan Moorehead, Fayerweather Hall, and Ormond Ranson Lucas, Little Hocking.

S-6, Delmar Eugene Addlesburger, Reno, and Thomas Wesley Hinzman, Lowell Route 4.

S-7, James Allen Schafer, 325 Fourth Street, and Edwin Charles Duncan,Watertown.

S-8, Ross Edward Greene, 506-1/2 Lancaster Street, and Harold Richard Matthews, Marietta Route 6.

S-9, William Everett Epler, 733 Glendale Street, and William Joseph Burkhart, Marietta Route 3.

S-10, John Harris, Jr., 632 Pearl Street, and John Chester Thompson, Vincent.

S-11, William Harvey Lawrence, Marietta Y.M.C.A., and Delbert Earl Theis, Lowell Route 2.

S-12, Howard Glenn McIlyar, 111 Scammel Street, and Richard Neil Christy, Marietta Route 2.

S-13, Frederick Joseph Kremer, 407 Fourth Street, and John Quincy Perry, Lowell Route 3.

S-14, Ira Milo Pinney, Matamoras Route 3, and Adrian Lloyd Devol, Lowell Route 1.

S-15, George Washington Knowlton, Matamoras, and John Wylie Davis, Lowell.

S-16, Dean Robert Wark, 1149 Third Street, and Emmett Bishop Patterson, Marietta Route 4.

S-17, Ray Alfred Allender, 211 Ohio Street, and Roy Edward Cooper, Marietta Route 2.

S-18, Waldo Vilas Siegfried, 120 High Street, and Harold Edwin Cunningham, Stockport Rural Route (Washington County).

S-19, Robert Ellsworth Ralph, 422 Third Street, and Robert Neal Milner, Waterford.

S-20, Henry Clay Hookey, 519-1/2 Pike Street, and James Palmer Reed, Stockport Route 3.

S-21, Clyde Stanley Duvall, 121 Warner Street, and Guy Harold Stephens, 316 Walnut Street.

S-22, Vilas Donald Johnson, 434 Maple Street, and Austin Ralph Heslop, Gosset Fork.

S-23, Carl Frederick Kathary, Marietta, and Roy Dale Bennett, Bartlett.

S-24, Dale Courtney, Matamoras Route 3, and Gerald Dean Watson, Vincent Rural Route.

S-25, Richard Paul Robinson, 522 Front Street, and Lawrence Jefferson Carrol, Marietta Route 2.

S-26, Gerald Thelin Swaney, 813 Quarry Street, and Marion Kenneth Russell, Stockport Route 3.

S-27, Gordon Hogue Edwards, Rinard's Mill Route 3, and Clarence Brewer, Belpre Route 1.

S-28, Philip Edgar Allen, 104 South Third Street, and Harold Thomas Nice, Stockport Route 1.

S-29, Frank Detlor Flanders, 306 Washington Street, and Clesson Devaun Moore, Lowell.

S-30, Donald Stewart Smith, 533 Fifth Street, and Howard Webster Mayle, Cutler.

S-31, Richard Lang Meister, 605 Wooster Street, and Edwin Day Erbse, Whipple Route 2.

S-32, Paul Howard Bailey, Matamoras Route 3, and Gerald Donley Cozzens, Waterford Route 1.

S-33, Henry Victor Price, Matamoras Route 5, and Randal Ray Schmidt, Lowell Route 2.

S-34, Wilbur Everett Caseman, 132 South Fourth Street, and Ray Arthur Harra, Waterford Route 2.

S-35, Richard Rodell Gee, 112 Porter Street, and Ray Oliver Wallace, Waterford.

S-36, Paul Edgar Dye, 111 Highland Street, and John Boyd Story, Waterford.

S-37, Clyde Athey Brannan, 117-1/2 Wells Street, and Earl William Sams, 120 Main Street, Belpre.

S-38, Raymond Joseph Bostaph, Rinard's Mill Route 2, and Clark Floyd Lincicome, Marietta Route 4.

S-39, Donald Allison Beaver, Matamoras, and Austin Propst, Marietta Route 4.

S-40, Richard Raymond Porter, 834 Front Street, and Doy Ray Stollar, Watertown.

S-41, Leon Roger Edwards, Rinard's Mill Route 2, and Francis Raymond Burchett, Beverly.

S-42, Edgar William Beardmore, 315 Gilman Avenue, and Daniel Thompson Orndoff, Waterford.

S-43, Clinton Harvey West, 201 South Fifth Street, and Vincent Andrew Arnold, Lowell Route 4.

S-44, Loren Alexander Nolan, 614 Eighth Street, and William Barnett Mason, Waterford.
S-45, Albert Oscar Burke, 733 Eighth Street, and Leroy Cline Ford, Vincent Route 1.

S-46, John Minch Taber, 605 Cutler Street, and George Edwin Payne, Waterford Route 1.

S-47, Virgil John Binegar, Matamoras Route 4, and Chester Almon Payne, Waterford Route 1.

S-48, Daniel Arnold Thompson O'Neill, 113 Vine Street, and George Raymond Arnold, Marietta Route 2.

S-49, Kermit Franklin Callihan, 210 Franklin Street, and Lawrence Kellis George, Little Hocking.

S-50, John Boughton Henthorn, Marietta Route 1, and Lyle Franklin Ryan, Rockland.

S-51, Harry Edward Hall, 221 Second Street, and Ralph Elbert Wiley, Rockland.

S-52, William Jennings Dennis, Jr., Marietta Route 1, and Wayne Chester Binegar, Dart.

S-53, Warren G. Petty, Marietta Route 1, and Harry Austin Kidder, Belpre Route 1.

S-54, John Douglas Richards, 521 Fort Street, and John William Buck, Belpre Route 1.

S-55, Neil Franklin Green, 125 North Hart Street, and Lyle Frederick Huffman, Elba, Route 1.

S-56, James Clayton Carpenter, 132 South Fourth Street, and Orlan Louis Newell, Rockland.

S-57, Roy Harvey Boley, 228 Ingleside Avenue, and Herbert Anson Roe, Marietta Route 4.

S-58, Charles Wesley Swaney, Star Route, Reno, and Leonard Leroy McGill, Cutler Route 2.

S-59, Eugene Edward Vadakin, 330-1/2 Fourth Street, and Howard Clifton Spencer, 216 Main Street, Belpre.

S-60, Charles Daniel Barth, Star Route, Reno, and Franklin George Campbell, Little Hocking Route 1.

S-61, Lewis Edgar Canary, Marietta Route 1, and Kenneth Ray Christopher, Fleming Route 1.

S-62, Elmer Riggs, Jr., Newport, and Albert Thomas Ray, Marietta Route 3.

S-63, Robert Leroy Sutton, Marietta Route 3, and Raleigh McCarl Mitchem, Fleming Route 1.

S-64, Earl William Ruble, Matamoras Route 4, and Harold Raymond Lowther, Jr., 606 Main Street, Belpre.

S-65, Albert Harry Prunty, 714 Eighth Street, and Lawrence Alfred Church, 702 Main Street, Belpre.

S-66, Robert Eugene Fouss, 123 North Hart Street, and William Graydon Kearns, Waterford.

S-67, Frank Leroy Milligan, 412 Greene Street, and Denzle Forest VanFossen, Rockland.

S-68, William Woodrow Pettit, 132 South Fourth Street, and Carl Heck, 310 Maple Street, Belpre.

S-69, Louis Robert Moore, Matamoras Route 1, and Wilbert Leslie Sloter, Cutler Route 1.

S-70, James William Brown, 108 Market Street, and Acel McDonald, Belpre.

S-71, Arthur Gurdon Eggleston, 725 Second Street, and Clyde Simers, Center Belpre.

S-72, Wilbur Willard Casto, 745 Glendale Street, and Harvey James Ritchie, Constitution.

S-73, Ishmael Earl Williams, Rinard's Mill Route 2, and Ray Elwood Morris, Fleming.

S-74, Delbert William Weber, 629 Seventh Street, and Robert Dale Stille, Lower Salem Route 1.

S-75, Derald Ballard Brown, Marietta Route 6, and Stanley Henry Morrow, Lower Salem Route 1.

S-76, Frank Weber, Jr., Marietta Route 3, and Emerson Waldo Sweet, belpre Route 1.

S-77, Richard Eugene Lancaster, 313 Franklin Street, and Harvey Edward Doman, 308 Fourth Street, Belpre.

S-78, Charles Francis Covey, Marietta Route 3, and Bernard Gale Goddard, 709 Charles Street (may be transferred to Board No. 2).

S-79, Orville Harrison Winland, Wingett Run, and Robert Miller Overmyer, 203 Maple Street, Belpre.

S-80, Charles Richard Nealis, Matamoras Route 4, and Philip Leon Mayle, Vincent.

S-81, Robert Eugene Giffen, 1242 Third Street, and Carl Harold Brethauer, Little Hocking.

S-82, Jack Edward Saffell, Marietta Route 6, and Richard Paul Shutts, Rockland.

S-83, Louis Henry Smith, 145 Harmar Street, and Randall Roger Bailey, Belpre.

S-84, Wilbur Freeman Miller, 108 New Street, and Herman Gregory Kern, Waterford Route 1.

S-85, Richard Scott Hartung, 408 Prospect Street, and Walter Regis Moore, Little Hocking.

S-86, Raymond Cornell Ritchey, 311 Elm Terrace.

S-87, Charles Eugene Staats, 735 Eighth Street.

S-88, Robert Earl Walters, 909 Phillips Street.

S-89, Otis Francis, Newport.

S-90, Raymond Emerson Pfeiffer, 206 Meigs Street.

S-91, Robert Uel Shuman, Marietta Y.M.C.A.

S-92, Henry Edward Albrecht, 708 Fourth Street.

S-93, Earl Pershing Kuhn, 601 Virginia Street.

S-94, Henry Gillin Castin, Jr., 218 Greene Street.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ohio's First Fourth of July

Marietta Times, May 9, 1878

The first celebration of the Fourth of July in Ohio was held in Marietta in 1788. A correspondent of the Chillicothe Advertiser gives the following account of it:

"At daylight thirteen salutes were fired at Fort Harmar and Campus Martius, amidst the sound of martial music. At 10 o'clock A.M. Governor St. Clair and the officers and soldiers of Fort Harmar, with the wives of the officers and several visiting ladies from the East, who had thus early ventured into the wilderness on a brief visit. A fine barge, rowed by twelve oars, brought the company from the Fort up the Muskingum to the opposite bank, from which the appearance of the new pioneer Fort made a grand and imposing appearance. The pioneers on horses met the Governor and company on the landing and escorted them to the new Fort. General Varnum and Colonel Nye served as Marshals. The oration was delivered by Colonel E. Sproat in the long block hall and the declaration was read by Major Ansel Tupper. The dinner was given by the Northwest Pioneer Association. General Rufus Putnam was President and General Benjamin Tupper, Vice president, and Reverend Daniel Story, Chaplain. After dinner, thirteen regular toasts were drank, together with many volunteers, amid the thunders of cannon and the roll of the drums. At 4 o'clock P.M. the procession was formed and marched to the barge. On leaving for Fort Harmar the pioneers gave three loud huzzahs, which was responded to by the Governor and party."