Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Muskingum River Closed By Ice

Marietta Daily Times, December 18, 1909

Freezes Over for First Time During Present Winter.

For the first time this year, the Muskingum river is frozen over and boys are skating upon its surface. The river has been full of floating ice for several days and this morning about 6 o'clock a gorge was formed near the Putnam street bridge and unless the warm weather comes soon, a heavy blockade of the ice will be formed.

Near Washington street the surface of the shore ice is quite smooth and a number of boys were skating there this morning. The ponds and small streams are also frozen and from present appearances some good skating will be afforded local lovers of the sport.

At Oak Grove Cemetery, the fountain which occupies a prominent place in the artificial lake, has formed a most beautiful cascade, as the water freezes upon emerging from the pipe. It has now attained a height of over six feet, while at the base it is probably twelve feet across and is gradually becoming larger as the water is still flowing through a hole in the ice. Its form is unusually beautiful and is attracting much attention.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Old College Field To Serve As Ice Skating Rink Again

The Marietta Daily Times, December 10, 1930

Skaters will throng the old college field this winter provided there is sufficient cold weather to freeze a coating of ice over a large municipal pond that is being constructed this week. Hundreds of boys and girls will hail the improvement with its promise of real fun when zero temperatures swing in from the North.

Mayor F. A. Steadman and his advisors decided several days ago to build a rink at Fourth and Butler streets and the college authorities promptly gave permission. A crew of men began operations there this week under direction of T. N. Fenn, park superintendent.

Several weeks ago the mayor and service director built a rink for West Side people, locating it at the Harmar playgrounds. There is a question if it will hold water as much of the bed is underlain with cinders, but continued cold weather will take care of that defect, it is believed, and if it works it will be a popular place.

The ice rink on the college campus is not an experiment as it was originally built under leadership of C. L. Flanders and other public-spirited men a number of years ago. It is large and will accommodate a large number of skaters.

About 20 men are being employed by the city in building the rink and the work thus provided will help some in reducing demands upon the public charity fund.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Marietta Intelligencer, October 15, 1840

Ran away from the subscriber on or about the 5th of October, my daughter Polly. Also, left my bed and board on the 26th of Sept., without any just cause or provocation, my wife Sarah Dolan. This is to forewarn all persons from harboring or trusting either of them, as I am determined to pay no debts contracted by them.

I should not have advertised my wife had she not run me in debt since she left, for clothes which she did not need, having left hers at home and refused to take them, and I feared she would run me in debt more.

John Dolan


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Launch Drive For Building

Marietta Daily Times, December 16, 1922

W. C. Mills, Curator of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society, which exercises guardianship over the historical properties of the state, was the principal speaker at the meeting of the recently organized Historical Building Association of Washington County in the Chamber of Commerce rooms on Friday afternoon.

J. C. Brenan presided over the meeting, with R. E. Thomas as secretary. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss plans for a prospective campaign to be waged through the Representative to the General Assembly and the Senator from this district in an effort to procure an appropriation of $100,000 for the construction of a fireproof memorial structure on the site of Campus Martius, which is now the property of the state, the new structure to house the valuable historic relics and treasures of this, the first settlement of the great North-West.

The plan for the agitation for the appropriation was definitely formulated through a resolution that was voted for unanimously by the representatives present at this meeting, in that a bill will be framed for presentation to the next General Assembly, urging the recognition and appropriation which is the rightful heritage of this city and county, whose history has made history for the state more than any other place in the state.

President Brenan will appoint a committee from the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Ad Club, Woman's Centennial Association, D. A. R.'s, Colonial Dames, Civic Federation, Farm Bureau and Granges to work in the agitation for promoting this campaign in the legislature.

Representatives from the various organizations of men and women interested in this project were present in the meeting Friday, the list including the following:  W. W. Mills, H. E. Smith, E. Frank Gates, R. M. Beagle, G. W. Hovey, N. N. Thorniley, Asa Ward, B. F. Sprague, John Mills, Miss Willia D. Cotton, Miss Rowena Buell, Mrs. W. D. Bedilion, Mrs. Asa McCoy, Miss Ida Merydith, Mrs. Asa Ward, Mrs. O. D. Owen, R. E. Thomas and J. C. Brenan.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Armory Site Is Offered State

Marietta Daily Times, December 8, 1909

Council Adopts Resolution Setting Aside Section of Ice Harbor Lot

A tract of land extending south 185 feet from the federal property to a point near the road leading to the Phoenix mill, and running back to the Muskingum river, will be given to the State of Ohio as a site for a National Guard armory. A resolution giving, granting and releasing to the state this property for the purpose set forth was adopted by the City Council at an adjourned session Tuesday evening. As it is said the Ministerial Trustees will give their consent to the transfer, the matter is apparently settled.

According to the best information obtainable, the State Armory board will have plans prepared and will let contracts for a $25,000 armory here as soon as possible after its funds are made available by the legislature at its coming session. It is presumed that the site offered will be accepted as suitable, inasmuch as Adjutant General Weybrecht viewed recently and thought it an ideal spot for such a purpose.

All members of Council except Dr. Donaldson were present at the session. Councilman Baker reported for the Finance committee that Colonel Knox had expressed himself as satisfied to recommend to the state board a tract fronting 185 feet on Front street, instead of 205 feet that had originally been asked for. He recommended the adoption of a resolution offering the smaller tract.

The resolution was passed to its second and third readings by title only and adopted by unanimous vote of the six members present.