Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ladies Fair on the Seventh of April

Marietta Intelligencer, March 24, 1842

The Ladies of Marietta propose to hold a Fair on Thursday, the 7th of April, at the College Chapel. A variety of articles, both useful and ornamental, prepared by the Ladies, will be exhibited for sale on very reasonable terms; and suitable refreshments will be provided for the entertainment of all gentlemen and ladies who may favor them with their attendance.

The object in view is to raise a fund for the purchase of a variety of curiosities, brought by the Rev. Samuel P. Robbins from the Empires of Siam and China, and are offered by him at bare cost. These articles, when added to those now in the Museum of the "Society of Enquiry," will constitute an invaluable collection, illustrative of those ancient and interesting nations which form the principal portion of Eastern Asia, and will be always open to the inspection of citizens and strangers. 

The Fair will be open at 1 o'clock P.M. and continue through the afternoon and evening. The Exhibition, so appropriate to the day, it is hoped will receive the patronage of an enlightened public. The Cabinet of Chinese Curiosities above alluded to, will be open for inspection during the Fair. Donations, either for the fair or dinner, will be kindly and thankfully received.

Tickets of admission may be had of Messrs. N. L. Wilson, William F. Curtis, J. M. Woodbridge, and at the door, for 12-1/2 cents.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ohio River Rising

The Marietta Times, March 23, 1865

On Friday night the Ohio commenced rising, and by Sunday, the lower portions of the city were completely inundated. Fears were entertained by some that the rise would be equal to that of 1860. 

In anticipation of such an event, many families living in the lower parts of the city removed their household goods to their second stories, or to the more elevated portions of the city. The merchants on Front street were obliged to remove all barrels, sacks, &c., from their cellars.  Greene, Front, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth streets were partially covered, and persons were obliged to go to and from their residences in skiffs. 

About one o'clock on Monday morning, the water commenced falling, and on Wednesday evening it was about at a stand. No damage, so far as we could learn, was sustained by anyone. The water was not so high, by seven or eight feet, as in 1860.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hail Storm

The Marietta Intelligencer, March 19, 1859

Yesterday, about one o'clock, a heavy fall of hail occurred in this place and vicinity. It lasted about four minutes, and "came down as thick as hail," while it lasted. It no doubt made sad havoc among the young lambs from under shelter. The atmosphere underwent a great change in a very short space of time - getting quite cold, of course - the mercury in the thermometer falling 15 degrees in a very few minutes.

During the falling of hail, the wind prevailed to an almost alarming extent - blowing a perfect hurricane; unroofing Brown & McCarty's Tannery building on the north side; blowing off the whole top of Bishop's blacksmith shop, a boy at which place narrowly escaped with his life; the parapet wall off Hall's brick building on Ohio street, which fell on the roof of the frame building above it - Hall & Snider's bake shop - breaking it in. It also blowed a chimney off Colonel Mill's dwelling house, and a chimney off the jail building, and did much other damage to roofs and chimneys. The wind kept up "a blowing" until this morning, when it measurably abated. Snow fell during the night, and was still falling this morning.

The wind also unroofed part of Dr. Tenney's dwelling house; moved John Broughton's barn 3 feet; tore part of the roof off the Farmer's Duck Creek bridge and some of the weather-boarding, and moved the whole structure from its foundation a few inches.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Home News, May 2, 1862

D. G. Matthews is preparing the foundations of a fine private residence on Fifth street, next to Dr. Cotton's. The contract has been let to the Marietta Planing Mill Company.

Auditor Wheeler is making some substantial additions and improvements to his residence on Fourth Street. The appearance is exceedingly tasteful. M. H. Needham superintends the work.

Peter Kunz is about erecting a two story brick building on the corner of Front street and the Foundry Alley, on the site of the old Post office. This spoils a still greater improvement - the widening of the alley twenty feet and making a street of it. It could be done for a comparatively small sum, and is greatly needed. It is a wonder that the owners of property on either side of the alley do not themselves make the improvement. The increased value of their property would be greater than the amount sacrificed.  


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Found Drowned

Home News, April 18, 1862

On Friday last, the body of a man was found in the Ohio river on the farm of H. D. Hill in Newport township. He was apparently about forty to forty-five years of age, over six feet high, minus the forefinger of the left hand, and was dressed in a flannel shirt, jean pants and common boots. No other marks about him by which he might be identified, and nothing in his pockets. It is possible he might have been one of those who were lost from the steamer Advance when she exploded a few weeks since above Matamoras. The body was buried without an inquest.