Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Marietta Statistics

The Marietta Register, November 29, 1866

James B. Mathews recently noted down some facts of our city for the Council, from which we draw the following:

--Buildings within the corporation, exclusive of stables and other outhouses - of brick, 279; of wood, 602.  Total, 881.
--Buildings of one story, 315; of two, three and four stories, 566.
--Dwelling houses, 720
--Stores and Warehouses, 86
--Churches, 14
--College and Public School Buildings, 8
--Hotels, 10
--Banks, 2
--Court House, Jail and Public Offices, 3
--Manufactories, 23
--Flouring Mills, 2, with 10 pairs of burrs
--Tanneries, 4, one with capacity for 100 hides per day
--Chair and Furniture Factory, 1
--Foundries and Machine Shops, 2, for stoves, steam engines, oil tools
--Oil Refineries, 2 
--Bakeries, 4, one with capacity to work fifty barrels of flour daily
--Planing Mill, Door and Sash Factory, 1
--Soda Water Manufactory, 1
--Saw Mill, 1
--Boot and Shoe Manufactories, 2, and 10 shoe shops
--Newspapers, 4
--Gas Works 

This, it should be borne in mind, does not include Harmar, with its large manufactories.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Santa To Bring Toy Shop On Wheels To Marietta

The Marietta Daily Times, December 16, 1930

Marietta boys and girls will be interested in an announcement made at the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday that Santa Claus will arrive in the city at noon on Wednesday and will open one of his work shops on the streets of the city. The shop will be engaged in making toys and entertaining the little folks during the nine days that intervene before Christmas.

Santa Claus, like other good people in all parts of the world, has embraced modern ideas according to Tuesday's announcement, and is moving here on a large motor truck. He has an attractive house or hut on the truck and it will be lined with toys and toy-making machinery. The hut is of logs with snow-covered roof and it will attract a lot of attention its sponsors have been told.

To Park Along Streets

Parking places for the workshop are being provided along the streets and the first stop on Wednesday afternoon will be on Putnam Street. Santa Claus will be in Charge of the shop and will have several brownies as his assistants in the making of toys. 

The old fellow has sent word that he is bringing a large stock of candy and toys for the good boys and girls of Marietta, and his shop will be a busy place from the minute of its arrival right down to Christmas eve when he will trot out his reindeer and sleigh and start making his rounds among the chimneytops.

To Pass Out Sweets

Youngsters, who visit the workshop during its stay in Marietta, will be presented with candy that will be handed out by Santa Claus and it is said that he will carry barrels of the sweets to be dispensed in this way.

The shop will open its doors on Putnam Street at 1:30 o'clock in the afternoon and will be a busy place. It will close its doors at 5:30 o'clock each evening during the week. Starting with Saturday it is expected that it will be open morning, afternoon and evening in order that it may handle the big rush of business that it is expected to enjoy in Marietta.

Santa's workshop on Second Street. Fischer Collection, Marietta College.

The Marietta Daily Times, December 18, 1930:

Busy Day Is Reported By Santa Claus

Santa Claus had a busy first day in Marietta on Wednesday. He arrived at noon and opened his workshop on Putnam Street where he began at once the making of toys for the boys and girls of Marietta and Washington County. He had a well-trained corps of Brownies to assist in the work and they made good progress.

Santa had his shop well stocked with toys and large sacks of Christmas things and many youngsters, and grown people as well, stopped to pay him a visit. The jolly old fellow brought along a supply of candy kisses and was kept busy during most of the afternoon handing out these sweets to visitors.

Today the workshop was moved to Greene Street and there, also, large crowds gathered about this new center of Christmas activities. More candy was given out and scenes like those of Wednesday were repeated.

Tomorrow the workshop will be placed on Front Street between Butler and Putnam streets and on Saturday it will be moved to Second Street not far from the junction with Union Street.

It is becoming apparent that longer hours must be observed in the workshop and it is announced that starting Saturday it will be open each morning, afternoon and evening until Christmas.

This visit of Santa Claus gives promise of being one of the most popular innovations that the patron saint ever has tried in Marietta and many a youngster is getting his or her first intimate view of the figure that annually makes vast armies of boys and girls better.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Marietta Homes Compete For Cash Prizes

The Marietta Daily Times, December 17, 1930

Marietta will soon be gleaming with cheery Christmas lighted decorations and when the lights appear the city's Christmas spirit will be evident, for interest in the holiday season manifests itself in the amount of cheer and goodwill one offers to his neighbor, his friends and the casual acquaintance.  It is Christmas spirit that causes extensive buying less than a week before the day itself, and the same spirit causes lighting decorations to be hurriedly purchased or assembled and hasty designs worked out for decorating the outside of the homes. When buying for Christmas and erection of outdoor lighting decorations reach their peaks, then Marietta will be enjoying its holiday season.

For the second year The Times is offering cash prizes for the most beautifully and effectively decorated houses, and even more entrants in the contest are expected this year. Electrical contractors and others interested in things electrical report an unprecedented interest in outdoor lighting decorations this year, indicating to the sponsors of the prize contest that last year's lighted homes were missionaries in a wide field, and that each home lighted and decorated last year will mean four or five more that will display the true Christmas spirit this year. This is as it should be, for Marietta was never prettier, even in summertime, than it was last Christmas.

Many Ideas At Hand

Recently The Times published a list of outdoor lighting decoration ideas, but the list was not complete by any means, and hundreds of tips on methods of making the home radiate cheer through the medium of the little elfin lamps of many colors are available.  Ask any member of the family for his ideas about design and the chances are you'll have a dozen or more before the family is completely polled.  Neighbors can get together on designs for homes on the same street.  Everyone is sure to be interested and cooperation is certain to bring fine results.

Right now is the time to enter The Times' outdoor Christmas lighting and decorating contest in which cash prizes totaling $75 are offered.  Your home has an equal chance with every other one entered in the contest, and The Times calls attention to the fact that the small house suits itself as well to outdoor decorations as does the larger home, and that the amount of lights displayed and gaudiness of the showing will have no bearing on the judges' decision.

Mulford F. Smith of the illumination engineering department of the Monongahela West Penn Public Service Company, which is cooperating in the contest, is available for advice on home lighting and decorating, it was announced today. Mr. Smith, without charge, will be glad to draw up plans for lighting and decorating any home, store or building. He can be reached by calling the Monongahela West Penn offices, and will make suggestions and recommendations for outdoor lighting and decorating as soon as possible after the request is filed. Marietta persons, who find they have little time to make their own lighting and decorating plans, can obtain expert advice from Mr. Smith. It is urged, however, that all requests for such aid be filed immediately as Christmastime is drawing nearer and hundreds may avail themselves of this opportunity.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Botanico Medical

Marietta Intelligencer, October 29, 1840

Dr. W. Ward & Son would inform the Citizens of Marietta and vicinity that they have removed to the house known as the Darrow house, a few doors above the college, where they will keep a constant supply of the best Botanic Medicines, which they will sell at reasonable prices.

They will also give prompt attention to those who may require their professional services. A few patients will be received at their residence. They pledge themselves to use no Poisons as Medical remedies.