Almost everyone is back to school this week here is a photo of teachers for the 1914-1915 school year from Sandusky County District 2, which included Ballville, Riley, and Sandusky townships. George W. Bloom, who had been a candidate for county superintendent, was appointed District 2 superintendent. Bloom stands at the right end of the third row. The Sandusky County Board of Education held its first meeting July 18, 1914 to select a superintendent for the county schools. R. A. Wales was hired as the county superintendent for a two-year term. The annual salary was $2,000 plus $300 for travel expenses and clerical help. Wales is shown at the left end of the third row in the photograph. #backtoschool#teachers#school#ohiohistory
I'm incredibly happy to report that my book "Dance of the Trustees: the Astonishing Concerns of a Small Ohio Township" will be published in spring 2018 by Trillium, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press. All right!! The book takes a narrative-nonfiction look at Miami Township, from its history of strange reformers to its cantankerous bed and breakfasts, as seen through the eyes of the three thankless folks elected to run it. What happens when unknown bodies turn up in an old local cemetery? Or when the fiscal officer makes off with some cash? What if citizens keep contaminating the oil disposal igloo with antifreeze? And what if your township is the home to Dave Chappelle and briefly that of Lee Harvey Oswald? (Maybe.) And what exactly is a township anyway? Buy this hilarious, well-researched book next spring and find out!! (Shoutout to @gregory_aich for the drawing of the MT building!) #nonfiction#books#Ohio#Ohioauthors#Ohiohistory#narrativenonfiction
Visited Jackson and McArthur today for historic tax credit coffees. On our way to Logan to wrap up a great day! If you couldn't make it out today, we hope to see you at our next historic tax credit coffee in November.
This coat was worn by Henry Hook (1797-1859) during the war of 1812. Born in Virginia, Hook was living in Zanesville, Ohio by 1814. An interesting aspect of this coat is that it is red, a color more typical of British or Canadian soldiers of the time. Hook may have served as a musician in the militia who often wore red. Want to learn more about military uniforms throughout Ohio history? Come to March Through Time at the Ohio Village on August 26th to learn more.
Eliot Ness. As interesting as "The Untouchables" were, Ness's post-prohibition work as the Safety Director of Cleveland was equally fascinating. While fighting police and political corruption, human torsos began washing up on the Lake Erie shore. Ness spent his time unsuccessfully chasing "The Torso Killer". For a great read about it, check out Brian Michael Bendis's amazing graphic novel. "Torso". #ohiohistory#eliotness#torso#brianmichaelbendis
This is picture of Ouida M. Okey, one of the 200 women chosen from 5,000 female applicants to serve as a Marine during World War I. After a rigorous vetting process, these Marines filled administrative and clerical positions domestically. Okey enlisted on October 22nd, 1918 and was discharged in 1922. World War I marks an important step for women in uniform, as many women wore uniforms, whether involved in the military or volunteer organizations. Want to learn more about military uniforms and history? Come to March Through Time at the Ohio Village on August 26th!
Although Bishop Leonard had been given money to create an orphanage in
1889, there weren’t enough resources to create St John’s Home until
1909. It existed for the purpose of housing children under the direction of the Sisters of the Community of the Transfiguration and helped girls. During its creation, its funding was by donation only. The home was bequeathed by Mr. and Mrs. D.P. Rhodes. Parishioners were kind enough to donate furnishings. These donations were published monthly in Church Life with great gratitude. The home only hosted six girls at first with one sister as the house mother. During the 1914 Convention, the
first Sunday in Advent was set aside as an annual contribution day. Continuing in this gratitude way, the home was funded mainly by food and clothing donations. For many years the occupants of the home were under the spiritual care of the Rector of St. John’s Church, Cleveland (Ohio City).In 1929, the Home moved to Painesville, and with the move, there were four properties on the land; two dormitories, the original house, a chapel, and a recreational building. The Home could take up to 26 girls, and its committee was both overseen by members of the Diocese and by Painesville citizens. Every year the home hosted a benefit. In 1964, they welcomed Cornelia Otis Skinner of the Episcopal Actors’ Guild. In 1966, they welcomed Peggy Wood of the Sound of Music at Severance Hall.In 1965, St. John’s Home housed 20 girls. The girls’ care was provided by The Sisters of the Transfiguration. Bishop Burroughs asked for the help of the Diocese to create a new building for the girls after the main building was condemned. St. John’s Home closed in 1988. Many of the girls housed needed more professional treatment and the requirements of staffing were beyond the care of the nuns. We in the Diocese of Ohio should consider this institution as a success for the duration of its history, as it bettered the lives of hundreds of girls. #tbt#throwbackthursday#dohio#our200#ohiohistory#ohio#stjohns#girls#home#help#nuns#community
Repost from @visitmiamico
#HomeGrownStories - Marla Fair is a true Jane of All Trades or modern Renaissance woman. She and her husband, David, own David Fair on the Square in downtown Troy. She works as a historical interpreter at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency in Piqua. She is an artist, author and doll restoration artist. She teaches art classes at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. She has published many books, including two inspired by John and Rachel Johnston. Marla’s family has lived in Miami County for the past 170 years.
How she started working at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency:
I became interested in history when I was a little kid. I grew up in the era when all the TV shows were about the Wild West and the American Revolution. My dad had a sister that lived in Massachusetts. When we would go up to visit her and we’d always visit the Revolutionary War battlegrounds. I dragged
my dad to every one of them. So I knew when I was eight years old I was interested in history. I’m not exactly sure where it came from unless it was from TV [laughs]. How I ended up working at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is the funniest thing. I wanted to work at Colonial Williamsburg. I thought that would be the coolest thing ever. When I was forty-five my mother said, “My friend said you need to go up to the Johnson Farm in Piqua.” I was like, “the what?” I had never heard of the Johnston Farm. I was forty-five years old, lived in Troy, it's 10 miles away and I had never heard of it. I went to the Heritage Festival with my mother that year. I walked around the corner and fell in love with it. A job happened to open up within the next six months. So that's how I got up there. I’m Interpreter One. I take people through the house. I also do research and program planning. .
More of Marla’s story can be found on the @visitmiamico blog.
The daughter of former slaves, Hallie Quinn Brown was a gifted educator, author and speaker. As a teacher, she traveled the country and taught at plantations throughout the south. Her efforts focused on improving the literacy skills of African American children who had been denied the chance to read during slavery. She later helped found the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). The first library at Central State University was named in her honor.
Did you know that the 19th and early 20th century “cure-all” Peruna was invented in Ohio? Learn more about this wonder product—and its dubious claims to improve its users’ health that contributed to the 1906 federal Pure Food and Drug Act—on Chronicling America!
#ohiohistory#cure -all #health#food
The Exiled: Ohio's Indian Removal exhibit is on display @heritagevillagemuseum. It tells the story of what historian Mary Stockwell calls "the other trail of tears," the legal, organized, and sometimes violent removal of Ohio's native people.
I appreciated the experience of working on this project with Xavier students & faculty and the Heritage Village Museum. #ohiomuseums#ohiohistory
Kick off the school season with us tomorrow at our next Community Conversation about Education and New American Students. We will start the conversation at 6 p.m. at the Linden Library by diving into how schools can support New American students and aid in a successful integration experience. #ohiohistory#community#education#conversations
Though Alliance gave Ohio its state flower, the scarlet carnation, I have to admit I wasn't able to find a single one as I pedaled through the area yesterday. So this picture will have to do. (Update: a friend who read this just informed me that carnations bloomed in NE Ohio a couple months ago.) In any case, carnations were rarely being cultivated in the US in the mid-to-late 19th century, when Alliance doctor Levi Lamborn purchased six of the plants to grow in his personal greenhouse. When he later ran against his friend (and Canton native) William McKinley for a congressional seat in 1876, the future president expressed his admiration for the flower. Lamborn then made a habit of giving him a red carnation before each of their public debates, and McKinley in turn made a habit of wearing one on his lapel throughout the remainder of his political career. In 1904, three years after McKinley's assassination, the Ohio General Assembly designated the scarlet carnation as the state flower as a "token of love and reverence to the memory of William McKinley." #history#ohiohistory#ohio#stateflower#alliance#canton#mckinley#carnation#biketravel#biketouring#adventurecycling#konasutra#pedalingthroughtime#glamorgan
Happy birthday, Florence Harding! Born in 1860, Florence Harding was First Lady to President Warren G. Harding of Marion, Ohio. The 1920 presidential election was the first time women in all states were able to participate. Florence became the first First Lady to cast a vote for president. She was also a talented pianist, business partner at Warren G. Harding’s Marion Star newspaper and involved in his political career.
E.H.Stewart and his young son Russell going for a ride in their new car. E.H Stewart founded Yankee Lake with John Jurko in 1924. They both went in on a farm together with the dream to create the resort complete with lake, ballroom, and summer cottages. It wouldn't have been possible without Stewart's eye for good property. He had a knack for seeing what could be developed and what couldn't. As the dam went up they ran into some problems. Flooding damaged the dam and they lost a large amount of money in its repairs. Stewart ended up throwing in the towel and moving to Florida selling his portion to Jurko. Sadly, only weeks before the new lake opened Stewart took his own life, unable to recover from the devastating financial loss. But the Stewart's remained friends for years to come. Russell would visit the Jurko's in the summer and play with young Paul. Paul vacationed with his kids in St. Petersburg, FL and met up with Russell and his family.
Dugout canoe at the Ohio River Museum in Marietta. The description is on the second photo. What a great museum, chock full of items from the sternwheelers that ran the Muskingum and Ohio rivers.
#canoes northwestterritory #ohiohistory#ohioriver#ohiorivermuseum