Says, Part 2
June 23, 2005
the Ohio village where I grew up, was a dense forest when first
settled in 1832. It quickly became a trading and manufacturing
center for the farms being carved out of the surrounding plains.
By 1872 the growing town had its own weekly newspaper, The
paper has always been interested in history. One of its
features, variously known over the years by such titles as "Dad
Says" and "In Retrospect," reprints items from past
editions, such as 100 and 75 and 50 and 25 years ago. The more
recent items remind me of events from my own life. But I also
find the older stories fascinating, a glimpse of an earlier version
of the town.
are some of the items from a quarter-century period, 1880 through 1905.
here for Part 1:
this page, Part 2:
was cut from the surfaces of ponds and lakes, covered with sawdust
for insulation, and stored in special buildings until it was needed
the following summer for refrigeration purposes.
Gill is prepared to furnish ice in any quantity daily. Persons
wanting small quantities during the day can procure the same at his
residence on Ottawa Street.
ice crop will be an abundant one the present season. The
harvest has been gathered and it is of an excellent quality.
ice harvesters were by last week. Some of them worked from
daylight until 12 oclock at night. Newhouse and Statts
put up five hundred tons. Philip Hawn and Samuel Drake are each
building an ice house and packing at the same time.
is used to make dynamite. Lima is 50 miles northwest of Richwood.
years later, the Gazette reported on February 19, 1914, that
"F.O. Penney, the iceman, commenced cutting ice Tuesday morning
at his pond north of Richwood, and has a force of thirty men
assisting him in the harvest. The ice is between seven and
eight inches thick and of good quality. Mr. Penney enlarged his
pond during the past summer and will be able to accomodate all our
citizens during the coming summer. Our citizens know what it
means to be without ice as the
'ice famine' witnessed last summer made all a little uneasy
about the ice crop this year."
nitro-glycerine plant in Lima, Ohio, blew up Tuesday evening and the
shock was felt here in Richwood. It rattled the doors and
windows to such an extent that many thought burglars were in their
houses. A company of young people who were skating on the ice
pond of F.O. Penney, north of town, saw the light in the heavens and
felt the shock.
hats and barefoot boys have made their appearance on our streets.
accident has already happened on a trapeze erected by the Bonhomie
Club, put up in the rear of The Gazette office, by Eddie Faris
falling and breaking his arm. Small boys should not be allowed
to enter the enclosure.
hoops is quite the rage with the small boys of Richwood at
present. Every boy that is able to toddle has a hoop of some
description, and about 400 of them may be seen on our streets at any time.
night was All Hallow E'en or "cabbage night," and the boys
made things lively. The ravages were terrible. All the
boys want is an excuse and sometimes they get on the rampage without
proper excuse except a superabundance of youthful enthusiasm.
your cabbage and turnips, bury your apples, for the boys will visit
you on Friday night Halloween.
penny walk is the newest expedient of killing time.
The walker stands at a street corner and flips a penny. If it
falls heads up, he starts toward the right and if it
falls tails up, the direction is left. At the next
corner, he flips again.
Grand Army of the Republic, the organization for Civil War veterans
in the North, put flowers on the graves of their comrades on
Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day).
G.A.R. Post has taken the matter in hand earnestly for the proper
observation of Decoration Day and we look for a grand success.
Already the necessary committee has been appointed, including 21
ladies to secure flowers and wreaths. It is hoped that the
entire community will aid the soldiers in their work.
John Frickey, Magnetic Springs, carries the mail to and from
Pharisburg, after the daily mail comes from Delaware. This
makes two lady mail carriers in the vicinity.
married ladies from this place in one big sled enjoyed a real
old-fashioned sleigh ride and visited Mrs. W.H. Marriott in Jackson
Township. It is needless to say that the sled was somewhat
crowded and that a hilarious time was indulged in, such as would make
our young ladies blush. Still, the giddy old girls
are to be excused they do not often have a chance to have a time.
of Richwoods most esteemed young ladies gave an oyster supper
to four of Prospects prominent young businessmen.
Marie Simons will be at Dr. F.W. Simon's residence on North Franklin
St. tomorrow, fully prepared to treat her old patients.
White" of Jackson Township, who has reached the remarkable old
age of 87, is said to be the oldest resident in the township, if not
the whole county. She walked a distance of seven miles to make
a visit to the home of W.D. Blue, who resides west of Essex.
This remarkable old lady walked alone and unaided except by a
cane. We would like to know where there is a like old person
who can beat her!
the flat fields surrounding Richwood, farmers bury pipes made of
hollow terra-cotta tile to conduct excess groundwater away from the
soil to nearby ditches. This is especially important when the
spring rains come; otherwise the fields would turn into huge
and Horn are making many improvements and adding to their facilities
for making brick and tile. They purchased recently a new engine
to run their machinery and are now engaged in building new kilns in
which to burn their wares.
tilemaking business is becoming one the principal branches of
industry in this section, and the lucrative and beautifying effects
of judicious draining are already apparent. As time progresses,
what were formerly swamps and thickets in this low level country, by
a thorough system of drainage, will resemble paradise if we
are allowed to use the expression.
hands at Beem & Biddle's Wheel Barrow Tray Manufactory are now
putting in twelve hours per day in order to fill a large contract on time.
the Richwood Patent Pastry Flour at $1.40 per sack. It is a
No. 1 article and will save you the freight that is added to the
flour that is shipped or hauled to this market.
would be a blessing to our town if the old flax mill building was
converted into some kind of a manufactory, which would bring workmen,
industry and capital to Richwood. As it is, a valuable and
useful building is being allowed to moulder and decay.
new era has dawned in the business interests of Richwood. This
is strictly an agriculture district, and what industry is more
appropriate than the manufacture of wheat and corn.
Keystone Rally Mills, being operated by Richwood Millong Co., are
about to commence business.
flax mill building near the depot, idle and useless for years, has
become a thing of beauty on the interior with its transformation into
a model flouring mill.
this time next week, the mill will be ready to customer work.
If the flour turnout is not satisfactory in every case, the price of
the wheat brought will be given the customer, besides his flour.
Give it a trial.
M. Horn will be compelled to shut down his tile works in this place
if he does not get a lot of four-foot wood soon. This
institution has been running day and night for years and if it is
compelled to shut down it will be the means of throwing a number of
men out of work.
Jelley's children were taken down with diphtheria, their throats
being swollen and cankered terribly. Mrs. Jelley remembered a
treatment a former neighbor, Mrs. Light, had recounted that she had
successfully used on herself. Mrs. Jelley gave her children
kerosene oil to use as a gargle and also had them swallow some.
The children recovered rapidly and in a few days were out on the
street. Four other cases were in like manner successfully treated.
"blood purifier" was in town on Tuesday with a wagon load
of sassafras. The whole load was disposed of to our citizens.
in town and country are passing through attacks of scarlet fever,
chicken pox and measles. Those desiring to be vaccinated would
do well to see Dr. R.W. Connell, as he has just received from
Cincinnati some pure cow pox virus. This virus is taken direct
from the heifer. A person need feel no uneasiness about
catching any blood disease which they are liable to catch when virus
is taken from one person and used for vaccinating another.
smallpox scare at Woodland is all over! Young Bumgartner, the
teacher of the school there, will be dismissed from quarantine next
Monday and will rest up to a week or ten days before reopening the
school. All children and adults vaccinated at that place have
had very sore arms and there is no danger of the disease breaking out
again. Dr. L.L. Roebuck and the Jackson Township board of
health deserve much credit for the manner in which they routed the
disease out of the neighborhood.
weeks ago a tramp broke into the Bell school house (Bowling Green
Township) and lodged overnight. Nothing was thought of the
occurrence and the house was fumigated. A few days later a
couple of children complained of sickness. In time, a physician
was called and pronounced their sickness smallpox. A strict
quarantine has been enforced, school has been closed indefinitely,
and no Sunday School or religious services will be held in the school
house until the disease is thoroughly stamped out. It is
supposed the tramp was a smallpox sufferer and thus infected the
street fakir selling a self-made nostrum, which he called medicine,
swindled a number of our citizens out of about $30 recently.
Still, all who purchased publicly stated they "were
satisfied." The swindler stated he was also satisfied and
drove away with their money.
been having lively times this week all our saloon men have
been arrested for violating our liquor law, and trials will be held
the middle and latter part of the week.
two dozen of our best boys have voluntarily come forward and made
truthful statements as to their experiences in this matter of the
doings of our saloonists.
me urge it upon all temperance people to come forward and assist
those who are trying to have our laws vindicated.
boys should be home in their beds in the evening instead of running
at large on our streets. Some parents in this town will have
much to account for because of their wicked negligence. In this
respect, Parents, if you do not want your boys to be rowdies and
worse, keep them at home. You can't save your boy if you do
not. You may save him if you do.
Village Council having expressed a desire for further expression of
opinion from citizens of Richwood, particularly businessmen and
voters within the corporation, notice is hereby given that another
temperance mass meeting will be held at the M.P. Church next Sunday
evening at 8 o'clock, and all voters within the corporation, whether
friendly or unfriendly to the proposed prohibitory ordinance, are
cordially invited and urged to attend in order that some further
expression from the people may be taken or provision be made for
taking the same.
Richwood Billiard Parlors have just been remodeled and newly
papered, and is an ornament to the town. The proprietor has
added a reading room in connection with the same where the latest
periodicals and daily newspapers can be found. It is conducted
on strictly moral principles, allowing no drinking or gambling
therein, and complies with all legal restrictions. The
proprietor is bringing it up to a moral standard where the most
fastidious can enter without having their exquisite sensibilities
injured, and where they can enjoy a harmless a game as croquet
only on more scientific principles.
their meeting last Friday evening, Council instructed the Marshal to
attend strictly to his business and see that the prohibitory
ordinance passed last summer was strictly enforced. Therefore
he notified the saloon keepers and they have shipped back their
supply of beer, and none of that beverage can be found in Richwood
for love nor money; by case, bottle or glass. Nothing but
"spirits" can now be procured at the saloons so
called but happily there is little in a name, in this respect
town council has taken action for the repeal of the prohibitory
ordinance which has been in effect at that place for some months
past. Cant worry through the summer on pops and lemonade.
are Richwood cigars like a lottery ticket? Because there is
only one in a thousand that will draw Prospect News.
above is predicated upon the following facts: A Prospect dude,
used to smoking the cigars most in vogue in that little hamlet,
Wheeling Stogas, was in Richwood last week and bought
four of the popular 5 cent cigars now so universally smoked by all
cultivated gentlemen, and because it didnt burn up fast like
the cabbage cheroots made on the Ohio River, 180 for a dollar, he
rushes into print to show his ignorance of a town where the best
cigars in Ohio are used.
killing of rabbits, as well as quail, is prohibited by law between
the first of January and the 15th of November. But the law of
prohibition in this particular case is in about as much force as the
ends the quail hunting season, and the birds have been pretty well
thinned out. Local sportsmen and sportsmen from afar off have
gathered a rich harvest in this vicinity during the month just
closing. The timid, cowering birds were shown no quarter.
Now let the war be opened on the pestiferous English sparrow.
"Fur, Fin and Feather Club" of this place, composed of
eight jolly sports, will begin their second annual outing on the
banks of the Scioto. They expect to be in camp ten days and
have a good time, as they did last year.
a man looks into the dim vista of bygone years, about the only
things he can remember are his mother's slippers, his first pair of
boots, the old school master and the little rosy cheeked schoolgirl
who use to make his heart flutter whenever she asked him for a bite
of his chewing gum. Life was worth living in those days, even
though there wasn't much money in it.
correct style of corset now is one that "revolutionizes the
human form" as remodeled, being shaped something like a letter S.
Man is fearfully and wonderfully made, and woman is fearfully and
wonderfully made over.
trouble is, your skeleton won't stay in a closet, but walks about
the roads and streets and talks with people.
young ladies, one night last week, dressed themselves up in men's
clothing and started out to see the sights and came very near to
being arrested. One of the ladies is married, the other being a maiden.
schemes to swindle farmers are brought to light almost every week in
different parts of the county. The latest is sending out blanks
with the request they be filled out for the purpose of showing the
condition of crops in their vicinity. In a short time, the
farmer will be surprised at the return of this piece of paper to
which his signature is attached and transformed into a promissory
note, which has been discounted at some bank and which he will have
to pay. The safest way is to have no correspondence with strangers.
are several suspicious characters loafing around this place at
present and our citizens should take extra pains in making their
fastenings secure at night, although it is understood that they will
not take anything that they cant carry.
Finley informs us that the tramps are getting quite thick of
late. On Thursday night, there was one; on Friday night, four;
and on Monday night, two of these artists of pedestrianism took
lodging in the shade. They are coming from the
south and going north and east.
John Cunningham has restored to our town and made it possible for
decent people and ladies to walk our streets without being hooted and
jibed at by roughians and is now working on burglaries and robberies
over the past year.
hobos continue to seek shelter nightly at the "Hotel
Pacific." One long lank Irishman dropped in Sunday night
when the mercury stood below zero. He said that he had hoofed
it from Milwaukee and was footsore, hungry and tired and was on his
way to Pittsburg. Why the authorities here don't devise some
plan to put those hobos to work when they come here as they do in
other cities, is something we can't understand. The town is
infested with tramps every winter.
other words, they want food but they don't want to chop firewood or
till the garden in exchange for it.
tramp season is at hand. They are all looking for a meal
without the woodpile or garden spade as an appetizer.
remained a problem for decades. In the April 1, 1912, issue of
would soon be rid of tramps if all the ladies would call them to
work when they call at the back doors and ask for food. Mrs.
Elizabeth Haines, of West Ottawa Street, gave a tramp his breakfast
and then compelled him to carry in a lot of coal and beat her rugs
before leaving. Mrs. Haines sets a good example.
my childhood in the 1950s, I remember more than one comic strip in
which an unemployed gentleman is tempted by a pie cooling on the sill
of an open kitchen window.
will be a sham election in Broadway at the town hall for the purpose
of learning how to vote the new ballot correctly.
was well represented at the inauguration of Gov. George K. Nash last
Monday. The Hocking Valley Depot at Prospect was crowded for
the morning trains by people bound for Columbus, a large proportion
of whom were from this place. Many others had gone down on
Sunday by way of both Prospect and Peoria, so that this town was as
quiet as a churchyard all day Monday.
G. Harding, from nearby Marion, would be elected President 17 years later.
meeting in Richwood to be held Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Opera House
featuring the Honorable W.G. Harding and Honorable Albert Douglas,
who will address the meeting on the political issues of the day.
Music will be provided by the Magnetic Springs Band.
McIntyre, the boss carpenter of the N.Y.P. & O. gang, was here a
few days ago and says that Richwood is booked for a new depot this
summer. A better depot has been needed here for some time.
Richwood and Magnetic Springs Hack Lines is doing a flourishing
business. It now takes passengers directly from the depot,
under a special arrangement with the railroad.
Railroad Company failed to furnish necessary accommodations for the
passengers to Marion Wednesday morning, and many had to ride on top
of the box cars.
October 31, train 114 going east at 10:40 p.m. will carry express
mail to Marion Junction from Richwood. Since last August, all
eastern mail not in the post office in time for train 4, due here at
5:22, was compelled to be held over until train 16 the next day,
delaying it about fourteen hours. Postmaster Burgoon requested
the change be made.
Richwood men rode on the front end of train #16. George Jones,
age 38 and married, sustained serious injury (broken and split open
nose, bruises and cuts). When he did not care to be seen riding
into the station, he leaped off, although the train was going at a
speed of several miles an hour, hitting his head on railroad
ties. The second daredevil, William Vansant, escaped
uninjured. Returning home, Jones said, "I didn't mind the
ride so much, but I don't like the consequences."
those days, any accomplished musician could be a
"Professor" and a small band could be an
"orchestra." Was the "prompting"
actually square-dance calling?
very select social ball was indulged by the young people of this
place at Westheimer's Hall on Thursday evening last. The
programme, gotten up by Prof. E. Gibbs, leader of the orchestra and
prompter, was a grand one and especially adapted to the limited
knowledge of most of our young people in dancing. With the
efficient prompting of Prof. Gibbs, everything passed off peacefully,
harmoniously and joyously. Supper was taken at the Beem House
at the proper time and dancing continued until the "wee small
hours" began to lengthen.
party of our young people had an old-fashioned sleigh ride last
Saturday evening, driving to LaRue where they took supper at the
popular craze right now is a two-cent red stamp and a one-cent blue
stamp on a letter. This is especially the correct thing where
young ladies and gentlemen correspond. The blending of the
colors, red, white and blue, means union.
identical boy who boiled Dick Marriott's boots to make them soft
one of the best jokes in the early history of Richwood
is visiting friends here at present.
not pointed, ends must be worn on evening neckties this year.
This should be carefully watched, as the fate of the country depends
upon the end of the necktie.
number of young people enjoyed themselves at the residence of H.C.
Woodruff on E. Blagrove St. last Friday evening, pulling taffy and
indulging in general merriment.
are about completed for a series of socials or club dances by the
best young people of Richwood during the coming winter. When
conducted in the manner the club intends they shall be, social dances
are not productive of evil, but agreeable and healthful sport.
the more usual "box social," it was not the girls but the
baskets that were auctioned, as in the musical Oklahoma!
A winning bidder then shared the food with the girl who prepared
it. The preparers' identities may have supposedly been secret,
but they were not veiled.
latest wrinkle for raising money at church fairs is to have an
auction sale of veiled beauties. Each lady will be wrapped in
gossamer, waterproofed and veiled, and will carry a filled lunch
basket. They will be sold at auction to the highest
bidder. The purchase will secure the lady's company as a
partner for the evening and will share the contents of the basket.
new wrinkle for raising funds at church socials is as follows:
The ladies write their names and weights on slips of paper and the
gentlemen draw the slips, each taking the lady whose name he has
drawn to supper and paying half a cent per pound according to the
weight of his partner. If the ladies should overestimate their
weight, it isnt considered a sin as it is for the benefit of
Military Ball, held last Thursday night, was pronounced by those
present to be the best ball of the season. The crowd was
genteel and just the right size to be enjoyed and objectional parties
were kept out, contrary to the prediction of some. The boys
will give another ball on New Years Eve. Nobody need be
afraid of it not being conducted properly.
Martin was married to Miss Mary Williams on Thursday evening of last
week, but the joke of it was that Henry was so busy at work that he
forgot all about this being his wedding day until reminded of it on
Thursday afternoon. He had even forgotten to procure the
license. So he had to get a horse and buggy and tote
his intended to Marysville [the county seat], where the business was
all transacted in a short time and the bride and groom returned happy.
report goes that our genial telegraphic operator has his wires laid,
Thursday evening the Richwood High School boys entertained the young
ladies of that grade at a masquerade party in the Marriott building
on S. Franklin Street. The costumes were of great variety,
almost every nation on the globe being represented.
Refreshments were served by E.E. Moore, the popular caterer.
certain Richwood girl is devoting a large portion of her time to
reading fiction. She gets about eighteen pages from her lover
every other day.
Monday afternoon, the members of the Tourists' Club drove to the
pleasant rural home of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Cheney, north of
Richwood, and spent a most delightful afternoon and evening. A
few hours were spent in gathering wild flowers and fishing. At
8 o'clock Mrs. Cheney served a delicious supper. This proved to
be one of the most pleasant meetings of this club during the past season.
economical young lady wrote her wedding invitations recently and got
it "your presents is requested." She wasn't making
much of a mistake after all, but it is considered very bad form to
put it just that way.
race between Abdallah and the "Milk Maid" on Saturday was
a thin affair, thinner than watered milk, notwithstanding the intense
interest awakened and the large amount of money risked.
Abdallah distanced the mare on the first heat, making the mile at an
easy gait in 3:04. This should settle the idea that a common
plug can compete with fine blood.
Richwood and Byhalia baseball clubs will play a match game at
Byhalia on Friday, Sept. 28, for a purse of $54.
number of our young men with sporting proclivities accompanied an
excursion over the C.H.V. & T. Railroad to Columbus, on Sunday
last, to witness a game of baseball between the Columbus and
Louisville clubs. The Columbus club was victorious.
baseball fever is rising in Richwood and, by the way, we have a very
good amateur club. But, boys, don't become so enthusiastic that
you forget everything and play on Sunday!
horse race for a $25 purse and side bets amounting to $300 was
called between Doc Moores spotted Tom and Pocahontas, a
handsome brown mare owned by Harvey Johnson of LaRue. Bets
stood 100 to 65 in favor of the LaRue mare which won two straight
heats without half trying. No fights occurred on the track and
all bets were promptly paid. Our best people, including Sunday
School teachers and scholars, were out in force.
is the latest kick here in Essex. For the past two
Saturdays, the boys have been having great fun! Maj. Dutton
usually presides over the game as umpire.
dedicated the ball in the meadows back of Halls store.
Wink fired them out of that field, but gave them the privilege of
playing the creek bottom near his house.
begins about one oclock each Saturday afternoon. Nobody
killed so far.
is one of those lively little hamlets that a stranger cannot help
but be impressed with. They have two stores, a strong I.O.O.F.
Lodge [International Order of Odd Fellows], a Daughters of Rebekah
order, a Farmers Alliance, and one of the liveliest K of P
orders [Knights of Pythias] in Union County.
local football team is certainly an unlucky organization, as it has
been impossible for them to get a game with any neighborhood team
this year so far. The bad weather last Saturday prevented them
from going to Marysville. They have new uniforms which are very
pretty and will, no doubt, get a chance by and by to soil them.
addition to the carnival in Richwood, next Saturday will be a big
wrestling match between Kid Hogan of Toledo and Al Ackerman of Akron,
the two best wrestlers in the state. Hogan is the champion
lightweight wrestler of Ohio, but Ackerman has challenged him for a
series of contests hoping to capture the belt.
owners of good horse flesh have been having a good time since the
snow fell, speeding their horses on Ottawa Street. Some
exciting races have taken place on that thoroughfare which has, for
years, been the recognized winter race course in Richwood.
Fetty, proprietor of the North Main Street Saloon and Bowling Alley,
will give the following prizes for high scores bowled from December 1
to Christmas Eve at 9 o'clock: Five pin high score duck;
second, guinea; four pin high score chicken; second, guinea;
cocked hat high score box of cigars.
telephone line has been put up between the Commercial House and the
depot. Mr. Parsons says that businessmen who want to use it can
do so, free of charge, providing they do their own talking.
S. Hubbard has a telephone line running from the post office to his
residence, which is now in good working order, and intelligible
conversation may be carried on between the two points. At first
it didn't work well, but with the aid of an "expert," it
was made a success.
United States Long Distance Telephone Company will soon have a
copper wire into Richwood for the use of the patrons of the local exchange.
Richwood Telephone Company received the new switch board last Friday
and the same is being put in position to connect a lot of new boxes
lately contracted for. When completed, it is expected the
company will have at least 125 patrons. Some of the most
progressive farmers expect to be connected, and they will then be in
position to buy goods or sell their stock or crops to the different
dealers in Richwood without stopping their work and coming to town.
telephones were put to good use Thursday by farmers living southwest
of here. About 2 a.m., J.M. Deardorff heard two rigs pass
northward by his place so he called up his neighbors and had them
look out as to where the late travelers were possibly going.
Over on the other pike, Mrs. Amy Hill heard two rigs and she likewise
called her neighbors. They all loaded for bear with all kinds
of firearms in readiness to show a thief a "good
time." Suspicions would not have been aroused were it not
known that several thefts had occurred of late.
parties connected with the Richwood Telephone Company, from the
pretty "hello girls" to the brawny "ground men,"
have been exceedingly busy the past few weeks. Many miles of
new wire and many new phones have been put in operation, and in a
short time there will be scarcely a farmer or resident of Richwood or
any surrounding villages who cannot call up the outside world from a
telephone in his own domicile. Twenty-five years ago, such a
thing would have been thought impossible.
a farm wife was sick, there was no thought of taking her in the
buggy to see Doc. She needed to stay in bed. So the
farmer would drive in to fetch Doc, then take him back to town
afterwards: two round trips in the farmer's buggy. With
the new technology, Ma could phone Doc and ask him to come out to see
her. This was quicker because it required only one round trip,
but Doc had to use his own buggy.
doctors don't like the rural telephone. It causes people to
delay calling until the last minute. As many ailments are worse
in the evenings, it increases late night calls. Instead of
coming after him and returning him, folks telephone and he has to use
his own horseflesh to make the call.
say the people want absent treatment by phone, giving their symptoms
and asking him to prescribe. Once a baby was held up to the
phone so he could hear it cough.
Saturday evening Mrs. J.S. Gill, returning from Prospect after a
trip to Columbus, had her portmanteau and several articles she had
purchased stolen from her buggy while driving along the road.
Things of considerable value were taken, including five dollars in
money. The buggy was a piano box and the articles lying in the
bed were of easy access from behind.
Walters had a horse and buggy taken from the place it was hitched in
front of Landon's store on Tuesday night before all the business
houses were closed. Up to time of going to press, no clue had
yet been found leading to its recovery. This is the most daring
robbery on record in Richwood.
is 25 miles north of Byhalia.
Irwin, N.W. Spratt, and Mike
Delsaver went to Byhalia last Saturday to attend a shooting match,
and some intoxicated fellow drove their horses away. The boys
had a nice hunt for their rig, finding it at Dunkirk, Hardin County,
and did not get home until Sunday afternoon.
night, some sneak thieves or one-horse burglars committed burglary
on two stores and tried to enter two others. They broke open
the door of Miss Kate A. Walters Millinery, taking some ribbons and a
few bottles of handkerchief perfumery, thus showing their exquisite
taste. The rascals tried unsuccessfully to gain entrance to
Benedicts Furniture and Bowers Boot and Shoe Store. The
burglars pried off the bolts of the shutters on the back windows of
Frashs Dry Goods Store and took all the loose change, not
exceeding $4, and six pairs of shoes. They stole Mr.
Frashs own overcoat and a couple of coats belonging to Mr.
villains got the tools they used at Slemmons Brothers and left part
of them in Frashs store. The idea of uncouth, greasy,
loafing sneak thieves burglarizing a millinery and carrying off
ribbons and perfumery is just too utterly, but it is burglary.
Sunday night, some unknown person climbed through the transom over
the rear door to Charles Silliman's saloon and robbed the cash
register of $2.55, and also carried away a lot of cigars, tobacco,
whiskey, etc. Mr. Silliman is pretty well satisfied who the
guilty parties are and says if they will leave him alone hereafter,
he will try and forgive them this time.
boy who picked up the lady's purse in Smith's grocery last Monday at
noon had better return the same to Mr. Smith if he wants to save trouble.
Blair is attending a grand reception given by the Studebaker Wagon
Co., South Bend, Indiana.
number of our citizens will take advantage of the cheap excursion
rates offered from this place to New Orleans, during the Supreme
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, in that city. The fare is only $13
from Richwood to New Orleans and back.
morning, four fine looking young gents from Nashville, Tenn.,
wheeled into Richwood on bicycles. They were given ice and
soda. They commended on the nice appearance of our pretty and
shaded town and departed for Prospect and Marion and on to Cleveland;
then out to Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Quebec and Montreal, Canada.
Hedges and wife have returned home from a two weeks' visit with Mr.
Hedges' brother in Missouri.
their visit, the brothers went out hunting for gold among the hills,
but were unsuccessful. However, they did see A.F. Wycoff with
his celebrated sale horse "Artist Montrose," recent winner
of the Grand Sweepstakes at the Chicago World's Fair Columbia Exposition.
Erie R.R. will run their first excursion to Cincinnati, Ohio, on
Sunday, May 20. Fare for the round trip $1.50. On
this day there will be a game of baseball between Cincinnati and Brooklyn.
clear, crisp, starlit winter nights are at hand when the
love-smitten boy hitches his horses to the sleigh and drives
seventeen miles, gets his nose frozen and discovers that his girl has
gone off to a party with some other fella.
has rained every day of the New Year, and the prospects now are that
it will continue during the entire year, or "until the moon changes."
science please stand up and tell us why a girl who freezes to death
every time she has to step off the front steps can ride five miles in
a sleigh, with nothing around her but some other girl's brother's
arm, without even getting a blue nose!!
snow, after a series of rehearsals throughout the winter, gave very
successful performances Monday and Tuesday evenings. A genuine
"old inhabitant" informs us that this is the heaviest snow
storm for the time of year he has witnessed since the spring of 1823,
when snow fell to a great depth on the last two days of March.
sleigh-riding was replaced almost a century later by recreational snowmobiling.
white Christmas and white New Year, and an almost unbroken period of
sleighing for two weeks, were among the pleasant features of the season.
sleighing for the past week has been delightful, notwithstanding the
fact that its life was despaired of on Sunday, because of rain.
It is still possible, although the weather has been very mild and
Ground Hog Day, was bright and sunny all day, and the groundhog
could not fail to see his shadow at any time. Therefore, we
must look for six weeks more hard winter.
Sunday, during a thunderstorm which swept over Byhalia, as we learn
from Squire Lingrel of the pleasant village, much damage was done by
a cloudburst or water spout. When the storm was at its height,
an immense volume of water came down and covered the earth to a depth
of ten to twelve feet. Pigs, chickens, lambs, calves, geese and
other poultry and other animals unable to get away, drowned; and
considerable damage was done to crops and fencing. The flood
subsided almost as quickly as it came, but the damage will run into
thousands of dollars.
signals are displayed daily (except Saturday) on a horizontal line
extending from Conkrights drug store on Main Street to the
gutter and can easily be distinguished by passersby:
small white triangular banner represents the point from which the
signals are to be read. If No.3 flag is displayed above No.1 or
No.2, it indicates higher temperature (warm); if it is displayed
below No.1 or No.2 it will be cooler.
No.3 is not displayed with No.1 or No.2, it indicates stationary temperatures.
indicates approach of a sudden and decided fall in temperatures or a
cold wave. Flags No.3 and No.4 are never displayed together.
information comes from the Order of the U.S. Government Signal Service.
weatherman last week smiled on Richwood and then served us with four
or five days of the most beautiful October weather ever experienced
in Ohio. Being the week of our annual fair, there was a great
activity about the grounds and, in fact, all over town. Every
hotel, boarding house and private residence where rooms could be
secured, were filled with strangers, while the restaurants, lunch
counters and other places where eatables could be obtained were
filled with customers almost the entire week.
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