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
Worden bought a half-interest in the Gazette
in 1882 and the other half in 1886. "Mr. Worden was one of
the outstanding weekly newspaper editors of Ohio during his
career. He came from a newspaper family in Indiana. He
was an avid Republican, and The
Gazette changed from
an Independent to a Republican status with the purchase and remains
so today. He was noted for his critical editorials of people
and causes that were detrimental to Richwood. He died in
1913." (From Family
Heritage: Union County, Ohio, 1986.)
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.
example, on October 30, 1873, the year-old newspaper reported on
local construction: "All the improvements in progress in
Richwood are being pushed with a view of having them completed before
winter fully sets in. It will require unusual activity on the
part of some of the mechanics to get the large number of buildings
enclosed before it gets too cold for outside work. Already we
have had snow, and the fires are being kindled."
on January 31, 1901: "Sheets of the census bulletin for
Ohio shows that Richwood's population in 1900 was 1,640, as against
1,415 in 1890."
on July 16, 1908, the paper bemoaned the interruption of the town's
light-rail mass transit service. "Ever since the CMS&N
interurban tracks were cut on S. Franklin St., business has been
greatly damaged in Richwood. It is impossible to get to town
from the south without walking a half mile or more or driving to
town. The people south of Richwood have become accustomed to
stepping on the interurban and coming to town for a few cents while
their horses stood in their stalls resting after a big spring and
summer's work. ...The contractors claim the cars will be up and
running about August 1, which will be good news for all
concerned. We can't imagine how other towns get along without
an interurban altogether."
are some of the items from a quarter-century period, 1880 through 1905.
are already commencing to engage help for the coming harvest.
Work is more plentiful than workmen, and the idler who "can't
get work" now must dodge employment at every street corner.
are worth one cent a piece in New York City. Just think of the
many fortunes that will go down with the frosty season just because
we are unable to get our sunflower crop to market.
few days ago, William Fish and William Carter attempted to butcher a
hog belonging to the first named gentleman and proceeded to bang away
at said hog with a rifle. The first shot struck Mr. Hog in the
nose, causing his escape, jumping a fence and swimming up Rush
Creek. Fish and Carter, in hot pursuit, shot until they
exhausted their supply of ammunition and were compelled to call on
Daniel Mifflin, an old-time hunter of some notoriety, who finally
brought Mr. H. to bay with the third shot. Fish and Carter
think of going west in search of larger game.
Strahl, north of town, informs us his wheat is threshed and said it
turned out 27 bushels per acre. Mr. S. also complimented the
Snare Wheat Separator very highly and says if he had not cleaned his
seed wheat with it last fall, his crops would have been mostly cheat.
Sidle has sold his farm north of town to G.W. Handley. The
farm contains 132 acres and the price received was $10,560. Mr.
Sidle has a notion of Southern Kansas.
Shipley, of York Township, raised the biggest crop of rye. He
threshed about 320 bushels off of twenty acres and sold it at eighty
cents per bushel. They caught the market on the fly, as it were.
A.D. Hoover, west of town, left a twig cut from one of his pear
trees at this office, which measured eleven inches long and contained
eleven nice Bartlett pears. He says this has been a great year
for pears and that every tree is full of fruit.
Tuesday afternoon, neighbors and friends of Orville Case, three
miles west of town, turned out and cut twelve acres of his corn and
nicely placed it in shocks in just two hours and thirty
minutes. Thirty-one men showed up to help the ailing farmer.
farmer is more out of the reach of trouble than any other man in the
world. He can burn his own wood, eat his own meat, eggs and
johnnycakes, and sleep under a roof that is not mortgaged to any corporation.
America became involved in World War I, the nation needed to
increase agricultural production. However, there were fewer
hands to bring in the crops because many young men had been drafted
into the military. The overworked farmers who remained were in
the fields from dawn to dusk during the growing season. They
didn't have time to go into town to transact business during banker's
hours in the daytime. Therefore, according to the Gazette of
May 3, 1917, "the banks in Richwood have arranged to keep open
from seven until nine o'clock from May 1 to November 1."
Curry, agent for the Oldsmobile Light Run-about, $650;
Touring Run-about, $750; Delivery Wagon, $850; Touring Car,
$950. Will sell my Light Runabout in good condition at a
bargain as I wish to get a larger machine.
the result of the accident which happened to Mrs. Jane Lake on South
Franklin Street on June 7, L. Hubbard was fined $25 and costs by
Mayor M.W. Hill Tuesday night. The defendant was charged with
violating Ordinance No. 225 in that he propelled his automobile
through the streets of Richwood at a greater rate of speed than eight
miles per hour.
was the speed limit so low? Traffic patterns were rather
chaotic in those days. A motorist had to dodge trolleys and
horse-drawn wagons, not to mention pedestrians and bicyclists
crossing the street in any direction. Take a look at this
footage, which was filmed in 1905 in a slightly larger town.
24th annual Farmer's Institute adjourned after being in session for
two days. Owing to the careless handling of automobiles, which
is endangering life and property, a resolution was adopted requiring
Union County's representative to use his utmost influence to procure
the enactment of a law regulating the speed and handling of all
Brothers have added a new feature to their bakery and restaurant, by
placing on the road a new delivery wagon to deliver free of charge to
all parts of town.
to Landon's for 5¢ hats, 5¢ hose, and the best 5¢
calico in the market.
railroad depot was also on North Main Street. My guess is that
a "sample room" was a place for a traveling salesman to
display samples of his wares.
Beam House, North Main Street, Richwood, Ohio, A. Paris & Son,
proprietors: This house is furnished to provide ample
accommodations for the traveling public. Great care is taken to
render suitable attention to all who patronize the house. Good
sample rooms on first floor.
time lock, costing $300, has been placed on the money vault of the
safe in the Richwood Deposit Bank. It is a wonderful and
beautiful piece of machinery, from the Consolidated Lock Co. of
Cincinnati, and is of the finest make. With this improvement,
the safe of this bank is said to be the most complete bank safe in
the county and one of the best in central Ohio.
Hamilton has now 150 cords of seasoned wood inside the corporation
limits, out of which he will fill all orders for winter supplies at
$2.50 per cord four foot wood.
the undersigned, agree to close our business houses from 10 o'clock
a.m. to 4 o'clock p.m. on Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving), 1884:
Comer & Co.
Hedges & Co.
Blake & Bro.
Burger & Son
The last two named only agree to close until 2 o'clock p.m.
did all these businessmen, including Gazette printers Smith &
Worden, have to formally agree to close for a few hours on a
holiday? Was it for midday Thanksgiving services in the
churches, or midday turkey dinners at home?
were probably many among them who wanted
to close but were afraid to do so because of the competitive
disadvantage. Any merchants who stayed open would get all the
commerce. So the businessmen decided to draw up and publish a cease-fire
competitive reasons, all the merchants welcomed the throngs on
Saturdays as well.
always has a crowd on Saturday afternoon, no matter what the
weather. Although it had rained for more than 24 hours, the
roads in the country were very heavy and the village streets in bad
condition with ice and muddy water, the usual crowd was on hand.
At 3 oclock, Miss Carrie Hamilton counted the vehicles hitched
on Franklin Street and the side streets, found the number to be
229. Not a bad showing for a stormy afternoon in January.
later, when my father went into business in 1952, the stores in
Richwood all stayed open on Saturday night. In fact, it was the
biggest night of the week, when the farmers came into town to shop
or to look.
nights, everyone came to town to shop and watch the people,
recalled Melva Shuman, the mother of my classmate Spencer
Jordan. Her column appeared in the Gazette of August 11,
2010. People would park their cars during the day on
Saturdays so they would have a prime seat to watch the crowd at night.
I was in junior high, during the early 1940s, added Barbara
Matteson in the Gazette of February 23, 2011, one of the
highlights of the week was Saturday night. It was then that my
parents would drive into town from the farm to do their weekly
shopping. People who lived in town would often drive their cars
uptown during the afternoon, park on the main square, walk back home
and return in the evening to sit in their cars and watch the people
going by. It was the time of World War II. Gasoline was
rationed, tires were very scarce and so was money. So this was
entertainment. After the stores closed about 9 p.m., I think,
there was a street dance, with a live band on the north end of the
square and roller skating for the kids on the south end.
auto dealership was so crowded in the 50s that my father
couldn't even take a supper break; my mother and I would bring him
sandwiches and coffee. But although there were throngs of
people looking at cars, they were all "just looking."
We didn't close many deals on Saturday night.
in the summer of 1956, my father decided to go against the local
tradition. He would close at noon on Saturdays.
advertised these new hours for a month in advance. Once the
new policy went into effect, we had to enforce it by taking a trip
out of town every Saturday afternoon. Otherwise,
"lookers" would pester us at home to ask how much we
wanted for that '53 Chevy on the used-car lot.
afternoon, some forty of our citizens went to Prospect to see their
gas well shoot. They saw it and heard the dull thud when the
explosion went off, but they didnt see or hear the gas shoot
up. The gas wasnt there. It was a bad
disappointment to our boys, but a worse one for the Prospect people.
you happen to have any loose dollars, it will pay you to bring them
to the Boston One Price Clothing House for investment this week.
Our store will boom with bargains not found elsewhere. The
Boston One Price Clothing House is located in the Parsons Building.
have just received 1,000 yards of new ribbons; ladies cashmere vests
47 cents at Hornbicks; full line of stiff hats, soft hats and crushed
hats at Boston One Price Clothing House and at Dobies, if you buy a
dollars worth of goods, you get a present worth from five to
are nine Hebrews living in our town of whom three are among our most
esteemed citizens and businessmen. There are no Hebrew
synagogues in Union County.
To boom business, we will make
the following reduced prices:
Good all-wool scarlet
Finer quality all-wool scarlet
MEN'S & BOYS' WEAR
Good scotch caps
Boys' good suits
COATS IN BROWN, BLUE AND BLACK
Fine all-wool Beaver overcoats
Boston One Price Clothing Store
new window is going in the south wall of the Parsons block to let
light into the store occupied by Mr. William Glick. Many
sellers of ready-made clothing do not desire much light in their
store rooms, but Mr. Glick handles goods of such quality that he is
willing to let customers have the privilege to examine critically the
goods they buy and runs no risk of misrepresentation. We know
of no town that has a more honest class of business than has this village.
Shields, who has been the popular and efficient agent at the Ohio
Central Lines depot, has resigned his position after over six years
of faithful service, or ever since the road was built in 1893.
Mr. Shields was relieved from duty Tuesday by Mr. C. C. Simmons, the
agent at Raymond being advanced to the place. Gamble worked
hard for the company and put in about 18 hours every day for the mere
pittance of $50 per month. His small salary is one of the
reasons of his resigning his positions.
Shields has formed a partnership with Geo. M. Wilber, the well known
grain merchant of this city, under the name of The Shields Wilber
Co. The new company will be ready for business at their new
elevator at Main Street crossing, on or about January 10. The
new elevator will have all modern improvements and its erection cost
a vast sum of money.
Gazette referred to the principal north-south street as Main
Street prior to mid-1900, but it had always officially been
Franklin Street, after Benjamin Franklin. It was so named
following an 1832 survey.
first plat showed three streets crossing three. The other north-south
streets on either side of Franklin were named Fulton and Clinton,
presumably to honor the late inventor Robert Fulton and the late New
York Governor DeWitt Clinton.
main east-west street was called Ottaway, later corrected to Ottawa,
an Indian tribe that Andrew Jacksons administration was
relocating from Ohio to Kansas.
was flanked by Blagrove and Bomford streets. Those were named
for the people who sold the land to the developer: landowner
Parthenia Blagrove and her attorney George Bomford.
Berkowitz sold his clothing store last Thursday to Jacob Rosenberger
of Cleveland, who will take charge of the business the first of
February. The location on the corner of Franklin and Ottawa
Streets is a good one and Mr. Berkowitz has done well there. He
expects to retire from active business and look after the improvement
of his farms and other property.
Spring has sold his interest in the North Franklin Street grocery to
his father, T. Spring, and formed a partnership with N.A. Adams, the
baker. The two latter gentlemen have purchased and taken
possession of a bakery in Gallipolis. Our loss is their gain.
Biddle has purchased an automobile to use in his business and is now
prepared to go anywhere on short notice and make photographs of
stock, residences, family groups or gatherings of any kind.
Phone him at 163 when you have anything you wish photographed.
desiring to have their buggies repainted will do well to call A.A.
McGee, who has the services of an expert in that line engaged.
Bring your buggies early so the paint can season before exposing it
to the weather.
promoted the businesses of its local advertisers, of course.
Thirty-seven years later, the March 5, 1942, issue reminded readers
why they should shop in the town where they lived.
home store is the place where customers get the most personal
attention. They come in contact with merchants and sales people
whom they know personally. It is more satisfactory than to buy
home store people know that their prosperity and success depend upon
giving satisfaction to these home people. The store cannot
afford to have anyone leave its place in a dissatisfied mood
or to feel, after goods are taken home and used, that they were not
as represented so they will go the very limit to give satisfaction.
not forget that Mr. Green will be here Tuesday evening and Wednesday
of next week, with a party of boys for whom good homes are
wanted. Here's an opportunity for some benevolent people to do good.
company of children in charge of G.T. Green, of the Children's Home,
Cincinnati, arrived on Tuesday evening as advertised. They are
bright-looking children and many of them readily found good
homes. At the time of going to press, thirteen of them had been
taken into homes.
several Christmas entertainments given by the Sabbath Schools in
this place as announced last week were all largely attended.
The M.E. folks had a snow house which contained the presents; the
M.P.'s, a boat loaded with presents; the Presbyterians, an
old-fashioned chimney from which Santa Claus emerged in ideal style;
the Disciples, a treat for the children; and the Baptists, a
tree. All were complete in themselves so that invidious
comparison cannot be drawn.
ladies of Richwood and vicinity will meet in the rooms over I.F.
Gates' Dry Goods Store at one o'clock today (Thursday), to spend the
afternoon in making garments to send to the flood sufferers.
All are earnestly requested to lend a helping hand. The goods
have been provided, and willing hands to sew are all that is needed.
M.E. Church parsonage committee has received subscriptions
sufficient to enable them to build a very commodious and handsome
dwelling on the church lot, and they are already looking up designs
and making arrangements to commence the building soon. The
committee succeeded better than at first hoped, receiving many
resident pastors have arranged that on and after next Sunday
evening, till further notice of change, instead of the usual evening
services at several churches, a union service will be held in Hill
Orchard at 6:30 o'clock for which one of the church bells will be
rung half an hour in advance. The service will consist of
sermons in rotation by the pastors and purely congregational singing
from the Gospel Hymns Combined. It is hoped this will be
much more pleasant than in-door services these warm summer evenings.
our churches want revivals attended, please make the rooms
comfortable with good fires. Richwood is undergoing the throes
of three big revivals. Sinners will get a fearful bombardment
it be a good plan for someone in the church to announce the names of
all arrivals, so that those who are seated will not have to go to the
trouble of turning around every time the door opens? It is
rather embarrassing to a minister to have about two-thirds of his
audience looking toward the door while he is addressing them.
sidewalks are still in a sad state of dilapidation. Quite a
number of them are simply "toe smushers" and "skin
peelers" and are the cause of a very free flow of classical
language at times.
building of a gutter on the west side of Main Street from Ottawa to
Blagrove Streets was sold on Saturday last to the lowest bidder
John Bechtle, getting the job at $1.13 per running foot. This
is a much needed improvement and will add much to the appearance of
the street, as it will be done in regular city style.
Irwin Corner is being embellished according to the tastes of its
different occupants. One has painted his front a blood red and
another a somber black. It was a handsome building before.
hitching racks should be put up on Main and the principal cross
streets. There is not hitching room to accommodate near all the
teams which are in town on Saturdays and many other days.
recommend that a bonfire be built on Main Street every night during
the dark of the moon to serve as a light to the pathway over the
rough pavement and muddy crossings of our village if a sufficient
number of street lamps cannot be put up and kept in good order.
street sprinkler was a wagon that watered the unpaved streets to
keep down the dust.
Long will manage the street sprinkler this summer if a sufficient
amount of support is guaranteed. He was around soliciting
subscriptions the forepart of this week and says that the prospects
are not very favorable. We cannot do without a street sprinkler
during the hot summer months, and our businessmen had better wake up
and subscribe liberally.
people of Richwood were compelled to "bite the dust" so to
speak on Tuesday and Wednesday, owing to a failure in the water
supply for the street sprinkler. The dry weather during the
past two weeks has almost ruined the lawns, and many of our people
who have heretofore objected to putting in water works are now
talking favorably of the improvement. It is impossible to ever
have pretty lawns or perfect fire protection or sewerage without
can boast of a "horseless" street sprinkler. It
started on its daily rounds early last Saturday morning. Water
this year is furnished by the City Mills. The motive power, by
which it is transported about in the big Studebaker sprinkler, is two
fine mules owned by Marshal Sloop.
of the sidewalks in Richwood are continually obstructed with
agricultural implements, fence wire, and other merchandise belonging
to different merchants. This is a direct violation of the
ordinance of the Village, and in case of an accident would hold the
Village liable. In case the buildings occupied are not large
enough to hold the goods, better rent a larger one.
the meeting of the businessmen of Richwood last Friday evening,
James Monroe was selected as night watchman, to succeed D.W. Taylor.
seem to recall that the businessmen still employed a night watchman
50 years later. He was a private security guard who kept an eye
on the shops during the overnight hours when they were closed,
checking the doors to make sure they were locked, to prevent burglary
or other mischief. Nowadays, this duty is entrusted to the police.
a few of our property owners paid any attention to the orders of the
village council to trim the trees about their premises. As a
consequence, in many parts of town the streets and sidewalks are in
an unhealthy condition because of too much shade.
a doubt, a new three-story brick hotel will be built in Richwood
during the present year.
ordinance against wooden construction was most likely a fire safety measure.
and Williams have commenced erection of their carriage repository on
Main Street. It is no longer "criminal" to build a
wooden building, since the repeal of Ordinance No. 14.
now has a new depot, a warehouse, three stores, a blacksmith shop,
and the Fairview M.P. Church. There is a postmaster, G.M.
Warner, who showed us the site for the new school house which is to
be built in the midst of a beautiful grove of trees in the north suburbs.
improvement of the Snediker Road, southwest of town, is supplying a
long-felt want in the building of a substantial bridge across Fulton
Creek, near the residence of M. Snediker. For some time past,
communication between the two sides has been almost cut off by the
absence of a bridge and the terrible condition of the ford.
old landmark of Richwood has disappeared. The old building on
West Blagrove Street formerly owned by John A. Cook has been torn
down to make room for the new livery stables to be built by Marion
Flickinger. It was a log building, weather boarded, and
although it stood over forty years, it is said there was not a single
decayed log in it.
Horn is completing his handsome pressed brick residence on North
Franklin Street by erecting a large porch. The porch has high
walls of variegated sandstone. The large square pillars are
also of stone and the floor will be of cement. This is the
handsomest residence in Richwood.
new Methodist Episcopal Church of Richwood will be dedicated next
Sunday by Bishop J.W. Hamilton of San Francisco. It has been in
the course of construction since October 6, 1902. The building
has been erected at a cost of $20,000 and is a credit to the
congregation and community at large. It is fitted throughout
with all modern conveniences, including steam heat, electric lights
and a handsome pipe organ. Edward B. Scheve, concert organist
and pianist of Chicago, will give the first concert presented in the
new M.E. Church Friday evening, March 4.
truly, Thomas B. Thomas, amateur organist
and pianist of Pennsylvania, gave the 100th anniversary concert on
that organ on March 2, 2003.
didn't know it at the time, but a very similar organ was also
installed in 1903 just five miles to the east of Richwood. It
was at St. John's Lutheran Chuch in Prospect, and that Hinner
organ is likewise still in service.
to the Gazette, Keith
Becker of St. John's (pictured) performed "a day of music"
on October 28, 2012.
first annual commencement exercise of our Union Schools was held in
the M.P. Church on last Tuesday evening. Hon. J.J. Burns, State
School Commissioner, was present and delivered an address.
third annual commencement of the Richwood High School will be held
at the M.P. Church next Friday evening. There is one member of
the graduating class. Senior oration "Be fit for
more than the thing you are now doing." by James Hoover.
this is the third week of school, many of the boys have been seen
lounging about. This is not as it should be.
"foreign" pupils were those whose homes were not in
Richwood itself but on farms outside the village. They could
attend school only in the winter, as their labor was needed in the
fields the rest of the year.
unmarried women were allowed to teach school.
Richwood Public Schools close on Friday for a week's vacation.
The spring term will commence on Monday, March 10, lasting two months
in the higher and three months in the lower grades. Many of the
foreign pupils will withdraw at the end of the winter term, as spring
work will soon begin.
Amos Tanner (nee Fronia Chambers), recently married, took first
premium at the County Fair for her last class in reading. She
has made a reputation as a teacher, and the profession lost a
valuable member when she took upon herself the duties of a household
and abandoned teaching.
winter school will begin soon. Every district except one has a
teacher and is going to start as soon as all are ready. Wages
are varying this year; some get as low as $30 per month.
Peet left Saturday for Oberlin, Ohio, where he will take a
commercial course in the college.
years later, my class had 76 members. The town's population
had grown somewhat, but more importantly, a much higher percentage of
teenagers completed high school.
twenty-fifth annual commencement of the Richwood High School will be
held at the opera house Thursday evening, May 26. This year the
class consists of nine members.
electric headlight on engine No. 54, which passed through here
several times the latter part of last week, gathered quite a crowd
and was described as "wonderful" by many of our citizens.
Zuspan, writing in 1969, recalled that the lights were customarily
"on" only from 6 to 11 p.m. Then they shut down the
plant for the night.
street lights were not turned on Saturday night for almost an hour
after the time called for by the contract between the village and the
owner of the electric light plant. Farmers coming into town
were in great danger of colliding with vehicles on the principal
streets, as neither the commercial nor street lights were on.
Such negligence will soon drive the trade of the farmers to other
towns which have enterprise enough about them to light their streets
when dark comes.
new light generator was recently added to the electric light plant
of Edward A. Schambs, Richwood, Ohio. It was manufactured on
special order by the Fort Wayne Electric Works of Fort Wayne,
Indiana, and cost $1,800. It is one of the finest generators
ever built by that company. The improvement in our light
service is very noticeable since a new machine was installed.
Those of our citizens who are interested in electric machinery should
call at the plant while it is in operation.
Richwood Light, Heat and Power Company recently incorporated for the
purpose of operating the Richwood light plant and constructing and
operating a hot water system in Richwood. On April 1, it will
be controlled and operated by the following Richwood citizens:
O.P. Lenox, C. McAllister, L.G. Peet, Bent Cahill, J.F. Wood and L.P. Albright.
side of Franklin Street between Ottawa and Blagrove, from a
1908 postcard (note the electric light suspended over the intersection)
since the first of November when the contract with Richwood Light,
Heat and Power Company expired, the streets of the town have been in
darkness instead of electric lights. Everyone who is compelled
to go out after dark must carry a lantern. This is certainly
detrimental to the local businesses.
council has been in a tie on the questions of making a
contract. Council would like to have 2 a.m. service instead of
1 a.m., but the company claims it would necessitate another man.
current proposition offers to light the streets until 1 a.m. for $60
a lamp each year, using existing lamps. Council states the old
lamps on the street are worn out. They were used in lighting
the World's Fairgrounds in Chicago in 1893 and were second hand when
brought to Richwood 10 years ago.
refusal of a petition for an election to issue bonds to purchase a
municipal plant, another petition is presently circulating.
band of musicians gave our town a visit last Friday. They had
a Scotch bagpipe (we guess) and two other instruments, which
suggested to the mind of the sinner the type of music he can expect
in the lower regions. Their point evidently is to be hired to
to Richwood Wednesday, Aug. 18, Welsh & Sands' Great Railroad
Show, united with the Great European Aggregation, will pitch its
mammoth tents in Richwood for one day only. In St. Louis, it is
said their enormous tents were filled to capacity with rare wild
beasts, birds, reptiles and marine wonders and a great number of
thrilling and novel equestrian and animal acts. All will be
exhibited under one hundred and fifty thousand yards of tents made
brighter by the new and just perfected electric light. One
ticket 50¢, children under 9, 25¢.
band favored our citizens with an open air concert on Saturday
evening. The boys progress with the times in music and we hope
they may give us many street serenades during the summer.
Hodges had a "museum," it was probably inspired by P.T.
Barnum's American Museum of oddities in New York.
Hodges displayed a "Chinese chicken" in front of his
museum last week and stated that it would lay 10 eggs a day. It
had horns and very large, expressive eyes.
Cratty has secured the management of the Richwood Roller Rink which
will be open Saturday evening, Oct. 17. Music by band.
Admission: gents 10¢, ladies admission free, skates 15¢.
a ball in Prospect Tuesday evening of this week, Richwood furnished
just half the numbers of couples present. Our young people find
many attractions in Prospect. This is because there is no
entertainment in Richwood and Prospect has more enterprise in this
direction. A word to the wise should be sufficient.
magnetic flowing well has made West Bomford Street a popular
thoroughfare. One Sunday, it is estimated fully a thousand
people visited the well to see it and drink of the magnetic
water. Plans are to erect a commodious bath house at the place.
effort is being made to raise sufficient money to build a fine bath
house at Varuna Park. This is something badly needed in
Richwood. Let every citizen help push the enterprise along.
Park, which was purchased by I. Miller from the company originally
owning the same, has, during the past few weeks, been undergoing
extensive improvements. The park, which is a natural one, will
be fitted up with seats, swings, merry-go-round, etc., making it a
fine place for picnics, drives or promenades.
Saturday afternoon and evening, July 30, the biggest dance ever held
in Union County will take place at Varuna Park in Richwood. A
good orchestra has been secured and a large platform erected for the
occasion. Refreshments and Varuna soft drinks will be
sold. Admission is free and all welcomed. Sufficient
police will be on the grounds at all times to maintain good order.
man should deprive his wife and family of a good local paper.
They do not get out from home to learn the news as does the husband
and father, and the paper serves to relieve the otherwise lonely
hours of absence. It's the worst possible economy to deprive
the family of a pleasure so cheaply obtained.
issue completes the twelfth volume of The Gazette and next
week, if nothing happens, we will issue the first number of Volume
13. The newspaper is getting up in years and has a firm hold on
the hearts of the people.
perfect town is that in which you see the farmers patronizing the
home merchant, advertise in the local newspaper and the laborists
spend their money with their own tradesmen. This spirit of reciprocity
between business and mechanics, tradesmen and laborers, farmers and
manufacturers results in making the town a fine one to do business in.
Tuesday, George W. Worden, publisher of The Gazette,
purchased the two-story brick building on S. Franklin Street,
diagonally opposite the Opera House. As soon as the building is
overhauled and the improvements made, the office will be moved, our
present quarters being too small for the proper handling of our business.
employees of this office enjoyed a banquet in the basement of the Gazette
building on Halloween. C.B. Zuspan's big phonograph furnished
music for the occasion and all had a good time.
phonograph is about as nice a thing as you can buy your children for
a Christmas gift. It will furnish amusement for the whole
family and make your home pleasant. This is a good thing to do,
as the home should be the happiest place on earth to the young
people. Rachet Store
man stopped me on the street the other day and said we did not
publish all the things that happened. We should say we
don't! In order to please the people, we must print only the nice
things said of them and leave the rest to gossip.
it's a fact, we don't print all the news. If we did, wouldn't
it make spicy reading? But it would be for one week only.
If we published all that happened, the next week you would read our
obituary and there would be a new face in heaven.
the News" is all right when it is about the other fellow.
Friday last, a team of horses belonging to George Temple, which had
been left standing in front of Canan, became frightened and ran away,
passing the Grove St. crossing at a lively pace, but were stopped
before doing much damage.
Wednesday, H.M. Wright sold the finest team of horses that has been
sent out of Richwood for many days to John Isreal, the burglar
alarm-clock man, for $300.
team attached to a wagon loaded with merchandise for Hornbeck &
Hornbeck, of York, ran down Main Street Tuesday, scattering goods
promiscuously, but were fortunately stopped by workmen before doing
serious damage and were taken in charge by E.G. Randell, who had
ridden after them.
sounds more pitiful than the neigh of a horse in the still hours of
the night as he stands pawing the ground in the cold and snow, while
his master toasts his shins by a warm stove in a saloon or gossiping
in some grocery. If such inhumane creatures could be tied on
the streets with their faithful friend for one night only, it may
prompt them to have their horses shelter from the frigid blasts of a
cold winter night.
last Friday, George Orr and his wife were crossing the railroad
track near the depot. A young horse which they were driving
took fright at an engine and started to run. After a few
lunges, it succeeded in upsetting the buggy and throwing the
occupants out, scattering eggs and butter in all directions.
Mary Orr had her arm broken near the wrist and was otherwise bruised
and shaken up. Mr. Orr was also badly injured.
men came to Richwood last Saturday in a horse and buggy from three
miles the other side of Essex and hitched their horse at the rack by
Moffitts blacksmith shop. There that poor horse stood
from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. when officer Cunningham very properly took it
to Flickingers stable. The two men, supposing it was
stolen, walked the nine miles home, but one returned the next day and
got it after paying $1 for its keeping. Any man who will let
his horse stand 10 hours on the street on a cold night without feed
or blanket should be put to work at the Dayton work house.
the imported Belgium horse, may be found at F.O. Johnson's stables
during the 1904 season. He is regarded as one of the best draft
studs in the area.
you're driving home and "the horse knows the way to carry the
sleigh," you can take a nap.
Charles Thompson was returning late night from a trip to Marysville
where he had purchased a new buggy and had attached it to the rear of
his old buggy. Becoming exceedingly drowsy he was soon
"snoring to beat a brass band."
by neighbors in a passing buggy, he was aroused from his slumber to
find his new buggy gone. Driving back about three miles, he
found his buggy standing in the middle of the road, and thusly
arrived home in time for breakfast. He did not relate his
experience; however, some of the "boys" about York knew it
all and are having lots of fun with the foxy medicine man.
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!