in 1883 the 13th oldest historical
in Ohio. We invite you to visit the
County Historical Society Museum.
first Fulton County Pioneer Society president
Colonel Dresden Winfield Huston Howard.
Dresden was a
strong supporter and promoter of the perservation of the history of
our early pioneers
and he himself made some impressive contributions. A
of Dresden's life and Fulton County History is told in his eulogy.
Here to View Eulogy
Above is the
Fulton County Historical Museum
as of October 2002
Fulton County Historical Society
according to season of the year and special events, so be sure check their web
page at the link next
the most current information on hours their facilities are open,
scheduling tours and special Historical Society events
Click Here to go to the
Official Fulton County Historical
Society Web Pages
is located on Depot Street in Wauseon, Ohio.
The Depot is open for Special Occasions.
The depot is open Tuesday evenings May through August in conjunction with
Cruise Night in downtown Wauseon. Located on
Depot St. downtown Wauseon, Ohio.
Check the Official Fulton County Historical Society web
pages for the currents hours and special events.
The Fulton County Historical Society
Reighard's Blacksmith Shop, the
Heman Canfield Log Cabin and Swan Creek Township Hall at the Fulton County Fair
Grounds. These buildings are open during the County Fair and sometimes for
other special events.
Check the Official Fulton County Historical Society webpages
1896 Lake Shore & Michigan
Southern Railroad Depot
taken October 2002
August 27, 2004 at the age of 93,
be dearly missed by all that knew him
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
In the Toledo Blade, Toledo Ohio
P. BATES, 1911-2004
helped preserve history of Fulton County
- Walter P. Bates, a teacher who wrote a history of Fulton County's Chesterfield
Township schools, was a former president of the county's historical society,
and helped rebuild the log cabin at the county fairgrounds, died Friday
in the Fulton County Health Center here. He was 93.
family did not know the cause of death. He had heart, lung, and kidney
problems, his daughter, Louise Read, said.
Bates wrote History
of Chesterfield Township Schools 1838-1982 after going through
trustees' records to learn how little people had to work with and how much
supplies cost, his wife, Mary Jane Bates, said. "He thought it would be
lost if he didn't," his wife said. He had 300 copies of his memoirs, Horses
to Computer Chips, printed earlier this year and donated them for the historical
society to sell.
book above to get details if interested in acquiring one
was president of the historical society from 1988 to 1997 and had remained
active in it. The book tells stories of growing up on the family farm,
including a drive to Seattle in 1929, and the changes in farming and daily
life that he saw. "He lived in times that were far different from what
the children have grown up in, and he wanted them to know how we had all
lived through the Depression and how things had changed," his wife said.
1981, Mr. Bates helped dismantle and rebuild the 140-year-old Canfield
Log Cabin at the county fairgrounds, labeling every log so it could be
reassembled, his wife said. "Once he found out that there was a log cabin
in Fulton County, he was determined to get it," she said. His daughter
said he selected furniture and artifacts that are displayed in the cabin.
Bates began his teaching career in one-room schools in Fulton and Williams
counties after attending Bowling Green Normal College for two years, his
wife said. "He loved teaching," his wife said. "Most of all, he loved the
kids. He tried to help all he could." He received a bachelor's of education
in agriculture and science degree from Ohio State University in 1940 and
then taught in the Chesterfield schools. In 1960, he received a master's
of education in counseling degree from the University of Toledo. He was
a guidance counselor in the Evergreen Local schools until he retired in
Bates was born June 8, 1911, in Chesterfield Township and graduated from
Chesterfield Township High School in 1929. He married the former Mary Jane
Willson in 1940. He was a lifelong member of East Chesterfield Christian
Church, where he held many offices and taught Sunday School.
are his wife, Mary Jane Bates; daughter, Louise Read; son, David Bates;
sisters, Leota Isley and Viola Weaver; seven grandchildren, & five
is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Edgar-Grisier Funeral
Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the East Chesterfield Christian
family suggests tributes to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
held at the Fulton County Fair
August 30/31, 2003
Phillips Bates rang the bell
here to see pictures of Walter
the Bell Dedication Ceremony
County Historical Society was established to collect and preserve artifacts
and written records pertaining to Fulton County, Ohio. The society
provides accessibility to anyone who wants to examine or study their collections
housed at the historical museum, depot, blacksmith shop and log cabin.
They are a nonprofit organization that operate through the volunteer efforts
of the society members and contributions of others. They have set up "The
Pioneer Society Endowment Fund" in hopes of expanding the current museum
and to provide a means whereby gifts to Fulton County Historical Society
may be held in perpetuity. They accept donations of artifacts such as written
histories, genealogies, photos, antiques like; furniture, dishes, clothing,
tools, firearms, Indian artifacts, etc. that have a link to the past
of Fulton County. Everyone can help by giving for the future to preserve
our past, even if all you have is some time to just visit the museum or
become a volunteer.
soon to see what you are missing,
won't be disappointed!
Brown Campbell donated the building for our Historical Museum in 1967.
She is the lady on the right in the above photo.