Hocking Sentinel, March 8, 1849:
Lots at Ash Cave
A Big Boon For the Metropolis of Benton
The proud proprietors of Ash Cave, a city of rocks and trees and magnificent corner
lots, has the role of donating a lot to the mother of triplets. This is the plan to populate
The proprietors of Ash Cave stand in with the president of the Lancaster and Hocking
R.R.. The President Gen. John G. Reeves is also emigration agent and furnishes his private cart or cart to the settlers.
A case is before the city authorities and the Emigration Bureau that impels double donation and two corner lots are allotted. The proud and patriotic father is appointed protem.
business features of the town
of South Bloomingville this county is thus summed up. Flouring mill and
saw mill, three dry goods stores, one drug store, one grocery and
blacksmith shop, two shoemakers, two hotels, two Millinery
establishments, one chair maker and two physicians.
Logan Republican Newspaper; December 14, 1871
R.R. Meeting at Bloomingville
We hear that a railroad meeting is to be held at Bloomingville by persons interested in a railroad from Dayton to the coal. The proposition is to build the railroad to Circleville, thence to Bloomingville, thence up Queer Creek, and so on, striking the Gallipolis & McArthur, and thus cutting off Logan. Large capitol will be represented at the meeting, and it troubles Logan to look after this matter, attend the meeting and offer such an inducements as shall bring the railroad here. Where is our Build and Trade?
Athens Messenger, Thursday, June 12, 1879:
Chilcoat, a prominent
citizen and one of the commissioners of this county, died, suddenly,
Friday morning, at 3
his home, twenty miles from Logan. Mr. Chilcoat has been troubled for
Thursday: October 38, 1880:
Mr. Eden J. Beery of Benton Township and Miss Maggie M. Beougher, of Falls were married in Logan one day last week by Rev. C. C. Hart.
Athens Messenger, November 2, 1882: Hocking News
George Russell, of Benton Township, has obtained a pension of $4.00 per month and back pay of $900.
|Hocking County Sentinel, July
Starved to Death!
An Inmate from the Infirmary Wanders For a Month
Through the Country and Starves to Death!
A Horrible Case.
On last Thursday, three children, Clara Snyder, her little brother and a girl names Clara Byert, were out hunting for some ducks that had strayed away, and found the body of a woman lying in a gully, in the woods, on the farm of David Shultz, about three miles south of Logan.
The Coroner was notified and an Inquest was held, the finding of the Coroner being that the woman came to her death from Starvation.
From the testimony given in the case, we get three material facts:
The name of the deceased is Mary C. Burns, of Benton township, aged thirty-seven years.
She was a woman of feeble intellect. On the 19th of February, 1883, she was adjudged insane and sent to the Asylum.
On May 10, 1883, she was discharged as cured. Her father dying, she inherited property to the value of $546. Hamilton Steele was appointed her guardian. On August 16, 1883, she was brought before Judge Acker again, on complaint of the occurrence of insanity, but the Judge adjudged her not insane. On the 6th of September 1883, she was placed in the Infirmary on warrant from the Trustees of Benton Township.
Mr. Nixon the Superintendent, testifies that she left the Infirmary twice before. The first time he found her at the old home place in Benton Township; the next time on the road to Logan a few hours after she had left. When she left the last time, Mr. Nixon was not at home. On his return to town and notified a clerk in the Grange store to be on the look out, and also requested Marshal Deishley, if he saw her to lock her up and send him word.
Mr. Rodman testifies that he saw her sitting under a tree by the road side, about three weeks ago. About the same time she stopped at the house of a brother of Rodman's and asked for water. She drank two quarts, then asked for bread. After she had eaten her satisfaction, she again went to the well and drank two more tin cups of water. She inquired the road to Sater's and to Ilesboro, and then left.
No one, as far as can be ascertained, saw her since that date.
In her bundle were several articles of clothing, seven dollars & ninety cents cash, pins, buttons, thread, quilt patches, and variety of trinkets. Among other things, a colored card with her name, and bearing this mocking inscription--- "Forget Me Note"--
Mr. Nixon subsequently turned over notes to the Coroner, several hundreds of dollars, which he said he found in her bundle.
The theory is, that the poor creature becoming dissatisfied at the Infirmary, left it, and for fear of being seen and returned, she hid away from human sight, living on such crumbs and herbs she happened to find. Her bundle was lying under a tree about 40 feet from the place where her body lay, pressed down as though she had sat on it a long time. The gully showed signs of scrambling and struggling along, indicating that she was searching for water from a spring father up. She lay on her side, with a stick of wood under her head for a pillow. Her body had several bruises, evidently from falls in her death efforts. Her stomach and bowels were entirely empty and contracted, and her body wasted to a mere skeleton.
Death from Starvation!
It is a horrible affair. We shudder when we read the trials of DeLong and his Arctic Explorers, and turn away and try to banish the thought of the agony his men endured as the slowly starved to death.
Here, within three miles of Logan, with means for her supper left her by her father, with living relatives, and with a proud institution built by public charity for the care of such unfortunates, a woman wanders through the woods and starves to death. The imagination recoils, and the heart sickens at the thought.
We can all draw a long breath when we feel she wasn't our sister.
New Post Masters Appointed
The following democrats have been appointed Post Masters in Hocking County within the last week, viz:
H. G. Meyers - South Bloomingville
The appointments are all good men, sound democrats and will be
effective in accommodating officers.
Journal Gazette; July 9,1900
Bloomingville, July 9.---- Health and business in our city is excellent.
James Henderson who conducts the leading grocery store in Bloomingville, is doing an excellent business.
The Southern Hotel conducted by your genial host, James Iles, is also doing a good business, as it should.
Our accommodating post-master in Hamilton, is kept busy by delivering mail and waiting on his many customers.
Mattocks, our excellent blacksmith sweats almost drops of blood in repairing mowers and shoe horses.
Our boys are busy assisting in making hay, railroad ties and cultivating corn.
Col. Stephenson president of the C. L. and W. railroad, was in Lancaster Tuesday, on business in connection with the railroad. The Col. says he will have trains running to Ash Cave by October first.
Miss Lulu McGill spent the Fourth in Circleville.
George Williamson, Mr. Morrison, George D. Mowery and T. A. Voris of Laurelville called on Col. Stephenson in reference to the location of a depot in Laurelville.
Messers. Schwartz and Luper of the Logan Natural Gas and Fuel Co., were here on business connected with oil and gas.
An ice cream supper was held at Leonard DeVault's last Tuesday for the benefit of the M. E. church in Bloomingville. All enjoyed themselves and quite a nice sum of money was netted for the church.
July 25, 1901 Ohio Democrat:
On last Thursday, July 11th, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George Amerine two miles east of Bloomingville, occurred one of the most noteworthy events of the season. From hill and valley, far and near, kind friends and neighbors were seen gathering at the residence of Mr. George Amerine to help him celebrate his eighty first anniversary. Mr. Amerine is one of our oldest and most praise worthy citizens of Benton Tp., being at this age in fair health and able to look after the interests of his surroundings. Happening to take his wool to market upon this day which his kind wife had cunningly planned and during his absence, friends and neighbors to the number of 115 with well filled baskets gathered at his residence and imagine his surprise upon returning to see a table almost the entire length of the house spread with every luxurant the heart could desire. And as the sun approached the meridian all gathered around to get a taste of the sumptuous feast and here we are sorry to relate were ill manners of some of our guests; we may look over the little faults of children, but when it comes to men the age of Lee Amerine and Coon Reichley we think it worthy of attention. It is alleged that Lee Amerine actually ate three heads of cabbage and left the table with the legs of four chickens in his pocket. Coon Reichley came there looking as lank as a gas pipe and the way he ate was an outrage. Albert Wright says it's no wonder he was attacked by catamounts. Johnny Moore seemed to be the ladies' assistant, of course here he had the advantage of the rest. He at in the kitchen, also at the three tables, and then complained, and only gave the rest twelve minutes in which to eat. After the sun began to approach the western horizon, the people all began to disperse in different directions to their homes wishing Mr. Amerine many more happy birthdays.
Newspaper; Thursday Nov. 14, 1901
weeks of absence I thought I would pen a few lines for the Democrat.
Ohio Democrat Newspaper, January 9, 1902
On New Years
day at 12 o'clock noon occurred a very pleasant affair at the
of Joseph Blackston. The occasion was the marriage of his daughter
Della to Joseph Earnhart. Squire Vandergriff preformed the ceremony in
the presence of a large gathering of friends and neighbors. After the
ceremony a sumptuous dinner was served and many presents received by
the bride. At night the hills were made hideous by the roar of several
hundred bellers headed by the old workhorse Coon Reichley.
Ohio Democrat Newspaper; January 9, 1902.
Rev. Toumine closed
protracted meeting at this place with one accession to the church; he
is now holding a meeting at the Rock church and is leaving a great
The Logan Journal Gazette, July 24, 1902
New Telephone Line to Bloomingville
Work on the construction of a telephone line from Bloomingville has commenced. The line, we understand, will be built by Home Telephone company of McArthur, and will connect with the long distance lines of other companies in this city and Tarlton. The line will go up the valley from Bloomingville and will follow the line of Lancaster & Hamden railroad and the old line which was constructed by Superintendent Stephenson of that road will be utilized as much as possible. It will intersect with the lines of the other companies at Tarlton. From Bloomingville east it will traverse the oil fields of western Hocking and connect with the lines of this company at New Plymouth. The gap between this city and New Plymouth will be built to connect with the two long distance lines in this city. So far as telephone communication was concerned Bloomingville was out of the world. A telephone line will inure to the benefit of the towns. No more waiting until the next day to hear the returns from Benton on election night.
Journal Gazette, Logan, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1903
Oct. 12. ---- As we have not seen any items from this place for some
time we will endeavor to give readers of the Journal Gazette a short
list from our little village.
Journal Gazette, October 26,1903
Allison wife of T.J. Allison
departed this life October 18,1903, aged 64 years. Having been stricken
with hemorrhage of the brain forty-eight hours previous. She leaves to
mourn her loss a husband, one daughter, and two sons. Her remains were
interred in Wesley Chapel cemetery Sunday afternoon. Rev. J. Prose of
Creola, conducted the funeral services. Also Mrs. Smith Riley whose
illness we made mention in our last writing has passed away. She was
laid to rest in Chestnut Grove cemetery, funeral services
conducted by Rev. Nichols.
Journal Gazette, December 21, 1903
The health of
the community is not very
good at the present. Among those on the sick list are Henry Waldron, T.
J. Allison and Irene Mattox.
Journal Gazette, Feb. 29, 1904
business trip to Circleville last week.
Journal Gazette, March 14, 1904:
George Williamson of Laurelville,
visited her mother Mrs. Chilcote last week.
Journal Gazette, April 15,1904
Smallpox will not keep the people of Benton township and surrounding
country away from Henderson's cash store in South Bloomingville for
they can get more goods for their money there than any place else. They
find there all the latest styles and up-to-date goods in any line they
want, and they get market price for anything they have to sell in goods
or cash. Now that there is no more danger of smallpox, Mr. Henderson
would be please to have all call and see what he has and get prices of
goods, and if Mr. Henderson should not be there, there is Joe, he will
talk an arm off of you before you get out of the store, telling you of
the bargains you have missed if you have not been dealing with
Henderson. And the cat came back the very next day, just like the
customers do to Henderson's Cash Store because they can't stay away
long when they are getting such good bargains.
Journal Gazette, April 25, 1904
South Bloomingville, April 25. ---- Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Hoy of Laurelville, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Turner.
Mr. J. C. Stone attended the meeting of the central committee at Logan last Saturday.
James Tigner an old soldier residing near here passed quietly away last Friday and was buried at Mt. Carmel cemetery on Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Thomas Stevens is quite poorly at the present writing.
Quite a number from this place attended the sale of lots in Lancaster recently. Among those who purchased lots are H. B. Johnson, E. E. Chilcote, W. L. Johnson, M. L. Defenbaugh and W. E. Aumock.
Charles and Eugene Wright of Logan with their families are spending a few days with their parents Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wright.
We learn that all those who are under quarantine here for smallpox will be released this week.
Mr. Frank Redfern of Adelphi was a business caller in our village one day last week.
Several persons from here attended the show at Adelphi on last Saturday night.
Miss Lulu Oldfield visited Miss Roxie Allison last week.
Born recently to Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Denton a twelve pound boy.
Mr. Wm. Mattox contemplates moving on the property owned by Sarah Hamilton.
H. B. Johnson made a business trip to Laurelville on last Saturday.
Mathias Smith of Stella was seen on our streets one day last week.
Journal Gazette, October 3, 1904
South Bloomingville, Oct. 3. ----- Sylvester Davis and wife are quite poorly at this writing.
Mrs. Cora Crawford and children of Mahomet, Illinois, have returned home after a week's visit with friends and relatives in this community.
Mrs. O. L. Hutchinson has just received the news of the sudden death of her sister-in-law Mrs. E. H. Phillips of Siverly, Ohio.
James Davis has been sick for several days with malarial fever.
Mrs. Parker who has been visiting her daughter Mrs. J. J. Dennis has returned to her home in Mattoon, Illinois.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Chilcote on September 29th, a daughter.
Mrs. Dora Bone a former resident of near this place died from stomach trouble and was interred in Locust Grove cemetery one day last week.
Mr. Andrew Woodgeard who lost both of his dwellings houses and his barn by fire recently contemplates erecting a new dwelling house.
Mrs. A. M. Thomas is quite poorly with typhoid fever.
Miss Etta Steele is visiting friends in Madison county.
E. A. Huffman purchased a new piano off A. M. Sparks last week.
Journal Gazette, January 16,1905
William Black of Texas, is visiting his mother who
resides near this place.
Journal Gazette, February 26,1905
The wife of Martin
Synder died last
Thursday, Feb. 23rd, at her home near South Bloomingville and was
buried at Otterbein Cemetery.
Journal Gazette, March 10,1905:
roads seem to be the leading factors here at this writing.
Journal Gazette, March 17, 1905
Spring has made
its appearance again and the farmers
have begun their spring work.
Journal Gazette, December
and rainy weather seem to be the
leading factors in this community at present.
Journal Gazette, June 16,1905
Young has been engaged the past week
loading ties for the Pendergast Lumber Company.
Dec 28, 1905
Democrat, Logan, Ohio
South Bloomingville gossip column:
Beery, which were buried in the Beery Cemetery several years ago, were
to Tarlton last Friday.
Journal Gazette, January 7, 1906
Davis was seen on this ridge Thursday.
Logan Democratic Sentinel, April 16, 1906
South Bloomingville Society News
meeting is in progress at M. E. Church at this place, conducted by Rev.
South Bloomingville Society News
| July 4, 1907 Democrat-Sentinel, Logan, Ohio
Logan Journal Gazette, May 7, 1908:
We are experiencing some real winter here, the ground being covered with four inches of snow, but so far the fruit is unharmed.
Jasper Poling of Haynes, has opened up an art gallery in the Keck building.
James Shaw went to Athens the first of the week and returned with his daughter, who has been at the State Hospital for some time.
Mrs. William Mattox, who has been seriously ill with lung fever for some time, is much improved at this writing.
M. E. Brown has rented the Bone property on Main Street and will move into the same in a short time.
A big time is expected here Memorial Day, May 30th. The old veterans of the Civil War are fast decreasing and ere many years, there will be none left. Realizing this the I.O.R.M. have adopted the rule at assisting the old veterans in the decoration of the graves of the honored dead, which as a noble act for a good cause. The services at this place will be conducted by the Red Men of Wampus Tribe #81. Everyone is invited.
Walter Pleukharp, our merchant made a trip to Nelsonville with a load of produce on last Thursday.
Thomas Stevens has moved his family into the Stevenson property on Cedar Heights.
Mrs. William Black of Nuttalsbury, Virginia, is visiting relatives here at present.
Clyde Denton has moved his family into the Johnson property on Maple Street.
William Denton of Laurelville, visited his son, Clade, on last Sunday.
Clerk of Court, D. M. Soliday and wife paid a short visit one day last week.
I. A. Parks of Chillicothe, visited his parents on Blue Creek two days last week.
J. Swackhammer was a business visitor to Adelphi last Sunday.
Nora Seitz visited her sister, Mable Dille on Big Pine, one day last week.
Republican Newspaper, October 6 ,1910
a description of Bloomingville; It is bounded on the west by the Rock
House, on the north by Cedar Falls, on the east by Ash Cave, on the
south by the C & S railroad. Our town contains one M.E. Church,
with an enrollment of about one hundred members. We have one grist
mill, run by Thomas Stevens and Clark, two as
genial gentlemen as there are in the southern part of the state. We
have one drug store, owned by our friend, George H. Hill. George is
known to everyone in Hocking County.
Logan Republican Newspaper, October 13, 1910:
H. J. Chilcote has a new clerk, J. H.
Logan Republican Newspaper, October 27, 1910
a large crowd attended the Pumpkin Show
at Laurelville Friday and Saturday.
Logan Republican Newspaper, November 3, 1910:
will resume my quill and tell more of our
burg and vicinity.
Logan Republican Newspaper, November 14, 1910:
and husking corn seems to be the order of the day.
Logan Republican Newspaper, November 17, 1910:
election passed quietly in Benton, not even a dogfight disturbed the
usual quiet of the township. The pencil-man and his lieutenants were in
evidence and the feathers were almost scratched off the eagle. After
the voices wee counted and the results announced the “ I told
so” nuisance became prominent. The Democrats could say
but Rah and landslides. Coon Reichley stood the fire first rate until
the return from the state began coming in. All Democratic. He let out a
yell that raised the hair on the back of every dog in Bloomingville and
started up the hill on a gallop, yelling at every jump:
“Earthquake! Earthquake!” They are setting steel
over Benton. Coon must be caught.
Logan Republican Newspaper, November 17, 1910:
Thomas and wife were the guests of
J. A . Kitchen, last Friday
Logan Republican Newspaper, Fenruary 14, 1911:
last Sunday morning an old an respected citizen, George Hankins of
Green Briar Ridge, was found dead about 8 o’clock. He had
doing his feeding at his barn. Heart failure was the cause of his death.
Logan Republican Newspaper, April 20, 1911:
meeting at Wesley Chapel is progressing nicely, conducted by the
circuit preacher, Rev. Rose.
Logan Republican Newspaper, April 27, 1911:
greens and cleaning house seems to be the order of the day.
Logan Republican Newspaper, May 11, 1911:
planting corn seems to be the order of the day.
Logan Republican Newspaper, October 5, 1911:
beans, cutting corn and sowing wheat
seem to be the order of the day.
Source: Logan Democratic Sentential, October 22, 1914
The funeral services of the late James Wareheim was held was held at Chestnut Grove conducted by Rev. Fields of Adelphi. His death came as a shock to his friends and relatives as he was visiting relatives at Sabina when death came. His faithful wife and son, Rev. Elze Wareheim hastened to his bedside but soon found all hopes gone and husband and father had to be brought home dead. The church was crowded to overflowing with friends who came to pay their last respects to the aged gentleman as he was respected and loved by all. The community extends sympathy to the dear companion and children in their bereavement.
Mr. Dick Brown an aged gentleman fell and broke his limb below the knee in two places. Dr. Melcher and Dr. Simpkins attended to the fracture.
Miss Mona Chilcote is visiting at Logan with Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wright and taking in the fair.
Mr. Guy Hinson of Indiana spent last week with his uncle, A. M. Thomas.
James Chilcote and little daughters Beryl and Fay attended the Fair at Logan Friday and Saturday.
Mrs. Culbert Iles has been entertaining her daughter and son-in-law from Akron the past week. Miss Minnie Iles returned home with them for a few weeks visit.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Starkey recently a baby daughter.
Mrs. Charles Keck is visiting with her sister in Ironton.
Mrs. Harry Iles and children returned home after two weeks visit near McArthur.
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Thomas, Mr. Guy Hinson and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Kitchen and children spent Sunday at the Ash Cave.
Chas. Pleukharp has moved into his new property.
H. G. Chilcote and J. C. Chilcote, attended the funeral of James Wareheim Wednesday last.
Miss Leo Shaw returned home from a two week visit with her sister Mrs. A. M. Hamilton of Columbus.
Mrs. Anna Eveland is seriously ill at present. Dr. Cain is attending her.
W. M. Pleukharp returned from the hospital at Columbus where he has been undergoing an operation.
Source: Logan Democratic Sentential, January 11, 1917
Source: Logan Democratic Sentential, March 22, 1917:
Circleville Herald, June 26, 1929: Society News:
BIRTHDAY DINNER HONORS DAUGHTER
A birthday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Lowery in Hocking
County on Sunday celebrated the birthday anniversary of their daughter
Mary, who was 12 years old. At noon 40 people were served including Mr.
and Mrs. Marvin Lowery and daughters Hulda and Mary, and two sons
,Willard and Willis. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Starkey, Ike Starkey, and
Josephine Starkey of Reese; Mr. and Mrs. John Wine, Mr. and Mrs. Illa
Daugherty, Mr. and Mrs. Rance Wine and three children of South
Bloomingville. Mr. and Mrs. James Walton and daughter Virginia Walton.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Smith of Columbus; Miss Stella Smith of Mansfield.
Those from Circleville were: Mr. and Mrs. William Wilkison and son
Frank M. and Mrs. Harold White and son Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Wade
Justice and Olive Diltz.
Circleville Herald , Saturday, May 10, 1930:
HIGHWAY MAN BADLY HURT
Rollie Wine, South Bloomingville, Injured By Dynamite Explosion
Rollie Wine of South Bloomingville, is recovering from serious injuries he received when struck in the face by a charge of dynamite which was delayed in discharging. Wine was handling the dynamite used in blasting rocks along the route of the highway improvement between Old Man’s Cave and South Bloomingville. He had loaded two holes with the explosive and had ignited the fuses.
Believing that both charges had gone off simultaneously he returned to the spot to examine the results when the second blast let go, throwing dirt and rock particles into his face.
At Cherington Hospital it was learned he had lost his right eye and the entire right side of his face was blown full of dirt. The upper part of his body received a part of the charge and was lacerated.
S. Bloomingville News
and Mrs. B. Walton and family
was the Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Starkey.
Circleville Herald, Monday, March 16, 1931:
Mr. and Mrs. Clendell Reid of
Logan spent Friday night and Saturday with his mother and brother Mrs.
Lillie and Walter Reid.
Circleville Herald, Thursday, April 9, 1931:
and Mrs. Lester Brown and
family of near Creola and Mr. and Mrs. Luther Brown and Misses Nellie
and Grace Brown of Columbus were the Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs.
|The Hocking Sentinel, Logan,
Ohio, June 4, 1931:
South Bloomingville Merchant. Shot By Bandits In Holdup, Near Death
Walter Pleulharp Is Victim of Robbers Tuesday Night
Robbed of $ 100 Man Mortally Wounded late Tuesday Night by Pretending
Customers--- Eveland in Store at Time Unharmed.
According to Otis Eveland, eye witness to the shooting, the bandits entered and asked for a pack of cigarettes. Eveland, who operates a filling station across the street from the Pleukharp store, waited on them. He did this, he said, so that Pleukharp, who is lame, would not have to get up from the chair on which he was sitting near the stove.
After making change for the pair, Eveland returned to his seat but a short distance from that of Pleukharp.
Suddenly one of the bandits whirled on the seated men, a revolver in his hand and shouted, "Stick em up". Eveland complied with th order, but says that Pleukharp made a move as though to reach for a gun in his pocket, and at this time the bandit fired.
Shows Savage Temper
The first shot entered the left side of the neck and lodged in the shoulder. The second entered the head just above the left ear and emerged above the right ear passing through the brain. The slug taken from the shoulder was a 38 calibre bullet.
Pleukharp sagged forward in his chair but did not fall. The gunman then leaped upon him and struck him several savage blows on the head with the barrel of the gun, Eveland said.
After this the wounded man was thrown to the floor and the bandit seized a leather money bag from his hip pocket,
Escapes in Car
"While he was bending over Mr. Pleukharp the other bandit, who I believe was unarmed, shouted "Hurry Up. Let's get out of here". The one with the gun turned toward me, then as his partner shouted again for him to hurry, he leaped to his feet and the escaped".
The man who did the actual shooting was described by Eveland as about 25 years old, tall and slim, dark complexion, and with a rather long, pointed face. He was unable to offer much of a description of the second man.
After leaving the store the men escaped in an automobile which had been parked across the street and a few doors below. They fled in the direction of Ash Cave.
Sheriff Sol Ellinger and Deputy Joe Farbeann were called to the scene of the crime and were given a description of the car in which it was believed the men escaped.
According to Eveland and other residents of the village, the men had been seen several times during the past two days driving through the streets in a maroon Chevrolet sedan, model either 1929 or 1930.
The license number of the car had not been noted.
Before holding up the store the license plates had been covered, it was stated, to under pursuit. During the remainder of the night Ellinger and Farbeann patrolled the roads in search of the bandits.
Wednesday Sheriff Ellinger and his deputies made a trip to Nelsonville and enlisted the aid of Chief of Police George Bateman in an investigation at Doanville. Nothing definite was learned, but information was obtained which is said to have been helpful to the officers.
Positive identification of the gunman as a member of the Bowman gang was made this morning from a paragraph in the Columbus Police department gallery, it was stated by Deputy Sheriff Joe Farbeann.
Deputies Farbeann and Sparnon had made a trip to Columbus Wednesday night, following up information obtained yesterday afternoon.
A report from the Cherrington hospital at noon stated that the victim's condition was unchanged except for a slight rise in temperature. Doubt was expressed as to whether ir not Pleukharp's system would be able to survive a fever.
Walter Pleukharp, 58, merchant at South Bloomingville, was shot twice and probably fatally wounded when two men attempted to hold him up in the store in that village, Tuesday evening. He is in Cherrington Hospital where his condition is regarded as extremely serious with little hope of his recovery.
Sol Ellinger and deputies Joe Farbeann and Stanley Sparnon Wednesday afternoon, is believed to have furnished a clue which will lead to the men's arrest. One of them, alleged to be the gunman, is said to have been partially recognized by a resident of the city who came forward and volunteered his information to the officers.
The amount of money the men obtained was not know definitely but was placed at between $50 and $75. In their haste to get away, they overlooked $376 in cash in Pleukharp's pockets and $125 in checks. In addition to this was a money bag full of small change and a small amount in the Cash Register.
Walter Pleukharp Died Five Days Later
Circleville Herald, June 16, 1931:
Once again, the Death Angel has visited our vicinity and removed from our midst a highly respected and influential citizen in the person of Walter Monroe Pleukharp.
He was the son of Edward and Mary Ellen (Myer) Pluekharp and was born on a farm in Benton township, Hocking county, Ohio on December 3rd, 1876, and departed this life on June 9th, 1931, aged 54 years, 6 months, and 6 days.
His early life was spent on the farm where he was born, and he attended schools of the neighborhood and received a liberal education.
Being incapacitated for hard physical labor, he entered the mercantile business several years since and achieved success in a marked degree. He continued in the business until his life was ended abruptly by the act of a cowardly assassin on the night of June 22nd.
“Walt” as he was familiarly called, will be greatly missed from his accustomed place in his store where he was usually found, ready to extend greetings to callers, and rendering help where help was needed. In short, his life was a life of service, assisting every worthy cause intended for the uplifting and betterment of the community. His life will prove a benediction to those whom he mingled, realizing that his place will be difficult to fill--- but like Job--- we can only say “The Lord hath given and the Lord hath taken away”.
The deceased leaves to mourn their loss: one brother, Charles Pleukharp, of South Bloomingville, two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Beery, and Mrs. Alice Wilson, both of Columbus, Ohio; and an aged mother, 84 years of age, living with her daughter, Mrs. Alice Wilson, of Columbus, Ohio.
Three brothers, Homer A. Pleukharp, George W. Pleukharp, Jacob M. Pleukharp and one sister, Rosa Emma Adams, have preceded the deceased to the Spirit World.
Other relatives are Ray Beery, a nephew, residing in Colorado and five nieces, Mrs. Goldie Engle, Mrs. Nellie Kauffman and Mrs. Virginia Watts, of Columbus and Mrs. Maud Rheinshell of Mt. Pleasant and Miss Gayle Pleukharp of South Bloomingville.
Besides the foregoing relatives, the deceased had a large circle of friends who held him in high esteem.
Tennyson’s poem seems appropriate:
Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark.
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Source: The Logan Republican, October 20, 1932:
Wilmington News-Journal dated Dec 22, 1936:
Fact or Fiction?
President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
" Coon" Reichley
was quite the character of Benton Township and there were several
pieces in the Newspapers
about his life, politics and death. Here are just a few:
The Sandusky Register, Sep 11, 1936: Under the headline "Ohio Republicans Open Drive: State Campaign Gets Off to Fast Start in Mount Sterling Gathering" "One veteran of many political battles, 90, of South Bloomingville, Hocking Co., hitch-hiked 60 miles to participate in the rally. He was introduced to the audience." Must have lied about his age - he died four years later at age 77
The Circleville Herald, Mar 23, 1940: "Famed Hocking Countian Lost: Sheriff Asked to Search for Coon Reichley, Known for Flowing Beard" Logan, March 23- Sheriff Joe Farbeann of Hocking County today was searching for Conrad H. "Coon" Reichley, the county's most famous "Santa Claus", who has been missing from his home in South Bloomingville for more than a month. Relatives asked Farbeann to try to find Mr. Reichley, whose flowing beard has made him one of the Hocking County "resort" district's most famed characters. The South Bloomingville man gained statewide recognition in 1932 when he declared that he would not shave until a Republican had been installed in the White House. He has served in Santa Clause roles in Logan for the last several years. Relatives did not attach any particular significance to his disappearance as he was accustomed to taking long journeys on foot to homes of friends in neighboring counties. Sheriff Farbeann asked Saturday that any person who might have information concerning Mr. Reichley's whereabouts get in touch with him at Logan.
The Circleville Herald, Mar 29, 1940: "CCC Joins Hunt for Coon Reichley: Aged Hocking Santa Claus Missing Month; 30 Enrollees Join Sheriff Joe Farbeann in Effort to Find Clues; Son Expresses Worry; Search of Home Fails to Reveal Evidence of Whereabouts" Logan, March 29 - Thirty CCC enrollees, aided by Sheriff Joe Farbeann, today took up the search in the deep hollows of the Hocking Parks district for some clue to the disappearnce of Conrad H. "Coon" Reichley, 76. Reichley, who has a large flowing white beard, played Santa Claus in Logan every Christmas. He has been missing since March 7. In an interview with Ranger S.A. Reichley, Old Man's Cave, a Logan newspaper was given all the facts concerning the disappearance that he could muster. He had made a trip to Roseville, Crooksville and Zanesville earlier in the week but none of the relatives or friends had seen the aged man in those cities. Telephone calls to other surrounding towns and cities have failed to furnish a clue as to his whereabouts. He had told the ranger son that he had planned to visit another son, William, of Columbus, on March 24, but a call there disclosed he had not been seen. Is Widely Known - Marked by this gray locks and flowing white beard, he was known by thousands in this district. No reports have been received from any of his aquaintances by relatives or by officers who have joined in the effort to find "Santa Claus" as he is known to them, since he started to portray that character in Logan some years ago during the holiday season. The fact that the aged man failed to have his name listed among the Republican candidates for central committeeman from Benton Township made the son apprehensive last week. He had circulated his petition and was planning to present it to the board. He never appeared to do so. Last Seen March 4 - He visited at Ranger Reichley's home over the end of the week on March 3 and 4. On the latter date, he returned to South Bloomingville where he called for his mail at the post office. He "got an armload of mail" according to the son. Later he purchased a loaf of bread at the store there and then started home. That was the last time he was seen. A search of the home failed to disclose any of the mail or any evidence that the bread had been taken there. Ranger Reichley and neighbors combed the neighborhood and searched every secluded spot. They examined streams and old wells and they visited all of the gorges in that vicinity, to no avail. Broadcast is Made - A broadcast was made over station WBNS Monday and newspapers of the state have been carrying news of the disappearance, but no response has been received. The son did not know whether he carried any considerable amount of money. He was wearing his good clothes, but no other clothing is missing from the home, he said. That Mr. Reichley might have gone to visit relatives outside the state is a possibility, but the son said he never took trips of that kind without disclosing his intentions. The search is being continued.
The Circleville Herald, Apr 2, 1940: "Coon Reichley with Relatives in Middlewest" Logan, April 2 - The mystery of the disapperance of Conrad H. Reichley, 77-year-old Hocking County "Santa Claus", was lifted today when Sheriff Joe Farbeann announced that he has been located at the home of a relative in Iowa. Reichley had often taken the role of Santa at Christmastime.
Apr 9, 1940: "Two Suspects Held in Search for Reichley: South
Bloomingville Men Undergo Lie-Detector Tests Tuesday - Sheriff Farbeann
Earlier Reports that Aged Man Had Been Found Prove Erroneous" Columbus,
April 9 - A lie detector was to be employed today in an effort to
two men held in the Columbus city prison had anything to do with the
disappearance a month ago of Conrad H. "Coon" Reichley, 77-year-old
Hocking County recluse whom authorities believe has been murdered.
Green, 23, and Burman Bell, 40, both neighbors of Reichley, who lived
South Bloomingville, deny all connection with the disappearance.
were arrested by Hocking County Sheriff Joseph Farbeann who asked the
Columbus police and their more modern facilities. Reichley, who
referred to himself as
Old Man of Old Man's Cave" was more
familiarly known as "Santa Claus" because of his long white beard and
his participation in Christmas celebrations in the nearby communities.
Reports last week from Iowa that Reichley was visiting relatives
state have proved to be erroneous, Hocking County authorities said. Green and Bell were
held for at least two days.
Green and Bell were
held for at least two days.
Queer Creek and Salt Creek were both dragged in search of a body later in April.
A $250 reward was offered by county commissioners on May 25: "Be it Resolved by the Board of Commissioners of Hocking County that a reward of $250 be paid to the person, or persons, furnishing information leading to the whereabouts of C.H. "Coon" Reichley of Benton Township, Hocking County, or to the recovery of his body, if dead. Said offer to expire December 31, 1940."
The Circleville Herald, Jun 4, 1940: "Farbeann to Visit Two Areas in the Reichley Hunt": Logan, June 4 - Sheriff Joe Farbeann revealed Monday that he expects to spend several days this week in West Virginia and Kentucky in connection with his investigation into the disappearance of Conrad H. (Coon) Reichley, missing from his home near South Bloomingville for almost three months. Several hundred posters, each bearing a likeness of the bearded Hocking Countian, were prepared last week and are being distributed to sheriffs and to police offices in Ohio and nearby states. Sheriff Farbeann will take a supply of these posters to Kentucky and West Virginia and at the same time inquire into a report that Reichley was seen in that state only a few weeks ago.
The Circleville Herald, Jul 15, 1940: "C.H. Reichley's Death to Stand as Accident": Logan, July 15 - The investigation into the death of Conrad H. "Coon" Reichley, 77-year-old Hocking County "Santa Claus" is "practically closed" and the coroner's verdict of accidental death will stand, Sheriff Joseph Farbeann said today. Reichley, who derived his sobriquet from his flowing white beard and his willingness to help in Christmas celebrations, was found dead at the foot of a 40-foot cliff after a four months search. His son, State Ranger S.A. Reichley, said he believed the aged man had met with foul play. Farbeann said there was nothing to support the foul play theory, but that he and Sergeant Charles Cole, head of the Columbus homicide squad, would make a final probe tomorrow.
Logan Newspaper, April 3,1940
Benton Folk Ponder Weird EventsEven in the days when the Wyandot Indians roamed over hocking County the pine-clad cliffs and the dark ravines of Benton Township were clothed in mystery. There was weird symbolism in the shadows which fell at dusk over Queer Creek gorges, in the lonely silences of the rocky glens far from the habitats of man.
Today the village of South Bloomingville, commercial and political center of the sparsely populated Benton area, is a bit uneasy-- strange things -- are happening.
The unexplained disappearance of 77 year old Conrad H. (Coon) Reichley, self styled " Old Man of Old Man's Cave", former township magistrate and one of South Bloomingsville's best know figures, is the principal topic of conversation of course. The bearded, voluble Coon has not been heard from since he was seen walking along the highway leading from the village to his home on windswept Chapel Ridge nearly a month ago.
Many of Coon's friends shake their heads. " They'll find him dead-- sometime, somewhere", some say.
That's mystery enough of course, but now word reaches Logan of another strange occurrence - a midnight happening on the banks of Queer Creek at the south edge of the village.
Last Friday a group of South Bloomingville residents braved the cobwebs of the old three-story mill building, last used more than a score of years ago, in an abortive search for some clue to the missing patriarch. That night, while South Bloomingville slept, there was a deafening, splintering crash. The mill had collapsed -- a collapse as complete as anything trembling villagers had ever seen.
The century-old building, where Henry Haynes once ground corn and sawed lumber for the farmers thereabouts, ' had been threatening to topple over for years.' Every storm seemed to spell its doom, but the old mill had refused to succumb. Refused until Friday night- when the air was calm.
Old residents, who remember when South Bloomingville was " Slabtown", a clearing in the midst of the dark hemlocks, recalled a bit of the mill's history- how Stevens and Bowen had made a paying business out of the then important industry- how Lon Niman had installed steam-operated rollers after the burrs turned by grumbling Queer Creek had given way to new methods in milling- how the last owner of the structure had planned to convert the site into a filling station but had died before his plans materialized.
Practical minded folks, of course, will attach no significance to the midnight collapse of the Queer Creek mill. What connection could this possibly have with South Bloomingsville's major mystery?
But oldsters ponder. Strange things had happened in those hills, their parents told them.
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