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Athens Messenger, Thursday, March 29, 1850:

  Vinton County Created

    In today’s paper will be found published entire the “act to erect the new county of Vinton”--- it went into effect on the 1st. Their election will take place on the third Monday of the present month, 15th, the incumbents to hold their stations until the annual election in October. From all that we learn, we are inclined to believe our friends are determined in making the very best election of officers, as they ought, at the commencement.
    The judges have already been sworn in, and have appointed Lafayette White, Esq., Merchant of McArthurstown, as Clerk of the Common Pleas. This is an admiral selection. But two terms of Court will be held in the county the present years--- the first to commence on the 14th day of May, and the latter on the 13th day of August.


Athens Messenger, February 11, 1875:

Vinton County


Joseph Linn, a soldier who served in the war of 1812, died at his residence in Swan Township, Ohio, on Monday, February the 1st.


Athens Messenger, February 10, 1876:

                                                           Vinton County

    Stephen G. Davis, a resident of Swan Township, died at his residence, in this county, on Saturday, Jan. 29th.

    J. N. Steele, of Sciotoville, is filling the vacancy made by the resignation of G. W. Fry, in the school at McArthur.

    George Lantz, the new Probate Judge, and J. C. Cooney, the Law Clerk, of this county, were inducted into office.

    A new disease which has baffled the skill of physicians to control, has appeared on Potter Ridge. It is said the patients turn black after their deceased.

    The citizen’s of Hamden and vicinity are getting up a petition to the P. M. General to change the name of the Post Office of that thriving village, from Reed’s Mill to Hamden.

    Edward D. Dodge, a leading capitalist and broker, of McArthur, is sued, in court, by Mrs. Fanny Fracewell for $10,000 damage for breach of promise. The trial will take place during the court term now in session.

    The failure of the Vinton Furnace and the consequent stoppage of work has caused distress among the miners and other employees of the Company. There were nearly one hundred families in a starving condition last week and a bread riot was imminent. Relief came last Monday, in the shape of provisions from the house of Dan. Will & Bro., who furnished it, and agreed to take a lot of pig iron from the Furnace in exchange.


Athens Messenger, February 20, 1879:

                                                             Vinton County

    Jonah R. Hawk residing near Wilkesville, and Mary Bowen, of Vale’s Mill, were lately married.

    On the 8th Judge George Lantz was officially succeeded in the office of Probate Judge, of this county, by Judge Joseph Kaler.

    Michael Austin, of this place, will leave to sustain the amputation of one of his great toes, having had it frozen during  the past cold weather.

    On a recent night some miscreants stole a lot of chickens and went into the sugar camp of T. B. Davis, just northwest of McArthur, where they appropriated to their own use a kettle full of sap, after picking and washing the chickens in the surrounding troughs containing maple sap, rendering it
unfit for further use, they boiled the chickens in the kettle. All the sap which had been collected was thus destroyed.

    Gotlieb Brandt, a German, aged about sixty years, a resident of McArthur Station, was found dead near the railroad track, two miles east of Hamden, about 8 o’clock Thursday morning, by a son of George Hoffkins, who was also going to school. Brandt had left Hamden about dark, the night
before, for home, and was seen walking on the railroad track, and it is supposed that he was thrown off the track and killed by a westward bound freight train. The train men did not observe him on the track.



Athens Messenger, June 5, 1879:

                                                                 Vinton County

    E. Humphrey, of Eagle Mills, claims to have killed about two hundred deer in that section and about seven bears.

    The dwelling of Hiram Johnson, of Sawn township, Vinton county, was seriously injured by lightening, recently. The family were shocked somewhat, but not seriously  injured.

    John Finnegan, County Recorder, and an employee in the car shops at Zaleski, was severely injured last Saturday, by being struck by a portion of a torpedo that some careless boy had placed on the railroad track in the shop yard to see if the weight of a freight car would cause it to explode.


Athens Messenger, January 1,  1880:

                                                           Vinton County

    Mr. Enos Moore, Sr., an old resident near McArthur, whose serious illness mention was made in these columns last week, died on the 28d.

   Homer Pilcher, says the Vinton Record, was seriously injured in the coal bank ob his fathers place, last Saturday, by a piece of slate falling on his back, while he was at work digging.

   Mrs. H. A. Pallister died recently. She is well known around here, and was a very estimable lady. Her husband was the minister at the Christian Church in this place, several years ago.

    Recently when the hands assembled at I. F. Sain’s saw mill, on the Payne farm in this county, they found two hogs in the well which is about 12 feet deep and was half full of water. One was a large sow and the other a good sized shoat. By standing on her hind feet the old sow was enabled to keep her snout above water and the pig was perched on her head with a death grip around her neck. They were taken out with ropes.


Athens Messenger, November 2, 1882:

                                                      Vinton County

    Rena Fuller is said to be the belle of Hungry Hollow, Brown Township, this county.

    Maggie Roach, of McArthur, an eleven year old girl, severely burned on Sunday last week, by her clothes taking fire while standing in front of an open fire place. Her injuries though severe will not prove fatal.

    At McArthur, Friday, While William Carson, a teamster, was standing in the meat market of Eli Reynolds, the latter, in cutting down a piece of meat, accidentally hit Carson in the eye, entirely destroying the sight.


McArthur Local News


Logan Republican Newspaper, August 8, 1872:

                                                       A Trip to McArthur

    Leaving Honey Fork in company with Mr. Luker, we drive down a pretty valley until we strike the old railroad bed. Here we make a short turn and soon come to the large farm of Mr. S. Morgan. A splendid new building, on a rise of ground, shows to great advantage -- Vinton is great for large farmers. Mr. M is one of them and has a farm of 640 acres!
    From there we come into the Johnson neighborhood. Mr. Ben Johnson and Mr. Geo. Johnson own from 1,000 to 1,500 acres! Various relatives by marriage are scattered along the road.
  The road generally, passed through a valley and is measurably level, and is in every way pleasant. Finally smoke is seen rising and that is the steam mill at McArthur, and shortly you drive into town. McArthur consists of two principal streets crossing at right angles. At the crossing of these streets is the head-centre of the place. On one corner is the office of the live little " Record". Capt. Raper, its editor had his coat off and was hard at it going for the Greeley-ite- Democratic-Rebel party. On another corner is the large brick hotel owned and kept by Mr. Hulburt. The house is well kept in a clean and home-like manner. And here you meet the celebrated Job Lucas. Job is a tip-top barber, who has become famous through the abuse of the Vinton "Enquirer". He looks as though he could stand a good deal of it and still be happy. On another corner stands the Court House nicely painted and penciled.
    McArthur is filled with live men, among whom we met Mr. Wells, Judge Joseph Kaler, Capt. W. J. Rannels and H. W. Coultrap. Capt. Bowen, of the "Enquirer", not being at home we would not call on him.
    After spending several hours most pleasantly we start for home, and are advised to go up Raccoon Valley. And an exceedingly and wonderfully rich valley it is. We don't remember ever having seen its equal except the valley of the Missouri. And here comes a list of large farmers quite surprising. Mr. T. Magee, 900 acres; S. Magee,600 acres; Jas. Biggs, 500 acres; Thos. Rannels, 500 acres; Wat Rannels 500; John Fee, 1,600 acres; there's a string of farmers for you.

   The prospect for apples is excellent, and corn without end. One field it was  estimated would produce over a hundred bushels to the acre!
    It is our opinion that these farmers are pretty certain for three meals a day, and still have money enough to take the Republican.
    The drive up this valley is exceedingly shady and pleasant. At dusk we reach New Plymouth, and shortly after sit down to one of Mrs. Luker's incomparable suppers.
    When the railroad is complete we hope for closer relations with rich old Vinton.
    Although Vinton is a rich county it can only raise 8 Greeley Republicans-- Hocking can do nearly as well as that.

McArthur 1920 McArthur 1920

Main Street McArthur, Ohio 1920

Hue  Local News
Swan Township

Journal Gazette  Sept. 7, 1899


    Mr. J.J. Snyder has moved his saw mill on the Steele farm near this place.
    Mrs. Neil Smith was seen going in the direction of George Schaal's Sunday.
    Walter Campbell made a business trip to McArthur one day last week.
    Several from this place attended the picnic at Creola Sunday.
    Chas. Pleukharp and Ollie Linn attended church at this place Sunday evening.


Journal Gazette,  Dec. 19,1903


    The new telephone line is completed and is giving excellent satisfaction.
    The ball at the Grange hall on last Saturday evening was well attended. The music was furnished by Don Edwards and Lewis Davis.
   The measles are raging in this locality. Four schools have now closed on account of the disease.
   Arthur Wharf fell from a block and tackle this week and was seriously injured. Dr. Cherry is the attending physician.
   Mr. Lewis Davis is having a phone put in his residence. He says he can talk to Sarah Ann from the office.
   Captain John Witherspoon of the south side, seems to be the crack shot of this place. While out hunting last Thursday he shot a fox on the run.The captain learned to shot in the sixties.


Swan Local News
Swan Township

Logan Democratic Sentinel, June 11, 1903

Swan Local Society News


    Swan, June 6 --- Our neighbor Henry Steel two mile south of this place met with quite a lose May 25th, during an electrical storm in which he had killed by lightening five head of cattle valued at over $150.

    Mrs. Emmit Lee of Orland, passed through our town last week on her way to visit friends at Cedar Grove.

    Mr. John G. Colins superintendent of the Hocking County infirmary was in our midst a short time last week. John is one of those thorough businessmen who makes every joint pinch a hair.

    Miss Sarah Ellis of Hue delivered the Swan and Orland mail on Thursday of last week.

    Arrived May 26th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Spurrier, a young dishwasher.

   Mr. Zimmerman of Smock, met with quite a misfortune the 29th in the lose of a valuable cow.

    Great sympathy is felt in this community with Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Shaw in the loss of their dear son, Will and with Mrs. Shaw his widow, in the loss of a lifetime companion. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw lived in our town when Will was a little boy and are well remembered here by their old neighbors.

    Miss Ella Redrick visited at Mr. and Mrs. George Gang’s near Siverly Creek and returned home this week.

     Mr. Win Brown of Columbus, O., who was with us a few days enjoying the rural atmosphere for the benefit of his health, returned to the capitol city on Friday.

    Memorial services were observed at Ebenezer and Locust Grove on Decoration Day and Rev. P. L. Mark entertained the hearers at each place with appropriate addresses.

Logan Journal Gazette, October 31, 1907:


   Mr. Will Mauk of our community has opened a coal mine on his premises of the genuine peacock variety.
   Mrs. Florence Emerine of Ilesboro, called on Mrs. Howe Griffith, on Saturday.
   Mr. Coon Chilcote and family of Smock, visited his son, Thomas, at Union Furnace, returning home Sunday evening.
   Lester Riggs of Chapel Hill attended Epworth League services at Mt. Pleasant, Sunday evening.
   Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Griffith of New Plymouth, passed through here one week ago and visited Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Griffith in Shafertown, returning Sunday afternoon.
   Mrs. R. H. Sain of Hotel Swan, who visited Mrs. Kidwell an afflicted sister at Trimble, returned one week ago, leaving her  sister in a somewhat improved condition.
   Mr. George Hooper of Murray City was here last week buying horses.
   Mr. and Mrs. W.  Stone of Honeyfork, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Chilcote of Union Furnace, Mr. and Mrs. Welch and daughter of Orland, passed through our town Sunday, after visiting friends on Salt Creek and at Smock.
   Mr. Pearl Heinlein, our teacher was taken ill on Monday and was compelled to dismiss his school for several days.
   Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Parrish were pleasantly entertained at the home of Mr. Joseph Rellick, Sunday.
   Rev. and Mrs. Osald called on Mrs. Samuel Riggs Thursday.
   Mrs. Martha Davis and daughter, Miss Nora, of Chapel Hill, visited our town Friday.
   Mr. and Mrs. Charley Zimmerman and baby, of Honeyfork, were entertained at Mr. James Davis', Sunday.

Logan Journal Gazette, June 4, 1908

Swan Local Society News


    Swan, May 28--- Adam Schaal recently shipped a car load of the best hay that we ever seen to dealers in McArthur. Adam has the girt and we think he will make the riffie yet.

    Messrs. Lane and Milstead moved a large lot of junk iron from the west well at Orland last week.

    Mr. Will Darling and sister of Jackson, Ohio, were recent visitors to our community the guests of Mrs. Hannah Cooper.

    Herschel D. Hanesworth sold a large crop of wheat at the Orland planning plant last week. Herschel often talks of going west to grow up with the country, but we hope Hocking County will be an agreeable place for him to reside in for a while yet, at least.

    Mrs. Mary Sims of the west side, visited Logan last week and was the guest of friends.

    We are glad to learn through our Tarlton correspondent that Jeff Eby appears to be very much of a gentleman.

    Mr. Edwards of Chapel Hill, passed through our city a few days ago.

    Joseph Redick and daughter Miss Ella visited Logan on Saturday and visited the family of Isaac Johnson at night.

    On the 75th anniversary of Uncle Sam Riggs birthday which occurred last week, a number of his children and friends stole a flank movement on him at his home and all enjoyed one of hose happy events, familiarly known as a surprise, which will never be forgotten and happy remembrances of the dame returned for years to come.

   Mrs. Edwards of Chapel Hill. Visited our town last week, the guest of Mrs. Ansel and friends.

    Mr. R. Sain and daughter Mrs. Dr. Moore of our village were Logan visitors a few days ago.

    We are sorry to learn of the death of James Steel which occurred in Iowa a short time since. James was
a resident of this community for many years and went west to better his condition and we learn that he
had got to be quite well of.

    Master Joe Harden of Logan, is visiting in our place the guest of his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Sain.

    Mr. Con Chilcote and outfit went on an extensive fishing tour on Saturday and we suspect that they found out what fisherman’s luck is but we hope they caught a fine lot of fish anyway.

    Our neighbors Jacob Redick lost a valuable cow on Friday last and he has the sympathy of friends whatever that amounts to.

    Mrs. Mary Amerine of Chapel Hill, visited our town last week the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Thurness and attended church with us on Sunday.

    Charley Hanesworth and T. D. Trimmer attended Sunday school convention at McArthur.

    Messrs. Eugene Parrot and Cliff Wadsworth attended church at Fairview.

April 25, 1925

   In the days of the little country schools, the last day of school was always an exciting event when the parents came to school to watch the program presented by all of the pupils of the various grades; usually there were eight grade in the school.

   The Jackson Township schools joined together for their closing exercises, however, Jackson Township also had two high schools at this time so their last day program was also a graduation exercise. The forenoon program was made up by Center, Shively, Otterbein and Locust Grove and was carried through as planned with the exception that Mr. Cox could not be there owing to a previous engagement. Reverend Hupp whose school work would not permit his absences; and Judge Redfern, who was held over in court.

    The morning of April 29, 1925 broke fair and sunny and the people gathered in early so that the house was full by 9:30 when the welcome address was given by Mr. Henry C. Smith. Mr. Turner, principal of Vanderford High gave a very fitting response. The pupils all showed excellent talent and interest.

    Just before the close for noon the various teachers gave perfect attendance certificates to six pupils: Merle Fout from Locust Grove; Carl Harper, Ivy Allen and Palmer from Center; and Marie Dunkle and Dorothey Harden from Shively.

   One of the most pleasant memories at this last day program was the basket dinner. The tables were spread with the fruits of many hours labor and everyone did justice to it.

    The afternoon program was given by the High Schools: Ridge School and Vanderford. The various participants rendered their best abilities showing considerable strenuous study.

    Four of the teachers, Gladys and Anne Hartley, Emerson Mossbarger and Karen Harder gave four very well sung quartet.

    Owing to the absence of the speaker, various persons of the community were called upon to participate. The teachers expresses their thanks to pupils and parents for aid given and interest taken in this year's work. Principal Karl Haren of Ridge High School gave a very interesting talk upon the place of the youth in the present and future generations.

    Mr. Albert Seitz gave a talk on the past and present methods of schooling.

    The program was completed by the issuing of three-year diplomas to the following: Reba and Arthur Wolfe of Vanderford; Mary and Martha Smith, Carrie Newton, Harry Dunkle and Justice Harden of the Ridge High School.

    The program was completed and the dismissal given by Mr. Albert Seitz.

    Sixty five years later (June 3, 1990) Martha and Mary Smith (twin daughters of Henry Smith) attended the Swan School reunion where both of them have taught at various times during their teaching careers

Vinton County Courier, June 6, 1990,

                Historical Society Presents by Loisene Hoy: Jackson Township: Last Day Program:

Locust Grove Local News
Jackson Township

Locust Grove School


Journal Gazette, January 25,1907

                                                                  Locust Grove

    Mose Robinett the singer, called on Frank Pickett Sunday.
    Mr. Ed Evans was a business caller in Logan a few days ago.
    Bailey Bros. are on the sick list at this writing.
    Frank Pickett moved his saw mill to near Liberty Ridge.
    Charity Lyman is calling on friends here at this writing.
    Nancy Pickett was on business at Logan Saturday, calling on her son Arthur.
    Jane Ervin called on her sister, a few days ago.
    Wilfred Pickett is attending church at Logan.
    Clara Miller gave a birthday dinner to a number of her friends, a good time is reported.
    Robert Walters called on Frank Pickett few days ago.

Mrs. Betsy Wyskiver is on the sick list at this writing


Allensville 1910

Eagle Mills Local News
Eagle Township


Journal Gazette, September 16, 1899

            Eagle Mills

   Eagle Mills, Sept. 16. --- Hauling coal is the order of the day.
   Corn Cutting is good in our section considering the dry weather.
   Pasture is all dried up and the people have commenced feeding.
   Edward Dixon, one of our prominent young men has enlisted and started for Cuba.
   Our public school commenced last Monday.
   Joseph Turney and wife were seen in our place last  Wednesday.
   Lydia Murphy of this place has returned from a visit with McArthur friends.
   Mary Hesket and Lewis Tatman are the champion melon eaters so they say.
   Jerry Graves, of this place and Henry Stevens of McArthur, have gone to some unknown parts to engage in a saw mill business.



Logan Journal Gazette, October 31, 1907:

                                                          Eagle Mills

   Mr. Elzie Anderson and son-in-law, Dan Route, have moved their families to Ashville.
   Bud Clary has bought and moved back to his old home at this place.
   Miss Bessie Lacy returned home after spending the week at a house party at Dayton, Ohio.
   The Misses Edna and Ethel Bullock are entertaining guests from Darbyville.
   Mr. Sam Flack and son from Chillicothe, are at present saw milling for A. M. Thomas.
   Dr. Murphy entertained his brother one day last week.
   Three small children belonging to Philey Peck, are very low with typhoid fever.
   Mr. Parks and daughter, of Illinois, have been visiting Albert Parks, recently.
   Clifford Cott and Harvey Bullock attended the Pumpkin Show at Circleville last Saturday.


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