Wiggins' Directory of Portage County for 1880

Wiggins' Directory of Portage County for 1880* was one of many Ohio city and county directories published by J. Wiggins & Co. (sometimes Wiggins & McKillop or Wiggins & Weaver) in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s. The copy I used for this project was bound with Wiggins' Directory of Mahoning County for 1879-80.

The township information, consisting of names only, sometimes with reference to a person's agent or heirs, seems to have been taken from tax rolls or other public records. It's reasonable to assume, however, that the Ravenna, Kent and Garrettsville information was gathered door-to-door. Perhaps the same canvass produced sales by subscription and to advertisers.

A brief editorial note. Errors abound in the published directory. Many trivial errors of punctuation and spelling were corrected without comment. A few period spellings were let stand. Names, however, were handled with greater caution. In instances where context and usage seemed to require a particular correction, the text was corrected, followed by an asterisk and a footnote containing the incorrect original. In instances where something seemed merely questionable--or even obviously wrong, but without support for a particular correction--[sic] was used instead.

The directory contains a few pages of block advertisements printed on very thin, translucent colored paper. Those pages, which suggest some of the charm of the era, unfortunately are not reproduced here.

* "1879. J. WIGGINS, PRINTER, STATIONER AND BINDER, WELLSVILLE, OHIO" per the title page.

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Cities:
Ravenna
Kent
Garrettsville
Townships & villages:
Atwater Township
Atwater Station
Aurora
Brimfield Township
Charlestown Township
Deerfield Township
Edinburgh Township
Edinburgh Special Dist.
Franklin Township
Freedom Township
Hiram Township
Mantua Township
Nelson Township
Palmyra Township
Paris Township
Randolph Township
Ravenna Township
Rootstown Township
Shalersville Township
Streetsboro Township
Suffield Township
Windham Township