The Richland Star (Bellville) -- 26 February 1880

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The Richland Star (Bellville) -- 26 February 1880


Source:  The Richland Star:  26 February 1880, Vol. III, No. 22  (source document held by Bellville / Jefferson Township Historical Museum)

Events Of The Neighborhood.

Esther Kennedy has been admitted to the insane asylum from this county.

Mrs. McBride, widow of Alexander McBride, Sen., was buried at Shiloh, Feb. 19th.  She was one of the pioneer settlers of this county.

Lucas, Ohio, February 20 - - E. Ervine, aged eighty-four, one of the oldest, wealthiest and most prominent citizens of this place, died about one o'clock this morning of softening of the brain, after a long illness.

Plymouth, February 22 - - Wellington Mills, the alleged patent hay-fork note negotiator and wagon-jack man, was arrested this afternoon, charged with picking the pocket of Mayor Culp and was taken before Esquire Snyder and bound over in the sum of $500 to appear at the Common Pleas Court of Huron County.

Mr. C.N. Ridenour writes from Dodge City, Kansas, to the Weekly as follows:  "Where less than a year ago there was no mark to indicate that any human foot had ever trod on the wild domain, Andrew Evarts, now has a comfortable residence, a well, a stable and other out-buildings.  Mr. and Mrs. Evarts have displayed a good deal of energy in getting things fixed up.  I believe considering the length of time they have been here and their means, they have the most improvements of any one in the county.  Andy and Maria have many friends among the settlers scattered for many miles around here and last evening they honored them with a surprise party.  There were over thirty guests present, and they spread a table rich enough for a king.  We had a real enjoyable time.  It would have done any one good to have seen the happy faces of our host and hostess.  One of the peculiar fitness of our western parties is that everybody goes.  The age of those at Andy's party varied from less than one year up to seventy.  The old people seemed to enjoy themselves as well a those who were in their teens.  It seems to make old people young again to come west."


Mrs. Joseph Piper died the 18th. inst.

C.L. DuPoy spent Sunday with Mansfield friends.

L.L. Swank closed his oyster depot, and will take the road for W.S. Harrington and B.C. Brown & Co.

T.L. Garber was kicked in the back last week by a mule, since when it has been painful for him to move about.

A.M. Klotz is teaching school in the Haniwalt district with the usual success.  He furnishes statements monthly of the attendance and scholarship of each pupil, to his or her parents.  He has won the name of being an excellent teacher.

Samuel Garber, Sr., returned from Missouri Thursday of last week, in good health.  He had stayed some time with his son who lives near St. Louis.  He thinks the Mound City an unequaled market place, but of the two states he greatly prefers Ohio.  Their winter has been more severe than ours.

The business room formerly occupied by Mrs. Norton, has been fitted up, the counters painted, and looks well.  O.M. Karr rented the room, and, with the assistance of his brother, is displaying his new stock of boots and shoes upon the shelves.  He intends to carry a large stock of goods and sell at the lowest cash prices.  Repairing will be attended to.

Amos Lang's wife is recovering.

Mrs. A. Ordway is dangerously ill.

Commissioner Gerhart is around again.

Dr. Buckingham has returned from Cleveland.

Mrs. Samuel Beal is sick.  Her recovery is doubtful.

Miss Emma Howard is visiting at Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Holland is at home, and sweet peace reigns in Gold Hollow.

We are pleased to note that John Charles, of Washington Twp., is recovering.

Eld. Southmayd is conducting a series of meetings at the Disciple church, to continue over Sunday.

Israel Stump sold his land at Avoka, Iowa, last week for $1920.  There are 160 acres in the piece.

G.F. Klotz, of Bedford County, Pa., arrived here Tuesday and will remain during the coming summer.  He is a brother of J.M. Klotz.

Mr. Gladden J. Ewers and Miss Ellie E. Beal were married at Mansfield Saturday, Feb. 21st.  The hopeful couple has our best wishes.

Demus Garber was to have been tried for perjury Tuesday, but the case was dismissed through the absence of the prosecuting witness, Mrs. Sarah Hartman.

Marriage licenses issued since our last report:  Henry C. Amstutz & Sarah Powell, John A. Halter & Dora E. Byers, Wm. M. Mowers & Louise A. Dowe.

Gaylor Boals recently returned from college, and is pursuing the study of medicine at his home.  Dr. Stoffer is his instructor.  He is a gentleman of good qualities.

Miss Vernie Null, of Delaware, has been visiting here for several weeks, and will return soon, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. L.L. Swank, who goes for a stay among her Delaware friends.

Married, on the 24th. inst., at the residence of the bride's father, in Washington Twp., by Rev. W.W. Anderson, Mr. William C. Fulton and Miss Mary E. Wagner, Wm. and Mary have gone on a trip to Orrville, to visit friends in Wayne County, Ohio.

Mrs. Lydia Wise died at New Jefferson, Iowa, Feb. 19th., aged 63 years, 5 months and 18 days.  The remains reached this place, Saturday, and were interred in the Worthington Chapel cemetery on Sunday.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. Hathaway.  Deceased was a sister of Peter Measel's.

The officers were elected Monday evening, and the new organization is known as the Citizens Cornet Band, of Bellville.  The present membership is 205, holding 260 shares.  Those who waited to see the organization effected should now step forward and become members, and swell the number of shares.  The officers are:  President, O.H. Gurney;  Sec'y, I.K. Moody;  Treas., D. Zent;  General manager, I. Fisher;  Board of Directors:  J.H. Neily, R.W. Bell, Dr. J.B. Lewis, A.M. Young, Miller Alexander.

Miss Lizzie Leedy, of North Liberty, is staying at Susan Dyer's this week.

John Kanaga, Jr., and family, left their rural home Tuesday morning for one in Mansfield.

The S. of T. had a taffy pulling at Mrs. J. Philpott's Friday evening of last week.  The occasion was a very pleasant one.

J.M. Evarts and Miss Kile, of Crestline, called on friends here the first of the week.  They have since gone to Sparta, to visit relatives.

The tin wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Shannon Steel took place Tuesday evening, with Rev. G.M. Heindel, master of ceremonies.  Upward of forty persons were present.  The gifts were numerous, and many of them substantial.  An elegant supper was served.  A lack of time prevents us giving a detailed mention of the pleasant affair.

G.W. Maxfield went to Newark Monday.  He took the evening accommodation to return, and, as he says, got off at Mt. Vernon to talk to the operator, continuing until the train left.  Starting on a brisk run to catch it, he stepped into a culvert which brought him down face foremost.  His mouth met a tie and his teeth were loosed and his legs were severely sprained.  He also sustained other injuries.  The 6:15 a.m. train next day brought him home, properly bandaged.

Memoir of Joseph Kanaga.  Died, quietly and peaceably, at his home near New Kingston, Cumberland Co., Pa., on the 31st. of January, Joseph Kanaga, in the 89th. year of his age.  Joseph Kanaga was born in Chester Co., Pa., Sept. 8th., 1791.  His father who was a farmer, removed to New Kingston, in 1805, and bought of Joseph Junkin a farm, just north of and contiguous to the village.  This farm he gave to his Son, who lived on the farm until his death, about 75 years.  The Father removing to Big Spring, and finally near Bellville, Richland Co., Ohio.  The subject of this memoir up to within a short time of his death, possessed all his mental faculties in full vigor.  He often referred to the days of his early childhood.  He frequently spoke of Washington, whom he had twice seen, and of General Wayne, whom he had also seen, and of the halcyon days of the Sickle and the Spinning wheel, or told of the terrible days in the latter part of the 18th. century, when the terror stricken people fled through Chester County, from the yellow fever.  He led a quiet, unpretending farmer's life, and was most industrious until extreme old age bent his back and limbs, and he could work no more.  He had no apology to make for dishonesty, hypocrisy and idleness with any one.  During the 88 years of his life, he was not once a litigant.  He lived at peace and friendship with all mankind, and wished when he died to go and live at peace with the God he loved.  His funeral took place on the 2nd. inst., and his remains were followed to their resting place by a large train of relatives and friends.  He was interred in a cemetery laid out by himself, on his own farm, and given to the village by his request.  He was buried just beneath a stately and beautiful oak, which he had so often admired in life.  His memory will be long cherished  by those who knew him, in the years to come, with respect, kindness and love.


Ed. Long talks of coming in from Iowa to start a bakery there.

C. Swank has moved in J.A. Craig's house.

Samuel Aungst has moved back to his farm.

Jas. Emminger was down from Mansfield last Monday, in the interest of the Mansfield Mutual Insurance Company.

Mrs. Israel Kanaga took the train last Monday morning to visit her two sons in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Ithamar Shaffer took a satchel containing twenty-five revolvers to the telegraph office last Sunday evening, for safe keeping until Monday morning, when he intended to start on his trip.  The operator went to church and while there, they were stolen.

Wm. Wohlford and his grandmother, Mrs. Blakely, came in from Illinois last week.  Will's weight is 183 pounds.

A daughter of Daniel Smith's returned last week from a visit at Columbus.

Isaac Hess has sold his farm to Geo. Cocanower.

There was a turkey roast at Rev. Jas. Williams' last Tuesday, in honor of a son who is visiting him.

D. Baker will commence the erection of a butcher shop soon, north of M. Scheff's.

Anna Secrist, of Westerville, is visiting her folks here.

Lem. Little will move to Eastern Ohio this week, where he came from.

Tom McBee now carries the office keys of the B. & O. R.R.  Tom is one of the best boys.  Girls as this is leap year take note of the above.

Maranda Laird, nee Palm, is lying at the point of death at her home in Mansfield.  She has cancer in the stomach.


Mike Treace and family, of Indiana, are coming back here soon to make it their home.

Last Thursday night will be a memorable one as the night of fires.  Ben. Zeigler's house, between here and Perrysville, was entirely consumed;  fully insured.  J. Castor's house, in Perrysville, caught fire and was burned, with $80 in money.  Also a house belonging to Mr. Zimmerman. 

J.B. Heck has purchased W. Crowner's farm, of forty acres, which lies between here and Independence for $1000.

W.E. Heck has purchased the house and lot belonging to John Greer, for $295.

Died, Feb. 20, 1880, at the residence of William Pritchard, Mr. James Pritchard, aged about 73 years.  His remains were interred in the Bunker Hill cemetery last Sunday.  Funeral services conducted by Rev. Farris.


Eli Berry purchased two fine young horses lately, and on turning them loose in the barn yard, one struck its head, it is supposed, against a pin projecting from a timber of the barn with such force as to break its skull, causing its death.

Mrs. N.J. Berry is sick from a severe cold, which settled on her lungs.

P. Berry has erected a wagon shed and corn crib on his place.

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Advertiser's Index

  • Guyselman & Bro. (single buggies)
  • W.M. Gerlach (furs)
  • O.A. Hubbs, M.D.
  • D. Palm (barber)
  • M'Creedy & White (blacksmiths)
  • Bellville Lumber Yard
  • A. Kanaga (attorney)
  • Clifton House
  • J.F. Ghrist, Fredericktown (tailor)
  • O.H. Gurney & Son (shot guns)
  • Maxwell & Young (novelties)
  • J.H. Knisely, Mansfield (practical shirt maker)
  • T.G. Bristor, Mansfield (dentist)
  • Armstrong (clothing store)

Transcribed by Amy E. Armstrong, Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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