Meigs County News For The Year 1910

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unknown; possibly The Leader, Meigs County, OH 1910
MISS DORA ATKINS Passes Away at Her Home in Bedford Township [photo of Dora G. Atkins] Dora G., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Atkins, died at her home in Bedford township Tuesday, the cause of her death being diabetes. Miss Atkins was 21 years, 8 months and 18 days of age, and besides her parents leaves three brothers, J. C., Cleveland, J. P., and W. C., of Olathe, Colo., and two sisters, Mrs. E. E. Wiseman, Miles City, Mont., and Amber Pearl at home, to mourn her death. Miss Atkins was one of the worthy candidates in The Leader's popular voting contest last summer and was an unusually bright and popular young lady. The bereft parents, brothers and sister have the heartfelt sympathy of their neighbors and friends in the sad hour of their sore affliction. The funeral will be held Friday at White Oak chapel at 2 o'clock p. m. []

unknown Meigs County newspaper January, 1910
DREAMS Which Bear a Strange Relation to the Passing Away of the Late C. M. Martin It is probably true that there is nothing in dreams; and yet we are often forced to the conclusion that the mind in sleep must sometimes be influenced by agencies about which we do n[o]t know. Sometimes dreams seem to foreshadow an event with such overwhelming force that we can not get away from its impression and quite as frequently they seem to be the medium through which we are apprised of bodily experiences which have already occurred. At the risk of violating propriety we venture to relate briefly three dreams by as many different members of the family that bear with singular force upon the recent death of C. M. Martin. Two or three nights before the death of Mr. Martin, his companion dreamed that a granddaughter who was standing by a window gave vent to a startling exclamation at something discovered through the window. Going quickly to the window, Mrs. Martin saw in her dream a splendid span of horses, one faultlessly black, the other a beautiful white. In a moment the horses vanished. Of course this was only a dream. But there was the prophetic pale horse and the equally prophetic dark one, which from time immemorial have been looked upon as a sign of approaching death. Several times Mrs. Martin was on the point of telling her husband the dream, but as many times she refrained from doing so. When the ashen pallor mantled the face of her husband the night of Dec. 21 the dream became at once to her the awful prophecy of an impending reality. The night before Mr. Martin passed away, his daughter Mabel saw, in a dream, her father lying in a casket with a black string tie, such as he always wore, adjusted to his collar. All through the day this dream bore on her mind and at the supper table she related it to her husband. Four hours later the telephone bell rang at the daughter's home and the first thing to flash through her mind was her dream. Trembling from head to foot she waited and listened with bated breath while her husband answered the call. The message: "Mr. Martin is seriously ill. Come as quickly as you can." A very few hours afterward her dream was a sad, sad reality. Mr. Martin passed away at 5 o'clock in the morning. Probably a half hour later a telephone message, filed with the operator at 2 in the morning, came from Columbus to his daughter Mamie at Pomeroy: "our father is dangerously ill; come on first train." When this message was delivered, the daughter instantly broke into tears and exclaimed "He's dead. The message did not say so, why then should she as quick as flash declare her father was dead? A dream! And what was the dream? That she met her youngest uncle, John Martin, who reached out his arm to shake hands, but before he could do so he burst into tears and took from his pocket a handkerchief with which to wipe his eyes. She dreamed presumably shortly after 5. Soon after 6 o'clock Mr. C. E. Peoples brought the word that Mr. Martin had passed away, but it was already a reality to his daughter here. The next day in the afternoon, this daughter, and her brothers Ernest and Hurley, met their uncle John on Euclid Avenue, Columbus, and this impressive scene occurred exactly as it was dreamed. The strikingly strange relationship of the dreams to the sad event which came is our only excuse for telling the story publicly. We have no desire to encourage belief or disbelief in dreams. We are only telling what occurred. Our readers are left to philosophize as they may. However disposed of, it is strange. ---------------------- [] trustees were sworn in Monday Jan. 3, 1910. We would like to call the attention of the new board of the bad condition of the Dutchtown hill. The road is in a fair condition, but the railing along the walls are all torn down and carried away by some unknown persons, and there is much danger of teams going over these walls. The social given by the ladies of the M. E. church Saturday evening was quite a success. Proceeds amounted to $7.25. Mrs. Sidney Stobart, of Pomeroy, was visiting friends at this place Sunday. Rev. Chandler filled his regular appointment here Sunday evening. Rev. Chandler will preach next Sunday morning instead of evening. Mrs. Jacob Jones has been quite sick the past week. Harvey Williamson continues about the same at this writing. Theodore Mitch and family, of Kerrs Run, spent Sunday with home folks. Valley Mitch was quite sick a few days last week. Mrs. David Rea, of Pittsburg, was called here last week by the illness of her brother, Harvey Williamson. John Evans and Dayton Hayman left Monday for Columbus to attend the State Miners Convention. They being delegates from the Silver Run and Pittsburg mine. Word was received her[e] last week that Jake Roush, formerly of this place, was electrocuted by coming in contact with a live wire while operating a moving picture machine in Pittsburg. []

Tribune Telegraph January 26, 1910
MARRIAGE LICENSES Raymond Ewing, 21, Minersville, and Zona Gress, 18, Minersville. John Stobert, 21, Antiquity, and Ida M. Sayre, 21, Racine. Joseph Runion, 58, Long Bottom, and Evada M. Slaughter, 48, Long Bottom. William W. Watkins, 66, Orange township, and Stella May Holter, 47, Nease Settlement. Charley A. Nelson, 29, Langsville, and Mamie F. Steele, 20, Langsville. Carl Ohlinger, 21, Pomeroy, and Lilian Martin, 22, Middleport. ------------------- NEW PASTOR The vacancy caused by the resignation of Rev. Hartiage, late pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church, will be filled in June, by Rev. Shelhase, who has been called to take up the work following his graduation from Columbus University. In the meantime services will be held every alternate Sunday by Rev. Shelhase, or a substitute. --------------------- SUDDEN DEATH AT MIDDLEPORT Mrs. G. J. Rice, of Lincoln street was called from earth Fri. morning at her home on Lincoln street without a moment's warning. She had arisen as usual and prepared the breakfast meal and was seated at the table, when her husband noticed a peculiar expression pass over her face. A moment later she fell over dead. Dr. Hanlin was called and pronounced it apoplexy. The deceased was in the sixties and was the wife of G. J. Rice, better known as Jacob Rice, old residents of Middleport and known by everybody. Besides her aged husband, Mrs. Rice leaves one son, who is married and lives away from here. Her maiden name was Addie McKaskey. ------------------------ [Transcribed by Susan Kuhl]

Tribune Telegraph February 16, 1910
[As I understand the geography of the 1820s, the "Graham District" covered both sides of the River - Ohio and W.Va. (then Virginia) - in the vicinity of Syracuse, Racine, Plants, and Letart on the Ohio side. SK] REMINISCENCES AND GENEALOGIES ------------ OF PIONEER FAMILIES IN MASON COUNTY, AS GLEANED FROM THOSE WHO KNOW THE STORY Jacob Lietwiller The founder of the Lietwiller family of Graham District, was Jacob Lietwiller, a native of Switzerland, who emigrated to America in early manhood, married Mary Ann Zurmehley, and settled first in Columbiana County, Ohio, where Adam Lietwiller was born, Dec. 28, 1821. In September, 1822, he moved to Graham District, Mason County, and settled on the high lands near Graham Station. He soon sickened and died of typhoid fever, then so little being known of how it should be treated. Physicians prescribed a milk diet, and being without a cow his friends moved him to a location where cow milk could be secured. The exertion of moving, no doubt, hastened his death. A few weeks after his death, another son, John Lietwiller, was born, and the young mother found herself alone, and away from kindred, with two small children to rear. In coming to the "Western country", the husband, Jacob, had brought with him to America, two Swiss watches, about the size each of a pint cup. They were considered of great value. One of them he disposed of for his transportation to the new country. Upon his arrival in Graham District, he was offered a tract of several hundred acres for the other, which he declined, but finally exchanged the remaining watch for a set of spinning wheels, a reel and loom, a still, and either a horse or a cow. The land proffered him was river bottom land, which at that time, was considered of little value, as everyone had fever and ague, and considered the bottom lands as swamp and unhealthy. Besides, settlers of Graham District were for the most part Germans, and like the Swiss Lietwiller, accustomed to hill lands. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Lietwiller busied herself and supported herself and family speeding the noisy wheel, or flying the busy shuttle, spinning and weaving the flax that her own hands sowed and broke, hackeled and spun, wove and dyed for herself and neighbors, providing the means of buying the groceries she purchased at the nearest store, Point Pleasant; making the journey through the hill road, the nearest route, on foot; carrying her burden strapped to her back while en route. She kept the knitting needles flying, being able thus in a day, to complete a pair of socks. John Lietwiller grew to manhood and remained a bachelor, making his home first with his widowed mother, and after her death residing with his brother, Adam Lietwiller. Second Generation Adam Lietwiller married Sarah E. Nease, born in Meigs County, Ohio, Aug. 5, 1840, the daughter of Lewis Nease and Christina Fry, his wife; Christina Fry being a daughter of John Fry, who died in Graham District in 1884, aged 99 years. Adam Lietwiller was a miller by trade and established a splendid flour mill at New Haven. He held the position of magistrate four years, and road surveyor eight years. He enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He was a Democrat in politics. He died Sept. 27, 1887, and his wife died Dec. 7, 1907, and both are buried in Zion churchyard, or Broad Run in Mason county, then the old Lutheran burying ground, where are buried the practicers of that faith in Mason County. The children of Adam Lietwiller and Sarah, his wife, were: (1) Zurmehley A., who married Okey Allen Roush (2) John Jacob, born Jan 19, 1874, married Miss Eva Hagerman, of Spilman, where they now reside, and where one son, Marion L., has been born to them (3) Mary Magdaline, born March 25, 1878, married Everett N. Roush, born Aug. 28, 1871, son of Daniel Roush and Catherine Yeager, his wife. They reside at Ravenswood, where two children have been born to them, Elhel Elizabeth and Everett Newton. [Transcribed by Susan Kuhl]

Pomeroy Democrat June, 1910
Decoration Day Observed by an Immense Crowd at Burlingham Twenty years ago the veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic held the first Memorial day service at Burlingham. Every year since that 30th of May 1890 the day has been observed, at that church near the beautiful little cemetery at that place. Monday, the people of the surrounding county began to gather at 9 o'clock and long before noon every available space for hitching horses and storing rigs was occupied and a large field belonging to Thaddeus Jones was generously thrown open to give room to hundreds of horses and scores of rigs. In the forenoon the few remaining old veterans, marched to the cemetery, to the enlivening strains of fife and measured rum beats and with hundreds of their friends paid their respects to the memories of their departed comrades by strewing their resting places with flowers and placing there an emblem of the stars and stripes for the preservation of which they had all risked so much. After this sad, though inspiring ceremony was over, they marched back to the little church and adjourned until 1 o'clock for dinner and the pleasant renewal of the acquaintances among the hundreds of the boys and girls of 30 years ago, gathered there. At 1 o'clock the small fraction of the immense crowd who could do so, filled the little church and listened to "America", "The Star Spangled Banner" and declamations of appropriate selections by half dozen bright little girls and boys. This was a splendid feature, and was not only beautiful and appropriate but is a practice that if allowed everywhere, would be of immense service in keeping alive the spirit that moved the people in the dark days of "61 and 65". The Democrat is sorry to be unable to give the names of the girls and boys that took part in this service. It is to be hoped their example may be followed everywhere. The effect is more inspiring and beautiful than the more normal orations, common on such to instill into the hearts of the present and the future generations the patriotic spirit necessary to preserve our liberties, and the greater part, the boys and girls take in these exercises the more lasting will be the lessons they will learn. There were certainly considerably more than 1,000 people present at the services at Burlingham Monday. It was a well dressed well behaved and strikingly intelligent throng of people. Thirty years ago the editor of the Democrat was one of that generation of Bedford township boys. He was honored by the old veterans of that locality by their invitation to deliver, for them the memorial address on last Monday and it is a pleasure to be able to candidly and truthfully say that in appearance and intelligence the people of Bedford township have been keeping pace with the improvements of the world which the years are showing. The boys were average boys, then. The girls were better then than the boys as they always are, in every generation. But in appearance, intelligence, and good behavior the children of the Bedford boys and girls of thirty years ago are an improvement over their parents. This is only as it should be, to be sure and to observe it, is neither to deride the parents nor flatter the children. [Transcribed by Kay Williams]

The Leader (Pomeroy, OH) August, 1910
SYRACUSE (Crowded out last week) Died in Columbus Aug. 1.--Florence White, infant daughter of Rev. P. E. White and wife, of Columbus, was born at Columbus May 1, 1910, and passed away in that city July 27, aged 2 months and 26 days. The child was seriously ill for some time. The funeral was held at Columbus Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. Charles Chandler of Columbus. The remains were brought to Syracuse to the home of its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. White Thursday evening and a burial service was held at the residence Friday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted b[y] Rev. J. M. Chandler of this place, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Syracuse Town cemetery. The pall bearers were Misses Gladys Williams, Freda Clark, Gretta Hanna and Florence Jones. Rev. and Mrs. White are well known in this county and will have the sympathy of a large number of friends in their affliction. []

unknown Meigs County newspaper August, 1910
RUTLAND Happily Wedded. Aug. 22--Von Miller of Langsville and Miss Genevieve Stansbury, of Rutland, were married Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Stansbury, Rev. W. W. Crabtree, of Cheshire, performing the ceremony. The only guests were the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Miller, and Mrs. Emma Stansbury, cousin of the bride. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are a fine couple and have many friends who wish them long life and much happiness.

unknown Meigs County newspaper September 15, 1910
Mrs. Byron Story died at her home at Burlingham Tuesday of last week aged 72 years, 9 months and 11 days. She had not been in the best of health for some time past but it was not thought that her condition was at all serious. Mrs. Story's maiden name was Conant and she was married to Byron Story August 15, 1860, and on the 15th of last month they celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. To Mr. and Mrs. Story were born eight children, six of whom survive. They are: W. D. and C. E. Story, Park City, Montana, W. C. Story, Burlingham, Hannah Campbell, wife of E. G. Campbell, Syracuse, Myrtle Williams, wife of C. E. Williams, Burlingham and Alma Henderson, wife of G. T. Henderson, Hemlock Grove, One brother, C. P. Conant and one sister, Mrs. J. H. Ewing, also survive. Mrs. Story was one of Bedford township's most highly respected citizens and her unexpected death has caused genuine sorrow wherever she was known. The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock conducted by Elder M. A. Harvey, burial following in the Burlingham Cemetery. Transcribed by Kay Williams

The Leader December 15, 1910
Phoebe Ann Jenkins Mrs. Phoebe Ann Jenkins died at her home at Middleport Tuesday at the age of 83 years, 6 months and 2 days. The deceased was twice married and leaves a number of grown children to mourn her death. The funeral service will be held this afternoon at 1:30. Burial in the Middleport cemetery. [Transcribed by Connie Schumaker]

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