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“Corning War” Government Telegraph Correspondence 1880

Posted by JRW on February 10, 2011

What follows is the transcript between local law enforcement and the state of Ohio during the Corning War of 1880.

from the State of Ohio Executive Documents, Annual Reports, Part 2  1880

Cleveland, Ohio, August 16, 1880. To Governor Foster:
Danger of arson and violence in Corning imminent. Be prepared to send troops moment notice.
D. P. Eells.

New Lexington, Ohio, August 16, 1880. Gov. Charles Foster:
I have not the adequate force to protect persons and property in the Sunday Creek Valley. There is threatened danger to both, and I invoke your aid.
Andrew Baker, Deputy Sheriff Perry County.

Corning, Ohio, August 17, 1880. Governor Foster:
The excitement here is intense, and is liable, in my judgment, to break out in acts of violence and lawlessness at any moment. There is no force here which can be relied upon at all adequate for protection, and the entire community would be at the mercy of the mob should an outbreak occur. It may not be best to send troops now; Col. Lemert thinks it is not, but they should be held in readiness at short notice. H. A. Axline.

Corning, Ohio, September 3, 1880. Governor Foster:
Two hundred white miners have charged on mines. Send assistance at once. Have advised Sheriff.
W. C. Lemert.

Executive Department, Columbus, Ohio, September 3, 1880. Col. W. C. Lemert, Corning, Ohio:
I have nothing from you or Sheriff since your dispatch. Received one about six P. M. The Sheriff has authority, under the law, to call out Perry County Company, and I want him to do it if troops are needed. I have important business at Cleveland, to-morrow, and go there to-night. Col. Smith has full instructions, and I will be advised promptly by telegram. Hope the trouble is not so serious as you apprehended.
Charles Foster.

Corning, Ohio, September 3, 1880. Charles Foster. Governor:
Am anxious to avoid use of troops, and will not ask your aid, except danger is serious and imminent.  I have force to prune the valley, if let loose.
W. C. Lemert.

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