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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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The Postons of Nelsonville

Posted by JRW on January 28, 2011

From THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF OHIO (1903-1912) Edited by Thomas Powell

WEBSTER WESLEY POSTON was born at Nelsonville. Ohio. June 29. 1844. and was educated in the schools of his native village. with the exception of one year at the Ohio University. In 1860 he began working for his father in the general store but subsequently took up agriculture and mining and his time is now principally occupied with his coal and farm lands. the latter receiving most of hi sattention.

Mr. Poston has taken a deep interest in the success of the Democratic Party in his life. a fact which was recognized on June 23rd.1911. when Governor Harmon appointed him a member of the Board of Review. In 1888 he was a member of the committee which had charge of the meeting at Nelsonville when Allen G. Thurman made what Mr. Poston describes as the greatest speech that Nelsonville ever heard delivered to the largest crowd that Nelsonville ever saw. He cast his first vote in 1865 and his first presidential vote in 1868.

He was a guest and speaker at the Tilden Banquet on General Jackson Day. January 8. 1876. Columbus. Ohio. He was at the National Convention held in Cincinnati. Ohio. 1880. when Gen. Hancock was nominated for President. He also attended the National Convention held in Chicago when Grover Cleveland was nominated for President in 1892.

Mr. Poston’s parents were Wesley Webster Poston. who was born in Romney. Virginia. in 1810. and died in Nelsonville. 1875. and Mary E. (Dew) Poston of Nelsonville who died in 1892. Mr. Poston has been twice married. His first wife was Hattie O. Cooley. who died in 1870. leaving one son. Wesley Poston. In 1873 he married Belle Garland Cresap of Logan. Ohio. Two sons and one daughter were born of this marriage. Webster Cresap. Charles Eugene and Mabel LeFevre.

Frank W. Poston resides in Nelsonville. At the age of sixteen he was graduated from the Nelsonville High School. He attended the Ohio University and Marietta College. commencing his business career by taking charge of his father’s flouring mill. He is now the local agent for the Ohio Fuel Supply Company.

Webster C. Poston after graduating from the Nelsonville High School was appointed agent for the Ohio Fuel Supply Company and is now Auditor of the Federal Gas and Fuel Company.

Charles E. Poston graduated form the Nelsonville High School after which he took up the study of music at Oberlin College. but also studied vocal music under Sidney Loyd Wrightson of Chicago for five years and perfected himself on the pipe organ under the instruction of James Watson. He is Director of the Conservatory of Music at Greenville Female College. South Carolina. It is one of the oldest schools in the South. Prof. Poston is also organist at the First Baptist Church at Greenville. South Carolina. Prof. Poston possesses a highly cultivated baritone voice and directed a campaign quartette which sang during the barnstorming trip through Hocking County with Allen O. Myers. who was campaigning for Horace Chapman. the Democratic candidate for Governor in 1897.

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Annual report of the Chief Inspector of Mines of Ohio, Issue 20, 1895

Posted by JRW on January 27, 2011

DO- DOC-184

‪Annual report of the Chief Inspector of Mines of Ohio, Issue 20, 1895

Excerpted sections for inspections for Hocking, Perry and Athens Counties from the 1894 Ohio Mine Inspections Report—

More references to mines in these counties can be found in the report specific to accidents, deaths and injuries sections of book, as well as how these counties ranked in various categories specified.  Many spellings are lost via digital scanning of original text.  The Google site also has pdf style pages that can be referred to that provide the copy of the original document, which can be referred to for corrections.


Inspector of the Third District, from November 15, 1893, to November 15, 1894. Hon. R. M. Haseltine, Chief Inspector of Mines:

Sir: I herewith respectfully submit my third annual report of the mines of the third district for the year ending November 15, 1894.

In the four counties comprising the district I have visited 206 mines during the year. I also visited one mine in Athens and one in Hocking county, making a total of 208 mines visited by me. Of these, 134 have been visited once; fifty-eight twice; ten three times; two four time*; one five times and one six times, making an aggregate of 301 visits.

The permanent improvements may be classified as follows: One new fan erected, six furnaces built, twenty air shafts%sunk and eighteen second openings made. There were twelve mines which stood suspended during the year, seventeen which were abandoned and twenty-five new mines which were opened up.

There have been three sets of scales tested of which two were out of order and inaccurate and one correct.

Five fatal accidents have occurred during the year, as follows: At the Findlay mine, Muskingum county, on January 10, 1894, Lewis.Beitcher was killed by a fall of slate; at No. 21 mine of the Sunday Creek Company, Perry county, on March 15, 1894, Stepaen Keeler was fatally injured by the explosion of a keg of powder while filling a cartridge, the victim dying from his injuries March 24,1894. At the N6. 27 mine of Calvin Essex, Perry county, on July 20, 1894, Michael Maloy was fatally injured by a fall of slate, dying from the effects of the accident August 7, 1894. At an air shaft which was being sunk on the property of the Shawnee Coal Company, Perry county, on October 10, 1894, John New was fatally injured by rocks falling down the shaft, dying from h e injuries November 5, 1894, and on October 18, 1894, at the No. 3 mine of the Brush Creek Coal Company, Muskingum county, Geo. Hysell was killed by a fall of slate.

The general suspension of the coal industry during the summer has rendered the returns much smaller than they would otherwise have been. For the same reason quite a number of our visits were ineffective, as the mines were repeatedly found idle and no person on the premises.

I report with pleasure that the harmonious relations existing between the operators and miners of my district and myself during the preceding two years, have continued unbroken throughout the year just closed. Thanking them for their kind and courteous treatment, and you especially for your cordial co-operation and kindly advice, I am, very respectfully,

R. H. Miller, Inspector Third Districi,

Shawnee, Ohio, November 16, 1894.

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Mass Meeting (Union)

Posted by JRW on January 24, 2011

From New Straitsville Independent, Thursday, June 7, 1883

A Mass Meeting

A Mass Meeting was held here on Friday last for the purpose of discussing the double check system that the operators purpose introducing in Straitsville. It ,as being the rule in Straitsville Mines heretofore, when two men worked in a room that both men used the same check on the bank car, and at the end of each month the coal filled would be equally divided by both parties , each one paying his share of expenses and standing his share of docks that may accrue during the month, which seemed to be agreeable to the miners. Now comes the question as to whether the double check system will work or not.  A portion of the mines in the lower valley have been working under the double check system for some time and were satisfied until it was introduced in Straitsville, then it must be broken up and Straitsville men must do it.  The meeting was called to order by the chairman and after carefully discussing the double check system it was RESOLVED:-That all miners working under the syndicate and other companies oppose any such proposition made by the operators.

Also that the Chairman appoint a committee of two to attend the convention that was to take place in the M.P. Church at 1 o’clock notifying them of the result of the Mass Meeting.  The meeting then adjourned.

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David Hartley

Posted by JRW on December 28, 2010

from the Community Life Quarterly, Fall 1999

Keywords: Ohio National Guard,  Judy Hartley, Oscar Hartley, Edna Hartley, Becky Hartley

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When the Circus Came to Town

Posted by JRW on December 28, 2010

When The Circus Came to Town

By Gene Sherrick

..from the Corning Monroe Reader Vol. V

One advantage of growing up in Corning was that every year about the time school was out, the circus would come to town.  I think the circus came to Corning because it was a railroad junction and it came early in the year so that the performers could sharpen up their acts in a small town – kind of like dress rehearsals for the larger cities they would visit later on in the season.  Regardless of why they came, we boys on South Valley Street were happy they did.  As were the kids from all over town.  The circus was big stuff.  With several elephants, tigers, and lions, and all kinds of exotic beasts from all over the world.  There were also a lot of very interesting people; such as, the fat lady, the wild man from Borneo, the lion tamer, the acrobats, the clowns and even the roustabouts who just worked with the animals and put up tents and other routine chores.

Each year the shows seemed to get bigger and better.  There were always new dog tricks and it was wonderful how those pretty ladies with their small costumes could ride the horses standing up, and the horses at full gallop.  And to see a man actually being shot from a cannon, these were things, we would talk about all year long and things we would never forget.

After the circus left town in 1934, we had a nice little Fox Terrier come to our house and my older brother, Arnold, was convinced that he was a circus dog.  Arnold named him “Poochie” and we had him for several years until he died of old age.  Poochie could do a lot of tricks like walking around on his hind legs, playing dead and jumping through hoops.  So, he might have been a circus dog.

Circus Today!

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Miller Star – March 1964 (page 4)

Posted by JRW on December 5, 2010

Jill Fultz, Judy Wilson, Linda Benedict, Myra Embrey, Susan Luning, Marsha Ann Seals, Mickey Barrett, Nancy Begley, Patsy Conley, Allen David, Bill Frazier, Karen Gill, Carl Hermey, Karen Lillig, George Mattis, Tana Maxwell, Gayland Morgan, Mary Jane Mosier, Kenny Nicholas, Danny Pryor, Robert Spencer, Carolyn Starner, Lucretia Stickdorn, Paul White, Mary Ansel, Ann Balkenhol,  Linda Seals, Carol Clark, Paul Compston, Linda Beal, Lois Dodson, Jackie Fetterly, Sandy Hutmire, Mary McGill, John Josephson, Bobby Phillips, Sheryl Smith, Sandy Warner, Charles Alltop, Bill Brown,  Tom Brunton, Dale Compston, Linda Hettich, Karen Huston, Michael Lucas, Eleanor McKinney, Janice Martin, Patty Olah, William Parham, Pam Richards, Linda Vess, Linda Hamrick, Kay Hill, David Lavendar, Marlene Plant, Suzanne Swyers

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History of Shawnee (page 48)

Posted by JRW on December 5, 2010

Tom Montell, Thomas Bird

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