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Non Strikers assaulted by wives of strikers at Nelsonville

Posted by JRW on November 11, 2011

April 29, 1874

Athens Messenger


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Ohio, the mining troubles in Hocking Valley – tent life of the striking miners

Posted by JRW on September 4, 2011

Tent Life of the Striking Miners

1884 Title: Ohio – the mining troubles in Hocking Valley – tent life of the striking miners–
The distribution of relief to the unemployed / from sketches by Joseph Becker. Buchtel Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

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Women Miners

Posted by JRW on February 16, 2011

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Buchtel Defeats Hollister 1930 Baketball

Posted by JRW on February 8, 2011

from the Athens Messenger, January 26, 1930

Keywords: Chick Young, Girls Basketball, Athens County

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Monahan’s Hotel and Opera House Corning 1881-1942 (Dispatch Article)

Posted by littlecitiesarchive on August 27, 2010

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Columbus Dispatch -May 24, 1942 -Brad Wilson -Dispatch Staff Writer

CORNING, OHIO, sighed and watched regretfully last week as a famous link to its gay, prosperous past disappeared. When a pair of carpenters with little time or patience for sentimentality dug wrecking bars into the creaking, memory-rich timbers of the Opera Hotel, Corning’s oldtimers knew Valley street would never be the same.

Built in 1881, “the Opera” was both theater and hotel for Corning in the days when the building of the railroad and Sunday Creek’s busy Mine No. 13 brought prosperity and gayety.

John Monahan, an Irishman with a shrewd sense of what the opening of the T. & O.C. (now the New York Central) could mean to Corning, built “the Opera” against advice of friends. “A mushroom town, John.  You’re crazy to build in that cornfield,” they told him.  But Monahan was never sorry he built in that “cornfield.”

The 0pera brought him friends and wealth. He was mayor of the town more years than even his daughter can recall.  He was proud of the Opera. Proud of its long, handsome bar; its neat, clean rooms; its ample stage with the backdrop showing Mine No. 13-the 13 that harassed superstitious actors.

Operated by Mr. Monahan until his death a few years ago, and since then by his daughter, Mrs. Miles Joyce, the Opera was all things to Corning.  The Al G. Fields’ and Vogel’s minstrel shows played there, as did all current vaudeville and stock company favorites.

On its second-floor stage were held Corning’s and St. Bernard’s school graduation ceremonies. Mass was said there during 1915, when St. Bernard’s church was being built. It was the scene of the famed-in-the-county $5 dances so called because that was the admission per couple.

Warren G. Harding and Carmi Thompson stayed in the hotel during the Marion publisher’s  successful campaign for the presidency.

The old hotel register tells the story–John Monahan was a good host. The same names appear again and again, many of them registered from Columbus: E. S. Drake, N. D. Monsarrat, W. R. Davis, R. E. Perrill, Frank Nusbaum, V. A. Bowman (and driver), Ross McCauley, R. J. Huddleston, S. M. Westall, E. W. Shoemaker, T. J. Bergin, John R. Orth, Fred Hamilton, Ed Dean, B. E. McManigal and scores of others.

Many of these men were salesmen. J. W. Donnelly, who ran the livery stable, would meet all trains, make his bargain with the salesmen for hire of a horse and rig, and then take them to the Opera for a rest, a chat and perhaps a drink before they started their rounds.

Except for the “13” on the backdrop, actors preferred the Opera for their engagements. They could dress in their rooms and after the show was over had no extra change from theater to street clothes to make. But the 13 did bother many of them, and Mrs. Joyce recalls how her father used to smile when a troupe, playing the Opera for the first time, would see that backdrop. “They’d throw up their hands and say ‘Monahan, we’ll never do any business with a jinx like that behind us,’ “But father would just smile and say: ‘You’ll do business all right-and they always did.

Mrs. Miles (Monahan) Joyce

Corning’s population today is about 1600, but in those days, ambitious, civic-minded Mr. Monahan boasted on his letterheads “Population 4000. ” perhaps,” smiled Mrs. Joyce, “father exaggerated a little-but I think he always felt New Lexington, New Straitsville and Shawnee were just suburbs of Corning.”  The letterheads also advised guests and prospective theater patrons as follows:  “John Monahan, proprietor and manager. Best situated theater in southern Ohio. Seating capacity 600. New and elegant scenery. This house will be conducted only as a Strictly First ·Class Theater on rental and sharing terms with FIRST CLASS Attractions only. Good stage and dressing rooms. M. E. Joyce, treasurer. Hotel in connection. Special rates to the profession.”

The hotel was the scene of the wedding reception after Margaret Monahan’s marriage to Miles Joyce, who was treasurer of the Opera House.  “Mr. Joyce was a great one for sending folks off with a big celebration when they got married. He got it back double when we were married,” Mrs. Joyce recalls.  “They paraded us all over town on one of those luggage wagons from the depot. And afterward at the hotel there was champagne and a wonderful party. It was still going on when Mr. Joyce and I started on our honeymoon trip. We took the 2:20 a. m. train to Charleston.”

Mrs. Joyce also remembers how the night, before her marriage, Corning got its first electric lights. “Father did it as a surprise. He had everything all ready and had them turned on while Mr. Joyce and I were at church for wedding rehearsal.  When we came home, there were lights on all over the hotel.  My, but father was pleased with himself that night!”

The romance of John Monahan’s daughter and Miles Joyce started at the Opera House, too.  “It began the night he took me home after “Uncle Tom’s cabin,” mused Mrs. Joyce. “It’s funny, too,” recalled Mrs. Joyce, “after we were married, Mr. Joyce and I and my father and mother lived in this house together and no people were ever happier-and yet at that time Mr. Joyce was a competitor of father’s. They both ran general stores in town.”


Left alone after the death of her husband and her father, Mrs. Joyce has lived in the house- next to the Opera House in recent years. When she decided to raze the old building, she admitted that: “I felt worse than anyone in Corning.” But all Corning feels like it is losing a friend, a robust, glamorous friend that lived a happy life and brought happiness to all who came in contact with it, .

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Catherine Rodgers

Posted by littlecitiesarchive on August 21, 2010

Wife of Corning Founder, Joseph Rodgers


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The O’Bear Hotel

Posted by littlecitiesarchive on July 22, 2010

On April 23, 1872, Anna O’Bear purchased Lot No.8 and 9 in Shawnee. The old Gordon Farmhouse was located on the back side of these lots and Mrs. O’Bear built the large hotel on the side of this and operated the O’Bear Hotel.  On October 3, 1891, President McKinley spoke from the porch of this Hotel during his successful run for Governor in Ohio.  He  visited again on Oct 23, 1893 when running for reelection.  After the turn of the century, C.J. Griffith purchased the hotel property and converted the hotel into a large store.  He had earlier been associated with Wm. Davy in the store business.  In 1904, Mrs. O’Bear  moved to Newark, Ohio.  Decorations in this picture are believed to be either for the arrival of McKinley, or at the time of his assassination in 1901.

Shawnee, Ohio 1872- early 1900’s


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Peg Whitmer Store, Tailor (Next to Park)

Posted by littlecitiesarchive on July 6, 2010

Albert Whitmer (center) Son, Edward Whitmar (L) unknown (R)


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