Today we will be continuing our monthly #MorrowMonday article.
The article we are featuring is dated September 9, 1909, it highlights an early historic book about Ohio titled, “Historical Collections of Ohio” written by Henry Howe. This book had a huge impact on Josiah Morrow at an early age. The article provides some history on Henry Howe, how Henry became involved in these books, and the success of his book on Ohio. Here are some highlights from this article:
- “When he was eleven years old Henry used to carry the proofs of the first edition of Webster’s Dictionary from his father’s printing office to Noah Webster’s home.”
- Henry was impressed by the book “Historical Collections of Connecticut” by John W. Barber. “Seeing this new book about his native state Mr. Howe calls his “life-directing incident.””
- “In the spring of 1840 the young man surprised Mr. Barber by proposing to join him in making a book on the state of New York on the same plan. His offer was accepted, and the two men traveled over the the whole of that great state.”
- “Ohio was the fourth state over which Henry Howe traveled for the purpose of making a book upon it.”
- “In Warren county he drew views in Lebanon and Franklin only.”
Josiah Morrow (1838-1928) was a Warren County native and grandson to the famed Jeremiah Morrow. He took great pride in preserving the history of Warren County and wrote a weekly column in the Western Star from 1907-1928.