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About wcrcarchives

The Warren County Records Center and Archives was dedicated in honor of the former Warren County Recorder, Edna L. Bowyer on June 22, 2001. We offer on-site records storage, records delivery, records retention and disposition management, records management training, document imaging, and microfilming services.

Fun Fact Friday – Mt. Holly

Researching small towns in Warren County proves typically reveals fun facts that we never knew and most people have forgotten. Although we did not choose Mt. Holly to feature in our newest exhibit, we would still like to highlight some of the fun facts we uncovered!

Warren County Wall Map, 1867

#1 – Mt. Holly was founded by Jacob Pearson, July 1833

#2 – There was a Distillery ran by E. H. Spence in the early 1800’s

Warren County Atlas, 1875

#3 – Joseph Chenoweth established a Saw Mill in 1815

#4 – The town had a connection to the well known Satterthwaite family, John Satterthwaite established a Grist Mill in 1818

#5 – There were three local Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Mt. Holly – Stephen Kenney (Kinney), John Sanders, and Daniel Stump

Warren County Centennial Atlas, 1903

Armco Summer Camp: 1980 Edition

As Ohio summer camps open this week, following the social distancing guidelines as the result of COVID-19, we would like to showcase one of our favorite collections. The Records Center and Archives received this small collection from the Warren County Parks District. Their current office is located at Warren County Armco Park, formerly a privately owned company park called Armco Park. Butler County Historical Society has a wonderful write up of the history of this beautiful park. The most exciting part of this collection were multiple years of Summer Camp scrapbooks.

As with most scrapbooks, they posed a challenge for us when processing. Mainly because it is a mixture of photographs, non-archival paper, and lots and lots of adhesive. We went back and forth about how best to preserve this collection so that we maintained the integrity of the materials and also the story our collection is telling. Ultimately we decided it was best to take the pages out of the binding and store the scrapbooks in sleeves within an archival box. This way the materials can be maintained while we are also able to enjoy the stories that the park employees wanted to tell.

We hope you enjoy this collection as much as we have enjoyed processing it!

National Women’s History Month – First Women of Warren County

As we wrap up #NationalWomensHistoryMonth we would like to highlight the many first women who help to run this wonderful county. Including these women is important because they have blazed the path for future women in these roles within Warren County. We hope you have enjoyed the list of first women of Warren County as much as we have enjoyed this project!

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Tiffany Zindel, LinkedIn

First County Administrator – Tiffany Zindel, 2016-Current

  • Tiffany is the first woman to be appointed as County Administrator. She began working for the county in 1986, working in the Office of Management and Budget, moving up to Director of OMB, Assistant County Administrator and then being promoted to County Administrator in 2016.  

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Gray, Schwartz, Miranda, South, Unknown – 2003

First Records Manager/Archivist – Pamela Spetter Schwartz, 1998 – 2008

  • Orchestrated the organization of the Records Center and Archives in the Administration Building

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Melissa Bour, LinkedIn

First Female Director of Warren County Emergency Services – Melissa Bour, 2017-Current

  • Melissa has worked for Warren County for almost 20 years, starting as Emergency Communications Officer in 2000 and was promoted to Director in 2017

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First Female Common Pleas Court Administrator – Jennifer Burnside, 2012-Current

  • First Female Common Pleas Court Administrator, appointed to the position in 2012 that she still currently holds

National Women’s History Month Highlight – Pearl M. Graham

March is #NationalWomen’sHistoryMonth and we will be celebrating by highlighting some amazing women who have helped shape, change, and impact Warren County.

We would like to highlight these historic women by providing 5 fun facts about each, starting with Pearl M. Graham (1896-1982).

  • First Female Elected Official in Warren County, Ohio
  • Elected Warren County Recorder from 1941-1964
  • Served as Jail Matron from 1938-1941
  • Born in Menifee County, Kentucky, February 17, 1896
  • Married to Warren County Sheriff William E. Graham

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Pearl M. Graham,

Unforeseen, Unpredictable, and Sometimes Unfortunate

Research in historic records can be exciting. You come up with an idea and a concept of where you think your topic will go. You start slowly piecing together the narrative and the more you discover the more exciting things get…until they take a very twisted and unexpected turn.

This situation happened while researching slides and scrapbooks we received from the Warren County Parks District Collection. The images, from the early 1970’s, revealed some great images of an old cabin along with some kind of celebration. We were able to tie these images to one of the newspaper scrapbooks regarding the discovery of a historic cabin that was slated to be demolished for the Caesar Creek Lake project near Harveysburg, Ohio.

The news coverage, from discovery to creation, of the Caesars Creek Pioneer Village and subsequent research of the outlying Caesars Creek area was exciting and compelling for the Warren County community because of ties that this area had to two prominent politicians of the time, Donald “Buz” Lukens and Richard M. Nixon.

These discoveries, though exciting for 1972, presented us with a clear problem when it comes to sharing the research found with the public because both of these politicians went on to a swift and despicable fall from politics.

So how do we present this research? We decided it is best to acknowledge that at the time of these familial connections of Warren County’s past to current day 1972, the tie to these two politicians would have been exciting. Clearly no one who was involved in the process of promoting these discoveries could have predicted what was to become of Lukens and Nixon.

No matter the level of unfortunate, capitalizing on the fact that this cabin had ties to someone who was respected and prominent at the time helped to preserve the structure and to create the village and should not be forgotten. So even though it is not the story we were expecting to tell when we began our research, nonetheless here it is in all of its unforeseen, unpredictable, and unfortunate glory!

2019 Year End Review

As we wrap up 2019 with our year end reports we wanted to reflect on our top 5 best moments of 2019. This very short list in no way completely summarizes how amazing our year was but it definitely highlights our peak moments! We hope you enjoy this list and continue to follow our journey into 2020.

#5 – Lunch & Learn at Warren County Historical Society and Spot on the Lebanon Channel

We have been so fortunate to be able to share the Records Center projects and discoveries with the public. Any opportunity we get to highlight what is available to patrons we take it!

#4 – Mary Haven Exhibit & Our Summer Interns

This summer was the first time we allowed our interns to completely take over an exhibit. Our three interns (Abbey Search, Dan Maharg, and Brandon Kot) had their work cut out for them when it came to tackling the Mary Haven Exhibit. They took a challenging subject with minimal resources and provided an exhibit that tells the history of the building that housed Warren County children while highlighting some of the ways in which the community has interacted with Mary Haven over the years.


Memories of Mary Haven: Stories from the Warren County Children’s Home, Exhibit Opening, August 23, 2019

#3 – Jail Restoration Project

This year Warren County Facilities has begun the restoration of the Silver Street Jail. This is something we have been working on getting started since the opening of our Silver Street Jail exhibit in 2017, so the fact that it has started is beyond exciting! As of now we don’t know the outcome of this project but stay tuned for all the updates in 2020!

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FB LIVE Video Update – June 11, 2019

#2 – OHRAB Achievement Award

Receiving the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) Achievement Award for all of our online resources and providing more access to our records. This award wasn’t just cool to receive and be acknowledged by the archival community but it has put our Records Center out there as a contact for others interested in setting up something similar to what we’ve managed to create. It is very rewarding to be able to take what we have worked so hard to accomplish and help others make their historic records as accessible as possible.

#1 – Oral History Program & YouTube Channel

Preserving the history of Warren County Government and the people who have experienced being a part of it is our number one priority. Over the years we had talked about putting together a program that captures the living memories of people who have worked for Warren County or have spent time in one of the many buildings that have made up Warren County. This summer we were finally able to put together that program and to date have collected 11 interviews from various individuals involved in Warren County Government history.

#MorrowMonday – Shakers’ Trials and Tribulations at Union Village in Their Early History

Today we will be continuing our monthly #MorrowMonday article.

The article we are featuring is dated December 12, 1907, it highlights the many obstacles the local Shaker Community overcame within Warren County. The article details the many mob scenes that the Shakers were subjected to, including a particularly rowdy one that included upwards of 500 people in 1810. 

As the Records Center continues to process our court records, the court cases involving the Shakers are becoming easily available. These disputes range from divorce decrees involving abandonment to violence. Be sure to visit our online indexes to find all of the cases we have processed so far!

Below is an example of a State Case that we have included in our online indexes. Richard McNemar was charged along with Samuel Rollins in August 181 of Assault & Battery against John Davis, a Union Village Shaker.

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Western Star, December 12, 1907

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State of Ohio vs. Samuel Rollins & Richard McNemar, August 1818

You can read the article in its entirety over at Ohio Memory You can find the indexes for Warren County Records Center and Archives by visiting our Index Page.

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.

Naturalization Records…The Story of a Russian Immigrant

On October 26, 1907, Eli Rutmann disembarked the vessel “The Chemnitz” . Born in Streshen, Russia, October 16, 1881, this 26 year old shoemaker made his way from his home in Fedossia, Russia, travelling through Bremen, Germany, and arriving in the great port of Galveston, Texas.

Eli would eventually find his way to Ohio where he settled with his wife Goldie in Lebanon, Ohio. He and Goldie had a son named Max who was born in New Richmond on February 4, 1912. Renouncing all allegiance and fidelity to Russia, Eli became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America on August 2, 1917.

This is the short version of the story we could tell using Eli Rutman’s Naturalization Records that reside at Warren County Records Center and Archives. This particular record includes all of the above information along with a physical description of Eli, various addresses he lived at during the processing of his paperwork, and so much more.

We wanted to highlight this record because we are in the process of digitizing these records to pair with the online indexes we already have available on our website. Be sure to like and follow our Facebook Page for updates on our progress!

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#MorrowMonday – More About our Names

Today we will be continuing our monthly #MorrowMonday article.

The article we are featuring is dated October 21, 1909, it highlights the “origin and meaning of certain family names and why they were first used”. This article showcases Josiah’s love of history in all forms and facets. Many of the articles we have featured so far are focused on local and regional history but this article takes it farther in order to satisfy his many readers curiosity. 

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The Western Star, October 21, 1909

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The Western Star, October 21, 1909

You can read the article in its entirety over at Ohio Memory or you can read Henry Howe’s book in its entirety over at .

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.

#MorrowMonday – Henry Howe, The Historian

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.”

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Western Star, September 9, 1909

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Historical Collections of Ohio, Henry Howe

You can read the article in its entirety over at Ohio Memory or you can read Henry Howe’s book in its entirety over at .

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.