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#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.


#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 Archive.org .

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 Archive.org .

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.


What’s The Final Word…A Final Update from Brandon

As my internship comes to an end and I begin to reflect upon my time working in the archives, I can’t help but feel grateful for the experience. I had the chance to meet some very wonderful people during my time, in and out of the archives, who have given me a great deal of memories to cherish. During my internship, I worked with two other interns on a project that eventually led to the creation of our Memories of Mary Haven Exhibit that just recently opened in the main lobby of the Warren County Administration Building that illustrates the history of the Mary Haven Children’s Home. The time I spent with the other interns working on this project was a great experience and I always enjoyed having our weekly meetings to discuss what new information we had found pertaining to the Children’s Home. My favorite part of working on this project was reading through all of the old newspapers, such as the Lebanon Western Star. It was very interesting to see what journalism was like back in the day and life in general during the late 19th and into the early 20th centuries through reading the newspapers. It was a fun project and I learned a lot about the local history.

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The Mary Haven project that I assisted with, along with the other interns, wasn’t the only thing I worked on during my time in the archives. The majority of my time went into digitizing land deeds and military survey records. I have now come to realize the amount of time it takes to digitize some records depending on their condition and size. The record books I digitized would usually vary between five-hundred to seven-hundred pages in length. And at the end of my internship, I am finishing up digitizing my twenty-seventh record book.

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Other things I got the chance to do during my time as an intern was going to the Warren County Historical Society to look at a collection of letters that pertained to the Mary Haven Children’s Home, learning how to splice and examine microfilm, and learning how to conduct oral histories. My time at the Warren County Records Center and Archives was well spent and I will truly miss the wonderful people I have had the chance to work with.


What’s The Final Word…A Final Update from Dan

It’s a bit strange to sit here writing this blog post on the last day of my internship, if only for the fact that it feels like just yesterday that I was beginning it. In actuality it has been a full three months of work, but it hasn’t felt that long at all. During my time here I’ve gotten the chance to work on a number of interesting projects that encompass a wide range of topics and dates. As I write we are putting the finishing touches on our exhibit we have created about the Mary Haven Children’s Home, entitled “Memories of Mary Haven: Stories from the Warren County Children’s Home”. We began work on the project at the end of May, and since then it has gone from a collection of handwritten scribbles and jumbled assorted of Word documents containing vague ideas about our direction to a full-fledged exhibit that not only educates on the broader history of the building but also contains many assorted stories and tidbits from Mary Haven’s 100+ years of existence.

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In regards to my own work on the exhibit, outside of the general sense of satisfaction at the exhibit as a whole, I am most proud of the research I did on the superintendents and matrons who were in charge of running the home from its opening in 1874 until it became a county home for juvenile boys in 1977. Although it was a long and winding process I was able to fully link the two periods together and compile a complete and thorough list, through the use of records we held here, newspapers (both through the Western Star and Newspapers.com) online resources from the Warren County Genealogical Society, and (to fill in the last, more contemporary, few) a little boost from Ancestry. If you are reading this and have not seen the exhibit yet I urge to come and look at if you have the chance; it’s located in the lobby of the Warren County Administrative Building and it is a great showcase of an important institution in the county’s history (as well as of the hard work of everyone involved in creating the exhibit themselves).

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While the Mary Haven exhibit was certainly the most all-encompassing project I worked on these past few months it was not the only one. I spent quite a bit of time working with probate records concerning estates and wills, sorting them into proper order in the boxes they were contained in, removing any brads, staples, and other old fasteners attached to them, and then refiling them into new folders for easier access. Not only was this a great opportunity to work directly with older records (as most were from the 1870s through the late 1800s) but it also gave me a neat perspective into some of the little quirks and mindsets held by our forbearers in the past, whether it was the occasional doodle interspersed in the various documents and vouchers or the prices and items reflected in said vouchers. Fast-forwarding one hundred years, I also got to work with a number of photographic slides from the 1970s onward, which was a chance to continue to hone my skill at that work (since I had done so in a previous internship) as well as see what contemporary life was like in Warren County at that time. With that all said, although I am sad that my time at this internship is finally coming to an end, I am happy that I got the chance to experience it in the first place, and grateful to everyone at the records center who has helped me grow throughout.


What’s The Final Word…A Final Update from Abbey

As I finish my internship, there are many things that I am excited to have been able to be included in. The first is the Mary Haven Exhibit which opened August 23, 2019. The exhibit was an interesting experience, because it was just the interns working on all the research and the main content. We, of course, were able to ask questions and get edits from the experienced staff when we needed it. The exhibit covers more than just the basic building history of Mary Haven Children’s Home. It highlights interesting stories of the community, the children, and the staff. It displays a range of stories from abduction and runaways to aliens and Santa Claus. This exhibit was helpful for me because it gave me more of an inside look into the many steps there are in creating an exhibit. We had to come up with the theme, the layout, the articles, sources and everything needed to fill the case while highlighting the collection itself. I hope the exhibit is liked well enough by everyone else because I think we did a good job!

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Outside of the exhibit, I worked on some smaller projects like processing, oral histories, and analyzing a recently received collection. These smaller projects were a choice given to me by the staff. I could do them to gain more experience in all that is the archive or I could continue to work on the two big projects I was responsible for. Each small project was just as impactful as the large projects. I got more practice processing and using a different system. I got to remove staples, brads, and pins. I also updated a spreadsheet with the processing that I did.

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The large scanning project had the most impact on me. I had no idea how much went into digitizing a collection or even just a document. I only scanned and edited the documents and it took me the entire internship to get through six small “boxes” of material that was actually only two archival boxes. There is even more that needs to be done before the material is available to the public. As archives get more digital, this was a much needed project for me to work on and get to figure out how much really goes into transferring to digital from paper documents and records. I will definitely miss the people at Warren County Records Center and Archives, they were very welcoming and they made my long drive to my internship worthwhile.


What’s the Word…An Update on Dan’s Summer Internship


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So far during my internship I have gotten the chance to interact with a variety of historical documents in multiple types of formats. The single project that I have done the most work on up through now has been processing probate records, specifically those having to do with estates and wills. This has given me the opportunity to work directly with records dating back to the 1870s while also allowing me to gain some hands-on experience in the actual processing. Another large-scale project that I recently completed was the scanning of photographic 35mm slides that originated from the Warren County Park District, which included photographs detailing the construction and opening of Landen-Deerfield Park and different flora and fauna from the county (just to name a few topics); a couple of these pictures have been included in the post so you all can see as well.

Throughout the internship I (along with the two other interns) have also been doing research to create an exhibit about the Mary Haven’s Children Home, which operated in at least some capacity as a county building from 1874 through 1996 and was eventually demolished in 2012. Working on this project has given me a great chance to interact with all sorts of records, including commissioner’s journals, will records, visitor’s ledgers, and newspaper collections (most notably the Western Star). The exhibit is still being finished, but I definitely urge anyone reading this to come and view it once it is complete so you can learn more about a county institution that operated for over a century and had an impact on countless lives while it was open.


#MorrowMonday – Pioneer Quakers

Today we will be continuing our monthly #morrowmonday

The article we are featuring is dated June 17, 1909, and highlights the early pioneer Quakers in the Warren County area, and more specifically Waynesville. In the article it chronicles the establishment of Friends’ meetings at Waynesville, which predate Ohio becoming a state!

 

Did you know Miami Monthly Meeting: The Religious Society of Friends still meets in the Meeting House built in 1811? If you are interested in learning more, check out the Miami Monthly Meeting Webpage. The Museum at the Friends Home is housed in the 1905 Friends Boarding Home within the Quaker Historical District in Waynesville, Ohio, and is open to the public and provides many out of museum experiences within Waynesville.

 

You can read the article in its entirety over at Ohio Memory

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 – Some Old Epitaphs

Today is our very first #morrowmonday

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.

The first article we are featuring is dated December 10, 1908, and highlights some of the epitaphs inscribed on some of the oldest graves in Lebanon, Ohio. Josiah highlighted the Corwin family specifically because they were amongst the earliest settlers to the Lebanon and Warren County area.

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Western Star – December 10, 1908

Rachel Lewis Drake

Grandmother

 

Ichabod Corwin

First settler in Lebanon, Ohio, in March of 1796

Sarah Corwin

Ichabod Corwin’s Wife

 

To read the entire article you can find it and many other Western Star Articles that have been digitized and made available through Ohio Memory.

 


Cattle Running at Large…The He Said He Said Road Supervisor Story

Who knew that there was so much controversy surrounding the clearing of cattle from the roadway? Knowing that Warren County was primarily a rural county in the late 1800’s, it seems like this would be a very cut and dry instance where the cattle are rounded up and returned to their rightful owner. Well it appears that the cattle running at large on the roadway was the tip of the iceberg for a feud that had been ongoing between the Gustin family and Samuel R. Crane.

The first documented case we have found is The State of Ohio vs. Levi Gustin, where Levi is charged with  “Assault & Battery on Samuel R. Crane & Resisting/Obstructing officer Samuel R. Crane” dated January of 1876. The final case we have uncovered thus far is The State of Ohio vs. Jesse Gustin, where Jesse is charged with “Assault & Battery on Samuel R. Crane” dated September of 1886.

The instances that led to these Assault & Battery/Resisting charges? Cows. The case just before Jesse’s in 1886 is The State of Ohio vs. Samuel R. Crane in which he is charged with “Resisting Officer Jesse Gustin in execution of his duties as Road Supervisor from preventing him from taking up certain cattle running at large.

Although I do not think we will ever get to the heart of this story, it is clear that their feud goes much deeper than the removal and return of those free roaming cows.

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State of Ohio vs. Jesse Gustin – September 1886

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State of Ohio vs. Jesse Gustin – September 1886

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State of Ohio vs. Samuel R. Crane – September 1886

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State of Ohio vs. Samuel R. Crane – September 1886