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Proctorville Ohio History retold by Capt. Mace


31 May (year not clear on source) IRONTON TRIBUNE

The founding of Proctorville and its growth in the early years is described by Captain Ellis MACE, one of the Ohio river’s most well known riverboat captains. Capt. Mace is a resident of Proctorville. His history of that community was sent to the Tribune.


This place, at one time, was known as Quakers Bottom. Above Thomas street to Jackson Pike was called Grant Town. The Methodist church stands on the corner of State road Seven and Thomas street in Grant Town. Jacob PROCTOR owned some land on the river bank near a farm road where (he) built a small stone house on the river bank. At this time a road ran along the river bank. Later Mr. Proctor built a large brick house east of the store on the river road.  The Proctor family lived in this house for several years. All river men knew this place as Proctor’s landing.

Charley WATERS, with his family, left Maryland and floated down the Ohio river on a flat boat. They landed at the mouth of  Symmes Creek at Flemingsburg, the second town in Lawrence county and Mr. Waters established a home there. After a short time his house was destroyed by fire , Mr. Waters came up to Proctors Landing and he bought Mr. Proctor’s store and house. Mr. Proctor moved to his farm back near the Hill.

Mr. Waters took over the post office. He was replaced by John PARKER, under Groover CLEVELAND. He had got every Democrat here to vote for Cleveland, only one John Parker, and he got the post office (as by source). The brick house now called the Waters home is still in use. Proctorville was laid out in 1878 by T.J.SHIRKEY. Mr. Proctor had made a request that if the town was to be named for him, to call it Proctorville leaving off the positive and his request was granted so Proctorville was laid out and incorporated the same year, 1878.  John Parker, the only Democrat inside the  corporation, was elected the first mayor.

First Proctorville town officials; Mayor, John Parker; clerk, O.E. REC ; Marshal, J.H. LOYD; treasurer A. MAGEE. The six councilman–T.B. FLOWERS, Harvey PRICHARD, Madison FORGEY, J. MacSMITH, R.W. MAGEE, Doctor S.R. RICKETS.

All these men were elected and Proctorville had a government to start with made up of the best citizens.

Proctorville streets from east to wesst, Front, Susan, Elizabeth, State road 7 and Wilgus.

Cross streets-south to north, Jackson, Grant, Thomas, Ferry, Front from Jackson to Thomas, Susan from Thomas to Ferry, Elizabeth from Jackson to Ferry, State road 7 from Jackson to Pine alley, Wilgus from Jackson to Shirkey, Shirkey from State to School Alley, Jackson from Front to Wilgus, Grant from Front to School Alley, Thomas from river bank to Wilgus, Ferry from river bank to State road 7.

Alleys- Leon alley from Grant to Ferry 13 feet wide, School Alley from Jackson to Shirkey, Broad alley from Susan to State 20 feet wide, Pine alley from Front to state.

There were five good stores and a flour mill in the town. D.B. MAUCK & Co. bought everything that the farmer had to sell and they shipped the chickens and eggs to D HOPPE at Cincinnati. The BUSH brothers operated the flour mill which did a big business. They swapped flour and meal to the farmers for grain. Farmers came into Proctorville from miles around to trade.

Henry WATERS bought the Bush brothers out and he moved the mill over on Second street and Fifteenth street but Henry didn’t do any good in Huntington, so he sold the mill to KEISTERS and they ran the mill as Keister Milling Company. There was a bank started in Proctoville . D.B.Mauck had charge.

Doctor REYNOLDS  told me thaat he had some money in the bank, and he asked for a loan and he said thaat Mauck had told him thaat he would loan him the amount that he had in the bank, and no more. So Doc said he checked his money out of that bank and went over to a Huntington bank and got the money that he wanted.

The Proctorville bank was moved over on Third avenue and Twentieth street and now this 20th street bank is one of the best in Huntington, but they loan money.

Bay Bro’s ran packet boats out of Proctorville to Ironton, Portsmouth and Gallipolis. These men owned 32 steam boats in their time. Capt. George BAY lived in Proctorville, Will Bay lived in Ironton. Proctorville had four doctors- no need of anybody being sick.

These doctors owned their own homes and Proctorville had a good brass bandled by Colie MAGEE. The last picnic was in R.W. Magee’s orchard in 1888. John LUCAS

riding R.W.Magee’s white horse was marshall of the day. My boy was just four days oldand I carried him out to the front gate to watch the parade pass by. Our schools have always been the best, and two churches that were always well filled until picture shows commenced running on Sundays.These shows are wrong and should not be allowed.

The first ferry was a push boat operated by John PARKER. He pushed the boat across the river with poles in low water. When there was too much water for poles he used oars. HANNONS owned this flat, and later bought a small steam ferry boat named “New Era”.

I have records when the BUFFINGTONS ran a steam ferry across the mouth of Guyan creek and over to the Ohio shore in 1936 before this John Parker operated a push boat. Later the Hannons got the ferry franchise for the Ohio river and they bought a small ferry boat named “New Era.” (repeat as by source). Bill SMITH  bought the “New Era” and ferry franchise from the Hannons. He had the bad luck to lose the “New Era” in the ice. Then Capt. Smith bought a ferry up near Parkersburg named “Lyda Cross” and she was sunk by ice the first winter.Then he bought a small boat from the JENKINS estate.

He fitted he out for a ferry and named her “Whisper.” This name fit for her scape was only a whisper. About this time Captain Smith got the name “Ferry Boat Bill.” In 1891 Captain George Bay contracted with the HOWARDS at Jeffersonville to build a new ferry boat for Proctorville.

This new boat was delivered in 1891.Captain George Bay and George Smith went to Jeffersonville and brought her home.Then “Ferry Boat Bill” had a real ferry boat. She had all the business she could handle. Captain “Ferry boat Bill” died in 1896 and was buried in Ironton. The two boys Ed and George ran the boat for their mother. She died in 1901 and was laid beside her husband in Ironton in 1901.

Capt. Paul THOMAS had married Vergie SMITH and soon they came to Proctorville. Paul, using his wife’s stock in the ferry, joined the two boys on the ferry boat. They got along fine for several years when they disagreed. To settle the dispute the ferry boat and franchise was sold at public auction. Home HOLT and George SMITH  bought all for 32 thousand dollars. Paul Thomas, at once bought half interest in the Twenty-Sixth St. ferry

and, I understand, got a bargain. Finally Ed SMITH bought the other half of the Twenty-Sixth St. ferry. I had sold my tow boat “Sea Lion” to Lew DAVIS, cashier of an Ashland bank. He bought her for Capt. TANNER. I helped my son-in-law in his gas station for a while. Then Capt. Thomas wanted me to pilot his ferry boat on 26th street for a while

I accepted and the first day I worked the collections were bad. I told Paul that we would have to run that boat, we must leave the float with one rig or one passenger, and drive her. He agreed and I did run her. Our business got better. Rigs came up from Chesapeake to cross where the boat was run. They told me that they were in a hurry and Paul’s partner Ed Amith told some of our customers that Capt. Mace would pull the cylinders out of place. He said it was foolish to run a ferry boat so hard he tried to keep the fireman from making the steam that I wanted.

But the fireman, Bert COOPER, was on my side. Paul said, “drive her, Bert make the steam” and I did drive her.

After a few years I told captain Thomas that we would have to have a larger boat. He said we had some money but not enough to build a new boat. Then I advised him to have Dow EATON call a meeting of all Big Orchard men at his home, increase the stock to thirty thousand dollars, sell ten thousand of it to Orchard menand Paul and Ed would still have control. He took my advice. They called the meeting and the next morning after the meeting Captain Thomas jumped farther to get on the ferry than I had ever seen him do before.

He hurried to the pilot house and said “Mace, we are going to build that new ferry boat.” I smiled. He got Charley THACKER and they went out on Greasy Ridge to get a man to saw the lumber. Paul hired a man to draw the plan for the hull, and offered 25 dollars for a name. My name was “Aloya,” meaning good luck. A clerk from the tobacco market sent in “Oweva.” He got the prize. The engines of the “Carrie Brown” were used on the “Oweva.”  This gave her power. Her business ran 250 to 300 dollars every day. Her expense was 45 dollars. She was forced out of business by the bridge that carried  autos for 10 cents. All Huntington ferries had to quit. Her engines are in River Museum at Marietta, Ohio.





Lawrence County, Ohio old Crimes and Ohio State Penitentiary Facts


 28 March 1878

Submitted by Martha J. (Kounse) Martin

   The delegation from this county to the Penitentiary, as made up last Saturday morning, was composed of four persons, viz: Wenzler SCHLINDER, Clark SHEPPARD, John FRILEY and Charles FILLGROVE.     

   Schlinder appeared before the Court,  wearing a red handkerchief tied over his eye and a red flannel bandage around his throat. When told to stand up he did so briskly, and with  an expression of indifference as to his fate. He was asked if he had anything to say, before his sentence was pronounced. He shook his head and firmly said, “No.”  The court then passed the sentence, imprisonment in the penitentiary, at hard labor during the term of his natural life. 

   Clark Sheppard, a small withered up looking man of about fifty years of age, was convicted of bigamy. When asked if he had anything to say, before sentenced , he replied:

“All I have to say is, I got into this trouble through ignorance. I supposed that after being away five years I could marry again. I was told that, and did not know I was doing wrong. All  I ask is that you be as light with me as you can, for I am an old man.”

   The court remarked at some length on the importance to society of the laws against bigamy. It was not only (as in this case) a man abandoning his family and leaving them for the public to sustain, but it was the very disorganization of society, which was based on the marriage relation. The circumstances around Sheppard’s case, the Court regarded as calling for some leniency. He therefore gave Sheppard two years in the penitentiary.

   John Friley stood up. He had been convicted of burglary. To the question, if he had anything to say, he replied: “No, sir; I guess not; nothing, only if I get out of this scrape I’ll not get in another.”  The Court inquired of the Prosecutor as to the character of this prisoner. The Prosecutor said he was a bad man.  Gen. Enochs, who defended him, interposed, saying, “Yes, very bad-he stole three chickens and this is the first time he was ever arrested.” The court gave him three years in the penitentiary. We doubt if the Mayor and Police of Ironton think that the sentence is too heavy.

   Charles Fillgrove, a bright looking  boy of 19 years of age, was convicted of manslaughter. In a fight at the Buckeye House, he had struck young Helwig a slight blow with a knife, from which death ensued. His father and mother were in Court. The Court asked the boy if he had anything to say , and he replied, “Nothing.”  The judge then said he regarded this as a very unfortunate matter , but it was the legitimate result of boys being allowed to run at night and to visit dens of infamy. The prisoner had entered a plea of guilty of manslaughter, and the Court said in view of the many mitigating circumstances, it would give the lowest sentence of the law fixed for manslaughter-one year in the penitentiary. At this point, there were signs of applause in the audience, but they were promptly suppressed.

   In addition to these penitentiary cases, John CLOUSE and Albert HURSEMAN were convicted of assault and battery. Clouse got ten days in jail and a fine of $10. Hurseman,

$10 fine and three months in jail. Police circles will regard both penalties as very light.

28 March 1878

There was a remark made by Judge HARPER, in his decision upon a motion for a new trial in a bastardy case, last week that was pertinent and just. The motion was made principally on the ground that there was not sufficient  evidence to convict, and in this case, the plaintiff  swore directly one way and the defendant the other. The Court granted a new trial, and remarked, that if that amount of evidence could convict, any man might be made the victim of some corrupt woman.

14 Jan 1920  

                                         HUDDLE CASE IS CONTINUED 

   The case of George HUDDLE  vs. the STROEHMAN Baking company which was heard in Common Pleas Court yesterday was continued by Judge A.J. LAYNE and will be completed at a later date in this term of court. Huddle asks for damages due to injuries received  when he was struck by th Stroehman  truck last summer.  ANDREWS & RILEY are the attorneys for the plaintiff while JOHNSON & JONES represent the defendant.                      


 13 Aug 1911

   Jas MILLER, aged about 15 years, who lives in Symmes township was brought before Judge DOVEL Saturday ansd ordered committed to the home for feeble minded youth. He will be taken there early this week.

                                                            COURT NEWS

28 January 1908

    The Common Pleas Court transacted the following business Friday:

      State of Ohio vs. Clarence WEBB gaming, plead guilty, as the boy is about 15 years of age, he was sentenced to the Lancaster Industrial school  but, upon the entreaties of the lad’s mother was suspended ?uring  his good behavior.

      State of Ohio vs. Wm. PEMBERTON, gaming, plead guilty, fined $10 and the costs, execution suspended  for 30 days.

      State of Ohio vs. Sylvester BARTRAM, gaming, plead guilty, fined $10 and costs.

      State of Ohio vs. Francis SMITH , keeping house of ill fame, changed plea of not guilty to plea of guilty, fined $50 and costs.

      State of Ohio vs. John GEYGAN, permitting house to be used for purposes of ill fame. Defendant arraigned, retracts plea, pleads guilty, fined $25 and costs.

       Alice TROUTMAN vs.Dora LEWIS, et al, partition ordered. Henry Obe MEYER, Joseph DAVIDSON and George SHEPPARD, appointed commissioners.

      J.C. RILEY allowed $200 for services in assisting prosecuting attorney in the LEMLEY murder case. George SPEARS allowed $5.00 for two days services with the jury in the case.

    Louis FILLGROVE  vs. Sarah BESTER, et al,  sale to Louis Fillgrove confirmed  and proceeds of  same $23 ordered divided as follows.: to Conrad STAKER, husband of Augusta Staker  in lieu of dower, $7.42 ;  Martin COOK , husband of Augusta Cook in lieu of dower $2.19;  to clerk of court costs in the case including counch fee to Jed  B. BIBBEE, $25 and guardian fee to Louis SCHNEIDER, $5, $71.39; and the balance to the heirs as follows: Louis Fillgrove $109.07, Elizabeth ABELE $7.85, Oliver Staker $7.85,  John Staker $7.85,  Lenie DIESTERDECK $7.85, Mary JACOBS $7.85,  Albert Cook $1.42,  Harry Cook $1.42, Oscar Cook $1.42, Anderson Cook $1.42   

28 Jan 1908

    ASA HERBURT SHOE CO. vs. Theo NEEKAMP  collection in the style of a suit filed in the Common Pleas Court Friday. The suit is the result of a disputed account of  $373.45 on shoes. Interest is asked on account from Nov 02, 1907.

     J.O. YATES and T.J. JENKINS are the attorneys for the plaintiff.

13 March 1879

(re cock fighters)

    The cock fighters were divided into four classes, and in their turn stood before the Court.  The first class was composed of ten young men, of gentle and intelligent looks, to whom the Court addressed words of wholesome counsel.  The judge told them of the debasing pastime and how unworthy it was in all its tendencies, but imagining how easy it was for young men of otherwise good repute to drift into the disgraceful affair, he was disposed to be lenient, and fixed the fine at he lowest figure $5.00. Next was a class of three, one of whom was Esq. WORTHINGTON, a Magistrate of  Elizabeth township. This class did not receive any special attention from the Court, except the infliction of the fine $5.00. Next a class of four stood up, among them Bob LINN, a noted sport of Cincinnati. This class were principals-they held chickens, put on gaffs, and otherwise made themselves prominent. The Court lectured them in good sound style and laid on a fine of $75 each. Last class was composed of one individual, J.H. BURGESS. His counsel, Mr. COLLIER, sought to set aside the indictment, because Esq. Worthington had already fined him for the offense. This didn’t work and then Mr. Collier moved for a continuance. The ground was that one, ISAMINGER, was absent and couldn’t be got for trail then, and by him the accused would prove that he did not witness the cock fight. But in the application the affiant himself  failed to say he did not witness the fight, so the court overruled the motion. A jury was called, but before the trial proceeded Burgess entered a plea of guilty. The Court applied the highest penalty, a fine of $150, and stand committed until paid. The amount was not forthcoming and Burgess was put in jail, where he is now.

13 March 1879

                                          GONE TO THE PENITENTIARY

     Last Monday morning , Sheriff MARKIN started to the penitentiary , with five prisoners, viz:

     John BENNET , sentenced for 20 years for shooting with intent to kill. This is the biggest penalty for that crime. This is the man who went to Hugh SWEENEY’S  grocery near the tunnel, at night, in July 1875, and after a friendly chat and a glass of ale, shot Sweeney as he was in the act of lighting Bennet across a little gully in front of the grocery. Sweeney was dangerously wounded. Bennet escaped , but Lew MORGAN captured him down in Missouri. In bringing him home he got away from Lew, and the next thing heard of Bennet, he was in the Missouri penitentiary, serving out a three year term for horse stealing, which would expire nest May. Last October the grand jury of this county found a bill against Bennet, and last week Lew went to Missouri, where he procured a pardon for Bennet, through a request from the Prosecutor and others of this county, and then brought Bennet to Ironton. Bennet first plead not guilty, but afterwards withdrew the plea, and plead guilty. He is a man below middle age and has a wife living in Missouri.

     Julius COOK, for horse stealing, was sentenced for three years. He is the man who stole F.M. RECKARD’S  horse at Quaker Bottom, a full acount of which was published in the Register at that time.

     James BAYS, for shooting with intent to kill, was sentenced for five years. Bays was the chap who went to a colored man’s (FINLEY’S) residence near Vesuvius furnace, to enjoy a Christmas drunk, and having imbibed pretty freely, assumed the drunken white man’s prerogative  of “shooting a nigger.” A quarrel arose, Finley ran, and Bays shot him.

Finley was then brought into the house where Bays forced him to assign a horse and other personal property over to him. The assignment was, however, never consummated.

     James ELDRIDGE and Charles LOCEY were the other two- sentenced for three years each for burglarizing Stephen DILLEY’S barn and stealing wheat. These two fellows are under indictment in Jackson county for the same offense. They are the second brace of wheat thieves that have been sent up for getting too familiar with Stephen Dillon’s barn.

Chesapeake Ohio History

Chesapeake, Ironton’s Neighbor December 19, 1949

(Sunday morning’s Huntington Herald Advertiser featured a comprehensive history of Chesapeake, O., from settlement to present day. Along with this interesting article, written by Mrs. D. D. HUTCHISON, were pictures of Symmes Creek bridge, the old City of Huntington Ferry, Nazarene church, Schneider funeral home, Gillen Motor Sales and one of the community’s first mayors, Tom SMITH. In concluding the story, Mrs. Hutchison thanks Mrs. Margaret KOUNS and Mrs. W. T. MOORE for information and material which went into the article.)

The settlement of the Chesapeake community dates back a number of years into the early history of Lawrence county. Early records disclose that George W. KOUNS, an immigrant from Pennsylvania, was one of the original settlers in that area and it was a consolidation of many of those scattered settlements that marked the founding of Chesapeake.

This first small village was named Kounston and while this name was later dropped the memory of the pioneer still lives in Kouns Chapel. The names of William GILLEN, Isaac FRAMPTON and Martin FRAMPTON are recorded as three of the earliest settlers in that neighborhood. Other families that moved to the community in the early years were the BROWNS, CROWS, JOHNSONS, KIMBALLS, JONES, SUITERS, DILLONS, BRAMMERS, BANKS, EGERTONS and EARLES.

The Frampton, Suiters, Browns, Dillon and Banks homes stand today as landmarks in the community and remind residents of the faith and perseverance of the old families.

The First Methodist church, built on Mitchell Hill, was destroyed by fire in the early years and it is on this site that the old Mitchell home now stands. The church known as Kouns Chapel was erected in the year 1893 on land owned by the late Andrew KOUNS and this building survived both the 1913 flood and the devastating inundation of 1937.

Education was never neglected and in 1816 the first school built to accommodate 20 pupils, was erected about a mile from the mouth of Symmes Creek. The crude log structure had a clapboard roof, dirt floor and no windows. A Mrs. WHITEHEAD was the first teacher in the village. Consolidation of the Chesapeake special school district with a number of other districts to the Chesapeake Union schools occurred many years later in 1924. The high school building, a modern structure located near the eastern end of the village, served as one of the county’s first-grade high schools. This, while the grade schools of Chesapeake and East Chesapeake continued in their former locations. The high school building erected in 1924 housed 12 classrooms, two offices, a library, clinic and combination gymnasium-auditorium. This year, 1949, a ten room addition was built on to house grade pupils, first to sixth class. The expansion was necessitated by the closing of two smaller schools in Chesapeake, and while the crowded situation was eased somewhat plans are now underway for the construction of another new high school on the site of the present athletic field.

The J. H. FRAMPTON store, the blacksmith and wagon shop of W. F. BOOTHE and the Symmes Creek flour mill of P. C. BRAMMER became important local industries in the early days of Rockwood, as the settlement east of the mouth of Symmes Creek, was known for many years. The “Rockwood Crescent” an early newspaper made its’ appearance on the scene and was published for a time.

In 1870 W. G. FRAMPTON began operation of a ferry boat between Maple Grove and the Clayton CRAWFORD home, with the permission of the Lawrence county court. It was in 1875 that the business location was moved to the mouth of Symmes Creek and between that time and 1897 the business changed hands several times. Captain B. T. FLESHER was its last and it was he who operated the “City of Huntington” until 1928. Heirs carried on the business from that time until 1936 when the boat was sunk by ice.

Flood waters washed away the old wooden bridge over Symmes Creek and in 1875 a one lane metal span was built across the water. Under direction of the State Highway Department a new steel truss was begun in 1932 and this bridge, standing today, was dedicated a year later and opened to traffic.

Large tracts of land up Symmes Creek were early purchased by the Central Land Company of West Virginia and it was to this that the name of Chesapeake was given. It was at first suggested that this settlement, laid off between Rockwood and Kounston, be named Lawrence City, since no village bore the county name.

These three villages grew and it was near the end of the 19th century that businessmen suggested that a town be laid off below the mouth of Symmes Creek. This was incorporated and Tom SMITH, the first mayor, suggested that it be called Chesapeake. As frequently happens the old villages were absorbed and all were incorporated in the name of Chesapeake in 1907. Sworn in with the first mayor was the first council, consisting of six men, Powhatan HENSON, F. C. FRAMPTON, J. P. WICKLINE, Hugh MITCHELL, W. F. BOOTHE and P. C. Brammer. They served in their offices for three months until the first election in 1908. H. K. MITCHELL was the first clerk and Kimball GUILEN was the first treasurer.

Chesapeake at the present time has six Protestant churches and one Catholic church under construction. The latter was begun when on March 12, 1949, the Parish of St. Ann was canonically established by His Excellency, John King Mussio, bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville. The completion of this two story church and annex will fulfill the dream of many Catholic families in the community who heretofore have been forced to travel to Huntington or Ironton to attend mass and other services.

In 1871 the first post office was established and was located near Symmes Creek bridge where the home of the late J. J. PAUL stands. The office was later moved to King and Gribb’s General Merchandise Store, one of the first general stores in that community. The late John WILLIS was postmaster.

The town’s first physician, Dr. Thomas RAMSEY, stayed only a few years and he was followed by J. C. MORRISON, who settled here in 1896. Dr. Morrison died in 1924 after 28 years active labor among the people. His wife and family surviving, still reside in the family home. Another doctor, E. M. MARTINDILL, moved there in 1914 from Crown City and practiced 15 years before ill health forced his retirement. Dr. W. K. MACKEY practiced in these same offices for 23 years until three years ago when he moved to Huntington. At this time Drs. L. S. DILLON and Edgar WILSON are the only physicians practicing. Dr. Ed WARNER, the only dentist, has been established at Chesapeake for some years.

Chesapeake’s first and only drug store was owned by Edgar WILKS, Fred WINTERS and Dr. D. W. HYLE of Huntington. The business is a present operated by C. W. BLOSS.

The Chesapeake Civic Club in the spring of 1938 established the Community Club House. At that time the group was headed by Mrs. Hugh RARDIN. The log structure was erected on ground leased from the Huntington Elks Lodge and most of the important social events are held here. Officers of the club responsible for the building of the house were: Mrs. Hugh RARDIN, Iven GOODALL, Mrs. Jennie RUSSELL, Mrs. Fred WINTERS, P. F. COMSTOCK, Dr. E. M. MARTINDILL, Jake RARDIN and C. Fred EDWARDS.

A telephone exchange was established in the year 1915 by Richard CASSIDY. It was located in the Cassidy home on Third Avenue, near the drug store. Streets were improved as the community grew. In 1917, the stretch between Chesapeake and Proctorville was paved and Second avenue was paved in 1925 with land owners assessed for the cost.

The state highway was improved in 1936 from the Baptist church in the east to the Kouns Chapel in the west end of the village, city water was first piped from Huntington in 1928 and a sewage disposal system was established in 1935. The late Mrs. E. E. MYERS, known as the “Mother of the Woman’s Clubs” organized the first such club in 1913 and this was federated 1917.

The American Home Club and the Junior Woman’s Club were later organized and today civic clubs are active with many members belonging to the Lions, Junior Order of Mechanics, American Legion, V.F.W., and two active Parent Teachers associations.

Gas was supplied residents by Bob FAULKNER of Proctorville, first agent of the United Fuel Gas Company in 1914. It was not until 1931 however that electricity was available for the homes of the community. At that time A. C. SINGER established the Chesapeake Electric Company which rapidly expanded until 1936, when it was sold to the Ohio Power and Electric Company, its present operators.

The Chesapeake Ford Agency, Gillen Motor Sales dates back to 1920. Hugh GILLEN, the present owner and his father and brother, the late Hunter and Garland GILLEN, are well established, having sold Ford cars from the same corner on Third avenue for thirty years. Russell A. (Red) EARLES, owner and operator of the Earles Motor Sales, who for many years had the Dodge and Plymouth agency, began business in 1938.

The late J. E. SCHNEIDER, a merchant from Getaway, O., began in 1897 to sell coffins along with his general merchandise. Becoming interested in the undertaking profession he abandoned general merchandising and obtained a license as mortician. Joined by his son, Jake SCHNEIDER, in 1929, he established the first funeral home in Lawrence county, at Chesapeake. Another son joined the business in 1939. J. R. SCHNEIDER died in 1940 and in 1942 a gas explosion destroyed the building housing the business. The business was moved to the home of Mr. And Mrs. Jake Schneider and it is here that the business is carried on today. The original home was enlarged and today offers facilities comparable to any in the tri-state.

Sponsored by the Chesapeake Woman’s Club, with Mrs. Frank SMITH as president, the Chesapeake Library was opened in 1933 located in the Lower school building. People interested in a new and finer library met this year with Miss Marion JAMES, Lawrence county librarian and discussed plans for the construction of a new building. The structure is to be erected in the old Elementary school lot by William SCHNEIDER, with the rental to be paid by the various civic organizations.

Chesapeake has grown through the years from a scattered settlement into a modern town. Residents may buy in self-service markets, fountains and lunch rooms. Several electrical appliance stores have been established as have a hardware store, laundry and ice delivery service. A barber shop, shoe repair shop, antique store, radio repair shop, beauty shop, cleaning and pressing shops and welding shop serve the people.

There is no shortage of gasoline stations and four are situated on the four corners of the approach to the Chesapeake-Huntington bridge. Buses, operated by the Ohio Valley Bus Lines, run through Chesapeake to South Point, O. and Proctorville and residents may travel to Huntington within a matter of minutes.

Hundreds of new homes have been erected in the thriving community in the past few years and present a marked contrast to the early settlement which consisted of twelve homes. The present population is approximately 4,000 but with the facilities available and the opportunities offered residents of the community are confident that their town can look forward to expansion and prosperity.

Stories about Chesapeake Ohio

Chesapeake, Ironton’s Neighbor

• Pleasant Ridge Bridge in Chesapeake

• Rockwood Gossip – 1908

•Rockwood News – 1880

•Captain Simeon Sumpter, of Chesapeake, Ohio, Union veteran of the Civil War and widely known river man, answered the last call early Wednesday evening at his home on the Ohio side, death following a stroke which the aged man suffered Sunday last.

Civil War Diary of Elias Asa Robinson


A Private of Co. “B” 12th Regiment – Wisconsin Volunteers

Submitted by his granddaughter Laura Shoecraft

Elias Asa enlisted in the Union Army in Ironton/Reedsburg, Sauk Co., Wisconsin on September 16, 1861. This diary covers only one year of the time he served.

Please note: In transcribing this diary, I have taken care to duplicate as correctly as possible, the original spelling, punctation and use of capital letters. He did not write in his diary every day.


1 – Friday It is very cold here today the citizens say that it has not ben as cold before in 34 years.

2 – Saturday Black Licks
Franklin Co

14 – Thursday we march cros the river and left no corn barley and no corn to army rested at dark Pocotaligo, South Carolina

31 – Tuesday – we are laying in camp today about 25 miles from Beaufort [South Carolina]


1 – Wednesday we start this morning at eight oclock we marched 16 miles but have not ben stoped yet the rebs we are camped in the woods about 37 miles

2 – Thursday we march 12 miles and stood fricguit [frigid? or picket?] all night

3 – Friday we started this morning at 7 oclock and marched 7 miles and then the rebs checked our advance for a short time but they have fled

4 – Saturday we layed in camp

9 – Thursday we marched 8 miles and camped for the night it snowed today

10 – Friday we marched 7 miles we crost the river Adisto and camped [Adisto River in South Carolina]

11 – Saturday we marched 13 miles and had a skirmish with the rebs

12 – Sunday we waided a swamp today and flanked orangeburg [Orangeburg, South Carolina] and drove the rebs

13 – Monday we marched 13 miles and destroyed the Charleston and Columbia railroad

14 – Tuesday we burnt railroad till noon and then marched 18 miles and camped for the night

15 – Wednesday we marched 15 miles and crost the line of the fifteenth R. C. [or A. C.] march

16 – Thursday we marched 8 miles to the Santee river on the left of Columbia thare was heavy cannon scuding in front of town all day [South Carolina]

17 – Friday we took posession of Columbia the capital of the state [South Carolina]

*******February 16-17 in Columbia*******

18 – Saturday we marched 12 mi today and riped up the South Carolina RR

19 – Sunday we left our camp and pulled out in light marching order we destroyed rail rod all day

20 – Monday we marched 12 miles and camped in the woods

21 – Tuesday we pulled up our camp this morning and marched a 8 oclock and distroyed 3 miles of railroad and marched 16 miles

22 – Wednesday we marched 15 miles and past through swiss Krisough [Spelling ?]

23 – Thursday we marched 7 miles and laid on the bank of the Materee river in the mud and rain

24 – Friday we crost the river this morning and marched 15 miles we passed through small town called Libery Hill [South Carolina]

25 – Saturday we marched 25 miles through the mud knee deep

26 – Sunday we marched 12 miles

27 – Monday we marched 14 miles and camped about 9 oclock

28 – Tuesday we marched 16 miles and

29 – Wednesday This boxes Smith [?]

MARCH 1865

7 – Monday 15 corn basket 1234567890

19 – Saturday Jame Macky 25.00
R. Klett 10.00
Wm Field 25.00
Stow 10.00
Fritz 5.00

APRIL 1865

16 – Sunday stayed over in camp all day. News of the surrender of the “Johnnies” rained some. considerable excitement in camp

17 – Monday Inspector inspected in morning. In afternoon went to town. was diaappinted in looks of the town. Heard of the death of President Lincoln

18 – Tuesday In camp all day Received a mail A detail to clean up a camp ground

19 – Wednesday Moved camp about 1 mile nearer to townhave a splendid camp found bords and put up a good “she bang”

20 – Thursday In camp all day Wrote letters & received a small mail

21 – Friday In camp all day Getting very tired of camp life want to move on

22 – Saturday in camp all day dull and dreary in camp Just at night received a small mail

23 – Sunday Div. Reviewed by Legget as a preparatier to gen. review on the morrow Quite warm all quiet

24 – Monday Army of Tenn. Reviewed by Gen’s Grant, Sherman, Meade, a very agreeable review. In afternoon over to 1st Div saw G.D.S. bry [?] Orders to move in morning

25 – Tuesday Ready to move at 6 1/2 o’clock but did not move until 7 1/2 o’cl. marched along the line of R. R. marched about eight miles and camped in the woods.

26 – Wednesday Stayed over all day Johnnies having signified willingness to come to terms just at night heard they had surrendered Bully. Rec a small mail letters and c from Chet.

27 – Thursday Took up line of march at 7 o’cl. Taking back track reached old camp about noon, a short camp jargin quite warm 8 mile today

28 – Friday in camp all day, but making preparations to march on the morrow, Reports say we go to Richmond, Vir. Rec mail Wrote to C. & R.

29 – Saturday Took up line of march at 7 1/2o’cl, marched slow all the forenoon, but pulled out in the afternoon, crossed Wense [?] R. campinfg 2 miles from it. 13 mi

30 – Sunday Stayed over all day. Last night’s rain made it very pleasant, yet its quite warm

MAY 1865

1 – Monday On the way at 6 1/2 o’cl Passed through the town of Forestville. & by great Ganet [?] College. saw somw fine county. Crossed Tark [?] 20 miles to camp in the woods.

2 – Tuesday Took up line of march at 6 o’cl . Passed through some fine country. Citizenry mostly at home. made a rapid march going 22 mi camped at Ridgeway

3 – Wednesday on the road at 6 o’cl. passed through Melway [?]. Good roads and good country. On rear guard today marched 17 mi 7 camped in the woods.

4 – Thursday Seayed [stayed ] in camp all day witing fo the A.C. across the river The rest was very acceptable

5 – Friday On the way before day – light Crossed the Roanoke & Mineron [Meherrin] Rivers. Found the country showed the effects of the war. 25 mi too camp in a field.

*****they are now in Virginia*****

6 – Saturday Did not start until rather late, 4 Div. in event Very warm, many of the boys failed, Cross the Nottoway R. 23 mi to camp just at dark. Many of the Regt behind

7 – Sunday Took up line of march at 5 o’cl. Pased over some noted ground. Passed Dinwittie C. H. & Tery Oak [Terry Oaks]. Saw some of the works about Petersburg. Camped 5 mi from P 21 mi

8 – Monday Took up march at 4 1/2 o’cl Pasd through the defenses and City of Perersburg. Crosing the Appomattox R. Appears to be a good deal of busines done in the City. Camped 5 mi from P. Univi today

9 – Tuesday Took up line of march about daylight last nights rain makes good roads. Saw where had been heavy fighting in ’64. Passed 4 lines of works guarding Richmond. Camp 9 mi from R. 10 mi today. Went to city

10 – Thursday Stayed in camp all day, rainy. 15th and 17th A C’s came near having a free raw in town, large patrols out of Ind Div. in town.

12 – Friday Took up line of march at 5 o’cl A.M.. Passed through town with Grante [?] step and arms at will. Other troops in way so move very slow Camped 7 mi from town 10 mi. today

13 – Saturday Ready to move at 4 o’cl and soon after on the road. Crossed the Chickihoming [Chichahoming] R. and camped on the banks of the Pamunkey R. and two mi from Hanover, C. H. 13 mi.

14 – Sunday Called up at 2 o’cl to get ready to move but bridge broke and did not move until 8 o’cl Crossed Pamunkey R. found poor roads. Camped on Pole Cat Creek

15 miles today.

15 – Monday Did not get started until 7 o’cl A.M. Div. in centre Crossed Tj River. Quite hot marching but made about 17 mi and in camp at 4 o’cl P.M.

16 – Tuesday Left camp om Po River at 7 o’cl A.M. Div. in [cannot read this part] Very hot Passed through the [cannot read] and over the battleground of Fredricksburg. Crossed the Rapidan & Rappahahannock Rs. Camped 5 mi from latter.

17 – Wednesday Took up line of march at 4 0’cl A.M. but did not get along very fast until the middle of the day. Extreme heat, many gave out. In camp at 4 o’cl P.M. 12 mi

18 – Thursday Left camp at 5 o’cl A. M. Marched slow, passed over some very high country. Saw where the camps of Armies rested at Battle of Bulls Run. Camped at 3 o’cl P.M. on Occoquan R. 16 mi today.

19 – Friday On the road at 4 o’cl A.M. Pulled out very rapidly. Cool marching and made good time, reaching camp 3 mi from Alexandria at 2 o’cl P.M.

20 – Saturday In camp all day. Todays rest is very acceptable. Rec Mail

***Pages are missing for May 21 through May 26.***

Marched in the Grand Review in Washington D.C. om May 24, 1865

27 – Saturday Farchiles [?]

28 – Sunday Silusby [?] Gillespi [?]

29 – Monday Republican Majority Vote cast 1.45 39

*****June 1865 Moved to Louisville, Kentucky

*****July 16, 1865 Elias mustered-out near Louisville, Kentucky

*****He was given an honorable discharge at Madison, Wisconsin

Last entry —“Freedom, La Salle Co. Ill. April 24th / 65” Really doesn’t make any sense — except to him.