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Lawrence County, Ohio Will Book # 1 Index 1846 – 1860

Lawrence County, Ohio
Index of Will Book 1

Transcribed by Don Ort

1 416 ALEXANDER Robert
1 160 AUSTIN Lydia
1 151 BALL John
1 146 BALLARD Micajah
1 334 BALLARD Samuel
1 139 BARTLES Fredrick
1 79 BLAKE Henry
1 372 BOOTH Robert
1 328 BRANHAM Benjamin
1 23 BRATTON Charity
1 85 BRATTON James
1 392 BROWN Danforth
1 286 BRYAN Sarah
1 68 BURGESS James
1 204 CAMP James M.
1 148 CARR John
1 111 CHYSLIN John
1 301 CLARK John E.
1 121 CLARK Quincy S.
1 99 CLARKSTON Isabella
1 324 COCK John
1 153 CONWAY Charles
1 25 CORN William
1 59 CRANES James
1 349 CRICHTON James
1 37 CRUMLISH Isaac
1 87 CRYNER Christopher
1 318 CURTIS Ezra
1 100 DAUGHTY John
1 282 DETTMORE William
1 27 EARLS Charles
1 382 ELLISON Thomas
1 29 ELSESZER? John
1 97 FORD Amos
1 64 FORGEY Hugh
1 149 FOUT Philip
1 12 FRANCIS Sarah
1 55 FREEMAN William
1 290 FULLER A.T.F.
1 43 GARDNER Willam G.
1 276 GAY Asa
1 377 GERRITY Michael
1 169 GILLILAN William
1 1 GOLDEN Warren
1 385 GREEN Daniel
1 526 HALL John
1 257 HAMILTON Robert
1 209 HANDLEY Samuel
1 237 HATFIELD William W.
1 144 HENRY Samuel
1 352 HOLT P.C.
1 438* HOLT P.C.
1 192 HOPKINS John
1 155 HOPKINS Owen
1 397 HOWARD Hugh
1 306 HOWELL Thomas
1 243 HOWELL William
1 346 ISAMINGER Phillip
1 70 ISLES Isaac
1 73 JAMES Benjamin N.
1 325 JARVIS Robert
1 109 JENKINS Evan
1 284 JONES David
1 413 JONES Margaret E.
1 264 KELLEY Charles
1 321 KELLEY John
1 82 KELVEY John L.
1 367 KEMP George W.
1 419 KING Charles B.
1 31 KOUNS George
1 132 KOUNS Samuel
1 254 LAMBERT Jonathan
1 127 LAMBERT Susannah
1 375 LANGDON Samuel A.
1 167 LEE John
1 118 LOSEY William
1 181 LUCAS Edward R.
1 410 LUCAS John
1 297 LUNSFORD John
1 107 MANN Alexander
1 201 MASSIE Zephia
1 123 MEANS James W.
1 9 MILLER Joseph
1 183 MILLER Sarah T.
1 331 MORGAN Daniel
1 330 MOWIER Christopher
1 148 McCANN John
1 405 McCORKLE John
1 341 McCORKLE Robert
1 249 McCORMICK Mary Ann
1 239 McELROY Robert
1 141 McGIVILEY James
1 224 McGRUE Finley
1 218 McKEE Andrew L.
1 308 McKEE William
1 212 McLAUGHLIN Daniel
1 90 NASH James
1 207 NEFF Jacob
1 310 NORTON Charles
1 216 PAINE William V.
1 248 PANCAKE John
1 115 PENCE William
1 38 PITMAN John K.
1 295 POWER John
1 61 PRITCHARD William
1 120 PRITCHARDS David
1 173 RICHEY James Allen
1 317 ROBERTS Hartwell
1 389 ROBERTS John
1 402 ROBERTS William H.
1 221 ROCHES William
1 335 RODGERS James
1 92 RUCKER Lemuel S.
1 191 RUSHTREE? Jacob
1 50 SAXTON Sarah
1 57 SHARP Richard
1 271 SISSON William P.
1 292 SMITH Augustine
1 15 SMITH John
1 49 SMITH William
1 130 SPERRY James
1 105 STEWART Francis
1 186 STRONG Theodore
1 268 TALBOT John Marthall
1 400 TAYLOR Elizabeth
1 152 TROBRIDGE Nath
1 343 TRUMBO George
1 251 TUCKER Joshua
1 233 VERNON Samuel
1 355 WARD Nathum, of Marietta
1 313 WAUGH John
1 195 WILLARD James O.
1 379 WILLIAMS David
1 278 WILLSON Patrick
1 47 WOLFE Andrew
1 129 WOOD Susan
1 134 WRAY Thomas

*(Deed of Trust)



Letter from H. W. Parker

Letter from H. W. Parker

Ironton Register, Thursday, April 29, 1858

Submitted by: Sharon M. Kouns

We have a private letter from H. W. PARKER, for so many years our Associate in the REGISTER, and just now removed to Nebraska, from which we take some passages that will be of much interest to his numerous friends among our readers, many a one of whom will deeply sympathize with the family, in the severe affliction from the death of his mother, whose counsel, from her age and experience, will now be greatly missed and ___id the trials incident to a home in the new country.

It will be recollected that Mr. Parker left Ironton with his family, all in fine health, on March 25th, bound for his new home in Nebraska, [his Post Office there, “Tecumseh, Franklin county, Nebraska.”] From Cincinnati to St. Louis, he went upon Capt. W. Davidson’s boat, the Frank Steele, and took passage thence up the Missouri on the Flosilda, we suppose on Friday evening, April 2d. he says under date of Kansas City, April 12th: “When we were two days out from St. Louis, at one o’clock Monday morning, April 5th, we ran on a sand-bar, and in getting off, the boat backed on a snag, knocking a hole in; but they succeeded in keeping the boat from sinking, tied up at an island, and remained three days in repairing.

All of my family had excellent health, and enjoyed the trip very much, until the snagging of our boat. I never knew my mother to appear in better health and spirits, nor enjoy herself more than she did up to this time. When the boat was snagged, up in the night, she got very much alarmed, and became very cold. When she found there was no danger of sinking, she went back to bed, complaining of cold. That morning she said she was not sick, but had taken a slight cold, and would lie in bed and sleep it off. On Tuesday she was worse, had no pain, and lay in a quiet state all day, approaching stupor. After Wednesday, she was unconscious, and on Saturday morning, at 10:15 o’clock, she ceased breathing, like an infant falling asleep, all the time having manifested no feeling of pain or trouble. Her whole appearance was that of perfect tranquility. We had a good physician on board, who attended her, who thinks her death was caused by a severe nervous attack from fright when the boat was snagged; but I think she had a congestive chill on that morning – she had a similar attack several years ago. Her remains will be buried in Nebraska, on my farm.

We are now lying at Kansas City, where we shall remain until tomorrow (April 13th.) We have about 400 passengers on board, and all the freight the boat can well carry. A more dissatisfied set of passengers, I venture to say, was never collected together; we have been 11 days in coming 456 miles.”



A new beginning for Southern Ohio and Iron Furnaces


Submitted by Martha J. (Kounse) Martin

In 1848, the land along the Ohio river a few miles above Hanging Rock was almost a wilderness. There were a few scattered homes, small farms and apple trees. The territory was well drained, there being two creeks, one named Storms which emptied into the river, and the other, Rachel, which paralleled the river for a mile, emptying into Storms near its mouth. This second creek was only about 800 feet north of the river, leaving but a narrow strip of land between the creek and river. Behind this creek was higher ground, which sloped from the high hill, a half mile away. Today, no one would select such a location as a site for a city, but little did our forefathers who named Ironton as the river terminus for the Iron Railroad in 1849, think of streets, avenues and alleys. Their thoughts were for a river wharf where that railroad could unload its cars of iron on boats, and in return transport provisions back out into the hills to the furnaces which produced the Iron.

At that time, within a radius of 13 miles back in the hills, rich in coal, timber, Iron ore and limestone, were 13 busy furnaces. John Campbell, who dreamed of Ironton, had helped build Keystone, Madison, Monroe, Howard and Gallia furnaces. But closer were Amanda In Greenup County, Kentucky, built in 1818. Union at Hanging Rock, built in 1826; Franklin in 1827; Pine Grove in 1828; Junior in 1832; Buckhorn, Hecla, Mount Vernon and Vesuvius, all built in 1833; Lawrence in 1834; LaGrange in 1836; Olive in 1846, and others. From 1818 until the time of the first World War there had been erected in the Hanging Rock Iron Region, 87 pig iron furnaces,

Just across Storms Creek (north approach of overhead railway crossing on north Second street, (U. S. Route 52) was a little frame church where Rev. John Lee, a Baptist minister held services. This was not in the first land purchase, but was the first church to serve the people living in Ironton, early in 1849. Thus we have a description of what John Campbell and associates saw, when they drove up the river bank from Hanging Rock, to view a new town site.


Gold was discovered in California January 14, 1848, and men seeking riches the “easy way” were enduring hardships over land, mountain and through the desert to reach the west coast, as our story begins. . . Men in Lawrence county were working with pick, shovel and ax, where timber for charcoal, coal and iron ore and limestone were plentiful. There were a few men, who owned the furnaces, known as “Iron Masters” and these men were dreaming of transportation. . . . They wanted a railroad to replace the ox carts, a slow way of hauling the pig iron to the river for shipment. . . . Iron was the base which our nation needed to build new industry and railroads.
A narrow gauge railroad was built from Hanging Rock to Newcastle In 1846…. The owners of this three mile railway were very enthused about extending the line to connect with the other prosperous pig iron furnaces of the county, all seeking an outlet to move their pig iron to the Ohio river for shipment.
Two leaders in this railway extension movement were Robert Hamilton and John Campbell, both iron masters of wealth…. When John Campbell went to Buffalo, N. Y., in the summer of 1848, to attend the national political convention which nominated Van Buren and Adams, who were defeated by Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore, , . . certain actions were taken during his absence, by the group of men promoting the new proposed railroad, which caused him to fall out with Mr. Hamilton, upon his return.
Dr. Caleb Briggs, who at the time was making a geological survey for the State of Ohio of the Hanging Rock-Ironton region, was taken into Mr. Campbell’s confidence, and became his personal representative to help engineer a survey for another railroad. . . . It was Dr. Brigg’s idea that the terminus of the proposed railroad be on the Ohio river, three miles east of Hanging Rock, which was higher ground, and offered better grades to reach the furnace lands back in the hills from the river. , . . Two other men of means, James 0. Willard and John Peters were quick to accept the idea suggested by Dr, Briggs. and the mouth of Storms Creek, was selected as the site for the new steam railroad,—Thus Ironton begins..

See also: Prehistoric Ironton

Street Cars


Researched by Sharon Milich Kouns

The street railroad was talked about in the early 70’s, however, Ironton did not get one until 1888.

·         IR Oct. 17, 1872 – A street railroad is talked of from Petersburg to Hanging Rock. An estimate made some time since fixed the cost at $45,000.

·         IR Jan. 12, 1888 – ABOUT THE STREET RAILROAD

As will be seen in our Council Notes, the Council evinced no hesitancy in determing to grant S. T. Dunham, of New York, the right of way which he asks to build a street railroad through Ironton.

The ordinance formally granting that right, comes up for consideration at a special meeting of Council tonight.  As submitted by Gen. Enochs, Mr. Dunham’s attorney, it specifies a route for Second street from the corner of Lambert’s machine shop to Adams street, thence on Adams to Third, and along the center of Third street to the corporation line.  The proposed grant is for 25 years.  The limits proposed are five months in which to begin work, the road to be completed by the 1st of next December or the franchise to be void.  It is probable these limits will be cut down somewhat, when the Council passes the ordinance.

Mr. Dunham was in town one day last week and spent the day with W. M. Kerr, to whom he first wrote concerning the street railroad project.  He is a bustling enterprising New Yorker, who speaks freely of his plans and projects, and gives every indication of substantiality, in his dealings.  He represents a syndicate of rich New York capitalists, and has just completed a street railroad at Portsmouth, Va., to which point he went upon leaving here last week.  he is also the moving spirit in a street railroad project at Huntington , which has come up since his first visit to Ironton.  Mr. Dunham says if the franchises are granted, it is his purpose to begin work as soon as the weather will permit, and that the road can be built in 60 days.  Though the proposed ordinance permits either animal, cable, or electric motive power, it is understood the former will be used, (do not have end of this article in my files).

·         IR Jan. 19, 1888 – The County Commissioners met Monday to consider the application for right of way for the street railroad.  They gave it from the corporation line to the fill and bridge over Ice creek, and then the street railroad company must run outside the fill and make their own bridge.  They agree to the use of the river side of the fill providing the inside rail is not nearer than 10 feet to the center, and will allow the company to use the present bridge abutments for the street railroad bridge.  By these concessions, the street railroad could get beyond Ice creek without serious expense.  On the road above and below, the center of the road is allowed the company.

·         IR Apr. 19, 1888 – Street Railroad – At the last meeting of the City Council, a resolution was passed requiring Mr. Dunham to show why he had not begun work on the street railroad in accordance with the stipulations of his franchise which ended April 1st.  Mr. Dunham has been notified of this action, and has written here that the arrangements for beginning work are completed, and that the rails and cars have been ordered.  He says the Chicago parties are in the company and the work is certain to proceed.  As the Register before reported, it is likely that Mr. Burkholder is owner of the rights and franchises and will be on ground to begin work in a few days.  It is a matter of interest to Ironton that operations begin soon, for it is highly probable that other parties stand ready to prosecute the work.

·         IR June 7, 1888 – It seems quite likely that the street railroad will be extended to West Ironton, or further.

·         IR June 7, 1888 – The street railroad is ballasted from Adams street to Sarah Furnace, and the rails are laid to the bridge.  “All aboard” for the 4th of July, sure.

·         IR Sept. 13, 1888 – City Council….The Street Railroad Co. is to be notified to ballast their track with limestone, between the rails and 1 foot on each side, according to ordinance.

·         IR May 8, 1890 – We think the Council ought to have given the freight car idea on the Street R. R. a trial, say for a few months to see how it works, and if it will be a blessing to the community.  There is no good reason for not trying the experiment.  If it doesn’t work right, stop it, that’s all.  These are days of progress and new things.

·         IR May 8, 1890 – Pres. Ingalls said that the bridge at Ashland would pay 4 per cent. on the whole investment, from foot and horse travel alone, while the railroad business would greatly increase the revenues.  Whenever the bridge is built, it should provide for foot passengers and teams.

·         IR June 26, 1890 – A pleasant and cheap ride these warm evenings is a 20ct. trip in an open street car to Petersburg and back. [this same paper states “The Common Pleas Court has changed the name of Petersburg to Coalgrove.”]

·         IR June 26, 1890 – All Aboard. – Open street car excursions to the Moonlight Badge Picnic and Social given by the Whitwell Sabbath School.  Everyone attending is expected to wear a badge.  The one wearing the greatest number of badges will be the most popular.  Don’t forget the date, Friday evening, June 27, 1890.  Grand balloon ascension at 11 o’clock.

·         IR Sept. 18, 1890 – STREET R.R. NOTIFIED. – The County Commissioners have notified the Ironton Street Railroad Co. to remove their track from the Ice Creek bridge by October 1st.  When the Commissioners gave the Company the right over the bridge, two years ago, ti was stipulated that the Company should move the track from the bridge by October 1, 1890, or that thereafter they should be subject to a rental of $5.00 per day.  This notice is given to carry out the terms of the contract.   Whether the Street R. R. Co. will vacate and build a new bridge, or pay the rental named or some other, we don’t know.  We are certain that some judicious arrangement will be made between the two parties that will be of advantage to the public welfare.

·         IR Mar. 5, 1891   The President of the Street Railway Co. will be here this week, to look after some necessities of the road.

·         IR Mar. 26, 1891 – The summer street cars are being dressed in a garb of lovely orange.

·         IR May 28, 1891 – Three new cars have arrived for the street railroad, and henceforth all trips of the cars will be made to Ashland, except at night, there will be shorter trips to town.  In order to enable all the cars to run to Ashland, two more switches are being put down one at Isaacs and another at Cemetery lane.  The withdrawal of the shorter trips will make the intervals between cars about three minutes greater than now.  All cars will have two horses.

·         IR May 28, 1891 – Work Begun. – The work of laying the ties and stringers on the extension of the street railroad to Hanging Rock has begun.  At present, the progress is slow, for much of the force has been taken away to put down the new switches on the line above town, but when that work is done the line will be pushed with all vigor to Hanging Rock.  The timber work will all be done by the time the iron gets here.

·         IR June 25, 1891 – 200 street railroad passengers cross the Ashland ferry every day.

·         IR June 25, 1891 – The first rail was laid on the Hanging Rock street railroad extension yesterday.  A large portion of the timbers are down, and the road may be completed and cars running next week.  Some additional cars will be received for that portion of the road.  They will run on the extension independent of the main line, the cars making connection each way, at the stables.

·         IR July 2, 1891 – The street railroad is three years old today. It is a flourishing infant. … The street railroad will celebrate by opening the new extension to Hanging Rock.

·         IR July 2, 1891 – The first car went down half way on the Hanging Rock street railroad, last Saturday.  It was filled with children from along the route.  The people on the line welcomed the car with manifestations of joy.

·         IR July 9, 1891 – Ironton holds out two arms to greet the people – street railroads to Coalgrove and Hanging Rock.

·         IR July 9, 1891 – The Street Railroad carried about 4,500 passengers on the 4th.  It was the biggest day up to date.

·         IR July 9, 1891 – Notes on the Fourth – A street car broke an axle with 80 passengers aboard…A. N. & W. bridge pier was finished….217 tickets sold by the N. & W. agent, beside Ashland business…Hanging Rock street railroad extension opened with a large patronage…

·         IR July 9, 1891 – Last Friday, the street railroad extension to Hanging Rock was completed and Capt. Johnson, Superintendent, and W. M. Kerr, Secretary and Treasurer of [the] Co., took a trial trip over the line accompanied by several residents along the route.  They made the trip from the stables to the Rock in 15 minutes and back in 14.  The track was in fair condition and regular trips were established at once.  For the present, there is but one car on the extension, and it makes a round trip every hour.  The road was built under the direction of Mr. A. Lawless, who finished it practically in ten days.  This is pretty quick work, and it is a good job.  About 300 passengers went over the road the first day.

·         IR July 16, 1891 – Means, Kyle & Co., are putting the cinder on the street railway’s extension to Hanging Rock.

·         IR July 30, 1891 – A shuttle train now runs between Kenova and Wayne C. H., making four trips a day.

·         IR Jan. 21, 1892 – Give us an electric street railway.

·         IR Jan. 21, 1892 – An electric street railway from Hanging Rock to Coalgrove would be a big thing for Ironton – a great deal bigger than the “hose” cars.

·         IR Feb. 4, 1892 – The Street Railroad carried 3170 more passengers last January than in the corresponding month of last year. This is a good showing. The Street Railroad is one of the most beneficial of our institutions.

·         IR Feb. 11, 1892 – City Council. – The street railroad matter was up, and members urged the street committee to report on the company’s request for right to lay T rail.  Council will meet next Friday night to hear this report.

·         IR Feb. 11, 1892 – The majority of Council seems to be in favor ot the T rail.

·         IR Feb. 11, 1892 – One of the greatest exports from Ironton are railroad ties.

·         IR Feb. 18, 1892 – An electric street railway is a mark of improvement, but it looks as if the mark will not be made.

·         IR Feb. 18, 1892 – The street railroad would be worth a hundred per cent more to the business of Ironton if it was electric.  Then why not have it?  Do not the business interests count for something?

·         IR Feb. 25, 1892 – The vote on the petition to allow the Street Railroad Co. the right to lay a T rail was four in favor and four opposed.  Those who voted “yes” are entitled to public thanks for doing what they could to give Ironton an electric railway and do away with the slow, horse-murdering concern.

·         IR Mar. 3, 1892: – Mr. Harmon, the President of the Street Railroad, is in town.

·         IR Apr. 7, 1892 – The Ironton Street R. R. paid over $2700 into the county treasury, last Tuesday – amount of judgment and rental for using Ice creek bridge.  The street railroad pays the county if it doesn’t pay itself.

·         IR Apr. 28, 1892 – Now that Spring has come and the days have grown longer, an additional street car has been put on the route from here [Ironton] to Coalgrove, and the last car down leaves there at 7:10 p.m.

·         IR May 12, 1892 – It is highly probable that the street cars will run by electricity before many months.

·         IR May 12, 1892 – Charles G. Stroup, of Lynchburg, O., has accepted the position of conductor on the street railway, and is now doing duty in that capacity, between this city and Coalgrove.

·         IR May 19, 1892 – The Council is not far from agreeing on the electric road and the T rail.

·         IR May 26, 1892 – The Council have decided against the T rail.  Well, we ought to have electric cars anyway,

·         IR June 30, 1892 – TWENTY FIVE YEARS. – Last Monday evening was the occasion of a pleasant gathering of friends at the home of Capt. and Mrs. T. T. Johnson on Front-st.  It was their twenty-fifth anniversary, and the daughters saw to it – that it should not pass unobserved.  The invitations were for seven o’clock sharp, and there was an air of expectation about the staid married folks who were assembled promptly at that hour to the number of thirty or more.  It was no ordinary evening party to which the guests were bid, for the superintendent of the Street Railway, the host of the evening, was going to treat them to a ride over the line.  A more delightful evening could not have been chosen for such a trip.  There was not a hint of sultriness in the air, and most ladies of the company had provided themselves with wraps, which they found very comfortable on the homeward ride.  At the hour named an open car, decorated with a frieze of red, white and blue, was at the corner of Second and Center streets; the merry crowd comfortably filled the car, and it sped along without any stoppages, to its destination, the end of the line.  Much joking and laughter was indulged in, and the street occupants saw that it was an unusual company that filled the car.  To many of the guests it was a complete novelty and pleasant surprise; neither business nor inclination having taken them that way for a long time, and it was a matter of constant wonder to them at the way in which the town had been built up along the route.  Pleasant homes had sprung up where green fields were remembered, and the new industries that had taken root, were commented upon with pride.  It was a little over an hour from the time the car started until the guests returned to the host’s pleasant home, where refreshments were served and the more keenly enjoyed, after the ride in the exhilarating air.  The guests lingered to enjoy pleasant conversation and reminiscence, when they went their ways, thanking Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for the delightful evening spent, wishing them continued prosperity and long life, that they might reach their “golden wedding.”  A case of handsome silver spoons and other articles were left to remind them of the land-mark they had just passed.

·         IR Sept. 22, 1892 – They are changing the street railroad track at Coalgrove, from the N. & W. land to the county road.

·         IR Mar. 16, 1893 – There is fair talk of extending the street railroad to Sheridan.

·         IR Mar. 16, 1893 – Councilman Austin came up from Cincinnati to vote for the T rail ordinance.

·         IR Mar. 16, 1893 – Capt. Johnson thinks it is doubtful whether the Street Railway Co. will accept the T rail ordinance.

·         IR Oct. 12, 1893 – Capt. Johnson went to Charlottesville last Monday, to confer with President Harmon, of the street railroad.

·         IR Oct. 12, 1893 – We may say that the Street Railroad Co. has contracted for its electric cars and wire, and that 30 tons more of the 5 1/2 inch T rail will be shipped from Johnstown, Pa., today or tomorrow.  This will complete the track up through the 3rd street improvement.  The shipment of iron has been delayed by the manufacturers.

·         IR June 6, 1895 – Street Railway. – Mr. Lamar, the purchaser of the Street railway, is here for the purpose of completing the sale and having it confirmed, which will probably be done tomorrow.  The charter for the new company has been obtained.  The name will be The Ironton Street Railway, Light and Power Co.  The immediate problem to be solved relates to the franchise which will be asked of the City Council.  It is to be hoped this question will be considered carefully and from a friendly standpoint, for if there is anything that Ironton needs badly, it is an electric street railway.  Such an addition to Ironton will be of immense service to the business of the city.  Should the proper franchise be obtained Ironton capital will join the enterprise and its policy governed by home people.

·         IR June 13, 1895 – We imagine that the big sleeves [on] the street cars are as much a nuisance [as] the hoop skirts of our great-grandmothers would have been.  Notice the look of hate which a woman of fashion cast at any one who dares to crowd himself against her fibre chamoised sleeves.  [____] when a woman with balloon sleeves crowds herself in between two men, they, poor abused ones, have to give up all thoughts of reading their papers, it is impossible to see over Madame’s sleeves.  If they only had some kind of patent umbrella like arrangements with which they could hoist or let down their sleeves at pleasure, as the funny papers suggest, we would all be a little more comfortable.


·         IR June 13, 1895 [left side of my copy was cut off]  _____STREET RAILWAY.

_____gone glimmering again.  The

_____to have been confirmed, last

_____, but Mr. Lamar, the New

_____gentleman, appeared and stated

____was unable to to meet the final

_____whereupon the court ordered

_____property be again offered which

_____on July 1.  When the sale was

_____.  Lamar paid $1000 when the

_____was knocked down to him.

_____amount, $2000, is forfeited, and

______in paying the costs of sale

____the obligations on the


___ of Mr. Lamar to complete

____purchase was occasioned by his

____to get the control of bonds

_____to his purpose.  We regret

_____prospects of an electric

______ revenue obscured, and yet the

______ offer may result in a purchase

______serve the people as well, if not

______ Mr. Lamar’s plan.


IR July 18, 1895 – STREET R.R. CASE. – At Common Pleas Court, last Saturday, the Street Railway case was finally disposed of.  The city was allowed $537.36 on its claim; $280.83 being for the Second-street portion, which the Court allowed against the finding of the Commissioner, and of which the Court at the close said there was still some questions, but to which it still adhered.  There are 4.3 miles of railway in the city.  Of this there were 6761 ft. on the improvement, distributed as follows:

Second Street 3147 ft
Adams 194 ft
Third 3146 ft (figures are hard to make out on my copy)
This is 1.28 of a mile, whose valuation at $1500 a mile, constituted the portion adjudged assessable, to the extent of 25 per cent of its value, which however makes less than $537 for which judgment was given.  In addition to the $537, the Court allowed the City $832.79, on contract with the receiver, which amount was not in controversy.  Thus the city gets out of the case $1370.05.

There was considerable interest in the termination of the matter, an account of the costs, which ran up to $6,000, or over a quarter of the judgment.  The Court was disposed to be liberal and the lawyers holding judgments, threatened motions to relax the costs.  Attorney Johnson was allowed $1750, he to pay his own expenses, which were considerable and receiver Johnson $1800 and expenses.  With these allowances, claims represented by attorneys Hamilton and Anderson, were let in on the ground floor, and so they resisted no further.  The status of the case resulted in about what the REGISTER stated last week – the money would last long enough to pay a small portion of the Wesley and Improvement Co. judgments; but it would not reach within calling distance of the bondholders’ claims.

The attorneys for the city indicated a purpose to appeal from the rulings of the Court, and so $3000 was the amount of the bond they were to file in case the appeal was taken.

According to the judgment in the case the $22,000 resulting from the sale of the road will be thus distributed:

Receiver’s Certificates 9,767.50
Costs in Court
249.00 (or 349.00)
Taxes 740.50
City of Ironton 1,370.05
County Commissioners 279.01
Commissioner Booth 1,000.00
Receiver Johnson 1,800.00
Attorney Johnson 1,750.00
Sheriff Ward 350.00
Stenographer Cleaver 562.00
Goldcamp Mill Co. 1,270.74
Thomas Mulligam 100.46
Ironton Cross Tie Co. 658.49
Mrs. Newcomb 36.18
A. Winters 78.21
Total $20,102.16
Thus leaving about $2000 to be distributed between C. C. Wesley’s claim of $5132.50 for damages and the National Improvement Co.’s claim for construction $6727.11, which claims stand upon the same basis.

·         IR Sept. 26, 1895 – The Street Railroad Superintendent bought some sleigh bells, the other day for the horse cars; but oh, for the buzz of the electric.

·         IR Jan. 23, 1896 – The four new cars for the street railroad will go on the track early next week.

·         IR Jan. 23, 1896 – Four cars for the street railroad arrived over the C. H. & D. last Tuesday.  They came from Cincinnati.

·         IR Mar. 12, 1896 – At the last Council meeting, Dr. Ellison moved to reconsider the vote by which the street railroad amendment was lost at the previous meeting.  The question was tabled, being effected somewhat by the statement that if amended, the ordinance could not go into effect during the life of this council, and so would be void.  So, the electric railroad ordinance seems to be settled.  Is it so with the road?

·         IR Mar. 26, 1896 – The Council again refused to modify the street railroad ordinance.  They were right.  Let it stand as passed.

·         IR May 21, 1896 – The Ironton Fire Brick Co. are making a special fire brick for the street railroad on Second and Third to where the new rails are laid.  All the rails on Second and Third to that point will have to be re-laid.

·         IR May 28, 1896 – THE TROLLEY AND THE BRIDGE.

All the rail on Second and up Third some distance will have to be taken up and a six inch 60 lb rail substituted.  This work has not yet been started, except brick are being made to fit the track.  The iron rails have not yet arrived.  Only about six  weeks are left for completing this work under the franchise, and it seems impossible to do it within that time.

We cannot understand the delay, but it is to be surmised that the new bridge project exerts more or less influence.  If the bridge is built and a trolley links Ironton and Ashland in that direction, the present street railroad system will be seriously menaced.  Whether there is anything in this situation that discourages rapid movement, we can’t say; but there has been some interchange of ideas between the railroad company and the bridge projectors, in which prices have been discussed, but no possibility of an agreement appears.

In the meantime, the bridge enterprise seemed surrounded with the halo of hope.  Col. Bigstaff informed us last week, that several engineers had been engaged, and their part of the work pushed, and estimates hastened with all speed.  He has received the most direct assurances that the money will be ready when needed.

IR Jan. 30, 1897 – AS TO A FREE BRIDGE – Conference of Council Committee With the Coal Grove Village Council.

Messrs. Heald, Ellison and Henry, special council committee, also Councilman D. J. James, attended a special meeting of the Coal Grove village council Friday evening, held for the purpose of conferring on the matter of the free us of Ice creek bridge by the street railway.  Editor Feuchter and Mr. Chas. Lintner were also present.  It was almost the unanimous sentiment of all that the county commissioners should abolish the $1 per day bridge toll charged the street railway and that the company then give a five-cent fare.  A petition signed by [do not have end – my paper is cut off]

·         IR Sept. 23, 1897 – City Council – Petition of street railway to lay a new switch on 3rd between Pleasant and Kemp referred.

 IR Sept. 23, 1897 – A New Motor – The motor cars which the Baldwin people ship to the C. H. & D. Traction Company next week will, it is expected, prove an epoch in railroad local transportation matters.  The design of the car is entirely new, nothing of this description ever having been attempted before in this country.  It is calculated to run at high speed on the steam railroad track, and, at the same time, by virtue of condensing appliances, can be operated through the streets of a city without frightening horses.  In this feature, it is really not quite offensive as the trolley line with its poles and attendant noises and sudden and starting flashes from the trolley connections.  There are great number of steam railroads in the country today anxiously awaiting the result of this experiment of the C. H. & D. people in the hope that it may afford a solution of the problem which now faces them, of carrying people on such short hauls as the inter-urban lines can do without the impracticable feature of the trolley wire over the steam railroad track.

·         IR Mar. 2, 1899 – Appointed. – Very unexpectedly to himself, E. S. Wilson has been appointed Receiver of the Ironton Electric Light and Street Railway Co.  He has accepted and entered upon his duties.  In all probability the road will be offered for sale before many months, but in the meantime it will be the receivers duty to operate it to the best advantage of the creditors and the public.  Mr. Walsh will continue as general manager.

·         IR Apr. 27, 1899 – SUMMER CARS. – The contract has closed yesterday for four Summer nine-seat cars for the Ironton street railway, which are to be on the track and running within a month.  They will be equipped with the latest and best Westinghouse equipment, purchased new.  The cars themselves come from Massachusetts and are second hand, for new ones could not be secured within the time, but they have been used only a little, and are practically new, and will be refinished for use here.  The equipment comes from Pittsburg.

·         IR June 1, 1899 – Summer Cars. – The four summer cars for the Ironton Street Railway have arrived.  It may take some days to equip them with the motors and put them to business, but in the meantime, they will be used as trailers as occasion may require.

·         IR Aug. 17, 1899 – The First. – It is said the first trolley railway ever operated for business in this country is the one now running between Guyandotte and Huntington.  There were [do not have end]

·         IR Sept. 9, 1899 – Consolidation Talk. – An Effort Being Made to Put Street Car Lines Under One Management. – The following from the Huntington Advertiser, will be read with interest:  “For some time there have been rumors of a consolidation of the trolley railroad interests from Huntington to Ironton.  The Advertiser is in position now to state authoritively that there is a likelihood of consolidation in the near future.  Eastern capitalist, it is understood, have secured control of the Ashland & Catlettsburg line, of a franchise to Huntington from the banks of the Big Sandy, and now have an option on the Consolidation Light and Railway property until October 1st.”

·         IR Oct. 19, 1899 – The burning out of an armature at the electric plant, Saturday, suspended street traffic for three hours.

·         IR Dec. 9, 1899 – The conductors and motormen of the street railway are each grateful to A. J. Brumberg for a pair of warm gloves which were presented to them on Saturday night.

·         IR May 17, 1900 – Trolley Extensions. – The contractors on the trolley road from Central City to Catlettsburg are hard at work.  They are to complete their contract and have the work ready for the cars by the 1st of August.  The track on the Kentucky side has been completed to the Big Sandy river, which will be bridged about 200 feet below the C. & O. bridge.  The effort to get the the use of the C. & O. bridge has failed, so the trolley company will have to build their own bridge.  This will not be completed for a year, and in the meantime there will be a transfer car or a temporary crossing of some kind.  The road will be supplied with 75-pound rails, and the Huntington line will have to be entirely reconstructed.

·         IR Oct. 4, 1900 – For some time past the light committee of the City Council has been dissatisfied with the amount of street illumination furnished by the Electric light company and have felt that the power given falls short of the contract in order to ascertain just the amount of light given, the committee secured the services of Professor Thomas and two assistants from Columbus, who came to the city quietly Friday evening, and made a test, the result of which will be submitted to light committee in time to report at the next meeting.

·         IR Oct. 11, 1900 – Pote Henson, the contractor in the construction of the Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company’s bridge across Big Sandy River, in the South End, now has all the piers above water, and work will hereafter be rushed forward much more rapidly. – Catlettsburg Independent.

·         IR Oct. 18, 1900 – Fred Davies has accepted a position as conductor on the street cars.

·         IR Oct. 18, 1900 – Another change has been made necessary in the management of the Ironton branch of the Ohio Valley Electric Light and Railway Company, owing to the resignation of Mr. H. D. Pole, who recently assumed the management of the line.  Mr. Pole’s resignation was effective Saturday evening and the temporary management of the property of the company here has been committed to Allen Thuma.

·         IR Oct. 18, 1900 – The horse hitched to Adam Daniel’s bread wagon took fright at a passing street car on North Fifth street and ran away spilling bread and cakes promiscuously along that thoroughfare and damaging the wagon to some extent.  The runaway was stopped before much damage was done.  No one was in the wagon at the time, Mr. Daniels having left the horse standing unhitched.

·         IR Oct. 18, 1900 – James Watson has resigned his position with the city engineer and accepted a position on the street cars.

·         IR Oct. 18, 1900 – A team of horses belonging to John Roush of Aid township took fright at a street car on South Third street last Saturday and ran away. The driver attempted to hold them, but his lines parted and he jumped out.  The team dashed out Madison street and ran into a tree on the sidewalk between Third and Fourth.  One of the horses was thrown and cut in several places and the wagon tongue was demolished.

·         IR Nov. 29, 1900 – Big Improvement. – The new street lamps being put in by the Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company here are what is known as the “enclosed arc.”  They are very attractive in appearance and entirely protected from the weather, which in the past in times of sleet storms, caused outs in many instances in the old open arc lamp.  The principal advantages of the lamp are:  Absolute steadiness of light, better distribution of the same, the elimination of strong shadows, also of the large dark circle that was prominent under the old lamp; the dazzling effect of the old lamp is not present in the new lamp.  The company expects to have the city fully equipped with the new lights by December 15.

·         IR Jan. 10, 1901 – Council Proceedings – A resolution was presented, granting the street railway company the privilege of constructing and maintaining four switches and turn-outs from the main track at their new car barns; to remove the Cemetery lane switch 1000 feet north; the abandonment of the Pleasant street switch and the construction of a switch on North Fifth street between Vesuvius and Mill streets.  The resolution was referred to the street committee and City Solicitor….A request of the street railway company for permission to connect their sewage at the new car barn with the Pleasant street sewer was referred to the sewer committee with power to act.

·         IR Jan. 10, 1901 – Power Plant Abandoned. – President J. M. Camden, Jr., of the Camden Interstate Railway Company was here Friday and held a conference with the light committee of the City Council at City Solicitor Thompson’s office regarding the efficiency of the street lights now furnished by the company.  – At this conference statements were made which indicate that there is no longer any doubt of the intentions of the company to abandon the local electric light plant and furnish the power necessary from the Ashland plant, which is to be enlarged and improved.  However, the company gives assurance that the improvements now in progress and to be made will not decrease the company’s valuation on the tax duplicate or decrease the number of men employed.

·         IR Jan. 31, 1901 – Important Change. – The following in relation to a proposed change in the officials in the Camden Inter-state Railway Company, mentioned in the Register some days ago, appears in the Huntington Advertiser:

Col. W. W. Magoon has tendered his resignation as general manager of the Camden Inter-state Railway Company, whose lines operate in all the towns between here and Ironton, O.  His resignation will take place February 1 and he will immediately accept the very responsible position of treasurer of the company and will handle all the finances of the entire system.

“Colonel Magoon ranks among the leading street car men of the country and his ability as a superintendent is known in many cities.  He began his career with the Consolidated Light and Railway Company in this city in 1893 as bookkeeper.  So efficient did he prove himself, that he was soon promoted to secretary of the company, and later became the general manager which position he held until last May when the company changed hands.

“He was then selected by the new company as their general manager and has since filled that responsible position with great credit to himself, and the company.  The work and responsibility, however, was more than Mr. Magoon cared to assume, so he tenders his resignation to take the position of treasurer, his salary remaining the same as before.  Mr. Magoon during his reign as general manager brought the Huntington lines up to a standard equal to the best lines in the country, and the managers of many other lines frequently called on him to get his ideas in connection with their systems.

“Mr. Magoon will be succeeded here by Mr. Joseph C. Lugar of Wilmington, Del., who for a long time past has been superintendent of the Wilmington and Chester Electric Railway Company, whose lines extended from Wilmington to Philadelphia, a distance of more than 60 miles.

·         IR Mar. 21, 1901 – A Raft of Business Handled by the Council Friday Night.  Many Ordinances Adopted. – … A resolution granting to the Camden Inter-state Railway Company the right to construct a switch 780 feet east of the Pleasant street switch and to abandon the switch at Adams (Cemetery) lane, was adopted.  The previous [do not have end]

·         IR Apr. 25, 1901 – New Cars Arrived. – Two of the new cars for the Camden Inter-state Railway Company have arrived and will be put in shape for the track at the earliest possible date.  The cars will be run for the present between here [Huntington] and Big Sandy River, and will make hourly trips.  This will give patrons a car from Ninth street to Sandy every half hour.  The new cars are simply magnificent, there being nothing finer in the State.  In fact, they compare favorably with the best cars on metropolitan railway lines.  Huntington Advertiser.

·         IR July 4, 1901 – “Thirteen years ago today,” remarked Councilman  Jno. Sullivan, the first horse car on the Ironton line was run starting from Buckhorn street and I was the driver ….”

·         IR Aug. 22, 1901 – It takes an hour and fifty-five minutes to go from Ashland to Huntington on the trolley.

·         IR Sept. 12, 1901 – Struck a Car. – Ray Booth, whose parents reside on South Fourth street, met with a painful accident about 4 o’clock Monday afternoon.  he was coming out Center street on his wheel and collided with a street car,  going over the handlebars and striking the car with considerable force. He was picked up in a semi-conscious condition and taken to the office of Drs. Merchant and Ballard.  It was found his injuries consisted of a gash in the lid of the left eye, the loosening of several teeth and lacerations about the mouth.  His injuries were given medical attention and he was able to go home.

·         IR Feb. 6, 1902 – Hip Fractured. – Richard Barron, an employee of the Camden Inter-state Railway, had his right side fractured about noon Monday.  He was on the top of the construction car, near Cemetery lane, engaged in fixing a broken trolley pole.  The pole was chained down, but slipped, striking Barron and throwing him from the car, with the result stated above.  The injured man was brought to Dr. Merchant’s office and later moved to the Deaconess Hospital where the fractured limb was given attention.

·         IR May 15, 1902 – New Cars. For the Ironton Division Promised for June 1. – Superintendent Allen Thuma of the street railway company, informs the Register that J. G. Brill & Co., car manufacturers of Philadelphia, have promised to have furnished by June 1 the four fine convertible cars ordered last fall.  The new cars will be 38 feet in length, so arranged as to be made closed or open at will.  They will be equipped with two 60 horse-power motors, electric headlights, electric brakes, and cane seats.  The assurance is given that the cars will be as fine as anything on the company’s line.

·         IR June 12, 1902 – The wages of all the employees of the Camden Inter-state Railway company have been increased from 15 cents to 16 cents an hour. This makes the wages within two cents of the rate paid in Cincinnati.

·         IR June 12, 1902 – R. A. Andrews has resigned his position as superintendent of parks for the Camden Inter-state Railway Company and his successor has not yet been named.  Superintendent Allen Thuma now has charge of Beechwood Park.

·         IR June 12, 1902 – The Camden Inter-state Railway Company is putting in at the substation on South Third street a storage [do not have end]

·         IR July 24, 1902 – Street Car Men of Ironton and Huntington Have Organized. – The employees of the Ironton division of the Camden Inter-state Railway Company held a meeting in the A. O. H. hall Thursday evening. – The men in the meeting decline to be interviewed on the subject, but it is known that representative from the new union at Huntington was at the meeting, and the Register has it on excellent authority that a local union was formed under a charter of the American Federation of Labor. – Superintendent Allen Thuma went to Huntington today to confer with the general manager of the line, and it is understood that the organization of the men occasioned the visit. – It is probable that a demand will be made for an increase of wages.

·         IR July 24, 1902 – The Camden system’s force of men met last night at Huntington and joined the American Federation of Labor.  The lodge will be known as Huntington Council No. 225. – There has been a “walking” delegate here for some time, endeavoring to induce the men to join this union. – Tonight they will notify the company of their action, and this in itself will be a demand for an increase in wages, as the scale for the American Federation of Labor is 22 1/2 cents per hour, and the employees are now receiving only 16 cents per hour. – The company will, of course, be much surprised at this action, and it is not possible yet to tell what the result will be. – Exchange.

·         IR Jan. 1, 1903 – Crossing Accident. – Street Car Turned Over but Passengers Escaped. – An accident, which fortunately was not attended by loss of life or serious injury, occurred on Second street near the Ball-Warfield Drug Co. store Saturday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock, in which Car No. 37, on the Camden lines was struck by a Detroit Southern train.  The car was in charge of Conductor Blackwell and Motorman John Tufts, and the motorman applied the brakes just before reaching the railroad crossing at that point, to stop the car to ascertain if the tracks of the railroad company were cleared.  The car failed to stop and slid along on the rails, almost clearing the Iron Railroad tracks, when a Detroit Southern train backed down the “Y” towards the Palace Hotel, and struck the rear end of the street car with considerable force.  The car was knocked from the tracks, and turning over on its side, struck the street near Collett’s insurance office.  There were about twelve passengers aboard at the time and all escaped any serious injury, although several were badly shaken up. – Immediately following the accident a large crowd gathered and the passengers were assisted from the car.  Among the passengers were:  Mrs. M. V. Brady and her two months’ old child of Dayton (Mrs. Brady being formerly Miss Emma Double of this city, and was here visiting relatives).  Will Lambert and George E. Fisher, both employees of the Olive Foundry company, Mrs. Maud Smith of Hanging Rock, Miss Jennie Sheperd of South Fourth street, and the Misses Myers. – George E. Fisher, one of the passengers, upon arriving at his on ____Seventh street, began feeling [do not have end]

·         IR Apr. 2, 1903 – The jury in the case of Nane A. Swartzweleder [sic], an infant, by her next friend, W. H. Swartzwelder, against the Camden Inter-state Railway Company, damages, returned a verdict for the defendant.  The case occupied almost the entire day, Thursday, the hearing being closed and the case given to the jury about 4 o’clock.  They retired for deliberation, and in a very brief time returned the verdict for the railway company.  The plaintiffs sued to recover $1900 as damages for injuries alleged to have been received about July 1, 1901, near Kemp avenue, by a car colliding with a buggy in which plaintiff was riding with her parents.

·         IR Apr. 3, 1903 – The bridge which is being constructed on Ice Creek by the Camden Company is about completed, and work is being pushed as rapidly as possible.  Upon the completion of the bridge the service will be greatly improved, as the larger cars will make the through trip, whereas it is now necessary to transfer at the soap factory.

·         IR Sept. 3, 1903 – When President Graham of the Camden Inter-state Railway Company returns from the east, where he has been for some time on business, it is likely that the company will apply for a franchise to construct and maintain a street railway track down Third street from Adams to Etna.

·         IR Dec. 24, 1903 – The sale of the franchise for a street railroad through Catlettsburg for a period of ten years took place Wednesday and was purchased by the Camden Interstate Railway Co., they paying $1,000 for same. The city council met last night and ratified the sale.

·         IR Dec. 24, 1903 – James Sutten, formerly an employee of the street railway company here, but now located in Wheeling, W. Va., is here to spend the holidays with his folks on South Third street.

·         IR Dec. 24, 1903 – W. W. Magoon, of the Camden Inter-state Railway Company tendered his resignation as superintendent Friday afternoon to take effect January 1st.  Mr. Magoon has been connected with the Camden Company for twelve years, and at the time of his resignation, was superintendent of the entire system from Hanging Rock to Huntington.  He resigns to accept a position with C. Crane & Co., _____ Cincinnati lumber firm.  Who will succeed him was not learned.

·         IR May 26, 1904 – The schools of Miss Lillian Davis and the Misses Mattie and Hattie Price will enjoy a picnic at Beechwood Park Friday afternoon to be followed with a trolley ride.

·         IR Apr. 6, 1905 – Common Pleas Court – The much talked about electric light pole case, in which Thos. L. Collett and the Camden Inter-state company were the participants, and which has been watched with great interest by the citizens of Ironton, has at last been settled by the company taking the pole down. – Thursday afternoon Judge Milner ordered the Sheriff to have the pole removed in case the company did not do so, but at an early hour Saturday the Camden Company had a force of men at work taking the pole down, which was completed some time before noon. – The case is the result of the Camden Company placing a large electric light pole in the side walk in front of Mr. Collett’s residence some two or three years ago, and has been pending in the courts since.  – Until lately there has been some doubt as to the right of electric companies to place poles in front of residences, but the ruling of higher courts of late has settled such cases in favor of the property holders.  It seems that the matter in dispute narrowed down to who is the owner of the sidewalk and shade trees.  – J. O. Yates was attorney for the plaintiff, and A. R. Johnson for the Camden Company.

IR June 10, 1909 – AUTO LINE BETWEEN IRONTON AND PROCTORVILLE. – The long talked of automobile line between Ironton and Proctorville now seems to be an assured fact.  Mr. _. G. Griffith of Huntington, accompanied by Mr. Commack, was here today and says he owns a 14 passenger car that can easily make 20 miles per hours while loaded.  It is his intention to run the car from Proctorville to Ironton, making two round trips per day.  He also said the car was equipped with excellent facilities for hauling packages and special attention will be given this phase of the work.

Mr. Griffith says there is only one drawback to the project now and that is the awful condition of the public road at Coal Grove.  He says if the authorities will put about two days work on the road which runs around the street paving, it would be in good condition.  We hope this road will be fixed as it would be a great benefit to all the upriver farmers who want to reach Ironton.

Capt. Jno. M. Norton had on foot a plan to establish this auto line last year, but just as it was about to be completed he suddenly died, and the project was allowed to fall through.  We trust Mr. Griffith will be able to establish this auto line, as it will be a great help to Ironton in many ways.  Our people ought to aid him in every way possible.

·         1914 – I have a very fragile copy of a booklet from Ironton’s First Apple Show and

Old Home Coming, Sept. 14-19, 1914 which states:

An interurban traction line connecting the territory from Hanging Rock,

Ohio, three miles below Ironton to Guyandotte, W. Va., affords excellent

travel facilities. The Scioto Valley Traction company has completed

surveys from Sciotoville to Hanging Rock and when the line is completed,

which is considered an early probability Ironton will have direct traction

communication to Columbus, the state capital, which lies directly north of

Ironton and distant less than one hundred, fifty miles.

Another traction line projected is a Pittsburg-Cincinnati line and the

surveys for this is practically completed. It will run through Ironton,

following the river from beginning to end.

SWI Apr. 17, 1917 – Asks for Damages. – Henry Scherer of Hanging Rock today filed a suit for $200 damage against the Ohio Valley Electric Ry. Co. for damages to his property caused by the building of the traction line from Ironton to Portsmouth.  A. J. Layne, attorney.

IDR Dec. 5, 1917 – [headlines] Want Street Car Practice in Ironton Changed Now. [do not have article]

IT Mar. 9, 1920 – Brick Company Closes Contract. – A contract has been made by the Tri-State Brick and Tile company with the Ohio Valley Traction company for the extension of the high tension wire from Coal Grove to the new plant at Sheridan.  The plant is now well under way in its construction, the excavation for the buildings being in progress.  The plant will be completely motorized a large number of 300 horse power motors having been ordered through the firm [do not have end]

IET Nov. 21, 1938 – Two Fatally Injured in Traction Crash. – Martins Ferry, O., Nov. 21 (AP) – Two traction cars of the Co-operative Transit Co. crashed head on and burned in a fog north of here today, injuring 17 persons, two perhaps fatally. – Urban Green, 38, of Wheeling, W. Va., motorman on a northbound car, was crushed and attaches at a Martins Ferry hospital said they did not expect him to [do not have end]

IT Oct. 8, 1949 – Centennial Edition, Section D. – Horse Cars, Street Cars — Bygone Modes of Transportation. – Animal Drawn Vehicles In ‘90’s Were Pride of Ironton – By Don Mayne.

The winter of 1888 brought the big snow to New York City, a record which was to stand for 59 years.  1888 was also Ironton’s 39th birthday.  July 4th was the 112th year of America’s Independence.

But Irontonians liked to associate the 1888 Fourth with the first running of the Ironton & Petersburg Street Railway.  This was the initial year for the “horse cars.”

Behind this advancement in transportation, which today seems ancient and stereotyped, lies the story of the efforts to afford this rising Ohio community with the best possible mode of transportation.

It all began in January of ‘88.  Although overtures had been made previously, with a similar plan failing 12 years before, this did not dismay S. T. Dunham of New York City.  After surveying the situation and realizing the need for a street railway here, Dunham, with 40 similar constructions already under his belt, approached the Ironton City Council.

At a meeting on January 12, he proposed the plan for erection and maintenance of animal, cable or power motivated cars, operating on flat railroad iron rails.  Although realizing that this was a step forward in service to the public, the local city fathers decided to let it cool off before definitely approving it.  But they did approve the right-of-way for its future construction, thereby virtually cinching the deal to Dunham’s satisfaction.

The proposed street railway called for a route extending from Lambert’s machine shop on Second (now Meehan Steel Co.) to Adams street, thence on Adams to Third, and along the center of Third street to the corporation line.  The proposed franchise was to extend for 25 years.

A stipulation by the council provided that the work must be started within five months, and the line was to be in operation by the first of December, 1888.  If these provisions were not carried out, the franchise would be voided and would be open to a contract from some other firm.

The next local group to be reckoned with was the county commissioners.  Dunham had to secure their “O.K.” on the property from the corporation line to Petersburg (later Coal Grove).  On February 9, a joint meeting of the city council and the commissioners  was scheduled.

It was common talk that the railway promoters would have a long row to hoe with the commissioners, who were somewhat leery of the street car idea.  And then Fate stepped in.

Looking for a stable organization to mould the future of the city and act as a general reference point, and a lobby for the city’s interest, the merchants and business men of Ironton held a public meeting at the Courthouse for the purpose of forming some sort of business governing body.


This meeting was held right in the midst of the street railway controversy.  And, the outcome of the meeting was the first Board of Trade in the city of Ironton, with General W. H. Enochs, its first president.

But at this meeting, S. B. Steece, with an eye toward the public’s interest suggested that a committee of five or those present, be appointed for the purpose of meeting with the county commissioners.  It would be the committee’s job to try and dissuade the commissioner’s from their disapproval of the street railway.

Some of the merchants and professional men, however, felt that this was not the underlying purpose of the meeting and expressed some dissatisfaction at the suggestion.  Gen. Enochs, long a prime mover and booster of Dunham’s plan, sided with Steece’s suggestion, and cast his lot with the committee.

It was finally decided that five of those interested in the formation of a street railway company would consult with the commissioners in an effort to stymie their opposition.

Whether it was the work of the committee, or the realization that there would be an increased tax revenue with the advent of the street railway that changed attitude of the commissioners, may never be known.  But they did approve the proposal with the amendment that the Ice Creek bridge be shored up and strengthened for the added weight of the four-ton cars.


It is interesting to note, at this time that Dunham used all his tricks to convince the city fathers and the commissioners of the advisability of constructing this type of transportation.  He went so far as to suggest that the city establish an electric plant along with the railway.

It was his contention from the first that the cars should be powered by electricity, a realization he was not to enjoy.  He was so convinincing in his approach that he had the local officials eager for the railway.  And he added to his case by producing a Professor Mott of New York, an authority on electricity, who charmed local ……[




Ironton History

Downtown Ironton Walking Tour { PDF }

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Index to some of Ironton’s old Businesses

City Directory

Ironton City Directory 1882 – 1883
This link shows what was open in 1882-1883, including businesses, churches, companies, residential listings and much more. Submitted by the late Ken Clark.

Floods in Ironton

Flood Pictures of Ironton, Ohio – 1937
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Ironton’s Floods

1884 Flood

1887 Flood
Huge Storm July 1900



Former Ironton Newspaper Man Writes Of Good Old Days During His Time as Chronicler Of Local Events

Sixty years have passed since the writer answered an advertisement in the columns of The Tribune’s honored predecessor, The Ironton Register, resulting in his employment as a boy in the Register office. That was on February 6, 1874. I remained in the service of the Register twenty-seven years, until moving to Chicago.
Telephone History in Ironton  –  Submitted by Sharon M. Kouns
W.E.R. Kemp was a carpenter and builder of some of the earlier homes and businesses in Ironton.   These are some of the articles that we found relating to his work. THIS FILE IS  A GREAT SOURCE OF INFORMATION IF YOU ARE RESEARCHING HOMES IN IRONTON!! Submitted by Sharon M. Kouns
Prehistoric Ironton  –  Submitted by Sharon M. Kouns
Ironton Trivial  – Submitted by Sharon M. Kouns

Lynching in Ironton

Street Cars – Misc. Newspaper Articles Submitted by Sharon M. Kouns

What was happening in Ironton in 1888 – Submitted by Barbara Madden
Ironton’s First 100 Years “Dots & Dashes” – by Charles Collett –

Series of stories written for Ironton’s 100th Birthday.
“Ironton’s History” by Miss Mary Fulwiler, Submitted by Peggy Wells

Miss Fulwiler,  former teacher in the Ironton school system and well known in educational circles has submitted to The Tribune the following article for publication in connection with the Centennial celebration which will be held next October.

Includes: how the City got its name, moving county seat to Ironton, Iron Railroad, first bank/school/church

A New Beginning

In 1848, the land along the Ohio river a few miles above Hanging Rock was almost a wilderness. There were a few scattered homes, small farms and apple trees. The territory was well drained ….
Boys and Girls Don’t Know about Early Stories
Whitwell May Be Annexed
Ancient History of The City – Ironton Register, March 17, 1904
Early election, personal notes, Ironton Rolling Mill, Ironton’s population after 22 months
Yesteryears – A series of short stories about Ironton’s past.
Ironton Grew Up in a Hurry
Seven Irontonians Get the Gold Rush Fever of 1898

The Trail of ’98 recalls when seven Ironton young men, spurred on by the lust for gold, left their homes in this city, defied death and battled…..
Soliloquy Series

This is a series of short stories about the history of Ironton and Lawrence County, Ohio.  Written by Charles Collett.  These stories has a wealth of historical information on subjects you won’t find anywhere else.

Misc. Stories

Grand Army

This page is a listing of veterans buried in several cemeteries in and near Ironton, in 1900. It includes their names, military services and the date of death or burial of each soldier.


Ironton’s Churches

Our Churches, Their Strength, Their Finances and other Statistics
Circus in Ironton
City Council
Ironton’s Firsts
Statistics for 1887
Iron Furnaces
Ironton High School Alumni – 1867-1880
Ironton Through the Years
Ironton in a Nutshell
Memorial Day Parade Committee
Ironton’s Postmasters
Elsberry Named Postmaster
Julia Marlow Lived in Ironton
Ironton’s First Baseball Team 
Memorial Service for Deceased Members of the Watterson Council -1920 Ironton OH
Moving the Courthouse From  Burlington to Ironton

You must read the following interesting letter giving a copy of the minutes of a meeting to get the county seat moved from Burlington to Ironton in 1887…
Nellie Gillen, a clerk in a store at Ironton, O., is a heroine in the eyes of the people of her city..
Streetcars in Ironton
Ironton Utilities

Early Pioneers of Ironton

I Remember John Campbell

Autobiography of John Campbell

Hiram Campbell

Let’s Get Acquainted – the life story of E.S. Culbertson
Campbell Family Genealogy
Col. George Noah Gray House / Lawrence County Historical Society
Former Irontonians – Where Did They Go (1875)
McCauley Family – The McCauley Furniture Store is still in existence today and is now run by the Weber Family.
David Nixon – His retirement story tells of the beginning of Ironton.
John Connelly – Reminiscences of early days of Ironton.



Misc. Information Scott, Seeley, Crichton

Misc. Information
Scott, Seeley, Crichton

Submitted by Sharon M. Kouns

Early Families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky
(found at Ashland Ky. Library.)


Scot (note spelling) was originally an English name, the designation of one who came from Scotland. The English medieval records, especially during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, abound in such descriptions ___ scot and le escot. A name like Scot would naturally not originate in Scotland where all were Scots. The Scots of the Highlands originally came into Scotland from England where the family name was “Escot”.

The family was in England in very early times as shown by the Hundred Rolls which bear the names of:
Roger Le Scot, London 1273
Elias le Scot, Co. Salop, 1273
Walter Scot, Co. York, 1273
Johannes Scot, Co. Yorkshire, 1379.
Adam Scotte.

Several Scott families lived in Northeastern Kentucky in pioneer days. In Mason County, James Scott m. Margaret Simms, January 2, 1798, and Thomas Scott m. Mattie Ralston, February 26, 1799. David Scott and Thomas Scott were residents and heads of families in Greenup county in 1810 as shown by U. S. Census of that county for that year. James Scott and John Scot were tax-payers in Greenup County in 1811.

1. Captain Thomas Scott….

Then it listed Children among others; (of Capt. Thomas)…(wish she had named Uriah – at least she didn’t eliminate him just stated among others)

2. Robert Scott; moved to Ironton, Ohio and became connected with the Mt. Vernon Furnace in Lawrence County, that state. He purchased Laurel Furnace in Greenup County, Kentucky, in the 1860’s.

It goes on to list his (Robert’s) children ….
3. Thomas
4. Fannie m. Mr. Spears
5. Nannie m. Marshall Field of Chicago.
6. Jennie (was killed the week of the Scott-Field wedding by oil lamp explosion)
7. Nora
8. Rozzie
9. Harry

****according to this Uriah B. was not a son of this Robt. but could have been a brother.

Then it states:
Other Scott families lived in Greenup and Carter counties in pioneer days, some of whom apparently were children of or related to Capt. Thomas Scott, the pioneer, who settled near Grayson about 1808. 14. Richard Scott, farmer, b. in Pennsylvania about 1794; m. Mary —–, b. in Ireland, 1795.

I. R. Oct. 5, 1871 – Married. – SCOTT-KIRK – At the Court House in Ironton O., Sept. 27, 1871, by Thomas Golden, Mr. Richard Scott and Sarah Ann Kirk, both of Catlettsburg, Ky.

Uriah B. Scott married Rebecca Davis 17 Feb 1851 MA (need to find out which township that is in Scioto County – this is from the Scioto Co. Marriages 1803 – 1860 by Caryn Shoemaker & Betty J. Sisler Rudity).

The record for the marriage of Rebecca Davis and Uriah B. Scott consists only of a “marriage affidavit” on 17 February 1851 with no record of return. This would be a good indicator that they were not married, but not necessarily so, as often returns did not “return”. However, given that Uriah married later the same year AND there is record of the marriage of a Rebecca Davis (Not proven to be your Rebecca, but likely so) to William Burt in March of 1851 in Scioto County (Scioto Co., Ohio, marriage records, Book B, pp. 203-204), it appears the Scott/Davis marriage did not take place – for whatever reason.

Thanks Vern Paul for the above information.

So are these from the book Scioto Co. Marriages 1803 – 1860 by Caryn Shoemaker & Betty J. Sisler Rudity:
Robert Scott married Elisabeth Burt 12 Sept 1810 R A – 305

Perry Scott married Lucinda Bruner 28 Oct 1843 MA, R, B-51

From Ohio Marriages in Scioto Co. Courts through 1820 by Ohio Genealogical Society:

Robert Scott marr. Lucy England 14 Nov. 1815 MADI, A-17

Robert Scott marr. Elizabeth Frederick 16 Aug. 1820 MADI A – 50

Robert Scott marr. Elz’b Burt 12 Sept. 1820 Scio 2-28 (notice this has 1810 & 1820)

Death Certificate:

Last Name: SCOTT, First Name: WILLIAM, Middle Initial: ,
Date of Death: 05/03/17,
City: , County: SCIOTO, Volume: 2280, Certificate #: 35934, Code: 73,

Robert Scott married Elisabeth Burt 12 Sept 1810 R A – 305

Perry Scott married Lucinda Bruner 28 Oct 1843 MA, R, B-51

From Ohio Marriages in Scioto Co. Courts through 1820 by Ohio Genealogical Society:

Robert Scott marr. Lucy England 14 Nov. 1815 MADI, A-17

Robert Scott marr. Elizabeth Frederick 16 Aug. 1820 MADI A – 50

Robert Scott marr. Elz’b Burt 12 Sept. 1820 Scio 2-28 (notice this has 1810 & 1820)

I. R. Aug. 3, 1865 – Landon L. Keeney to Mary L. Scott – Marriage license issued during that time period.

I. R. Nov. 30, 1865 – Married on the 25th inst., by Rev. L. Hall, Mr. Abraham Scott of Jackson Co., Ohio, and Miss Mary Ann McCown, of Lawrence Co., O.

I. R. Dec. 17, 1866 – The largest steam cylinder ever manufactured in this place, was cast at Olive Foundry, last week. It is intended for the Old Mill, Scott, Campbell & Co., and measures 8 feet 6 inches in length by 30 inches in diameter. The weight is 3 1/2 tons. The moulding is perfect in every respect.

I. R. Nov. 29, 1860 – Died at Hanging Rock, Nov. 18th at the residence of her sister (Mrs. Rodgers), Miss Eliza Scott, in the 42nd year of her age.

I. R. May 16, 1861 – Roll of Co. E. Lawrence Guards, 18th Reg. – Pvt. Charles E. Scott

I. R – Ironton Register
SWI – Semi Weekly Irontonian
MI – Morning Irontonian

The following obituaries can be found in the Hamner Room of the Briggs Library or contact Peggy Wells for instructions on obtaining a hard copy.

Scott, Mrs. Anna 6 & 13 May 1909 I. R.
Mrs. Adalaide 24 Mar 1910 (2) I. R.
Mrs. Sarah E. 5 Jan. 1916 I. R.
Mrs. Almira 2 Mar. 1916 I. R.
Mrs. Ernest 2 Nov. 1906 SWI
Samuel 4 May 1906 (2) SWI
James 6 Oct. 1908 SWI
Mrs. Wiley E. 15 & 18 Dec. 1908 SWI
J. B. 27 Sept. 1907 S.W.I
Mrs. Elizabeth 14 Feb. 1908 M. I.
Cyrus 3 & 6 (2) Dec. 1912 M. I.
DIED. SCOTT. – Feb. 12th, 1871, at his home near Grayson, Carter County, Ky., Capt. Thomas Scott, in the 92nd year of his age.

Capt. Scott was born in Pennsylvania, and when but a small boy, was brought to Kentucky by his father, David Scott, who descended the Ohio River with his family in a flat-boat, landing at Limestone, Ky., (now Maysville,) where they met with Simon Kenton and others of the early pioneers of Ky. From Limestone, David Scott moved with his family to appoint where the city of Lexington now stands, and while living there Capt. Scott, then but a boy, assisted in nailing the roof on the first houses built in Lexington. Shortly after Capt. Scott arrived at twenty-one, his father, David Scott, died, and he became his father’s administrator, and after closing up his business as such, married Miss Elizabeth Bome, a lady of rare accomplishments and a member of one of the best families in Kentucky. Shortly after his marriage, Capt. Scott removed to his present home in Carter county, and engaged himself in making and shipping, by wagon and on horseback, overland, salt, to Lexington and other points in the interior of Kentucky.

In 1808, Capt. Scott cleared away the forest and raised a crop of corn on the ground where the town of Grayson now stands. On the organization of Carter county, Capt. Scott was one of the organizers, and for many years was magistrate and twice sheriff of said county under the 2nd Constitution of Kentucky. Capt. Scott remembers the early incidents of his life and the settlement of Kentucky, down to his late illness. When last at my house, he spoke of his trip down the Ohio in the flat-boat, in connection with his recent visit to his son’s (Robert Scott) in Ironton, Ohio, and said it looked so strange that where he saw a wilderness inhabited by hostile Indians, when a boy, there was now large cities, railroads, &c. Where then the hoot of the owl and the howl of the wolf broke the stillness of a vast wilderness; now the sound of the steam whistle and buzz of machinery attest the progress of civilization during his life. – E. B. Wilhoit, in Big Sandy Herald.

Carter county borders Boyd county Kentucky. Boyd county is the first county as you cross the Ashland – Ironton bridge. Grayson is about 30-45 miles from Ironton. Early Court Records of Scioto – (pronounced Sigh O ta) – Vol. 1 Elizabeth Scott died 11 May 1857 40 yr. Pb & Pd (pb=place birth, pd= place death)
Harrisonville. died of consumption, married, parents – George Eikards.

Phillip Scott died 11 May 1868; age 23 y Pb& Pd Portsmouth, Scioto Co.

Phillip Scott, died 10 May 1868, 23y5m23d Pd: Portsmouth, Scioto Co.; Pb – Germany – occup. watchmaker

S. C. Scott died 20 Aug. 1870; 71 y., Pd – Portsmouth, wid. (widow/er) PB Va; debility.

Nancy Scott married Edward Corn on 6 May 1813.

William Scott married Hannah Baker – Upper Tp. 15 Jan. 1807

Alford Scott married Cornelia Price (over 17) consent of her father, John Price, 13 Dec. 1859.

Robert SCOTT
22 Sep 1809 near Paris, KY

Catherine GARRETT
22 Jul 1814


1Nannie Douglas SCOTT (married Marshal Field)
2Alice SCOTT
3-Frances SCOTT
4-Jennie M. SCOTT
5George Thornton SCOTT
6-Daughter SCOTT
7-Nora SCOTT
8-Harry G. SCOTT
9-Rosa R. SCOTT

I.R. May 22, 1890 – Robert Scott has been dangerously sick for several days. His daughter, Mrs. Marshal Field, of Chicago, is here in attendance upon him.


Last Saturday evening at 5 o’clock Robert Scott died in Ironton, and on Sunday morning at 9 o’clock, Thomas W. Means expired in Ashland. What vivid reminiscences do these names call up! How much of the past of Lawrence county is mingled in their lives!

Robert Scott was born near Paris, Ky., September 22, 1809. While yet a young man, he became interested in the iron business and was connected with several furnaces across the river. He made iron in the old fashioned forge and built furnaces to increase the product. In 1838, he was married to Catherine Garrett, who survives him. In 1850, he left the Kentucky furnaces and came to Ohio, settling first at Ohio furnace and then at Mt. Vernon furnace, which he owned and managed for 27 years. During his career at Mt. Vernon furnace, the iron business of this county monopolized all attention, and Mt. Vernon was one of the leading furnaces, financially and socially. Mr. Scott’s home at Mt. Vernon was a social center, and the furnace constantly in blast and making money sustained as hospitable a mansion as was known in all southern Ohio.

Happy were those old furnace days, that mingled business and social delights on all occasions. At all the furnaces, the managers, clerks, storekeepers, and school teachers formed social centers to which Ironton bowed in humble admiration. In the front of this gentle regime, Mt. Vernon, with Mr. Scott’s whole-souled family, stood. Himself a mild and quiet man, pleased with happiness of others, gave cordial welcome to all comers. He was a man of most equable manners, considerate in the highest degree, and just in every phase of life. In what pleasant retrospection do the people of those days indulge; and how quick now to drop a tear, over the fact that one, who figured so quietly, and yet so conspicuously then, is no more.

In 1867, Mr. Scott moved to Ironton and took charge of the Ironton Rolling Mill, but that institution kept up its reputation by doing a failing business, and so in a few years, Mr. Scott retired and has been quietly living in town ever since. For a year or more his health has been failing, and gradually he has been descending to the dark river, which he reached last Saturday.

There were ten children in this family, six of whom are still living. There were at the funeral – George, Harry and Miss Nora, the latter arriving from New York on Monday evening. Mrs. Field was with a sick daughter in the East and could not leave her.

The funeral took place at the residence on Tuesday at 10 o’clock, Rev. E. E. Moran officiating, who preached a very strong gospel sermon. the Male Quartette, Messrs, Bird, Lewis, Davis and Otten, furnished the music. Their singing was very impressive. The remains were then taken to Woodland, followed by a long line of carriages. The pallbearers were H. S. Neal, W. N. McGugin, E. C. Sloan, W. W. Prichard, D. Nixon and T. T. Johnson.

I.R. Jan. 16, 1896 – DIED – Last Monday evening, Joseph Scott, a well known colored man of Ironton, died. He had been sick with asthma and other troubles for some time. His age was about 60. He came to Ironton in 1861, and has lived at Mt. Vernon furnace or here ever since. He was born near Grayson, Ky.

He was a slave, and belonged to the father of the late Robert Scott, who gave him, when a boy, to his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Scott. “Joe” followed them to Ohio, and has ever since lived near them, and has always been a beneficiary of their bounty. When Bob Ingersoll spoke in Ironton, the platform fell and Joe’s leg was crushed beneath the timbers. He suffered a great deal from the injury.

Joe was a well-known character; he was full of humor and popular with every body. For many years he seemed like a old man, and yet he was only 60 years of age.

I. R. April 23, 1891 – Good-Bye. – Last Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Geo. T. Scott and family took their departure to Glasgow, Va., which place they will make their future home. For two or three weeks, however, and until their residence is completed, they will occupy rooms at the Natural Bridge, which is only five miles from Glasgow. The road connecting these two places is a good one, and Mr. Scott will drive to Glasgow in the morning and return in the evening. We chronicle the departure of these excellent people with deep regret. For many years Mr. Scott has been a prominent and important factor in the business affairs of Ironton and enjoyed the universal respect and confidence of the people. He has seen fit to cast his lot elsewhere, and he can go feeling assured that he carries away the good wishes of everybody for his health and happiness. Mrs. Scott, will, also, be missed in social and religious circles where her strong, healthful influence has been a profit and a delight. Prosperity and joy be with you both, and with your splendid family, is the wish of the Register. Miss Emily Johnson will go with them and remain for awhile, as a teacher in the family and to assist Miss Lizzie in her studies for college.

I. R. Sept. 26, 1895 – Mrs. G. T. Scott was in Ironton last week, and returned to Columbus, Saturday. Mr. Scott is engaged there in business.

I. R. Sept. 26, 1896 – Miss Jessie Scott spent a few days of last week at Gallipolis.


I. R. Jan. 24, 1901 – Mrs. Nellie Birch Seeley of Dayton, Ohio, is the guest of her mother and friends here.

I. R. Feb. 10, 1887 B. Seeley and his son Lamar, were in town this week. Lamar came back from the Pacific coast last November.
Seely, Boudinot 4 Aug. 1910
, Albert 6 Oct. 1910

I. R. Feb. 7, 1861 – Died on Wed., Jan. 30th at Buckhorn Furnace, Mr. James Crichton, in the 37th year of his age. Mr. Crichton was a native of Perthshire, Scotland, but came to this county some 28 years ago. For ten years past he has resided at Buckhorn furnace, of which he was one of the proprietors, and has been identified with the iron business of this region. He occupied a high position as a business man – of sterling integrity, possessed of a general nature, fine social qualities, and very general attainments, had had endeared himself to all who knew him, and his loss will be deeply felt by an extended circle of acquaintances, and more especially by relations, and those more intimately (there’s that word again) associated with him in business.

Martha gave me an index from a book titled “Oregon’s Iron Dream”, a story of Old Oswego and the Proposed Iron Empire of the West, by Mary Goodall. Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Ore. Copyright, 1958, by Oswego Friends of the Library. I’d love to see if I can get that on interlibrary loan. Ethel only sent the Index ….

Crichton, Ernest W. p. 47, 49, 88
Scott, Richard p. 125
Scott, J. W 126
Scott, Thos. (Bishop) 100
Scott, Winfield (Gen) 103
(no Uri)
Seeley, Boudinot p. 106
Seeley, E. A. 88
Seeley, Lamar B. 47, 88

I. R. Aug. 23, 1860 Married – In Painesville, Lake Co., O., on August 16th, by Rev. N. P. Bailey, James Crichton of Buckhorn Furnace, and Miss Libbie Seeley, youngest daughter of Hon. Uri. Seeley, of the former place.

Ironton Register, 4th August, 1910 – Thursday.

Concerning the death of Mr. Seeley, former resident of this county, who died several days ago at Portland, Ore., The Morning Oregonian of that city, has the following:

“Boudinot Seeley, who died in this city Saturday night, was one of the pioneer captains of industry in the great coal and iron regions of Ohio. Long before the word had ever heard of Andrew Carnegie, H. C. Frick or any of the modern steel and iron kings, or before the Lake ore region had been discovered, Mr. Seeley, was making charcoal iron and shipping it down the Ohio River to St. Louis and other early manufacturing centers.

Boudinot Seeley was born on a farm in Ohio in 1822. He left the farm and located himself at Buckhorn Furnace, Ohio (this is in Lawrence Co. – smh) in 1843, and became one of the first successful pig iron manufacturers in the Ohio Valley. He was so successful in that industry that he retired with a fortune in 1869. Before and during the Civil War he took an active part in politics and was the personal friend and associate of such noted abolitionists as the late Gideon Wells, Joshua Giddings, Ben Wade, Salmon P. Chase and other famous leaders of the day.

While Mr. Seeley was engaged in the iron trade his eldest son, L. B. Seeley came to Portland and took charge of the works. He was followed a year later by Mr. Crichton. Soon afterward Captain U. B. Scott, who had been engaged in manufacturing AXES at Ironton, Ohio, and had been an intimate friend of the Seeleys came to Oregon, and became associated with the Seeleys and Crichton in the steamboat business. In building and operating the steamers, Ohio, Fleetwood, Telephone, Flyer and other famous craft, these men made much transportation history in the Pacific Northwest.

Boudinot Seeley came to Oregon in 1893 to visit his children and look over the investments made in this new country. He was accompanied by his wife and intended to stay a month, but they decided to make it their home here.

They celebrated their golden wedding at Flavel, Or., in 1898 with all of their six children present. Mrs. Seeley died in 1904, and since that time Mr. Seeley had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Anna Bernard.

The surviving children are Mrs. A. H. Tuttle, wife of Professor Tuttle, of the University of Virginia; L. B. Seeley and Mrs. Anna Bernard, of this city; Uri Seeley, of Seattle; E. A. Seeley, of the City of Mexico, and Orville W. Seeley, of Austinburg, O. Ever since his arrival in Oregon, Mr. Seeley has taken an active interest in the development of the country. The funeral will be held at the Crematorium at 3 o’clock today.

Ethel Haines submitted the following about our Lawrence County people in Oregon.

Would like to hear about your research. My husband’s father and g-father, both John C. Haines, were early pioneers as well as his grandmother Worthington. A lot of interesting things happened in Oswego.

In Their Own Words — Reminiscences of early Oswego, Oregon” published by the Oswego Public Library years ago. Found no mention of Scott but pp 100-101 under 1880s Iron Age has something on Seeley and Crichton:

“In Cleveland’s first administration the tariff on iron had been lowered. The old furnace began to lose money. The owners of the furnace thought it was the wastefulness of the old furnace so they’d have a new one built. Harrison defeated Cleveland; the tariff went up a bit. Just as the new furnace was well started, Cleveland came into office again lowered to almost nothing.

…..The owners, E. W. Chrichton and L. B. Seeley, had been losing heavily over a period of years. They had mortgaged this Oswego property up to the hilt, and couldn’t meet the interest……Out of almost a blue sky for most people….everything came to a sudden stop……everything folded up. (1894)….”

I. R. Sept. 30, 1858 – The Cincinnati Commercial learns that Dr. Scott (formerly of Ironton) has bought the Lebanon (Warren Co.) Star; and that Mr. Denny, late of the Star, is about to become a proprietor of the Dayton Gazette. The Star is of the oldest and best papers in the State.

I. R. Dec. 30, 1858 – Died. – On Friday, December 24, Mrs. Ruby K. W. Chrichton, wife of James Crichton, of Buckhorn Furnace, aged 32 years. She had been seriously afflicted, physically and mentally, for many years, and for the last two years had been suffering from paralysis, depriving her of the power of speech. By signs she indicated that she felt herself fully prepared, and longed for a brighter and better world, looking forward to death as a sweet release from all her sufferings, which she bore patiently. She had been an exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for about fifteen years.

I. R. Feb. 10, 1859 – Married. – On the 26th of January, 1859, in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, Mr. Orrin B. Gould, of Franklin Furnace, and Mrs. Lavinia S. Willard, daughter of Uri Seeley, of Painesville. (she must have been a widow).

I. R. May 26, 1859 – James Crichton, of Buckhorn Furnace, left on Monday of this week for New York, bound for Scotland. He will be gone several months, and his “troops of friends,” including the Ironton Register will most heartily wish him a pleasant trip, and a safe return.

I. R. June 16, 1859 – Our friend James Chrichton, of Buckhorn Furnace, sailed from New York for Glasgow, Scotland, on the steamship City of Edinburgh, June 1st. After being out several days the steamship struck an iceburg in a dense fog, and came near “going to the bottom.” This, we believe, was on Monday, June 6th. Dispatch from St. Johns, Newfoundland, June 8th says:

“The steamship Edinburg, from New York for Glasgow, put in here yesterday, with two compartments full of water, having struck an iceberg on Monday, in a dense fog. It was only by the most vigorous exertions of the crew and all the passengers, and the constant working of the pumps, that she was kept from sinking and enabled to reach this port. At one time her position was so perilous, that all the boats were lowered and provisioned, and the passengers allotted by lists to the several boats, they expecting every moment to be obliged to leave the steamer. All the passengers and crew are safe.” The vessel was probably speedily repaired, so as to proceed on her voyage.

I. R. Aug. 18, 1859 – Married – At Portsmouth, Ohio, August 10th, at the residence of George Waller, Esq., Mr. Robert Sims to Miss Julia Crichton, all of that city.

I. R. Oct. 6, 1859 – Died – On September 29th, in Portsmouth, Andrew Crichton, a native of Scotland, and formerly of the firm Shackleford & Crichton, Druggists, aged about 45.

I. R. Feb. 2, 1860 – Died – On the 21st of January, 1860, at Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, little Johnny, only son of Dr. James and Hannah A. Scott, aged 4 years.

I.R. July 3, 1879 – Mr. Lewis Campbell has returned from Portland, Oregon, where he has been engaged in “blowing” the furnaces owned by Lamar Seeley, Erni Creighton and others. Mr. Campbell’s account of affairs out in the left-hand corner of our glorious republic is not calculated to make one dissatisfied with his surroundings.

I. R. Aug. 14, 1879 – Robert Scott will move from Laurel some time this Fall. Joshua Kelly, the owner of the property, will devote the lands to stock raising unless pig iron advances to a provoking rate.




Lawrence County, Ohio Dillon Family History

of Lawrence County, Ohio

From  local newspaper accounts, 1857  –  1999, Law. Co. website, misc. sources. Researched by Sharon M. Kouns

Last updated:  September 2001

ALLIN, W. H. —– I.R. MAR. 22, 1866
Married at the residence of A. W. Hurt, on the 14th inst., by Rev. J. W. DILLON, W. H. Allin to Miss Maggie Hurt of Lawrence county.

ANKRIM, JAMES—– I.R. MAR. 30, 1865
Married on Mar. 16th, at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. J. W. DILLON, James Ankerim, of Burlington, Ohio to Matilda J. Cox, of Sandy Springs, Adams County, Ohio.

CAMPBELL, WILLIAM A. —– I.R. JAN. 05, 1865
Married on the 29th, at the residence of John Dillon, Esq., by Rev. J. W. Dillon, Mr. William A. Campbell to Miss Jennie DILLON, all of Burlington, Ohio.

BOWMAN, HENRY C. —– Ironton Tribune, Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Henry Bowen,  Jan. 7, 1916-Feb. 19, 2001, age 85,  of Ironton died Monday at a local health center after an extended illness.  The Ironton native was born Jan. 7, 1916, the son of the late Henry C. and Nettie Dillon Bowen(daughter of John Henry Simeon Dillon and Rebecca Jane “Jennie” Dawson).  He was the husband of the late Mary Hazel Muche Bowen.  Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland Cemetery, section 12, with military graveside rites by VFW Post 8850.  Dr. Mark Lail will be officiating. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Robert Chatfield until a few years ago one of Lawrence county’s . . . farmers died Wednesday at his home in Catlettsburg following a bealing? in his head.  Mr. Chatfield was about 70 years of age . . . lived in the Delta neighborhood.  The death Wednesday is the fourth to occur in the Chatfield family in less than a
year. Last May, Mrs. Frank Chatfield, wife of the brother of Robert died and last January the heart broken husband’s body followed her to the grave. About two months ago Mrs. Robert Chatfield passed away. No children survive Mr. and Mrs.  Robert Chatfield. Mrs. O. P. Kizle, wife of the president of the Valpariso schools, known to many Lawrence  countians is a sister of Mrs. Robert Chatfield. Interment at Woodland. I.R. April 07, 1910  – Mr. Chatfield’s Funeral – funeral took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. K. Price. It was here that the decedent together with his  wife . . . had made their home, for a number of years past.  This is the sixth time within the short period of two  years that Mr. Hugh Chatfield a near relative of the deceased has transmitted the message to Rev. J. W. DILLON  in Portsmouth . . .  to conduct a funeral in the Chatfield family.   Among the friends and relatives . . . were: Mrs.  E. Brubaker, Miss Nettie Davidson, of South Point, Mrs. Theodore Ferguson, Misses Nell and Anna Brubaker,  of Sheridan, O., Mr. and Mrs. George Chatfield of Ashland and Charles and Homer Chatfield of Ironton.

COLLINS, LEMA M. DILLON —–  The Herald Dispatch, August 19, 1991
Proctorville, Ohio – Lema M. Collins Proctorville’s first and only female postmaster, died Saturday in St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington after a short illness.  She was 95.  Collins became postmaster of Proctorville Post Office in 1931 at the age of 36.  She continued until 1965 when she retired at age 70.  Her daughter, Margo Lemley of Proctorville, said Collins started her postal career when she scored the highest of several applicants during a postmaster test in 1930.  In the early days, the post office was located on Grant Street in a two-story frame building.  It was the first building in the area to have telephone service, and Proctorville’s first telephone exchange operator worked upstairs there.
Lemley said her mother often talked of how the aging building was damaged by flood water in 1937, when mail service was interrupted and postal workers were forced to take a boat to Huntington to retrieve the mail.
After the flood, the post office moved to the corner of Front and Grant streets.  Shortly before Collins’ retirement the office moved again to a new building at 410 Elizabeth St., its current location.  “She said she wanted to work a few years in the new building before she retired and she did,” Lemley said Sunday.  After her retirement Collins became further involved in church activities.  She was the oldest member of the First Baptist Church of Proctorville.  She taught the church’s Tri-L Missionary Class for 42 years and often did biblical chalk talks at area churches and organizations.  She had been an honorary member of the Teresa Chapter 257 of the Order of the Eastern Star for more then 70 years and loved to read and crochet.
Collins was born at Scottown in rural Lawrence County in 1895, but moved to Oklahoma as a small child when it was still an Indian territory.  When she was 7 her family returned to the Proctorville area, her daughter said.  After earning her teacher’s certificate from Rio Grande College at the age of 18, she began a 10-year teaching stint in what was then the Proctorville School District.  When she married Harlo W. Bryon Collins, she had to quit her job because Ohio law at the time barred married female teachers.  The law was later changed, but Collins had already found employment as postmaster.
In addition to Lemley and her husband, Kimball Lemley, Collins is survived by a grandson, William F. Lemley; and a sister Jean Dillon Walden.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville.  Burial will be in Rome Cemetery.  Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Died on the 14th inst., in Ironton, Mrs. Frances Crawford, widow of the late Hugh Crawford, aged 37 years.
Grave moved to Woodland see I.R. MAY 24, 1900.

CRAWFORD, JOHN —– I.R. MAY 14, 1891
Married on May 7th, at the home of the bride, by Rev. DILLON, Mr. John Crawford of  Sybene and Miss Anna Brammer of Manhattan.

CLARK, D. H. —– Ironton Weekly Republican, September 2, 1899
Mr. D. H. Clark’s Funeral – The funeral services over the remains of the late D. H. Clark, were held at the residence on the corner of Fourth and Washington streets Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock.  Rev. John W. Dillon of Portsmouth, presiding elder of the Methodist church for this district and Rev. Chandler of Spencer church conducted the services.  Interment at Woodland Cemetery.

DAVIDSON, MARY ANN (DILLON) —– Morning Irontonian, 27 May 1920, Thursday – ANOTHER PIONEER CALLED WEDNESDAY – Mrs. Mary Ann Davidson Dies At Burlington —
Mrs. Mary Ann Davidson, one of the highly esteemed residents of the county passed away at 4:30 o’clock Wednesday morning at the home of her son W. C. Davidson of Burlington, aged 82 years.  The deceased had been in ill health for sometime and her death was due to complications and infirmities of age.  She was one of the pioneer settlers of that section of this county and has resided there practically her entire life.  She was the daughter of Squire Dillon and was the last of seventeen children to reach the great beyond.  She is survived by two sons, W. G. Davidson of Burlington and James Davidson of Huntington.
The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the home of her son in Burlington.  Burial will be made under the direction of Bingaman and Jones.

DILLON —– I. R. Sept. 30, 1886, SHERIFF SALES
Lot 47 and fractions of lots 44 and 45, Burlington, owned by J. E. Mace, et al., to Kouns & Dillon, for $400.

J. L. Fisher to Kouns & Dillon, lots 44, 45, 47, Burlington, $400.

DILLON —– Ironton Register (SCOTTOWN), Thursday, February 23, 1888
Scott Town still stands firm on terra cotta. The monotonous dry roads of last fall have passed away while their more formidable successors (mud) has taken their place, to such an extent that locomotion is made quite difficult. But we comfort ourselves as the old woman did, when Jack Frost ruined her garden, by being thankful that we are not alone in this sea of mud. Speaking of the muddy roads, minds me of one of our citizens (Joseph HAYS) who follow huckstering to Ironton, for a livelihood.

… J. ELLSWORTH has purchased the goods of DILLON & MOUNTS and is going to fix things generally for      successful merchandising and hotel keeping. Johnny is the right kind of man and we hope he may find Scott Town the right place. We are glad to welcome such men to our commonwealth.

The most interesting and instructive meeting ever held in this vicinity, was that of the Sabbath School Institute at Myrtle Baptist Church, on Friday and  Saturday of last week. The Institute opened by devotional exercise by Rev. S. Wilson, this place. Rev. J. H. Willis then made the welcome address in which he did himself much credit. …..
C. G. Keys added some thoughts and complimented the author highly. Revs. Kelley, Dillon, Mr. A. D. Bruce, Mrs.  Morrison and others occupied the remainder of the time, and we were well entertained.  …..

· Mr. Gus Kimball, a young farmer above here, was accidentally shot by Chauncey Crawford, a boy of fifteen, who was assisting him to drive some intruders from his peach orchard. The ball penetrated the thigh and ranged down nearly to the knee. Probing has so far been unsuccessful. This wound is very painful but is hoped not dangerous.
· Mrs. Anna Crawford is very sick of malaria fever.
· Mr. C. A. Goddard and wife of Franklin Furnace are visiting friends here.
· Mrs. Kate Chatfield has returned to her home at Delta after a week’s visit with her mother, Mrs. Sarah Drury.
· Miss. Mollie Layman of Coal Grove is the guest of Misses Dillon.
· Mrs. C. J. Carter entertained a number of friends from South Point Sunday.
· A large crowd from here attended a lawn fete at Mrs. Cyntha Davidson’s of Delta Saturday night. All report a good time.
· The camp meeting at West Huntington is well patronized by this place.
· Mrs. Agnes Kelshaw is preparing to visit her parents in Scotland. She will sail about the last of August and remain there for a year.
· Rev. Kirkpatrick of the M. E. Church is unable to occupy his pulpit owing to a prolonged attack of la grippe.   PHOENIX

DILLON, MR —– Ironton Register, Feb. 14,1878 – LaBelle – E. W. Wakefield sold his Bowling Green Farm to Mr. Dillon for $4,500.

Mr. Dillon is still at work on the bridge abutments and reports that he will finish in about three weeks.

DILLON, MR. —– Ironton Register, thur., September 4, 1902, CEBEE
Mr. Dillon and others are attending the State Fair.

DILLON, MR. —– Mr. Dillon, Ironton Register, Sept. 21, 1905
Writes Entertainingly of his Sojourn in Colorado………..

DILLON, MR. —– The Ironton Tribune, July 28, 1938, The George Wilson Story, Part Two,
(Submitted to The Register by Martha J. Kounse). . . . . . After this narrative, Mr. SLOAN said to him, “I have a log house down on the creek (Indian Guyan), move there and clear up some ground and I will do what I can for you!”  Father, with a glad heart, rode back to the cabin where he had left us.  On reaching the cabin on the DILLON farm, the Ku Klux had been there again, and left word for him to move out.  Mr. DILLON placed a guard over the house.  Mother prepared supper, father took the old
George horse, a quilt and an arm load of horse weeds and went up to a cliff near by and slept there all night. . . . . . .

Russell and Dillon, adm’rs of Reuben Dawson, filed 2nd account.

DILLON, ABNER —– I.R. JAN. 23, 1896
His daughter, Mrs. STEVENS, lives in Parkersville, Kansas.

DILLON, A.  L., —– Ironton Register, Thur., August 28, 1902, Local and Personal
A. L. Dillon, one of the prominent teachers of the county, was in the city Saturday.  Mr. Dillon taught the
Crown City school last year.

The Herald-Dispatch, July 5, 2000, ALBERT “AL” G. DILLON JR., 88, of
Huntington, widower of Edna Lucille Krames Dillon, died Monday at home.  He was a retired meat cutter with Evans Grocery Co. Survivors include one sister, Martha May Mazur of Huntington.  Funeral 1 p.m. Thursday at Reger Funeral Home; burial in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

DILLON, ALDEN —– I.R. JAN. 19, 1893, Saturday
Alden Dillon Dead.  For a long time Alden Dillon has been sick with lung complaint, and last Tuesday morning, at 6 o’clock, death ended his sufferings.  He died at the home of his brother-in-law, L. D. Davis, at Third street and Park avenue.  He was born in Ironton, and was 38 years old.  He has always been in the livery business, succeeding his father, who was in the same occupation before him.  He was a member of the K. of P., I. O. O. F. and the Heptasophs.   He was son of Davis Dillon, a pioneer in the livery business here and succeeded his father in the business which he conducted until about a year ago.  He was well known in the city, having resided here all his life and being of a social nature had many friends.  He never married.  The funeral will take place Thursday from his late home, and will probably be conducted by the K. of P. lodge and attended by the members of the other orders with which he was connected.

Wills of L. C. Voorhees and Alden Dillon, admitted to probate.

DILLON, ALICE —– Ironton Register, June 25, 1891
Marriage License – W. L. Wright and Alice Dillon.

DILLON, ALLEN —– Ironton City Directory, Residential Listings, 1882-1883(Transcribed by Ken Clark, San Antonio, Texas) Dillon, Allen, Manager, L.D. Davis, Res: 3rd and Olive

DILLON, ALVIN —– Ironton Register, February 12, 1891
Alvin Dillon, who has been at the Athens Insane Asylum for five years, died at that institution last Friday, and was brought here and buried on Sunday.  His age was 35 years.

DILLON, AMBROSE E. —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List: Dillon, Ambrose E., vol. 20, p408.

DILLON, ANDREW —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volume12, January 1875 – March 1880, “A-G”, Groom Index; Dillon, Andrew to Cole, Sarah E., p271.

DILLON, ANDREW —– Ironton City Directory, Residential Listings, 1882-1883(Transcribed by Ken Clark, San Antonio, Texas) Dillon, Andrew, Barber, Front between Pine and Spruce

DILLON, ANNA —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p275; Pemberton, Daisy to   Dillon, Anna.

DILLON, ARTHUR —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List:
Dillon, Arthur, vol. 18, p509.

DILLON, ARTHUR —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes,  Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – February 25, 1922, “D-H” Groom Index; Dillon, Arthur W. to Miller, Irma; p500, vol.29.

DILLON, ASHTON —– Dillon, Ashton, 12 days, b. 10 March 1999, d. 22 March 1999, Ironton Tribune,
24 March 1999.

Sheriff Merill left on the Fleetwood Tuesday evening, having in charge the following persons sentenced to the penitentiary:  Ewell Boyd, grand larceny – stole two cows from his mother-in-law and sold them – sentenced to three years;   Benjamin Swartzwood, manslaughter, Wall’s murder case, sentenced to two years; Alonzo Gilmore, stabbing Banks Dillon, at Marion, with intent to wound him, sentenced to one year.  Also Russell Walls, sentenced to the Reform Farm for malicious destruction of property.

Banks Dillon, who was indicted by the last grand jury on the charge of adultery, was arraigned in  Common Pleas court this morning.  A jury trial was waved and the case admitted to the court.  The court found him guilty and imposed a fine of $25 and costs and sentenced him to the workhouse for three months or until the fine and costs are paid.  The workhouse sentence was suspended on the condition that he keep away from G—le Wilson and treat his wife well.  the jury was then excused until Monday morning.

Burlington Cemetery – located in Fayette Township
Dillon, Flemmon  born:  1819  died Dec. 7, 1848  son of J. & R.
Dillon, Jesse    born:  1788  died Aug. 25, 1838
Dillon, Rebecca  born   1790  died:  March 13, 1873 – wife of Jesse

Marriage license issued to:  Benj. Dillon and Sarah Chapman.

DILLON, BEN —– Ironton Register, Jan. 26, 1899 – Proctorville – Mr. Ben Dillon is very sick with appendicitis.

DILLON, BEN —– Ironton Register (ROCKWOOD), THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1901· The health of the vicinity is good, except a few cases of la grippe.
· Farmers are beginning to prepare the soil for the spring crops.
· Candidates are thick in our neighborhood.
· Lee Dickey of Scott Town has moved his saw mill to our creek and is sawing on the farm of Charley Smith.
· Joseph Whitley spent one day last week with his brother, E. P. Whitley, of this place.
· Jack Phillips and family of Proctorville spent last Friday at the home of Ben Dillon.
· Our school is progressing nicely under the management of Miss Lona Thacker.

DILLON, BEN —– Ironton Register, Thurs., September 18, 1902 – FAIR CLOSES
The Lawrence County Fair held at Proctorville last Thursday and Friday was done of the biggest and perhaps the most successful fair ever held at this place.  ..…..E. J. Smith made a fine showing with his black polled cattle.  Ben Dillon, J. Fulks, H. C. Watters and others showed some good Jerseys……..

DILLON, BEN —– Ironton Register, July 4, 1907 – CHARGED WITH FORGERY. Ben Dillon was arrested last week for forging an order on his father, Robert Dillon, was brought before Squire Neal Friday afternoon, but his hearing was postponed until this afternoon.  The order was presented to S & E Smith and he received $25 worth of goods on the order.  Dillon was bound over to the  next common pleas court under bond of $300, which in default he went to jail.

DILLON, BERT —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List Dillon, Bert, vol. 20, p295.

DILLON, BERTHA —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index; Callicoat, G. E. to Dillon, Bertha; p 14, vol. 26.

DILLON, BOMIE —– Marriage license issued – Ironton Register, Jan. 15, 1891
Marriage license issued to:  Bomie Dillon and Gertrude Lee.


DILLON, BRUNSON —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volume12, January 1875 – March 1880, “A-G”, Groom Index; Dillon, Brunson to Brown, Laura F., p248.

DILLON CEMETERY NE1/4, S4, T2, R16. SR775. 1887. .47a.
Located in a cultivated field a few hundred yards east of the junction of Rte 775 and Greasy Ridge Road.

DILLON,  C. —– Ironton Register, April 1, 1869, Through the County,  by T. A. Walton. . . . . .We laid out a road from R. Walls’ farm on Robinson branch, to W. Moredick’s on the ridge, passing through the lands of Z. Wells and a part of Mannon’s. Found the road to be one very much needed. Next we met was C. Dillon, who says he has sold out and bought over in Lincoln, W. Va., where he can have plenty of room.

DILLON CAGER —– Lawrence County, Ohio Will Indexes for Books 12-14; 1929-1941, p110, book 13.

DILLON, CALLIE —– Ironton Register, Thur., October 23, 1902, MARRIAGE LICENSES
“……….. of W. Va. And Callie Dillon, 20, Lawrence County, O. Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List:  Dillon, Callie, vol. 19, p410.

DILLON, CALLIE —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index;  Smith, Alva to Dillon, Callie; p 324, vol. 30.

J. A. Rodgers vs. Caroline M. Dillon, et al, a suit in partition.

DILLON, C. B., —– Ironton Register, Thur., August 21, 1902, CEBEE C. B. Dillon, who has been at home on a vacation, has returned to Ada, Ohio, to pursue his studies.

DILLON, C. B., —– Irontgon Register, thur., October 23, 1902, Local and Personal

C. B. Dillon of CeBee was in the city Friday.  Mr. Dillon has just recovered from a spell of the fever and begins teaching in Windsor township Monday.

DILLON, C. B., —– Ironton Register, October 16, 1903, CEBEE C. B. Dillon who is teaching at South Point, spent last Saturday and Sunday at home.

DILLON, C. B., —– Ironton Register, Feb. 8, 1906 – Prospering – W. A. Russell is in receipt of a letter from C. B. Dillon, formerly of this county but now of Crawford,  Colorado in which he states that he is blessed with good health and has …………….

DILLON, C. B. —– Morning Irontonian, Sun., 15 August 1920 — C. B. Dillon Is Elected To Head County Schools And Examiners Apointed — At a regular meeting held Saturday morning the Lawrence County Board of Education elected Prof. C. B.Dillon of this city as county school superintendent to succeed L. C. Martin, resigned.  Mr Dillon was elected for a term of three years at a salary of 3,100 per year, as against 2,400 previously paid for the position.
The new superintendent has served as superintendent of District No. 2 ever since the organization of the county school system and has made an enviable record.  His selection as successor to Mr Martin is a recognition of merit that will meet with general approval on the part of teachers and the public and it is certain that he will maintain the county schools at the very highest standard.
The board at the session appointed V. F. Dillon of South Point and Curtis Shafer of Wilgus as county examiners to succeed C. B. Dillon and O. A. Williams.
Miss Cory an experienced teacher of Columbus who was highly recommended by Prof. T. Howard Winters, formerly of this city, was elected as teacher of the training school at Marion at a salary of $1,600 per year.  The state pays $1,000 of this amount.
The board also made an appropriation of $250 for the expenses of the Lawrence County Teachers’ Institute, which will be held either at the First Presbyterian or the First M. E. church in this August 30 to September 3.

Marriage license issued to:  Chas. Dillon and Emma Jenkins.

DILLON, CHAS. —– Morning Irontonian, 27 May 1920, Thursday – DEPUTY SHERIFF DILLON INJURED —  Falls Down Steps At Central Hotel Wednesday – Deputy Sheriff Chas. Dillon met with a very painful and quite serious accident at the Central Hotel, operated by Elva Ball on Center Street, Wednesday morning.  He was coming down the steps at the hotel and turned to speak to a friend when he made a misstep and tumbled down the entire flight to the cement sidewalk.  He sustained a bad fracture of the right arm at the elbow and a severe gash over one eye.  Dr. E. E. Wells was called to attend him and he was taken to the Marting Hospital for treatment.  The many friends of Mr. Dillon will deeply regret his accident and hope for a speedy and permanent recovery.

DILLON, CHAS. —– Morning Irontonian, 17 July 1920, Saturday – CHAS. DILLON SOME BETTER –
It was quite currently rumored yesterday that Chas. Dillon deputy sheriff and candidate for the Republican nomination for sheriff was in critical condition at his home at Linnville and some of the reports had it that he was dead.  “The Irontonian” was able not only to disapprove the report of Mr. Dillon’s death and to learn that while he has been quite ill his condition was reported last night as greatly improved.

DILLON, CHAS. —– The Morning Irontonian, 21 July 1920, Wednesday – DEATH CLAIMS CHAS.         DILLON — Deputy Sheriff Passed Away Tuesday Afternoon –Deputy Sheriff Charles Dillon died at 3:55 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at his home near Linneville, in Lawrence Township, passed away in sleep without ever having regained consciousness since he passed into a state of coma several days.

The news of Mr. Dillon’s death was not unexpected but it cast a gloom of sorrow over the entire community, as hundreds had been interested in his unequal fight with death for some days.  His family was assembled at his bedside in the final hour and Sheriff C. H. Hutchinson, one of his staunchest friends, was also present when the spirit of the deputy sheriff took its flight.

The deceased was a native of the vicinity of Marion, this county, but after his marriage located on a farm near Linneville, where he spent the greater part of his life in farming and road contracting.  In 1917 he was named by Sheriff Hutchinson as his deputy and was filling that office at the time he met with the accident which eventually resulted in his death.

It was on May 26th that Mr. Dillon, while coming down the steps at the Central Hotel on Center Street, conducted by Mr. Bail, lost his footing and fell down the entire flight to the cement sidewalk.  He sustained a compound fracture on one arm and injures about his head which confined him to the Marting Hospital for weeks.  He recovered sufficiently to go to his home and even had been able to get about to some extent in the prosecution of his candidacy for sheriff but several weeks ago blood poisoning developed from the wound in his arm and it was either this or a blood clot on his brain from the concussion sustained in the fall, or a combination of the two, that eventually resulted in his death Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Dillon was generally recognized as the most formidable candidate in the race for sheriff and it is generally believed he would have been the Republican nominee for that office had he lived, as his unfortunate accident and consequent helpless condition on the eve of realizing his fondest ambition was giving impetus to rather than retarding his candidacy.  He was a member of Myrtle Baptist church and was affiliated with the Knights of the Golden Eagle.  He is survived by a widow and seven children, four sons and three daughters.

The children are:  Mrs. Eva Triplett of Ashland, Ky., Misses Oma and Mazie Dillon at home; Miles Dillon of Ironton and an employee of the Model Laundry, Robert Dillon now with the U. S. Army in France, Carlos and Otis Dillon at home.

Few men in Lawrence County had a wider circle of warm friends than Charlie Dillon.  He was a man who had met with many reverses in the race of life but he met every situation with a smile and his good nature under all circumstances was proverbial.  He was a splendid husband and father, ever mindful of the material needs of his family, was industrious in any undertaking with which he was connected and in his official life was exceptionally devoted to duty, being ready for any service at any time, day or night.  The writer has memories of the most pleasant relations with Mr. Dillon, who was always kind and courteous and thoughtful under all circumstances.  It is to be sincerely regretted that death should have summoned him just at a time when he bade fair to gain an official position that would have aided him financially in his later years, he being past 56 years of age at the time of his death.

The funeral services will be held some time Thursday at Myrtle Baptist church with burial at Myrtle Cemetery.

DILLON, CHAS., —– Morning Irontonian, July 23, 1920, Friday – MANY ATTENDED DILLON FUNERAL —  The funeral services of the late deputy sheriff, Chas. Dillon were conducted yester day morning from  the Myrtle Baptist church, Rev. Sanders, pastor of the Kitts Hill Baptist church in charge with Revs. Bostick and Dillon assisting.  The little church was filled to capacity with friends and neighbors who paid their last respects to one who was held in the highest esteem by everyone.  Burial occurred in the Myrtle cemetery under the direction of Undertaker Phillips of Waterloo. The court rooms and offices of the clerks of courts, sheriff and judge were closed until one o’clock yesterday afternoon to permit the courthouse attaches to attend the funeral services.  In addition to his associates at the courthouse many Ironton friends attended the funeral.

DILLON, CLARA —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, Vol. 22, p34.

DILLON, CLARA —– from “Genealogical Works of Robert M Willis, Volume I”, submitted by Oma Griffith,
Willard Sites(1896-1973), married Clara Dillon,  12-15-1921.

DILLON, CLARA BELLE —- (Obituary Notice) Ironton Register, October 31, 1895 Dillon, Clara Belle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Dillon of Scott Town, died October 16, 1895 after a two week illness.  She was converted and joined the M. E. church in 1882 at the age of 13 years and was a consistent Christian.  She bore her sickness very patiently amid the severest suffering would about and sing praises and say “the will of the Lord be done.”  She said she saw “Jesus and Heavens and all was joy”.  She told family not to grieve, bid them good-bye and said “meet me in heaven”.  She had been a Lawrence County teacher for 4 years.  The broken family will sadly miss her, but our loss is her gain, reaping her reward.

DILLON, CLARA M. —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List:
Dillon, Clara M., vol. 19, p163.

DILLON, CLARE E., —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index;  Sites, Willard to Dillon, Clare E.; p 483, vol. 29.

DILLON, CLARENCE —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, vol. 24, p42.

DILLON, CLARENCE B. —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, Vol. 21, p375.

DILLON, C. M. —– I. R., AUGUST 20, 1903, AT POLKADOTTE C. M. Dillon says he has been living here 37 years and never had as poor prospect for corn as he has this year.  Oat crops was also light, but has several head of nice cattle and hogs.

DILLON, CORINNE RUTH “BRENDA” —–  The Herald-Dispatch, 07/08/01, Huntington
Corinne Ruth “Brenda” Dillon, 50, of South Point, formerly of Huntington, died Friday (July 6) in Our Lady of
Bellefonte Hospital, Russell, Ky. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her mother, Lestie Marie Lewis of Huntington; two daughters, Jaclyn Dillon and Cheryl Hale, both of Huntington; three brothers, Richard Lewis of Rock Hill, S.C., Johnny Lewis of Wayne, W.Wa., and Ralph Lewis of Lavalette, W.Va.; and three sisters, Betty Jackson of Kenova, W.Va., Joyce Jenkins of Ceredo, W.Va., and Carroll Osborne of Tylertown, Miss. Funeral 1 p.m. Tuesday at Reger Funeral Chapel; burial in Spring Valley Memory Gardens, Huntington. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

DILLON, CORA G., —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index; Jones, Wayne R., to Dillon, Cora G.; p 458, vol. 30.

DILLON, CORA M. —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List:
Dillon, Cora M., vol. 18, p465.

DILLON, CREAD C.—– I. R. OCT. 2, 1879 Died – At Greasy Ridge, Sept. 15th, Cread C. Dillon, aged 69 years.

DILLON, CURTIS —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – February 25, 1922, “D-H” Groom Index; Dillon, Curtis to Boyd, Mary D.; p300, vol. 28

DILLON, CYRUS – COMMON PLEAS COURT – I. R. OCT. 10, 1867 Cyrus Dillon entered into a recognizance to keep the peace, bond $300.

DILLON, CYRUS M. —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, Vol. 23, p419.

DILLON, MISS DELILAH —– I. R. DEC. 7, 1854 Died on Nov. 30th, in this town (Ironton), Miss Delilah Dillon, aged about 19 years.

DILLON, DAVIS, Spirit of the Times —– I. R. April 5, 1853 – Lawrence Common Pleas – Davis Dillon, James Crawford, Jerome Crawford, Silas Crawford, Clinton Crawford, Franklin Crawford, Clarissa Ann Crawford and Matilda Crawford – Administrator, widow and heirs at law, of Hugh Crawford deceased – BILL IN CHANCERY – versus – William J. Game… describes property.

DILLON, DAVIS —– I. R. Nov. 25, 1858 – R. B. Hamilton.   This is the name of a new stern-wheel steamboat just built in this county.  The hull was made by Asa Kimball, at the mouth of Symmes Creek. – The cabin was built at Ironton, where the boat received her machinery, that of the old steamer Latrobe. Length of boat 148 feet, beam 30 feet, hold 4 feet.  She took on about 200 tons of Centre Furnace pig iron, and left for Pittsburgh, a day or two since, under command of Capt. Davis Dillon, John Irwin, Clerk; Perry Scott, Engineer.  She worked finely.

DILLON,  DENNIE —– Lawrence Co., OH, Marriage Index, Books 25-34; 1914-1929; Dillon, Dennie to  Corn, Dorothy, p328, vol 33.

DILLON, EBBIE —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p189; Conrad, William to        Dillon, Ebbie.

DILLON, ED —– Ironton Register, Oct. 15, 1891 Ed. Dillon, a son of Rev. J. W. Dillon, was admitted to the bar last week.

DILLON, EDWARD B. —– The Morning Irontonian, November 12, 1919, Wed., “JUDGE DILLON DIED TUESDAY”, “Popular Jurist Spent Youthful Days In Ironton”, Portsmouth, O., Nov. 11. – Relatives and friends in Portsmouth of Judge Edward B., Dillon, of Franklin County common pleas court were notified in a message of his death which occurred at his home at Columbus, shortly after noon today.  He had been ill for several months and the news of his death was not entirely unexpected, although it was received with a feeling of sincere regret by his many friends here.  Born at Ironton, Feb. 9, 1969, the son of Rev. and Mrs John W. Dillon, Edward spent a number of years of his youth in this city and at the age of 14 was a messenger in the First National Bank.  He received his education at Ohio Wesleyan University at  Delaware, from where he was graduated in 1889 and then took up the study of law in the office of  Hon. S. W. Durflinge, London, Ohio.  He was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1891 and began the practice of law at Columbus.  The Supreme Court of Ohio appointed him a member of the State Law Examining Committee in 1897 and continued to reappoint him until 1902, when he was elected to the common pleas court bench in Franklin County, which position he has since filled ably and with much distinction.  Judge Dillon was nominated for governor by the Republican state convention in 1912 but resigned from the ticket before entering the campaign.  He was a member of the Columbus Board of Trade and numerous secret societies, and for a number of years was a member of the Columbus Civil Service Commission.  He was also for a number of years counsel for the State Dairy and Food Department which with his active membership in the Ohio State Bar Association gave him a wide acquaintance throughout the state.  Judge Dillon was married May 9, 1895 to Marian Dean Whitney of Norwalk, Ohio and the widow with their three children survive besides his mother, Mrs. Mary C. Dillon of this city; a brother, Benjamin H. Dillon, and a sister, Mrs. Gilbert D. Waite of this city and a sister, Mrs. Morgan Mollohan of Wichita, Kan.  His father, the Rev. John W. Dillon, died March 10th last.  Local relatives who will Wednesday go to Columbus to attend the funeral will include Mrs. Mary C. Dillon, Mrs. John C. Dillon, Ben H. Dillon and Mrs. Gilbert D. Waite.  Charles Seudder who is in Cincinnati will go from there to the funeral which will be held Thursday afternoon.  Burial will be made at Columbus.  Judge Dillon had a legion of friends here who will learn of his death with sincere regret.

DILLON, EDWIN —— Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List:
Dillon, Edwin, vol. 20, p326.

DILLON, EFFIE —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p448; Irions, John C. to Dillon, Effie D.

DILLON, EFFIE C. —– Lawrence County Ohio, Marriage Vol. 13 Index, March 1880-April 1884, p397; Synder, Benjamin F. to Dillon, Effie C.

DILLON, ELENOR —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List:
Dillon, Elenor, vol. 19, p14.

DILLON, ELLA —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20, 1895 -1905, “D” List:
Dillon, Ella, vol. 18, p260.

DILLON, ELLA A. —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, Vol. 21, p154.

DILLON, ELIZABETH —– Lawrence County Ohio, Marriage Vol. 13 Index, March 1880-April 1884, p229;
Roach, George W. to Dillon, Elizabeth.

DILLON, ELMER —– Ironton Register, Thur., August 21, 1902, CEBEE Elmer Dillon has a fine lot of watermelons.

DILLON, ELMER —– I. R. Jan. 9, 1903 – Cebee – Elmer Dillon has been spending the holidays with friends in

DILLON, ELMER —– Ironton Register, Dec. 10, 1903 – Dobbston – Elmer Dillon of Cebee, was calling on friends
at this place Saturday.

DILLON, ELMER W. —– (Proctorville News) Ironton Register, December 21, 1905
I. R. Dec. 21, 1905 – Mr. Elmer W. Dillon of Cebee and Miss Ottie Hall of Dobbstown were united in marriage at the M. E. parsonage at Proctorville, Sunday. Dec. 17, at 12:30 o’clock.  Rev. W. H. Tope performed the ceremony.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs Otto Dillon of Cebee and Mis Inez Hall of Dobbstown and Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Hall of Rockwood.  The bride was beautifully attired in a blue silk dress, blue hat, white vail and white gloves.  The groom wore the conventional black.  After the ceremony, a wedding dinner was served at the home of the groom’s sister, Mrs. S. Shafter of Guyandotte.  Mr. and Mrs. Dillon left on the Virginia Monday morning for Cincinnati and other points.  They will be gone a week.  Mr. Dillon is a prosperous young farmer of Cebee, where the young people will reside.  Mrs. Dillon is the beautiful daughter of Mr. and Mrs John R. Hall of Dobbstown.  They will be at home at Cebee, after Christmas.  The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Dillon unit in an expression of best wishes and

DILLON, ELMER W. —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list,
Vol. 21, p28.

DILLON, EMMA J. —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volume12, January 1875 – March
1880 “A-G”, Groom Index; Callicoat, Levi to Dillon, Emma J., p515.

DILLON, ETHEL —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p253; Mansfield, Stanley to     Dillon, Ethel

DILLON, EVA —– Dillon, Eva, 96, b. 1 April 1902, d. 22 March 1999, Ironton Tribune, 24 March 1999.

DILLON, EVA E. —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, Vol. 23, p399.

DILLON, EVALYN —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, Vol. 23, p228.

DILLON, E. W., —– Ironton Register, thur., September 4, 1902, CEBEE Elmer McCaffrey of Huntington was calling on E. W. Dillon Sunday.

DILLON, EMORY —– Ironton Register, Nov. 16, 1905 Mr. and Mrs. Emory Dillon are visiting Mrs. Dillon’s parents this week at Proctorville.

DILLON, MISS ETHEL —– I.R. February 12, 1891 – (Under Windsor) Miss Ethel Dillon has had a very sore eye the last week, but she can now attend school.

DILLON, FANNY —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index; Cornwell, Wiley to Dillon, Fanny;  p 384, vol. 28.

DILLON, FLORA —– Ironton Register, September 18, 1902, WILLOW WOOD ……… Miss Flora Dillon spent last week with friends at Mancker.  …….. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Haffner entertained quite a number of their friends, Sunday.  Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Shafer, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cooper and daughter of Dobbston, Misses Lillie and Jennie Corn and Flora Dillon, Frederick Gruber and daughters, Bertha and Carrie, Willie Synder, Adam Mets and Fred McDare. ……..

DILLON, FLORA —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index; Fredman, Louis to Dillon, Flora; p 253, vol. 30.

DILLON, FLOSSIE —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p509; Morris, Birk to
Dillon, Flossie.

DILLON, FLOYD —– Lawrence Co., OH, Marriage Indexes; Groom Index, Vol. 25-31, 1914-1924; Dillon, Floyd, to Harmon, Sibyl; p167, v31.

DILLON, FLOYD J. —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – February 25, 1922, “D-H” Groom Index; Dillon, Floyd J. to Bennett, Pearl; p201, vol. 28.

DILLON, FRANKLIN —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p310; Dillon, Franklin to
Mannon, Gilley

DILLON, FRED W. —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, Vol. 22, p462.

DILLON, GEORGE  —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – February 25, 1922, “D-H” Groom Index; Dillon, George to Earls, Josephine; p35, vol. 29.

DILLON, GEORGE —– Lawrence Co., OH, Marriage Indexes; Groom Index, Vol. 25-31, 1914-1924; Dillon, George., to Hoskins, Anna; p36, v31.

DILLON, GEORGE W. —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p572; Dillon, George W.
to Dennison, Della.

DILLON, GRACE —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volume 25, 1914-1916, “A-L” List, Bride Index, p136; Grace Dillon to Clifford R. Capple.

DILLON, GRANT —– Ironton Register, Oct 22, 1903 – A dispatch from Huntington, W. Va., to the Enquirer of today states that Grant Dillon of Scott Town, O., 82 years old, was chloroformed and robbed of $52 at the Continental Hotel there last night.  He was found in the rear of the building in a dazed condition.

DILLON, H —– Ironton Register, Thursday, October 18, 1888, COUNTRY NOTES – OUR PILGRIM VISITING AMONG THE FARMERS – H. Dillon’s apples not a full crop, but fine fruit. V. Dillon still hammers hot iron, on the hill and attends his little farm.

DILLON, HARVEY M. —– Marriage Book 16, Groom Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895; Dillon Harvey M. to Nance, Samantha, p415.

T THE OHIO PENITENTIARY,  APRIL 1844 – JUNE 1889, Abstracted by Martha J. Kounse Harvey Martin, 2 yrs, Forgery

DILLON, HAZEL —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index; Morris, Orin, to Dillon, Hazel; p 162, vol. 30.

Miss Helen Dillon, of Catlettsburg, is the guest of friends here. I.R. Oct. 25, 1894 (article headed “ON THE ROUNDS” – PLATFORM)

DILLON, HENRY —– I. R. Jan. 29, 1880 – Dobbston Bits. Henry Dillon, our worthy miller, has sold out to William Thompson, of Long Creek.

DILLON, HENRY —– I. R. MAY 14, 1891 In the case of Dillon vs Dillon, the Sheriff sold 30 acres in Windsor to Henry Dillon, last Saturday.

DILLON, HENRY —– I. R. Oct. 25, 1894 (article headed “ON THE ROUNDS” – PLATFORM)… Henry Dillon who lives on the hill did not raise as much grain as usual; had 80 bushels of wheat, 20 acres of corn; has 15 cattle, 37 sheep; 16 hogs and 5 horses; had received a letter from his son John H. Dillon in
Oklahoma;  he likes the place very well; his many friends will be pleased to hear of his being nominated by the Republicans of Blaine County for Treasurer.  Vincent Dillon is still at the old stand ready to shoe a horse or make or repair a wagon and is a sociable fellow generally. …

DILLON, HENRY —– I. R. JULY 18, 1895 Died – Near Scott Town, last Friday, the 12th, Henry Dillon, an old and esteemed citizen of Windsor township.  Mr. Dillon had been sick of some form of kidney complaint for about two weeks.  His age was 64.  He came from Monroe county to Lawrence in 1847.  He married a Miss Reed, who with two daughters and a son, survives him.

DILLON, HENRY —– Ironton Register, November 9, 1899, Willow Wood Henry Dillon, our postmaster, and Charley, his deputy, have a store here and are doing a good business.  Dr. Slone says he has been very busy, and that his practice is good.  Dr.  Frank Massie, of Scott Town, is in demand has a good practice.  Henry Miller is deputy postmaster for John Rowe.

DILLON, HENRY —– Ironton Register, Thur., October 23, 1902, GOOD MEETINGS – Held at Several Points in the County Saturday – The Republican meetings held Saturday afternoon and evening were largely attended and were characterized by enthusiasm and good attention.  Col. C. A. Thompson, Howell G. Hopkins and E. E. Cora addressed meetings at Macedonia and Burlington and met with a most harty reception…………..”  T.  D Shirkey, A. D. Bruce and Don Vose had a splendid meeting at Willow Wood, Henry Dillon presided………..” Capt. George Keys and A. J. Layne were at Getaway, Saturday, holding a Republican rally…………..”

DILLON, HENRY —– I. R. MAY 25, 1905 Henry Dillon died at his home at Willow Wood last Friday afternoon . . . kidney trouble, aged 66 years.  He was  Justice of the Peace of Windsor Township, and postmaster of Willow Wood at the time of his death.  He is survived by a wife and the following:  John, George, Charles, William, Mrs. Anna Pemberton, Mrs. Ida Boyd, Mrs. Mabel Gore and Miss Flora.  Burial at Myrtle cemetery.  (see also William H. Dillon)

DILLON, MRS HENRY —– I. R. AUGUST 20, 1903, AT PLATFORM Mrs. Henry Dillon (Jane Reed) is now at home from a extended trip at Oklahoma.  Mrs. Dillon says the climate there is very inspiring and that she regained health considerably.  Her daughter, Mrs. Enochs (Mary E. Dillon), is here visiting her but will leave in the near future to be with her husband, who is now in Oklahoma.

DILLON, HERMAN —– Lawrence Co., Oh, Marriage Index, Books 25-34; 1914-1929; Dillon, Herman to
Burcham, Weltha, p357, vol 33.

DILLON, HERMAN —– Dillon, Herman, 77, b. 11 October 1921, d. 5 May 1999, Ironton Tribune,5 & 6 May 1999.

DILLON, HILDA FAE —– Lawrence Co., OH, Marriage Indexes; Grooms Index, Vol. 25-31, 1914-1924;
Dilley, Berkley; Dillon Hilda Fae; p385, v31.

DILLON, HIRAM —– Lawrence County Ohio, Marriage Vol. 13 Index, March 1880-April 1884, p538; Dillon, Hiram to Baker, Alta.

DILLON,  HIRAM B. —– Census of 1890, Windsor Twp., Civil War veteran

Military Discharge Records from Lawrence County, Ohio Recorder’s Office, vol 1, p136

DILLON, HIRAM B. —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 21-24, 1905-1914,  “D” list, Vol. 22, p594.

DILLON, HOBART —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – February 25, 1922, “D-H” Groom Index; Dillon, Hobart to LaNier, Ferne; p213, vol. 28.

DILLON, HOWARD —– IRONTON TRIBUNE, DECEMBER 8, 1961?, Retired Ironton Teacher Injured In Auto Wreck —– IRONTON — Miss Marietta Friend, 71, who retired last June as a teacher here, was critically injured yesterday in a traffic mishap at Columbia, S. C.  Miss Friend suffered a broken leg, a ruptured spleen and other injuries.  She is a patient at General Hospital at Columbia.  Howard Dillon of Columbia, formerly of Lawrence County, who was driver of the car in which Miss Friend was riding, suffered a broken ankle.  Information concerning the mishap was received here by Mrs. Mark G. Stewart (sister of Mr. Dillon).

DILLON, H. M. —– Morning Irontonian, 12 September 1920, FATHER OF FIVE SEEKS DIVORCE —A suit for divorce was brought in Common Pleas court yesterday by H. M. Dillon vs. Samantha Dillon.  The parties were married in Ironton Sept. 5, 1894 and have five children.  Plaintiff alleges willful absence on the part of the defendant since July 7, 1916 and asks divorce, custody of minor children and property rights to real estate in Windsor township.

DILLON, HUGH E. —– The Herald-Dispatch, June 20, 2000, MARY EVALYN DILLON, 85, of
Chesapeake, widow of Hugh E. Dillon, died Monday in Heartland of Riverview Nursing Home. Survivors
include one son, Joe W. Dillon of Chesapeake. Funeral 11 a.m. Thursday at Hall Funeral Home,
Proctorville; burial in Getaway Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral

DILLON, IDA —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p410; Boyd, Charles E. to Dillon, Ida.

DILLON, IMA —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index; Mash, Arthur, to Dillon, Ima; p 233, vol. 31.

DILLON, INFANT —– I. R., December 29, 1897 Died – Dec. 25, infant child of Wm. Dillon.

DILLON IRENE —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index; Hilgenberg, Frank, to Dillon, Irene; p 212, vol. 28.

DILLON, IRWIN —– Dillon, Irvin, 84, b. 22 October 1914, d. 1 July 1999, Ironton Tribune, 2 July 1999.

DILLON, ISAAC —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volume12, January 1875 – March 1880 “A-G”, Groom Index; Dillon, Isaac to Thompson, Julia A., p468.

DILLON, JAMES —– from Lawrence County Ohio, Marriage Vol. 13 Index, March 1880-April 1884, p269; Dillon, James to Duty, Martha J., p306

DILLON, J. C. —– COMMON PLEAS COURT – I. R. NOVEMBER 25, 1880 (?) Abram Moore vs J. C. Dillon; judgment for plaintiff; $165.75; and sale ordered.

DILLON, J. C. —– PROBATE COURT – I.R. APRIL 23, 1896   J. C. Dillon, W. E. Rowe and John Pierce appointed appraisers in estate of N. Savony.

DILLON, JENNIE —– IWR Dec. 9, 1893 – State vs. Roma Dorman for criminal libel against Jennie Dillon.
The case was heard by the judge without a jury and the defendant found guilty and fined $1 and costs, which will
amount to over $100.  The parties live near Scott Town.

DILLON, JENNIE B. —– Marriage Book 16, Bride Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p458; Fulks, John E  to
Dillon, Jennie B.

DILLON, JENNY —– Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes, Volume 25 – 29, 1914 – 1924,  Groom Index; Gillen, Garland, to Dillon, Jenny; p 145, vol. 30.

DILLON, JERRY —– I. R. (BURLINGTON), AUGUST 13, 1891 Quite a number of our young men have positions at the powder mill, they seem well pleased with their work and have no fears of being blown up. Among them are Frank Campbell, Fred McClure and Jerry Dillon.

DILLON, JERRY —– IWR (BURLINGTON) MAY 13, 1893 Jerry Dillon left for Chicago last week. Chas. Ankrun and Ed. Campbell will follow in a few days.

DILLON, JERRY —– IRONTON REGISTER (BURLINGTON)  AUGUST 13, 1891 · Quite a number of our young men have positions at the powder mill, they seem well pleased with their work and have no fears of being blown up. Among them are Frank Campbell, Fred McClure and Jerry Dillon. ·
Rev. Scott delivered quite an interesting sermon Sunday morning.
· A very pleasant affair will occur next Saturday night, August 15th, called an ice cream social, to be given at the residence of John Dillon. We are expecting a nice time and a big crowd, see that you are one of the throng.
· Jerry Davidson with his sons, Ed, Fred and Hugh, were among friends here Sunday.
· Among our visitors are Mrs. Maria Sperry, Miss May Mansfield, Minnie Swartz and Mr. And Mrs. Drurea.
· No sickness among us at this writing, which we are glad to note. DORIS.

DILLON, JESSE —– I. R. October 8, 1857 Asa Kimball, at the mouth of Symmes Creek, built the hull of a steamboat, this season, for Capt. J. G. Shute and his associates which has just received the machinery and been finished at Cincinnati. A pretty little cotton boat for the Bayou Trade, called the “Red Chief,” length 116 feet, beam 30 ½; depth of hold 5-3 boilers 18 ft. long, 36 inches in diameter; cylinders 16 inches in diameter, 4 ½ stroke. It is said she will carry 1200 bales of cotton. J. G. Shute, Captain; C. H. Kouns, Clerk; Jesse Dillon, mate.

DILLON, JESSE —– I. R. SEP. 27, 1860 Married on the 20th inst., by Rev. J. M. Kelley, Mr. Jesse Dillon, and Miss Amanda Kimball, of Symmes Creek.

DILLON, JESSE —– from Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volume12, January 1875 – March 1880 “A-G”, Groom Index; Dillon, Jesse to Raynard, Olivie, p172.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Register, Thursday, October 18, 1888 Jesse DILLON has about finished his contract on abutments and grading for the bridge across Indian Guyan on the  Athalia and Ironton pike via. Getaway. Bridge is 85 ft. long. Mr. DILLON has just been awarded the contract for  putting up a large reservoir in Huntington, costing about $6000; wants men and teams.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Register, April 9, 1891 Jesse Dillon is to resume work at Kenova with a force of men, May 1st.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Register, July 23, 1891 Jesse Dillon fell from one of the abutments on the approach to the bridge at Kenova last Thursday.  He was bruised  considerably but not seriously hurt.  He was in town this morning walking with a cane.

DILLON, JESSE  —–  I. R. Aug. 13, 1891   Jessie Dillon advertises for more men to work on the N. & W. R. R.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Register, May 19, 1892 –  Jesse Dillon met with a serious accident, last sunday.  He was riding over Bald Knob hill, beyond Rock Camp, when the vehicle he was in overturned, and threw him violently on the ground, breaking his arm in two places.  His many friends sympathize with him.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Weekly Register, November 18, 1893 – TO WORK WITH PRISONERS. The county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday entered into a contract with Jessie Dillon to crush limestone for  the county, working the chain-gang prisoners.  Dillon has a stone crusher and will do the work at the stock house at Etna furnace.  He pays 50 cents a day to the county for each prisoner he works and the county pays 35 cents a ton for the crushed limestone.  The county furnishes the stone on the cars to the crusher.

DILLON, JESSE —– COMMISSIONERS – I. R. January 11, 1894 Contracted with Jesse Dillon to berm limestone turnpike 3 at $2.75 per day for a driver and team, and if sufficient prisoners cannot be obtained on changing to hire outside help at $1. a day.

DILLON. JESSE —– I. R., February 7, 1895, PROBATE COURT ……. Jesse Dillon appointed admr. of Richard Adams. ……..

JESSE DILLON’S SUIT —– I. R. November 21, 1895 The City of Ironton allowed Jesse Dillon $2,000 on his Third street contract.  Jesse claimed $6600.  And this difference of opinion resulted  in a lawsuit, which closed last Saturday night with a verdict for $461 for the plaintiff. In this case, Mr. Dillon claimed the City Engineer did not make correct measurements, or allow him for the real amount of material he put on; that was a $4000 discrepancy between the actual amount of material required in the contract and the estimates of the Engineer.  The case occupied some time in its trial.  J. L. Anderson assisted Solicitor Rea, for the city.  A. R.  Johnson appeared for the Plaintiff.  Motion by city for a new trial.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Weekly Register, July 11, 1896 In the case of Jesse Dillon vs. the City of Ironton the court rendered a decision finding that there was due to plaintiff  for the construction of the Third street improvement $17,860.95, that there had been paid to him the sum of $13,408.10, leaving a balance of $3,952.85 due plaintiff for which judgment was rendered.  Attorney J. L Anderson, for the city, gave notice of motion for a new trial.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Register, July 22, 1897 – CITY COUNCIL  – Proposition from plaintiffs in the Jesse Dillon suit to settle for $4078, the amount of judgment, was rejected.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Register, Sept. 2, 1897 Jesse Dillon is back.  He didn’t get farther than Jackson, where he has a contract for a bridge.

DILLON, JESSE —– Ironton Register, Thursday, March 18, 1909 Many Anti-bellum Pilots; Jesse Dillon, Captain and Pilot, Burlington.  “Jesse Dillon was a Awachita River pilot …..”  (taken from FOLKLORE AND LEGENDS, 1996, P. 66, by Kouns and Wells)

DILLON JESSE M. —– Lawrence Co., Oh, Marriage Index, Books 25-34; 1914-1929; Doepping, Wm. O. to Dillon, Jessie M., p374, vol 32.

DILLON, REV. J. W. —– IRONTON REGISTER, JANUARY 5, 1865 Campbell, William A., married on the 29th at the residence of John Dillon Esq., by Rev. J. W. Dillon, Mr. William A.  Campbell to Miss Jennie Dillon, all of Burlington, Ohio.

DILLON, JIMMIE D., —– The Herald-Dispatch, November 29, 2000, JIMMIE D. DILLON, 59, of Proctorville, husband of Nancy Smith Dillon, died  Monday in St. Mary’s Hospital. He was an asbestos
mechanical installer. Also surviving are one son, David Dillon of Barboursville; and two sisters, Judy
Denning and Terri Davis. Funeral 1 p.m. Friday at Reger Funeral Home, Huntington; burial in Rome
Cemetery.  Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

DILLON, JOHN —– I.R. NOV. 4, 1875 Horace Twyman to John Dillon, land, $400.

DILLON, JOHN —– Ironton Register,  Jan. 30, 1879 Mr. and Mrs. Tole Peters, of Lawrence furnace, returned to their home last Monday.  They were called to Adelphi,  Ohio, by the death of Mrs. P’s father, Mr. John Dillon, on the 15th inst., and have since been visiting at John Peter’s.

DILLON, JOHN —– IRONTON REGISTER (BURLINGTON), AUGUST 13, 1891 A very pleasant affair will occur next Saturday night, August 15th, called an ice cream social, to be given at the  residence of John Dillon. We are expecting a nice time and a big crowd, see that you are one of the throng.

DILLON, JOHN —– IRONTON REGISTER, DEC. 31, 1891 John Dillon, one of the oldest citizens of this county, died at his home, at Burlington, last Tuesday.  He had been  sick for two weeks with the grippe.  He was about 80 years old.

DILLON, JOHN —– IRONTON REGISTER, Dec. 20, 1894 John Dillon, of Willow Wood, killed six groundhogs in his cucumber patch; and then shot a seventh which tumbled  back into the hole.  He reached down into the hole for his meat, but got fastened and so stuck for some time.  He  finally got out, after a big scare, but pulled his groundhog with him.

DILLON, JOHN —– Ironton Register, August 17, 1899 The lightening struck John Dillon’s home in Windsor during the big storm last week, and shattered it badly.  His  wife and two daughters were sleeping when the bolt struck and though they were stunned, they were not much hurt.   The house caught fire, but that was soon extinguished.

DILLON, JOHN —– IRONTON REGISTER, SEPT. 13, 1900 John Dillon, a prosperous farmer at Symmes Twp., died at his home near Waterloo Monday morning, aged 60(or 68)  years.  Dropsy and heart disease combined to cause his death.  The deceased was a brother of Rev. Joshua Dillon.

DILLON, JOHN —– I. R. May 29, 1902 Mrs. Mattie Owens of this City (Ironton) died at the Deaconess Hospital Sunday of typhoid pneumonia, aged 35.   Mrs. Owens was taken to the hospital last Friday, very ill, but from the first her case was deemed hopeless.  A  husband, Mr. Frank Owens, engineer on the ferry boat, and four children are left to mourn her loss.  The family  removed from Burlington about three months ago.  Mrs. Owens was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dillon,  deceased, of that town, and a cousin of Mrs. C. C. Davidson, Jas T. Watts and George W. Bean of this city. The  body was taken to Burlington Monday, where funeral services were held in the Protestant Methodist Church, of  which Mrs. Owens was a consistent member.

DILLON, JOHN —– Ironton Register, Aug. 31, 1905 John Dillon – Formerly of Scott Town, Boomed for Governor of Oklahoma.  A correspondent from Guthrie to  the Kansas City Journal recently had a great deal to say with reference to political matters in Oklahoma, affecting  the federal appointments.  He stated that Captain Pranz of Pawhuska would have strong backing as a successor to  Governor Ferguson and it is announced that the governor is to make a trip to Washington to explain some complaints that have been lodged against him.  Then, it is stated that should Wm. Grimes, territorial secretary, be  relegated, that John Dillon of is county would be backed for the place of Grimes’ strongest opponents.  The  appointment of John Dillon to the secretary ship would be a most pleasing one to his many friends in this territory,  but his appointment as governor would be better.  John Dillon would make a splendid governor and, since the next  governor must be a Republican, why no John Dillon?  He was son of Henry Dillon of Scott Town, O. He is  president of the First National Bank of Gary, Okla., and has been in the county since the opening.

DILLON, JOHN —– I. R. September 12, 1907, DEATH RECORD John Dillon, aged 29 years, a highly respected young man of this city, was called to his reward early this morning  at his home on North Second street from tuberculosis.  Mr. Dillon has been failing for some time but since June he has been in a serious condition.  He was well and favorably known and engaged as a wire drawer at the Belfont nail mill.  He also was a honored member of the Golden Eagles, under whose auspices he will be buried.  A loving wife,  father and mother are left demise.  Rev. David Francis will conduct the funeral services, but as yet the time has not  been arranged.

DILLON, JOHN —– Lawrence Co., Oh, Marriage Index, Books 25-34; 1914-1929; Dillon, John, to Feurt, Lois, p393, vol  34.

DILLON, JOHN —– Lawrence Co., Oh, Marriage Index, Books 25-34; 1914-1929;  Dillon, John to Hughes, Minnie, p554, vol 33.

DILLON, JOHN (Henry Simeon) —– Morning Irontonian, Tue., August 1, 1922, JOHN DILLON PASSED AWAY, Well Known County Resident Died Early Monday – John Dillon one of the best known and highly esteemed residents of this county, died suddenly at three Monday morning at his home on Johns Creek at the age of 57 years.  Mr. Dillon was a brother of the late Deputy sheriff Charles Dillon, and was beloved by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife and the following children, Minnie of Cleveland, Nettie Bowen of South Point, Leslie Dillon of Coal Grove, Clarence Dillon and Mrs. Clarence Massie of Ironton, Lawrence, Edward and Albert at Home.  Funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 o’clock at the home.  Burial will be in Sugar Creek cemetery, under the direction of undertaker Phillips of Waterloo.

DILLON, JOHN H. —– Lawrence County Ohio, Marriage Vol. 13 Index, March 1880-April 1884, p399; Dillon, John H. to Mounts, Josie.

DILLON, JOHN H. —– I. R. July 18, 1895 On a visit – John H. Dillon, of Watonga, Oklahoma, came home several days ago, in answer to a summons that his  father, Henry Dillon was seriously ill, and whose death is elsewhere referred to.  John went west to Colorado, in 1887, and has not been back to Lawrence county since.  He remained in Colorado for two years, and then went down to Oklahoma, and was in the grand rush for a town lot, but afterward it was discovered that between a railroad survey and a town street there wasn’t any lot left, so he left.  He is now in Blaine county.  He is Treasurer of the county.  He returns West today.

DILLON, JOHN H. —– SWI Dec. 20, 1907, ATTACHMENT IS WANTED John H. Dillon against W. A. Dillon is the style of the attachment suit filed Wednesday.  The amount is $576.16 with  interest from October 1905 at 6 per cent.  Miller and Irish attorneys for the plaintiff.

DILLON, JOHN JOSEPH —– The Herald-Dispatch, June 2, 2000, JOHN JOSEPH DILLON, 80, of Proctorville, widower of Betty Curtis Dillon, died Wednesday (June 14) in Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Huntington. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.  Survivors include one son, John L. Dillon of Proctorville; and one brother, Wayne Dillon of Proctorville. Graveside service 2 p.m. today in Rome Cemetery.

DILLON, JOHN L. —– Lawrence County Ohio, Marriage Vol. 13 Index, March 1880-April 1884, p267;  Dillon, John L. to Payne, Mary.

DILLON, JOHN LAWRENCE – A REMEMBERED STORY – Submitted by Helen Dillon Riley.  My father, John Lawrence Dillon, was looking at a friend’s copy of the “Marriage Records of Lawrence County, Ohio, Books 1-6” by Billee Schlaudt, published January 1987, when he noticed on page 15, the name of Rev. Jonas Frownfelter.  It reminded him of this story:
“Seeing the name of Jonas Frownfelter reminds me of a story my mother told  me back about 1920 or thereabout.  It goes like this:  Jonas Frownfelter,  a circuit rider, came to the Ohio River and asked to be taken across on the ferry boat.  The men who
operated the boat told Frownfelter, “We can’t take you across; the river is too high.”  Jonas just headed his horse into the river
singing, ‘A charge to keep I have; a God to glorify; a never  dying soul to save and fit it for the sky.’  The story goes that they,
Jonas and the horse, made it to the other side.”  Remembered and written by John Lawrence Dillon, Yellow Springs, Ohio,
September 15, 1990, son of  John H. S. and Rebeccah Jane Dawson Dillon, age 92, born March 10, 1898, at Willow Wood,
Ohio, died August 23, 1992.”

DILLON, JOHN W. —– Lawrence County Ohio, Marriage Vol. 13 Index, March 1880-April 1884, p446; Dillon, John W. to Thomas, Sarah E.

DILLON, JOHN W. —– Marriage Book 16, Groom Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p448; Dillon, John W. toNeal, Electa J.

DILLON, JOHN W. —– Marriage Book 16, Groom Index, Feb 1892-Nov 1895, p86; Dillon John W. to Sturgen, Sadie.

DILLON, JOHN W. —– Excerpt from:  Reminiscences of a Millersport Man.  Ironton Register, Jan.23, 1896 …. My earliest recollections are of John W. Dillon, now a prominent minister of the M. E. Church, and
well known to Ironton people.  He is a strictly self-made and self-educated man.  When he was a young
man, not yet grown, he used to haul “cord wood” from the hills to the river.  When I was too small to go with
him to the woods, I would wait for him at the foot of the river hill and drive in the level lane to the river.
While I did this he would take his Testament from his pocket and study the scriptures.  He put in all his
spare time in study.  Before this, he had been  converted in one of the old time revivals.  He was a tall,
slim, awkward looking fellow, and when he first began to exhort, the people used to say he did not know
what to do with his hands, while talking.  I used to almost worship that man, and shall never forget his
struggles, trials, the difficulties he had to surmount to get where he is now.  It is an object lesson of what
courage and perseverance will accomplish.

Chesapeake, Ironton’s Neighbor

Chesapeake, Ironton’s Neighbor
December 19, 1949
Submitted by Lorna Marks

(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 19thcentury 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.