Early days in Van Wert County, OH, including the communities of Van Wert, Willshire, Delphos, Convoy, Middlepoint and Scott, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 17 Page Booklet reprinted from the 1892 Centennial edition of Henry Howe's Historical Collections of Ohio, The Ohio Guide (a WPA Writers project), and other hard-to-find sources. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. In addition to the booklet, the buyer will receive THREE Computer-Enhanced 8 1/2 x 11 Prints made from engravings in the original book, suitable for framing. These include the 1888 photo of the town of Van Wert, a detailed sketch of a Buckeye branch, and a delightful drawing of an early passenger train. Among the many and diverse topics covered are: the prediction of an old Indian, a hidden spring, the adventures of Capt. James Riley, the "Devil's Race Ground," friendly Indians, a grand mill raising with eggnog and a moonlight dance, multitudes of fish, a postponed wedding, a second Benjamin Franklin, religious Jerkings and Hell located, a dug-out coffin, Asiatic cholera epidemic, and an old time Fourth of July oration. GENEALOGY BUFFS will find a list of 1888 county officers and businesses. The Howe history covers the development of this area until about 1890, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. A brief history of journalism in the county, a 1941 article on the Brumback Library, a map showing all 88 counties in Ohio, and a map showing 1805 Ohio are also included.
Van Wert County, OH
Sources: Historical Collections of Ohio/ History of Van Wert County Ohio
Authors: Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1892
Original Publisher: F.A. Bailey and Co.
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