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c'): fHjE ' VINTON 1 .RECORD
Editor and Proprietor.
OrriOEH,. Corner of Main and
Logan .Sts. Ooposite Oouit House.
Jfniv artrlT. if i
t Wrinf-t0it.4oorwat of Das Will t Broa.
ao?30 jt
, , . . , .j Office McArthur, Ohio,
. ' J Will attand aromDltTto.il hi,(ntintrli.td
to hi" earn. .. iiorll
'v,-r tacARTHUR, :
itsa. BuiiLCMcatruntcdi tiuaar piotnpi
1 I - . t .....1 ...I l rifflM k I!aiiX Unlit
w in prwcirea , iniuo nu a-ijuiniaa: cuuii
q f' jDARTVRIGlinV Proprietor,
Livery Stables ' Attached.
. UE1LS RKADY,. FOB . it -.TBAIS8.
' tljis Houac fcu 'lut (ben; ictoraiahcd.
' throughout, iloomt clean and comfortable,
the taiH'ahnr1ed. vlth'the tout ihr market
attonla, and no pains apared to ancomoilate
J. C. COLLiTl A., 1H.D.
Baa permanently located in
or the practice of '
to which he will dao hn entire attention.
urri'm in uhvik pui hiiiiji up siwun, up,v
w. iite Vinton County Bank.
UaTiltiinarl. BmnuelW Kilvert, Jr.
Establish d 1862-1
, i
Wholesale Grocers
Prompt Attention (riven to tlie
Transfer of IMO I HON and
other Property from and to
itiuiroau auu canal.
Water Street.between Paint and Walnut
Dn.i ...i. -a W... aa .un t)....a
PoauiHia Wholmali and Retail
Booksellers,- -Stationers. Printers,
.And y
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Law, Mkdioal, Thkolooicri., School,
and ll8CKLANLUt' liooKa,
65 We$t Fourth Street, Cincinnati.
'Catalogue tarni.hel RrntuitoiiHly on
Pl'licaiion and nny Iwok vent by mail, poM
a;e paia un mipi 01 iui.iina riue.
and dealer in ill kinda of
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careiuny done, and tne amalleal picture,
enlarged to any aiie, and
Finished in Oi I,
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y" india'ink,
o any other style that may be deiired, at the
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Lavti aHy Inl.hMl Photoarapfc
be Msute fraaa aid ud faded, ar
acratched alctarew,
Fictirea of all . kind framei ' to
r Order, .
and all ork.amoud to giro aaUifcetMB. '
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VOL. 25--NO. 20.
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30, 1874.
WHOLE NO. l.Sfift
. It la just sixty years ttis da
since my husband and mjBejl
with two children etartd-to
move lo Ohio. We- a(l 'been
married four years and wer
living at Silveysportillarylijrjd,
where we had moved frorriFal
yette county, Fa, wheie I was
born January 22, 1788 . I was
twenty-six years ot age; mv
husband was twenty nine. We
hired & man , with a wagon tO;
mae us lo Geneva, a town.on
the Monongahala river, about
thirty .niles, where we intend
ed to go . ona fliU boat. This
was . before . the discovery, of
al earn power. AVhen j gb
Uiere the'riveVwas sp ; I p iy H b o;
ooats fiould notrun.w WeVart
ed ten dayt, but the water was
still petting rower, and my hug
nana junugnt a large perogue
and put our movables in it and
hired, a, pi an far a pilot at twa
dollars per day. My husbands
brother came .with us.,', We
giarted on Thursday. We were
not two hours on the water till
both the children were very
Sick with vomiting. We staid
ihe iirst night in Brownsville;
Saturday we got to Pittsburg
about an hour before sundown.
As Ihe children were very 8''ck
we intended to stop with a fam
ily of old friends by the name
of Brison. My husband and the
other men went up into town,
and left me alone with the chil
drea. Off at a distance there
were about a dozen boys swim
ming in the river. As soon as
ihe men 'were gone the bo.s
swam straight up to where 1
was, and several o them jump
ed in the boat naked. As 1
knew they were " bent on mis
chief it would ' do no good to
quitrrel with them. 1 had
ubout a half peck of very good
apples that a womnn had giver,
me. 1 threw my apples lo l he
boys, and told them to take
them and go off. One of the
boys said, "Now she has been
so clever as to give us her ap
pies, let us go off and noi
p!ngu her." So they all swam
nff and lei, me with my chil
tiren. We staid in Pittsburg
till Wednesday, when, the chil
dren being much better, we
star'ed again. A soon as we
were or the water the children
got worse. We got to Marietta
on Saturday. . The youngest
child was very sick. My hus
band had a sister with her fam
ily that lived1 there.. This sjs
ter was the grandmother ot
Pres'l Scolt ol the .Ohio .Uni
versity, at Athens. We staid
there 'ill Wednesday, when we
started again. On Monday
morning we arrived atGahipo
lis. There came . up a very
great storm and I took my chil
dren and hurried up in town.
The first house I came to was a
bakery. ' I went In, sat down,
with my children, called tor a
pint ol beer and six cakes. I
did not want Ihem, but 1 want
ed an excuse to stay. In the
afternoon it cleared off, and my
sister's husbaud, Isaac Pierson,
came with bis wagon to move
us to our journey's end. They
put our movables in the wag
on and we staid that night- at
the tavern, Tuesday morning
we started; Thursday morning
we took breakfast where the
town of Jacksou now stands.
It was then a salt works, a num.
ber of rough, scattering cabins
and long rows oi boiling kettles
ot salt water It was niue
miles to Mr.. Paine's, that was
the first house after we lelt the
salt work. ; About -ihe -middle
of the day it commenced rain-,
log very hard ; and raiued all
that da); everything was soak
ed with water. My youngest
child laid in my arms wet and
culd, and looked more like it
waa dead than alive-- Several
times we stopped the wagon to
examine. the' child to see if it
was dead;' But we had to go
on; there-whs no house to stop
at till we got to Mr. Paine's. It
was more than an hour after
dark wheS -we Srot there. -wet.
cold, and still raining. We,
tolind Mrs. Payne one of the
bvBt and kindest of women. If
we had got to Mother's or Sis
ter's we could not have been
more kindly treated. Alter
breakfast, on the next morning,
we started and got to my broth-.
er-in law's the evening of the
5th or August, where, tour days
afterwards our child died.
Werere just thirty1 two days
on the way. lbe trio was
pleasant euouth until we got to
.Gallipoljs. .irom... there,, here
tbr weal he-jaud the- roada
.' bad roads
of' id-flay bearing' n'r compari
son to (hem. ' In point ot fact,
there were no roads, but mere
paths, and we were compelled
to cutoutvoadB with axes, and
drive along side-hills, where it
warali-tht men could do to
keep the wago tjlrom upsettinr.
Juyhu8band had been'here
here the spring previous, en
tered 160 acres of land being
the farm now owned by David
Bay and reared the walls of a
cabin upon it. 'When we got
here it had neither floor, door,
window, chimney or roof. My
husband hired Iwo men to
make clapboards to cover it,
and puncheons foi a floor, we
remaining with my brother-in-law
until this was done.. We
then moved into our new house,
to finish it up at our leisure.
Isaac Pierson then ''scutched''
down the logs, my husband
chinked it, and I daubed up the
cracks with clay. There was
no plank to be had, the near
eft saw-mill, being, Dixon's,
on bait Creek, twenty miles
away, and I hung up a table
cloth to close the hole left lor
the window, and a bed quilt ft r
a door The back wall ot a fire
place occupied nearly onn
whole side of the house, but the
chimney was not built on it,
and when the wind blew, the
smoke in the house would al
most drive me out. We lived
in this way five months. I was
not used to backwoods lite, and
the bowling of tne olves, with
nothing but a suspended bed
quilt tor a door, coupled wiili
the other disconiior's of border
lile made ine wish many a lime
that I was back at my good old
On the 14' h day of January
ihe chimney was built, my hus
baud had not some plank and a
sash, and made the door and
the window. The hinges and
latch were of wood. Our cab
in 'was the only one in the
whole country around that had
i glass window. On the saiue
day, while the men were work
ing at the houte, I finished a
suit ot wedding clothes for Da
vid Jotiuson, lather ' of Qeorge
and Benjamin Johnson, who
still live here. I had the suit
all done but a black satin vest
when be came. I didn't know
it was a wedding suit, and tried
to put bim off, but he would not
be put off. The next day my
third child Catbari.ie, who is
the widow of Joseph Foster and
lives near Sharon ville,0hio,was
My husband was a cabinet
maker and a painter, but bed
steads and chairs and painting
were not in use here at that
day, and his business was con
fined to making spinning
wheels and reels. He did tiot
get his shop up until the first
day ol May. Lie had first start
ed, out here the previous May,
had not worked any lor a year,
knd consequently our little ac
cumulated earnings were, all
spent. However, We were now
comfortably fixed. - I had, got
some pipeclay and white - wash -
vu lue iiibiue oi mo cauiu, miu .
(6ue bi gur neighbors regarded1
bs as very rich anil very'ansto
cratic thought we put on too
much style for this country
I had learned the tailoring bus
iness, and found plenty of work
at' it libera ' ,was taot rmu'ch
money injhe' settlement,' and
I was more irequently paid in
work than cash; but 'we want
ed onr tarm ' cleared up,l and
therefore needed work. It cost
uj abrtgt, ten dollars ah'a'cife to
clear the land, "besides the fenc
ing. Lands all belonged tithe
gofernmVntlind could be', en
tered in quarter lectiona, or
160 acres, at ?2 per acre,, to be
paid in four annual payments
6f $30. ...;.'."'
When - we. firetfWtnY here
there were perhaps, fiityami
lies in and around (ib!s settle
ment, moat of theik qu'arryiug
and making mill stones.-1 There
was no person malting a busi
ness of farming. All had their
patches of garden, but tuakiDg'
fVlllf "iifVno CT ' - i XJtX.' .
blvuv n 1,0 WIU tHIJl'JPMJ
Jfc i. . '' ! V i 3 W . '
business. ... Isaao Pierson, the
father ot Sarah Pierson, of Chil
hcothe, had the most extensive
quarry. . AMerwarda, Aaron
Lantz and Richard McDougal
had large quarries. ,-X'man
named Musselman first diicov
ered the stone in 1806, and era
ployed Isaac Pierson to work
for him. There were no white
people here at that time, and
the two camped out, and work
ed that year. Musselman quiL.
but the next year, Piersorfhav
ing found the business to be
very profitable, .moved : out,
built the first cabin, and made
the first permanent settlement
He employed hands , to help
him, and soon the settlement
began to grow. The b'lslness
was very profitable and all en
gag d in it would have become
independently rich but for one
.thing whiskyrTMuatfrHfcetP
drank, and nearly every mill
stone that was sold must brine
back .a barrel of whisky wheth
er it brought flour or not. Il
the flour was out they could
grind cum ou their hand mills,
but they made it a point never
to get out ol whisky.
Trading was done principal
ly at Chillicothe. There was
no store closer than Chillicothe
or Alliens. Everything we
bought that Was not pr6duced
in the country was very dear.
The commonest calico such
as now sells at six to ten cents
was 50 cents per yard; we
made our own sugar; coffee,
40 cents; tea, $125. Wemade
it a point, however to buy as
little as possible. Our salt we
got at Jackson gave $2 lor 50
pounds ol such mean,' wet,
dirty salt as could not find a
market now at any price. All
kinds of stock ran loose in the
woods. Each perxon had his
stock marked. My husband's
mark was to point one ear and
cut a V shaped piece out ol
the other. 1 marked my geese
by splitting the left web ot the
left foot. These marks were
generally respected There
was good wild pasturage for the
cattle, and hogs grew fat upon
the mast. When one waa want
ed tor use it was shut with the
rifle. '
In building the roads to haul
millstones to market Lancas
ter, Logan, Portsmouth, Chilli
cothe, and Athena they cross
ed each other here, ana in
1815, Isaac Pearson, Qeorge
Will and Mr. Beach the two
huter from Adelphi bought
ihe qaar'er section on which
McArthur 18 situated and laid
out the town. The lots sold'
prftty lively. Six or seven
houses were built ' the first
year. Smnbraugh Stancliff
built the first house, after the
town was laid out. Wm. and
Jerry Pierson had each built
cabins before the town was
laid out. eitancliff was the
grandfather oi Judge Du Had
j way. Wm. Green wis- the
urti biiucluoroi iu.i ihvu u i n,
sod his wUe gave birtU'lQ"
first child born in the Viiiage,
a. girl '.The town company
presented her a town lot. Mr!
Washburn was the Gist black
smil'h. In 1815 Mr. Poffinberg
er started a tanyard just east
of the " graveyard. This year
or the neit, Joel Sage, father
of 'Squire - Sage, built the first
tavern. IJis wife died. In a year
or so, and he rented the tavern
to Thomas Wren, who kept it
for several years. It stooi on
the corner nf Main nrxi iu
Jcet streets,1 where the Record
office now stands. In' 1816 Dr.
Windsor 'started the first store.
Ue was a smart man, but un
principled, lie bought his
goods on credit, sold them lor
cash, bought a drove of horses
on credit, took them East, and
that was the last ever heard
or him in these parts. Tbepe6
pie 'all lost their ' horses, and
John Phillips, who'was a part
nerwilh bim, had his farm ta
ken to pay for the goods. It
was . several years after this
that J.K. Will started another
store in, this place. .
The first J ustice of the Peace I
remember of was 'Squire Wal-
lace, who lived where Pratts-
ville now is. "Court was held
at Athens, but most all diffi
culties were settled by fisti
Dr. Wolf was the first phy.
slcian who settled here about
1835. There had been teveral
here before, but they did not
slay lone; Dr. Windsor, In 1816;
but he would not practice. Drs.
Hibbard, Stearn and McGoni-
gle .had each tried it a jfew
months, but did so little they
soon left. I attended Inmost
cases of sickness myself, and
was present at over 2,200 births
without one , accident. But
one .woman , of all these died,
and that was.lrnm her own in
discreet behavior the day be
fore the child was born. ,
There was a Methodist socie
ty organized when we
came here. Joel Ilavens. a
circuit rider and an excellent
preacher, , preached at Isaac
Pierson's once every four
weeks. Jacob Delay, grandfath
er of Capt. Delay, lived down
near the salt works and preach,
ed here frequently. lie was a
good preacher. lie had a son
who was rather wild, and used
to say he could "beat the old
man preaching and carry, a
rail." I have heard that he
did actually become a preach
er alterwards, but whether a
better one than his -father I do
not know.
After the town was laid out
the place-of holding meetings
was changed from Ljsac Pier
son's to Benj Kiger's, who had
bought, out Poffinberger's tan
nery. The first meeting house
stood where the graveyard is
now and was built about the
yearl825.The yard was used for
burial purposes. Amos Sry
dug the first gravefor an in
fant child of Rolla Dawson.
Money was very scarce at that
time, and contributions to pay
for ihe building were made in
grain, labor, lumber, etc. The
church belonged to the Metho
dists, but all sects, and persons
who belonged to no church as
sisted in building it The bur
ial place before' the church
was built was what was known
as the Oolvin burial ground, on
the hill just west ot town.
The Disciples or New Lights,
as they were then called, had
meetings occasionally in early
times, but no regular preacher.
The people were very plain
in Ihpir home life. Nearly
everything we'used Was pro
duced at home. Linsey wool
Bey was the common fabric for
both sexes, and most every per
son .went bare-footed during
warm weather.' Somt of the
sisters complained to Bro. (Ia
vena and desired bim to repri
mand me for not adopting the
laUer cub torn, ang for waving
-. .
a calico dress. A little hand
kerchief which I had brought
with me and wore around my
neck was especially offensive j
and a mark of too much' pride
and 4 worldliness! Methodist
cusfbms have somewhat chang
ed since that' dayl I don't
know1 what1 some "of the old
Methodist sisters would think i
Ir they could drop in on a lat
ter 'day Methodist Congrega
lion. But times have changed
since-thed. 'and modern' ma
chinery has made 'calico the
cheapest dress fabric, arid home
made linsey woolsey and flat
linnen are articles almost un
known. ' v ' ' ' '
Mr. Ely, ot the C.rcleville
Llerald and Union, re-publishes
the article from the Record
announcing bis purchasei ot
that paper and explaining, his
former connection, with , this
county. Of course ,he tells
what a well conducted 'paper1
the Record is, and how it is en
deavoring to promote the , in
terests of the county and that
it should bd well sustained)
but our readers are sufficiently
well acquainted with that mat
ter without repetition, and we
omit its publication, and begin
our' extract lrom the llerald
and Union when Mr. Ely com
mences a fuller explanation of
his connection with Vinton
county mineral interests. He
"Tis true, 'lis pity, pity 'tis.
'tis true," but we have spent
many thousand dollars, in ef
forts to develop the rich miner
al wealth of Vinton and the
hills and valleys of Big Rao-
coon. So long ago as 1854, the
writer began to camp out and
take geological observations.
in that interesting region. En
couraged by the late President
fWilsonl and Board of Direc
tors ot tho M &'& R. R., we
opened the first coal mine on
the line ol that great thorough
fare, and wrought them three"
years. As actuary for a large
mineral company, whose "sink
ing fund" we afterwards' rep
resented,' the present editor of
this parjer purchased the best
coal and iron ore site on that
road, at McArathur Station, lor
$65,000; and was only . about
fiiteen years "ahead of time,"
in realizing the great value of
the property.. As an officer
and agent of the same railroad,
the writer purchased all the
lands at present owned and oc
cupied by the Zaleski com
riany, paying the yeomanry
over $80,000 in British gold for
their "dirty acres," ot which
sum, John Pee was "level
headed enough to secure $31,
000. All the principal coal
and ore reins, from Richland
(formerly Cincinnati) Furnace
to Moonville, inclusive, have
been recognized by "the sub
scriber. Some two years have
elapsed since we reviewed any
portion of our old Vinton coon
ty stamping grounds; and we
are glad to read that "many
valuable discoveries have been
made? of which we are not
cognizant. Among these it is
possible friend Raper alludes to
the black band iron ore which
be mentions in bis issue of the
9th, and which has been analys
ed by Mr. O. 1. Rader, who as
serts that "two tons of the
roasted ore will make a too of
pig iron. If brother Raper
will hunt up the files of the pa
per published at Zaleski, about
nine years ago, by a young Mr.
lirattoo, he may see that we
indicated the posilioa and de
scribed that ore, as existing on
the Zaleski estate at that time.
Before our aricle was publish
ed, Mr Alanson Robbins had
found and tested an Inferior
black band ore, in Jackson
county. And several years
proceeding Mr. R's discovery,
the .writer, opened i seam
w!(!).99,th?.jiU place,1
Bales due east of lloArthar
One square, 31
EachadJltlontu .aacrtion. .i('f 50
Cards, perye ...10 OO
Local notice per line,.,,... , lit
. .j -. .1 ..oi ujvii paw w
column.snd at proportionate rate Del
HTho Record being the officii!
paper of the town, sndhaTlDg the
largest circulation of any paper Ih tin)
sounty, offers anperlot Inducement
to advertisers. ',
which exists a large! deposit of
black band, doubtless equal to
Gartsherrie or "Qlasgy,
; Brot her Raper, in his pal,
graph otl newspapers, politics,
and ' mineralogy may j over
state the lrelative standing of
the Scioto Gazette under ohf
control,' compared ' "with evert
contemporaries,', but, "hewai
young at that time., However,
the good old Whig ospel we'
must' confess was . nearly at
sterling's that of the new die
pensaUonj'ancV under like elf
cumstandes, , it .would be hard
to beat. But, the. war, forced
upon the country by the South
ern slave holders .wben.l all
parlies at . the North were dis
posed to accommodate them in
all reasonable demands, under"
the Constitution has chaotfed
the status ' as it' 'existed1 anii
bellutn.- It has rid us of the1 un.
palatable task :tif ' apologizing
for'the helrjinff-'nlnrr aArvii
i f . a - . . . v,
system which 'degraded 'thd
Americans as i nation '' aiid
abounded fri1 ecoribmio riibn-
strosities and moral abomina
tions. ' Terribly scourged was
the country, but It is forever
rid of an incubus, which was
steadily eatrahging'our people,
and perverting their tiews of
just government. ;,: :
Nothing could so welt kbit
us as to co-operate with' ilia
Record in the endeavor to con
struct a railway from the teem--
ing mineral district around Mc
Arthur to our pleasant littl,.
city. Let us comfort one an'
other with good words on thu
subject and it is indifferent
to the wnter, my friend, wheth
er you blow or strike. Either
horn will do for us.
- ii
A Gardner's Barometer.
' the common camphor bottle
makes a veiy cloudy index 'of
attumpkoria weight and W04t1)-'
er changes oh which (he YoU
lowing ia an improvement-
Dissolve 2 drachms of cam
phor in 11 fluid drachms of &U
cohol. Put 38 grains of nltfatp
of potash (saltpetre); and S3
grains of muraite. ot ammoni
(sal -ammoniac),: ihto 0 flajd
drachms of water; when all art
perfectly dissolved, mix ih
two solutions, i Shake them
well jn a two ounce or four"
ounce white glass vial,. cork
very loosely, or, better, tie ovef
the mouth a piece of linen or
cotton cloth, and place the in
strument in a good light out of
the sunshine, where it can be1
observed without handling.
When the weather is fide and
clear, the fluid is also; bat on
the lea&t change, the chemftfaf
which lie as a sediment, rain
in beautiful frond like crystafc
proportionately, and agalfi
duly subsidd. ; .- k .
.Practical cremationistf
Mexican witch burners.
Thk police in Reading, ill
keep a list ot the ladies who
flirt in publid . .
Oct in Montana, when the
start a man down hill in a bar'
rel, they speak of his "appear J
ance in a new role." 5 ' '
A greehhorn sat a long time?
very attentive muHitig hpbn
cane-bottotri chair. At length
he said. "I wonder what fellow
took the ' trouble to find alt
them ar holes and put stfawa-
around 'eml"
Detroit Free Press1 A Vir
ginia sheriff asked a murderer
if he wanted to make a speech!
on the gallowsj and thd-marr1
replied "Guess hot' U looksV
like rain, and 1 donrt wat(t to,
get wet; go on with the hatfg
Jflg : .'
Ak interesting little) boy,;
timid when left alone in A datki
room, was overheard receotLv"
by his m6ther td say li5 trat!
loneliness, vOb Lifojlffi
any one hurt me WtU.gto
church neit randay, and grt.ei
joti some oney.".

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