CENTRAL OHIO LIGHT & POWER
The regular quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share
on the Common Stock of Central Ohio Light & Power
Company was declared by the Board of Directors on
March 26, 1947, payable Apifil 15, 1947, to stockholders
of record at the close of business on April 1, 1947.
EMORY D. ERWIN,
Dividend No. 21 Vice-President.
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BY HARRY L. HALB
Editor’s Note—This is one
of a series of articles to appear
in the Bluffton News dealing
with early Ohio history. Others
will appear in forthcoming
The Leatherwood God
People along Leatherwood Creek
wore not bad—nor were they too
good. They were just common, every
day persons like you and I, all over
Ohio, who liked their beer, said a
few bad words when the hammer
missed the nail and hit the thumb,
but did well by their fellow-man, re
ligiously attended eamp-meetings and
believed in a Deity.
Leatherwood Creek is about two
and one-half miles northeast of Sales
ville, a village of 193 population on
State Route 2G5 in Guernsey County.
It has grown little in the last 120
years. The ruined foundation of a
large warehouse burned by Morgan’s
raiders in 1863 still stands. One
hundred twenty years ago the little
mining village also had a small log
church, built by original settlers of
the place. It was called “The Tem
Just why God should elect to
come to Leatherwood Creek, no one
was—or has—been able to figure
out. Some said it was not He. But
there were many who believed
It was a Sunday afternoon in Au
gust, 1828, and the last sendee of a
three-day camp-meeting held by the
United Brethren Church. Because the
large assemblage would have over
flowed The Temple, the log church
used by all denominations, sendees
were being held in a cleared spot on
the creek bank.
Rev. John Crum was about half
through his sermon and had paused
for breath when a “tremendous
voice, bursting forth like a clap of
thunder on the congregation, uttered
one word—‘Salvation,’ followed by a
shout and snort which filled the peo
ple with awe and dread.” It made
them feel, old settlers related, “like
being scared in the dark and the
dread was like the thought of sud
Men jumped to their feet and wo
men screamed. Everyone grew pale.
All eyes were turned in the direction
from where the voice had come and
there, seated in their midst was a
stranger dressed in black broad
cloth, frock coat, white cravat and
yellow hat. His face was solemn and
How, when or from where he had
come, no one knew. Nobody dressed
in that kind of clothing ever had
been seen in the community. The
stranger had flashing black eyes, a
pale face and low, broad forehead,
and his long black hair, neatly
brushed back, came nearly to his
Rev. Crum finished bis sermon but
few paid attention to it Everyone’s
attention was fixed on the mysterious
After the meeting the man went
about introducing himself as God Al
mighty and-said he hud -come down
among the people in his spiritual
body and then he assumed the cor
poreal one with the name of Joseph
C. Dylks. He claimed he could ap
pear and disappeer at will, perform
miracles, and finally said that he
had come to establish the millcnium
and whoever followed him should
never die in their natural bodies.
He found many believers and fol
lowers. At the beginning he was
rather careful in his statements, but
as his converts grew h° became more
bold. H? told them his body could
not hr touched without his permis
sion and that, with a shout and a
snort he could destroy the universe.
A lot of people believed him and his
converts grew numerous through
parts of Belmont, Guernsey and No
He appointed Michael Brill, Robert
McCormick, John Brill and a young
minister named Davis, all of Sales
ville, his disciples and preached to
his followers in The Temple at Sales
He told his followers “I am God
and there is none else. I am God and
the Christ united, In me Father, Son
and Holy Ghost are met. There is
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now no salvation for i ien except by
faith in me. All who ut their trust
in me shall never tas te death but
shall be translated into the New'
Jerusalem which I im about to
bring down from heave
Then his followers yelled “We
shall never die the sisters scream
ed Dylks snorted an1 the specta
tors muttered their indignation at
the blasphemy. But w rten Dylks de
scended from the pulpi in The Tem
pl4, McCormick shoutee “Behold our
God!” and the believers fell on their
Opposition to Dylks finally grew
into organized efforts to discredit
him and if possible br ing his many
converts back to their senses. He was
called upon to prove lis profession
by performing a mira
So Dylks said he \vfluld make a
seamless garment if ?e cloth were
furnished him. He got the cloth but
couldn't make the scaniless garment.
He was arrested anc taken before
a magistrate, but wher no law could
be found providing for such offenses,
was discharged. His accusers were
not at all satisfied with the decision
and Dylks was obliged to flee to the
woods pursued by a mob.
After that his conversions ceased
but followers still believed in his di
vinity and among them he found a
refuge from those who tried to drive
him from the country.
In a few weeks he told his believ
ers that he must go to Philadelphia
and set up his New Jerusalem. Three
of his disciples, McCormick, Davis
and Michael Brill went with him. All
of them walked.
At the Philadelphia city limits
Dylks told McCormick and Brill that
he was separating from them “to
meet again where the light from
heaven shall shine brightest within
the city, for there will New Jerusa
lem begin to expand fill the earth.”
He took Davis with him into the city.
McCormick and Brill searched Phil
adelphia thoroughly but never found
“the light” nor Dylks nor Davis. Af
ter many days they were back at
home, broke and hungry and footsore
from the walk from Philadelphia,.
Despite their removal, one by one,
by death, the Dylksites still believed
in the divinity of the Leatherwood
God, that he some day would return
and set up his New Jerusalem and
that they should live forever.
Seven years later Davis reappeared
and preached a sermon in which he
declared he had seen Dylks ascend in
to heaven and that he would return
and set up his kingdom. Davis then
left and neither he nor Dylks ever
were seen again.
Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Adams visit
ed her sister Mrs. Gerald Huber and
Mrs. Hiram Reichenbach has had
a relapse and is very sick at this
writing. Her daughter Miss Esther
Reichenbach is home with her.
Callers of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice
Bell and family the past week were:
Mrs. Daisy Pheiffer, Mr. and Mrs.,
0. L. Stratton, Mr. and Mrs. Terry
Bell of Marysville, Mr. and Mrs. Ted
Cievidence of Col Grove, Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Bell, Mrs. Ivan Mont
gomery and daughters Joan and Nan
cy and James and Robert Stratton.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Huber and
son called on Mr. and Mrs. Ellis
Vandemark and family of Lima, Mon
Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Basinger and
daughter Carolyn were callers of Mr.
and Mrs. Willard Shulaw, Thursday
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Gratz, Mr.
and Mrs. Wm. Amstutz and Mr. and
and Mrs. Avery Watt and son Robert
spent Sunday evening with Mr. and
Mrs. Willard Jennings and son Rod
Mrs. Orville Koeter is staying with
her sister Mrs. Cleo Garau this week.
Mr. Orville Koeter was a week end
Mrs. Dorothy Zimmerman and
daughter Paula and son Dale were
Saturday evening dinner guests at
the Wayne Zimmerman home.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Badertscher
and family spent Sunday with Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel Badertscher and
Mr. and Mrs. Winston Jennings
and family were Sunday dinner
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hau
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Mefford and
son Walter, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Mef
ford and Mr. and Mrs. William Mef
ford spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs.
Silas Miller, Miss Mary Miller and
The 57-voice A-Cappella choir of Manchester College. North Manchester, Ind., will present a sacred
concert in the First Mcnnonitc church Monday night at 8 o’clock under atfspices of the Bluffton Col
lege vesper choir.
Vem Miller of Ohio City.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell were week
end guests of Mr. and' Mrs. Lysle
Coon of Gary, Ind.
Meeting at the Community House
Thurs. evening. Covered dish supper
Don’t miss the Easter service to
be held at Pleasant Hill church this
Wednesday evening at 8 p. m. Color
ed slides will portray the Easter Bi
The W. S. C. S. will meet with Mrs.
Nellie Huber Thursday evening of
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Miller were
in Bluffton is
Just be sure
at your door
at your store
is farm and
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Saturday evening dinner guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stratton and
Dale Huber was a Sunday di
guest of Mr. and Mrs. Berdell Huber.
Sunday p. m. callers were Mr. and
Mrs. John Lantow of Defiance, 0.
Monday afternoon callers of Mr.
and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerman and fam
ily wt^re Rev. and Mrs. Fauver of
Past week callers of Lyman Barnes
were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Blosser, Mr.
and Mrs. Clate Scoles, Clint More
head, Jacob Traucht, Glen Early and
Past week callers at the Arthur
Phillips home were Mrs. Mae Wea
ver, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Younkman
and Nolan Younkman.
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If you are in college, you can get
your training and Reserve Officer
commission in the R.O.T.C. Or,
if you have served in the Army,
you can resume your military
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grade or rank in the Organized
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