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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adams of
Findlay were recent week end guests
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B. E. Wolfrom is improving follow
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Mrs. Earl Glin has been returned
home from Bluffton hospital and is
in a critical condition.
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Monday afternoon at Beaverdam.
Mrs. Florence Sechler passed away
Monday morning at her home on
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Mrs. Virginia Wilson and daughter
Hope of Benton Ridge were Wednes
day callers of Mr. and Mrs. Dan She
han and family.
Mrs. Chester Huber
Mrs. Virginia Wilson and Hope Kidd
of Benton Ridge and a number of
friends at a luncheon Wednesday
her home in Bluffton.
The Bluffton Cement Block
installing new machinery to
Thomas B. Carney, who re-.
Thirty-fifth Street, Cairo, in the State of
Illinois, will take notice that on Bfey
the Plaintiff. Martha M. CayeyJjfttd_
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day of July, 1947.
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Editor’s Note— This is one
of a series of articles to appear
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with early Ohio history. Others
will appear in forthcoming
The Medina County
It was the night before Christmas
and in every cabin the venison was
stewing and the bear steaks laid out.
Wild turkeys hung dressed and some
homes had raccoon. Christmas Day,
December 25, 1818, promised to be a
fulsome one oil through sparsely set
Most families had a little extra
money, too, though they had gotten
it a bit too late for holiday expendi
The year had been a lean one. The
wolves had eaten up the chickens as
soon as they had been hatched. Roast
ing ears had been ravaged by the rac
coons and bears. Consequently meal
was scarce and it was a score of
miles to the nearest mill—Middle
Nearly as bad, the raccoons also
ate up the bullfrogs—and the early
Ohio settlers considered frog legs as
great a delicacy as do people of to
day. Of course the pioneers retaliated
by eating up the coons, but the bears
were a different proposition. Bear
steaks were excellent but first, the
bear must be caught. They were wary
and often came out winner in en
counters with the white men.
Huge Community Hunt
Out of depredations by the wild
animals, however, finally had come
the Christmas dinner and extra
spending money and a horrible
Christmas Eve hang-over for most
of the county’s male citizens. All
were the product of the biggest com
munity hunt ever staged in the
nation, perhaps even
the 600-man mop-up
up to today—
of the Medina
It wasn’t exactly a
Hinckley township, thickly and fully
covered with virgin forest. The
country was new and the trees were
old, large and stood close together.
Barely a lower limb but was «30 feet
above the ground. There was no un
derbrush and no second growth.
Pioneers could drive into it where
ever they found trees far enough
apart to permit an ox-sled to pass.
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the wolves lurked, and the deer found
haven. The panther, coon, wild turkey
and rattlesnake also were there.
That was why Judge Hinckley,
who owned the land in three town
ships, could not sell this one—it was
too wild. He had disposed of the two
adjoining it and they were partly
cleared and settled. To these settlers
as well those 10 miles away the wild
animals were a menace.
Ring Closes In at Daybreak
It was sunrise the day before
Christmas when more than 600 men
from all sides formed a rectangular
line about the wild spot and began
to close in. Some had rifles other
muskets there were some with flint
lock pistols and bayonets fixed on
poles and others had only com
knives, scythes and cradle blades. All
yelled loudly and made as great a
noise as possible.
Those on the east side had come
from the Brecksville and Richfield
neighborhoods on the west, from
Medina, Brunswick and Liverpool
districts the north, from Cleveland,
Newburg and Royalton and south,
from Bath and Granger. The men had
a big ox-sled with them to carry a
way the game.
As the ring contracted the animals
retreated before it into the corner of
the forest. Dear escaped by jumping
over the men’s heads. Many were
shot when they ran towards the line.
Wild turkeys were little bothered.
They simply flew away out of dan
ger. As the line of hunters grew
shoulder-to-shoulder and more nar
row nobody dared shoot straight a
head. The other side of the line was
now in range.
Shoot From Trees
Many were boosted up to the low
er limbs of trees where they were
able to fire downward at fleeing
game without endangering their com
rades. During the entire hunt but one
man was shot. He was sprinkled
from afar and got two buckshot
wounds—well, in the jungle. He was
not seriously hurt.
Here and there were fallen trees
whose large limbs and plentiful
branches made good hiding places
for the hunted animals. In every one
of these, hunters later related, they
found bears, deer and wolves.
One man killed a deer with a com
knife when the animal jumped over
his head. Another tackled a bear,
armed only with a scythe blade. The
bear was too frightened to fight and
only desired to escape. That probably
saved some present Medinan’s great-
When the encircled space was small
enough, some of the more experi
enced hunters were sent into the
center to kill of ail the animals they
found there. Those which escaped
i them were dispatched by the hunt
ers who waited in the encircling line.
When the slaughter had been com
pleted everyone broke ranks and
crowded into the middle of the woods.
Besides that killed during the
drive to the center, they found there:
three hundred deer 21 bears 17
wolves and a few foxes and coons.
The wild turkeys had flown away
and there was no panther, cata
mount nor bob-cats—that part of the
story had been a smirch on Hinckley
township’s fair name.
Hunters Divide Spoils
The game was divided equally a
mong the hunters who had remained
till the last of the hunt. Though 600
had begun it, so many had gone home
to do the chores or to get ready for
bed that barely 100 men ended the
hunt. The wolves were quickly
scalped and the ox-sled brought in to
take the game away.
Instead, the hunters decided to
load the wolf scalps and send
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them to town and supplies brought
with some of the proceeds. Seventeen
scalps at §15 bounty each, totaled
$255. The driver of the ox-sled was
perfectly honest and dependable.
While the sled was gone the re
maining hunters prepared bear
steaks, deer meat, built fires and got
ready for the victory feast. When it
returned the supplies were unloaded,
the keg and barrel heads knocked in
and tin-cups were produced. Then
the fireworks began.
This is no reflection on the sobri
ety of Medina County’s ancestors.
Early settlers all over Ohio were
known to have been heavy drinkers.
It was the custom and nobody
thought anything about it—from the
preacher on down.
It was after midnight when the
roisterers left the woods. They piled
their game and the remains of the
supplies on the sled and took it home.
No wolves howled the balance of
the night around the Medina cabins
and viands, victuals and beverages
were abundant Christmas Day.
Mrs. Jesse Fisher of Monroe,
Mich., Miss Marjorie Welty of Col.
Grove, and Mr. and Mrs. Weldon
Luginbuhl were Friday evening sup
per guests of Mr. and Mrs. Warren
Moser and sons.
Mrs. Sam Kohler and daughter
spent the week end with Mr. and
Mrs. Rhuel Kohler and sons.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Wilson, Mr.
and Mrs. Geo. Schultz, Mr. ana Mrs.
Robert Schultz and son of Middle
town spent Sunday afternoon with
Mr., and Mrs. Guy Eikenbary..
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Matter and
daughter were Sunday dinner guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cook.
Mrs. Emory Basinger and child
ren spent Sundaj’ afternoon with
Mrs. Martha Basinger and Mr. and
Mrs. Don Dillman and family.
Evening callers were Mr. and Mrs.
Lee Amstutz of Fostoria and Mr.
and Mrs. Gerald Basinger and
daughter Patty of Lima.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Grant and
sons were Sunday dinner guests of
Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Olson and
daughter Janice and son Roger of
Upland, California were Saturday
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Gratz call
ed Friday evening on Mr. and Mrs.
Ed. Swaney and Mr. and Mrs. Victor
Moser of Lima.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Chidester
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
Chidester and family were Sunday
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. John
Chidester. In the afternoon they
all attended the Lions Club celebra
tion of Indiana at Ft. Wayne.
Francis Gratz and son Ronnie
spent Monday with his wife and
daughter who are visiting at the
Ernest Gratz home.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marquart
and daughter, Ray Hirshfield were
Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and
I Mrs. Ed Marquart and son.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Yerks of
Lima were Sunday dinner guests at
the Amos and Weldon Luginbuhl
The past week callers of Mr. and
Mrs. W. C. Schaublin were: Mr. and
Mrs. Emanuel Boutwell and daugh
ter Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Wilford
Gratz and daughter Sharon, Mr. and
Mrs. Russell Schaublin and family,
Henry Hilty, Amos Gerber, Mr. and
Mrs. Guy Eikenbary, Mrs. J. I. Lug
inbuhl, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Gratz,
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Badertschcr and
son Robert and daughter Harriett,
Mrs. John Badertscher of Bluffton,
Herbert Luginbuhl of Arlington, Va.,
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Badertscher
and daughter Barbara Ann of San
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Core and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Gratz
and daughter Sharon, Miss Mary
Gratz were Sunday visitors of Mr.
and Mrs. Ernest Gratz.
Mrs. Francis Gratz and daughter
Nancy of Sidney spent from Friday
night until Sunday with Mr. and
Mrs. Leonard Gratz.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Clouser of
Miami Beach, Florida are visiting
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