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Coal Notice Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio quality coal. Order now for next winter’s supply. Also Automatic Heat Controls for any type of hand-fired heating plant. Howard Stager Coal Yard on A. C. & Y. R. R. North Main St. Phone 354-W or 265-Y A gala Cross-Section of Ohio’s Progress in Peace Though gay with fun and entertain ment. the great Ohio State Fair ia plenty solid in substance. Exhibits booked are far beyond expectations in quality, scope and extent. Agriculture, industry, science and education com bine to provide every visitor, old or young, with an abundance of things to aee, to do, to learn and to enjoy. THOMAS J. HERBERT Governor of Ohio EDWIN J. BATH Slat, fair Managor FRANK FARNSWORTH Director of Agritvifuro 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 issues. Wooster’s Bad Man “I can lick anybody in this here town!” blustered the bully of Wayne County, swaggering around the dirt road that was the main stem of the group of log and frame buildings which clustered around the conflu ence of Apple and Killbuck creeks— the Wooster of 1815. Nobody disput ed hinr. Big, 280-pound John Driskel meant what he said. Already he had polished off most of the male citizens of the hamlet and the crowd of spectators discreetly kept their dist ance along the line of little stores on either side of the road. Driskel was all man and he was all there— all but the tip of his nose which had been bitten off in a previous brawl Columbus Aug. 23-29, 1947 FEATURES of INTEREST TO ALL u Uwrtock end Parity FWd, Dairy, Gordan end Orchard tadwtr Modem Farm Machinery farm Youth Adl»inw Neweil Homo Appliances Cvllvri and Fine Am Free Bond Concerts Radio Broadcast Shows Midway AmusamMts Homess Norse Racing Night Horse Show Groat Croodslond Show ADMISSION AT GATE: A4ilh 50c (pu5 Fed. lax). Chlldran 2Sc Fret parking oppasit* Vlh Aw. witanct. Up Wednesday to Saturday September Four Big Days and RODEO TEAM PULLING CONTEST LIVESTOCK AND IN DUSTRIAL EXHIBITS 4-H CLUB F. F. A. HOME ARTS EXHIBITS FARM DISPLAYS MACHINERY EXHIBITS PONY RACES GRANDSTAND ATTRACTIONS-Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Afternoons. FREE EXHIBITION—Vaudeville stars of today and tomorrow. (Changed daily.) EVENING ATTRACTIONS—Latin-American Fiesta Broadway Varieties of 1947. at Lisben, Columbiana County1. The citizens wished they could do something about Driskel, especially’ “Ginneral” Spink, town marshal, and Deputy McComb, wh knew they could not. McIntire Comes To Town It was just about that time when Smith McIntire, who had been clear ing off land on the old Robison farm, south of Wooster, walked into the picture. McIntire had run out of tobacco and had come in to buy some. Warmed up from his walk to town, and his bulging muscles rip pling under his hickory shirt, the young man might be able to tame Driskel down a bit, the marshal and deputy thought. They moved over to McIntire. “See that man there? Do you think you can whip him?” the of ficers asked the youth. “I can whip anybody but I don’t know that man and I am a stranger here,” McIntire surprised them by' answering. Then he added: “More than that I am a peaceful man.” Spink and McComb knew he was right. McIntire was a quiet citizen, industrious, honest and honorable. Challenger Appears Finally in response to the men’s entreaties, McIntire agreed to whip Driskel “to preserve the peace and quiet and establish order.” Pointing the McIntire, Spink yell ed to Driskel: “Here’s a man you have not yet whipped.” Driskel walked over. “Do you think you can handle me?” he asked McIntire. “Yes,” the young fellow answered. “Well,” the bully proposed, “let’s go take a drink then get down .to business.” McIntire refused to drink, so Driskel took his drink alone. Then the two men faced each other. Somebody yelled “Ready!” and McIntire hit Driskel so hard that he was unconscious for three hours. They had to get Dr. Bissell to bring him to. That was all there was to it. Asks For Repeat Performance Next day, in the barroom of Naylor’s tavern, Driskel asked Mc Intire for a repeat performance. He got it. This time McIntire picked his insensible opponent up off the floor and started for the fireplace. It took Spink, James Hindman, one of Driskel’s sons and son-in-law, Steve Brawdy, to get the man away from him. “I was going to make a burnt offering out of him,” Mc Intire explained to them. Driskel lost his nose the day after he had jumped on bony, old Isaac Pew, who lived in Lisbon, without warning, beat him badly and bit off his ear. Pew had followed him around, watched for an opportunity sprang on the bully and bit off the nose. “He has my ear, now I have his nose,” he told the crowd which intervened. COME TO THE FAIR THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, 01 The Driskels were among the first settle rs of Waym* County. They moved there shortly after the War of 1812, from Col'i- .biana county. Settling near Joseph Stibbs’ mill, on Apple creek, about a mile from Wooster, they had been regarded as honest, respectable citizens for a few years. Driskel Gang Leader An epidemic of thefts and other crimes led authorities to suspect that the county was infested with a gang of outlaws. The arrest and conviction of a young man named Ben Worthington for stealing a yoke of oxen from Reasin Beall revealed that Driskel and Brawdy were the leaders of the gang. Brawdy was sent to the penitenti ary for stealing a heifer and making a murderous assault and stabbing Moses Loudon when the latter was assisting in his arrest. Driskel final ly was arrested and sent to the penitentiary for stealing horses in Columbiana County. With a fifty-six pound ball chained to bis leg he was sent to work on the Ohio canal. He picked up the ball and ran. Though fired on by six guards he escaped to a farm house, found an axe in the woodshed and cut the ball from the chain. Slipping back home he eluded capture, burned barns, fired houses, stole horses and concealed them in the thickets until he could run them away, and eventually left the county. Arrested in Ashland County, he again was started to the penitentiary but escaped from his guards at Sun bury, Delaware County, where they were stopping for the night. He went west and his family and gangsters followed him but they ■were not heard from for several years. Then, in a drive against a crime wave in Northern Illinois, the “regulators” captured Driskel, his son, William, and others of the gang. All were immediately shot. ’His youngest son, David, soon was sought and lynched. Most crimes attributed to Driskel, his sons, Draw’dy, and his gangsters were burglaries, incendiarism and horse-stealing. They concealed the horses in the woods, stole corn from the farmers to feed them, then smuggled them out of the country. They were men of undaunted courage, powerful build, great strength, and enjoyed nothing so much as a brawl and knock-down. The Driskel gang held sway when Wooster was only five years old. The town was laid out where the creeks met in 1808 by John Beaver, WH liam Henry and Joseph H. Larwill on a site 337 feet above Lake Erie. The first house in the county was on Liberty Street, Wooster, and was oc cupied by William Larwill and Abra ham Miller. Lt was of logs. Miller had come from Stark County. In 1810 the entire county had but 320 inhabitants. "Old Mill Stream” Fair Grounds FINDLAY, 0. Family Membership.. $2.00 (Sales by mail close August 27. After that date tickets may be obtained at Fair Grounds.) Gate Admission .... 50c Membership Tickets admit husband, wife, and children under 18 years of age to each session of Fair. Also, parking for car and voting privilege. For tickets see Clyde Warren, Director, or Citizens National Bank, Bluffton. Nights MEETYOtm FRIENDS AT THE Pres., A. N. Hochstettler Sec., R. D. Newcomer IO Pleasant Hill Rodney Jennings and Ronald Watt spent the past week with Mr. and Mrs. Winston Jennings and family, Mrs. Peter Hartman was a Tues day evening dinner guest in the Cecil Hartman home helping her grandson Donald celebrate his 6th birthday. The Manahan and Hardesty re union will be held at Richland Grange hall, Sunday August 24th. Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Barnes call ed Sunday afternoon on Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Traucht. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Badertscher and family spent Sunday evening with Mr and Mrs. Wayne Zimmer man and family. The Clarence Gleason family spent the week end at Portland, Ind. Dan ny Gleason stayed for a few days. Norman and Richard Younkman of Columbus spent the past week with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Phillips. Mrs. Sarah Oates and Miss Clari bel Owens were visitors over the week end at Cincinnati, Middletown and Franklin. The W. S. C. S. of Pleasant Hill church will hold an ice cream social on the church lawn, Friday evening, August 29. Mr. and Mrs. Chauncy Spallinger entertained with a picnic on their lawn Sunday evening the following: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Huber, Mr. and Mrs. Burdell Huber and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Trout, Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Ernest and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce Ernest, Miss Mae Huber, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Clausing, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schick and family, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Spallinger, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Spallinger and daughter, Mr, and Mrs. Otis Fett and daughters. Burdette and Marlene Boyd of Detroit, Mich., were Friday evening visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Burdell Huber and Anita and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Huber and son Dale. Dale Owens and family of Lima are spending the week with Miss Claribel Owens, Mrs. Sarah Oates and son Don. Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Andrews and family were Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Kipner and Mr. and Mrs. Ward Chiles and daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Younkman were Sunday evening callers of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Phillips. Gary and Karen Zimmerman spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Frantz and family. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zimmerman and family and Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Francis Basinger, D. D. S Evan Basinger, D. D. S. Telephone 271-W Bluffton, Ohio LOCAL AND LONG DISTANCE hauling Every Load Insured STAGER BROS. Bluffton, Ohio c: ELECTRIC fRHWIR WORK SEE US FOR /. .1 Rebuilt Sweepers Complete Supplies for House Wiring Lighting Fixtures Appliances Mumma Electric Shop Carl Mumma 122 North Main THEATRE Tune In Evei Wed. Night life! PAT the owner drug store LYNN irse. Badertscher were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Badertscher. Mr. and Mrs. James Phillips and family of Lima spent Sunday even ing with Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Barnes. Marion and Tommy Bell spent a few days the past week with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bell. Mrs. Cora Huber and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Winegardner were Sunday evening callers at the Maurice Bell home. Here, There, and Everywhere Mrs. Chester Huber of Bluffton will broadcast over WF1N from the bandshell at Riverside Park, Find lay, on Sunday evening between 7 and 7:30 p. m. Mrs. John Cuppies of Mt. Cory was struck by lightning while wash ing dishes during the electrical storm Thursday evening. The shock knock ed her to the floor. Ed Althouser of Bluffton was a visitor in Toledo, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Chester Huber called on Mr. fhd Mrs. Homer Marshall at Beaverdam, Friday evening. The Huber reunion was held Sun day at Paulding Center school house. The Reichenbach family reunion was held Sunday at Pandora. Mrs. Levella Steiner of near Lima fell and broke her ankle last week. Mrs. Chester Huber has been in vited to play in the Pandora band concert Saturday evening. The storm Thursday evening did some damage around Beav.erdam and vicinity. Arthur Bowers, east of Beaverdam, will teach this fall at Columbus Grove. Mrs. Chester Huber was a Tues day dinner guest of Mrs. Virginia Wilson and daughter Hope at Benton Ridge. LEGAL NOTICE In the Common Pleas Court of Allen County, Ohio, Case No. 37733. Margaret F. Shaffer. Plaintiff, vs. William A. Shaffer, Defendant. The Defendant. William A, Shaf fer, whose place of residence is unknown, will take notice that Margaret F. Shaffer has filed in said ceurt nr ion against him for divorce on the gropAd* of gross neglect of duty and extrefne cioeTty. Said cause will be for hearing onvhnd after six weeks from the date of the firrft publication of thia notice, to-wit: on and after the 19th day of September, 1947. Margaret F. Shaffer, By I. B. Steele, Her Attorney 21 THURSDAY, AUG, 21, 1947 Ohio normally has a 154-day growing season but there were 168 days between the -last spring frost and the first fall frost in this state in 1946. EGGS WANTED We need more Quality Eggs. 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