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Source: Daily Ohio Statesman
Dated: Sep. 26, 1837

NOTICE
It is hereby given to Daniel Fry, Jacob Fry, Joshua _ Fry, Jonas Fry, Enoch Fry, Mary Fry, Sylvina Fry, Nancy Fry, Stephen Fry, George Fry, Enoch Fry, jr., and Colonel J. Fry, that on the twenty-seventy day of June 1837, a petition was filed against them in the court of Common Pleas of Hardin county by Mary Fry, (widow of John E. Fry, dec'd.) wherein the said Mary Fry demands partition of the following real estate, situated and being in the county of Hardin, and State of Ohio, described as follows:  The south west quarter of section __inetween, township three, south of range eleven; containing one hundred fifty-seven acres, be the same more or less.  And that at the next term of said Court, application will be made by the aforesaid Mary Fry, for in order that partition be of said premises.
JONES & FISHER.
Att'ys. for Pet'r.                     Sept. 6, 1837 [10-6w]
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)
Source: Sun - Maryland
Dated: Feb. 3, 1854
Treasury of Hardin County, Ohio, was robbed of $3,000 on the 25th ult.
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Source: Pomeroy's Democrat - Illinois
Dated: Aug. 24, 1872
L. B. Vickers, Esq., is the delegate of the Jefferson Democracy of Hardin county, Ohio, to the Louisville Convention.  No more earnest and enthusiastic representative could have been chosen, and he will serve the Democracy of his county with credit.  Everybody is now crowding to get a front seat at Louisville.  Only a few weeks ago and few gave it attention.
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Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)  Page: 1
Dated: Tuesday, Sep. 20, 1887.
OIL AND DYNAMITE.
A peculiar Railroad Accident in Hardin County.
A Freight Train on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago Rail  Collides  With the Detached Section of a Preceding Train With Disastrous  and Fatal Results - A Car Full of Dynamite Explodes Killing One Man and Injuring Another - Oil Tanks Crushed and Their Contents Fired-Heavy Loss to the Company - Other Ohio News.

    KENTON, O., Sept. 19 - [Special] - At 6:30 this morning a disastrous and fatal wreck occurred on the Pittsburg, Ft. Wayne & Chicago railroad about half a mile west of Forest, in Hardin County, on which one man was killed, another badly.  Injured and thousands of dollars' worth of property destroyed.  A freight train left Forest going west and  when a half mile out broke, leaving three cares behind.  Another freight a double yeader, was following heavily loaded with coal, machinery, oil, merchandise and one car containing a quantity of dynamite cartridges.  A dense fog prevailed preventing the engineer from seeing any distance the second train struck the cars that the first had dropped with full force.  The jar exploded the dynamite.  The train was completely wrecked and Ed Baugh, fireman on the rear engine, so badly injured that he died soon after.  Many barrels of oil were broken and caught fire, the flames spreading fast and soon the entire mass of broken cars and contents were burning fiercely.
     About 8 o'clock another explosion of dynamite occurred, this time injuring Wynn Lyons, the engineer on the last train, seriously but not fatally.  The force of the explosion was terrific.  Persons living twelve miles distant heard its noise and felt the jar.  Telegraph wires were all torn down, trees stripped of their branches as if a hurricane  had passed and timbers were blown hundreds of yards away.  A barn close by was utterly demolished and an immense hole hollowed out in the ground.  No water could be had save what was brought in the engine tanks from Forest and Dunkirk and the fires were allowed to burn out.  The two engines are ruined and about twenty-five cars and their contents destroyed.  The loss will probably reach $50,000.  Trains were sent over the Indiana, Bloomington & Western railroad to Kenton, thence over the Chicago & Atlantic westward.  Fireman Baugh, who was killed, and Engineer Lyons' injured, both are from Fort Wayne, Ind., and leave families.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Daily Herald - Mississippi
Dated: May 5, 1902

Busy Ghost in Ohio Hardin County Armory the Scene of Its Operations, Spook Opens Doors
    
There are uncanny doings in the Hardin county armory at Kenton, Ohio, and according to common report, the handsome structure is haunted.  The armory is used by company I? Second regiment, O. N. G. and the offices of the Hardin county surveyor and probate judge are on the first floor.  The building is lighted by electricity.  The uncanny demonstrations consist of unearthly laughs, sounds as though heavy bones were being dragged across the floor, and a number of similar demonstrations, including a mysterious opening of locked doors.
     A few evenings ago a party, consisting of William B. Strope, first lieutenant company I; Corp. Ned F. Stevenson, William Alt, William Watson, Lucien Brown and the Chicago Inter-Ocean correspondent, made an investigation.  In order to more easily detect any attempt at practical joking, the rope, by which the large arc lights which illuminate the drill floor are turned on and off, was carried up into the gallery, where the watchers took their station, leaving the drill floor vacant.  By these means the arc light could be flashed on in a second, and every nook and cranny of the old floor lighted up brightly.  Previous to turning out the lights the whole floor was gone over from cellar to roof, and every door and window tightly locked.
     The watchers then retired to a small room off the gallery and waited.  There was nothing doing until almost midnight.  Suddenly one of the party said: "Look at that door!"  Although it had been tightly latched, it was slowly swinging open as though some unseen force as pushing it.  One of the party arose and, closing the door, stationed one man on the outside, while he saw that it was locked from the inside and the key removed.  He had no more than taken his seat until it opened as before.  This time it was allowed to swing all the way open, and as it struck the wall, out of the darkness of the drill floor came a laugh that can be described no other way than "nerve chilling."  The man who held the rope that lighted the lamps gave a quick jerk.  In his haste, both arcs and incandescents were thrown on, and with their brilliancy the laughter ceased.  There was nothing whatever on the floor.  Although the nerves of the watchers were somewhat shaken, the lights were again turned out.
     The lights were allowed to remain on for a few minutes and French chalk was spread all over the floor.  In spite of this, as soon as the examination was made, the chalk was undisturbed by any footprints.
     At this point another inspection was made of the locks on the doors and windows.  There was no possible way for anyone in the building to escape.  The party then went together and explored the whole building once more.  Even a coal pile was turned over in the cellar, but nothing whatever could be found.  While the party was downstairs the footsteps and other noises above them on the drill floor could be heard, but the chalk was again undisturbed.
     The watch was continued until one o'clock in the morning in the storeroom.  The noises continued at intervals, and the door refused to stay shut unless there was a heavy box against it.  As the party left the building the laughs reechoed through the empty halls.
     The spooky demonstrations began to be noticed last fall.  The county surveyor and a force of his men were at work late one night when they heard a noise in the main part of the building.  Thinking that someone had broken in and was trespassing they made a search but found nothing.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)  Page: 3
Dated: Friday, Oct. 14, 1910
OHIO MAN, EX-GOVERNOR, DEAD.
Former Chief Executive of Kansas
     WITCHITA, Ks., Oct. 13. - W. E. Stanley, former governor of Kansas, died at his home here this morning of hardening of the arteries, from which he had suffered for four years. 
     Ex-Gov. Stanley was born in Hardin county, Ohio, in 1848.  He was elected governor of Kansas in 1898 and was re-elected in 1900.  He was a Republican.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

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