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Source: Daily Ohio Statesman - Ohio
Dated: Oct. 3, 1837
Departed this life on Wednesday
evening the 27th of this inst., Mr. JOHN G. JAMESON, of
New Paris, Preble County, Ohio, in the 43d year of his age. ~
Messrs. Jameson and M'Nutt, one on
the 26th, and the other on the 27th ult. They were both
members of the last House of Representatives, from Preble Co. ~
Source: Daily Ohio - Ohio
Dated: Oct. 29, 1851
Among the gratifying results in
Ohio, we have recorded none with more pleasure than the election
of our old friend, Abner Haines, formerly of Wayne Co.,
Indiana, but now a citizen of Eaton, Preble county, Ohio, as
District Judge, from the district composed of the counties of
Butler, Preble, and Darke. We are gratified at the success
of our old friend, and we are particularly gratified at the
defeat of that political apostate, Elijah Vance, who,
says the Cincinnati Enquirer, "began his apostacy from
principles while in the Constitutional Convention, and
closed it in the late campaign by bolting entirely from his
party and joining the whigs of Butler, Darke and Preble, to
obtain the Judgeship for that Judicial District. He is
defeated in all the three counties; in his own by 553; in Darke
by 260; in Preble by 143, making the majority for Mr. Haines,
his Democratic competitor, 956. This is a wise disposal of
a dishonest and unprincipled trickster. Thus perish all
traitors!" Indiana State Sentinel
Source: Times Picayune - Louisiana
Dated: November 19, 1851
Hon. James Gardner, one of the associate judges of
the Court of Common Pleas of Preble county, Ohio, died on the
Source: Flake's Bulletin - Texas
Dated: May 8, 1867
Heavy Forgeries in Preble County, Ohio.
From the Dayton Journal, April 20.
A chronic case of dishonesty and
crime ws, we are credibly informed, recently brought to light in
Preble county. William Gifford was a well-to-do
farmer, residing on a large and valuable farm near Euphemia.
Besides the regular business of farming, Gifford had been
for several years engaged in buying and selling stock, etc., and
he had on several occasions borrowed money in considerable
quantities from wealthy farmers in the vicinity of West
Alexandria, in most cases giving his note, with a brother-in-law
named Jacob Fudge, for security.
A week or two ago, we are
informed, Gifford met another brother-in-law named
Fudge in West Alexandria, and asked him to go on a small
note for him. Fudge refused, and made some remarks
disparaging to his credit, and Gifford left the room
greatly offended. A farmer who was present remarked, after
Gifford withdrew, "Why, you dont seem to have as much faith
in G. as your brother Jacob, who goes on his paper
to any amount desired." Fudge replied that none of
the family had much confidence in Gifford, and he would
warrant that Jacob Fudge was not on his paper for
$5. This alarmed the farmer, and he showed Gifford's
note to Jacob Fudge, who pronounced the name
forged to the document. This expose brought matters to a
In the meantime Gifford ascertained what was
going on, and he made over his farm, stock, etc., to his
brother-in-law, Jacob Fudge, and gathering up some
ready means, he fled - it is not generally known where - leaving
his family to be provided for by his relatives. Besides
the farm, there was a large amount of stock on hand - enough.
Gifford assured Fudge, to make him safe on the
notes to which his name had been signed. The matter got
noised abroad, and then Gifford's paper began to come in.
The stock was soon swallowed up in liquidation; yet the notes
kept coming in for redemption, until the brother-in-law, seeing
no possible end to it, shut down on the transaction until he can
make himself sure on the farm, which is by no means a sure
thing, for about $6,000 of notes have been redeemed, and it is
estimated that about $3,000 are yet outstanding.
The forgeries of Gifford over there have been
going on, it is affirmed, some five years. The notes were
not given in his own neighborhood, and as they were regularly
renewed and interest punctually paid, the fraud was not
discovered until the accidental conversation about surety in
West Alexandria, the other week, brought it to light.
The conduct of Gifford is most inexplicable. As
his farm was unincumbered, and he had not lost in his
speculations in stock, it is a mystery what he did with the
money he raised on the forged notes. The mystery will
probably be developed in the course of time. The affair
has created a great deal of excitement and has greatly shaken
the confidence of the people in private negotiations.
Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Dated: November 20, 1867
From Preble County. The Preble County "Varmint" - A
Disgusting Rape Case.
Special Correspondence of the Cincinnati Gazette.
WEST SONORA, O., November
Cities are the hot-beds of skepticism. Simple
faith in God and humanity flourishes as naturally in the rural
districts as vines grow toward the sun. It is not a
difference of actual goodness nor yet intelligence, but the
result of local influences, over which men, as individuals, have
but little, if any, control. In the city, the duplicity of
human life is constantly set before you in all its phases.
In the country, the frankness of nature meets you on every hand.
As iron sharpeneth iron, so men become incredulous and cunning
by frequent contact with each other; and, as the warmth of one
sun gives life to all vegetation, so does the spirit that
pervades diversified nature impel all hearts to faith in the
Creator and confidence in His creature, man. Let him who
doubts this spend a week in the crowded metropolis and then slip
out, Saturday night, to some quiet country home, or meek little
village with its one or two white frame churches, to enjoy the
Sabbath. When he opens his eyes next morning the change is
so marvelous that he can almost imagine himself in a spirit
land, where the "busses" cease from rumbling and the weary are
at rest. The sun shines down through an atmosphere
innocent of stone coal smoke, and the autumn winds do not moan
through damp and covenous alleys, but, fur the child of nature,
sing lullabys among the half clad branches of the trees.
An hour more, and the little church bell rings in the time of
Sabbath school or meeting, and young and old turn out to honor
as well as enjoy the happiest day of all the seven. When
the preacher tells them that the righteous shall never be
forsaken and their seed shall never beg bread, each one feels
that he or she wears an amulet against which sickness and famine
shall not prevail. No subtle philosophy is needed here to
interpret prophesy. When the good man tells them that the
righteous shall be clothed with wings as the angels in heaven,
and that the wicked shall forever be tormented in a lake that
burns with fire and brimstone, they accept the statement as a
simple fact, and never dream of troubling their heads with such
questions as whether angels' wings are callow or feathery, and
where all the brimstone will come from which is to be used in
smoking the wicked forever.
But I am rambling from the real purpose of this letter.
What I started out to do was to give you the news from Preble
county, on the border of which this little village is hanging.
Sonora is the half-way place on the Dayton & Western Railroad,
between Dayton and Richmond. Its trade is considerable for
the size of the town, but is principally carried on by the two
houses of Wm. Leas and John D. Niswonger & Son.
It has a telegraph office, two churches, a pocket saw mill
and a bishop. Its fine and commodious school house is yet
in the breeches of a few thoughtful gentlemen whose lands do not
lie adjoining the town.
This town being about six or eight miles from the
headquarters of the notorious Preble county "Varmint," I am
enabled to give some additional facts concerning that wonderful
beast. That its size and color are variable is now a well
established fact. According to the evidence, its maximum
size is that of a large panther, and its minimum that of a small
wild cat. Some believe it to be a panther, others a lynx,
while not a few pronounce it the original whang-doodle which
came down from the mountains of Hepaidam. It feasts on
mutton chops and stuffed veal. One man testifies that it
made a breakfast, not long sine, on a yearling heifer, after
which it stuck its nose in the ground and howled for more.
It followed some children home from school, and after they had
got there it reared up on its hind legs and looked in at them
through a second story window. As two young gentlemen were
escorting their ladies home from singing school the varmint got
after them and they became utterly demoralized, left their girls
and ran for dear life. The animal not feeling disposed to
make a lunch on cold calico, allowed the young ladies to proceed
unharmed. It met another young man going out "sparking",
and turned him back on the double-quick; and he has not gone to
see his Betsey Jane since. One Sunday it made its
appearance, at maximum size, to a youth who was going over to a
neighbor's to trade horses. Reports say he is now under
deep conviction, and will never break the Sabbath again.
I have heard numerous other statements with regard to
the nature and performances of this beast, but the above are the
only ones which I regard as perfectly reliable.
The most disgusting rape case that has ever disgraced
the records of this county is at present being tried in the
Common Pleas Court at Eaton. The plaintiff is the daughter
of a respectable miller, and the defendant is a farmer
forty-five years of age, a man who has hitherto born an
excellent character and has held several responsible offices in
the county. He is the father of six or seven children (the
eldest being now grown), and has his second wife. The case
came up a year ago, but the jury hung, eight being for acquittal
and four for conviction. The defendant has already
succeeded in establishing the fact that the girl's virtue was
not very strongly fortified, and has, by testimony, so far
removed the probability of rape that he will, no doubt, be
acquitted. It is a sad comment on manly virtue, however,
when such acquittals must be secured by the confessions of a
score or more of honorable (?) men (nearly all married) to a
crime only less than the one with which the defendant in this
case is charged.
|Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Dated: April 6, 1869
Mrs. Alcy Ann Cox died in Eaton, Preble county, March
26th, aged 75 years. She was born at Barren county, Ky.,
in 1793, and removed with her father, Nathan Sellers to
Preble county in 1807. In 1811 she married James Cox
who died some ten years ago.
|Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Dated: Aug. 13, 1870
Death of an Old Pioneer.
Died in Eaton, Preble county, Ohio, Mr. Cornelius
Vanausdal, aged 84 years. He was born in Berkley
county, Va., and emigrated to Preble county in 1805. In
1808 he commenced the mercantile business, which he successfully
conducted until within a few years of his death. His first
trading was with the Indiana and a few whites who inhabited that
country. From 1825 to 1828 he, in connection with L. M.
Gray, Esq., had a store in this city. At that
time there were very few banks in the country, and nearly all of
the floating money about this vicinity was deposited in their
hands for safe keeping. At that time he purchased a
building near the landing, and paid $3,000 cash, and the people
were greatly astonished to think a man could spare that amount
of money from his business. There was then no wholesale
dry goods store in Cincinnati, and he was advised by some of his
friends to go into the business, as he was advised by some of
his friends to go into the business, as he had almost unlimited
credit at the East, but being rather timid about it he neglected
the opportunity, and others stepped in, who made fortunes in the
Mr. Vanausdal commenced the publication of the
first newspaper in Eaton; was appointed by General Cass
Deputy United States Marshal, and took the first census of
Preble county. In the war of 1812 he was actively engaged,
and furnished supplies and paid the troops in the vicinity of
that county. He served as a member of the Legislature in
the sessions of 1819 and 1820.
Mr. Vanausdal had a very strong constitution,
and retained his senses to the last. He was riding out the
day before his death, but was stricken with paralysis the
morning that he died. He was possessed of great kindness
of heart, and died beloved by all who were acquainted with him.
|Source: Fort Wayne News Sentinel
Dated: June 2, 1919
Death of Jacob Paulus.
(Special to the News)
COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. John 2 - Jacob Paulus, 80 years old
former commissioner of Whitley county, died Saturday evening at
8 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Miss Allie Kimble,
in South Bend. The deceased had gone to South Bend about
four months ago and was taken ill while there. He was born
in Preble county, Ohio. His wife died twenty years ago.
The following children survive: Mrs. John Wallace,
Lakeville, Mrs. Allie Kimble, South Bend, Joseph
Paulus, Thorncreek township; Mrs. Clara Dancer, South
Bend, Grover Paulus, Logansport, and Ira Paulus.
A sister, Mrs. Sara Fogle of Seattle, Wash., also
survives. The body will arrive here this evening and
funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at
the Egolf cemetery.
Deborah Kay Abbott, six-week-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Lester Abbott, 4531 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis Mo., died there
Survivors include the parents, a brother, at home; paternal
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Abbott of Hagerstown, maternal
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Coy Brown of New Paris, Ohio.
Services for infant Abbott were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the
Kessler Funeral Home. Burial was in Spring Lawn Cemetery.
(contrib. by Sharon Wick)
Infant Rachel Jane Adams
Rachel Jane Adams, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Adams,
270 West Mill street, Eldorado was dead at birth Tuesday night.
Surviving are the parents; two sisters, five brothers, and the
grandparents, Mrs. Robert Adams of Kirklia, Ind., and Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Soper of Richmond.
Graveside services for infant Rachael Jane Adams were held
Thursday at 2 p.m. at Goshen cemetery, with Rev. Howard Wallen
of Brookvile, Ohio, officiating. Arrangements were handled
by the Jones and Placke funeral home in Richmond.