includes births, deaths, marriages, and all other types of
for the Stark County, Ohio Area
(Submitted by Sharon Wick)
Note: For more possible news for Stark County, See
Mahoning Co., Ohio News
|Source: Canton Repository -
Canton, Stark Co., OH
Dated: Jan. 8, 1819
List of Letters remaining in the Post office at
Kendal, on the 1st mo. 1819.
|John Lytle, 2
Hezekiah Bull (Ball?)
William Woods, 2
John W. Wybkoop
Mr. Rogers or A. Yohy
James Ragnet (Raguet?)
THOMAS ROTCH, P.M.
LIST OF LETTERS, Remaining in the Post office at
CANTON, on the 31st day of Decmeber, 1818.
Mrs. Mary Alexander
Miss N. K. Atcheson
John Barls (Burls?)
John Brouz, 2
Edward A. Bagley
Walter B. Beebe
Laurence Carroll, 2
Benjamin F. Coleman
Greenbury Crevy, 2.
Oliver C. Dickinson
William Fogle, 3
George Fetters, 2
J. B. Gouldsbarry
Rev. Richard Gee
Thomas Hurford, 2
Mrs. Abigail Hartford
Adam Kimmmel, 3
Jabab? E. Krug
L. David Landis
James F. Leonard
Jacob Lovenstein, 2
James W. Lathrop, 2
Miss Caty Miller
Fredk. C. Pfersich
John E. Pool
James Patton, 3
John Sterling, 2
Joseph C. Welty
Mrs. Margaret Weston
Rev. A. Weyer
SAMUEL COULTER, P.M.
|Source: Conneaut Gazettes - Conneaut,
Dated: Thursday, May 2, 1839 - Whole No. 371
Lightning -- On Tuesday morning last, during a short
thunderstorm, the house of Mr. Joshua Gibbs,
in Slusser's addition to Canton was struck by lightning. The
fluid struck the top of the chimney, descended the outside
of the wall - a part passed through the wall, down a stove
pipe, threw down a stove and through the floor - another
portion descended and destroyed an apple tree - & another
passed down a pump, splitting the stock. Fortunately none of
the family were injured - Ohio Repository.
(Submitted by Sharon Wick)
Source: Liberator - Massachusetts
Dated: September 13, 1844
Death by Lightning -
On the 22d ult. in Monroe Township, Preble county, Ohio, two
daughters of Mr. Daniel Dashers, aged 10 and 13
years, when returning home from the orchard with a basket of
apples, were instantly killed by a flash of lightning.
A younger brother was with them, but escaped without
On the same day, and within two hours of the above calamity,
the house of Mr. George Walker of Twin Township,
Starke county, Ohio, was struck by lightning, and one of
his sons aged four years was instantly killed; the arm of a
younger brother was broken and he was otherwise so seriously
injured that little hopes were entertained of his recovery.
Several other members of the family were more or less
injured, but not dangerously.
|Source: New York Herald (New York, NY)
Vol.: XXI Issue: 343 Page: 4
Dated: Dec. 10, 1856
Additional Particulares of the Railroad Accident at
At about 7 o'clock last evening
a train on the Cleveland and Pittsburg road ran into an
express train on the Ohio and Pennsylvania road at Alliance,
Ohio, smashing two of the passenger cars of the latter
train. One of the cars was thrown into the rotunda at
the station, and another through a public room which
constitutes part of Sourbeck's Hotel, in which several
persons were sitting. Both the rotunda and sitting
room were torn down, killing eight persons and wounding
several others. Among the wounded are Charles
Coats, engineer, badly; M. A. Roth, though
fractured and otherwise badly hurt; W. C. Cleland,
conductor on Cleveland and Pittsburg train, slightly
injured; Fielding Cavanagh and lady, and Anna
Armour, of Columbia, Ia., badly hurt, and J. Painter,
of Stark county, Ohio, slightly. A list of the killed
was telegraphed yesterday. Most of the killed and
wounded were not on the cars, but sitting in the public room
when the accident occurred.
The train left Pittsburg at 3 P. M. yesterday,
and arrived at Alliance behind time. The passengers
had just got through supper, and the train had barely
started and got across the track at the junction when the
Cleveland train came dashing along, and before its headway
could be stopped a collision occurred. Sourbeck's
rotunda, into which the car went, presents the appearance of
a total wreck. It is said that the engineer of the
Cleveland and Pittsburg train has absconded.
The following despatch gives further particulars of the
accident, and is from Mr. Cass, the President of the
Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago road: -
PITTSBURG, Dec. 9, 1855.
None were killed on our train, and but three wounded,
and theses not severely. All the other killed and
wounded were on the platform at the station, in the house or
near the track. The Pittsburg train struck between the
two hindmost cars in such a manner as to throw the two cars
off the track, injuring three persons on the next to the
last car. The testimony here is, that the Cleveland
and Pittsburg train was running at a frightful speed, not
less than thirty miles per hour, and the visible evidence of
the wreck this morning fully confirms the statement.
The engineer of the Cleveland and Pittsburg train has not
been seen since.
PITTSBURG, Dec. 9 - 9 P.M.
The verdict of the Coroner's jury has not yet
transpired. Several witnesses were examined, who
testified that the Cleveland train ran into the town of
Alliance at a fearful rate of speed, at not less than
thirty-five miles per hour. The conductor of the Fort
Wayne train supposed that the Cleveland train would be
checked in time, according to the rules of the road, but it
seemed to increase in speed as it came forward, without
sounding the whilstle. When the collision occurred, it
caused a fearful wreck. None of those on the Fort
Wayne train were killed, but three were injured. All
the wounded are doing well. Mr. Brooks, of New
Jersey, who was killed, was to have been married to a lady
in Alliance, named Ware. The accident caused
the greatest excitement there, and the engineer and fireman
of the Cleveland train fled to the woods to escape the fury
of the people.
|Source: Cleveland Leader
(Cleveland, Ohio) Page: 2
Dated: Mar. 12, 1866
- The receipts from Internal Revenue in Stark county, for
the month of January, amounted to $14,261.17
- Quite a large number of persons connecting themselves with
the Baptist Church, Canton, have been immersed in the dam
west of the city during the last few Sabbaths.
Notwithstanding the extreme cold weather a large number of
persons witnessed the immersion.
|Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette -
Cincinnati, OH - Page 8
Dated: July 15, 1882
THE WABASH FASTER.
A Young Woman Who Has Not Taken Food for Two Months.
Special Correspondence to the Cincinnati Gazette.
WABASH, IND., July 14. - The
wonderful fast of the young lady near this city, which has
attracted the attention of the people throughout the West,
still continues, and there are no indications as yet that it
will be broken. The name of the faster is Miss
Elizabeth Oswalt. She is the daughter of
Michael Oswalt, a farmer in good circumstances, who
lives four miles northwest of Wabash. Mr. Oswalt
owns a large tract of land and lives in a very neat
residence. Miss Oswalt is one of a large family
of children, who have all married and gone away or have
died. Four years ago, before the death of her mother,
she worked as a sewing girl, but soon after Mrs. Oswalt's
death she went home and began keeping house for her father.
Subsequently she was taken ill, and for eight or ten weeks
she lived on almost nothing. She was kept alive by
injections of nourishment, and had it not been for the
faithful attendance of nurses she would then have died.
Finally, however, her appetite returned, and health was
restored. Although never strong, she was able to do
the housework until about two months since, when one day,
after returning from a visit to this city, she was suddenly
taken ill and went to bed. This was on the 7th of May,
and since then she has not turned herself or sat up in bed
without aid. From the start her appetite failed her,
and the most strenuous efforts of her friends were
insufficient to induce her to partake of the daintiest viand
money could procure. The relatives, alarmed at the
rapid loss of vitality, sent for a physician, who, finding
his endeavors to revive her desire for food without avail,
began to give nourishment by injection. Even this,
Miss Oswalt said, caused her great pain, and she
recently has declined to permit the administration of
nourishment in this way. The quantity of food she has
consumed since she became ill on May 7 has not averaged half
a cracker per day. For a week at a stretch she has
gone without eating a morsel. She also refuses to
drink liquids of any kind, and hardly enough water can be
forced down her to keep the tissues of her body in solution.
This week an attempt was made to get her to take milk, a
small quantity of each day being prescribed for her.
She managed, when almost compelled, to drink an ounce of the
fluid, but since then she has utterly refused to touch it,
and when the members of the family visit her room for the
purpose of persuading her to drink, she begged and cried
until they gave up in despair. This week she has not
eaten enough to keep a cat alive. She asserts that the
slightest particle of food in her stomach causes her the
most intense pain, and on Wednesday when she swallowed the
milk she was driven almost wild with agony. Her
mind is clear, and her reasoning faculties entirely
unimpaired, but she has much cast down and a little inclined
to hysteria. Her strength is gradually failing, and
the physician, who is about discouraged, says that she is
almost past recovery, though he is of the opinion that were
regular injections of food administered he could keep her
alive until her appetite returns. Miss Oswalt
is apparently about thirty-two years of age, and when in
good health was rather large. No explanation of the
cause for either of her fasts has yet been vouchsafed.
Her relatives are all strong and healthy, and none of them
are afflicted with any chronic disease. The case is
watched in this city and vicinity with intense interest, and
forms the sole topic off conversation on the streets.
The people of the vicinity seem to think that she "lays
over" Dr. Tanner by a large majority, as
although she has partaken of more nourishment than did
Tanner, she has drank but little water, while Tanner
drank water in large quantities. Today was the
sixty-fourth of her fast, or twenty-four longer than Dr.
Tanner's. It is evident, however, that the end is
near, and the terrible strain upon her system is breaking it
down, and her death is likely to occur at any moment.
Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page: 3
Dated: Jan. 20, 1887
A Disastrous Fire in the Busy Stark County Town - Six Buildings,
Involving a Loss of Over $100,000, Totally Destroyed.
ALLIANCE, O., Jan. 19. - [Special] - The most
disastrous conflagration that ever visited this city occurred this
morning. AT 1 o'clock the boot and shoe store of A. E. Vans
& Co. was discovered on fire. The flames spread rapidly to
adjoining business blocks and were soon beyond control, and Canton
was called on for aid. At 5 o'clock this morning the fire
department from the above place arrived on a special train, and
rendered such valuable assistance that the fire was got under
control about 7 o'clock, but not until six of the best business
blocks in the city were gutted and two more badly damaged by fire
and water. The following is a list of the losses, together
with insurance, as far as can be learned:
John Atwell, building, loss $5,000, insured in
Royal for $3,000; Shaffer Tate, building, loss $3,000,
insured in Royal for $3,000, Columbian mutual for $1,500, Londona nd
Lancashire for $500; Mrs. C. E. Marchand, building, loss
$8,000, insured in royal for $5,000, Hartford for $1,000; I. G.
Hair, household goods, loss $2,000, insured in London and
Lancashire for $1,000; Atwell and Hair, building, loss
$7,000, insured in the Fire association of Philadelphia for $4,000;
P. J. Gaume, dry goods, loss $8,000, insured in the American
fire association for $2,000, the Fire association of Philadelphia,
$1,100; Phenix of Hartford, $1,000, Penix of Brooklyn, $500; P.
D. Kaplinger, loss $8,000, insured with the Richland and Western
mutual for $5,500; Levonderes, photographer, loss $3,500,
insured in the London and Lancashire for $1,500; P. H. Burr & Co.,
drugs, loss $2,000, fully insured; M. Hester's building, loss
$7,000, partially insured; Evans & Co., boots and shoes, loss
$7,000, insured for $6,100; Alliance bank building, loss $2,000,
insured; P. H. Barr, building, loss $4,000, insured; stock of
M. Oppenheimer & Co., and S. Koch clothing, and A.
G. Silver, boot and shoe merchant, considerably damaged by
removal; fully insured.
Following are estimated losses: Household goods by
tenants on second and third floors, none of whom were insured:
Edward Ogden $800, F. E. Keplinger $300, L. W. Bullard
$2,000, Dr. McCreary $300, Edward Woodward $800,
John Plummer $1,000, J. Richards $800. The origin
of the fire is unknown. The total loss is about $100,000.
Source: Repository (Canton, Ohio) Page: 4
Dated: Jan. 30, 1891
Mr. Dresbach Takes a Tumble.
Cleveland Leader Columbus special:
Considerable amusement were created in the house this
afternoon by the collapse of the chair occupied by Mr. Dresach,
of Stark, and dropping that member gently down at full length upon
the floor of the House.
Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Vol.: XXVII Page 8
Dated Nov. 5, 1891
CUSTER CITY, S. D., Nov. 4 - [Special.]
- Sheriff Woods received by this morning's mail a
respite suspending the execution of John H. Lehman till
January 8, 188892, or until the sanity of Lehman is
determined of the board of pardons acts on the application for
the commutation of the sentence to imprisonment for life.
Source: Plain Dealer - Cleveland, Ohio
Dated: Jul. 15, 1892
Canton, July 14, - (Special) - James ("West") Jackson,
who has been serving a sentence in jail here for the past thirty
days, was taken to Finleyvile, Pa., today, where he is to answer a
charge of train wrecking. Detective Gleaves of that
place put handcuffs on him, but Jackson refused to go until they
were taken off. He is liable to attempt an escape before he
reaches there. He is a tough colored man.
An independent military company is being organized here
by some of the best young men in the city.
A Mrs. Hahn, who was brought back from the
Toledo asylum as cured on the 5th of this month, had to be sent back
again today, she being regarded as dangerous.
A terrific storm visited Congress lake, in the northern
part of this county, yesterday and several persons narrowly escaped
with their lives. It was a miniature cloudburst.
Source: Repository (Canton, OH) Page: 13
Dated: Oct. 30, 1904
JOHN H. LEHMAN
John H. Lehman has served on the present board for over two
years and six months and his services were invaluable. Mr.
Lehman has for many years been regarded as one of the best
educators and best posted men in school affairs in the state. For 18
years he served as a principal or superintendent of the Canton
public schools. For six years he was principal of the North Cherry
street school and his qualifications led to his selection as
superintendent which position he held for 12 years. He was also
school examiner and has been interested in school work nearly all
his life. Mr. Lehman is at present chairman of the
committee on text books and supplies and a member of the committee
on teachers and of the committee on buildings and janitors of the
board of education. He is engaged in the insurance business.
Source: Stark County Democrat, Dayton, OH
Dated: Oct. 5, 1906
CHARGED WITH THEFT
Of Money and Postal Cards from the Alliance Postoffice, Penna
Employe is Arrested.
Alliance, O., Oct. 2 - Harry Early of this city, aged
39 years, was arrested last night by Deputy United States Marshal,
F. M. Fanning, of Cleveland, charged with the theft of about
sight hundred postal cards and thirty-three cents in stamps.
It is claimed the property was taken from the Alliance postoffice.
The accused has been employed in the Pennsylvania baggage room in
the capacity of a mail carrier from night trains and had a key to
the postoffice. He is the son of John Early of this
city. He was detained in the city prison over night and this
morning will be taken to Warren for a hearing before the United
States commissioner. The arrest of Early was a great
surprise to his friends for up to the present time he had always
borne the best of reputation in this vicinity.
Source: Repository (Canton, OH) Page 3
Dated: Jan. 7, 1913
SCHOOL BOARD PUTS YOST AT ITS HEAD.
New President Praises Retiring Executive J. H. Lehman, In
EMPLOYES RECEIVE RAISES IN SALARIES
The board of education organized Monday night for
the new year by electing L. P. D. Yost president to succeed
John H. Lehman, for the past eight years head of the board,
who asked not to be again elected because of ill health.
Lehman was elected vice president on motion of Yost.
The new president has been a member of the board
for eight years. As a result of being chosen head of the board
he will, with C. W. Keplinger president of the board of
sinking fund trustees, and John Buchman president of the city
council, appoint the new civil service commission. It is said
that the commission will be chosen this week.
Lauds Work of Lehman
Yost, in accepting his new office, paid high
tribute to the work of retiring President Lehman in
connection with the schools of the city.
"We feel sorry and I know that the school officials and
instructors also regret that Mr. Lehman cannot be here
tonight on account of ill health. I feel sure that if he were
here, the board would unanimously choose him as its head.
"Mr. Lehman has done great good during his eight
years on the board of education. He has been a tireless and
conscientious worker and has done much for the schools of the city
at, I have no doubt, a sacrifice of his own interests.
"I have known him well during his years as an
instructor in the schools and as a principal, and in the eight years
I have served with him on the school board, he has always been
upright and honorable in everything he has done. I sincerely
hope that he may regain his health and be with us again."
Marshall Made Examiner.
M. G. Marshall, instructor in Central High school,
was elected school examiner for three years at a salary of $75 a
year to succeed H. M. Shutt whose term expired in September.
Yost and Wise voted for Marshall, and Harmony voted
for Miss Mary Mes___. Theobald and Lehman were
The salary of Clerk C. W. Lane was increased to
$125 a month, an increase of $25 a month. Oscar Steiner,
superintendent of buildings, was granted an increase of $25 a month,
making his salary $140. George Schaffert, truant
officer, received an increase of $10, making his salary $95 a month.
Upon motion of Harmony, the woman teachers in the high
school who were not affected by the new salary schedule adopted in
September will receive an increase of $50 a year, making their
According to Supt. Baxter, it was understood
that the women instructors not affected by the schedule should
receive an increase but the subject was not brought up until Monday
night. Supt. Baxter said that five or six teachers
would be affected.
Source: Elkhart Truth - Elkhart, Indiana - Page 2
Dated Mar. 22, 1922
Former Service Man Ends Life With Bullet
Word was received today by relatives here of the
suicide yesterday of Edward Oswalt, about 32 years of age,,
who resided on a farm a mile west of Hastings, 22 miles south of
Elkhart. Despondency is ascribed as the motive for the deed.
No particulars were stated except that death was caused by shooting.
Oswalt was in service for two years during the
World War, serving a part of the time in France, where he took part
in some of the big battles. Upon his return four years ago, he
was married, the young couple taking up their residence in Leesburg,
where Mr. Oswalt owned a meat market. About two years
ago he sold the business and moved to the farm.
Surviving Oswalt are his wife; three
daughters, the oldest of whom is about three years of age; his
mother, Mrs. Sarah Oswalt, and three sisters, all of
Constantine; four brothers, Jesse Oswalt of Elkhart and
John, Claude and Percy Oswalt, all of Constantine; five
cousins, Mrs. Verne Shriver, Mrs. A. E. Doering, Mrs. Alex
Hoover, Serman Swan and Owen Oswalt, all of Elkhart, and
three uncles, Frank, Edward and Charles Fields, all of
Elkhart. His father, Michael Oswalt, died a year ago in
The funeral will be held tomorrow with service and
burial at Stony Point church.
Source: Plain Dealer - Cleveland, OH
Dated: Aug. 17, 1931
STARK COUNTY and a Sketch of the Wife of the Revolutionary
How did Stark County get is name? Will you
please give an account of Molly STARK, a heroine during the
Indian wars, I believe. K.F. - Canton, O
Stark County, organized in 1806, was named for
Revolutionary general, John STARK.
Molly STARK, whose maiden name was Elizabeth
PAGE, was born at Haverhill, Mass., in 1737, the fifth child of
Caleb and Elizabeth PAGE. Molly was the name by which her
husband called her. When she was three years old her mother
died, and in 1741 her father remarried and moved his family to
Atkinson, N. H. Ten years later he sold this property and
moved his family to the wilderness, near where the town of Dunbarton
was later established. First he built a block house there and
later a residence, where Elizabeth then about 16 years
of age, was installed as housekeeper. She was known to be
absolutely fearless, and often stood sentinel at the fort for hours,
rifle in hand on the lookout for Indians.
In August, 1758, Elizabeth married John STARK,
a young man who had been in the employ of her father, but who at
this time was an officer in Rogers Rangers during the French and
Indian War. Two years later Capt. STARK resigned and he
and his wife made their home on land he owned at Derry Field,
leaving behind their little son Caleb who had been born in
the meantime, the grandfather having become very much attached to
the child. In 1765 Capt. STARK built a big house on his
property after a plan which Molly had worked out. This
house stood just a hundred years, when in 1865 it burned down.
Many incidents of Molly's bravery are recorded.
When the news of Lexington and Concord reached her husband, he
hurried from home rallying the neighbors to a meeting at Medford.
In his haste he forgot his purse. Molly set out
after him but did not overtake him until she reached Medford.
After spending the night there she returned home alone, mostly
through unbroken forest. Molly was with her husband in
camp during the evacuation of Boston and stood sentinel there for
him when treachery was suspected. During a smallpox epidemic
she nursed her husband's stricken soldiers and at one time had as
many as twenty patients in her home. Another time she is said
to have heard the loud barking of dogs without. Snatching a
gun she went out and discovered a bear stretched on the limb of a
neighboring tree. Unassisted she brought him to the ground.
Molly and John STARK had eleven
children, five sons and six daughters. Two sons, Caleb
and Archibald, served in the Revolutionary War.
Molly died in 1814, when her husband was 86 years old.
Source: Repository (Canton, OH) Page: 17
Dated: Feb. 22, 1938
SHERIFF HELPS FIGHT FIRE IN GOUDY HOME
Sheriff Joseph T. Nist and his
deputies assisted the North Canton fire department in battling a
fire in the basement of the home of Dr. G. C. Goudy, Fulton
rd. NW extension, Monday at 8:45 p.m.
Deputies said the blaze was confined to the basement of
the house. There was no estimate of damage.
Source: Repository (Canton, OH) Page: 6
Dated: Dec. 21, 1944
Source: Repository (Canton, OH) Page: 17
Dated: Feb. 22, 1938
Canton's new junior high school was to be named Lehman
honoring John H. Lehman, who had been associated in school
work for 35 years.
Walter Kuckelman of 5th st. NW, was Canton's first
coasting victim. He suffered a broken arm when struck by an