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

William Hurbert, Petitioner, against the widow and heirs of Jacob Richards, dec., viz.  Margaret Richards, Elias Richards, Saul Richards, Silas Richards, Richard Jones and Love his wife, Thomas Pendergrass and Mary his wife, Wm. Botkin and Nancy his wife, George Williams and Dorcas his wife; also, Wesley Dille and Nathan Hurbert, and the children of Sarah Appy, dec., defendants.
     The petition was filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Champaign county, Ohio, on the 19th day of August, A. D. 1837, staging the death of said Jacob Richards, intestate, and seized of 87 acres of land in Champaign county, part of survey No. 6233, which was conveyed by Matthew Bonner to said Jacob Richards, and which descended to the heirs of said Richards; that petitioner and said Dille and Nathan Hurbert are each entitled to a part of said land by purchase, and the widow of Jacob Richards is entitled to dower in the tract.  That some of defendants, viz.: Silas and Elias live in Champaign county, Saul Richards, Jones and wife, Pendergrass and wife Robinson and wife, live in Logan County, Botkin and wife, live in Hardin County, Williams and wife, in Union county, Ohio, and the children of Sarah Appy, whose names are unknown to petitioner, except David, all live in Indiana; Dille and N. Hurbert, and Margaret Richards, widow, live in Champaign County; that Dille has obtained a deed from some of the said heirs, which is invalid.  Prayer of the Petition, that power to be assigned to the widow, and that the share of petitioner be assigned to him in severally of said land, and that the same invalid deed be cancelled.
     NOTICE is therefore hereby given to the defendants, to appear on the first day of the next term of said Court, and show cause, if any they have, why the prayer of the petition shall not be granted.
J. C. PEARSON, Clerk
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Source: Ohio Statesman  - Columbus, Ohio
Dated: Dec. 1, 1841

     On the 24th inst., in Marysville, Union county, Ohio, by the Rev. James Smith, George W. Cherry, Esq., to Miss Mary L., only daughter of Major C. Lee, of the above place.

Source: Ohio Statesman - Columbus, Ohio
Dated: June 27, 1849

from my pasture on Monday night last, three miles south of Marysville, Union county, Paris township, Ohio, a dark brown mare, six years old, about 17 hands high, with black mane and tail, a small white spot on the forehead, and both hind feet white.  It is supposed that the thief made hsi way to Dayton.
     The above reward will be given for the mare and thief, or five dollars for the mare.
june7-3w*.                                                                    MICHAEL EMMERT.
(Submitted by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Lowell Daily Citizen and News - Massachusetts
Dated Aug. 9, 1873
THE rising young man in Ohio is Col. Noah Orr of Marysville, aged 27, who is seven feet eleven inches high, measures seventy inches around the chest, and weighs five hundred and seventy pounds.
Source:  Macon Weekly Telegraph - Georgia
Dated: Feb. 20, 1881
The wife of William Bancroft, of Marysville, Ohio, obtained a divorce from him, on the ground of drunkeness and cruelty, and on the following day, won over by his promise to reform, she remarried him.
Source: Daily Inter Ocean -
Dated: Jul. 4, 1892

Almost a Horror at an Early Fire in Lima, Ohio - Jumping from Windows.
     LIMA, Ohio, July 3, - Special Telegram - A number of men narrowly escaped being cremated by the burning of a building at an early hour this morning.  As it was one man probably fatally injured.  At 3 o'clock Policeman John Hammer was passing the Harrod Building on East Market street, when he saw flames bursting from Hutchinson's restaurant on the lower floor.  An alarm was instantly turned in, but in a few minutes the entire building was enveloped in a mass of roaring flames, and all exits for the occupants were shut off.  In the upper story were three men fast asleep.  When they awoke they were surrounded by flames and had to jump out of the window.  J. P. Enbanks, whose home is at Magnetic Springs, Ohio, in leaping from a window caught his foot on the window sill and fell head foremost.  He weighs 200 pounds, and fell on the stone pavement on his right shoulder.  He was picked up unconscious.  He has a bad cut on the back part of his head,  and his neck and back are severely injured.  It is feared that he will die.
     Alex Hodges, of the same place, was in a room on the same floor.  He was awakened by the dense smoke and was almost suffocated.  He rushed to the front window, the only means of escape, and after a few moments succeeded in getting the window open.  The flames were breaking through the floor and the heat was intense.  He jumped to the stone pavement below, escaping with only a few bruises.
Close Call for Gamblers.
     Before jumping he heard some men who were in a gambling room located in the rear calling for some one to save them, the only stairway being in flames.  He unlocked his door and they came through his room and jumped out of the window, escaping serious injury.
     Benjamin Powell, the porter was fast asleep
Source:  Idaho Statesman - Idaho
Dated: Oct. 18, 1900
Marysville, Ohio, Oct. 17 - A jury was empaneled today to try Roswell Ferrell, charged with the murder of Express Messenger Lane on a Panhandle train on the night of August 10th, and the taking of testimony was begun.
Source:  Columbus Daily Enquirer - Ohio
Dated: Oct. 31, 1900
    Marysville, O., Oct. 30 - The jury at midnight returned a verdict of murder in the first degree without recommendation against Rosslyn H. Ferrell, for the murder on the night of August 10-th, last, of Chas. Tine, an express messenger on a Pan-Handle train.  The  murder was committed for the purpose of robbery.  Ferrell secured $1,000 in money from the way safe of the Adams express company.  The verdict carries with it the death penalty, which in Ohio, is electrocution.
Source: Idaho Statesman - Idaho
Dated: Nov. 1, 1900
Marysville, Ohio, Oct. 31. - Rosslyn H. Ferrell, who was last night found guilty of murder in the first degree attempted to commit suicide during the night by smothering himself to death.  He wrapped the the bed clothing tightly about his head and turned on his face.  When his purpose was discovered the guards pulled the clothes off while Ferrell fought to prevent their removal.
     Judge Methern has adjourned court until Friday, when he will hear arguments on a motion for a new trial.
     News of the verdict was not broken to the prisoner's mother until this morning.  She collapsed and a physician had to be summoned.  Miss Costlow, to whom Ferrell was engaged to be married at the time he murdered Express Messenger Lane, was prostrated.
Source: Idaho Statesman - Idaho
Dated:  Nov. 27, 1900
Dr. Hamilton Assassinated by Unknown Parties at Marysville.
     Marysville, Ohio, Nov. 26.  Dr. A. H. Hamilton, a prominent physician of this place was shot today.  Alfred Alin, 30 years old, who had accused the doctor of causing the separation of Alin and his wife, is under the charge of firing the fatal shot.  No one saw the shot fired and the physician died without making any statement.
     Dr. Hamilton left his residence shortly after breakfast to go to his barn.  He had passed within the line of some trees when a shot disturbed the silence.  A moment later he staggered back toward the house where he fell dead.
Source:  Duluth News-Tribune - Minnesota
Dated: Jan. 1, 1905
     MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 31. - All records for divorce were broken when twin brothers who were wedded to twin sisters, were simultaneously separated each from his wife by the hand of the law.  The brothers are Alvin and Alvi Bruckles, farmers, who live in Champaign County.
     In 1895 they were wedded on the same day to twin sisters.  Five years from that time, to the very day, each filed a divorce petition.  In both cases willful absence was given as the cause, the brothers claiming that their wives had deserted them.
     The cases came up for hearing yesterday and the decrees were entered today.
Source:  Bellingham, Herald - Colorado
Dated: Nov. 25, 1906
MILLER'S REMAINS TO OHIO - Man Killed on Rio Grande Will be Buried at Marysville.
The remains of J. D. Miller of Denver, the man who was struck by Rio Grande passenger train No. 6, northbound, Friday afternoon, will be sent to Marysville, O., for interment.  His parents, who are very aged, live in that city.  Mr. Miller's cousin, Mrs. T. J. Hurley, 717 South Tejon street, has taken charge of the body.  Mr. Miller was a member of K. of P. lodge No. 47 of Colorado City, where he resided for some time.
Source: Dallas Morning News - Texas
Dated: Oct. 22, 1913
One Man Dead and Five Seriously Injured in Marysville.
     Marysville, Ohio, Oct. 21 - One man was burned to death, five persons were seriously injured and more than a score had thrilling escapes in a fire which today destroyed the Continental Hotel.
     Alexander J. Manuel of Kenton, Ohio, trapped in a room on the third floor, perished.
Source:  Plain Dealer - Cleveland, Ohio
Dated: Nov. 4, 1915

Magnetic Springs Candidates Get Twenty Votes Each.
     MARYSVILLE, O., Nov. 3 - At Magnetic Springs, this county, the vote for mayor between William Springer and L. B. Drake resulted in a tie, each receiving twenty votes.
     Drake is a Republican, while Springer is a Democrat.  The tie will be cast off by the board of elections.
Source: Dallas Morning News - Texas
Dated Mar. 12, 1922

By the Associated Press.
     Magnetic Springs, Ohio - Mrs. Mary McFadden, who was 80 years old last December, has been appointed Mayor of this village and there by hangs a tale of how the secretary of the Commerce Club here originated and put through to a successful conclusion, the idea of bringing publicity to a health resort whose popularity appeared to be waning.
     As Secretary William of the Commerce Club tells it, this little health resort of 200 residential citizens, tucked away in the country, fourteen miles from the nearest town.  Delaware was in a rut and something had to be done.
     When Mayor Nathan O. Brown announced his intention of spending the winter in Florida, Secretary Williams conceived the idea.  "We will appoint a woman Mayor." he suggested and prevailed upon Mayor Brown to name Mrs. McFadden to act during his absence, giving as his reason that Mrs. McFadden was the oldest woman in town capable of acting as Mayor during Brown's absence.
     This was done and Secretary Williams got busy in the publicity end of the venture.  Almost overnight Magnetic Springs became known as the home of the oldest woman Mayor in the country.  The old bus to Delaware that had almost stopped operating for lack of patronage, once more took on life and did a thriving business, particularly with newspaper reporters and curiosity seekers.
     Mrs. McFadden met the newspaper boys and frankly told them: "I hardly know what it is all about," Secretary Williams issued announcements concerning her policies.
     But this was not all.  The State officials at Columbus questioned the legality of her acting as Mayor.  They pointed out that the job automatically fell upon teh shoulders of the president pro tem of the village Council Secretary Williams was equal to the emergency.  He induced a Councilman to resign, if necessary and then induced the president pro tem to resign as president of council and they way was paved to have Mrs. McFadden fill the position as president pro tem of the Council and thereby assume the office of Mayor.
     And Magnetic Springs ahs been turned into a thriving village, according to Secretary Williams.
Source: Plain Dealer - Cleveland, Ohio
Dated: Apr. 13, 1924
Magnetic Springs Hotel
Mineral Baths for Rheumatism, Neuritis, Stomach Disorders, Etc.
Magnetic Springs, Ohio
M. L. Reiter, Prop.
Source: Times - Picayune - Louisiana
Dated: Sep. 6, 1959

Ohio Has Fountain of Life?
(UPI) - This is a town of old folks who say they are alive today because they drink water by the gallons.
     The water comes from wells and springs and it's so magneticized that if you drop a metal cup i it the cup will stick to an iron pipe.
     The elderly outnumber the young here and they follow a rigid health pattern:  Each week they bathe in the magnetic water and all during the week they drink water by the gallons.
     The springs once also acted as a magnet for the community's economy.  Before the turn of the century, when water cures were the fashion, they drew the ill by the thousands.
     "But now," said Grant Ballard, an 85 year-old retired farmer, "people are too busy to take care of their health like they used to."

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