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Source: Frederick 'Doublass Paper
Dated: Apr. 28, 1848

A RUFFIAN IN A QUAKER COAT - A correspondent of the Christian Citizen, writing from Harveysburg, Ohio, under date of Feb. 23d, says:
     Our heretofore quiet village is now laboring under great excitement.  We have a prosperous Academy, the Superintendent and Teacher of which is Mr. Wilson HOBBS, an Orthodox Quaker.  A few weeks since a young lady, of wealthy and respectable parentage, entered the Institution as a student and remained two days, when one of the female teachers learned (by means not known) that, by tracing her ancestry back through several generations, it was found that her blood was slightly tinctured with that of an African.  Upon hearing this, Mr. HOBBS rushed into the female department for he purpose of expelling her, but not being able to distinguish her he retired in confusion.  The next day, having her pointed out, he insultingly expelled her in the presence of the whole female department.
Source: National Era - Washington D.C.
Dated: December 19, 1850

     At a meeting held in Harveysburg, Warren County, November 16, 1850, J. W. SCROGGS was called to the Chair, and Valentine NICHOLSON appointed Secretary.
     A. BROOK, Wm. MACY, G. F. BIRDSELL, J. G. STEVENSON, R. B. EDWARDS, Valentine NICHOLSON, and Charles WARD, were appointed a committee to draft resolutions for the consideration of the meeting.
     The committee retired to another room, consulted together and unanimously agreed upon the following resolutions, and preamble to teh same, and they were accordingly presented to the meeting.
     Inasmuch as "resistance to tyrants is obedience to God,' and as the fact that the tyranny proceeding from an elective Government only increases the duty of resistance in all those who have made themselves responsible for the action of such Government, and as the Fugitive Slave Bill recently enacted by the United States renders inoperative the writ of habeas corpus in time of peace when there is no rebellion or invasion, prevents the right of trial by jury to those seized under its provisions, offers the bribe of double fee for finding for the plaintiff when man's inshenable? right to liberty is at issue between the parties, and makes it a penal offence to feel the hungry clothe the naked or succor the oppressed  Therefore,
     Resolved, That we demand the immediate and unconditional repeal of the Fugitive law, as necessary to the peace and tranquility of the country.                                                                                   J. W. SCROGGS, President
                 VALENTINE NICHOLSON, Secretary    

Source:  Daily Ohio Statesman
Dated: November 15, 1851
EXECUTION of J. H. B. Conklin, for the First Degree. - Utica, Nov. 23.
     The unfortunate Conklin was executed at quarter past 11 o'clock this morning, and was attended by Rev. P. S. Fowler, of the 1st Presbyterian Church of this city  - of which Conklin's mother is an exemplary member - who has been his spiritual adviser.  He attended him during this morning, also, and offered the consolations of the gospel in the last moments.  He has been very much broken in heart for his past misdeeds, and has looked with hope and confidence for forgiveness.  His conversation in regard to such as he thought had wronged him, has been in the most Christian spirit.  Last night he declared to be the happiest of his life.  He again and again protested that he would choose to die rather than live the life he had lived.
     Rev. Mr. Fowler informs us, that he cannot conceive that a man, in such circumstances, could act better than he has done since his conviction.
     The instrument of death was a lever, with one arm about two feet shorter than the other, erected in the yard at Whitesboro'.  To the longer were attached 365 pounds weight; from the shorter the prisoner was suspended.  The longer arm was fastened by a cord to a beam, and by cutting the cord the other arm of the lever was suddenly raised about 6 feet.
     In the enclosure were about 200 persons - jurymen, special deputies, and officers. The Utica Citizen's Corps, and the Waterville Corps were on duty.  At 11 o'clock, the death warrant, signed by Judges Gridley, Root, Evans and Penfield, was read by the District Attorney to the prisoner in his cell.  He listened to it calmly, and then shook hands with those about him.  At a quarter past 11 o'clock the prisoner was brought from his cell.  He was dressed in a black dress coat and pants; his arms were bound with a cord; on his head was a death cap, and around his neck the fatal rope.  He was placed on a chair beneath the gallows.  Rev. Mr. Fowler said:  Conklin wishes me to say for hi that he has nothing to add to what he has already committed to paper, but he prays that his awful example may be sanctified to all present, and that it may be a warning to all to shun his course, and to be prepared for the certain death which awaits you all.  He entreats that you may all be ready at your appointed hour to meet him in judgment.
     Rev. Mr. Fowler then offered a fervent prayer for the pardon of the prisoner, and that he might be with Christ that hour in Pradise.
     Conklin said - Lord Jesus receive my spirit.
     The prisoner was calm and exhibited no signs of fear, but met death like one who saw a brighter prospect beyond the tomb.  While under Sheriff Astram was adjusting the rope, Conklin once or twice repeated the words, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
     The death cap was pulled over the unfortunate man's face, the rope was cut, and Conklin was raised several feet from the ground.  His neck was not broken, but the jerk rendered him insensible, and he probably suffered no pain afterwards, although his pulse was observed by Drs. Smith, Talcott and Cobb, who were in attendance, to beat for twelve or thirteen minutes after he was suspended.  He died by strangulation, and comparatively easy, though life lingered long.  As he rose he clenched his fists, and then scarcely made another movement.  After a while, a few convulsions, and all was over.
     After hanging about thirty minutes, his body was cut down, placed in a coffin, and brought in a hearse to the residence of his father in this city.

Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Dated: Aug. 6, 1872

To the Editor of The Cincinnati Gazette:
     The extensive machine shops of Thos. WILSON, Esq., at this place were burned to the ground last night.  Loss about ten thousand dollars.  No insurance.
     The Hon. J. Q. SMITH, nominee for Congress from this (Third) district, together with Col. A. W. DOAN, of Wilmington, will address of people of our village and vicinity next Thursday evening, the 8th inst.
   Not one Greeley man in Harveysburg.  S.
Source: Cincinnati Daily Enquirer
Dated: May 28, 1874
A Gang of Harveysburg Burglars Broken Up.
Larry Hazen Puts Another Feather in His Cap.

     Harveysburg, Warren County, Ohio, and its vicinity have been distressed recently by numerous burglaries.  Hose thieves prowled around and took pocket-money, watches, clothing and such valuables as they could lay their hands on.  This has been going on for a month or six weeks, during which time eighteen different houses have been entered.  No clue whatever could be obtained to the perpetrators.  The citizens at put their heads together and determined to employ a detective.  Larry HAZEN was sent for by the Mayor of the town.  He went, and was at once deputized to go to the bottom of the roguery.
     Mr. HAZEN set about the job in professional style.  He employed a decoy duck to get in and work with the fellows.  The plan succeeded.  Four or five houses were robbed under the eyes of the decoy, he participating in the act.  One of the advantages of his plan was that the parties to be robbed could be notified beforehand of the fact, and the detective could be apprised of the perpetrators so as to thoroughly make their acquaintance.  Matters ran on in this way long enough to make good cases against the burglars, and so last Tuesday morning Detective HAZEN, assisted by Mr. TIFFANY and an officer in the United States Revenue Service, just at daylight pounced upon the rogues and took them in.  There were three of them, George WARD, a colored man, and Peter ADAMS and Cyrus SHERLOCK, both white. 
     Stolen goods were found on their persons, and in the rooms occupied by the parties.  By searching their known resorts, nearly all the watches, boots and shoes and other goods stolen during the past fort-night or month were discovered.  Yesterday they were tried before the Mayor of the village.  Against ADAMS and WARD were found three cases each of burglary, and against SHERLOCK two cases of burglary and one of passing counterfeit money.  In default of $1,500 bail each they were committed to the Warren County Jail at Lebanon.  On next Monday a week they will appear before the Grand Jury.  Harveysburg is a neat, thrifty little village in the north-eastern part of Warren County, about eight or ten miles from Fort Ancient.  The neighborhood is thickly populated, the land fertile, and the farm houses well filled.  It was as good a field in the country as burglars could find.
Source: Cincinnati Daily Enquirer
Dated June 1, 1874
     LARRY HAZEN received a telegram last night from Corwin, Ohio, saying that three of the burglars recently arrested by him at Harveysburg, Warren county, had broken jail at Lebanon, and warning him to look out for them.  That's Larry's business, and he would just as soon catch rascals the second time as the first, and probably will.
Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette - Ohio
Dated: Jan. 1, 1880
BLANCHESTER - At the regular election of Blanchester Lodge F. and A. M., the following were elected: D. H. Moon, W. M.; F. M. Baldwin, S. W.; B. Dunham, J. W.; Dr. H. C. Watkins, Secretary; Geo. Atherton, Treas.; Dr. J. Watkins, S. D.; John Stephenson, J. D.; J. W. Justin, Steward; R. Armstrong, Tyler.

     In a canvass of some of the prominent Republicans of this place as to their choice for President, and; For Sherman, 12; Blaine, 9; Grant, 4;  Inger__l, 1; Garfield, 1; Evaris, 1.  This fully represents the sentiment of the voters here, and many of the __ soldiers would not support Grant if nominated, and most are opposed to the third term.

FRANKLIN - Rev. A. C. Powell, of Riverside, and Rev. John Shannon, of Oxford, are visiting friends here.
(Transcribed from Genealogy Bank by Sharon Wick on 6/7/2009)

Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Dated Mar. 11, 1880

A Constable Who Rests Uneasy Under Suspicion of Cowardice.
     Constable John B. SCROGGY, of Harveysburg, Warren County, O., desires the statement made in relation to events connected with the arrest of ANDERSON, the alleged Waynesville murderer, that his separation from the detectives, and his action in going into the barber shop at Waynesville, were not the result of fear, but of a previous consultation with Wm. P. HAZEN, who feared that ANDERSON might recognize the Constable and escape.  When he separated from young HAZEN, no place of meeting was designated, nor hint where he would be at a given time, so he had to remain in the barber shop until he obtained information.  When he found the Cincinnati officers had gone from Waynesville to Corwin, he started after them at once and soon found Will HAZEN and Sergeant QUINN, with whom he started to meet Lieut. GIBNER and Larry HAZEN.  If Mr. SCROGGY had understood the ways of detectives, he would have insisted on sharing the game with them.  According to his statement his only mistake was in taking advice that was not exactly in accordance with his duty as an officer who had a warrant in his pocket.
Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
Dated: May 26, 1882

Special Dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette
     SPRINGFIELD, O., May 25, - Charles MILLER, the young man charged with the seduction of the girl Nannie COLEMAN, of Harveysburg, Warren County, has taken charge of her and is caring for her, both having secured work here.  Other indictments obtained from the partial report of the Grand Jury are as follows:  Samuel ASKEW, horse stealing; Frank LATTEN, of Dayton, Burglary and larceny; J. F. OAKES, assault and battery; John HAMILTON, placing obstructions on the Little Miami Railroad track.  The butchers want to build a brick market house 30 by 380 feet on west side of Market Square, and occupy it until the city pays for it, at a reasonable rental.  A workman named HOLBY, at CHAMBER's shop, West End, had a thumb sawed off on a buzz saw yesterday.  He had just taken out an accident policy only two hours before.  Geo. KNAPP's delivery team ran away on West Main street, smashing the wagon, throwing his son out, and hurting him severely, but ot dangerously.
Source: Jackson Citizen
Dated: May 30, 1882

     During a heavy thunderstorm that swept over Harveysburg, Ohio, a few days ago, Frank OYLER, a lad of 16 years sought refuge with his plowing team, in a barn.  While he was caring for his horses the building was struck by lightning.  The bolt passed through the building, hit the boy fairly between the shoulders, and running down his back passed around in front across the groin, thence down the left leg to the knee, where it forked and sent both prongs to the barn floor.  This bolt that passed down the lad's back and let set fire to the floor at the point where the prongs struck, and in a few minutes the building was in ashes.  Franks younger brother saw the barn in flames, and fighting his way in dragged the insensible lad to the house.  Young OYLER remained unconscious for nearly an hour, during which time his father traced the course of the bolt by means of a blistered streak running from the shoulder to the left knee.  Upon recovering, and at last account he was nearly well, the boy said:  "Quick as she went, I could feel the darn thing all the way from my neck to my knee.
Source: Cleveland Gazette
Dated: Feb. 18, 1893

     TROY - The revival at Zion church closed last Sunday evening - Rev. J. D. SINGLETON was called to Harveysburg, the 7th by the death of his brother. - Miss Della STROUGHTON celebrated her birthday last Monday.  She was sweet sixteen - Rev. SINGLETON preached two good sermons last Sunday.  - Mr. Wm. HURST has moved into the Joshua SMITH property on Washington street. - A number of our people will build in the spring - Mr. Charles H. JONES is sick.


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