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,
HARVEYSBURG, WARREN COUNTY, OHIO
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.
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
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,
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
EXTENSIVE FIRE AT HARVEYSBURG - POLITICAL
HARVEYSBURG, O., Aug. 3.
To the Editor of The Cincinnati
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.
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,
A Gang of Harveysburg Burglars
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
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.
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.
- 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
THE WAYNESVILLE MASSACRE.
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
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,
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.