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Transcribed by Sharon Wick



Source: Virginia Gazette, and General Advertiser (Richmond, VA) Vol: XIV  Issue: 806  Page: 2
Dated: Friday, June 27, 1800
The following extract from the journal of Mr. Andrew Elliott's voyage down the river Ohio, in the month of November, 1796, is calculated to throw much light upon the origin of the yellow fever.
November 15th.
     "Arrived at Galliopolis, about eleven o'clock in the morning.  The village is a few miles below the mouth of the great Kanhaway on the west side of the Ohio river and situated on a fine high bank; it is inhabited by a number of miserable French families - Many of the inhabitants this season fell victims to the yellow fever - the mortal cases were generally attended with the black vomiting.  This disorder certainly originated in the town, and in all probability from the filthiness of the inhabitants, added to an unusual quantity of animal and vegetable putrefaction in a number of small ponds and marines within the village.
     "The fever could not have been taken there from the Atlantic frates, as my boat was the first that descended the river after the fall of the waters in the spring - Neither could it have been taken from New Orleans, as there is no communication at that season of the year up the river, from the latter to the former of those places; moreover the distance is so great, that a boat would not have time to ascend the river after the disorder appeared that year in New-Orleans, before the winter would set in."
Sosurce:  Kentucky Gazete (Lexington, Kentucky) Vol: I  Issue: 43  Page: 1
Dated: Oct. 21, 1824
Extract of a letter from Barboursville, Sept. 24, 1824
    I was a few days ago at Point Pleasant, Mason Cty, Va. on the Ohio river, where I learned, that 3 or 4 weeks since a citizen of Gallia county, Ohio, had been apprehended and tried by a called court of Mason county, for felony, in stealing a negro man, the property, of a citizen of Virginia.  He was found guilty and sent to jail to await his trial before the superior court.  After being in prison four or five days, several of the citizens of Gallia county, probably ten or twelve, all armed, came over the river in the night, and proceeded to the jail.  Two of them entered the jailors apartment, while the rest undertook to break the jail open.  The noise they made awakened the Jailor & his wife, when the two men in the room preschied thir guns at them and commanded them at the peril of their lives not to resist or make any noise which deterred them from doing it.  In a short time they succeeded in breaking open the jail, and rescuing the prisoner, after which they all started across the Ohio river.  The Jailor now gave the alarm, to the citizens of the town, who collected on the Virginia side of the river and fired eight or ten shots at them as they were crossing in a boat, they returning the fire.  They however made their escape.  Next morning a considerable quantity of blood was found in the boat in which they had crossed, and in a few days news reached the point, that four of the party were wounded, in various parts of the body, some severely.  The citizens of Gallia, Ohio are generally opposed to such outrages; and condemn their own citizens for their conduct.  They were collies from the coal pits in the upper end of the county.
Source:  Daily Ohio Statesman (Columbus, OH) Vol: II Issue: 1961  Page: 2
Dated: Nov. 8, 1852
Gallia County.
Correspondence of the Ohio Statesman.
GALLIPOLIS, Nov. 5th, 1852.
COL. MEDARYDear Sir - The fight is over and the victory is complete, Frank Pierce is the President elect. and if the first appearance is a reliable indicative, he is like Washington, a unanimous President -  This is indeed glorious for Democracy, glorious for the country, and for republican institutions every where.
     Gallia county was a hard fought battle; dominant whiggery, with all her local advantages of place and power, used all the exciting in her power; still she falls short of 1848 the sum of 82 votes; the whig majority is about 468.
     The indications are unmistakably sure for a total revolution of the politics of this ancient whig county; the conduct of the last campaign fully warrants this belief.
Source:  Lowell Daily Citizen and News (Lowell, Massachusetts) Vol: XVI  Issue: 3018  Page: 2
Dated: Mar. 13, 1866
Mr. James Preston, one of the largest peach growers of Southern Ohio, informs the Galliopolis Journal that the crop for this year is gone - killed by the recent cold weather.

(Source:  Cincinnati Daily Gazette - Dated March 19, 1869)
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)


Source: Montgomery Advertiser - Alabama
Dated: Sept. 2, 1923
OHIO FAMILY BUYS MONTGOMERY FARM -- Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Goodwin Locate on Kenneth Underwood Place.
     Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Goodwin, formerly of Gallipolis, Ohio, have bought a farm in Montgomery county and have moved here with their family.  The Goodwins have purchased the Kenneth Underwood farm on the Vaughn road, consisting of 112 acres.
     Announcement of the acquisition of these Ohioans by Montgomery county was made Saturday by Jesse B. Hearin of the Farm section of the chamber of commerce.  Mr. Hearin stated that the newcomers were attracted by this country's opportunities for dairying and raising poultry.  They will specialize in these activities.
Source:  Boston Traveler (Boston, Massachusetts) Vol: I  Issue: 56  Page: 2
Dated: Jan. 13, 1826
Man Faces Charge of Gas Stealing
     Howard Simmons, 28, of 734 Elwood Av., was being held in the County Jail Thursday on a charge of stealing rationed products (gasoline) and his arrest was believed to be the first in Franklin County on such a charge.  He was held in default of $1000 bond pending Grand Jury action.
     Deputy sheriffs who arrested Simmons said they were called to the Buckeye Steel Castings Co. by a company parking lot guard after he discovered a length of garden hose extending from an automobile gasoline tank into a bucket.  Simmons was nearby at the time, deputies said and was taken into custody.  Hose found at his home matched that used in siphoning the gas, they said.
     Assistant County Prosecutor Henry Holden said Simmons admitted attempting to steal gas because he had not been issued sufficient gas coupons to drive to and from work at the castings company.


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