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Source: New Hampshire Patriot
Dated: May 19, 1834

     Large numbers of wild pigeons have been killed at Chardon, Ohio, with clubs while passing over the place in flocks.
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Source:  Charleston Courier -
Dated:  July 22, 1834

     We have been looking our for some days past, for news of bloodshed between the Mormons and their opponents in Jackson county, in Missouri.  The subjoined is the first report of it, and being through a private channel, may not be very accurate.  We shall hear more fully, no doubt either to-day or to-morrow.
     [Nat. Intelligencer]
     [From the Chardon, (Ohio) Spectator, July 12,]
     A Mormon Battle -
A letter has been received by a gentleman in this neighborhood, direct from Missouri, stating that a body of well armed Mormons, led on by their great prophet, Joe Smith, lately attempted to cross the river into Jackson county.  A party of the citizens of Jackson county opposed their crossing,  and a battle ensued, in which Joe Smith was wounded in the leg, and the Mormons obliged to retreat; that Joe Smith's limb was amputated, but he died three days after the operation.
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Source:  Connecticut Gazette -
Dated: July 23, 1834
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Source: Gloucester Telegraph - Massachusetts
Dated: July 23, 1834

     From the Chardon, (Ohio) Spectator.
     A MORMON BATTLE.  A letter has been received, by a gentleman in this neighborhood, direct from Missouri, stating that a body of well armed Mormons, led on by their great prophet, Joe Smith, latly attempted to cross the river into Jackson county.  A party of the citizens of Jackson county opposed their crossing and a battle ensued, in which Joe Smith was wounded in the leg, and the Mormons obliged to retreat; that Joe Smith's limb was amputated, but he died three days after the  operation.
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Source:  New Hampshire Patriot
Dated: Sept. 28, 1848

An Ohio federal paper, the Chardon Republican, has the following chaste and gentlemanly allusion to the way the name of Mr. Corwin was received at the Buffalo Convention: -
     "At the Buffalo Convention, the name of Mr. Clay, a slaveholder, and the father of the Missouri Compromise, was cheered; while the mention of Tom Corwin, Ohio's favorite son, by Mr. Briggs, called down the hisses of the Free-soilers.  Curse the gimlet-eyed vipers!!"
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Plain Dealer - Cleveland, Ohio
Dated: Oct. 26, 1850
Death on the Plains
The St. Louis Republican gives the deaths that have been reported at Fort Laramie during the summer.  The number of names given is 262; many more deaths are said to have occurred, but not reported.  The record was kept and furnished by the officers at the Fort.  We give the names from Ohio and Indiana, contained in the Melancholy record:
J. GATES, Geauga County, Ohio, died June 6th, 10 miles west of Ft. Kearney, of cholera, aged 20 years.
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Source:  Mississippi Free Trader
Dated:  Dec. 18, 1850

CHARDON, OHIO, FUGITIVE GUARDS. - The feeling against the Fugitive Slave Law must be very strong in Ohio.  At a repeal meeting lately held in Chardon, Ohio, Captain Brown announced amid loud cheers, that fifty of the most respectable, influential and wealthy citizen of Chardon had formed themselves into an armed company, styled "Chardon Fugitive Guards," that they had pledged themselves to each other and to the world, to resist the law and the officers of Government with the force of arms, and if necessary, sacrifice their fortunes and their lives in resisting them.
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Source:  Sun -
Dated:  Mar. 18, 1858
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Source: Daily Globe - Dated Apr. 24, 1858
Soruce: Lowell Daily Citizen and News - Mar. 6, 1858

A jury in Chardon, Ohio, have found a verdict for $10,000 damages against John Sumner, who courted Susannah Garris for fourteen years, had the marriage day appoitned several times, and then went to the state of New York, and carried home another wife.
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Source:  New York Herald Tribune
Dated: Aug. 1, 1868

The fire on Saturday morning at Chardon was discovered at about 2 o'clock, breaking out in two places - one in the rear of O. J. Teed's harness shop, and the other in the rear of Cardin & Parker's grocery store.  Underneath the stairway attached to _. J. Randall's store were found shavings saturated with coal oil, and appearances indicated an attempt to fire the shavings, which for some reason had failed.  Coal oil was in the flames running on the ground near where the flames burst out.  The conviction is that the fire was set- in truth, the circumstances are such as to utterly preclude any other supposition.  Had there been water at hand a few buckets would have extinguished the flames, but the village of Chardon is, as regards water and fire-extinguishing apparatus, utterly helpless.  When the alarm was given, of course the village was astir, and in a state of excitement that only can be imagined.  Men, women and children, many of them in bare feet, rushed to the scene, and, at once taking in the situation as to the fruitlessness of attempting to stop the flames, directed their energies to the saving of the movable property.  The wind was blowing stiff from the north west when the fire burst out, and had it continued in the same direction the large hotel, owned and kept by Mr. Benton, on the south side of the square, would have gone, and had that been burned there is no telling where the flames would have stopped.  The hotel was saved by the exertions of the citizens.  In particular were the women cool, sensible, and energetic, mounting the roof of the building and spreading wet carpets and blankets to the vary eaves.  The most strenuous efforts were made to save the Court House, the people feeling that in case of its loss the question of the county seat would be more complicated, and Chardon's chances the less in the contest.  During the fire the wind moved to the southeast, and when the flames reached the Court House, the wet carpets, blankets, &c., which had been spread upon the root, were licked up like tissue paper, and in about half an hour after the fire reached the building the roof fell in.  The safe was moved, and previous to that the records, papers, etc., of the clerk's, treasurer's, auditor's, and recorder's, offices were all saved.  The jail was also under the same roof, but as a criminal is rara a_is in Geauga County, there was no prisoner to escape.  There was very little insurance upon the property; most of the buildings were wooden, and the rates of insurance had been raised to 10 per cent premium, so that most policies had expired, and it is probable there were not $20,000 insured on the property.  The whole loss has been estimated at $100,000, exclusive of the Court-House.  The fire swept all the business portion of the village except one store.  The heat was intense- so great that people could not pass in the street in front of the flames.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated:  Mar. 5, 1879

     THE Chardon House, burned at Chardon, on Tuesday, was one of the old buildings of Northern Ohio.  The ancient landmarks of that pleasant village seem doomed to extinction.  The fire of 1868 swept away most of them.
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Source:  Cincinnati Daily Gazette - Ohio
Dated: July 14, 1882
     At Chardon, Ohio, the jury in the Case of Mrs. Alvira Cutts, charged with murder, yesterday returned a verdict of not guilty.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)  Page: 1
Dated: Tuesday, Sep. 20, 1887.
A Bad Man Who is Wanted in Warren in Custody at Wheeling, W. Va. - Other Warren News.
     WARREN, O., Sept. 19 - John W. Ainsley a well known farmer of Parkman, Geauga county, made an assignment today for the benefit of his creditors to John J. Sullivan of this city.  The assignor is well known in this city, and throughout the county, and his misfortune is regretted by all.  The assets consist of some 130 acres of land in Parkman, well stocked and considerable personal property.
     On May 12, 1886, a Chinaman of this city was fearfully assaulted by a negro, known as Wilson, alias Brasban.   When the Chinaman returned to consciousness he discovered that he was robbed of considerable money.  Investigation showed that Wilson was wanted at New Castle, Pa., for cutting brotherinllaw badly with a razor.  He was soon arrested at New Castle and the Warren authorities felt sure that they had their victim this time, but for the second time he broke jail there.  Ever since then the officers of this city have been on the lookout for him but have been unable to locate him.  Wilson's wife in the meanwhile has been residing at New Castle, and Sunday morning Sheriff McKinley of this city received information that started him on the next train for that city.  Immediately on the sheriff leaving this city the marshal of police here received a telegram that Wilson had been captured at Wheeling, W. Va. Sheriff McGinleythen started for Columbus to get the necessary requisition papers, as the telegram from Wheeling said that Wilson's friends in that city were trying to obtain his release.  Officer Eggleston is enroute for Wheeling.  If the Wheeling authorities have continued in their power to hold him he will arrive in this city Wednesday and will be securely held for his many crimes.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated: Dec. 15, 1887

Damaging Evidence Against the Chardon Wife Murderer.
Barnes Was Too Confidential With a Companion - His Intention to Put His Wife Out of the Way - Refusal to Relieve Her Suffering - Murder at Greenville - Tragic Affair Near Erie - Other Neighborhood News.
     CHARDON, O., Dec. 14 - [Special] - Never was there a trial in this county that has excited the attention and interest that the Barnes murder trail does, which is now in progress before Judge Sherman in this city.  The courtroom is packed to overflowing.  The state is weaving the coils around Barnes' neck more tightly every day.
     The most important testimony thus far is that of John Thrawtawkey, a Bohemian, who had worked for Barnes.  He testified that he had lived in this country twenty-years, and in Cleveland until one year ago.  On the 29th of November, 1886, he went to Cleveland with Barnes, taking two loads of hogs for the market.  Coming home the next day at East Cleveland he saw Barnes' horses hitched before a store.  Continuing, the witness said:  "I drove past and he came up with me on the plank road; we stopped at a saloon and threw dice; Barnes got pretty full; he took me outside the saloon and said he wanted me when we got home to tell about the girls at the white elephant, and said if that did not drive his wife away then here is something that will.  When he said this he had a small paper package in his hand about as big as a silver dollar; I don't known what was in it, but it was tied up with a string.  I again went to Cleveland and came back on the Saturday evening Barnes' wife died (she died early Sunday morning), bringing him two bags of feed and a pint of whisky.  I asked him how his wife was, and he said she was better;  he gave me a drink, took one himself and went back into the house.  I soon after heard a noise in the house; I drove my team into the road, then went back and looked into the bedroom through a window; she was on the bed and he standing by the side of it; heard her asking for help to relieve the pain in her stomach; he said help would arrive soon; I then went home."  Barnes' wife died before morning.
     A Cleveland druggist testified to selling Barnes poison about that time.
     Other witnesses testified to selling Barnes had repeatedly threatened to get rid of his wife.    
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated:  Dec. 2, 1897

Freight Train Falls Through a Bridge at Chardon.
Cars Filled With Grain Are Piled in the Street.
Special to the Plain Dealer.
     CHARDON - Dec. 1 - The most disastrous wreck since the Lake division of the P. & W. was built occurred at this place this morning.
     While running at full speed one of hte cars of the early morning southbound freight jumped the track at what is known as Chamblin's cut, and before the train could be stopped had crashed through the large iron bridge which spans Claridon street, and with eleven of the cars behind was piled up in a wreck on the road below.  None of the trainmen were injured as the brakemen jumped before the bridge was reached.  It is thought, however, that there might have been several laborers in that section of the train.
     The cars were all loaded with export grain and the loss is estimated at close to $5,000.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Anaconda Standard -
Dated: Apr. 5, 1901

     The Chardon, Ohio bank robbers who got away with $2.00 and missed $50,000 regret to discover that their sins of commission are outclassed by their sins of omission.
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Source: Springfield Republican - Massachusetts
Dated: Apr. 6, 1901

Large Posse Hunting for Chardon Robbers With Dogs.
     A large posse of farmers, armed with shotguns and accompanied by dogs is searching the country around Little Mountain, O., for three men, who late Thursday night riddled the house of John Lemon with bullets.  While the Lemon family was entertaining some neighbors, three men, supposed to be members of the gang that robbed the Chardon bank, Wednesday night, rapped at the door of the Lemon home and asked for food and drink.  Upon being refused, the strangers drew revolvers and began to fire into the house.  Lemon and his guests were unarmed and all made a hasty flight from a rear door, over fences and through fields to a neighboring house.  At daybreak Lemon returned to his house to find his household effects turned topsy-turvy and $100 missing.  Meanwhile the country for miles around had been arouse and farmers turned out with their dogs and guns.
     It is supposed that the robbers lay hidden in some barn or in one of the many thickets or gullies in that section all day Thursday.  The country is so thoroughly aroused that there is good reason to believe the men will be captured. Little Mountain is four miles east of Chardon.  Two men, arrested at Willoughby on suspicion of being connected with the robbery of the Chardon bank, were taken or Chardon, O., yesterday in irons.  Blood was found on papers carried by one of the men.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source: Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated:  Aug. 2, 1903

Chardon Man Says Their Are Several Ohio Color Bearers Living.
     CHARDON, Aug. 1, - Dr. P. M. Cowles of Chardon takes exception to the statement published in the Cleveland papers, July 21, that Robert W. Thompson of No. 45 Herman street, Cleveland, who died July 20, was the last of the Ohio color bearers in the civil war.  Cowles says:
     "The statement is without foundation.  There are at least twenty color bearers yet living in Ohio and I am one of them.  I carried the colors in Gen. James A. Garfield's regiment.  the Forty-second Ohio, through the war, being in every engagement.  I was wounded three times, sunstroke once and under fire over 100 days.  I dislike to think that I am dead.  If any one thinks I am let him come and see.  The statement I wish to correct is the first obituary of me that has ever been written.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated:  June 14, 1907

     The annual reunion of the B. and G. club of hte Forty-first Ohio volunteer infantry to which several Cleveland war veterans belong, will be held in Memorial hall at Chardon Thursday, June 20.
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Source:  Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated: May 10, 1911

M. L. Maynard, in Youth a Mathematical Prodigy, at End of Useful Career.
     CHARDON, O., May 9 - M. L. Maynard, vice president of the Ohio Typewriter exchange of Cleveland, died at his home here early this morning.
     Mr. Maynard had made a remarkable record in his 75 years of life, having at the age of 18 mastered arithmetic, algrebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus.  He served in the civil war as musician, and when peace was restored was elected surveyor of Geauga county, serving two terms, following which, in 1872, he was chosen county auditor.  For the past twelve years he has been justice of the peace.
     The surviving children:  John and Will Maynard, president and manager respectively of the Ohio Typewriter exchange; Charles Maynard, B. & O. telegraph operator; Mrs. Nettie Robinson of Chardon and Mrs. Meda Elliott of Ashtabula.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated:  Sept. 14, 1915

     Everything that attests to the pre-eminence of Ohio in any field whatsover is interesting to Clevelanders.  Our little sister Chardon possesses what is believed to be the oldest wedding cake in the world.  Just what preserved it isn't stated.  It may have been the kind that age improves.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated:  Oct. 27, 1919

Chardon is Without Light and No Place to Go.
(Special to The Plain Dealer)
     CHARDON, Oct. 26 - Chardon is going back to Puritan days.   The old blue laws of the Pilgrims are being strictly ahered to.  There's no other alternative.
     The closing order in force because of influenza, couple with a rain..  Sunday after the gasoline ban is raised, is bad enough, but add right onto this the building of a new electric light plant and light service cut off until the new equipment in in, and Chardon is worse off than her sister towns.
     Former Sheriff Homer J. Ballard, who is now a grocer, is reporting an unprecedented sale of candles and lamp chimneys.  The supply is running low.  Many lamps that have been relegated to the cellar for years are being dusted and pressed into service.  So Chardon stays in nights now and the police are having a rest from their usual activity.
     Chardon will be without street lights and with crippled electric service for three or four weeks, according to officials.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

Source:  Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated:  Sept. 18, 1921

Chardon Woman Claims Ohio Record.
Plain Dealer Special)
     CHARDON, O., Sept. 17 - Mrs. Mary Bediant of Chardon claims to have had the most narrow escapes of any Ohio woman.
     When about two years old she was at her father's factory with a sister, the latter engaged in making soft soap.  A basin of hot lye fell upon her head, seriously scalding her scalp.
     When 4 years of age she was punished at school and carried the marks for six months.
     She was unable to walk for a year.
     At the age of 8 she nearly died a typhoid fever victim.
     While blackberrying she fell into a thirty-foot well on the old Lake county fair grounds.  Painesville, and was rescued by a man who fastened a ladder by a chain to a pole across the well and, with difficulty, reached her.
     Later she was employed at a knitting mills, and was knocked down by one of the trucks, five ribs beang broken.
     When returning from her work one night, she alighted from an interurban car and was run over by an automobile, one foot being mangled.
     While at work in the old Lake county jail, she fell down stairs and was unconscious for several hours.
     Later in life, while at work in the fields, she suffered a sunstroke.
     She also has been bitten by a dog.
(Found at Genealogy Bank - Transcribed by Sharon Wick)





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