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As you can see, the Caledonia Call is back!
However, the focus has changed from a community-wide
"newsletter" to a periodic publication that will focus on the
heritage and life-style of our area. We hope to have two to
three editions a year. We do not intend to function as a
newsletter. Nothing printed here will be considered current
Here are some things that we would like to see in future There are several Indian mounds throughout Marion
editions: County. Although not as pronounced as those in the
Caledonia Cemetery and along State Route 309, this
- An article about Canaan Township. mound, located on County Road 59 across the road from
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mahla Stafford, is thought to
- Any memories that you are willing to share about growing have Indian origins.
up in this area or family stories that might have been passed
down over the decades. They don't have to be complete
histories. Day Before Yesterday
- Old photos of this area. We can scan them while you wait By Trella Romine
so that they never leave your possession.
Claridon Township, Marion County, Ohio - Part I
- Suggestions for future stories about how life is or was lived Long, long before you and I came to live in Claridon
in our special little corner of the world. Township there was a lot going on around here. We might
dwell on the era of great inland seas, and the eons that
Feel free to contact the authors featured in this edition or followed, but let’s start with the melting of the last glacier
our office. about 10,000 years ago. Former hills and valleys were filled
with glacial till. It also left moraines like the one south of
The Caledonia Call will once again be available on the Brush Ridge. Huge chunks of melting ice left behind as
internet. It will be posted under the "columnists'" section the glacier receded created those pesky vernal pools that
at www.marion.net. still defy drainage. They fill with water with every rainfall of
more than a sprinkle, and vanish in a drought. Then, about
4,000 years ago, there was a period of “global warming”
that doomed the northern evergreen trees and allowed the
deciduous trees from the south, and prairie plants from the
west, to get a foothold here. This is vegetation we inherited
in the mighty forests and the islands of prairie - both now
See Us Next Time For... forfeited to cropland.
Under all that glacial till in some parts of Ohio have been
* History of Scott Township (Kensel Clutter)
found evidence of the early stone-age man of the Paleolithic
era. 1 Proof lies in the flint implements undoubtedly chipped
* The way roads were built, development
by crude artisans. The Mound Builders left far more evidence,
of Caledonia (Trella Romine)
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and the study of their prehistoric existence still fascinates
archeologists. Marion County is credited with 13 mounds in During this war Fort Morrow near Norton was built near the
Jacoby’s 1907 History of Marion County, but that doesn’t treaty line for protection of the settlers. With the Americans
include what appear to be greatly diminished ones east of victorious another treaty with Great Britain was signed in
Caledonia - one in the Caledonia Cemetery and one across 1817 and all Indian claims were negated. It provided for
State Route 309 near the banks of the Whetstone River. reservations for the Wyandot and Delaware tribes on land
north of Marion County. However, they were not confined to
All this was happening long before the Europeans the areas reserved to them, but roamed freely over their
“discovered” America in the latter half 1400s and early former hunting and fishing grounds.
years of the 1500s. The first white men to penetrate the
wilderness west of the Allegheny - explorers and missionaries 80 Acres For $1.50 Per Acre
- found the Five Nations of the Iroquois Nation in control. In Now our area was open for settlement. But before sales
1649 the Iroquois warriors invaded the Huron (Wyandot) could begin the land must be surveyed. In our area this was
territory at the northeastern corner of Lake Erie, and soon carried out in the late summer of 1819. As the crews marked
dominated Canada north of Lake Erie. Next they turned on the boundaries of the section lines they noted the vegetation,
their former friends, the Eries whose territory lay just south size of trees, prairie areas, and swamps. Much of Claridon
of Lake Erie and extended to the Miami River. This is our and Scott Townships was dotted with prairie openings in the
pleasant land of “unusual fertility with a climate neither too woods. Even before land could be legally acquired, early
cold nor too warm,” according to reports in the Jesuit settlers were scouting out the best places to settle and were
Relations, an account of their explorations starting in 1625. on hand when the land sales were held in Delaware starting
on August 15, 1820. Settlers were drawn to the sales by the
But even earlier - in 1615 - Brulé landed on the southern shore opportunity to buy 80 acres at $1.50 an acre. Some were
of Lake Erie, probably the first white man to stand upon the veterans of the War of 1812 who passed through the area on
soil of Ohio.2 He visited the Eries and found permanent their march to Lake Erie, noting the forests of oak and
villages of perhaps fifteen thousand people with four hickory that promised fertile cropland.
thousand warriors. They may have been the descendants of
those who built the mounds. In 1655 the Iroquois invaded Marion County was one of the 17 counties created by the Ohio
the land of the Eries - an assault that completely destroyed Legislature in 1820 from the land northwest of the Greenville
them, but left us a legacy in the lake with their name. Treaty Line. But it was not separated from Delaware County
with its own government until 1824. Claridon Township was
An Indian Village At Caledonia originally a part of Canaan Township, in Delaware County.
Within six years the Iroquois destroyed not less than sixty On June 4, 1823, the Delaware County Commissioners
thousand natives of several tribes including the Wyandots. ordered that the part of Canaan Township in township 5 and
By 1672 our area was unpopulated and for about fifty it was range 16 be erected into a separate township named Claridon.
left to the wildlife, trees and prairie. It was not until about
1720 that the remnant of the Wyandots moved down from But settlement had already begun, and by 1820 settlers were
near Lake Erie and established a village along the upper alighting “like Colorado beetles on a potato patch” according
reaches of the Sandusky River. No doubt our area was part to George Beckley who came with his father and family in
of their hunting and camping ground, and there is a mention 1821. Joseph Hornby was here by 1820, and in the same year
of an Indian village along the Owl Creek Trail where Nathan Clark of Connecticut entered part of the land where
Caledonia now stands. Caledonia now stands. Jacob Aye arrived the same year, and
settled along the Marion - Mt. Vernon Road. His son William
Following the Revolutionary War the first permanent was born January 19, 1821, the first white child born in
settlements in Ohio were made at Marietta and Cincinnati in Claridon Township. Daniel Wyatt and Thomas Van Horn and
1788. But the Indians were defending their territory, raiding were also in the area by then. Late in 1820 John Beckley,
the new settlement. This resulted in the Indian Wars of with his wife, mother, and eight children, followed the Indian
1790-1794. In 1795 General Anthony Wayne negotiated trail along the Whetstone River from Fort Morrow to where
the Greenville Treaty with representatives of 20 Indian Daniel Wyatt lived on land that became part of Caledonia.
tribes, allowing the Indians to retain their lands in the John Hinds came in 1822. William Thew was here by 1823.
northwestern part of Ohio. The boundary line ran along Other early settlers were Matthew Fields, William Mitchell,
the southern boundary of Marion County’s original Amos Earl, Joshua Bearss, Vincent Douce with his wife and
description. This delayed settlement north and west of the ten children, John Hinds, William Dickerson, and James
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Lawrence. Other families arriving between 1820 and 1823
were Robert Bouton, George Bayles, John Hooten, Mr.
Sergeant, Mr. Warwick, William Parker, Henry Hatfield,
Comfort Olds, Hugh Osborne, Amos Earl, James Lambert. A Late-Comer
These first settlers were mostly of English ancestry. In Tully Township in northeastern Marion County was the last
the northern part of the township the first settlers were township in the county to be settled. The first settler in the
Daniel Wyatt and Thomas Van Horn. William Garberson area was John Campbell, Esq. who came in 1822 when
came from Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, in 1823 and Wyandot and Delaware Indians roamed freely throughout
George Ulsh arrived in 1829. this area, establishing temporary winter camps for hunting
and fishing. They had been given reservations in Wyandot
Claridon Was First Town Platted County at the close of the War of 1812, but were not
The village of Claridon was platted in August of 1821 and confined to them. Campbell later told that there was not a
covered 102 acres of land. It was the first town platted in white inhabitant in the area before him. At that time it was
the county and was considered as a site for the county seat a part of Washington Township that had been established
since at that time it was near the center of Marion County first in Richland County, then became a part of Marion
that then extended to Mount Gilead. Marion won the county County, and now is in Morrow County.
seat, but Claridon was a bustling crossroads serving the
surrounding area. Irey Halt was born about a half mile south Tully Township was organized on March 4, 1828, and
of Claridon in 1896 and about 1970 wrote a description of named Tully at the suggestion of Alanson Packard in honor
the village where he grew up. He describes about 40 of a township of that name in New York state where he
dwellings, the United Brethren and Methodist churches, a had recently lived.
tile kiln, the country store and township house, cemetery,
and the Claridon Band. 3 The few settlers in Tully Township before 1824 lived at the
Clyde settlement, named for the song, “On the Banks of the
One of the greatest needs of the earliest settlers was for a Clyde” by Alason Packard who came along with his brothers
mill to grind grain and saw wood. Benjamin Sharrock had and families, James B. and Phineas Packard. Others were
been in the area east of Caledonia since 1818 and by 1823 Samuel Hazlet, Henry, John and Daniel Parcel families, and
had established a mill on Rocky Fork of the Whetstone the Wilkinson, Gleason and Manley families. John Johnson
River. Daniel Cooper settled nearby in 1821. This area cut the first trees for the first cabin. Before 1828, in the
was in Washington Township that was part of Marion northeastern part of the township, were the families of
County, but when Morrow County was established in 1848 Jacob Statler, Widow Ferrill, John Williamson, Jotham
Washington Township was included in the new county. Clark, Nathan Arnold, Mr. Welsh, Asa Gordon and Daniel
Roads were the first order of business for the newly elected
County Commissioners. No longer could the narrow clearings Some of the other families in Tully Township by the time the
through the forest carry the heavy-laden wagons bringing township was organized in 1828 were Noah Lee, John Lindsay,
new settlers. William Van Buskirk, George and John Beckley, Benjamin
Warren, Adam Hipsher (Sr. and Jr.), John Rudd, James
The way the roads were built, and the development of Decker, Amos Boyanton, John McNeal, John Lindsay,
Caledonia will be our next installment. 4 Philip Hubbert, George Walton, Charles and James Larrabee,
Daniel Smith, Simon Van Horn, Amariah Throp, Jason
Gleason, John Jamison, Nathan Arnold, and James Larrabee.
(Footnotes) In 1833 John Auld and John McKinstry came. The latter was
Randall and Ryan, History of Ohio, Vol. 1, pg 4. born in Ireland and his father Nathaniel brought the family to
America in 1775 when John was eighteen months old and
Ibid, Vol 1, pg 111. first settled in Pennsylvania. Descendants still live in the area.
Romine,Trella H., Day Before Yesterday, 1996, pg 78-81 Only One Road
There was only one road these newcomers could travel to
Jacoby, J Wilbur, History of Marion County, Ohio, 1907 is Tully Township - the Marion Mansfield State Road. Although
the basis for Part I. the state provided money for the survey of the roads at that
time, they did not fund their building, and they were often
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impassable. The settlers followed a winding track over the
highest ground. The first county road was petitioned by
settlers headed by Philip Hubbert and Joseph McNeal.
There were two grist mills in the area, one operated by
Benjamin Sharrock and the other by Jotham Clark. But
the facilities were inadequate and settlers were known to go
as far as Bellville and Mt. Vernon to get meal. There have
been two sawmills in the township, the last one was a steam
mill operated by Elmer Rorick. It was located in north
Martel on the west side
In 1832 a tornado swept through the area on land purchased
by Isaac Dickson. It tore up trees along its track, hurling
timber in every direction. In 1840, after a severe winter, the The Alan McNeal house was a station on the underground
yields of corn, wheat and potatoes from the small patches of railroad.
cleared land around the cabins of the settlers had been almost
The Hardings left another reminder of their living in the
exhausted, and the outlook was very discouraging. Archibald
area. As a boy Warren G. Harding carved his initials on a tree
Brownlee related a conversation among the settlers when
on the Jay and Pauline Hedding farm. While Warren was a
the question was asked, “Will this part of the country ever
student at Iberia College the Harding family moved from
be settled?” They all agreed that it wouldn’t!
Caledonia to a farm on SR 309 near the end of the Martel
Road. This house was town down recently and a modern log
On the southeastern edge of Tully Township, and the eastern
house replaced it. As we all know, in 1920 Harding was
edge of Marion County on the Marion Mansfield Road (SR
elected President of the United States and both Morrow
309) is the Alan McNeal house that was a station on the
and Marion Counties claim him.
underground railroad - a safe house for escaping slaves. The
200-acre farm for many years was owned by Walter and
By the 1830 U.S. Census Tully Township had a population
Gladys Rinehart who delighted in showing the cellar where
of 281. In ten years it grew to 870 and remained close to
the salves were accommodated. The house was of Greek
that population through 1900 when it was 877.
Revival architecture of the 1830s. The farm was recently
sold to a land development company, and the fate of this
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This vignette is based on the 1883 and
historic house is uncertain.
1907 Histories of Marion County and on a talk given by
Mamie Baldinger at Caledonia Town Hall, August 2003.
Three Locusts, Tully City, Martel - Same Place
The family of her husband, Rodney, has lived in Tully
The first railroad through Marion County was the Bellefontaine
Township for six generations, coming here in 1853. Her
& Indiana Railroad that ran from Galion through Marion
reminiscences will be published in future issues of the
County and on to Bellefontaine and Sidney. By 1868 it was
consolidated with other railroads to create the “Big Four”
system and a station with a post office was established in
Tully Township. Not until August 1881 was it surveyed,
replatted, and laid out into sixty-nine lots. John M. Baker
built the first house, and forwarded the name “Baker” to The Caledonia Call is a free publication
Post Office Department in Washington, but the name was provided as a community service by
rejected. An informal discussion on a warm day under the
friendly shade of three locust trees resulted in the name
“Three Locusts” being approved by Washington. Mr.
Baker was named the first postmaster, serving for many
years. In 1881 George T. Harding platted Tully City just
across the tracks and later it became part of Three Locusts.
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The north end of Kirkpatrick in January of 2004. Looking south from State Route 98
History of Kirkpatrick, Ohio Ross Arbuckle is a g.g g. uncle of ours and brother of our 4
great grandmother Margaret Arbuckle Hill. He built the first
house in 1832 which served as an overnight tavern and stage
By Kensel Clutter coach station. In 1834 a Mr. Langdon erected a horse driven
Kirkpatrick was not called such until about 1900. Before that grist mill with a capacity of 10 bushels a day. In 1837 the
it was known as Letimberville in honor of the man who laid it Methodist Church built a house of worship for $300 (location
out. Scott Township, where it is located, was opened for unknown). In 1868 they built a larger building for $1,200 at
settlement in 1820 but not until the Columbus to Sandusky the place the present building occupies which is lots 37-38.
Turn Pike was started in 1829 and completed in 1832 was In 1840 the Christian Church built a log building 22 x 26 for
there a major influx of settlement. $100 on the north side of Latimberville across from where
the present building stands. About 1860 they built a larger
In 1832 a Frenchman by the name of Marturen Letimbra building 36 x 40 on lots 45-46 which is where the present
bought all of section 15 and laid out a town on the south side. building stands. Sometime in that era (1860s ?), Thomas
This town straddled the new turnpike with 66 lots and two Monnette operated a store in Letimberville. It appears to have
parallel streets plus connecting alleys. Its location was good. been on the east side and south of where the present
It was laid out in a large woodland which was surrounded by Methodist Church is located.
a larger prairie. The woodland afforded timber for building
and for fuel. It was on a major new highway in a vast In 1878 the Atlas of Marion County records Letimberville as
wilderness and being 10 mile south of Bucyrus and 6 mile having these businesses: Enos Doughty as a carpenter and
north of the nearest tavern or lodging place it appeared to contractor, John Kirkpatrick as operating a hotel, he was
have great prospects, but the town was doomed to little also a general blacksmith and a dealer in groceries and
growth because of the following factors: provisions, Thomas Robinson as a carpenter and dealer in
groceries and provisions, Charles Rowe as a manufacturer
It was not near a river with cheap water power which and dealer of boots and shoes, Thomas Roles as a plasterer
hindered the small occupations that led to industrialization. and contractor. In the Atlas is a plat of Letimberville. It
Horse traffic in those days chose to go from Waldo through shows John Kirkpatrick as owning the majority of lots on the
Marion to Bucyrus rather than use the turnpike and pay a toll west side of the turnpike while John Rosencrans owned half
every few miles. There were no towns directly east or west
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was later by-passed by the railroads.
And then there was the water problem. In the beginning
shallow dug wells gave sufficient water but in time probably
due to vast field tiling these began to dry up in drought years
and it was necessary to install cisterns as a secondary
source. These sufficed until the 1980s when the water table
dropped so low that much water had to be trucked into the
village. There was some water in deep wells but it was
tainted with sulfur and most did not like its taste or smell.
By the end of the century the problem was critical and in
2001 most in Kirkpatrick agreed to pay the cost and have
water piped into the town. The west side of the road at the southern end of Kirkpatrick.
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of the lots on the east side. There were only six structures on
the west side but a total of 17 on the east. The west side
structures were largely businesses including a barber shop
while the east side was more residential with the exception
ofthe two churches, school and barns. In 2004 the west side
In the 1882 Marion County Directory, Kirkpatrick is listed
as being in School District No 4 of Scott Twp. A one-room
brick school was on the north and east side of the village. The
village had four council members. Enos Doughty was the
Post Master with an 'in house' post office, John Kirkpatrick
was a hotel keeper, John Likins a blacksmith, George Neal
a carpenter, Charles Rowe a shoemaker and the rest were
farmers and laborers. There was also a Justice of the Peace
A Doctor Made House Calls
Just a few years before 1900, Dr. C. L. Baker began his
medical practice in Kirkpatrick. He built a house south of
the present Christian Church with a special entrance and
office for his patients (and storage of medicines) and he made
house calls. He delivered your grandmother Mary Edna
Clutter at her home one and one half mile south of
Letimberville in 1898 and me the same way one mile south of
Kirkpartick in 1919 (my delivery cost $12.50). In 1918 and
1919 when so many died in the great flu epidemic, Dr. Baker
never lost a patient. Dad said he would come to the house
when a person had the flu and order them to take castor oil.
A whole table-spoonful at a time, two or three times a day. Kirkpatrick was formerly called Letimberville.
They gagged and nearly puked from the awful taste and got
the 'out house trots' but they didn’t die. hall built about 1900 on the northeast corner of the Kirkpatrick
crossroads had burned and they located the new school on that
About 1900 the name of the village was changed to lot. It was opened for classes in the fall of 1921. It was a tan
Kirkpatrick. I have never heard why or exactly when it was or buff brick two-story building costing about $30,000. For
done. My guess is that it was because John Kirkpatrick reasons that I can’t remember they had a high school of only
owned a hotel and store and many of the town's lots. It seems three grades till 1944 when they became a 4-year high school.
to have been a gradual process because the school board From the beginning they had a limited water supply and a
secretary about 1920 makes mention of it being called very limited number of pupils and the school was closed in
Kirkpatrick but formerly being Letimberville. In 1904 the 1948. I think they drilled two or three wells over 100 feet
Christian Church built a new wood frame building on the deep but never got a well that produced enough water to
east side of the street at its present location. In 1919 the allow for increased attendance or fire emergencies. In the
Methodists built a new brick Church building where it is beginning even though they had only three grades of high
located today. The old Methodist wood frame building school they had a superb girls basketball team and won the
was bought and moved to about 400 feet west of the Marion County girls basketball tournament in 1922 and 23
crossroads and converted to a blacksmith shop and later (I think) even though they didn't have a gymnasium of
auto repair. To the east and beside the blacksmith shop on their own.
the north side of the road there was a large cider press.
Five or six new houses were built on the west side of the There were other public structures and private occupations
road between 1900 and 1935 . that we ought to mention. There was a wood frame basketball
gymnasium east of the school building . I think it was built
In 1918 Scott and part of Dallas Township voted to consolidate after the new school had been in operation for a couple or
their nine, one room schools into a single school. A township (Continued On Next Page)
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more years. This became the township hall when the school
building was torn down a few years after it was closed. For
the last one hundred years and maybe longer the preachers of
both churches have lived in church parsonages across the
street or next door to their respective buildings. Kerr Reader
lived the next door north of the Christian Church from 1920-
1940. He was a carpenter in the early 1900s and was head
carpenter for building the Christian Church. Carl Reader,
son of Kerr, was a master grave digger and dug many of the
graves in the Kirkpatrick Cemetery, John Rice who lived in
the center of the village ran a threshing rig during the 20s and
30s. Mrs Alfred (Dora) Clutter who lived the next door south
of John Rice, boarded pipe line walkers and school teachers
in the 1920-40 era.
Finding Water With A Peach Branch
Charley Clutter claimed an ability to search for water with a
forked peach branch and found 19 producing wells in and
around Kirk when others often found dry holes. Jessie
Dougherty, a long time school teacher, lived directly north of
There used to be a consolidated school in Kirkpatrick.
the store during the first half of the 1900s. Yes, she taught at
Kirkpatrick in the one room school and the new consolidated
In 1842 two local young cousins (Robert Hill and James
school. There probably were many more small occupations
Kerr) angrily burned the toll house just north of the County
like seamstresses, ditch diggers, nurses, etc. which helped
Line and were arrested. At their trial in Bucyrus the
keep the town in existence for which we have no record. The
sympathetic jury refused to convict them. This led to a
1878 plat of Latimberville has BSSW at the north end of town
state investigation which verified toll road fraud. By
which may have meant a barbershop, shave, and wash (hair
1847 through court action the toll road was made a toll
wash) but that is a guess. In those days barber shops
free road. I don’t know when it was first graveled nor the
specialized in shaving with long single bladed knives whetted
date it was eventually black topped. A picture of Dr.
to a keen edge on a long leather strap called a razor strap.
Baker's home in Kirk in the early 1900s shows the road as
very narrow and it looks as if the road is dirt. I would have
John Rosencrans was a Justice of the peace for Kirk and
thought that by1910 it would have been stoned. It became
Scott Twp. for 33 years (1849-1882) He was your 3g
a state highway about 1930? It is now a heavily traveled
grandfather via Alf Clutter’s mother. John lived most of
short cut from Columbus to Bucyrus and Sandusky.
his life east of Kirkpatrick about 3/4th mile. I don’t know
where he conducted his courts but he stated in later life
Carl Reeder a former resident tells of a blind man Lee Homan
that he had never had but one case reversed by appeal. He
who used to come from Marion to visit a family named Fisher
later moved to a farm home in Kirkpatrick directly north of
who lived across from the old brick school house in the north
the Methodist Church. The house and barn are still standing.
end of Kirk. Carl said he would come north swinging his
He served as county commissioner six years and in the state
cane right and left and touching the ground. He made no
legislature for 2 years. Enos Doughty, Dora Clutter’s father
hesitation what-so-ever until he was parallel with the Fisher
and your 2 g grandfather was a Justice of the Peace in Kirk
resident gate. Upon reaching that point the would abruptly
and a postmaster in 1882. Trains brought the mail to
stop, listen, make a left face, and slowly walk through the gate
Caledonia. Enos sometimes walked to get the mail. Old
to the front entrance. Carl said he had seen him do that more
timers told Paul that once in a while some would ask to walk
than once and could never figure out how the man knew so
with him but he had long legs and strode so fast that they
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found it hard to keep up and didn’t go often. Enos lived in
the house directly north of the Christian Church.
The Columbus to Sandusky Turnpike of 1829 astraddle of Need another copy of the Call or want to share
which Letimberville was built, became a fraud. The builders it with a friend? Download from the internet
of the road collected money but made little improvement. at www.marion.net
The road became almost impassable in the next few years.
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exactly where he was.
village except for the noise of heavy traffic on State Route
Electricity came to Kirkpatrick in the summer of 1929. A few
had installed carbide lighting systems but they readily
switched to the less dangerous and more convenient electric
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Kensel's articles were compiled and
service. Natural gas came several years later but I can’t
written largely for his children and grandchildren to tell
remember the date. Grandma Clutter had it by 1950 if I
them of facets of local history that might not be told
remember right, but I don’t know how much sooner.
otherwise. Kensel cautions that this is on-going and not
complete and may need corrections. He would welcome
About 1934 Kirkpatrick had a huge fire that greatly
any information that you have to share.)
frightened the residents. One of the homes on the west side
of 98 at the crossroads caught fire. There was a very strong
Sources of information
south wind and blowing embers burned the next home, too.
1878 Plat map of Marion Co. O. Scott Twp business references
The village store was the next building but there was a gap 1882 Marion Co. Directory p 92, 93, 94 Scott Twp.
between it and the fire. Numbers of men rushed to the store 1883 Marion Co. History Scott Twp ps 972-975
and began bucketing water and dowsing out the fiery embers Scott Twp School Board records at Twp hall 1906 - 1930
that were blowing onto it. They knew that if the store burned Marion Star Nov 26, 1932 Christian Church 100th celebration
that much of the rest of Kirk would burn because the next 5 Crawford County History 1881 Rosencrans sketch
houses and 3 or 4 car garages had no gap between them. By 1979 Marion County History Scott Twp p178-181
their efforts they saved the store and only the two houses south 80 years of personal observations of myself and other citizens
of it burned. Genevieve Beers, Bob Boyd, Willis Clutter, Phil Knapp,
Crawford County Court records for Hill and Kerr 1842
The automobile sounded the death knell for all businesses in
Kirk. When it became easier to drive to Marion, Bucyrus or
Caledonia, less and less people paid the extra cost that
businesses in Kirk had to charge for their services. A railroad
Caledonia in 2004
- Jim Waddell was installed as mayor in January. Jim's father
might have delayed the extinction but over the years Marion
Roy was Caledonia clerk-treasurer for many years and his
and Bucyrus became the chief places of shopping because of
son Bob served on council in the 1990s. Jim succeeds Dan
their larger stores and extra variety they could offer. The
Schlosser who served as mayor from 1996-2003. Dan
grocery store with its gasoline pump was the last business to
succeeded Art Blair who served from 1992-1995, Art suc-
close in Kirk. It did so about 1960. After several years of
ceeded Mike Lyon who served from 1988-1991. (Jim
various home uses it was opened in the 1990s by Dick Rowe
soon will be reporting on village government in a publication
as a broker for moving freight by semi truck contract drivers.
called "The Donian.")
And it was used as a food pantry distribution center for those
in need. About 2000 it became a private residence again.
- Members of village council are: Cindy Boswell, Debby
Detwiler, Owen McIntyre, Robin Schelb, Dan Schlosser and
Tom Rowe father of Dick above has had a trucking business
Maureen Welch. Jeri Miracle is clerk-treasurer. Art Blair,
just south of the village for nearly 60 years. In his 70’s he
Jim Roush and Alice Cisco serve as members of the Board
delivered truck loads of water to local dry wells and cisterns.
of Public Affairs.
His former truck repair shop has become the present Food
Pantry distribution center.
- United Smokes of America has purchased the 2+ acres of
vacant land on the north side of State Route 309 and has
Bob Boyd who lives just east of the village has the only
indicated that it will ask for a zoning change to allow
present business. For several years he has done welding and
development of a gas station, convenience store, laundromat
small machinery repair for those who need it.
and car wash.
Kirkpatrick has seldom ever had more than 15 houses. New
- A Columbus-area developer now owns 52+ acres on the
homes have recently been built outside the village limits on all
south side of State Route 309 and has announced plans to
four sides but only two in the village. It lacks sewage disposal
build new homes across from Jimmy's Carry Out.
and it is unlikely new homes will be built inside the town
boundaries because of lack of sufficient area to satisfy the
- The school buildings in Caledonia and near Claridon were
County Health Department for home septic tank installation.
torn down in late 2003. There is a brand new elementary
Therefore Kirkpatrick remains a scattered, quiet country
school on State Route 746 just south of Caledonia..
Authors Featured In This Edition Caledonia Call February, 2004
Trella Romine a book of the same name in 1994. This led to invitations to
Even as a child there were several things I felt impelled to do speak. I especially enjoyed the classes I taught for the Marion
- all inspired by events in my life. Leadership Training Course, and was flattered by the
question of a participant who, assuming I was a school
From the time I planted my first seeds - that I called ‘sturshuns’ teacher, asked, “Where do you teach?”
- I was awed by the miracle of growing things. My desire to
arrange flowers might have been inspired by the elaborate So in a small way I’ve achieved my childhood ambitions. I’m
floral displays covering the yards along East Center Street in still awed by the power of a seed. I became a teacher, but
Marion as we inched our way to view the body of a fallen not in the way I anticipated, and writer in a small way. I had
president in 1923. When Miss Findley unlocked the mystery a career as a florist for fifty years. Along the way I married
of reading in the first grade at Oak Street School, I wanted Ray Romine, moved to Terradise along Whetstone River
to be the one who opened that window for others - to be a Road, mourned his death, saw Kathi and David graduate
teacher. Then at Harding High School (when it was on West from Harding High School and college, marry, and give me six
Church Street) another teacher, Lucille Foreman in her grandchildren. I’ve developed the landscaping at Terradise
journalism class, inspired me to write words for others to through the years and cherished the diversity of plants
read. I was the first girl to be the editor the Harding Herald growing here that resulted in it being was named an Ohio
in 1932/1933. The Marion Star had no use for my ambition Natural Area of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
in the Depression years, so I worked in Columbus for four for the diversity of plants and trees growing here. Since 1934
years as the secretary to the Traffic Manager of the H. C. I’ve treasured the prairie plants on the Claridon Prairie, and
Godman Shoe Manufacturing Company. photographed its grasses and forbs - a hobby I started in
1950 with my first 35 mm camera.
The next fifteen years brought marriage, two children, and a
divorce. During that time my father, Ray Hemmerly, started Now I have another opportunity to indulge myself in writing
raising gladiolus as a hobby and when Ivaloo, my mother, was for the new Caledonia Call.
overwhelmed by their quantity she put an ad in the Star and
started selling them on the front porch for 25 cents a dozen.
This was the first step in my career as a florist since it Kensel Clutter
resulted in Hemmerly’s Flowers. For twenty years I worked Kensel Clutter is a retired farmer living on Pole Lane Road
with my parents and we established our flower shop in the in Scott Township, Marion County, Ohio. He was born
basement of their home at the corner of East Fairground one mile south of Kirkpatrick, December 31, 1919, and
and Park Street. I especially enjoyed the creation of wedding has lived within 10 mile of his birth area all his life except
flowers. I gave demonstrations and classes on flower for 4 years of military service as a pilot in World War II.
arranging. This was my first taste of teaching. In 1958 I
purchased Hemmerly’s Flowers from my parents, and in His parents, grand parents, great-grand parents, and some of
1966 moved the operation to 615 East Center Street. his great, great-grand parents were also citizens of Scott
Township. To-wit The Hill’s and Lindsay’s who arrived in
I retired in 1982 to revive that latent interest in writing. I had 1829, the Foos’ and Clutter’s came in 1831, Arbuckles 1832,
a taste of it when I was the editor of the 1979 History of Crows (Likins) about 1834, Rosencrans 1847, Doughty 1868
Marion County - all 684 pages of it with a 26,000 name
index. And this was without the aid of computers. Then in His wife’s name is Opal and they have two living children
1982, with my Uncle Allen Sheneman, published the and four grandchildren.
Hildreth Genealogy in 1982. The Hemmerly Genealogy
followed in 1997. Along the way it was my privilege to help It was through his study and compilation of family lines
other local authors publish their work. during 1979-1986 that he became involved in Scott Township
human history, and because of his occupation of farming and
When the Marion County Historical Society was formed in later involvement in prairies as a retirement hobby that he
1969, I found an interest that brought a new dimension to my learned of the physical history.
life. I edited the newsletter for MCHS for 20 years. When I
became “computer literate” in 1982 writing was much Kensel's articles were compiled and written largely for his
easier. For several years my column “Day Before children and grandchildren to tell them of facets of local
Yesterday” brought vignettes of Marion County History to history that might not be told otherwise.
readers of the Marion Star, and 56 of these were published in
Caledonia Call February, 2004
Editor's effect snow). It was the late 1960s and turbulent time to
observe the city and nation as city editor of the Erie
Outlook Morning News.
We moved to Ohio in 1969 and spent the next 21 years in
Greenville before moving to Caledonia in 1990. We raised
It has been my good fortune to reside in five towns in three
our son in Greenville and learned to appreciate the historical
states and to have travelled in most of the other states
and agricultural significance of the area. Darke County
during the past six decades. There are wonderful people
looks a lot like many areas of Marion County with vast
everywhere and every community has its own unique
tracts of good farm land and it consistently ranks among
history . . . residents are proud of that history and it is
the top producing ag counties in the state.
important and personal to them.
Anthony Wayne arrived in Greene Ville in 1793 and built the
It has been interesting to learn the history of many places
largest fort on the western frontier. After the signing of
and to hear people talk like it is the only history in the
the Treaty of Greene Ville between Gen. Wayne and
world that really matters. Some people are as militant about
representatives of Wyandot, Delaware, Miami, Shawnee,
heritage and historical events as they are about religion
Potawatomi, Chippewa, Ottawa, Kickapoo, Kaskasia,
or perhaps even sporting events of local school teams!
Piankeshaw, Eel Recer, and Wea nations on Aug. 3, 1795,
many areas of Ohio opened for settlement.
My first exposure to the history of an area was growing up
near Meadville in northwestern Pennsylvania. Much of my
Between 1796 and 1804 Tecumseh and his brother The
youth was spent fishing, camping, hunting and hanging out
Prophet established a village above Greenville on the west
near the banks of French Creek.
side of Mud Creek called "Prophetstown." (Our house was
within sight of this area.)
This was in Crawford County, PA, which was named for
Col. William Crawford who came to an unpleasant end at
Any report on Darke County history would not be complete
the hands of Indians not far from this part of Ohio.
without mention of Annie Oakley and Lowell Thomas.
Garst Museum in Greenville has excellent displays and is
French Creek was an important route of travel in the
well worth a visit (www.garstmuseum.org). That is, of
1700s as men, supplies and ideas flowed from what is now
course, if Darke Countians are willing to come to Marion
Pittsburgh to Erie and New York State.
County to share our rich history.
Meadville was founded in 1788. There are many similarities
History sometimes provides a little humor. When we lived
to the Marion area. Meadville was an early railroad center.
in northwest Pennsylvania the standing joke was "George
By 1880 the A&GWRR had substantial shops in the commu-
Washington Slept Here." Every old inn and tavern from
nity and was one of the largest employers. Railroad influence
Pittsburgh to Erie that is anywhere near the Allegheny River
continued with large shops and switching facilities through
or French Creek claims that distinction.
the days of the Erie Railroad, the Erie Lackawanna, Penn
Central and eventually ConRail.
In Greenville the occasion that caused a chuckle regarded
Annie Oakley. After serving as managing editor of the
Like the Marion area, Meadville played a major role in
Greenville Daily Advocate, I spent a few years as the exec
World War II with its Keystone Ordnance Works which
of the local Chamber of Commerce and helped with Annie
looks an awful lot like the remains of facilities in Marion
Oakley Days festivals. Every year nice folks would come
County. Meadville introduced the world to the Talon zipper
up to us and tell us they were related to Annie Oakley and
and Channellock Tools. (In our house in the 1950s it was
describe their tie to the "Oakley" family. We didn't have the
near a sin to buy a garment if it didn't have a Talon zipper.
heart to tell them Annie Oakley was a stage name. Her real
Of course it was a bigger sin to buy "oleo" instead of
name was Phoebe Ann Moses. The next most common claim
churning our own butter.)
was from people who told us about a relative who had a gun
once owned by Annie.
In the mid-1960s Joyce and I lived in Dowagiac, MI, where
we learned about Potawatomi and Pokagon Indians and the
If the new Caledonia Call is to be successful, we need your
days when automobiles were built in this small Michigan
stories, photos and memories of the history and culture of
town. Then we spent a few years in Erie, PA, where we
our own special little corner of the world. - Dan Schlosser.
learned about the rich history of the lake (including lake