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									                    CARROLL COUNTY
                   HISTORICAL SOCIETY
                                  Winter/Spring 2009




                                                                                   A carved stone and a short
                                                                                   length of split rail fence stand
                                                                                   in front of the porch of the
                                                                                   Algonquin Mill as it endures
                                                                                   its one hundred and eighty-
                                                                                   second winter.


FROM THE PRESIDENT                                              One part of that continued mission IS about to see
By David McMahon                                            some results. The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) is
  Tn trying to come up with some way to start this          about to start the process of repair and restoration work
message to yOll, I decided to look in Webster's for the     on the McCook House State Memorial. As owners of
defimtions of the words "history" and "historical." As      this museum and recipIents of the money for that
1 might have suspected, I found that each could be          project, the OHS will be in charge. But as the
looked at in more than a couple of ways. There were         organization     that is responsible   for operating the
eight different descriptions of the meaning of the word     museum since 1981, the CCHS will have input into
"history" and six for "historical." That made me feel       the project. Action will not lake place ovemight, but
good because I know our organization does not fit           2009 looks to be a good year for results that we have
into Just one tight meanmg of each word.                    waited for a long time.
   Through a group effort, along with spectacular               Another project that will be getting some needed
weather, another successful Festival took place. As it      attention IS our historic Perrysville Church. The lack
has been said In past newsletters, if it were nOI for all   of time, manpower, and money IS showing. Then
of your hard work as volunteers, the Society would          Hurricane Ike showed up and the strong wind took a
not exist as we know it. It IS through everyone's           piece Ollt of the steeple. A temponlry rcpair has been
continued support thai the work of the Socicty will         made 10 keep the weather out until the permanent
go on.                                                      repairs can he made when the weather i rnprovcs. There
                                                            is some money speclficillly earmarked 1'01'repairs to
   the church but probably not enough to cover
   everything. So work will have to priOlitized and done
                                                                 ANNUAL DINNER MEETING
   as the three resources mentioned are available.                 The FOrly-third Annual Dinner Meeting of the
      Some projects arise then push themselves to thc            Carroll County Historical Society will be held on
   front of the line. When a roof demands attention, such        Sunday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dellroy Community
   as the lower pavilion roof did, it generally cannot be        Hall. Please mark your calendars for this event. Every
  pushed back or put off for vcry long. One such project         member will be receiving an invitation at a later date.
  is the roof over the dining hall and schoolhouse. The
  shingles on the dining room have reached the end of            MILL REPORT
  their design life. A list of the needed repairs has been        By Mike Mangan
  compiled, and some estimates have been secured. With                Late     night     at   the
  the estimates that have been obtained, it looks like            Algonquin Mill, wandering
  the total cost for the needed work could be in the              through      the one-room
  $13,000 to $15,000 range, possibly more. The repairs            school, breathing the cold, fresh air, looking through
  will likely take place sometime this summer once a              the window panes edged with intricate frost patterns
  contractor has been selected.                                   at the light of the full moon shining on falling
      The only way this work will be able to take place           snowflakes, nothing moving outside except for a fat
  is because the Society received money from the Myles           raccoon waddling toward the information booth to
 Luce estate. Had it not been for this generous gift, the         finish off the food and water put out there for the feral
 Society may have had to borrow the needed funds for             cats, and I'm wondering what to write about for the
 the roof repair projects. If that had been the case,            upcoming issue of the newsletter.
 paying back such a loan would have necessitated some                Most days and nights here are a lot like this: a
 additional fund raising activities by the Society. And          deserted village with a long history of human activity,
 it is anyone's guess what those activities might have           but not much going on right now. The solitude is
 been.                                                           periodically     interrupted by the regular weekly
        The good news is that money was available for            workdays of our core group of volunteers and by
 these projects. The bad news is that the estate money           various special projects throughout the year. Then
 we hoped to keep on hand as a "rainy day" fund will             comes the barely controlled chaos of the annual Fall
 be reduced in size. It would be beneficial for our              Festival. What other interesting things have happened
 organization to find some way to replace and possibly           that I can tell you about?
add to a rainy day or capital improvements fund. It is               Something wonderful happened during one of the
just a matter of time before another such need presents          Algonquin Mill Fall Festivals, oh, maybe 12 or 15
itself. Your Board of Directors is open to any                   years ago. A teenage girl was strolling around the Mill
suggestions or contributions to accomplish such goals.           grounds all by herself with an extraordinarily blissful
     Speaking of our Board of Directors, March is the            look on her face. So extreme was the good time she
month for the election of Society officers. Six of the           seemed to be having, I struck up a conversation with
eight positions will be up for a vote. If you wish to            her to find out what was going on, and this is the story
serve in anyone of the available positions, please               she told. Her name was Joy (wouldn't you just know
contact any board member or Mike to get the names                it?); she had just turned 15 years old, and this was the
of the nomination committee members. Our March                   fifteenth Mill Festival she had been to. Just a few
membership meeting and election will be held March               weeks after she had been born, her mom and dad came
22 at I :00 p.m. in the Dining Hall at the Mill. A meal          to one of the very early Festivals carrying her around
will be served prior to the election.                            in their arms, and she had come with them every year
     History is not something that is dry or stagnant.           since. This particular year her parents had something
What takes place here and now will be tomorrow's                 else they needed to do that day so they dropped her
history. We cannot only preserve yesterday's history,            off. This was a kind of watershed moment. Joy's first
but we can help to shape the history of tomorrow.                Festival all by herself. It was great for her and made a
Everyone's involvement will make that happen. Hope               wonderful story, too.
to see you down at the Mill.                                         Now skip forward many years to the summer of
                                                                 2008. Joy calls us from Cincinnati. She has grown

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  up, gone to college, moved away from home, s.lal1ed                   started and to add a whole lot of flavor.
 her adult life, and was gelling maITied. Her family                       After an hour and a half or a lillie longer. the raw
 was gelling together at a collage on Leesville Lake                    apples have been cooked through to their cores and
 during the second weekend in October to renew their                    the skins have burst out from the inside. The pressure
 participation in the Festival. She wanted to make                     to the kettles is tUllled down and the incredibly hot
 arrangements to buy several cases of our apple buller                 mass of apples is dipped out with a long-handled sauce
 to give as gifts to guests coming to her wedding later                pan, one scoop at a time. and dumped into the hopper
 that fall. After all these years, the Mill still had a special        of a motorized puree machine which squeezes the
 place in her personal history. She later sent us this                 scalding hot apple goop through perforated stainless
 photo showing how the jars were presented to her                      steel screens. The pure applesauce falls into the
 friends.
                                                                       collection vat below the screens and then flows out a
                                                                       short tube into three-gallon buckets until both kettles
                                                                       are empty. This entire process is repeated over and
                                                                       over during the two or three days it takes to make the
                                                                       amount we need, usually 600-800 gallons.




 Algonquin Mill apple butter all dressed up as a
 wedding guest's gift,

     The old men got this year's applesauce made. Like
  they say about not being able to make omelets without                           Old men making applesauce.
  breaking some eggs, you can't produce a big amount
 of apple butter without cooking up and squeezing a                       It takes a crew of seven or eight to run the sauce
 huge number of apples. Apple bUller, which we make                    making production line. A composite, hypothetical
 in the spring, is the distillation of the applesauce we               volunteer worker on this job would look something
 make soon after the Fall Festi val is over, when the                  like this: male, well aware of his decades on earth;
 apple harvest is in. This year the remnant winds of                  engaged in or retired from some sector of American
 Hurricane Ike blew the apples off the trees in the local              industry-manufacturing,            utility     serVices,
 orchards we usually buy from, so we had to travel                    engineering, agriculture, trucking, iron working, etc.;
 quite a distance to buy what we needed. It was such a                a veteran of the armed forces, having seen the horrors
 seller's market that the price we paid is forcing us to              of war and been shot at or dive-bombed by German,
 take a hard look at our expenses to see if a price                   Japanese, or Korean soldiers who were trying to kill
 increase wi II be necessary.
                                                                      him and whom he has not yet entirely forgiven for
     We began the applesauce making process later this                doing so; loyal to the Algonquin Mill unless there is a
year than we usually do. It's a brutal job and the                    grandparenting opportunity available (extremely
approaching winter had us spooked. The workday                        desirable) or a doctor's appointment (not so much so);
begins about 5 a.m. with the touching of a match to                   versatile, capable of building or fixing anything, but
the kindling in the boiler. It takes about an hour and a              may put off making a telephone call or writing a leller
lot of wood fuel to make enough steam pressure to                     because, well, you know how words sometimes have
power the two kettles used to cook the apples. One                    so many different meanings, hut, on the other hand,
steam kellie holds about eight bushels of apples and                  he may possess all the story telling abilities ofa village
the other about six, along with enough concentrated                   oral historian; willing to do whateverjoh needs done.
apple cider in the bollom of each to get the cooking                  from washing the huckets to running the potentially

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 ex plosi ve steam boi ler; has a good appeti te; works      thinking he is at least 13 or 14 years old) he has a
 well with others, yet may operate as a loner in other       buddy to hangout and play with. She has turned into
 circumstances,   capahle of planning and completing         such a tomboy, and Sam is teaching and showing her
 complex projects entirely on his own; the possessor         everything he has learned about being a cat around
 of admirable personal ethics and a long history of          here. We have high hopes.
 dedicated, useful work.
     Late in life Sam, the cat, finally has a girlfriend.
 One morning this summer he was standing on top of           TREASURER'S REPORT
 the trash dumpster with his nose poked down in the         By John Davis
 gap between the lids, growling and howling like
 something serious was going on that he didn't like.        CCHS Financial Status as of 1/15/09
 Lifting him down and opening the lids, the faintest,       ASSETS
 feeble meowing sounds came up from deep down               Cash on Deposit                     $ 1,434.85
under the splintered wood, metal scraps, and broken         Savings
glass filling the receptacle. Over the next half-hour        National City Savings                46,442.12
of careful debris removal and quiet coaxing, the tiniest     Certificate of Deposit-Huntington    20,000.00
handful of gray killen emerged, dirty, scared, and           Certificate of Deposit-Huntington    10,000.00
hungry but otherwise unhurt. She didn't stand much          Endowment Funds
of a chance without help, which was easy enough to           Carroll County Foundation            34,818.88
give to her. She quickly grew and learned everything        Total Assets                        $112,695.65
she needed to know to fit into the Algonquin Mill
community.                                                  PROFIT & LOSS STATEMENT
                                                            Income
                                                             Membership                            $   2,241.00
                                                             Annual Meeting                              468.00
                                                             Donations                                   487.33
                                                             McCook House                                807.27
                                                             Mill Sales                                3,211.00
                                                             Outside Use                                 280.00
                                                             Festival                                79,619.78
                                                             Perrysville Historic Church                 458.00
                                                             Township History                             13.00
                                                             Interest                                  1,159.58
                                                             Leases (oil & gas, ball field)               78.50
                                                             Other                                       306.32
Young Alphie and gentleman     Sam during        a rare
                                                            Total Income                           $192,429.78
moment of calm in their non-stop, galloping      paced
life together.
                                                            Expense
                                                             CCHS                                  $ 38,189.68
    Her discovery came sh0l1ly before a Carroll County
                                                             McCook House                             7,817.23
Humane Society spay and neuter clinic, an opportunity
                                                             Mill Complex                            39,704.20
we wanted to take advantage of. Since we needed to
                                                             Fall Festi val                         100,470.75
fill out the required paperwork. it was time to give
                                                             Perrysville Church                          181.52
her a name. It became "Alphie" after Alpha Huffman
                                                            Total Expense                          $186,363.38
who was a longtime Mill stalwart (it is her apple buller
recipe we still usc) and cat lover.
                                                            Operating   Net Income                  $ 6,066.40
    Sam didn't like her at all to begin with, but Alphie
insisted that she and the big cat be friends. keeping
after him in such a nice way. always including him in
her non-stop killen fun. Now for the first time in his
life (he has been at the Mill for 12 years so we are
      The following two articles are taken from the          permitted the use of building and equipment. The
         "CARROLL COUNTY HISTORICAL                          Scouts took charge of parking and the Retired Teachers
              SOCIETY NEWSLETTER"                            arranged the one-room school display. Last, but not
             Volume 11 No.5 November 197 I                   least, a general planning committee put an immense
  REFLECTIONS ON THE MORNING AFTER                           amount of the time and effort into the advance
      October II, 197J. ..The first Fall Festival is over'   planning and preparation.
  A clean-up crew is at work, and when the last paper           The list of those who should be thanked is endless'
 cup has been picked up, the last historical treasure        Very special thanks are due George Tidrick who served
  returned to its owner, the last exhibit removed, the       as general chairman. He made countless contacts and
  last auctioned item claimed by its buyer, and the last     traveled miles on festival errands; he wrote letters,
 column of figures added, the bone-tired members of          made phone calls, scheduled meetings, checked and
 the Historical Society can enjoy the gratifying sense       double-checked plans. He lost a few nights sleep. The
 that they have sponsored a community event which            Society and the community are indebted to him for
 was successful beyond anyone's expectations.                his tireless effort and enthusiasm, which played such
     In the early days, all Carroll County roads led to      a large part in making the festival a success.
 the Algonquin Mill, but it is safe to say that it never
 saw such throngs of visitors as found their way to this     PAINTING OF THE MILL PRESENTED TO
 old community landmark on the two days of the               THE SOCIETY
 Festival. In spite of the cold, gray weather and a light       Mr. Chester Bratten, local artist who demonstrated
 rain on the first morning, people came from near and        his skill at the festival, chose to do a painting of the
 far. They trooped through the old mill and around the       Mill as a gift to the Society. Many thanks, Mr. Bratten.
 grounds to see the exhibits of old farm and home tools,
 the demonstrations of old arts and crafts, the priceless
 family treasures of historical interest, and the fine
 collection of quilts, old and new.
     They bought apple butter and cider made while they
 waited. They browsed and bought in the country store
stocked with homemade bread and other goodies made
by local cooks and with novelty items.
     They consumed mountains of sandwiches, gallons
of soup and chili, 850 pieces of pie and cake (by actual
count), and innumerable cups of coffee. They bought
every imaginable - and unimaginable item at the
auction sale conducted by a crew of auctioneers who
donated their services.
     They enjoyed the music of the high school bands,        Framed watercolor rendering of the Algonquin
the dulcimore [sic] players and the old time fiddlers,       Steam Mill, which now hangs in the Dining Hall at
the collections of Indian items, gemstones, and hand         the Mill, was painted by the famed local artist
carvings. They had their portraits done by a visiting        Chester Bratten during the first Fall Festival in
artist. They took part in the evening square dance.          1971.
    Or they merely wandered around meeting old
friends and marveling at what was going on at
Petersburg!
    The festival was a demonstration of what ean be
done through community cooperation on a massive
scale. Hundreds of area residents made donations of
items for sale and for the exhibits. There were
numerous contributions         of time and labor and
equipment. Local business firms made important
donations. Township trustees and the Grange
                     2008 FALL FESTIVAL PHOTO GALLERY




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Thirty-eighth   Mill Festival crowd watching            Perfectly baked loaves of bread ready to be taken
sorghum cane being pressed and enjoying a perfect       out of the wood fired brick oven.
autumn afternoon.




The skillful hands of Nancy Ganyard spin Ilax on         Dale Holm, Cecil and Barbara Parrish, Dave
a Saxony wheel in the front room of the Two-Story       George, Janet and George Rockenberger,     and
Log Home.                                               Diane George package the Mill's homemade kraut.




Alphie the cat, new arrival at the Mill, sunning        Sam, senior feline presence of the Algonquin Mill in his
herself in a protected spot during her /irst Fall       fourteenth year, takes a well deserved Sunday afternoon nap
Festival.                                               in the flo\\er bed as the 2008 Fall Festival comes to an end.


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                                                                 active, participating in craft Festivals during the Fall.
                                                                 First was Great Trail at Malvern (two weekends),then
                                                                 Yankee Peddler at Canal Fulton (three weekends), and
                                                                 our own Mill Festival in October. We are Fortunate in
                                                                 that some of our members can volunteer at all the craft
                                                                 festivals - some only one day. All help is needed and
                                                                 appreciated.
                                                                     We have members who are well versed in crafts
                                                                 other than spinning and weaving, including inkle
                                                                  loom, tatting, knitting, lucet, etc.
                                                                     As we are an educational group, the many members
                                                                 with di verse talents enhance our presentations. We all
                                                                 will rememberthe high winds on Sunday oFthe second
                                                                 weekend of Yankee Peddler. If there was something
 The living room of the McCook House as it looked
                                                                 to laugh about, it was the Kettle Korn vendor up the
 during this year's Festival of Trees. A bust of
                                                                 hill from our demo tent. The wind was so strong it
 Martha McCook sits on the fireplace mantle and a
                                                                 was taking the popcorn right out of the kettle'
 wedding dress stands by the Christmas tree that
                                                                     Our Mill Festival was wonderful! Thanks to many
 was decorated by the Mohawk Trail Garden Club.
                                                                 willing hands, our clean-up day, the Sunday beFore
                                                                the Festival, at the Spinners' Cabin and Two-Story
 MCCOOK                                                          Log House went very quickly. For the Festival we
                                                                had our usual dyeing at the Spinners' Cabin. On Friday
 HOUSE                                                          (School Day), we dyed with Kool Aid. The kids know
 REPORT                                                         iF they spill Kool Aid on their clothing it wi II not wash
  By Shirley Anderson                                           out. They were interested in the colors from the dye
     Considering the country's economic situation, the          pots.
 McCook House had a good year. There were 21 tours,                 At the Two-Story Log House we had so many
 and 17 of these were school groups.            Our total       different venues. Thanks to Jo Ann Walker, we were
 attendance was 1173 which is almost 200 more visitors          able to have hand-spinners, weavers on the barn beam
 than last year. Donations were $598.17, $80 of which           loom and another loom, sock knitting machine, tatting,
 was donated by the 19th Ohio Light Arti lIery.                 knitting, crocheting.      And an extra treat - outside
     Attendance    during the Mi II Festi val was 41 %          cooking for our workers (Friday and Saturday) in back
 higher than in 2007. In 2008, 152 people toured the            of the Two-Story. And, of course, on the menu for
 museum compared to 89 last year. Maybe the great               Sunday was sauerkraut and pork!
 weather had something to do with that.
     Our Christmas open house was extended to two
 weekends     in the hope of attracting     more people.
 Several of those who came the second weekend
expressed their appreciation For the extra days we were
open. The museum is always beautiful during the
 Festival of Trees, but it was even more so this year.
Seventeen local groups participated including three
new organizations.     It really takes the cooperation of
so many dedicated people to make this a success, and
I sincercly thank everyone.
    Schools have already stal1ed scheduling tours, and
I hope this year will be busier and better than ever.
                                                                Bob and Julie Korns explain and demonstrate how
ALGONQUIN SPINNERS AND                                          socks were made using a nineteenth century sock
                                                                making machine.
WEAVERS
By Nancy Ganyard                                                   On Saturday and Sunday at the Spinners' Cabin,
  Our Spinning and Weaving        Guild has been vcry           our own Davc Lewis, aka Mountain Man, was seen

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  stirring dye pots as he used natural plant materials              You are invited to see what we have already
  (black walnut, onion skins, butternut, marigold,               compiled, and you can bring pictures of buildings,
  cochineal, and sassafras to name a few) for the dyeing         events and written materials to be considered for
  of fibers - wool, alpaca, mohair, llama, and angora.           inclusion in your township history. A computer and
  Here we had an interesting sight. A linen shirt that           scanner will be available. Questions: call 330 627-
  was to be dyed a magenta color turned out to be a              5712.
  beautiful rose color. No one was surprised when it
  was re-dyed and turned out to be a mauve color.
      Our guild is ongoing in its support of Jeanne, our        MUSIC AT THE MILL
  Native American Elder who lives on a Navajo Indian
  Reservation in the Four Comers area of the American           REPORT FOR 2008
  Southwest. We contribute to her by donating money             By Ron Manist
  for the food runs on the reservation and send five-           I've been to the moon (It felt like it when I landed
  gallon buckets filied with items she can use throughout       Monday morning).
 the year. Jeanne has Churro sheep so we use the big            This year was the best ever at the stage according to
 plastic buckets instead of boxes for shipping so she           many opinions.
 can use them for carrying water to her animals. Some              "This is the best festival in Ohio."
 of our members make an extra contribution to provide
                                                                   "That was the best gospel music 1 have ever heard."
 firewood for Jeanne.
                                                                    (True North and Friends on Sunday morning).
     This past November several of our members helped
 decorate a Christmas tree at the McCook House for                 "Those showstoppers were fabulous." (Friday at
 the "Festi val of Trees" event.                                    10:30 a.m. and I p.m.).
     We have mini-workshops at many of our meetings.              "Who was that guitar player? Wow!" (Roger Hoard
 In November and December, under Dave Lewis'                       on Saturday afternoon).
 leadership, we had "Scarf Weaving 101." The                      "Great Bluegrass. In fact, great music all of il."
 participants used small looms and wove very colorful             "I liked your emcee, he knows his music." (Paul
 scarves.                                                          Matson from Scio, Ohio).
     January's workshop was Penny Rugs, with the                  "Very professional program."
 history of the craft explained. They were called Penny           ''This weather is wonderful."
 Rugs as the template for the circles in Colonial Times           "The sound work was perfect, thank you."
was the coin of the day, a penny, which was about the             "That hula-hoop girl was teITific."
size of our present half-dollar. These rugs (also spelled
rugg) were not put on the floor but were used to                                         2009
decorate the top of a lamp stand, dresser, and even the         October 9-10-11, 2009 are the dates of our next
bed.
                                                                Festi val. Mark your calendars.
     Our February meeting will include a session, under
                                                                My goal will be to equal 2008's successes, as 1 don't
Jo Ann Walker's direction, on warping a four-harness
                                                                believe they could be any better, thanks to all of you.
(or more) loom to make a sampler. A twill threading
will be used and different patterns will appear using           The stage schedule remains the same, if no necessary
different treadling.                                            changes crop up between now and then.
    Our guild meetings are held at the School House             A request was received for having a closed, or at least,
on the third Saturday of the month. We meet from LO             a covered place (away from the stage) for "jamming"
a.m. until 3 p.m. or whenever you can join us. There            during the Festival. 1 will look into this, as I feel it
is a potluck lunch at noon with table service and               would be nice for the groups and an added attraction.
beverage provided.
                                                                                     GENERAL
COMPLETING TOWNSHIP                                             "Music at the Mill" tags brought in $155 seed money
                                                                for the music fund.
HISTORIES                                                       Paul Matson, the new Master of Ceremonies, was a
Dates: February 23 & March 23. 2009                             great addition. He was very knowledgeable about the
Time 7:00 p.m.                                                  music, the people. and the Festival theme. Paul had a
Where: Carroll County District Library                          great understanding of area music history.
Purpose: Township History Project

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                          TENT                                     buildings, a lot of decorations, candies. cookies, etc.
 It was an excellent size and shape and allowed access             were made at our house. Music was also practiced at
 from all sides and the back.                                      our house. Our parents always helped with everything
 [t was as wide as the stage but not too deep and allowed          we did. Sometimes there would be 15 kids all with
 sound to cover the area behind and below as requested.            different ideas. They were all good ideas and it worked
 The location had a nice area behind the tent for crowd            out and everyone had a good time.
 gathering.                                                            There was always a tree in the school house and
 I felt it was much beller than last year's tent and lower         the decorations were fixed at home. The teacher would
 in pnce.                                                          stop school early and everyone helped put the tree up
                                                                   and decorate it. That was a fun time. We made the
                                                                   garlands, ropes of popcorn, bows, and whatever else
CHRISTMAS MANY YEARS                                               was needed to put on the tree. We also put tinsel, glitter,
AGO                                                                pretty glass ball ornaments, little angels, sleds, and
  By Helen Truesdale                                               toys on the tree. It was always a happy time.
     Christmas is a very special time of the year when                The teacher decorated a big box for our gift
  we celebrate the birthday of Jesus. It has been that            exchange and put it beside the tree. When everyone
  way forever and always will be. It is a day set apart            was at school, we drew names and wrapped a gift that
  from all other days. The Wise Men bringing gifts to              we had brought from home and put it in the box. You
 Him started the tradition of Christmas gift giving, or           put the name you drew on your gift. It wasn't always
 so we are told.                                                  the name you hoped to get, but you did it anyway.
     The community all seemed to come together at                 Gifts could be anything from a handkerchief to a truck.
 Christmas time. At home we were busy making                           After the gifts, Santa came in with a big sack full
 decorations and "digging" out the old ones. We made              of goodies ...oranges, candy, popcorn balls ....anything
 chains out of colored paper. We cut a strip of paper an          a big sock would hold. That was a good day, and we
 inch wide and three or four inches long. We made paste           were happy. The gift that always stayed in our
 out of flour and water and used that to stick the paper          memOlies seemed to be the oranges. That's about the
 together to form a chain link. When they dried, they             only time of the year we could ever get them and have
 made a beautiful garland which looked great on the               a whole orange to ourselves.
 tree, windows and doorways. We also made garlands                    My husband Lynn told a story about the school gift
 by stringing popcorn. Of course, the same things were            exchange when he was eight years old. They, of
 made for the church and schoolhouse trees.                       course, had no money either, like everyone else. He
     To go shopping was a special day for us. Someti mes          got a boy's name he didn't like too well, but his mom
 we even went to New Phi ladelphia. If you heard                  told him he had to give him a gift anyway. They
someone say they wished they had or would sure like               decided on a truck. The only one that was okay to
to have a certain thing, you wrote it down and tried to           give him was Lynn's favorite toy. Well, he was stuck.
remember. We had notes hidden allover the house.                  He didn't want to give him that truck because he loved
     This was a season of gift giving and surprises for           it, but there just wasn't anything else, so he did take it
everyone. There was sort of a magical air all around              to school. All day he kept saying to himself, "Mom
us. The Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Ward                     said I wi IIget something better." Then he said, "[ know
catalogs were the best way for adults to shop. Kids               [ won't." Well, the big day came. He kept thinking, "[
would look through the catalogs and make a list of                hope he gives it back to me." The kid loved the truck
what they wanted, and the parents made the decisions.            and showed it off. Lynn's name was drawn and he got
Secrets and whispers were everywhere. We didn't                  a big box. He was so excited. When he opened it, he
know what we were getting until Santa came. We made              just knew it was going to be a great gift for him. Well,
doll clothes to give to each other. Jewelry, of course,          it was. It was a box with four shiny glass Christmas
was a nice gift, if you could afford it. Sometimes we            balls to hang on a tree. All the time the other kid was
even made jewelry. Everything for Christmas was                  having fun playing with his truck. lie was crushed.
wrapped as soon as it could be.                                  When he got home, he slipped going up the steps and
     We had a large house and it was very close to the           all the glass balls hroke. So he couldn't cven hang
school and church. So instead of heating those                   them on a tree.

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       We often talked about that, and we decided his                 for a very short time only. We all said, "Merry
    mother had a big job to console him and help him                  Christmas," and the candles were put out and put away.
   with Christmas. We also compared it to life in general.            I don't ever remember a fire any place but I'm sure
   There are heartbreaks and joy. I guess these things                there must have been some. My dad picked out the
   help us in later life, but I don't think Lynn ever quite           big gifts. We shared a lot of things, but he said it
   felt that way. He just saw the heartbreak of a lillie              wouldn't work to have three girls on one sled when
   eight year old boy. He could tell the story and bring             we weren't sitting up, so one year we each got a
   tears and lots of laughs too.                                     Flexible Flyer sled. We were very, very happy that
       The church was the next thing to be decorated. The            year.
   tree was beautiful and everyone worked on it. It was                  Our big dinner was usually chicken, but one year a
   up a month. There wasn't electricity in Leavittsville             friend surprised my parents with a gift for dinner.
  so our lights were either kerosene or gasoline.                    When Dad opened the sack, a huge head of a goose
  Electricity came later. There was a program going on               popped up. This fellow was big, scared and curious.
  at church and a big attendance was expected. Even                  He was put in the bam and then what to do? We got a
  though we were young, Evelyn and Ruth, my sisters,                 lot of advice on how to prepare him and cook him.
  and I were in it. We had lots of good Christmas hymns             This was very gently discussed in front of us girls.
  and music. We did a play with Joseph, Mary, and the                We made pets out of fellows like him, and by the end
  baby Jesus. Babies that would fit in a cradle were                of the first day he had made three new friends.
  scarce. Joe Parker was in the cradle one year when he                 The day before Christmas Mom and Dad got the
  was maybe three months old. At practice he did fine,              bucket out to "get the feathers off' or that's the way
  but when the big night came, he didn't want to do it              they said it. We just talked of other things but we all
 and screamed and cried. His mother Nellie had to take              loved the goose because he was such a friendly,
 him out. She was the only one who could quiet him                  trusting fellow. Everything was ready to fix the goose.
 down.                                                              The ax was sharpened. Mom kept saying, "Where is
      The young people went caroling the week before                your dad and what is he doing?" The door opened
 Christmas. Leavittsville is a small village, and                   and there was my dad with a sack in his hand. He
 everyone was close and checked on each other. The                  said, "Listen to me. When I picked him up and he
 adults went caroling, too, and everyone enjoyed                    looked at me, I couldn't do it. Here is the nicest and
 themsel ves.                                                       best ham I could find. I'll cut this and we can have a
     Christmas Sunday was special because Santa came                fine dinner." We all jumped up and down and gave
 with all the goodies. Everyone got a gift and kids got            him hugs. We also had a tame black rabbit named
 stockings. This was at Sunday School. This was a time              Peter Rabbit. My mom spoke up and winked at Dad
 we could never forget.                                            and said, "We have a rabbit out there. That's a good
     Most Christmas trees were put up on Christmas                 meal." She loved him as much as we did. I think, all
 Eve after the kids went to bed and were sound asleep.             in one voice, we said, "No, ham!" The decision was
 Dad put up the tree and Mom helped to decorate it.                made, and we named the goose Lucky. He and Peter
 Pine trees were hard to find. Sometimes a tree could              Rabbit had good, long lives, and we had a very MeITY,
be topped and that made a nice tree, but it took years             Happy Christmas.
to grow back. Then there were two trunks. Sometimes                     We never opened gifts until Christmas day, but we
potted trees were shipped to Dellroy or Sherrodsville.             lifted, shook and tried to tear the paper just a little to
Years later you could spot the Christmas trees growing             get a peck. So, if you pecked and then told, you were
in someone's lawn, and you knew that was someone's                 the loser. If a ribbon broke, we put it back.
Christmas tree years before.                                            My mom was a good seamstress. She had good
     When we got up Christmas morning and came                     ideas and could make anything. Mom made most of
down the stairs, the first thing we saw was the tree. It           our clothes out of yard goods. We could hardly wait.
was like a dream come true. I have never forgotten                 If our mom was able, she would make us each a new
the feeling. It was like a Cinderella dream come true.             dress for school. It was nice when we could surprise
If there were any mistakes, we never knew it. We had               Mom with a dress. sweater, or coat. Dad and Grandma
real candles that clipped on the very ends of the                  Allen could help us with that. and we had Grandma
hranches. They were not lit until Christmas day and                get Dad something from the catalog.

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     This is a season full of love, caring, and giving to           Jim, Tom, and Dick Lerch; Bill Snyder; Ozelma,
 each other. God gives us this. He gave his Son. God                Donald, and John Schawb: Helen and Olivia Coffy:
 sent the Wise Men (and they were very wise) to show                Herman, Margie, and Audrey Nelson; Laura, Mary,
 his love and pure giving spirit in his Son as a tiny               and Johnnie Edie; Pearl Poulton; Jane Smith; the Gray
 helpless baby. He was defenseless but the wicked ones              Family.
 couldn't harm him. Our love for one another and love                            'Til Next Time, Cousin Helen
 for God in our hearts brings us together with Jesus as
 a loving Saviour. The Christmas story never grows
 old. Each year it gives us strength and a desire to
                                                                    ATWOOD
 follow in His footsteps.                                           SCHOOL
    When we hear, "Silent Night, Holy Night," "0
Little Town of Bethlehem," and "Away in a Manger,"
                                                                    MEMORIES
I think everyone can picture in their minds the dear                 By Evelyn German Jones
baby so far away. He is the symbol for all people and                   Each year as the Mill
all nations.                                                         Festival begins and we talk to
    As I am thinking of all this, so many good memories              the school children and adults
 crowd my mind. This is what keeps us together. Little               about the one-room schools, it
children and generations of people, at the Christmas                 brings back memories of my
 season, praise and remember the Baby Jesus and the                  eight years in the Atwood one-      Evelyn German
Father that gave Him to us.                                          room school.                               1928
    It's time for me to go but as I say goodbye, I hear                    The building is still standing on the edge of
the silence of the night and also the sounds in the                  Atwood Lake with the original slate roof and a
stable, each one in their own way honoring this                      sycamore and a catalpa tree on the school ground. Two
precious fami Iy with the baby. Then I can picture the               bedrooms were added to the structure, and it is now a
flickering of lights in the town of Bethlehem. As I                 private residence on a prime location along the lake.
look up to the sky, there it is .... the glimmering star. It               As I was the oldest of the family, I would not
is so bright and has been and will always be brighter               have been able to walk over a mile by myself the first
during the Christmas season. If I listen very quietly, I            year of school. Luckily, a neighbor girl was in the
can hear, "Silent Night, Holy Night," and I can see                 eighth grade and I could go with her. The next year I
three very elegant, stately gentlemen placing gifts and             had a brother to walk with me.
slowly, quietly fading into the shadows.                                 My only memory of that first grade was the time I
    This is just a short memory story of my idea of                 was late arriving at the neighbor's     house, and my
Christmas.                                                          eighth grade escort had already gone without me. I
    One more thing before I close. Leavittsville was a              told her mother that I would just stay at her house and
small, closely-knit community. I would like to share                eat my lunch from my bucket. The neighbor called
the names of some of the people who lived there in                  my mother who promptly ordered me to walk back
the early years: Helen and Dora Davis; Harry, Karl,                 home. As I was coming down the hill toward home, I
Arnold, Gene, Doyle, Don, and Elvera Anderson;                      could see my dad with a stick in his hand. I don't
Wilma Rainsberger; Jim and Charles Griffin; Helen                   remember whether he used it, alii can remember was
Beamer; Dwight and Mildred Saltsgiver;           Harry              that long wal k down that hi II!
Robertson;    Laura West; Ralph (Peanuts), Clifford                       There wasn't any danger for walkers of bcing
(Tip), and Maxine Boyd; Helen, Grover, and Joe                      kidnapped or run over by a car, but we had to go
Parker; Jane and Mary Foster; Goldie May; Nora,                     through a small pateh of woods full of hunters during
Mae, Alta, arlo, and Roxie Tope; Lyle and Maywood                   squilTel season. That was frightening to a small chi Id.
Mal1in; Joe and Clara Fish; Flora, Stacy, and Clarence              The road was either dusty, muddy, or snow covered.
Fish; Raymond and Marion Fish; Margaret Parker;                     One low stretch of the road was wet and full of ruts
Donald, Annamae, George, and Margarite Burris;                      which madc walking very difficult. II was a great day
Helen, Ruth, and Evelyn Boyd; Carl, Laura, Gamet,                   in the spring when it was dry enough for a farmer 10
and Ethylene Boyd; Opal and Neva Heggy; June and                    use his horses and drag the road and fill in Ihe ruts.
Irene Boyd; Evangeline Gordon; John, Sarah Jane,                          On Ihe way 10 Atwood School. we had 10 cross


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  Indian Fork Creek which would flood easily. The high            the eight years I attended Atwood School. Only one
  water would drain away rather quickly, but it left low          did not maintain discipline. We had a crippled boy
  places filled with water. On the way home, we had a
  rather steep clay bank to climb as we left the main
  road. One time a younger sister simply got both feet
  stuck in the mud and couldn't move. I had to pull her
  out of her overshoes and set her over on the grass
  next to the pasture fence and then go back and work
  her overshoes out of the mud.
    The railroad track bordered our farm and sometimes
 we would walk on the railroad bed to the Atwood store.
 The Brady store was just a room in the family's home
 with a potbellied stove where we could stop and warm
 up before the last lap to the schoolhouse. It also had
 ten pieces of candy for a penny.
     Recently, a friend and I walked the small section
 of land still above the waterline It is now a peaceful
 fishing spot.
     The schoolhouse was on a high bank with a sloping                            Atwood School 1918
 driveway. We never went the easy way but cut steep
 steps up the bank. Atwood's front porch was only                who rode his pony to school and tied it behind the
 enclosed on two sides. Our coats, overshoes, and lunch          coal house. He fed the pony com off the cob at noon
 buckets were inside on hooks, benches, or around the            which left the empty cobs. The older boys began
 stove drying out. The teacher's desk was on a raised            throwing those com cobs at the girls as they went to
 platform along the blackboard. We had an organ for a            the outhouse. The boys got away with that. Next, they
 Shol1time and when it was first played in the fall, the         caught the girls and locked them in the coalhouse.
 mice would run in all directions.                               That got our parents' attention! The school board met
    Atwood did not have a well, but we got our water             and gave the teacher the choice of resigning          or
 from a nearby neighbor. It was a dug well and would             controlling the students. She finished the year but that
 go dry in the fall. Two pupils, who had their work              was the only year she taught.
done, were chosen to go across the field to a neighbor               The boy with the pony had an older brother who
 who had a good spring, and they would bring back a               was making counterfeit money somewhere down in
bucket of water. We had one dipper but some students             the swamp thicket below the schoolhouse. The F.B.!.
had collapsible metal cups to drink from. Our lunch              eventually caught up with him, and he was sent to the
boxes were metal because we didn't buy much in a                 Atlanta Federal Prison. As an inmate, he carved rings
store to acquire paper bags, and paper bags would not            out of toothbrush handles and sent them to his younger
survive rain or snow. Lunch was homemade bread and               brother who proudly displayed them at school.
apple butter sandwiches, cookies, pie, and fruit from                During the Depression, the only income most boys
the farm.                                                        had was from trapping. Several boys checked their
    If the weather was really bad, students spent recess         traps on the way to school. When they caught a skunk
 and lunch inside playing games at our desk or at the            and came into the building to warm up, they were
 blackboard. Everyone brought their own playground               sent home in a hurry.
 equipment such as balls, bats, sleds, skates, marbles,             Another vivid memory was the time an older, white-
jump ropes, etc. One year we took the coal shovel                haired, southern gentleman,       the grandfather    of a
and made blocks of snow and built an igloo that we               student, told us about the horrible conditions         he
could crawl into. Unfortunately,     it was too close to         endured when he was a prisoner in a Northern Civil
the schoolhouse; when the sun came out, the snow on              War plison. Years later I had several of his descendants
the school's roof started to melt, slid off, and caved in        in my history classes.
the igloo.                                                         The Grange Hall was rather close to the school and
   I had three male and three female teachers during             most evening meetings were held there. I do remember

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the first time I heard the Boyd sisters ( Helen                    Festival. The money eamed from painting faces will
Truesdale, Ruth Huffman, Evelyn Helbig) sing at a                  be used to get the next show gOll1g. I "now that I
function at the hall. Evelyn was later in my high school           painted several times and had such a good time. We
e1ass and my best friend.                                          hopc that next year all of the CCIIS mcmbers will
   All the girls wore dresses to school with long                 come to the bam and have their faccs or hands painted.
underwear     and cotton stockings in winter. A new                    Our exhibitors havc increased in numbers each year
family from the city moved into the community one                  since 2005. We are so happy about this, and the
                                                                   Historical Society is happy, too, because they get all
year. The oldest girl in the family came to school in a
                                                                  of the entry fees for our show. The entrants arc happy
dress with flippy pleats around the bottom and wearing
                                                                  about us giving prizes along with some of the winning
bobby socks. That style of dress was very different
                                                                  ribbons. They like the ribbons but the additional prizes
and she was considered a "hussy" for dressing in such
                                                                  make it a nice choice for an art show at which to
a manner.
                                                                  exhibit. I was told by a regular art show attendee, who
    Something special was generally planned for the               goes to many shows each summer, that our show is
last day of school. Number 4 School of Rose Township              much better than most. I was so happy to hear that.
often came to play ball. I only recently realized that            She mentioned several shows that I am familiar with
not every school had a nice playground. Atwood had                and I was shocked. We work very hard and many,
a large, level, fenced schoolyard. One year we walked             many hours of volunteer work are put into this show.
the two miles into Dellroy on what is now Lodge Road                 We have st3l1ed to work on the 2009 show already.
and the teacher bought us all an ice cream cone. That             We have sent over 300 letters to businesses             for
was a real treat.                                                 donations of money, gi ft certi ficates, or merchandise
   r never felt shortchanged by my early education.               to help sponsor the 2009 show. This year for the first
We learned the basics. If a student didn't understand             time, we are asking local businesses to step up to the
                                                                  plate and give us a hand. If there are any of you
something the first year, he would hear it again and
                                                                  members that would like to be a sponsor of the next
again each year until he did understand.    Also, older
                                                                  show, please contact me. What a wonderful way to
brothers, sisters, and students were available to help
                                                                  help keep the arts alive in Ohio. We have a really
the younger ones.
                                                                 wonderful Fine Art and Photography Show that we
   The one-room schools were a very important part               can all be proud of it. These artists bring in many
of our early history. We are fortunate to have such a            people who help to keep our Festival booming in this
fine school building    in our Mill complex. It is a              very tough economy.
pleasure   to be able to pass the knowledge       and                 Our Gift Shop is doing quite well. It is a place where
experience of attending a one-room school on to the              visitors can buy things that our artists have made. The
young and old alike.                                             selection is so great that each year it is very different
                                                                 from the year before. It is a unique place to find quality
                                                                 gifts for the hard to buy people on your gift list. You
FROM THE ART BARN                                                might find something that you would just love to have
By Shelda Cobb                                                   in your own home. We also have decorations for the
    This year's ART and PHOTOGRAPHY               SHOW           coming holidays such as Halloween and Christmas.
was without a doubt the best yet since J became the              If you haven't stopped by to look our items over, you
director in 2005. The White Barn was packed with                 must put this on next year's list of things to do at the
visitors from 9 a.m. on Friday until5 p.m. on Sunday.            Festival.
There were visitors from everywhere. They were so                     Thanks to everyone who helped to again ma"e the
interested in the exhibits and really got into talking           show very successful.        We have a hard working
with all of us who were working in the barn. I had               committee      and, even with the bad spring that I
several people say to me that our show and Festi val             experienced      with my husband's     illness, we got it
were just wonderful.                                             together and it was great. Many thanks to Mike who
   The al1ists who volunteered to face paint had so              is never too busy to help us when we need it. We arc
much fun. The kids, as well as adults, liked the Face            so fortunate to have him.
Art, and some ret u Illed for more painting. We had lots              If you want general information about the Art Show
of different kinds of faees ... weathered faces, faces of        or would like to make a donation to the show. I can be
wisdom, and faces of true fun lovers. They were all              reached at 330-947-2.'\47 or you Illay e-mail me at
faces that were having a very good time at a great               eaglcs03@localnet.com.


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    Have    a great    winter   and don't     drop   your
 brush       .                                                     SAWMILL NOTES
                                                                    By Jennifer Cramer
                                                                       Another great Festival is under our belts. What a
 FARM HOUSE REPORT                                                 good feeling. To help make it a successful one, we
 By Donna Mahoney                                                  spent Thursday workdays building and repairing. We
                                                                   built an A-frame andjackshaft. The purpose of this is
                                                                   to transfer the load of the belt from the steam engine
                                                                   to the A-frame. This relieves the pressure and load
                                                                   abuse on the husk of the mill. This will help extend
                                                                   the life of the Sawmill. We held our breath and kept
                                                                  our fingers crossed as we sawed the first log. What a
                                                                  great feeling to see it worked.
                                                                      We also did some repair and maintenance on the
                                                                  carriage. By replacing some bolts and realigning the
                                                                  head blocks, the carriage runs more accurately and
                                                                  smoothly. This winter and spring we will focus on
                                                                  repairs to the roof and gutters and do more
                                                                  maintenance work on the husk. Anyone with a free
                                aT"                               Thursday is more than welcome to come to help us at
Felice Dunn shows Festival visitors how quilting                  the Mill.
has been done through the ages.                                       Thanks to everyone for their help and time. It's
                                                                  amazing how it all comes together every year. We are
    The 2008 Festival is behind us. The Farm House                truly blessed in our Sawmill family.
 ladies arc back to work making items to be sold at the
2009 Festival. Several new ladies have joined the
Thursday workday at the Mill. Of course, we found a
                                                                  BUILDINGS REPORT
job for each of them. We always welcome anyone that               By Richard Mahoney
wants to join us.                                                     Most of the buildings at the complex are in good
    We are busy quilting, weaving rugs on the loom,               condition. The white Whispering Wind Farm Bam is
finger weaving rugs, making denim totes, purses,                  in top shape. Two cabins need logs replaced. The
qui Its, and crafts. Remember, rugs, baby quilts,                 Dining Hall needs the roof replaced, which is in the
scarves, totes, etc. make great gifts and can be                  estimate procuring stage. The Schoolhouse needs work
purchased all year long. Algonquin Mill T-shirts and              on the bell tower, which is under process. Spouting
sweatshirts are also available. Anyone needing a quilt            on the Mill needs cleaned and some flashing needs
quilted can contact Clara Miday at the Millon                     replaced.
Thursdays.                                                           The Perrysville Historic Church has roof damage
    Anyone who has blackberries, blueberries, red and             due to the storm. A large hole was knocked in the
black raspberries or any other fruit to make jelly for the        steeple. It is temporarily patched, thanks to the efforts
Fall Festival can get in touch with me at 330-484-2701.           of John Davis and Paul Knoebel.
    We're looking for someone to crochet nylon                       The Bookstore needs the chimney rebuilt and the
serubbies. We have some nylon available; all we need              flashing replaced. The windows need rebuilt and the
is someone make them. We also need suggestions for                building needs some siding replaced. The entire
souvenir items to sell with the Algonquin Mill logo.              structure needs scraped, ptimed, and painted including
    Winter is a good time to make crafts to be sold at            the roof. The entrance screen door needs replaced and
the Festival. Items that sell for under$S.OO arc good.            painted. Nothing has been done with this building for
Old doilies are good items to sell. We would like to              a long time.
get some new postcards made. If anyone knows of                       We welcome anyone who would like to come help
some place where we don't have to buy a thousand,                 with any of these projects.
contact Donna Mahoney at the Mill.
    Bring a covered dish and come join us any                     NEWS FROM THE KRA UT
Thursday. We cat in the Farm House during the winter
months.                                                           HOUSE
                                                                  By Diane George
                                                                     The Never Ending Question: How much cabbage
                                                                  to buy and process for sauerkraut') How much is
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 enough to satisfy our customers? It is always a gamble.             Even though more bluebirds fledged in 200 I than
 We can ponder over previous years figures and listen             in 2008, 2008 was a more successful year percentage
 to forecasts for October weather and still not come up           wise. The bluebirds laid 77 eggs in 2008, of which 71
 with the right answer. The price of gasoline last                (92%) hatched. Six (8%) eggs were infertile. No eggs
 summer, delivery charges, and the price of cabbage               disappeared from the nests and none were abandoned
 all factored into our decision forthe amount of cabbage          by the parents. Sixty-two (87%) of the 71 nestlings
 to process. The pure and simple fact is we did not               fledged. Nine (13%) nestlings died. In 2001, of the
 make enough sauerkraut.           I have come to the            93 eggs that were laid, 79 (85%) of them hatched. Of
conclusion that we need at least eight tons of cabbage,          the 14 (15%) eggs that did not hatch, six (6.4%) of
and maybe we will have enough to last the three days             them were infertile, three (3.2%) disappeared from
of the Festi val.                                                the nests, and 5 (5.3%) were abandoned. Sixty-eight
    This brings me to the next thought. We need help             (86%) of the nestlings fledged. Eight (10%) nestlings
in August to process the cabbage, and we also need               died and three (3.8%) disappeared from the nests.
help in October to package and sell the sauerkraut.                  For some unknown reason, the Tree Swallows did
We are so glad to have a number of volunteers who                not do as well in 2008 as they have in previous years.
are always there for us. I have procured a list of               They laid 209 eggs and only 139 (66.5%) hatched.
potential volunteers who were unhappy that we ran                Twenty-three (II %) of the eggs that didn't hatch were
out of kraut at the Festival, so I asked if they would           infertile, 24 (II %) disappeared from the nests, and
be available to help make it. I hope they will come              23 (II %) were abandoned. Of the 139 hatchlings, 119
through for us. We certainly would appreciate their              (86%) fledged. Sixteen (II %) of the nestlings died
help.                                                            and four (3%) disappeared from the nests. This was
    We had excellent weather all three days for the last         the lowest number of Tree Swallow fledglings at the
Festival; however, if the weather is bad this October,           Mill since 2002 when 120 fledged. In 2007 there were
we might have an excess of kraut. If this happens, we             149 fledglings.
will freeze it and offer it for sale until we run out.               Each year I make notes of things of interest I
    Thank you to all my volunteers for your dedication          encounter while doing my bluebird trail. I would like
and many hours of work given to our project.                     to share some of these with you.
                                                                     April 16 -The first bluebird egg was laid.
BIRD DROPPINGS                                                       April 21 -The first Tree Swallow egg was laid.
                                                                     April 23 -There were five Cliff Swallow nests ....
FROM THE MILL                                                   three of them were under the eaves of the north side
By Janice Petko                                                 of the Schoolhouse and two were under the eaves of
    In spite of losing nine bluebird nestlings early in         the kitchen and dining room.
the nesting season, 2008 produced the second highest                 April 23 -The Chimney Swifts were back.
number of Eastern Bluebird fledglings at the                         April 27 - One of the Cliff Swallow nests had
Algonquin Mill since I began monitoring the nesting             already been taken over by a pair of House (English)
boxes in 1994. Sixty-eight Eastern Bluebird babies              Sparrows.
fledged in 2001 and 62 in 2008.                                      May 2 - I noticed four Turkey Vultures on the roof
    In reference to the above-mentioned nine dead               of Cabin #3. When I checked Autumn Rd. in front of
bluebird babies, when I checked box #3 on May 15                the cabin, I discovered why they were there. A dead
there were six healthy 11-12 day old nestlings in the           raccoon was on the lunch menu.
box. I checked the box again on May 21 and found                     May 10- I recaptured (by Ii fling her off of the nest)
four of the babies dead. They would have been 17-18             a banded female Tree Swallow in box #5. I checked
days old (old enough to fledge) by then, so I'm                 her band number with my records and found I had
assuming the two missing babies fledged Successfully.           banded her, as a nestling in this same box, on June 5,
I think the cold, wet weather and scarcity of food was          2005. She had not only come back to nest at the Mill,
the probable cause of death. On May 10, I checked               but she chose the same box in which she was born.
box # 17 and found five healthy 5-6 day old nestlings.               May 21 - Mike found a dead female Ruby-throated
When I checked box # 17 on May 15, I discovered five            Hummingbird on the feeder that was hanging outside
dead babies. A House Sparrow had bui It a nest on top           the window of the Schoolhouse. Its tiny feet were
of the bluebird nest containing the dead babies and             gripping the outer rim and its head was resting on the
had laid 5 eggs. I removed the sparrow nest and eggs.           main part of the feeder. I think she probably ran out
I could do this legally because the House (English)             of energy as soon as she reached the feeder and was
Sparrow is a non-native bird and is not protected by            too weak to eat. Mike buried her among the Irises
law.                                                            outside of the dining room.
                                                                     May 28 - Cliff Swallows had built three nests on
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   the top or the frame of one of the windows at Watheys              was something there that the surroundings you were
   Station. This is the first time they had chosen to nest           in possibly gave you a thought for just a moment that
   in that location. One of the three nests had been taken           the area was not well lighted, that objects were gone,
   over by a House SpalTow. However, the other two
                                                                     gave you a different view. May you now read onl
   nests fledged Cliff Swallow nestlings successfully.
                                                                         In August 1978 Minerva, Ohio, Paris Township,
      July 4 - The only Tree Swallows remaining were
                                                                     Carroll County was a scene of much excitement.
  those with eggs or nestlings. The rest had left to stage
  (gather) before migrating fUlther south.                           Correspondents of area newspapers arrived in this
      July 30 - The last Tree Swallow nestlings had                  town in hopes of discovering who or what had been
  fledged, and there was not a Tree Swallow in sight.                seen that day or night.
  The absence of their chirping and twittering was very                  It was Herbert and Evelyn Cayton who saw this
  noticeable.                                                        creature behind their home. Mary Ackerman was
      August 3 - I saw one Gray Catbird and three Eastern           quoted as saying, "The creature was almost like a pet."
  Kingbirds. This was my first sighting of these birds at           The creature was described as being over six feet tall
  the Mill.                                                         and covered with matted hair. When seen, it was less
       September 8 - The last bluebird nestlings fledged.           than 50 feet away.
      The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds showed up in                        A few nights later the creature appeared outside of
 greater numbers than usual in 2008. In August Mike                 the Cayton's kitchen window. This sighting was made
 was filling the two feeders at least once a day and                from ten feet away. When asked to describe the
 sometimes twice a day. These tiny, feisty birds                    creature, they said the face and torso of the creature
 certainly are fun to watch, and they entertained many              were not discernable because of the thick mat of hair
 visitors to the Mill during the summer.                            that was on the body. They did say the creature
     The following is a list of birds that I saw at the             weighed at least 300 pounds. They also said there was
 Mill in 2008: American Robin, American Crow,                       an odor of stagnant water that permeated the area
 American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, Canada                       around them.
 Goose, Chimney Swift, Chipping Sparrow, Cliff                          Herbert Burke, Jr. reported that he was driving
 Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern              along Route 30 near Minerva and saw such a creature
 Phoebe, European Starling, Gray Catbird, Great Blue               cross the highway and disappear into the woods.
 Heron, House Finch, House Sparrow, House Wren,                         Peggy Tillman of London, Ohio, a member of
 Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Mallard Duck, Mourning               Eastern Ohio Bigfoot Investigation Center (EOBIC),
Dove, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird,                       had reported sounds recorded on tape that were like a
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Song Sparrow, Tree
                                                                   baby crying. Snapshots           taken seemed to be
Swallow, and Turkey Vulture.
                                                                   enlarged ...."human" footprints ranging from 14 inches
     As usual, I'm looking forward to another successful
                                                                   to 21 inches in length.
Mill nesting season in 2009. As I'm writing this article
in January, looking at the six inches of snow on the                    In 1978 more than one creature visited Minerva.
ground, it seems a long way off. However, I'm sure it             This caused many local people to speculate that there
will be here before I know it.                                    was a family of these creatures.
                                                                       In following months, Mrs. Cayton stated she was
                                                                  leaving fruit and vegetables outside for her "new
OHIO                                                              neighbors." Each morning she would check to see if
BIGFOOT -                                                         the food was still there. She would find the food gone
                                                                  and replaced by large footprints.
THE                                                                    In 1980 much of the curiosity had died down, but
                                                                  many believed that the creature was still there. There
MINVERVA                                                          was still evidence of the stagnant odors. The Cayton
MONSTER                                                           family, friends, and human neighbors believed that
By Gerald Grimes                                                  the creature was sti II around that area.
                                                                       If this was a fictional story, it would be one that
The Minerva                                                       you could not put down. Many questions, however,
Bigfoot Monster                                                   remain to be answered to this day, 31 years later in
                                                                  2009. Pictures, hair samples, and a jawbone that had
   This at1icle is about what                                     been in law enforcement storage, are inexplicably
you see or don't sec. Or, I                                       missing. It is believed that someone interested in the
sa\\ it. I know I saw it, or                                      many accounts of the sightings of the creature were

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given these items and they were never returned.                 OFFICERS:
   Oh, there have been many more accounts and                   President: David McMahon (330) 875-1948
sightings of said creature. This is only part of all the        Vice-president: Ann Myers (330) 894-2300
recorded sightings. It is all in what you thought you                                     annmyers66@yahoo.com
saw and your belief in the possibility of.                      Secretary: Diane George (330) 868-5609
                                                                                           dgeorgeI13@yahoo.com
MINERVA HISTORICAL                                              Treasurer: John Davis (330) 627-5712
                                                                                        johndavis41 @hotmail.com
SOCIETY AND MUSEUM
By Gerald Grimes                                                BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
   The Minerva Historical Society's Museum will be              John Miday (330) 866-2112
closed during the winter months beginning December              Richard Mahoney (330) 484-2701
17,2008 and will reopen on March 4, 2009.                                        donnarichmahoney@sbcglobal.net
                                                                Janice Camille Petko (330) 494-0006
UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                 ipelko@neo.rr.com
Feb. 18       6:30 p.m. - Minerva Historical Soceity            Larry McCully (330) 627-4368
              annual banquet at Minerva Senior                                           cmccully 17@earthlink.net
              Center. Reservations must be made by
              Friday, February 6, 2009. The speaker             NEWSLETTER STAFF:
              will be retired Judge William Martin of           Editor: Janice Camille Petko (330) 494-0006
              Carroll County.                                                                   ipetko@neo.rr.com
                                                                Assistant Editor: Mike Mangan (330) 627-5910
Early         Exhibit of early 20th Century Clothing.
spnng         Further information on the date and               MANAGERS:
of 2009       exhibit will be forthcoming.                      Shirley Anderson: McCook House (330) 735-2228
                                                                Mike Mangan: Algonquin Mill (330) 627-5910
March 19      First regular meeting of Minerva
              Historical Society at Haas Museum.                    Correspondence:    Members and other interested
                                                                readers may contact the editor at the following address:
TEXAS TOFFEE                                                    Carroll County Historical Society P.O. Box 174,
By Kimberly Reed                                                Carrollton, OH 44615.
  Many of you mentioned,           at the General               You may visit our website at:
Membership Meeting that was held at the Mill in                                    www.carrollcou"tyohio.com/history
November, that you would like the recipe for the Texas
Toffee made by Kimberly. Here it is. Enjoy'                     VACATIONING?
                                                                   If your are going south during the winter, send
Club or Saltine crackers                                        CCHS your temporary address and the dates you will
I 1/4 C. butter                                                 be gone so we can mail you your Winter/Spring issue
I 1/4 C. brown sugar                                            of the newsletter.
12 oz. milk chocolate chips
I C. finely chopped pecans (optional)
                                                                Renew Your Carroll County
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lO"x 15" jellyroll pan with foil. Place crackers side           * Please note your expiration date on the      mailing
by side to cover the foil, set aside. Bring butter and          label!
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                                                       P.O. Box 174
                                                 Carrollton, OH 44615


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