The Athens Messenger, Jan. 2, 1868

  • -Our Main street should be Macadamized or Nickolsonized during the coming season. Much has been done toward the comfort of our citizens in the way of improved side-walks and lighted streets but there is still much to do in constructing good crossings and graveling our business streets.
  • -On Wednesday night Athens was visited by sever winds. No casualties are reported except the blowing over of a stable and in consequence the killing of a valuable cow, the property of our neighbor Mr Thomas Smith
  • -Ground has been broken by Maris & Maceaboy in the excavation for the New Lunatic Asylum Building
  • -It would contribute to the comfort of our lady travelers if some additions were made to the passenger room at the station.
  • -Mr. Peter Kerns is preparing to build a new house on the street leading to the Railroad Station.

The Athens Messenger, Apr. 4, 1872

  • The building which is now going on in Athens is really a surprise to the "oldest inhabitant"
  • The Stedman House was sold on Monday, at Sheriff's sale, to John M. Hibbard for $3,500
  • Several new dwelling houses are being erected on the lots recently sold in Guthrie, Gould & Co.'s addition to Athens

The Athens Messenger, August 13, 1874

    On Thursday last a team belonging to Mr. Samuel Axiel, who resides a short distance south of Athens, when decending the hill extending from the south end of Court street to the South Bridge, becoming frightened at an approaching train broke loose from the driver and missing the road way of the bridge ran over the almost perpendicular embankment at that point and rolled into the river smashing the express badly but doing no other serious damage. The occupants of the express, fortunately, had dismounted on the first signs of fright on the part of the horses. The strangest part of the accident was that the horses in their frightful fall excaped in an almost uninjured condition.
  • -The following showing is the only answer needed in reply to that objection to the late beer ordinance that more beer was consumed here during the existence of the ordinance than before its passage. This exhibit is based on data taken from the books of both the railroad and express companies
  • -We have received several well written and entertaining letters from "H. H. W.," of Mineral City, who is spending the summer in the mountains of Maryland and West Virginia. The pressure of local matter and teh favors of our advertising friends accounts for their non-appearance.

The Athens Messenger, April 8, 1875

  • -The net earnings of the Columbus and Hocking Valley railroad for the year 1874 were $357,077.18.
  • -Our local gardeners have in many cases completed the planting of peas and other hardy vegetables.
  • -It has been urged that lovers of peace should discourage spelling schools because they are very sure to lead to hard words
  • -Windows and wood-work of Athens dwellings are just now receiving the animated renovating attention of our local housewives.
  • -A new Court House will cost money, cost taxes, but it will hurt few, however much it may scare many, and the new building would be of decided benefit to the whole people
  • -Pedestrians on our streets are currently constrained to yield the lion's share of the pavement to trundling hoops of our jevenile lads and lasses.
  • -The equipment of the Hocking Valley railroad is 31 locomotives, 8 passenger carsm 1 passenger and baggage car combined, 3 baggage cars, 100 box cars, 100 platform cars, 1,000 eight wheel coal cars, and 13 caboose cars.
  • -Arrangement will be made to enable residents of Coolville and Marshfield, and their respective neighborhoods, who may attend Baynard Taylor's Lecture, to return to their homes the same night on the Eastern and Western trains that pass through Athens.
  • -The "Hocking's placid stream" will ere long be materially depopulated of its finny inhabitants, is presaged by the business air with which amateur fishermen have been during the current week overhauling their last years's nets and tackle
  • -Our recent fellow townsman, Mr. L Steenrod, is already overrun with business at his popular Columbus hostelry, the United States Hotel, of which he took charge on the 1st inst. We judge by the tenor of personal notices of him in the Columbus papers that he readily entrenches himself in the warm regard of all with whom he has to do.
  • -The wisdom and policy of the law prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors on election day was happily evinced on Monday by the entire quiet and harmony that characterized the conduit of the gathering in the neighborhood of the polls. The exception that confirmed the rule in this case was furnished by several strangers, who continued throughout the day in a condition of noticeable spiritual exaltation. One who was candid enough to say that he had cultivated the aquaintance of the men referred to with the sole object of getting a "nip". relieved local dealers in the ardent from an imputation of having practically disregarded the injunction of the Mayor's Proclamation in the premises, by telling up that they brought the "juice" to town with them.
  • Albany:-The election passed off very quietly here, although the contest was hot and close for some offices. Doubtless you will receive full official returns for publication, so I will not give any details.
  • Albany:-The evening after the election there was a regular "Old Mass Convention," free pitch-in spellling contest at Atwood Institute
  • Pleasanton and Vincinity:-Fur and pelt dealers "have hauled in" and the crows have come to clean up their share of the "stench" that fills the air. Their fare is slim.
  • Pleasanton and Vincinity:-We note by the way that Mr. Samuel Moss has remoddled his house. Sam sells more hay than any other man in this section.
  • Pleasanton and Vincinity:-Several teachers from this section (some only intending to be) attended the Teacher's Institute at Athens last week and express themselves as fully paid for their expense and time.
  • Pleasanton and Vincinity:--Wheat bids fair for an average crop at least. Fruit, we don't know about it.
  • Trimble:-Mr C.H. Pettet is building a large carriage and wagon shop
  • Trimble:-The congregation of Christians are building a new church
  • Hibbardsville:-The price of land has advanced since the orgainzation of our Grange.
  • Hibbardsville:-Farmers, as yet, have made but little preparation for Spring work.
  • Hibbardsville:-Our Grange is in a very flourishing condition
  • Hibbardsville:-The building of a new school house the coming summer is contemplated. One has been needed for many years. The Grange offers to assist by placing a second story for a Grange Hall.

The Athens Messenger, Thursday, April 15, 1875

  • Rev. Geo W. Burns was last week elected President of the Nelsonville Christian Association.
    The Athens County Pioneer Association held its annual meeting at the M. E. Church in this place on Wednesday, April 7, 1875. The meeting was called to order by the President, Hon. N. H.VanVorhes and the minutes of the previous meeting read by the Secretary, A. B. Walker, Esq., which, on motion, were approved.
    The meeting then proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year, with the following result: President, Hon. N. H.VanVorhes; Vice President, Dr. Wm. Blackstone; Secretary A. B. Walker; Treasurer, Ho. E. H. Moore; Executive Committee, Judge Leouidus Jewett, Dr. E. G. Carpenter, George Putnam and Joseph Herrold.
    The Secretary reported the following deaths of members since the last annual meeting, to-wit: John N. Dean, June 23, 1874, in the 80th year of his age: Nathan Kinney, August 25, 1874, in the 93rd year of his age: Oliver Childs, February 3rd, 1875, in the 78th year of his age, and Nelson McCune, time of death and age not given.
    Mr. Hull Foster, who furnished the above statements, has been a resident of Athens 66 years, having settled her in 1809. Mr. Foster is now in his 80th year. His eye sight is so well preserved that he performs his work (shoemaking) unaided by glasses. In a single week, recently, he made two pairs of men's boots and two pairs of men's shoes. He uses a pair of nippers on his work that have been in use not less than 140 years, having originally belongs to Isaac Barker, father of the late Judge Barker.
    The following gentlemen were elected members of the Association: Hon. Jacob C. Frost, Judge L. Jewett, William Mason, Esq, and Mr. Hull Foster. Meeting of the Association then adjourned.

The Athens Messenger, Jan. 6, 1881

  • Mr. Chas. Brown, of the Congress Street Livery Stable, has, since the 1st of the month, the contract for conveying the M.& C. mails between the postoffice at the depot here.
  • Our several local ice packers had each large forces on the Hocking this week harvesting the fine quality of that article which the river supplied. It is estimated that enough ice would be stored in this locality to supply the local demand of two summers.

The Athens Messenger, January 13, 1881

  • An ice house just completed for Mr. Jas. Farrell, near Herrold's bridge, is the largest similar structure in or near Athens and, it is important to be added, is filled with enough ice of prime quality to supply Mr. Farrell's trade for two seasons, if necessary.

The Athens Messenger, Jan.11, 1883

  • A Nelsonville correspondent who evidently writes in no hopeful mood says: Times here are very dull. Transient miners are passing through here every day, seeking employment, and the men here are barely making a living, with a few exceptions. Since the Orbison Furnace has shut down a large number of men have been thrown out of employment. The times seem to be pinching harder and harder.

The Athens Messenger, Feb. 1, 1883

  • The residents in the region round-about the locality of Snake Hollow, this township, are in a state of mind regarding the depredations of a ravenous wild animal that is nocturnally raiding that region, indiscriminately feasting on dogs, sheep, calves and chickens, and even in several instances, so the rumor goes, attempting to enter rural dwellings. The nature of the marauder and whence he came are alike subjects of wondering speculation among the startled dwellers of that section.
  • We learn from Superintendent Thomas that the health of the Children's Home, continues gratifyingly and remarkably good, there only being but one case of sickness among the children there, and that not a very serious one. In this connection we direct attention to a call made in another column for donation to the Home of worn-out clothing, which is desired to give employment to the girl inmates in making carpet rags.

The Athens Messenger, Thursday Morning, February 15, 1883, pg 5

  • --Postmaster Kurtz and his corps of clerical assistants were during yesterday, as is usual on that anniversary, kept exhaustingly on their official feet post-marking and delivering valentines.
  • --Preliminary to clearing space for erection of Mr. David Dyson's new store room, opposite the MESSENGER office, the small frame structure which D. John A. Drame built there something over a year ago for a physician's office was this week removed to Mr. Geo. Gould's lot on Congress street.--The erection of the store room above named will partially shut out from front view one of the first brick residences put up in Athens, and which, we believe was already built when Uncle Hull Poster first took up his residence within our present corporate limits.
  • --At the State Convention in Columbus last week of the Superintendents and Trustees of Children's Homes, Superintendent W.A. Thomas, of the Athens Home, was appointed one of a committee of three on a General Code of By-Laws and System of Accounts, whose duty it shall be to collate the various recommendations of the Convention and submit them to all the Homes in the State for trial and ultimate adoption in case of their success.
  • --Many of the railroads will after the 1st of next month restrict the weight of commercial travelers' trucks to 250 pounds each. This will be hard on Ed. Johnson, the factotum of the Warren House, who never feels like sitting down to tackle a square meal until he has waltzed a couple of thousand pound trunks from the side walk into the baggage room in way of an appetizer.
  • --Those contemplating the establishment of fish ponds it will interest to know that one of the most important essentials in the successful breeding of carp, is that no other kinds of fish should be allowed ot occupy the same water with them, and every means should be provided, by screening or otherwise, to prevent other varieties from gaining admission into the pond, for when once there, their extermination is almost impossible, We learn from Mr. P.G. Evans, of Hibbardsville, that most of the carp in his pond have been destroyed by a different variety of fish.
  • --Mr. Dick McKinstry requests us to inform the public that in consequence of a failure to receive his supply of news print there will be no issue of the Albany Echo this week. The Echo, however, will appear next week as usual, when its editor will make such explanation of its brief suspension, as will no doubt prove satisfactory to its readers
  • --It will not disadvantage those from Athens and elsewhere who contemplate attending the widely advertised dog and chicken fights at Columbus next week to know in advance that public sentiment in that city is intently roused in opposition to the brutal exhibition and that those who participate therein will be quite likely to involve themselves in grave legal complications.
  • --It is expected that there will be more buildings erected in Nelsonville the coming spring and summer than during any single season in the history of that growing industrial center.
  • Carbondale:-The sports about Mineral City are devoting their leisure hours to chicken fighting. Some of the Carbondale boys claim to possess several pure bred flyers.
  • Carbondale:-The dollar a piece "skunk" hides has caused our modern Nimrods to exert themselves in searching for this odorous feline, and not a few of their pelts adorn the corn cribs, barns and other out buildings.
  • Carbondale:-Raccoon struck a high note one day last week and could she have maintained it navigation would be possible. But she has fallen after damaging the R.R. to such an extent as to detain the branch train in Mineral City for one day and to suspend work about the mines.
  • Carbondale:-R.J. Cotton is having the necessary building material sawed at Hewitt's mill with which to construct a dwelling house on the lot he recently purchased in Nelsonville.
  • West Canaan:-Lumber business in on the swing around Harmony this winter. Mr Amos Townsend has his portable saw mill set on Harvey Carpenter's farm south of Hocking, half mile below Harmony, where he is sawing lumber for Jas. Maxwel, Benj. Robinson and others. Jesse and Sam Warren hauled some logs that will average 800 feet cach.
  • West Canaan:-S.B. Hill, Geo. Sams, A.Hill and John Burt and Jas. Piles are putting in logs for another set on C.C. Prudens' farm, adjoining Harmony, to be sawed by John Williams
  • West Canaan:-We learn that Mr James Piles intends to build a frame dwelling the coming season.
  • West Canaan:-Messrs. Jesse Finsterwald and Clark Patterson, two enterprising gentlemen of Canaan, have just closed out their turkey trade, they having bought about 1500 for Mr. Warden of Athens.
  • West Canaan:-We have a splendid school at Harmony, taught by Miss Spaulding, who is a highly competent and popular teacher.
  • West Canaan:-We also have a writing school on Tuesday and Friday nights, taught by Morris Snow, who is an adept and skilful penman. This is his third term.
  • West Canaan:-Wheat looks bad in this vicinity. I have, however, examined several fields and find that there are more roots living than is generally supposed, the cause of its looking so bad being, as I claim, want of rain at the proper time, freezing, and being unprotected by snow, yet I think if the wearher conditions prove favorable hereafter we will yet have a half average crop.
  • West Canaan:-Stock of all kinds looks well. I know of sheep that haven't been in shed this winter that look splendid.
  • West Canaan:-There is more corn-fodder, hay and straw in this section than there has been for years at this time.
  • West Canaan:-Protracted meeting will commence at Clark's Chapel on the 25th of this month. We expect a general outpouring of the canaanites. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Mr.Monroe.

The Athens Messenger,Feb. 17, 1888

  • Dogs made another raid on Mr. Jos. Patton's sheep, killing two more and wounding others. They were the same dogs that but a few days before had killed several of the same flock.

The Athens Messenger and Herald, September 20, 1894

  • Jacksonville: Our schools opened Monday with Charles Bryson of Glouster as principal.
  • West Alexander: Blanche Robinson opened a two month's school in Wines district last Monday.
  • Woodyard - The new church was dedicated Sunday according to previous announcement. It will be now hereafter be known as Pearl Chapel.
  • Coolville - - The Coolville baseball club met the enemy in the shape of the torch boys Friday and were theirs. Score 28 to 15 in favor of Torch. This is the first game our boys have lost for two years.
  • York township outside of Nelsonville corporation voted "wet" by a majority of over two hundred in the special election on a local option proposition held on Thursday of last week.
  • A Farmer's Misfortune

    Our rural friend, Captain J. B. Allen, among many other excellent products on his farm west of town has this season grown a fine crop of watermelons. The former part of last week the Captain with his rig and the family "critter" started to deliver sixty fine specimens of the luscious product of the vine to the Insane Hospital and thereby hands a tale. While ascending a steep bank on the northwest side of the Hospital ground the single- tree suddenly broke, the shafts and harness parted company, the family horse was left alone and the rig, freighted with Captain Allen and the melons began a mad race for the bottom of the hill. Now, Captain Allen never was accused of faintheartedness or cowardice, so far as we know. He faced gallantly and unflinchingly many a rebel battery. But the idea of going to "Davy Jones' Locker" beneath a flood of bursted watermelons was not relished by the Captain. It was too inglorious a death for one of Captain Allen's experience. Besides, it was unnecessary in this case to sacrifice life mainly because Captain Lawrence said "Don't give up the ship" and refused to vacate the "burning deck." In less time than it takes us to write this, we opine, the Captain need that discretion which is the better part of valor and did what eleven out of ten right- thinking men would have done under similar circumstances - he jumped and was saved.
    Melons and wagon were well nigh a total wreck. The Captain takes the matter philosophically and we are told maintains that he has fulfilled to the letter his contract to furnish the institution with the melons "on the ground."
  • The following is a list of letters remaining in the post-office uncalled for September 17, 1894:

    • Brown, Mrs. A.R. Roan, Mrs. Anna
    • Bean, Miss Ida M. Sergent, Mrs. Mary
    • Boeox, John C. Vanhorn, Miss Mame
    • Brush, Mr. J.K. Wiliams, Mrs. Emma
    • Carsey, Wm. Wilson, Mrs. Emma
    • Carr, Miss Annie Walker, Prof. L.C.
    • Cross, Mrs. A.M. Walker, G. L.
    • Pierce, Mrs. Annie

The Athens Messenger, Oct. 2, 1932

  • Jacksonville: A group of young people, numbering about 115, attended a league get-together meeting at Trimble Methodist Church, Friday evening. Two new towns were welcomed into the meetings, Glouster and Mountville. Members from Glouster, Jacksonville, Trimble, Millfield, The Plains, and Mountville, were present. This will probably be the last get-together meeting for The Plains, as they are no longer included in the parish. Jacksonville's program consisted of : Saxopone solo by John Johnston, accompanied on the piano by Miss Edith Tinker; reading by Miss Iris Davis: vocal solo by Harold Robinette: reading by Charles Tinker. Members from Jacksonville League were: John Johnston, Elizabeth Ellen Rambo, Helen McCaskey, Harold Robinette, Edith Tinker, Charles Tinker, Noble Brunton, Wilbur Vern Householder, Delbert Tinkham, Bessie Swindell, Arvella Miller, Arlene Davis, Iris and Eloise Davis, Helen Guinther, Bill Miller, Margaret Shirkey.
  • Reedsville: A number of men from here are now employed in picking apples at the Webster Fruit Farm near Keno.

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