Gallia County, Ohio
First Tree Cut in Gallipolis
The gentleman is still alive (in his 92d year) who, in June, 1790, cut the first tree ever cut on the town plot of Gallipolis, Ohio. At that time there was a small settlement at Marietta and another at Cincinnati; the balance of Ohio was a wilderness; there were not, then, probably 1,000 white people in it altogether; now it contains near 2,500,000 inhabitants, and has been changed from a wilderness to one of the best agricultural States in the Union. Who ever before, in a single life, witnessed such a change? ["Scientific American" - 6 June 1860 - Pg. 390]
A case of longevity, Mr. Richard Deckard was born in New Jersey in 1766, which will make him about one hundred and eight years old. He served one term against the "Distilery Boys," after which he married Hannah Eagle of Virginia, came to Ohio in 1812, and settled in Huntington township, where he now lives. He can walk several miles with considerable ease. He was immersed a few years ago by J. C. Nye, being perhaps the oldest man ever baptized in this county. [Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 12, 1874 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]
County Statistics for 1874
During the year ending March 31, 1874, there were 659 births in the county. During the same time there were 187 deaths. Of the births 10 were illegitimate; 62 were colored. There were 259 marriages during this time. September and December lead off in the number of marriages, with 33 and 38 respectively, 8 persons were sent to the insane asylum. [Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 22, 1874 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]
The Gallipolis and Columbus Railroad
Our Gallipolis friends are very jubilent over the fact that their railroad is no longer a paper line, but a substantial reality. Track laying is being pushed with vigor, five miles of the road now being ready, awaiting rolling stock. The engine to draw the construction train arrived on Thursday. As it passed Point Pleasant, the engineer and fireman raised steam and the engine gave out the most unearthly screams, which was to signal for attracting the entire populace of Gallipolis to the landing to witness its arrival, Thursday night will long be remembered by the citizens of Gallipolis. Charleston Courier. [Source: "Wheeling Daily Register" (WV), 14 FEB 1878]
Eagle Furnace Property Sold
Gallipolis, November 10. -- The Eagle furnace property, situated on the line of the railroad now building between here and the Marietta crossing, and embracing -- six thousand acres of valuable ore and coal deposits, and which was owned by William Shober, C. W. Henking, P. A. Sands and Wellington Hawkins, of this city, was this day sold, and conveyance executed to James A. Simmons, for the sum of $40,000 cash. [Source: "Wheeling Register" (WV); 12 NOV 1879]
Gallipolis, Ohio: Captains John A. Hamilton and Jas. McClurg are taking the preliminary steps for the construction of a street railroad in this city, to run the lengths of Second and Third streets and connect with the railroad depot, a distance of about two miles. [Source: "Wheeling Register"; (WV) 12 NOV 1879]
The duty of the City Council in regard to the Town Clock is plain and without excuse. The facts are not disputed. Two years ago the County Commissioners, after conference with the Seth Thomas Clock Co., decided to buy the present Town Clock for the sum of $1050, provided the City Council would pay $400 of this sum. The Council voted to pay this $400, and entered its action upon record. That is plain and binding.
Afterwards, the same City Council not satisfied with what it had done, but believing that the Clock ought to have illuminated dials, in called session voted another $450 for these dials, and again pledged its honor and that of the city to pay this $450 to the Commissioners, making a total of $850, if the Commissioners would contract for a Clock with said illuminated dials, involving altogether an expense of $1500. The contract was accordingly made. Still plain and binding.
What next? When pay day came the City Council refused to pay the $450 for the illuminated dials, alleging in bar that they were not what the agent promised. Suppose they were not, whose fault is it? Not the Commissioners certainly, for they had nothing to do with the purchase, except, after assurances from the City Council that it would pay for the same, embodying them in the contract with the Seth Thomas Clock Co. The Commissioners alike refused to pay, and suit was brought on the contract. Here was an opportunity for the city to make good its charges of fraud. It failed to appear in Court, and the Commissioners, having no valid defense to offer, promptly settled the suit by payment in full.
The City Council is alone in default. It has but one course to pursue--make good its promises and pledges. The Commissioners simply occupied the position of endorsers, and to ask or compel them to pay your debts is an outrage upon good-faith. Such a transaction in private affairs would not bear investigation.
We can find no excuse for the Council. It contracted to pay $850 toward the purchase of the Clock, and its plain duty is to stand by its clearly expressed promises. [Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 30, 1880; Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]