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CO 1622 Allegheny - Largest Class on C&O Railroad at G. B. Cabin Coaling Station Omega
Looking North about 1 Mile north of G. B. Cabin Telegraph Station At Rt. 335 November 1950
Picture #CO1274 Courtesy of Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society & Jim Henry

In 1947 The C&O completed their new coaling and watering station, called "GB" for their steam locomotives.  Within 10 years diesel-electric had replaced steam so the facility became unused.


Floyd Davis and Farm Machine
Big Rock in East Jackson Township,

Big Rock

Former Post Offices

Carr's Run Post Office
latitude: 39.09583 longitude: -82.8675 elevation (ft/m): 725/221
history: Established on 5 January 1889, discontinued on 14 January 1905; mail to Given PO.

This Post Office was located in the Thornton Store (last name used for the store) that stood on east side of Carrs Run at about the current 4702 Carrs Run Road.  The store was closed before 1932.  In 1932 the store and 119 acres was sold for $1000.

Peter Leist was postmaster. Citizens living along the northern end of Carr's Run wanted a post office near them as the closet post office was more than four miles away.  They began petitioning government officials in 1887 for a post office and Leist's Jackson township store received the short contract.

Hay Hollow Post Office

A short lived post office with James Givens as the postmaster.

Linn Post Office
latitude: 39.10139 longitude: -82.81389 elevation (ft/m): 764/233
history: Established on 9 July 1880, discontinued on 31 March 1914; mail to Beaver Post Office.

Mitchum B. Smith was appointed the first postmaster. Thomas Smith and John Rubel were other postmasters to serve this post office.

Omega Post Office
latitude: 39.15139 longitude: -82.90972 elevation (ft/m): 587/179
history: Established in August 1837, discontinued in August 1935; mail to Waverly PO.

Sinai Post office

This post office was opened March 12, 1901 with John W. Tanner (11 Jun 1872-1 Nov 1945 buried Mt. Sinai cemetery) as the postmaster. At this time Sinai boasted three stores, a church (Mt. Sinai), a constable's office, a bicycle shop, and a hard cider saloon. It closed March 3, 1904


John W. Tanner Tombstone



Interesting Links

Buffalo Wallow On Pancake Trail

Descendants of John R. Jackson This site makes reference to slave owner James Jackson freeing his slaves and giving them each a parcel of land in Jackson Township. Also a reference to John owning a large tract of land.

Christopher Brown A resident of Jackson township, in Pike county. Pike County Republican, Pike County, Ohio November 20, 1873

Information About Pike Co., Poor House


Notes about Jackson Township

Land area 51.5 Sq. Miles covering 32,160 acres

Lakes and reservoirs: Jackson Lake, Hay Hollow Reservoir.

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Wilson Run, Jackson Run, Mutton Run, Moore Run, Moores Run, Hickson Run, Bee Lick, and Carrs Run.


 Gold In Pike Hills

Gold In Pike Hills 2

8 June 1950 The Republican Herald






Historical Study of the Negro in Jackson Township, Pike County Ohio

     The (African Americans ) who live in Jackson Township today are offspring from the slaves which migrated to this section of the country back in  the year 1823.
     Their primary purpose for leaving the South was to escape slavery, of course.  It is said that they came from Monroe County, VA.
     Their leader was Mr. Walker, a great grandfather of Cletis Jackson of Jackson Township.
     Mr. Walker was a school teacher and minister of the Baptist faith.  Most to the people who settled in this area were descendants from the Walkers or Raglands.
     Mr. Walker migrated from Virginia with 75 slaves. They had stopped only for sleep and long enough to prepare what food they had to eat.
     The reason for the African Americans to settle in this hilly land at this time was, because the land here was cheaper than it was in the Chillicothe area.
     The land in Jackson Township was around 50 cents an acre, but almost $50.00 an acre in the Chillicothe area.
     When the 75 slaves reached this area, they had no homes, clothing, money or anything else, except what they could carry.
     So, they used the old family get together plan and helped each other clear the land for crops and cut logs to construct their houses or some sort of shelter.
     In 1823, there were Indian not far from this area.  This made it necessary to secure protection from the Indians as well as wild animals.
     History tells us there were Indians in this territory until 1825.  This was just a few years after the Battle of Point Pleasant.  The War of 1812 had their troubles with the Indians, especially Tecumseh, who was chief of the Shawnee.
     There is no record of the Indians attacking the African Americans, but there is little doubt that there have been a few killed.
     These African Americans reached Ohio during the term served by Jeremiah Morrow, a Republican (not the present party as it was formed over 25 years later) from Warren County.
     Some of the activities going on in Ohio at this time were the great canals being constructed over the state including the Ohio and Erie, which was completed through Pike County in 1832.
     Small log houses were usually built in this county at that time.  The people had to grow all they wanted to eat.  They didn't have the money to buy everything (and many of our staple items of today were not even available.)
     These people raise corn, potatoes, one or two head of hogs. a few chickens and a cow if they were fortunate.
     There were no schools, churches or stores in this section.  Mr. Walker started a small school of his own in Jackson Township a few years later.
     He had a few books he had brought with him from Virginia.
     To explain the school a little more -- it was the teacher on one end of the log and the student on the other.
     He taught them reading, writing, arithmetic and possibly some geography.  Mr. Walker received no salary for the work conducting the school.

1 Jul 1959 Waverly News written by Paul Mendel Schrader a graduate of Beaver High School

Mrs. Jennings Anderson, Correspondent
     Everyone welcomed with thankful hearts the wonderful rain we had Saturday night and Sunday evening, reviving pastures, gardens and lawns.
     The Grandview Sunday School is progressing nicely under Supt. Jennings Anderson and has a very nice attendance.  Anyone who is not attending Sunday School in other places is invited to come and meet with us.
     Eugene Thompson, of Columbus, has been spending the summer with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Coy.
     Maxine Anderson , who is now employed at the National Fireworks , attended a picnic at Buckeye Lake Sunday.  While there she purchased several nice souvenirs.
    Ernie Hauser still make his way out to Sunday School every Sunday morning.
    Mr. and Mrs. Willie Stevens have built a new home and expect to move in soon.
    The two Irvin girls, Mildred and Beulah, were seen painting their home a few days ago.  Good work girls, keep it up.
     Kathleen and Dale Anderson attended the carnival in Chillicothe last week.
     Pvt. Paul Coy reports to his parents that he is with the Signal Corps somewhere in Southern France.
    T-5 Marvin Anderson, who has been in the service three years and overseas 27 months says that he is very sorry that he isn't an engineer, as they are needed so badly in the war.  He says they are still building bridges, one after the other.
    Leo Anderson has arrived back at Port Chicago, Calif., after spending a 15-day furlough with his parents and friends.

1945 The Waverly Watchman


Anna Anderson Hickman, age 77, of Hay Hollow Road, Chillicothe, Ohio, died Thursday afternoon, February 26, 2009 in a fire at her residence. 

remains of Ann Hickman home

Anna Anderson Hickman, age 77, of Hay Hollow Rd. , Chillicothe, Ohio, died Thursday, February 26, 2009 at her residence. She was born March 17, 1931 in Pike County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Walter and Dorothy Woods Anderson. On December 22, 1951 she was united in marriage to Charles Hickman who preceded her in death July 6, 2006. She is survived by two sons, Gary (Debi) Hickman and Craig Hickman both of Chillicothe, Ohio , three daughters, Sherry (John) Cline of Pennsylvania, Cindy (Jim) Allen of Jackson, Ohio and Teena (Paul) Howard of Chillicothe, Ohio, six grandsons, Marc Cline of Rawleigh, North Carolina, Shawn Hickman of Columbus, Ohio, Matt Cline of Concord Virginia, Charlie Hickman of Chillicothe, Ohio, Ray Howard of Chillicothe, Ohio and Bobby Stevens of Columbus, Ohio and sixteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother Kenneth Wickline. Anna graduated from Waverly High School and worked as a cook for Waverly City Schools for many years. Graveside services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, March 6, 2009 at Hay Hollow Cemetery with Roger Tomlison officiating. Friends may call 4-8 P.M. Thursday at the Botkin Funeral Home in Waverly.


Omega Tree Victim Improves

         Floyd Claytor, of Omega, who had a tree fall on him Thanksgiving Day, has been returned home from Grant Hospital and is showing steady improvement.
    After being caught and pinned to the ground by the tree, Claytor was rushed to the hospital in the Gregg Ambulance where it was found necessary to amputate the right leg, which was crushed. His left leg was also broken and at present he is able to be up on crunches.

1933 The Waverly Watchman


    It is understood that as soon as the weather conditions are right the County Commissioners will gravel the Waverly-Omega road.  The gravel will come from the new pit on the Clough farm. The Waverly Watchman 20 Jan 1927

     Following a suit last fall the Pike County Commissioners forced the C. and O. Railroad to widen the road at a point north of G. B. station, two miles southeast of Waverly.  The railroad company used a steam shovel and made a cut for a distance of 1-4 mile in order to widen the pike.  As a result of widening the road, the railroad fill at this point gave way.  A force of men is being kept constantly raising the tracks in order to keep traffic moving.  Two night watchmen on shifts from 6 o’clock until midnight and from midnight until daylight are constantly on duty.  It will probably take a year for this new fill to settle and make railroad traffic absolutely safe.

6 March 1930 The Waverly Watchman




     Welby Acord, of East Jackson Township was held up Monday afternoon about four o’clock by two men in a black Hudson sedan and relieved of his gold watch and $2.  Acord was dragging a township road at the time of the holdup near Floyd Anderson’s store, the robbers stopped their car a short distance from him and one of them stuck a gun in his face while the other relieved him his valuables.  Harry Bauer was stopped by the same pair and it reported that Ike Allen, of String town, at Gregg’s Hill, was held up and $10 taken from him.

20 March 1930 The Waverly  Watchman

Note: Floyd Anderson's store was located at intersection of 335 and Watson Road where Shirley's grocery is now located.


Mead Pulp and Paper Company, to J. O. Irwin, 30 acres in Jackson township: $1.

24 June 1926 News Watchman


Charles Wesley Rose Tombstone Walter W. Anderson Tombstone

Father Of Six Crushed To Death

     A Pike County father of six children died Tuesday afternoon in Pike County Hospital as a result of severe chest injuries sustained three hours earlier in an accident on the Everett Streitenberger farm near Omega. 
      Pike County Sheriff Jesse H. Foster reported Charles Rose, 47, Rt. 2, Chillicothe, died of a crushed chest which resulted when he was pinned between a truck and the wall of a corn crib.  The mishap occurred at approximately 11:40 A. M. when Rose was working on the farm with Streitenberger, William Anderson and Walter Anderson.  According to Sheriff Foster the victim was standing in the rear of the corn crib behind the truck when Walter Anderson moved the vehicle in order to line it up in a straight position.  Rose apparently moved and was hit and rolled by the bed of the truck and crushed against the crib, the sheriff stated.   
     His fellow workers rushed the injured man to Pike County Hospital
where he died at about 3 P. M.  Rose and his family reside on the old Accord homestead in Jackson Township located on the River Road [now Watson Road ] between State Rt. 335 and Richmond Dale. 
     Charles Wesley Rose, was a native of Ross County , born on April 21, 1913 , the son of George E. and Mary (Baxter) Rose.  His mother, Mrs. Mary Rose still survives and resides on Chillicothe Rt. 2.  Also surviving is his wife, Viola Mae (Jones) Rose; four sons, Wilbur Wesley, Clinton Daniel, Samuel Lee, and Gerald Leo Rose, and two daughters, Wilma Jean and Sarah Mae Rose, all at home; three brothers, Henry Rose and Andy Rose, both of Waverly, Rt. 3 and William Rose of Chillicothe, Rt. 7; and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Cisco and Mrs. Sadie Lewis, both of Waverly, Rt. 3.  The body is at the A. H. Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly pending funeral arrangements." [ Hay Hollow Cemetery] 13 Apr 1961  


Former Omega Resident is Killed In Fall of Concrete Blocks At Rosemount Road Saturday
James Cutlip Was Also Injured

     Sam Harris, 40, of Rosemount Road, and the father of four children was killed instantly and James Cutlip, 59, suffered a broken left ankle about 9 o'clock Saturday morning when a section of the front of a winter riding stable they were working on at the Roger A. Shelby farm, Rosemount Road,, gave way and more than one hundred concrete blocks fell on them.
     The two men, according to workmen, were hired by Mr. Selby and were in the act of hauling some of the concrete blocks into the stable which was nearing completion, when the top  of the front wall gave way, and the blocks fell on the two men.  Harris was dead when Lynn's ambulance arrived.  He suffered a fractured skull.
     Workmen rushed to the assistance of the injured men and carried them from the building and called a physician and Lynn's ambulance, from Portsmouth.  One of the men moved Cutlip to the Portsmouth General Hospital in an automobile.  When the ambulance arrived, Harris was dead, and the driver summoned Coroner Virgil Fowler, of Scioto County, before moving the body.  Coroner Fowler stated that death was due to a fractured of the skull and gave his verdict as accidental death.  The body was moved to the Lynn morgue.
     Harris lived on the Selby farm with his wife and four children.  All of the children are ill with measles.
     He was a former resident of Omega, but moved to Rosemount several years ago.
     He is survived by his wife; three sons: Curtis, 8; Billy, 7; and Stanley,4 and one daughter, Seely, 2 one brother, Corbett

Samuel C. Harris 25 March 1930

The body of Samuel C. Harris, 40, of Rosemount Road, who was killed Saturday morning while working on the Roger Selby farm, Rosemount Road, when a concrete wall fell on him and crushed his skull, was moved to Omega for burial Tuesday.  The funeral services were held in the Omega Church at 2:00 o’clock, p.m., with Rev. John Kemper, of Sciotoville in charge.  Interment was in the Omega cemetery.

20 Mar 1930 The Waverly Watchman



    Mrs. Helen Newton, 23, of near Omega, is in a serious condition in a Chillicothe hospital, suffering from a compound fracture of the skull at the base of the brain, received in an auto accident near the Gehres farm, one mile north of Waverly on the Omega road at six p.m. Saturday.
    Harry Newton, husband  of the injured woman, Mrs. Newton and their family, were returning from Waverly to their home at Omega, when a car door came open and Mrs. Newton fell out of the car.
    She struck the highway and was picked up unconscious.
    Dr. L. E. Wills administered first aid and Mrs. Newton was taken to the Chillicothe hospital in the Gregg ambulance.  2 Jul 1936 The Republican Herald


Jackson Township Primaries

    Convention met at Sharonville Saturday, April 12th, and elected John Blain chairman and J. F. Condon Secretary,  The following delegates to attend the county convention at Waverly 
    Delegates--J. D. Corwine, J. W. Corwine, Joseph Foster, Hohn Blain, R. S. McCoppin, C. W. Marshall, J. D. Scott, W. H. Dykes and G. W. Crocker.
    Alternates--G. W. Wood, Joel Cummins, S. C. Foster, J. B. Ray, F. M. Hays, W. H. Blain, C. A. McMillin, W. T. Scott and S. W. Jones.
    The convention selected J. D. Corwine and R. S. McCoppin as members of the Central Committee from Jackson township and then adjourned.  April 1884 The Republican


Services Are Held For Man Killed By Train

     Services for Albert Cottrell, 77, Higby, who was killed by a train at 1:38 a.m. Thursday, near Omega, were held at two p.m. Saturday from the Allen chapel at Mt. Sinai with the Rev. Olin Willace, Chillicothe, Route 2, officiating.  Burial was in the Allen chapel cemetery under the direction of the Boyer Funeral home.     Mr. Cottrell was born in Pike county on October 31st, 1872, the son of Hiram and Arminda Vanski Cotterell.    
     Mr. Cottrel had stepped in to the path of a speeding N. & W. freight train and me instant death. 
     The body, practically every bone in which was broken, was identified at the Boyer funeral home about 8 hours later by a son, Warren Cottrel, with whom the elderly man had made his home.   
     The son said Mr. Cottrell had a habit of arising in the middle of the night and wandering away  from the house.    
     Charles Ross, engineer, said the man stepped directly into the path of the engine.  The body was hurled 27 feet, landing on the southbound tracks of the two track road,  The train was northward bound and was traveling at the rate of 50 miles an hour, the engineer said.
     The tragedy was investigated by Sheriff Jesse Foster, Deputy Sheriff Ralph Davis and Coroner Dr. Mack E. Moore.    
     Nothing was found on the body in the way of identification and it was removed to the funeral home.  The son, noting the absence of his father and learning that a man had been hit by a train during the night, went to the funeral home and made the identification.     
     Mr. Cotterell had wandered more than 5 miles from the son's home.  It is six miles from Higby to Omega.   
     Mr. Cotterell, a retired farm laborer, is survived by another son, Clarence, of Portsmouth; a daughter, Miss Mary Cottrell, of Higby; two sisters, Mrs. Ed Detillion, Waverly; and Mrs. Henry Saxton, of Omega, and a brother, Amsie, of Route 8. Chillicothe.  Also six grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive. 
8 Jun 1950 The Republican Herald
    Mr. George W. Corwin, a former prominent citizen of this place, but for the past fifteen years a resident of Carthage, Mo., was called to Sharonville a few days ago by the serious illness of his sister, Mrs. George Saxon. 3 Oct 1884 The Republican

   We understand that our old friend, Levi Shirkey, will be a candidate for trustee of Jackson township at the approaching election. Oh Shirkey! How we would like to vote for you!  Come over and run in Pee Pee where you sold the turkeys last winter.  What a rep. you have over here for truth and veracity, and what an excellent official you would make--for yourself!  What an excellent head funds Shirkey has to distribute among the poor and "onery," especially among the "ornery."  Well go in Shirkey.   3 Apr 1885 The Republican


   On last Tuesday the house occupied by Abraham Simon, John Kuhn and Jacob Pancake situated on the Pancake farm about three miles above Omega was consumed by the flames  with nearly all the household good and farming utensils belonging to those parties.  Even the personal effects of the parties were lost, their clothing not being saved.  Mr. Simon lost also sixteen head of hogs by the flames communicating with an out building,  His total losses are placed at about $2200.  The other parties losses were much less.
    The building belonged to the Pancake estate.  Persons who have been on the site since the fire represent a very distressing condition of affairs existing about the scene of the conflagration.  3 April 1885 The Republican


Simmons Log Cabin home on Carr's Run Rd.

 Log Cabin Home as of 21 March 2009 built by Sam Simmons Grandfather, located in front of Carr's Run Cemetery on Carr's Run. Sam's mother and dad lived in it till they built the house on the hill across the road form the cabin. Sam and his wife lived in it for a while after they were married.  

SIMMONS, SAMUEL D., "89, of Carr's Run Road , Beaver, died at the home of his son, Gary Simmons, 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2006 .  He was born August 9, 1917 , in Pike County , a son of the late Anderson and Ocie (Harris) Simmons. He was a member of Liberty Valley AME Church of Beaver and was retired from the Goodyear Atomic Corporation. He is survived by wife, Clarice Jackson; 2 sons, Gary (Patricia) Simmons of Waverly, Calvin (Margo) Jackson of CA; 2 daughters, Cheryl (William) Johnson of Augusta, GA, Phyllis Brown of Columbus, OH; stepdaughter, Peggy Rollins, and stepson, Littleton Jackson, both of Columbus, OH; sister, Hester (Douglas) Cosby of Ray, OH; brother, Thomas Simmons of Columbus, OH; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, and Katie Simmons of Columbus, OH. Also surviving are lifelong devoted friends, Dolly Cotton and Wayne Scott, both of Beaver, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Sandra Jackson, brothers John and Joe, and 5 sisters, Cora Simmons, Inez Jackson, Mary Trent, Sarah Palmore, Hannah Simmons.  Funeral services are planned for 12:00 noon Saturday at the Liberty Valley AME Church, Carr's Run Road, Beaver, with Rev. Everett Rucker officiating. Burial in Carr's Run Cemetery . The family will receive friends at the Cox Funeral Home in Beaver Friday from 4-8 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service." 27 Oct 2006 Chillicothe Gazette & 29 Oct 2006 The Pike Co. News Watchman
Rider Store on Rt. 335

Riders store and family home behind store.
picture courtesy of Harry Rider

former Bolts Store

Originally Rider's store built late 1940s by Harry Rider's dad, John, and sold to John Crane in 1975. It then was called Crane's store.  Any one know the year it was sold to the Bolts and became Bolts Store? It is now for sale. Picture taken 18 April 2008



Probe Death Of Airman

    The Sheriff's Department of Pike and Jackson Counties and Air Police from Lockbourne Air Force Base at Columbus are continuing their investigation of the death of a young airman from the Waverly area who died last Sunday evening.
Richard (Dickie) Bauer, 20, of Omega, died after being involved in a "friendly" scuffle at a tavern on U.S. 35.
    Bauer's young wife and three month-old daughter were unaware of the tragedy until reaching Bauer's home at Omega.  The airman called his wife in California and she was enroute here to spend the furlough with her husband.
    The boxing match occurred at Trippies, a tavern on Route 35 in Jackson County, near the Ross county line.
    The youth was pronounced dead on arrival at Pike County Hospital at 7:30 P.M. Sunday.
    Sheriff Jesse H. Foster of Pike County and John Evans of Jackson County reported that Bauer and a friend, Frank Bandy, 21, of Waverly, engaged in a friendly bout outside Trippies.
    When witnesses noticed Bauer lying on the ground they moved him to the hospital.
    The youth arrived home last Friday from a tour of duty in Greenland.  He was an a 15-day furlough for a kidney ailment and telephoned his wife to join him here.
    According to authorities, Bauer, Marvin Leffler, 17, William Leffler, 20, and Randy Harrison, 23, all of Waverly, Rt. 3 and Alfred Maloy, 17, of Chillicothe, Rt. 2 met near Omega and decided to go to Trippies.  Officials said the two youths long-time friends, decided to box.
    William Leffler moved Mr. Bauer to the hospital in the Bandy car.
    Dr. Paul Jones, Pike County coroner and Dr. Charles Gaskill, Jackson County corner, examined the body.  Ross county officials assisted in the investigation.
    The corners reported lacerations and bruises were found about the face and head and scratches on the hands and back but none serious to cause death.
    Charles Richard (Dick) Bauer,20, of the Omega community was born in Pike county on February 29, 1940 a son of Charles and Norma (Stubbs) Bauer of Waverly Rt. 3.
    In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Renee (Daudevier) of Yuba City, California; a daughter, three month old Becky Katharine; a brother, Robert Bauer at home; two sisters, Mary and Diana Bauer, both at home; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bauer of Omega and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Stubbs of Pleasant Corners, (Ohio), near Columbus.
    Bauer was a member of the Waverly High School 1958 class and joined the Air Force Sept.4, 1958.
    Funeral services have been set for 2 P.M. Thursday at the Christian Union Church at Omega with Rev. Marion Conkel and Rev. Paul Marhoover officiating.  Burial will follow in Omega Cemetery under the direction of the A. H. Boyer Funeral Home of Waverly.
    Friends called at the Bauer residence until the funeral hour.

Waverly Watchman 10 Nov 1960
The Ohio Senate (2003-2004) issued a commendation "honoring the Catawba Tribe of Carr's Run". 
"On behalf of the members of the Senate of the 125th General Assembly of Ohio, we are pleased to pay tribute to the Catawba Tribe of  Carr's Run on its innumerable contributions to the State of Ohio.

Historically called Catawba by Americans, the Saponi Nation was formed when the Cayuga and Catawba tribes, led by John Logan, united in 1674 and settled in the area that became Chillicothe. Also known as the Toderigeroonies, the members of the Saponi Nation are the heirs and descendants of the former Ohio River Valley Sioux and are made up of the groups called Aganatchi, Occaneechi, Moneton, Monacan, Saponi, Tutelo, Ofo, Keyauwee, Meipontski, Stegaraki, Cheraw, Stuckenock, and Ena. The fabric of America is woven with many threads, each contributing to its strength, but lest the fabric be weakened, each nationality group must maintain pride in its identity. We applaud the Catawba Tribe of Carr's Run on retaining its ethnic heritage over the centuries and on contributing to the greater society and to Ohio history.

Thus, with sincere pleasure, we recognize the Catawba Tribe of Carr's Run and salute all those who have preserved its vital culture over the years."

Senator Doug White, President of the Ohio Senate, Senator Ray Miller, 15th Senatorial District, and Senator John A. Carey, Jr., 17th Senatorial District signed the commendation.

Catawba Tribe Web site  

J. W. Overly, Well Known Citizen, Dies

      J. W. Overly, 80, prominent resident of Jackson township died suddenly at his home Saturday about 8 p.m., following a stroke of paralysis.  He was a magistrate in Jackson township for years.  He was the grandfather of Probate Judge Will H. Acord. 
      He is survived by four sons; Oscar of Illinois; Albert and Ray at the home and Edgar of Jackson twp., three daughter Mrs. Ollie Acord of Richmondale; Mrs. Maude Hartley of Waverly and Mrs. Nora Maple of Jackson.  Funeral service were held Monday at Allen Chapel in Jackson twp. with the Rev. W. L. Reisinger in charge and burial was made in the Allen Chapel Cemetery. 

The Waverly Watchman 19 Feb 1931



Acord, Will H. (1896-1977) —  Born in Jackson Township, 14 March 1896. Son of Joseph G. Acord and Edna (Overly) Acord. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; school teacher; probate judge in Ohio, 1924-67; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died in the Chillicothe Veterans Hospital, Ross County, Ohio, 16 September 1977. Interment at Evergreen-Union Cemetery, Waverly.


River Bridge at Omega ca 1900's

Pictured are repairmen replacing the wooden floor of the bridge.  This bridge ca 1900's spanned the Scioto River from Omega to River Road.  This was the last bridge of this design built in Pike County.

Newton Homestead

Newton homestead was located near Omega and was built after the 1913 Flood

Life of Herschel Hartley snuffed Out Instantly When Wagon and 25 Railroad Ties Crush Him in the Bed of Small Creek

    Herschel Hartley, aged 22, son of Frank Hartley, of East Jackson township, Pike County, was instantly killed Saturday morning when a wagon loaded with ties broke through a bridge and toppled over upon him.
    Hartley had a contract to haul some ties from a neighboring farm to the village of Omega and had 26 ties on his wagon at the time of the accident.
    The accident occurred on the Wilson Run road about one mile west of the above named village.  As the load was a heavy one Hartley was walked beside the wagon and as the vehicle was dragged on the small bridge one side of the structure gave way and Hartley was caught between the wagon and the creek bed.  His back was broken, skull crushed, jaw broken, shoulder broken and face badly mutilated.
    Passersby on the road who were near the bridge at the time, hurried to the scene of the accident and dragged the ties and wagon off young Hartley's body hoping he might yet be alive.  He was dead however, when his rescuers uncovered his body.
    The body was taken to Omega, and Dr. F. C. Metzger, Corner, was notified.  He examined the body and ordered the body prepared for burial by J. C. Gehres, of this city.
    Hartley is survived by his father and step-mother and several brothers and sisters.  Burial was made at the Omega cemetery Monday.
Waverly Watchman 17 Feb. 1921

BEAVER--The home of Arthur Jackson, colored, of Big Run, about four miles from Beaver, and its entire contents were destroyed by fire which started from a defective flue, about eight o'clock Sunday morning.  Jackson was away from the home when the fire started and his wife was unable to cope with the flames which soon destroyed the house.  A corn crib nearby, filled with corn, caught fire but Jackson arrived on the scene in time to save the crib and its contents. 

22 Feb 1926 Waverly Watchman


John William Sibole July 1960


Aged Pike Man Dies As Flames Level Home

     An 89-year-old Pike County pensioner lost his life early last Sunday morning when flames destroyed his one-story, five room, log home located on the Meadow Run Road in Jackson Township.
     Pike County Sheriff Jesse H. Foster listed the dead man as John William Sibole, Rt. 1 Waverly.  Sibole's body was found lying near the front door virtually cremated.
     Sibole's home was located 2.2 miles southeast of the River Road approximately seven miles east of Waverly.
     The tragedy was discovered at about 9 A.M. by a neighbor, John Bandy, who was passing the location.  Bandy went to the home of Fred Topping, Sibole's brother-in-law, who notified authorities.
     Sheriff Foster was assisted with his investigation by Deputy Sheriffs Raymond Scowden and James Beekman.  Pike County Corner Dr. Paul Jones conducted an inquiry at the scene and ruled accidental death by burning.
     The remains were removed to the Howe Funeral Home in Piketon.
     Mr. Topping told the sheriff deputies that his brother-in-law had a habit of rising at 5 A. M. each day and cooking his breakfast on a single-unit hotplate.
     Officers theorized that the plate caught the house on fire and that the elderly Sibole couldn't escape from the log structure.
     The hotplate was found several feet from the kitchen leading officers to believe he had thrown it from the house.
     Mr. Topping, owner of the destroyed house, said he carried no insurance on the log home of his relative.
     John William Sibole was born in Ross County on March 23, 1871, the son of Jacob and Mary Jane (Edgton) Sibole.  His wife Margaret preceded him in death in 1948.
     Surviving is one brother, Jacob (Quinn) Sibole of Springfield.
     Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Howe Funeral Home in Piketon with the Rev. Alvin Denny officiating.  Burial followed in the Omega Cemetery.

21 Jul 1960 Waverly Watchman


Kerosene Explodes and Former Omega Citizen Dies In Chillicothe Hospital
     Joseph Sheets, aged 36, married who resides on a farm  near Gillespieville, Ross County, died in the Chillicothe City Hospital Friday afternoon about 4 o'clock as the result of burns received Friday when a coal stove which he was lighting with kerosene, blew up.
     The fatal accident occurred at Sheets' home early Friday.  He was in the act of lighting the kitchen stove and was using kerosene to start the fire.  It exploded in his face and ignited his clothing.  He was badly burned about the face and the upper part of the body.
     Sheets ran into the yard and a hired man came to his assistance and threw water on him, putting the flames out.  A physician was called from Gillespieville and ordered the injured man removed to the Chillicothe Hospital.
     Sheets was a former resident of this county and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sheets, of Omega.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Leona A. Sheets, a five year old son; his father and mother and seven brothers and sisters.
Feb 1927 The Waverly Watchman
Charles A. Landrum & Charles David Higby

1950 Waverly Watchman
Charles Landrum, Mail Carrier

Charles A. Landrum, Mail carrier.  Waverly route from Higby depot about 1910

Charles began carrying mail 5 Feb. 1907.  He would receive the locked pouches and delivered to post offices at Antonio on Wilson Run, Alma, Stony Creek, Pride and after going over Divide Hill, he went through Moss Hollow, traveled to Waller Post Office (later Massieville) then through Snake Hollow and down to the State Dan where the Scioto River fed the canal at Three Locks nearby the N&W Railway coal tipple and water tower and back to Higby a round trip of 57 miles.


Billy & Jack Rider in Korea

The men and women of the Jackson Township Fire Department

2008 Jackson Twp. Fire Department

Front Row (L-R): Assistant Chief Don Cuckler, James Harris, Amber Harris, Jessica Keaton, Cathy Hopkins and Janelle Stanley. Back Row (L-R) Walt Harris, Fire Captain Mike Reisinger, Mike Osborn, Jeremy Pryor, Nate Cuckler, Mindy Cuckler, Fire Chief Mike Stanley.  Not pictured: Fire Lt. Brad Jones, Fire Lt. Bill Bice, Dough Edgell, Dave Edgell, Melissa Reisinger, Jack Harris, Jeremy Adkins, and Todd Trent.

Jackson Twp. Fire Dept. Web site  
Jackson Twp. booth

Passing out fire safety literature

 Jackson Township Fire department booth as seen at the 2008 Dogwood festival


18044 St. Rt. 335 Fire Dec 18, 2009
Rt. 335 Fire E. Jackson Twp

A house fire sends 5 people out in the cold early Friday Morning Dec. 18, 2009 at 18044 St. Rt. 335 in East Jackson Township, Pike Co., Ohio. 

At 1:46 a.m. a call came into 911 and East Jackson's volunteer fire department and emergency services responded to the emergency. Pike County Sheriff's department was on hand to control traffic at the scene.  The occupants inside the home when the fire broke out were Jerry Harris, Melissa Anderson, her two sons, and one of the son's girl friends.  Thankfully, no one was injured during the fire.  The home was completely destroyed.  The fire is believed to have been started by the wood burning stove. The home is owned by Jerry's sister, Catherine Trent, of 16678 Rt. 335.   Ms. Trent had insurance on the home; however, the renter had no insurance on the contents. Reporting Tyrone Hemry & Lynnella (Hemry) Murray

Fire at 18044 St. Rt. 335 Waverly                                    Fire at E. Jackson Twp.

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