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by Alice Sautter

After the Scioto River lowlands were inundated during the 1913 flood, the imposing residence of the Newton Foster family near Omega was moved to higher ground where it is presently located. This picture was taken during the moving but workers are not identified. (From the collection of the late A. S. Keechle, Waverly) 14 Feb. 1979 Waverly Watchman

When the house was located down by the river they had a team of horses hitched to the hitchen post by the house and the 1913 flood came through so quickly they were unable to get the hoses moved in time and they drowned.

This house was raised somewhere around 130' to the top of a hill that is 700' above sea level from down near the Scioto river with an altitude of around 570'. What they did was to level a place on the hill side, jack the house up to a certain height then pull it over on to the flat area and then jack it up again and repeat the process until they got it to the top of the hill. Note the pictures shows the house to be jacked up about 3 men high. It would appear the process had to be done 8 or 9 times if they jacked it up to the height we see in the picture each time. I am told the family continued to live in the house during the moving process and not a picture fell off the wall. I am also told a mule was used to winch the house onto the flat places. The Foster house sets on the hill that is now reached by a drive way that is across from where Straight Creek road comes up to Rt. 335. (39 7.84'N 82 53.74'W)
Bill Gildow, as a kid, use to deliver stuff from his Aunt Blazer's store to the two women who lived there. He said it was a very nice house inside.


Chimney Rock


Chimney Rock located on Hixon Run Across the road from Maple's store


Maple Store with gas truck

Maple Store with family

Maple Store -Dave-Mom-Larry  

 Mable store-kid on toy plane

Maple Store-Kids in wagon

Tombstone located in Grandview Cemetery, Sec E Row 6.  Note: I believe the death year should be 1954 as the newspaper story is in 1954.  Oldest son Edgar is also buried in Sec. E Row 6 (6 Apr 1881-23 Mar 1961)


   Grandma Knitht says she's having hard luck.  She can't work as much as she used to...gets short of breath when she stoops over.
     And it's a shame that one so young shouldn't be able to do productive labor.  You see, Grandma is only 106.
    With the exception of her self-diagnosed "asthma" Mrs. Hesterline Knight is in perfect health.  And if she isn't the oldest person in Ohio it's sure thing she can out-cook, out-talk, and out-run any other centenarian.
     Grandma's condition--and there's no question of her age--is so good as to be a near-phenomenon.
     She walks without aid of a cane, has never owned a pair of glasses and can hear as well and talk as loudly and sensibly as anyone.
     Her left arm--broken three times--is a little stiff but she still is active enough to bake occasional cakes and pies and goes outdoors...without a coat...at least twice a day to feed the chickens and a pet duck.
        MRS. KNIGHT lives in a three room farm home in Hay Hollow, northern Pike county, with her oldest son, Edgar (he's only 80), her youngest son , Charlie Jr., 54, a grandson, Tommy, 9, and Mrs. Edith Knight, wife of another grandson who is serving in Korea.
     Until Edith came to live with the family about a year ago, Grandma was the "women of the house" and did all the work including rearing Tommy and getting him off to school.
     "Edith's been wonderful to me," Grandma says with pride, "but she'll be leaving soon and I'll have to take care of things myself.  And I'm not as young as I used to be."
      DOCTORS MIGHT attribute Grandma's long life to a toughening-up process of hard work, refusal to take life too seriously, and a will to remain useful.
     She's done about everything in her life.   
     She's worked in a saw mill, plowed, worked as a housekeeper and helped in the delivery of "at least a million" babies.  She delivered most of her own grandchildren without the aid of a doctor.
     "Nobody knew what it was to call a doctor in the old days just because someone was going to have a baby."
     The old days to Grandma Knight is the entire second half to the 19th century.  A family Bible shows she was born Dec. 15, 1847 in Augusta county, Virginia.
     A pleasant little woman with a perpetual smile, Grandma talks equally well about childhood remembrances of the civil war or the current high price of a pound of beef.
      SHE WAS A grown girl when the Civil War broke out and vividly remembers Union soldiers marching past her family home and killing cattle and pigs and hauling them away.
     "My family didn't have any slaves," she recalls, "but the neighbors did.  I remember Old Man Mickey had one that was plowing up on a hill and got sick.  The slave came down to rest under a tree and the old man beat  it to death.
     "There's been a lot of change in the world but I believe there's more in the last 30 years than in the first 76.  There are automobiles and airplanes and electricity and now this here television.  I still listen to the radio."
     She raise a garden every year until last summer when her "boy" refused to plow it for her.
     "He thinks I oughtn't to do anything," she says, "but I can't just sit around here all the time."
      GRANDMA HAS been a widow for 35 years and still draws a $30 a month pension because her husband was killed in a West Virginia mine accident.
     She was married only once and had 12 children.  In addition she had a sister that died and left five children and Grandma reared them too.
     Counting up her grandchildren, Mrs. Knight is pretty sure that 49 is correct.  she knows she has at least 26 great-grandchildren and doesn't know whether or not there are any yet of the fifth generation.
     "I've just been in Ohio seven years," she says, "and all my family is still in Virginia or West Virginia."
     Grandma Knight isn't at all concerned about living so long.  Her mother lived to 103 and her grandmother to 115.  In looks she could pass for 75, the most 85.  Her flesh is full and although slightly stooped, she gets about with no trouble.
     "There isn't but one thing I can't do," she says, "that's drive a car.  I think I'm too nervous for that."

11 Feb 1954 The Waverly Watchman






The farm of the late Rachael M. Foster, consisting of about 1,080 acres of land and situated between Waverly and Omega, will be sold at the court house by the executors of the estate, Mrs. Pauline Ewing, Albert Foster and John B. Foster, at public auction in front of the court house at Waverly, during the latter part of December of this year. The farm is no being appraised. This is one of the best grain and stock farms between Columbus and Portsmouth.
Atty. George W. Rittenour, E. B. Hatfield and Frank Stahler appraised the farm at $91,666.99

4 Oct 1928 The Republican Herald



The farm of the late Mrs. Rachael M. Foster, comprising 1,086 acres, located on the Omega Pike three miles north of Waverly, was sold at public auction at administrator's sale, Saturday. The purchasers were Mrs. Harry Foster, Mrs. Clarence Ewing and Mrs. Joseph Jones, daughters of the descendent, at their high bid of $77,500.00

22 Nov 1928 The Republican Herald















Half Million Dollar Estate Is To Be Divided
3000 Acres Of Scioto Valley Land To Go To Corwine Descendants


The will of the late John C. Lee was opened and read in Probate Court last Friday afternoon and an estate of close to a half million dollars will be divided.
The widow, Mrs. Mabel Lee was bequeathed all the personal property except $1000 which was left to Mrs. Henry Schwartz, $500 to Mrs.. Richard Blaum, and $500 to Mrs. Harlan Oyer.
The widow was also left a life time interest in the 1100 acre Foster farm north of Waverly, now tenanted by C. W. Ewing. At the death of Mrs. Lee, this farm is to go to the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Ewing, Misses Mary and Jane Ewing and Robert Ewing, second cousins of Mr. Lee.
Also left to the widow was a life time interest in the 400 acre Kilgore farm, half mile north of Waverly, and a life time interest in the Walnut St. residence, and all its furnishings. At her death, these two properties are to go to the two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jones, Mrs. Don Vulgamore and Miss Judy Jones, also second cousins of Mr. Lee.
Also left to Mrs. Lee was the 200 acre Lorbach farm at the north edge of Waverly and at her death, this farm is to go to her daughter, Miss Virginia Lee Robinson.
240 acres of the Corwin farm, purchased by William C. Lee several years ago, was given back to Miss Mary Corwine, a cousin.
The 1000 acre Barger farm, or the old Corwine homestead, was left to Mr. Lee's cousins, Albert C. Foster, Morris F. Foster, John B. Foster, Mrs. C. W. Ewing, Mrs. Harry Foster and Mrs. Joseph R. Jones. At their death this farm is to go to their children.
George S. Scott, vice president of the First National Bank of Waverly, was named executor under the will.
The will was made in Columbus on July 29, 1943, and was witnessed by Florence Kelley, of Columbus, now in California, and Attorney Ralph D. Martin, now deceased. Attorney Howard M. Bullock of Columbus, along with Mrs. Lee and George S. Scott, presented the will in probate court.

30 May 1946 The Republican Herald


Was the Decision of Judge Tate in the famous Corwine case

    The many friends of the Corwine heirs here were pleased to learn on Tuesday that they were successful in finally wining the case which has been hotly  contested in the United States court's for some time.  Speaking of the court's decision  the Cincinnati Times Star, says:
    The U. S. Court of Appeals Tuesday reversed the celebrated case of Corwine and others, appellants against the Thompson National Bank of Putnam, Connecticut, involving several thousand acres of valuable land in Pike and Ross counties.  Corwin had borrowed $200,000 for a cotton company in Memphis, Tenn., whose plant was destroyed by fire.  Corwine transferred his interest in his property to his children for a stated consideration of $10,000 from each of the heirs. This was in March '94.  Mrs. Corwine died in April '94 leaving property to her children who advanced money to t heir father and paid his debts.  Loans were secured from others on the ground that Corwine was worth $150,000.  The court finds that there was no fraud in the fare, that the deeds were not at once recorded and that there was no collusive under standing about it.  The court does find that J. W. Barger, a son-in-law, who acted for his wife made representations and that therefore her interest is to be modified to some extent.  The action of the lower court in setting aside the deeds on the ground of fraud, is reversed.

6 Dec. 1900 the Waverly News















Shooting At Home Halts Hunting Trip Sunday
Second Tragedy in Hickman Home In The Last Few Years


Paul Hickman, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hickman, of the Overly Hill community, about 5 miles north of Beaver, is in a critical condition in the Portsmouth General Hospital, with a bullet wound in the abdomen. The riffle bullet punctured the intestines in several places.
The accidental shooting occurred at the home about 10:30 a.m., Sunday, when the brother prepared to go hunting.
An elder brother, William, 16, was carrying the gun and the younger brother was a few feet in front of him when the gun discharged. The rifle ball entered above the right hip and came out above the left hip.
The bullet fell from the boy's clothing when he was placed in a hospital bed.
Rushed to the office Dr. W. L. McCaleb, in Beaver, the victim was ordered removed immediately to the hospital.
He was taken to Portsmouth in the Davis-Hammerstein ambulance and Dr. R. T. Thurman operated in an effort to save the boy's life.
The shooting is the second tragedy in the family in a few years. In May , 1943, a son , Herbert, 6, lost his life by hanging. The child was releasing a wheelbarrow chassis from a grain bin when the chassis fell and caught the child's head over the edge of a box.

22 Nov 1945 The republican Herald









Everett Emory Dies Instantly Of Injuries Received
Funeral Services Held Here Tuesday For Former Resident


Everett Paul Emory. 34, former resident of the Omega community, was accidentally killed Saturday afternoon when he was caught in the machinery of a corn picker with which he was working at Rosedale.
Now a resident of Irwin, Mr. Emory had made several circuits of the field with the picker and was working alone. He apparently stopped to make some adjustment to the machinery and was drawn to his death when his coat caught.
A passing motorist saw the farmer leaning over the picker but drove on for some distance before deciding that something must have been wrong. When he returned to the scene, the machinery was still in operation and he was unable to bring it to a stop. He secured the assistance of a farmer and also a physician. However, when the machinery was stopped, Mr. Emory was dead.
He was born in Scioto county, on Dec. 11, 1911, the son of William and Bertha Andre Emory, and was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness church of Williamsport.
His parents residing on the John Lee farm, near Omega, survive, as do the wife, Frances Hungerford Emory, and two daughters, Geneva Ann and Veena Louise, all at home. Also surviving are six brothers, Wilbur and Clyde, both of Urbana; Ray, of Sciotoville; Vincent, of Waverly rfd 2, and Harold and Denver, both of Waverly rfd 3, and 3 sisters; Mrs. Flora Stulley of Chillicothe rfd 5; Miss Ollie Emory, of Waverly, rfd 3, and Miss Mary Emory, with the W. A. C. at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

Services were held at three p.m. Tuesday at the A. H. Boyer funeral home, Waverly, with the Rev. H. A. Taylor officiating, and burial was made in the Waverly Evergreen cemetery

18 April, 1946 The Republican Herald








Then Grounds on the Side of the Building--Service Was Continued After the Excitement



Death, in the form of a bolt of lightning, Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, invaded the Memorial services in progress at Allen Chapel in Jackson township five miles northeast of Beaver, and snapped out the life of Lucretius L. Allen, young farmer of that vicinity.
Allen and George Palmer, young men of about the same age, were sitting side by side in the church when the bolt of lightning struck a tree at the corner of the church, ran down the side of the building and flashed through an open window striking Allen and killing him instantly, while his companion, Parmer, and two other young men, John Kite and Nelson Overly, who occupied the next seat, were attended by Dr. Wayne Bronough, of Stockdale.
The victim was 23 years of age and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Allen, well known residents of that neighborhood. He is survived by his parents and one brother
All the persons sitting near the direct path of the bolt were shocked severely. Even those standing in the rear of the chapel felt the force of the shock. The bolt was followed by a deafening crash of thunder. It was several minutes after the lightning struck that it was discovered that Allen had been killed.
After Parmer was taken to the home of his parents, the services were continued briefly and then dismissed with a short prayer by the pastor.
Two windows and the casements were shattered.
Funeral services were held from the same church where Allen met his fate, Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock. Burial was made in the church yard cemetery." [Allen cemetery]
3 Jun 1926 The Republican Herald





Cal Rider Fatally Injured When Run Over By An Automobile

Cal Rider, 53, Negro laborer, of Beaver rfd 1, was fatally injured at 9:15 p. m. Monday when ran over by a car traversing his private lane off Route No. 335, nine miles north west of Beaver.
Newt Lett, driver of the machine, and a companion, Lew Johnson, both Negro friends of the victim, rushed him to the office of Dr. W. L. McCaleb, of Beaver. From there, Rider was placed in a Davis-Hammerstein ambulance to be taken to the Portsmouth Mercy hospital, but died before the ambulance reached Stockdale.
Sheriff Jesse Foster and Coroner M. E. Moore investigated and said death was due to internal hemorrhages and crushed chest.
During the investigation, the two officials learned that Rider had been drinking during the day and apparently had lain in the driveway to sleep. His sister, Miss Melva Rider, with whom he lived, told the officers she knew her brother was lying in the lane but that she was unable to get him to the home.
Lett said he was on his way to the Rider home to see the victim when the machine hit the body and dragged it ten feet. Lett and Johnson, took the injured man to the home, then rushed him to Dr. McCaleb's office.
The officers said Rider's body, lying in the weeds on a sharp curve, would have been out of the range of vision of a car driver coming down the grade. They exonerated Lett.
Also surviving the victim are two other sisters, Mrs. Margaret Brown, Waverly rfd 3, and Mrs. Marie Cosby, of Lockbourne rfd 1, and a brother, Earl Rider, of Beaver rfd 1.
Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Baptist church on Big Run with the Rev. George Zimmerman officiating and interment was made in the Carr's Run cemetery under the direction of the Davis Hammerstein funeral home.

16 Aug 1945 The Republican Herald


Constable Frank Harris, of Jackson township, who was arrested several days ago when state prohibition and county officers made a raid in Jackson township, and who was arraigned before Mayor Gableman on Thursday afternoon, and changed his plea from not guilty, to guilty. He was assessed a fine of $100 and the costs, which he paid and was released.

11 Mar 1926 The Republican Herald



























Newton Lett Killed By Shot Gun Blast Monday Night

Sunderland Hetman, 55, Chillicothe Route 2, was held in the county jail Tuesday for investigation in connection with the shotgun slaying of Newton Lett, 34, about nine p.m. Monday
The body of Lett, a Negro, and an employee of the National Fireworks, Inc. was found on the front porch of his father-in-law, Arthur Jackson, who resides on Route 335, about 5 miles north of Beaver.
Jackson told officials that his son-in-law called to him form the porch and that before he could get there he heard the blast of a gun.
Left's right side was drilled by a charge from a shotgun which obviously was fired form close range, Sheriff Jesse Foster said. Beside him was found his shogun, but it had not been fired, the sheriff added.
Hetman, who also is a Negro, and an NFI employee, was picked up at his home at two a.m. Tuesday by Sheriff Foster after the latter learned that the two had been drinking together in Waverly.
After further questioning by Pike county authorities, Hetman was released from the jail at Waverly.
Sheriff Jesse H. Foster said today that he expects to make further arrest in the case. He and Prosecutor M. J. Cofer questioned members of the Arthur Jackson family on whose premises the killing occurred, and individual statements were taken by a court reporter.
Members of the family said he had been in the home several hours before the murder and that he had bragged of having a fight with a man in a nearby hollow.
His wife said he went to their home, got a shotgun and came back to the Jackson residence and was demanding to be let into the house when the shooting occurred.
Lett was born in Pike county, February 22, 1912, and is survived by his wife, Almeda Jackson Lett, and four daughters, Edith Mae, 9, Irene, 7, Mary, 5, and Shelby Jean, 2.

Funeral services for the victim will be held Saturday at two p.m. at the Big Run Baptist church with the Rev. Geo. Zimmerman officiating and interment will be made in the Jackson family cemetery.

19 Sep 1946 The Republican Herald



Court Charges Johnson's Guilty Plea To Not Guilty; New Cases Are Filed


As the early edition of The Waverly Watchman went to press Wednesday morning, the court had not appointed defense counsel for Lu Gene Johnson, 62, East Jackson Township Resident, being held on a double first degree murder charge here.
Johnson, who has been in the Pike County jail since the double slaying on the evening of November 6 was arraigned at 11:30 A. M. Friday before Judge Parker and entered pleas of guilty to the two indictments. He was not represented by counsel and the hearing.
The Court read the indictments and asked the defendant for the plea. Johnson, looking very humble and almost apologetic, replied "guilty" and added " I am ready to take what the court gives."
The Court told Johnson that it would not feet right unless the defendant was given every chance, and stated that it would record the pleas entered as "not guilty" and appoint an attorney to defend him.
Should the guilty plea have been accepted it would have been necessary for Judge Parker to name tow other judges to hear the case and sentence the self-confessed murder of Mrs. Miltha Cook Jones, 52, and James A. Lett, 54, both of Beaver, Route 1.
Bothe were shot and Mrs. Jones was clubbed to death in Jones' home shortly after 7 P.M. on the evening of November 6.

25 November 1954 The Waverly Watchman













John Keaton, of Omega, Held Up and Shot by Two Negro Thugs Last Monday Night


Little hope is held out at the city hospital, Chillicothe, for the recovery of John Keaton, 28, Omega, N. & W. section worker who was found along the railroad embankment early Tuesday morning, near Omega, in a semiconscious condition, suffering from a bullet wound in his left shoulder and the effect of a severe beating, administered, he said, by two negroes, who held him us as he jumped off a train, took his own gun away from him and shot him with it and then beat him up.
Keaton who was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning, is paralyzed from the waist down. He laid along the tracks from 11 o'clock Monday night, until about 6 o'clock Tuesday morning, when his brother discovered his plight.
The bullet, which entered his shoulder, is believed to have nipped a vertebrae in his spinal column, causing partial paralysis.
Pike county authorities are searching for Keaton's assailants.
The condition of the injured man was said to be very serious yesterday morning. He spent a restless night.

10 Sep 1925 The Republican Herald.
















Fire on Several Hundred Acres On Wilson Run Friday
Fire Started On Vallery Farm And Spread Rapidly Over 500 Acres.


A spectacular and dangerous fire that destroyed much timber and threatened the lives of fire fighters, raged across 200 or 300 acres of land in Pike county Friday from 10:30 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon,.
The fire started on the Vallery farm on Wilson Run when a meadow was being burned over and the fire got beyond control. It soon spread to a neighboring woods where the long drought had made the trees ready fuel for the oncoming flames, sending the leaves high into the air and burning the trunks.
The fire was sighted at the Fire Outlook Tower of the Forest Reserve on the Scioto Trail on the Chillicothe Pike and men equipped with forest fire tools were sent to the scene of the fire immediately. The forest reserve near Portsmouth was notified and fire fighter were sent from there. These with volunteers numbered about two hundred who fought bravely to quail the fire which threatened to spread over a much wider territory.

Several times men were trapped and were freed from their perilous position only by the concentrated efforts of the other fighters.
The excessive heat made it doubly dangerous for the men at work, some of whom were almost prostrated by the smoke.
Workers were kept on guard all night. The Emory and Higby farms in Ross county were over run by the flames. It is estimated that the damage to timber will run up to several hundred dollars.
Henry Hatfield, Wilson Run merchant and a force of men hauled water from Mr. Hatfield's farm in machines and wagons to the fire fighters and its use was effective in checking the fire.


3 Jul 1930 The Republican Herald


Son Held In Jail After Fatal Shooting


Sheriff Robert E. Mercer said Saturday that Charles Herman, 40, colored, of Carr's Run, Jackson township, was shot to death during an argument at his home Saturday. The fatal wound was inflicted by a 12 gauge shotgun.
Boss Herman, 19, son of the victim is being held in the Pike county jail here.
Sheriff Mercer, said the youth admitted the shooting which took place following and argument over oil for the car, Sheriff Mercer said.
During the absence of the coroner, Dr. A. M. Shrader went to the scene but failed to return a verdict.
The body was taken to the Davis-Hammerstein funeral home at Beaver.
Funeral services were held at two p.m. on Tuesday at the Carr's Run Church with the Rev. George Zimmerman of Columbus officiating and burial was made at the Carr's Run cemetery under the direction of the Davis-Hammerstein company of Beaver.
Mr. Herman is survived by his wife and nine children.

(Charles Herman 26 June 1889-2 July 1938)


Boss Herman, 19, years odd colored youth of Jackson township, Pike county, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of first degree murder when arraigned on Tuesday evening before Magistrate G. W. D. Twyman and was committed to the county jail without bond. The charge was filed by Sheriff R. E. Mercer.

7 July 1938 The Republican Herald



Last Friday At the Negro Camp On the Norfolk & Western.
Two negroes were shot, one fatally, last Friday at the railway camp below Waverly. Young Stamey, commissary clerk, shot four bullets into the face and heart of a negro named Gasty who was attempting to kill him with a poker, The negro died almost instantly. Stamey was dismissed by acting Coroner Philip Gabelman, on the grounds of justifiable homicide.
In the other case, Walter Crissfield shoot Jon Hoskins through the lung over a dispute in a game of cards. Both negroes. Haskins still lives at the Portsmouth hospital. Gasty was buried in a negro cemetery over on Straight Creek.

30 November 1910 The Democrat



Two Enter Guilty Pleas To Charge of Selling Untaxed Liquor Were Arraigned

Three men were arraigned before Common Pleas Judge Earl D. Parker, last week end for selling untaxed liquor.
They were Elmer Rowe, Lindsey Blair and Earl Davis, all of Jackson Township. Elmer Rowe entered a plea of not guilty when arraigned and was committed to the Pike county grand jury under a $300 bond pending trial. Blair and Davis entered pleas of guilty and are being held in jail pending sentence by the court. The Jackson township trio was arrested by Sheriff R. E. Mercer, Deputy J. H. Foster and three officers from the state liquor enforcement department, raiding in that community. The officers filed the charges against the three men for which the two entered guilty pleas at their arraignment.

5 May 1941 Waverly News Watchman



Relieve and old Colored Couple of all their Savings 

By a Bold Midnight Crime Committed near Omega

    Two old colored people, Hampton Johnson and his wife, who reside near Omega, were the victims of a bold robbery at an early hour last Friday morning by which they were deprived of a large sum of money, representing the savings of a number of years.
    The old couple, both of whom are infirm with age and well nigh helpless from disease, live alone in a rather secluded neighborhood on Mutton run. about three miles east of Omega.  Hanson was a soldier, having served with a colored regiment in the Civil war, for which service he now draws a pension of $50.00 per month.  As the wants of himself and wife are not many, living as they do, the greater part oh this pension money was laid by and together with back pay received some time ago, amounted to a considerable sum.
    Friday morning about 1 o'clock the old people were aroused by two masked men who demanded admittance, one claimed to be the sheriff of Ross county in search of a murder.  Upon their promise of that no harm should be done they were admitted.  After making a through search of the room and finding nothing they demanded the key to the old man's trunk wherein the money was concealed and by threats force him to give it up.  They money was found and deliberately counted by the robbers, who under the pretense that their horse needed attention, left the cabin with its helpless inmates and made their escape.
    Just how much money was secured by the robbers is not positively known, but it is believed to have been larger than was at first reported,  It is thought that the trunk contained between two and three thousand dollars, all of which was taken.  Johnson had promised  his advisors a number of times to have  his money placed in the bank, but failed to do so, saying that he felt no fear of robbers.
     The authorities are quietly working on the case, though definite clues have, so far, been rather difficult to obtain.  From the circumstances of the crime it seems evident that it was committed by persons familiar with the surroundings and habits of the victims.  The matter will be closely investigated and some sensational developments are expected.

4 Jul 1901 The Waverly News



Mt. Sinai Cemetery


Jackson Twp Foul Play

November 28, 1901 Waverly News



Hickman Car and Freeman Car Collide In Accident On Omega Pike


John Hickman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hickman, was severally injured in an automobile wreck at the intersection of the Omega and Alma roads on Monday morning about two o'clock when the car driven by him and one owned by C. M. Freeman, of Piketon, collided. The Freeman car was being driven by Mary French of Omega who with Miss Hazel Maloy were with Mr. Freeman at the time of the accident.
With young Hickman were Finley Hartley, Henry Whaley and a Woods boy, but they escaped with minor injuries.
The Hickman boy suffered a crushed chest, broken collar bone and deep cut on the face.
He was brought to Waverly where he received treatment. At the present, he is getting along very well

12 Jul 1934 The Republican Herald



Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Oyer of Richmondale have been advised by the war department that their son, Sgt. Ralph E. Oyer was slightly wounded in action in the fighting in Luxembourg December 27.
Sgt. Oyer received his first wounds on November 9th in action in the European Theatre and has been awarded a Purple Heart. This second wound will justify an Oak Leaf Cluster award later.

1 January 1945 The Republican Herald

Sgt. Ralph Ellsworth Oyer
17 Oct 1916-10 Aug 1981 buried Omega cemetery






Mrs. Mattie Hatfield, Waverly, Ohio, has received word from the war department that her son, Private Stanley D. Hatfield died on December 23, 1944, in Sansapor, Dutch New Guinea, as a result of drowning and it has been confirmed. The war department stated that a letter with the details would follow the official telegram.

1 January 1945 The Republican Herald


Mrs. Mattie Hatfield, of North street, has received word from the War Department confirming the death of her son, Pvt. Stanley D. Hatfield. He was drowned at Sansapor, Dutch New Guinea on December 23rd.
He was the brother of Irene and Roy Hatfield, of Waverly, Mrs. Lawrence Wood, of Waverly route 3, Robert Hatfield of Chillicothe, and Herman Hatfield, of Washington C. H.
Pvt. Hatfield entered the army May 21, 1941, and trained at Ft. Thomas, KY., Camp Wolters, Tex., Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was sent overseas in September 1943 to the Hawaiian Islands and later to New Guinea

18 Jan 1945 Waverly Watchman

Additional information from Betty Gildow: He was the son of Jake Hatfield and he drowned during a typhoon. In a letter dated 29 Oct 1944 ,that he wrote to Betty when she was 6 ,he signed it "Snow Ball."




Pvt. Raymond Soward, 17, Is Victim In Drowning

Funeral services and a military burial for Pvt. Raymond D. Sowards, 17, a son of Ora A. and Hazel Evans Soward, of Chillicothe RFD 5, who was a victim of accidental drowning, were held Wednesday at two p.m. at the Bible Christian church on Wilson Run with the Rev. Olan Willis officiating and burial was made in the Omega cemetery under the direction of the Boyer funeral home.
The youth had enlisted in the army June 5 and had reported to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., June 17, according to his parents, He had gone swimming in a pool near Aberdeen and was found dead by his companions.
Pvt. Sowards had been assigned to the ordinance branch of the army. He was graduated from Southeastern high school at Richmondale in the class of 1946.
Pvt. Sowards was born in Ross county, October 28, 1928, and was a frequent visitor in Pike county.
Besides his parents, he is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Erma Tarleton, Chillicothe RFD 4, Edith and Nancy, at home.

25 Jul 1946 The Republican Herald




Pfc. James C. Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob S. Harris of Omega, arrived home Saturday, December 2nd, for a 27 day furlough which he will spend with his parents and other relatives. After the completion of his furlough, Pfc. Harris will go to Miami Beach, Florida for rest and new assignment.
Pfc. Harris was inducted into the service from Pike county on October 13th, 1941. He received his basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Camp Bowie, Texas, Camp Blanding, Florida and Camp Edwards, Mass.
He was sent overseas in March of 1943, landing somewhere in Africa. He took part in the invasion of Salerno and the battles of Cassino, Anzio, and Rome. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received at Cassino and also the Bronze Star for gallantry in action on the Italian front. He was later transferred to France.
He has a brother, Pfc. Hugh H. Harris, with a Ordnance Company somewhere in France. His uncle, James C. Harris, is a veteran of World War No. 1

7 Dec 1944 The Republican Herald













Carr's Run Cemetery




NEWMAN, SILAS P., " Ohio’s oldest soldier, has just died at his home in Jackson Township. He was colored and was aged 102 years. He served in Co. K 42nd US INF. His widow, Mahala Newman, aged 75, applied for a widow’s pension Tuesday." The Waverly News

"A noticeable event of last week was the fact that Silas P. Newman, a colored man of Jackson Township, celebrated his 100th birthday last Friday. He was in town on Thursday and seems apparently to be in good health. He talked freely with several citizens and recounts, interesting, events that happened back in the days when he was a slave in the south." 10 Jul 1912 Waverly Democrat

Our thanks to the township trustees for putting the Silas tombstone on a concrete foundation summer (2006) as it had been sinking below the ground level.





John Henry Staughter, colored, aged 110 year, said to have been the oldest resident of Pike County, passed away, Sunday night at nine o’clock at the Pike County Infirmary at Idaho, death being due to infirmities of age. Deceased who was a former resident of the Carr’s Run neighborhood in Jackson township, has been an inmate of the infirmary for the past several years. Staughter claimed to have been an ex-slave. The remains were claimed by his only surviving relative, a sister, Mrs. Mary Shreeves, of Ironton. The body was shipped to Ironton, Monday evening, where services were held, Tuesday and interment made in the Ironton cemetery."

3 Mar 1927 The Republican Herald













Scioto Valley Chapter of the D.A.R. will dedicate a marker to the memory of Alexander McMillian at the Clarence Valley farm between Waverly and Omega on Sunday, November 12, at two thirty p.m. The descendants and the relatives of the soldier of the Revolutionary War and the general public are cordially invited.

9 Nov 1933 The Republican Herald












Automobile Wreck On Divide Finally Settled In Common Pleas Court Monday

About the middle of last December Ambrose Gibbs of Glouster, while enroute to Waverly, driving a Ford Coupe, figured in an accident when his machine collided with a Chevrolet Coupe, belonging to Walter Maloy, of Jackson township, and driven by Ralph Teichert of Waverly. The accident occurred about one mile north of Divide in Ross county. Both cars were badly damaged as a result of the collision. Bothe parties claimed that the other was the cause of the wreck, whereupon Mr. Maloy the owner of the Chevrolet instituted suit against Gibbs, claiming that his machine was damaged to the extent of $175.
The case was heard before a jury in Common Pleas court Monday resulting in a verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The case was very hotly contested due to the fact that Gibbs claimed Teichert was intoxicated, but apparently the jury held that if he was intoxicated that the same was not the cause of the accident. Gibbs claimed that Teichert steered the Chevrolet into and against his car while the latter was on the right side of the road. On the contrary, Maloy claimed that Gibbs veered his car diagonally across the road and struck his car, which was knocked off the road into a ditch. The plaintiff was represented by Attorney Earl Parker and the defendant was represented by Atty. Charles M. Caldwell of Waverly and Atty. Wooley, of Athens

15 June 1928 The Republican Herald





Rush Hartley has to the surprise of every one sold his farm to William Maple giving possession this week. Mr. Hartley purchased the John Mead farm over in Jackson county and will move there.
Mr. James Hartley was visiting his mother Mrs. Hartley Mrs. Charity Mickle at Jackson Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. John Quincel of Hayhollow and Albert Overly of the Fairview Farm were business visitors at Richmondale Saturday.
Mr. Fred Weaver and J. G. Sprague, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Maple spent Easter Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Overly.
Mr. Rufus Morris, Jas. Wickline and Fred Tucker returned to the railroad Sunday evening.
We omit the named for the present, of some children that mis-behave at church when their parents are not present.
Miss Clay Atkins was the pleasant guest of Miss Pluma Hartley Sunday.
Jasper Bowman was seen going in the direction of Willis Hartley Sunday.
Sam Allen and Albert Cotrel was at Beaver on day last week.
James Devers has been working on the Fairview farm for some time.

Mr. and Mrs. Arch Willis attended church on the hill Sunday night.
Dellie Hartley and Laura Wickline was in attendance at church here Sunday.
John Barrens is farming on the Pass Wingo farm this season.

3 March1910 The Waverly Democrat





















Osa, son of W. H. Sprague, a small boy, while shooting birds from their cherry trees Thursday of last week accidentally shot himself in the arm. It was lucky for him that it was no worse as he had killed one and it had fell in a pile of brush, The boy took hold of the muzzle of his target and trying to hook the bird out with the breech the gun was suddenly discharged the ball entering the palm of his hand and was taken out above the elbow. The boy is doing as well as could be expected.
During the rain storm Sunday lightning struck the barn of J. W. Overly the bolt striking the comb near the gable running down and past a double door tearing off gable and door facing and within 6 or 8 feet of two horses they not being injured.
Mrs. A. J. Willis and Pluma Hartley were the guest at the Fairview home Sunday.
The high water Sunday was several inches up in V. A. Willis' store room.
Lute Sulivan and his best girl passed this way Monday.
Rufus Morris who is working for the railroad company at Portsmouth spent Sunday and Monday here.
Rev. and Mrs. Rose spent the 4th at their son-in-law's, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Anderson's
The Maple Bros. loaded another car of lumber at Richmondale Monday.
Lightning struck a granary for Joseph Hartley Saturday night and also killed a cow for Wm. Wingo at Sinai.
Rush Hartley and his boys are here cutting their wheat.
Sam Allen has been harvesting got john Keller near Sinai this week.
Jonathan Reisinger has had a lay off for a few days and is home with friends.
The heaviest rain fell here Saturday night and Sunday for a long time injuring plowed fields and highways and washing away bridges.
Wheat generally is better than our people expected some time ago.
Albert Cotrel was a business caller her Saturday.
Willis Hartley, James G. Sprague and Charles Wickline were cutting wheat for the Overly's Saturday.
J ohn McLaughlin is farming for Mrs. C. H. Willis this season.
13 July 1910 The Democrat






It has been reported that Mrs. Oral Irvine has the typhoid fever and Chas. Wickline's baby has been very low with summer complaint but is some better at this writing.
Mr. Sherman Maple was at this place one day last week.
Bunk Wickline passed this way Sunday enroute for Sinai.
V. A. Wills will soon move to his new home over near Limerick.
Rush Hartley has been going with his brother Frank's threshing machine for some time.
Mrs. Barnhart the Evangelist and her father from Troy closed a very interesting and profitable ten days meeting at Limerick Sunday night.
The Fairview people have a few apples and peaches this season.
Mr. and Mrs. Marian Tope, Mrs. Bell White and little daughter, and Me. E. Chipley and daughter Mrs. Barnhart of Troy were the pleasant guest at the Fairview home Tuesday.
The Christian Union Messenger and the Pike county Democrat are our most welcome weekly visitors.
The Waverly Fair is all the talk up here just now.

17 August 1910 The Democrat

























Many of our women here dread to see the men folks go to Chillicothe and you know and I know why they dread it: one saloon can raise more hell in a single township than all the churches, school houses, sheriffs and constables in any township.
The folks from this section are getting ready to attend the C. U. council which convenes at Union Chapel near Hillsboro Sept. 7, 8, 9, and 10, 1910.
The basket meeting at the Jerusalem C. U. church was well attended. Speakers were the Rev. Chas. Overly of Chillicothe, Rev. J. R. Stoll of this place and Rev. Pearl Barnhart the evangelist of Troy Ohio.
One of our wise councelers in order to evade the law has adopted a new method in delivering mail. He travels in the night season and by the star route and saves the two cents.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Overly accompanied the Troy people, M. E. Shipley and Mrs. Pearl Barnhart the Evangelist over to Givens Chapel last week and were guests of Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Bumgarner of that neighborhood.
Rev. Geo. Maple of near Sinai was a business visitor in this section last week. Geo. is delighted with his trip to the Niagara Falls and says he will go again next fall.
The Fairview people are about all that have all the fruit they need and some to spare.
William Maple is in another timber job up near Massieville.
Peter Boyer and son of Highland county, John Q. Elliott of Richmondale Ross county, J. W. Overly and Thomas Felton of this place took dinner at the Maple hotel Tuesday.
Trustee John Quincel of Hayh

1910 The Waverly Democrat





















William Yearian of Jackson county brought Mrs. Mirtle Coy home one day last week. Mrs. Coy has been staying for sometime with her son Edgar.
Victor Willis moved to hi new home over in Jackson county on day last week. A. J. Willis and son Willie have been up at Washington cutting corn.
William Sprague has another job of logging for Frank Hartley
Charles Wickline is sowing wheat on Rush Hartley’s farm over in Jackson county.
Pat Murphy is no more, he went to Chillicothe last week came to Richmondale on the
night train, and a short distance from town he lay there all night. When he woke up the next morning he went to Levi Hartley’s and died Tuesday.
Martin Hammon will move from Piketon back to his farm on Hixon Run this fall.
William Maple has rented wheat land from Albert Cotteral and is going to try his luck with the Overly Pool wheat.
Sam Allen and Henry Tucker are back from the north.
Mattie and Laura Wickline came from Jackson county to visit their parents Saturday.
Will Anderson and Maud Sullivan were quietly married last week over at Jackson court house by Squire Frank White.
The Maple Bros. loaded a car with cross ties Saturday at Richmondale.
It is said that a saloon keeper pays ˝ cent per glass for beer and sells it for 5 cents so if our merchants made that profit here would be no kick.

26 Oct 1910 The Waverly Democrat











Mr. J. W. Overly is in possession of a deer horn, the deer being killed by his father in 1867 on the Seimon farm in East Jackson township.
Mr. Wm. Swarts and son of Washington C. H. came down last week to take a hunt and visit relatives.
Mr. Arch Wills has returned from the north where he has been husking corn.
It is rumored that there will be a reunion at the Fairview home on Christmas day.
Albert Overly made a business trip to Jackson Saturday
Bunk Wickline of Beaver drove over Thursday and was the guest of friends on the ridge.
A. J. Wills was a caller at the Fairview home, Wednesday.
Sleigh riding will be all the go here when Wm. Maple and Albert Overly get their sleighs completed.
V. A. Wills and James Cregg made a business visit to Beaver Saturday.
Rush Hartley is still selling coal for 5cts at his new bank over in Jackson county.
Thomas Felton is still running the Maple coal mine at Sinai.
Samuel Allen sold a fine cow to Mrs. Mary Garnes last week.
Chas. Sanders has sold his farm to Willie Frick and has moved north.
That poor little soul at Piketon that had so much to say about the editor of THE DEMOCRAT not being loyal to the government and its soldiers ought to have a charm. Johnson was nothing but a school boy during the civil war and the kid editor was not yet born. Say waiving the bloody shirt is stale and no go any more.
Mr. Jacob Wolfe of Hayhollow has bought the old Leffler Farm over in Beaver Township.
People out here are more than pleased with the result of the late election, even to some of the colored folks.
Squire Ragland sys that Mr. Dougherty said to him, "We will send a man up there and you fellow to work under him election day." Mr. Ragland said we would just not do that a little bit.
Parker Quincel and Malone Sullivan returned from the west in time to vote for Governor Harmon

14 December 1910 The Democrat





Mrs. T. M. Reisinger, daughter of Rev. Rose sold $30.60 worth of turkeys last week.
Tom Felton of Sinai will soon be studding the history of the Religious bodies of the United States. By the way, Tom is a jolly fellow and a good Democrat.
A stranger came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Hartley a few days ago. They have adopted the young man, named John Wesley after his grand pa Overly and the editor of THE DEMOCRAT. Mr. Overly has already given the boy two young roosters and now if Mr. Johnson will send him THE DEMOCRAT for one year, the young man will vote the Democrat ticket in spite of his pap. (J. W. Hartley, Richmondale, Ohio, R.D. No. 1)
Albert Overly of the Fairview farm killed a large black snake while hunting one day last week. We will probably now here from Joe McCartney over at Jackson.
John Keller had his sale Thanks giving and has moved to Washington C. H. It has been rumored that Jasper Bowman will have a sale soon and follow.
Sam Allen is going to take a hunt when he gets through with his work.
Jack Klice has bought the Ankrom farm.
Billie Sprague is logging for Victor ?
James Hartley and son were in this section one day last week.
Joseph Hartley and Philip Palmer attended the sale at John Kellers.
Since the legislature will be Democratic and a glance at the situation convinces us that the Rose law will not be repealed. Amen.
Albert Overly has killed 63 rabbits since the law came in. Who has beat that record in Pike?
Rev. Geo. Maple of Sinai is building a new house on main.
Our new Democratic neighbor Jas. Creeg has started another huxter wagon on Big Run.
Our mail carrier has been failing for some time to get in for the noon trains which makes it inconvenient for patrons.

14 Dec 1910 The Waverly Democrat



Chas. Wickline was the first here to turn any sod for the spring crops.
J acob Wolfe of Beaver was visiting his father, John Wolfe of Hixon Run, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Maple were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Will Reisinger recently.
Albert Brammer, Frank Zimmerman, Nelson Overly and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Wills and son, were guests at the Fair View home Sunday.
The body of John Grow, son of George Grow, of Jackson county was found dead in a creek in Kentucky and was brought home and buried at Limerick Sunday.
John Wolf who has been in poor health for the past three years is still very feeble.
Lesslie Whaley, who has been working in Chillicothe, was accidentally shot in the thigh with a target, in the hands of a seven year old lad. He is now at the home of his parents here.
Sheriff Givens was in this section last week, but he came to a goat's house for wool, for the victims took to tall timber.
The Overly brothers visited Al Brammer last week.
Joseph Bowman came near getting his house burned down last week when a chair and some clothing fell against a stove.
Mesdames J. W. Overly, A. J. Willis and Isaac Wickline were the guests of Mrs. Bowman one day last week.
Thomas Valentine, colored, a soldier of the civil war, was laid to rest at Sinai Sunday.

8 March 1911 The Democrat











To say the farmers here are in favor of a parcel post is not putting it strong enough.
Mrs. J. W. and Nellie Overly were the guest of Mrs. Maud Hartly last week.
Marton Hammon is moving from Piketon to his farm on Hixon Run.
Noah Glasburn has moved to his old home on Hayhollow.
Frank Zimmerman will give up the Shilders farm an move up north.
Grandma Hartley is slowly recovering.
Young boys and girls who want to go to church to stay there all night is the limit and should have a medal.
All we here now is Billy Sunday's revival at Portsmouth and Judge Blair's probe in Adams county.
Rev. J. R. Stoll of the Christian Union is now holding meetings at Limerick.
Ethel and Pluma Hartley of Jackson county attended church here Sunday evening.
Aunt Mag Boring has been ill with heart trouble.
Many thanks to friend who sent us the Portsmouth papers. We will guess is was George.
Our Superstitious people will note that the ground hog saw his shadow and went back to stay six weeks.
J. W. Hartley receives the Democrat every week, thank you.

15 February 1911 The Democrat




Chas. Wickline was the first here to turn any sod for the spring crops.
Jacob Wolfe of Beaver was visiting his father, John Wolfe of Hixon Run, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Maple were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Will Reisinger recently.
Albert Brammer, Frank Zimmerman, Nelson Overly and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Wills and son, were guests at the Fair View home Sunday.
The body of John Grow, son of George Grow, of Jackson county was found dead in a creek in Kentucky and was brought home and buried at Limerick Sunday.
John Wolf who has been in poor health for the past three years is still very feeble.
Lesslie Whaley, who has been working in Chillicothe, was accidentally shot in the thigh with a target, in the hands of a seven year old lad. He is now at the home of his parents here.
Sheriff Givens was in this section last week, but he came to a goat's house for wool, for the victims took to tall timber.
The Overly brothers visited Al Brammer last week.
Joseph Bowman came near getting his house burned down last week when a chair and some clothing fell against a stove.
Mesdames J. W. Overly, A. J. Willis and Isaac Wickline were the guests of Mrs. Bowman one day last week.
Thomas Valentine, colored, a soldier of the civil war, was laid to rest at Sinai Sunday.

8 March 1911 The Democrat








Mother's day was appropriately celebrated here on the 12th Sunday. White flowers were worn for mother and the day devoted to the one whose love is surpassed in this world.
Many form this township went down to Waverly to see and hear "Teddy." It was too wet for them to do any work on the farm.
Rev. F. Rose, formerly of Jackson county and for several years resident of this place is very poorly at his daughter's Mrs. Geo. Anderson.
The members of the league frequently meet now on Hickory Knob.
Rev. J. R. Stoll preached on the Hill Sunday night.
Our Primary election was a very tame affair indeed up here.
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Rose of Big Stone Gap, W. Va. have been here visiting their uncle Rev. F. Rose who has been ill for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Maple are the pleased parents of another Progressive Democrat boy.
Too much rain and past cool weather has caused our apples to fall considerable.
Bunk Wickline of Beaver passed through here enroute for his old home, last week, in East Jackson.
Rev. Geo. Maple and Jasper Bowman of Sinai were in this section one night last week on business.
Salvems Reisinger was the guest of his father, J. R. Reisinger one day last week.

29 October 1912 The Waverly Democrat


James Deavers killed a large rattle snake near the Whiskey Run hill last week. It had 17 rattles and a button.
Mrs. Martha Wolfe, wife of the late John Wolfe, made a business visit to Gallia county last week.
Rev. Geo. Maple will hold a few day's meeting at Linn Hill School House in the near future.
Rev. F. Rose, who is at the home of his son-in-law is still very low.
The annual Big Rock meeting comes around next Sunday.
All interested will meet on Wednesday; Aug. 14 to reclean the Jerusalem cemetery.
Some folks meet every Sabbath in the woods near a church and play "seven-up" all day and even into the night and call it personal liberty.
Edgar Davis who was killed by a train at Chillicothe was brought here for burial. Rev. Geo. Maple officiated.
An old-fashion Sunday school celebration and Basket meeting will be held at the Jerusalem C. U. Church, Saturday August 31. Come with well-filled baskets and stay all day.

7 August 1912 The Waverly Democrat








Lap Robe Lost

Several weeks ago a wolf lap robe, considerably worn, was lost somewhere on the Sharonville Pike between James R. Foster’s residence and Waverly.  The robe is of little value, save as a cherished keepsake, and the undersigned will pay a suitable reward for its recovery.    Jas. R. Foster.

17January 1900 Courier Watchman

Mr. & Mrs. Gottleib Oyer went to Chillicothe Saturday where Mrs. Oyer will attend her aged mother Mrs. Caroline Racy who is ill.  Mr. Oyer returned home Monday.
10 July 1918 Waverly Democrat



On Thanksgiving morning on Hixon Run, Ripley Wishons little son age 14, met with a sad accident while the father was absent. The boy and his older sister got to fooling with the guns and was snapping them at each other. The one that the girls had proved to be loaded with shot and while in the stairway the boy received the full charge in the face. The boy is still living at this writing but thought to be dying.
Mrs. J. W. Overly was visiting her daughters last week, Mrs. Ollie Acord and Mrs. Maud Hartley of River Valley
Mrs. A. J. Willis of Egypt took dinner at the Fairview home on last Sunday and attended church at Jerusalem
Our genial friend and neighbor Mr. J. G. Sprague has built a new house on the road and has moved in his new property. Nr. Ross Detilliant was seen going in the direction of the direction of the Fairview blacksmith shop last week.
Old uncle Johnie Hartley of West Liberty is now taking treatment from Dr. U. L. Kinnison of Jackson.
The Posy Hill people are attending a revival meeting now in progress at the Big Rock church.
J. W. Overly made a business trip to Omega last week and took dinner with his old fried, Trstee Scott.
Jno. L. Reisinger our constable made a business trip to Waverly one day last week.
The new subscribers for The Waverly Democrat of this place are Jonnie Quincel, Joe Anderson, Rush Hartley, G. W. Jackson and Matthew Rider.
Supervisor Harris and Squire Ragland of Posy Hill were looking after some road improvements here last week.
Charley Haynes and Frank Ragland have been on the cros tie business here for some time.
blacksmith and horse shoer, will still continue in business at the old stand.

5 Dec 1906 The Waverly Democrat






We are having fine winter weather. Let us have cold weather and then a good spring.
Joe Ragland and sister Jessie spent last Saturday with their uncle Jonathan Jackson.
Postmaster Rubel made his regular business trip to Beaver Thursday.
The school is progressing nicely with Miss Oma Durham as teacher.
William Frick and Mattie Hartley were visitors at the school one day last week.
Miss Mattie Hartley spent Sunday with Mrs. John Rubel.
Dan Butler of Beaver was over purchasing some fine furs of Mr. James Hartley.
The Christian church at Limerick is holding revival meetings.
Postmaster Rubel purchased two fine pigs from William Russel one day last week.
Ira Jackson is able to be up and around now after a severe attack of lung fever.
Well we could get along without the News out here, for it is like an old friend.

27 Jan 1910 The News




















Christmas turkeys were very scarce in this country more on the account them wondering away when the foxes take and carry them to their young.
It has been reported that the colored people are having a great revival at the Big Rock church. Many conversions and much good being done.
Albert Overly of the Fairview Farm, passed through here Saturday , gliding over the ice, headed for his brother Edgar's near German church.
The Cotterell brothers, Orland and Virgil Maple, of this place, attended the meeting at the Big Rock Sunday night and returned at a late hour.
Herbert Cotterell lost on of his young cattle one day last week by it falling on the ice.
The Hahn brothers near Germany church, entertain their young friends these long evenings with their new graphaphone.
Edgar Overly, our blacksmith, has been kept very busy since the ice has come, shoeing horses before they can be put on the road.
Mrs. Gansheimer, who has been ill for some time, gets better, then worse. We all hope for the best.
George Maple, of Richmondale, was a business caller at this place one day last week.
Our old friend and comrade, Isaac Wickline, is recovering nicely from a serous illness. Dr. Wills was the attending physician.
The heavy ice has fixed all our election mud holes in and around this burg.
It has been suggested that when the sportsmen hold their conventions that they give the farmers a general invitation to attend those meetings.

29 Jan 1920 The Republican Harold


B.F. Ragland has turned the books over to the new Justice. Lawrence Gansheimer, of this place.
James Sprague Jr. is operating the Maple coal mine while will Maple is still delivering coal to the different school districts.
Isaac Wickline, an old civil war veteran, who has been critical ill. is much better at this writing.
Peter Lew, our newly elected assistant assessor, is crushing and grinding feed for his neighbor. this winter, with his new gasoline engine.
The revival meeting at Germany closed last week with little interest taken.
Floyd Anderson, the soldier boy of the world war was taking the census here last week.
There is considerable feeling her in the change of the ox law passed by the spots. No difference to them if the farmers and land owners loose all their chickens, lambs and pigs so they have a good time.

22 Jan 1920 The Republican Harold


The colored people in the Hixon School District in Jackson Township are taking measures to procure a public school for the education of their children. Mr. Samuel Johnson assures that their are twenty colored children in the district who would attend regularly if one is allowed them. They ought, by all means, to have the school. Ohio cannot afford to have her children come up to manhood and womanhood ignorant of the public school-books.

31 Dec 1868 The Pike County Republican





Rev. J. R. Stoll is holding a revival meeting at Pleasant Hill at the present time.
Mrs. J. H. Mc Coy dismissed school for two weeks and went to Latham to-take care of her mother-in-law who is ill.
Phillip Palmer and wife were the guests of George Hahn and family Sunday.
Miss Lena and Guy Coy are home from Akron where they have been employed.
Several from East Jackson attended the dance at Omega last Wednesday night all reporting a nice evening.
Last Thursday morning about 4 o'clock, W. H. Sprague's smoke house was destroyed by fire, the origin of the fire is unknown.
Joseph Accord and wife, of Spite Run and Mrs. Mary Rapp and baby of Omega were the guest of J. W. Overly Sunday.
Lewis Gansheimer and family have returned to Chillicothe after spending two weeks visit with parents of this place
Otto Moore of near Beaver spent a few days last week with Clarence Wickline of this place.

8 Jan 1920 The Republican Harold.










    The long drouth was broken on Monday night by a most refreshing shower, which continued throughout the greater portion of the next day.  It was badly needed.
    The prospects are not good for a plentiful supply of winter apples, in this nighborhood.  In the early spring we thouhght we would have winter apples to throw at the birds after I had sold enough to buy my winter groceries, but on inspecting the trees we find they are drying up and falling off.  The cold snap during February, followed by the drouth, played the mischief with winter apples.
    J. W. Overly and John DeLong, were absent on business, last week.
    Maud Overly was visiting her parents last Sunday.
    Our school under the management of Charles Coy is making rapid progress.
    A wedding occurred on the ridge Saturday night, further notice of which will be given next week.
    Albert Overly was seen wandering along the meanderings of Jackson run, on last Sunday night.
    There are five boys on Hixon run who make their living sitting on the fence.
    Notwithstanding the wholesale slaughter of rabbits last winter, they are yet numerous enough to be a downright pest to farmers in the uplands.  They not only destroy young trees, but help themselves to the best there are the gardens.  They are great nocturnal ramblers, and on moonlight nights scores of them may be seen cutting up the most laughable antics imaginable.  A few years ago the Legislature passed a law exempting them form protection; but as we destroy the foxes, owls and hawks, and other natural enemies of the rabbit, they multiply with astonishing rapidity.

 21 Sep 1899 The Courier Watchman


Noah Glassburn was called to see his sick father near Richmondale this week.
Dolly Batters of Chillicothe has been visiting relatives at this place the past week.
The people of this place have been attending the Holiness protracted meeting near Mount Sinai.
David Coy has been talking of taking violin lessons.
Frank Hamm of Straight Creek was at this place buying fur.
David Glassburn of Richmondale is going to move on his farm at this place soon.
Born--To Mr. and Mrs. Ina Anderson a baby daughter.
Thomas Anderson of Columbus will hold a protracted meeting at this place in February.
Frank Hartley was calling on friends at Richmondale Sunday night.
John Haynes and Guy Zimmerman were seen duck hunting near Mt. Sinai Sunday night.
J. A. Wolf and wife were visiting on Hixon Run Sunday.
J. R. Stoll is holding a protracted meeting at Liberty Hill this week.
Parker Quincel was seen on his same old trail Sunday Sunday night.
Clarence Johnson was seen passing through here the other day with his rifle and coon dog.
Alf Detillion is on the sick list with rheumatism.
Lizze Glassburn of Omega was visiting relatives at this place Sunday.
James Houser was calling on Millard Forcht Sunday night.
Jacob Coy and wife were visiting relatives.

28 Jan 1909 The News





Fire destroyed the six-room two story frame home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Maple on Hay Hollow Road about 5 o'clock Monday evening, with a total loss reported on the incident.
Mr. and Mrs. Maple were in Waverly shopping at the time and as they neared the home which was located bout eight miles northeast of Waverly, they saw the roof cave in on the structure.
Defective wiring in the attic was believed to have been the cause of the fire. Only a console and television set was saved fro the disastrous blaze.
a daughter was ironing in the kitchen a few moments before the fire was discovered. She had gone into the yard and turned noticed smoke coming from under the roof. The parents drove up a few moments later.
Mr. Maple is clerk of the Waverly School board.

9 Dec 1954 The Waverly Watchman












  Sandy's emissaries are busy in this section drumming up the faithful.  They seem to have plenty of money.  Have not heard what they are paying for votes; but have heard that $2.50 is the minimum price so far....Geo. Anderson seems to be doing a thriving business....Dave Wickline and John Kuntzman have gone north to husk corn.  The corn fields of Ross and Pickaway counties are full of Pike county voters, this fall....Charles Coe, who has been working at Wellston, has returned home.

 26 Oct. 1899 The Courier Watchman

William H. Woods

   Friends here have received word of the death of William H. Woods, 50, in Columbus on Saturday morning, following a four month illness.  
   Mr. Woods was born in Boyd County, Ky., in 1890, a son of Edward and Mollie Riley Woods.
   Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bessie Woods, of Mount Rose, West Va., three daughters, Mrs. Virginia Blossor, and Mrs. Geneva Woods, of Mount Rose, West Va., Mrs. Freda Woods, of New York; three brothers, Earl, of Columbus, Arthur, of Huntington, West Va., and Howard, of Chillicothe, rfd 2, and eight grandchildren.
   Funeral services were held Tuesday at two p.m. at the home of Rev. G. B. Reed, Hay Hollow.  Interment was in the Hay Hollow Cemetery under the direction of the A. H. Boyer Funeral Home.

October 6, 1949 Republican Herald
Earnest and Forrest Clouse and sister, Celia were the pleasant guest of William Siemon and family. Friday evening.
Mrs. Harry McDonald is quite ill at this writing.
David Blair was a business visitor in Columbus last week.
Mrs. George L. Minich was the pleasant guest of Mrs. McDonald Wednesday.
Miss Essie Blair was calling on Misses Misses Ina and Ella Vonschriltz.
Scott Blair came down from Columbus last week to visit his father and mother.
R. E. House was visiting John Jenkins.
Miss Estella McDonald is visiting her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald.
Joseph Jenkins was calling on Roy Blair Friday evening.
Earnest Clouse was the pleasant guest of Miss Estella McDonald, Saturday night.
While returning from church at Hay Hollow Sunday evening Roy Blair lost a valuable watch and fob.
Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Vonschriltz was calling on Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Minich Sunday.
Misses Ina Vonschriltz and Laura Siemon were visiting Miss Essie Blair Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. William Bandy have returned home from Gallia county where they have been visiting friends and relatives for the past week,
Mrs. William Siemon and daughter were calling on Mr. and Mrs. Asa Clouse Monday evening.
Our school is progressing nicely under the management of R. G. Shoemaker.

28 Jan 1909 The News



Misses Amy and Estelle McDonald of Portsmouth are spending their vacation at this place with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. McDonald.
Mrs. J. Hatso and Mrs. P. J. Liest and baby daughters, Helen and Lucile and Miss Effie Vonschriltz composed a party from Columbus Saturday, to visit friends and relatives. We wish them a good time.
Little John Rowland and sister Arah spent Sunday with Ella Mae and Ina Belle Vonschriltz.
Calvin Bumgarner called on his best girl recently.
L. E. Rowland and Shay were callers here Sunday.
Miss Ada Seimon went to Beaver Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Oyer visited Wm. Seimon Sunday.
Albert Hammmond was visiting friends here Saturday and Sunday.
Wm. Bandy made a business trip to Waverly, Saturday.
Miss Gertrude Blair has returned form Springfield.
Rev. J. Stoll filled his regular appointment at the Christian Union church Saturday and Sunday.
D. S. Vonschriltz spent Friday at Givens.
Wm. Seimon called on friends at Cars Run Thursday.
The smiling face of F. Oyer was seen here Sunday.
Miss Rose Vonschriltz of 320 Hosack St., Columbus entertained as her Sunday guests Misses Mabel Rowland, Lenora Hammond and nephew Albert of Beaver; Bessie Blair and John Roberts of Washington C. H.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bandy and daughter Harriet who were visiting friends here returned to their home at 422 Case St. Columbus, Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Reeves of Nelsonville are visiting relatives here.

3 June 1909 The News


Rev. G. T. Zimmerman is holding his second revival meeting on Carr's Run, this winter, and he is getting quite a number of converts this time.
Mrs. Eva Harris has been spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Orville Harris.
Rev. J. D. Walker and Rev. Metcalf and Pleasant Harris and Mrs. Blnche Crosby were guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Newman, Sunday.
Mr. Thomas Walker and family were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Hall, Sunday.
J. W. Lucas and family, of Piketon, attended church on Carr's Run Sunday.
Pleasant Harris, who has been visiting his brothers in this vicinity, has returned back to his work at Columbus.
George Newman and Sherman Harris have gone to traveling afoot lately. Wonder what is the mater?
Hays Johnson and Hoah Glasburn, of Mutton Run, were seen passing through this vicinity recently.

 18 Mar 1926 The Republican Herald

Mrs. Scott Harris
    Mrs. Hazel Marie Harris, 48, died Sunday at 5:45 p.m. at her home on Beaver, rfd. 1.  She had been seriously ill for three months.
    A native of Pike County, she was born March 27, 1901, a daughter of John W. and Matilda Epley Redman.  She is survived by her husband, Scott Harris; a son, Ralph Harris, of Beaver, rfd. 1; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Byrd, of Mt. Sterling, rfd. 1; two half-sisters, Mrs. Lula Mae Cooper, London, and Mrs. Laura Jane Reisinger, of Beaver; two half brothers, Ralph Harmon, Beaver,  rfd 1, and Amos A. Lando, of Columbus.  
    Funeral services were held Wednesday at two p.m. from Carr’s Run Baptist Church with the Rev. George T. Zimmerman of Columbus officiating and interment in the Carr’s Run Cemetery under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home.

  15 September 1949 Republican Herald




As was predicted by your correspondent before the election the Rev. E. C. Cotton was elected road supervisor by a handsome majority. This makes his seventh term and each time he makes a better official.
The school election at this place was a tame affair. E. C. Young was elected director.
Geo. N. Leist and family were guests of Mr. and Mrs. William McDonald of Straight Creek Sunday.
Last Sunday evening a crowd of our boys went out on Linn Hill to pay their respects to some of the fair sex when they were waylaid by a party of Linn Hill boys and given a severe flogging.
Mr. Downey of Jackson Run is erecting a new store building which he expects to have fully stocked with goods in the next few weeks.
Albert Sowers gave a dance last Saturday night.
Mrs. Sarah Clark and nephew were the guests of Mrs. Clark's daughter, Mrs. McDonald, Sunday.
Joseph Jenkins, and aged and respected citizen of Straight Creek, died last Saturday morning. Interment at the Meadow Run cemetery.
David Glasburn of Hay Hollow passed through this place last Friday

24 Apr 1902 The Waverly News









Many complaints are coming in that relief clients are refusing the jobs offered to them by farmers and other people. The Relief Administration hereby serves notice that if any relief client refuses a job, no matter how small or for how short a time, he will be cut off the relief immediately. It is not the intention of the Relief Administration that people refuse jobs and thereby remain on the relief. The client who attempts to secure as much work as possible will be given better consideration than if he refuses to work. Persons wishing to employ labor and who have trouble in hiring people will contact either the Relief office or the road foreman in the respective townships. The road foreman will be glad to refer relief clients to jobs that are open. The following is a list of the road foremen in the townships:

Jackson township: FRANK HARRIS, Beaver, Ohio, Route 1; WM. FRICK, Beaver, Ohio, Route 1; WELBY ACORD, Chillicothe, Ohio, Route 2; EARL CLEMENTS, Omega, Ohio.

8 Jan 1934 The Republican Herald





Phoebe, Grace, Albert, Alvin and Gladys and Virgil Meachaam, children of Mr. and Mrs. William Meacham, of Jackson township, were committed to the Pike County Children's home Saturday. The father is 83 years of age and was unable to take care of the children. The mother was sent to the Women's reformatory about three months ago on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of her two old girls, Phoebe and Grace Meacham.

6 Sep 1928 The Republican Herald












While Rev. George Maple and wide, of Jackson township, were enroute to church on Sunday morning they claim that two colored men stopped their machine and made an attack upon them with a hammer. Rev. Maple cast aside his ministerial dignity and knocked one of the men down and the other one made his escape Sheriff Ernest Dowdle and Deputy William Anderson were called to the scene of the trouble and arrested one of the colored men who was connected with the trouble. He gave his name as Arthur Nelson and his home at Columbus. He will be arraigned later before Squire T. A. Brown on a charge of assault and battery. Other arrests will probably follow as officers have now learned the identity of the other assailant.

9 Aug 1928 The Republican Herald





Omega 26 Aug 1954

           26 August 1954  Waverly Watchman

On Saturday last the democracy of Jackson Township met at Sharonville and raised a Hickory Pole 130 feet high, after which a procession was formed and precede to a convenient place, where, on motion of Amos Corwine, Mr. Wm. Rea was called to the chair, and P. Adams chosen secretary, Joab Moffitt, Esq. was loudly called for who took the stand, and for an hour and a half held forth a strains of eloquence rarely equaled. He was listened to by all with unusual attention. The high spirits of the sterling democracy of old Jackson on that occasion gave an earn at that at the coming electrons she will prove herself well worthy to bear the name of the Hero of New Orleans.

Wm. Rea, Ch'n P. Adams, Sec'y

The Hickory Sprout, Piketon, Ohio Thursday August 29, 1844 page 2





Earl Davis up in Jackson Township knows what accumulated trouble means. Some ten days ago they lost an infant child. Three days later their house burned with all its contents. Mrs. Davis was carried out in the cold, slightly protected and flu developed. On Monday, their little boy, five years old, fell on the ice and broke his leg.

29 Jan 1920 The Republican Harold








Jackson township elected two Republicans and one Democrat member of the school board at Tuesday's election and the schools of that township will be in safe hands for two more years. Under Will Kerns, as superintendent, the Omega schools are progressing nicely and it is indeed gratifying to know that Will can stay there for four more years, if he so desires, Charles C. Landrum and J. Y. Dyke are the Republican victors, while Elijah Maloy defeated C. C. Palmer by a very close count. On the township ticket, Joseph Acord, Independent, James Beatty, Republican, and Lawrence Oyer, Democrat were elected trustees, while W. H. Maloy, Democrat, was returned as clerk of the township for two more years.

5 Nov 1925 The Republican Herald



Notice has been given by the Home Telephone Company that they have filed with the Public Utilities Commission a new schedule of rates, showing increase in rates for service in Beaver, Cynthiana, Idaho, Piketon, Sinking Springs and Waverly. The new rates are to become effective October 1st. The new rate calls for a net yearly rate of $21 for a rural ten party line.

10 Sep 1925 The Republican Harold








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