Museum mourns loss of friend

Published 10:47 pm Saturday, June 19, 2010

If you haven’t decided where to go for your vacation we can help.

We have the June issue of the Ohio magazine in our library and in it are many places for suggested vacations.

The library is at the top of the staircase on the second floor of the museum and we welcome you to use it. We would be glad to have you stop by.

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of a friend, Albert Destocki, who has been such a friend to the Lawrence County Historical Museum. He was so interested in local history and helped us when he could.

Albert served our country and for his service received three Bronze Stars and a Victory medal!

The Ironton Garden Club is making our museum lawn look so beautiful and so neat. And speaking of beauty, it is good to see Ironton in Bloom’s efforts throughout the community! The IIB always works hard to make the town look so pretty this time of year, decorating stores and streets.

Don’t forget: Our next event at the museum is the ice cream social. The time and date will be announced later on.

Summer is a busy time and we invite you to stop by the museum and relax a moment. We are planning some extra exhibits that will be available for viewing in the near future.

We hope you will stop by and see them — and like what you see.

Historical fact: The Welsh people

The first Welsh settled in what is now Jackson County in 1818. Six families, those of John Jones, John Evans, Evan Evans, Lewis Davis, William Williams and Thomas Evans emigrated from Wales in 1818 and arrived at Baltimore, Md., on July 1 of that year.

They were on their way to Paddy’s Run in this state and reached as far away as Gallipolis on their way. They tarried one night in Gallipolis and the next morning the boats in which they descended the river were gone. They had drifted away in the middle of the night.

But the little colony took things as they came and concluded to settle in Gallia County. Four of the families, including Evan Evans’ family, bought land in Raccoon Township, Gallia County, but that part was added to Jackson County later. Evan and Susannan Evans had brought with them a 3 year-old son, Evan, who is now living in this county near Camba.

(A personal note” the Crabtree family, which included my grandmother, moved to Lawrence County from Jackson where our family resides).

Ironton Register, Thursday, Jan. 21, 1892

Naomi Deer, trustee, LCHS