Historical Society researching address changes

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 29, 2010

Now that the Friends of Ironton have left their visit, it is time to get down to thinking of school.

There was much excitement in Ironton during the weekend and many people enjoyed it.

We recently went to the Briggs Library to research the time when the numbers on the houses changed. As far as we could find, according to the city directories, the time was in the years 1914-1915. Now we are being told that the numbers changed two times, so we went back to work again.

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When out-of-town folks come to research their families, they may have the wrong address, so this is important.

We are now thinking of decorating the museum for Christmas. The building will be closed the last two weeks in October and reopened the first Sunday in November. This is something we always look forward to.

The Christmas Tea and the candlelight church walk will soon be upon us.

“Lest We Forget” will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 11. This will be at Green Township School and will be an evening of honor and remembrance. This is really something you do not want to miss.

We recently received a message from the Dayton Historical Society telling us they had an antique gas-cooking stove that had been made in Ironton.

If we would come pick it up, they would donate it to us. It is now in Ironton and will be placed for all to see it in the near future.

In our library at the museum, you will find a book that as recently donated to us. It was written by a blind lady and later translated.

Also, the new “Ohio” magazine is in and it tells us of a tour of four Ohio wineries and nearby farmer’s markets.

You will find an article about the JC Penny outlet in Columbus and the map to get there. It tells of the Lake Erie Boat Week and a road trip to Ohio history. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

The “Ohio” magazine is in the museum library for your use.

Historical Fact: “Old Times” by John G. Wilson.

The teacher’s stock in trade consisted in knowing how to read, write and cipher to the double rule of three, as it was called at that time.

We will now suppose that school has commenced, the master called “books” has rapped on the door with a large ruler and with a glace at a bundle of hickories placed in the corner so as to be handy in case they were needed.

He proceeds to call the scholars one by one to get names and age, in order to call the roll every morning and see who were absent.

The scholars are of all ages, from the lad of six to the man of fifty, who have passed the youth of their lives in the Indian War, under Wayne, and during an interval of peace.

They are learning what they have long craved, how to read. (Ironton Register, Thursday, May 7, 1896).

Naomi Deer, LCHS