Centennial History of Licking County, Ohio: Read at the Centennial Celebration of the Licking Co. Agricultural Society ; at the "Old Fort," July 4th, 1876 (Google eBook)

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Clark & Underwood, Printers, 1876 - Fourth of July celebrations - 80 pages
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Page 59 - Red Fox," and " Prairie Mule." The first named was a large gray horse, owned in Muskingum, I believe,, and was the winner. The " Red Fox " was a small sorrel horse and came in second best; and the " Prairie Mule," owned, I think, in Lancaster, was a small brown animal of nearly the same speed of the
Page 56 - Sword and Pistols" were one of the features of this notable day. There was also a great array of independent military companies, called volunteers, who also appeared in their best uniforms. Gen. Edward King of Chillicothe, and Gen. Sanderson, our very highly esteemed pioneer friend of Lancaster, who, at more than four-score years of age is still living, and whose interesting letter was read at our last meeting, were among the most conspicuous military commanders on that celebrated occasion.
Page 58 - ... crowd, who had, at some expense, and to -the neglect of their business and crops, at a very busy season of the year, gathered here in great force, from this and all the adjoining counties, to witness the death-agonies of a fellow being on the gallows, and they could not brook the idea of a disappointment! This is true only of the more brutal or rabble class of the spectators the better portion were thrilled with joy at the manner of its termination. Farce just then was more to their taste...
Page 57 - Stanbery defended him with great zeal and ability, but he was nevertheless found guilty and sentenced to be hung. The gallows was erected the grave dug the coffin made so was the shroud and the culprit put inside of it the crowd collected from far and near the military were marshaled in large numbers to prevent the escape or rescue of Peter, and to give eclat to the interesting occasion. The sermon was preached the doctors were on hand to determine when...
Page 55 - ... condition that he should safely guide the footsore water-bound traveller along the winding track among the ponds, across the square to the residence of the father of the belated footman, who at that time domiciled at the south west corner of West Main and Fourth streets ! Who was that lad ? The most important event to Newark and to Licking County that transpired in the year 1825 was the celebration of the 4th of July, at the "Licking Summit," four miles south of Newark, on the Ohio Canal.
Page 56 - ... heard him, he acquitted himself splendidly. Gov. Clinton threw out the first shovel of earth, in the construction of the Ohio Canal, on that interesting occasion. He Vol. XX 16. had been the projector of the Erie Canal, and had employed his great talents and influence to put the Empire State on the highway to prosperity and wealth by procuring the adoption of a liberal "Internal Improvement Policy.
Page 56 - Captains Merideth Darlington and Willard Warner, the former of Newark, the latter of Granville, commanded the local or home troops on the occasion. This was the heroic age of Ohio the age of military glory. Hon. Thomas Ewing, then in the full enjoyment of his great intellectual powers, was the Orator of the day, and, in the judgment of the great crowd who heard him, he acquitted himself splendidly. Governor Clinton threw out the first shovel-full of earth, in the construction of the Ohio Canal,...
Page 59 - ... ignominious death hanging over him to the last moment ; but to stop short of the reality of a death strangling ! The horse-racing of 1825 was also an event of no small magnitude, in the estimation of many. The race-course was bounded on the North by the southern portion of the town ; on the South by the South Fork ; on the East by Fourth Street ; and on the West by the Raccoon. An immense crowd of people of all colors, sexes, and condition had collected. They came from adjacent counties, and...
Page 58 - ... the culprit into eternity, when lo ! and behold a dashing horseman, came rushing along, crying at the top of his voice that he had a message from the governor of the State of Ohio. This proved to be Isaac Cool, who knew well how to act such a part with a flourish. The commander of the troops cleared the track for him, when he. with due regard to style, passed the document with the great seal of the State of Ohio attached to the sheriff, which proved to be a respite or suspension of the sentence....
Page 57 - I attended a camp meeting held in Franklin Township, not far from the large Stone Mound, some eight miles from Newark. The meeting was held in a pleasant and somewhat romantic locality near the western termination of the Flint Ridge. The weather was delightful the preaching was good, and the surroundings and incidents of the meeting had a flavor of freshness and novelty about them that rendered the occasion one decidedly enjoyable. A slender, tall, erect, long-visaged, grave old man, with...

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