Washington Township Historical Society

Newsletter #4 September, 2007

The Washington Twp. Historical Society of Stark Co., Inc. will resume with the monthly meetings on Tuesday night September 25, 2007, at 7:00 pm at the township fire hall.

We have a great schedule of programs, you won’t want to miss any of them so mark your calendars now.

September 25, 2007 Lowell Myers’ Go Carts & Track - Jay Myers

October 23, 2007 Milk Bottle Collection – Lou McFadden

November 27, 2007 Rev. War Doctor – Ron Hafner

December No Meeting – Merry Christmas

January 22, 2008 Father/Son Farms – Dickerhoof, Campbell, Johnson

February 26, 2008 Members Round Table

March 25, 2008 Rt. 80 businesses, Rt 183 businesses

April 22, 2008 Fairmount Children’s Home – Charles Freday, Bob & Patty Zerbe

May 27, 2008 What Barns Say – Paul Whipple

June 24, 2008 Picnic at Beechwood Playground

President’s Perspective

By Dan MacIntyre

I wish to thank you for allowing me to be the President of our Historical Society. I will do my very best to continue to have your confidence.

This summer Louise and I took a trip back east to visit family and friends. During the trip we visited Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY, the home of Teddy Roosevelt. It is a National Historic Site. Later we stopped at the birthplace of President Grover Cleveland in Caldwell, NJ. It is a New Jersey State Historical Site. Here in Washington Township there aren’t any designated historical sites. There aren’t any plaques outside any buildings indicating a historic person lived there. Yet something of historic significance did in fact occur here. It was a quiet sort of history made by ordinary people. When you and I were in school we studied the westward expansion of our country. We learned about the Prairie Schooners that traveled along the Oregon Trail. Before the Oregon Trail there was the old Indian Trail that went through the forests from the river to this area. We learned in school that the first settlers went over the Allegheny Mountains and crossed the Ohio River. Some of those original settlers found their way to what later became known as Washington

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Township, Stark County, Ohio. Some of those early settlers moved on further west. Another group of people came after them. People from Europe were looking for independence, freedom and opportunity. They too were part of the American Dream. All of these people worked hard, persevered, made do and suffered hardship. They all, however, succeeded.

This is our heritage. It is a story I tell the third grade class at the Washington Elementary School every year. It is a story worth repeating. You and I know this story. Hopefully more people will be aware of it, as time goes by. It is our historical heritage and one we can be proud to have and share.

Thoughts From Freeburg

By Jane Radabaugh Dickinson


After a busy summer with the garden, yard and grandkids I am ready to settle in to watch the snow fly, get back to historical meetings and research genealogy.

Speaking of genealogy on Sept.24, 2007 the Rodman Library will present a program "Online Treasures at the Stark County Recorders Office". Rick Campbell, Stark County Treasurer, will share information about all the records that have been made available online. No need to pre-register and the class is free of charge. I attended one of his classes when he first started this project and learned a lot about researching property information for my family tree. The class will be held at the Rodman Library on Arch Street and Broad Street in Alliance.

Carolyn and I deciphered the 1830 Washington Township Census which is also online at www.washingtontwphistoricalsociety.org. We are working at getting more of the census online. The handwriting is very difficult to read and has been quit a challenge. There is a lot of information on census records that is useful in researching genealogy.

Another project we have been working on near and dear to my heart because I have family in the Navy and Air Force is the military project. The new standards on the graves with the flags looked so nice for Memorial and Flag Day. We will be putting the flags back on the graves for Veterans Day

Remember when you are doing your fall cleaning feel free to share with us pictures, obits, anything that we might use at the historical office. What you think is junk might just be a treasure to us. (Carolyn’s note – And people outside the township looking for things from inside the township.)

See you on September 25th. at the first of the season historical meeting.

Questions about facts we learned at the 2006-07 meetings, Do you remember?

1. If you find a mastodon tooth what should you use to help preserve it?

2. How did the term "undertaker" come about?

3. What grade does the society talk to at the elementary school?

4. What was Pres. McKinley’s nickname during the Civil War?

5. Taylorcraft manufactured planes for what war?

6. A township is made up of how many sections?

7. How did the term "underground railroad" come about?

No cheating but you will find the answers at the end of this newsletter.


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Message From the Treasurer

By Janet Moser

Summer went by fast! Monthly meetings will resume and dues will be due. Our year goes from September 1, 2007, through August 31, 2008, and the dues are $10.00 per year for an individual, and $20.00 per year for a family. Checks should be made out to the Washington Twp. Historical Society and mailed to the Washington Twp. Historical Society, 5843 Beechwood Ave. NE, Alliance, OH 44601, or see Janet at the September meeting.


Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes

By Janet Moser and Carolyn Caskey

Just as little children do things for the first time, the historical society did a first time thing on Sat. August 25th. We set up a table at the Beech Creek Botanical Garden on Beech Street for their Tomato Faire

They had tomatoes of every kind to see and taste. They had a couple of vendors selling fresh tomatoes with many other fresh vegetables from their gardens. They had vendors selling things that had absolutely nothing to do with tomatoes. BUT

We had items to sell that had tomatoes in them. On our tomato decorated table we sold tomato relish, salsa, tomato cake, tomato/chocolate cupcakes, tomato cupcakes with raisins and nuts, tomato butter, tomato preserves and cherry tomatoes in balsamic vinegar dressing. Everything but the cherry tomatoes was a hit. We had samples of the relish, salsa, butter and preserves for the people to taste and after having a small taste they were hooked.

We also had some historical society items to show and explain to the people what we are all about. We passed out flyers and generated interest. Maybe next year we can come up with some other tomato items to sell. All the officers did the baking and cooking this time. Do you have any suggestions and recipes?

Thanks for all your help!

By Marleen Grant, Outgoing President

I want to THANK the officers and members for allowing me to be your president for the last two years. It has been an experience, working and getting ready for meetings and activities. I will be trying to finish the barn project this next year, on what I have started. Also, if you have old clothing from the olden times the society is still taking them. (Note: At a district historical society meeting held in Wooster several years ago Marleen attended a session on properly storing old clothing, so she knows what she is doing.)

There is still a lot of work to do on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month and would enjoy everyone who can come and help anytime. Check with your officers to make sure they are going to be there.

The best to your new officers and thanks again for your help.





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History Detectives

By Carolyn Caskey

Have you ever watched the History Detectives on PBS? I enjoy the show and see how they find out the origin of items, where things happened, why did they happen, etc. In fact, I watched it this afternoon (Sun. the 2nd) and learned that we had POW camps in the United States for captured Germans during World War II. The one they were researching for a lady was in Texas and there were over 3000 prisoners. Anyway, it is things like that that I enjoy seeing how they find the answer.

Now you might not think that Washngton Twp. would need a history detective but it does, it needs YOU and others like you. There are things that have happened in our township but we don’t have the whole story or pictures to back up the fact that it was here or that it did happen.

For instance, there was a miniature golf course on Beechwood Ave. just north of the Beechwood Playground. I remember it, others remember it, but can you tell me the exact year or years it was there. Who owned it and can we find a picture or advertisement of it?

Also, I heard there was a regular golf course on Rt. 183 in the vicinity of the old J & W Fence Co. Supposedly it was there in the 1930’s. Was there such a thing? The man that told me about it couldn’t give me the year or who owned it.

Did you know that a black woman who worked on the railroad during World War II was killed in an accident while working near Maximo? The man that told of it couldn’t tell me anything other than what I just typed.

How exactly did the Fairmount name originate. We have heard lots of stories but nothing to prove it.

What happened to the bodies and tombstones that were part of the Accleson/Shively Cemetery on Rt. 153 west of Freeburg?

I was finally able to get pictures of the Boy Scout Cabin that sat next to Beech Creek on Oakhill Avenue but what about the motorcycle track that was on the now botanical garden site, where can we find a picture of the Motz School when it was a school, how about a good photo of the Honor Roll sign in Maximo and speaking of Maximo what were all the businesses that were on the site of Kountry Korner and do any really old pictures exist of the building.

These are just a few of the things that came to my mind immediately. There are more questions out there and the answers are out there also. We just need some History Detectives in Washington Township. Will you help detect?


  1. ½ part Elmer’s Glue and ½ part water
  2. They were cabinet makers who made the caskets, then started "undertaking" more duties
  3. Third grade
  4. Coffee Bill
  5. World War II
  6. 36 sections
  7. In chasing a slave across the Ohio River the owner couldn’t find him, he said the slave seemed to disappear "underground"