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who are interested in this work. The undersigned committee will be

glad to receive suggestions concerning speakers, lists of names and ad-

dresses of history workers, details concerning local history organizations

and patriotic societies, and any other sources of information that will

assist in rendering the conference a success. Address communications

to Frank P. Goodwin, 3435 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, Ohio."




Where did the parents of Return Jonathan Meigs get the name?

This question has been asked innumerable times by Ohioans, in looking

over the list of names of Ohio governors in early days. Possibly there

is no accurate information on the subject, but General Zeigler, visitors'

attendant at the state house, tells, a story of the matter which he says

he secured from relatives of the dead governor.

According to this story the elder Jonathan Meigs, father of Return

Jonathan, was very much in love with a charming girl down in Con-

necticut. He asked her hand in marriage one evening. The lass looked

calmly into the big open fire place, and measured in her mind the worth

of the young man. Jonathan Meigs is a young lawyer, of good family,

as well off in this world's goods as any of the other men of the com-

munity, but he lacks something. What was it? Vinegar? That's it.

He lacked spirit. So, pressed for an answer, she told Jonathan that she

would think of him as a very dear brother. Flushing, Jonathan Meigs

arose, picked up his hat and cane and started out without a word. Why

be in such a hurry?" the maiden called. But the slam of the door was

the only answer. "Why, he has a temper after all," she said aloud, and

rushed to the door just in time to see the old gate slammed shut so

violently that the wooden hinges split apart. "Return Jonathan Meigs,"

she cried. Jonathan returned, a wedding followed and the first child

born was named Return Jonathan Meigs, and later he became the

fourth governor of Ohio.

Meigs was one of the war governors of the state, serving during

the war of 1812. He resigned his office as governor to become postmaster

general of the United States. Othniel Looker, of Hamilton county, com-

pleted his term.



On June 11th, the Pioneer Association of Wyandot county held

its anniversary of the CRAWFORD massacre.   Several hundred people

gathered in the picturesque grove, on the banks of the historic Tymoch-

tee, but a few hundred feet from the monument erected to the memory

of the martyr Colonel William CRAWFORD, who gave up his life in the

cause of the advancement of white civilization on June 11, 1782. The

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exercises of the day were presided over by Mr. Emil Schlup, retiring

president of the Pioneer Association. The election of the officers for

the ensuing year resulted in the selection of Mr. Amos Nye as president

and of the re-election of Mr. Mark Karr as secretary. An interesting

program  of music and speeches was successfully carried out. Music

was furnished by the Adrian Cornet Band, composed of E. K. Ewing,

Eugene Ewing, Fred Ewing, Thomas Reardan, Fort Presler, Burt Al-

lion, Derf Ringheisen, Earl Snyder, George Myers, Karl Truby, Ralph

Green and C. C. Haines; and the Carey Male Quartette, composed of

Jesse Stombaugh, J. D. Ewing, R. D. Hilty and W. L. Baker.

Interesting reminiscences of "ye olden tymes" were given by Presi-

dent Nye, Mr. H. K. Inman, Postmaster Hiram Miller of Wharton, Mr.

F. L. Feltus of McCutchenville, Captain A. P. Cutting of Kenton, Rev.

T. J. Carey of Wharton and the venerable Isaac Burke of Crawford,

whose memory went back to the days of the "Indians, rattlesnakes and

blacksnakes of the Tymochtee"; in his boyhood days Mr. Burke spoke

the Indian language and became acquainted with many Indians, visited

and transacted business with them and the following Indians were some

of his personal friends: Big Solomon, Little Chief, Charles, Fider, George

Wright, Armstrong, Peacock, Mud-Eater, Stuckey, Grey-Eyes, Between-

the-Logs, John Seneca, Warpole, Spybuck, Guard, Mononcue, Bullhead,

Porcupine, Bigelow, Walker, James, and Deer. Mr. Burke "was raised

on Tymochtee Creek and always loved to live on its banks; in its earlier

days it was considered one of the best streams in the state, but it is

different now, being damaged by oil and salt water."

The speakers of the day were Hon. Grant Mouser, member of

Congress from that district, and Mr. Randall, the Secretary of the Ohio

State Archaeological and Historical Society. Mr. Mouser made an elo-

quent address on the marvelous growth of our country and its present

prosperity. The Secretary of this Society dwelt upon the historic events

of Ohio, the various races contending for supremacy in the Ohio Valley

and the bitter contest between the white and the red people.

It was a day long to be remembered by those who were fortunate

enough to be present.




By the appointment of a financial committee of three, the trustees of

Western Reserve Historical Society, in their first meeting for two years,

took definite steps at their meeting in May last, toward raising a per-

manent endowment fund of $150,000.

W. H. Cathcart is the newly elected president of the society. When

it became known that L. E. Holden, president of the society since 1902,

could not serve another term on account of other pressing duties and

Mr. Cathcart was elected in his place, the president-elect frankly told