Ohio History Journal

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370 Ohio Arch

370       Ohio Arch. and His. Society Publications.




The third day was Military day, and no other county has

better right to commemorate the memory of the soldier than

Jefferson, whether he be of the Revolutionary war, of the Second

War for Independence, the Mexican war or the War Between the

States. Jefferson county furnished thousands of the bravest men

in the Federal army during the War Between the States. It is

not necessary to mention their names - the mere mention of this

awful conflict at arms between people of the same blood, of the

same ancestry, brings before us the names of men who were among

the bravest, whether in the line or whether they were in com-

mand. Jefferson county is proud of her military record. She

is proud to celebrate her prowess in war as well as her greatness

in peace.

After an imposing military parade, the addresses were deliv-

ered at La Belle park. Rev. J. A. Thrapp presided and ex-Lieut.-

Gov. R. G. Richards was the secretary. After the rendition of

"Marching Through Georgia," Rev. Dr. R. A. McKinley deliv-

ered an eloquent invocation, most feelingly spoken.

Hon. L. Danford, the Congressman from the Jefferson dis-

trict, delivered an address, reviewing the war and its results, refer-

ring to the part taken by Jefferson county in the conflict that

resulted in the freedom of the slave.



Fellow Citizens of Jefferson County: -

At the invitation of your committee, I come with pleasure

to-day to join you in the impressive ceremonies of your splendid

centennial, and to bear to you the greetings of the people of the

Scioto valley and of old Chillicothe, where, almost a hundred

years ago, the seat of government of our great commonwealth

of Ohio was first established. In the midst of your rejoicings

we tender you our warm congratulations over your marvelous

growth and enrichment during the first century of your life. A

hundred years in the history of a people, spanning as it does the

average life of three generations of men, must under any circum-