Ohio History Journal


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pany. Subsequently John Chapman seeks in adventurous wanderings

through the western country, the home of his plighted love. There is,

of course, a rival, fascinating and chivalrous, but unworthy. Mr. Hillis

has with rare gifts of pen portrayal pictured the simple but perilous life

of the New England pioneers who sought their fortunes and amid the

Indian inhabited fastnesses beyond the Alleghanies. It is a beautiful

story, pure, idyllic, poetic and through the entire volume runs a delicate

vein of moral and elevating sentiment such as renders the story at once

a prose poem and an eloquent sermon. Amidst the flood of trashy and

demoralizing novels of the day Mr. Hillis' "Quest of John Chapman" is

like a draft of sparkling and refreshing water from some mountain spring.

It should be read by every lover of a thrilling story told in the choicest

language. It is published by Macmillan & Company, New York.




The Van Wert Bulletin of October 1, 1904, is responsible for the


The first trial of arms in Ohio, in the war of 1812, was a skirmish

on Marblehead peninsula between Indians in the employ of the British

and early white settlers in the Ottawa County firelands. The whites

were principally from  Trumbull and Ashtabula counties. Among them

was Joshua R. Giddings, then aged sixteen years, and who later stirred

the halls of Congress as one of Ohio's senators.

The skirmish resulted in the flight of the whites across Sandusky

Bay. After going but a short distance, however, they met a relief party

from their former homes bound for their own new settlement. The entire

party returned, and succeeded in dispersing the erstwhile successful in-

vaders. But it was only after a terrible conflict, and after many whites.

lost their lives, that the redskins were forced to retreat.

A number of years after this memorable conflict the survivors of

the battle met on the spot where the conflict took place. It was agreed

that they should meet at stated periods, but the few who assembled in

later years dwindled until finally in 1864, but one was left. That person

was Joshua R. Giddings, and, visiting the scene of the conflict for the

last time, as fate destined it to be the last, he erected a monument to the

memory of the hundred brave men who fought the skirmish and resisted

the siege which was Ohio's debut in the war of 1812.

A short time after the placing of this little stone, and in the same

year, 1864, Giddings died. The monument was placed by Giddings at

Meadowbrook, a beautiful spot near Sandusky Bay, and but a short dis-

tance from Johnson's Island, another place which became a location of

history as the federal prison for southern prisoners captured in the War

of the Rebellion.

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