Ohio History Journal

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Big Bottom and Its History

Big Bottom and Its History.              27


This was the first massacre and the principal one, during the

Indian war then just opening.

Marietta had been settled two years before, and Big Bot-

tom, as this place was then known, was an overflow from that

place and comprised altogether thirty-six persons.

The year before several other settlements were established

from Marietta, but thus far this was the most remote.

No state in the Union was settled by a more worthy or en-

terprising class of citizens. They were largely the soldiers or

sons of soldiers of the Revolutionary War. Many were college

graduates, and practically all of them were well educated, and

they brought to the west the very best civilization of the east.

Ohio at that time was an unbroken wilderness filled with

wild animals and wilder men, and to conquer it the highest cour-

age and ability were required. The result was the founding of

a state which in all the requirements of a high civilization has

no superior.  Even in wealth and population to-day there is

no state in the Union that equals it if we leave out the great cities

of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, which are mainly for-

eign and not native.

The men or women, therefore, who founded this state and

gave their lives to its development and established the institutions

we now enjoy, are well worthy of remembrance and honor by

those who come after them and now enjoy the fruits of their

labors and sacrifices.

What these labors and sacrifices were, will be indicated in

the address of the distinguished speakers who are here to-day

and to whom I now give opportunity to be heard.



When I look over this audience and see here this afternoon

so many friendly and familiar faces. I feel that I need hardly

assure this company that I am glad to be with you on this occa-

sion. It is always a very great pleasure to me, upon any

occasion, to meet and greet my friends and neighbors of good

old Morgan, the county of my birth. And I think I may be

pardoned for saying that on this occasion the pleasure is doubled