Ohio History Journal

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As the American people rush along in their hurried life,

often observing only the big things of the world, they sometimes

forget the pleasure and value which may be derived from the

smaller ones. Let us consider the importance and significance

of the lesser. May we go into a very little valley which has

been prominent in our country's history ?

When one scans the broad Ohio, which affords so many

commercial advantages, he thinks of the business world and fails

to look backward to some of its rivers' picturesque tributaries-

not the broad, courageous Miami river, nor the rushing Mad

river, but a still smaller stream of water known as Mac-o-chee


This little stream takes its source from two small springs

in Monroe Township, Logan County, Ohio, and flows for some

seven miles, finally emptying into Mad river in a meadow just

south of West Liberty. Time has changed the channel of this

creek, so that today there are two Mac-o-chees having their

mouths in the same river and only a few miles apart.

Why is it this little body of water has so much charm?

Why in early times did the red-man place his village on its

bank? Was it because of the soil's great fertility for raising

corn? Was it for the game which its forests afforded or was

it the beauty and solitude of this secluded place that attracted

the Indians? Yes, it was for all these reasons, and probably

for many more, which the white man of today fails to perceive.

In those days stood the grand, old forest, the smoothly

rounded hills and the broad stretch of land, through all of which

flowed the bright sparkling water. The white man as well as

the Indian recognizes advantages of this locality and at the close

of the Revoltuionary War, we find him encroaching upon the

red-man's territory.

The first inhabitants of this valley were Indians from the