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Book Notes

Book Notes

Ohio Pottery and Glass Marks and Manufacturers. By Lois Lehner. (Des

Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead Books, 1978. 113p.; illustrations, notes, biblio-

graphy.) A useful updating of John Ramsay's 1947 check list of Ohio potteries, with

additional material on Ohio glass manufacturers, this work contains brief company

histories arranged alphabetically by town or city and accompanied by reproduc-

tions of known ware marks. The bibliography indicates an uneven utilization of

available material and neglect of some important sources. Failure to consult some

county histories results in a number of omissions-the Moxahala and Wellington

factories, for example. There are numerous descrepancies of dates between the

author's account of East Liverpool potteries and those of Wilber Stout's history of

the clay industries of Ohio and William H. Vodrey's check list of East Liverpool

potteries, neither of which is included in Lehner's bibliography. The book is also

marred by numerous misspellings, such as Senaca, Sciota, Muskingham and

Painsville. Consulting city directories, county atlases, manufacturers' census

reports, and other basic sources would have greatly improved the accuracy of this

work. Sources of information are often not documented. Despite such problems the

book is a helpful compendium for both the historian and the collector of Ohio

pottery and glassware.

James Murphy


The History of Thornville, Thornport, and Area Ohio. (Thornville, Ohio:

Thornville-Thornport History Committee, 1977. 72p.; illustrations, maps.) This

book is a brief history of a small town founded in either 1801 or 1802 in the Buckeye

Lake area. It is well illustrated and is an interesting addition to Ohio's town


Robert Daughterty


At the Crossroads: Michilimackinac During the American Revolution. By David

A. Armour and Keith R. Widder. (Mackinac Island, Mich.: Mackinac Island State

Park Commission, 1978. v + 249p.; illustrations, maps, appendix, motes, index.)

The American Revolution in the Old Northwest featured more than just the

exploits of George Rogers Clark in the Illinois country. Because historians of the

region have often omitted accounts of the British post at Michilimackinac, the

authors offer as a corrective a detailed review of the frequently difficult day-to-day

existence of the garrison stationed there during the war. Located at the juncture of

Lakes Michigan and Huron, Michilimackinac was Great Britain's northernmost

post in the Great Lakes area. The fort came under threat of attack by American

raiders such as Clark, and later by France and Spain as well. As Britain's sole ally,

the Indians constituted more of a problem than a help because constant negotia-

tions were required to retain their allegiance and prevent them from warring

amongst themselves. As the authors admit, their book suffers from its almost

exclusive reliance upon papers left by those British officials who kept written

records. Thus the story of those who left no such records-enlisted men, Indians and

local residents-is described as seen through the eyes of the more literate. An

interesting text accompanies a series of excellent illustrations, especially those of

the reconstructed forts at Michilimackinac and Mackinac Island.

Robert Daugherty