Ohio History Journal

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Book Notes

Book Notes



State Maps on File. Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota,

Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin. (New York: Facts on File Publications, 1984.

maps, index.) and Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names: United States and

Canada. Edited by Kelsie B. Harder. (New York: Facts on File Publications,

1985 reprint. xiv + 631p.; illustrations, bibliography.) State Maps on File is

one of a seven-volume series of state maps compiled by the publishers, and

"specifically geared to the needs of teachers, students and librarians from

every state in the union." Included in the Midwest volume are 154 maps cov-

ering eight states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,

Ohio, and Wisconsin. As with other volumes in the series, the format is 81/2

by 11 inches, looseleaf, in a D-ring binder, with black printing on white card

stock. These are basically outline maps showing political boundaries, with

some limited, additional information in such diverse areas as legislative dis-

tricts, demographics, transportation, and natural resources. Further cover-

age, particularly relating to historical events, varies according to teaching re-

quirements within each state. Unfortunately for the potential user, the maps

are not entirely reliable. In looking through the set for Ohio a number of er-

rors and distortions were found. Indeed, for a teacher or researcher who is

not entirely familiar with Ohio, using these maps without a lot of additional

information would be a very risky enterprise. For example, the maps for Top-

ographic Areas and Average Annual Precipitation are inaccurate enough to be

useless; the maps for Industry and Major Rivers and Waterways are dis-

torted enough that they should not be used without supplementary informa-

tion. The idea for this series is a good one, especially since free right to copy

for nonprofit use is granted, but until their accuracy becomes impeccable

they cannot enjoy the wide, reliable use intended by the publishers.

Another recent work from the same publishers that probably will be of

greater value to the teacher, researcher, or interested reader is the new re-

print edition of their Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names: United States and

Canada. This will be useful in learning the origins of place names, and in un-

raveling the tangle of confusion one finds with the multiple use of some place

names, or indeed even the multiple derivations of some of these names. Un-

fortunately, however, there are disappointments here as well. Some names

that really should be included in this volume are not there. If one considers

the work's emphasis on the unusual, interesting, and historically significant

words, then names such as the following examples should have been con-

sidered: Nome (Alaska), New Harmony (Indiana), Pelee (both Island and

Point in Ontario), Little Bighorn River (Montana), and Watts (California). All

in all, though, this single volume, available in both hard and paper bind-

ings, will be of more than a little value, especially if one adheres to the stipu-

lation that all secondary reference works should be used in such a way that

confirmation of information is possible.

Ohio Historical Society                             Carl W. Albrecht


From Blacksmith To General: General Edmund Munger and the War of 1812

in Ohio. By Howard R. Houser. (Centerville, Ohio: The Centerville Historical