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Book Notes

Book Notes




Little Cities of Black Diamonds: Urban Development in the Hocking Coal

Region, 1870-1900. By Ivan M. Tribe. (Athens: Athens County Historical

Society and Museum, 1988. vii + 130p.; tables, notes, index.) and, Sprinkled

with Coal Dust: Life and Work in the Hocking Coal Region, 1870-1900. By

Ivan M. Tribe. (Athens: Athens County Historical Society and Museum, 1989.

viii + 168p.; tables, notes, index.) Tribe's two books constitute a history of the

Hocking Valley coal mining towns in the corners of Perry, Hocking and Athens

counties from their establishment in the late nineteenth century until 1900. A

comprehensive treatment, they include demographics, governmental, political,

economic, labor, social, educational and cultural history. Also included is a

detailed treatment of the Panic of 1893 in the region and the economic recovery

that followed.


Ohio Historical Society                          David A. Simmons



Uncommon Threads: A Centennial History of the Bethel Mennonite Church.

By James O. Lehman. (West Liberty, Ohio: Bethel Mennonite Church, 1990.

viii + 247p.; illustrations, notes, appendixes, index.) James O. Lehman,

well-known for his important contributions to the field of local history, has

again turned his hand to writing the history of a congregation. Uncommon

Threads provides an exhaustively thorough look at the West Liberty, Ohio,

Bethel Mennonite Church. This book is well written and includes detailed

notes, appendixes, and index, as well as many illustrations. Anyone interested

in Mennonite history should find Lehman's latest work of interest.


Ohio Historical Society                              Laura Russell



Treasure by the Bay: The Historic Architecture of Sandusky, Ohio. By Ellie

Damm. (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1989. 192p.; illustrations,

maps, notes, bibliography, indexes.) This handsome hardbound volume,

printed in a large format, visually chronicles the significant nineteenth and

early twentieth century architecture of this historic Lake Erie port. An

important contribution to Ohio's growing list of architectural histories, Trea-

sure by the Bay is the culmination of an architectural survey and National

Register nomination conducted and coordinated by the author over a period of

several years, in which nearly 1,500 buildings were documented and ninety-five

nominated to the National Register of Historical Places. Native limestone, just

one of the community's distinctive physical attributes, is seen in most of the

larger buildings erected before and immediately after the Civil War. Brief texts

devoted to topics such as "Carved in Limestone" and "Commerce 'Round the

Town" introduce each of the twelve chapters. Over 150 large black and white

photographs are accompanied by descriptive captions of individual structures

in the community. While not a comprehensive analysis, Treasure by the Bay