TRUSTEE MEETING AT SPIEGEL GROVE.
On Thursday, June 30th, the Trustees of the Ohio State Archaeo-
logical and Historical Society held a regular meeting at the residence of
Colonel Webb C. Hayes, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio. It was a most
Miss Lucy E. Keeler-all members of G. A. R. Hon. J. C. Wonders, Chief
of the Ohio State Highway Commission, was also the guest of Colonel
Hayes. The entire party were comfortably bestowed in automobiles and
whisked over the country roads, to the site of Fort Seneca, within the
present precincts of the village of Old Fort, romantically located on the
banks of the Sandusky River. Here the party traced the lines of the old
fort, under the guidance of some of the elder inhabitants, one a genial
well-preserved gentlemen, upwards of four score years of age, Mr. Hiram
Risden, "born and raised on the spot," and who as a boy saw the fort
picket walls and blockhouse defenses still standing. Mr. Risden's father
-Joel Risden-located here, coming from Vermont in 1810. This was
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the headquarters of General Harrison, during an important period of
the 1812 war. The defense known as Fort Seneca was erected early in
July, 1813, and contained within its enclosure about one and one-half
acres of land. The position of the fort was both a picturesque and
a practical one, being situated upon the bank about forty feet above the
bed of the Sandusky river.
On the return to Fremont, the party made a stop at the location
of Ball's Battlefield, where Colonel Ball with a detachment of troops,
on their way to the Maumee, a day or two before the assault on Fort
Stephenson, met a band of Tecumseh's Indians. The encounter was
somewhat unique in as much as the mounted soldiers with drawn sabres
charged into the Indian ranks and cut them to pieces before the savages
could get their flint lock guns into working order. The site of Ball's
battle is to be appropriately "monumented" by the Daughters of the
American Revolution, who have already placed in position an immense
bowlder, upon which suitable descriptive tablets will be attached.
The Trustees were most hospitably entertained at Spiegle Grove the
evening and night of the 29th. At 8:30 a. m., Thursday, the Board meeting
was held in the spacious parlors of the Hayes residence, so interestingly
and inspiringly stored with relics of the wars of '76, 1812 and '61 to
'65. Like knights of the historic Round Table the Trustees gathered
in this room, where have been received at various times so many dis-
tinguished members of the official, civil and military circles of our nation.
The splendid features of Rutherford B. Hayes, at one time President
of our Society, and always its ardent advocate, seemed to gaze ap-
provingly upon the proceedings of the meeting. The Trustees present
were: M. R. Andrews, G. F. Bareis, A. J. Baughman, H. E. Buck, R.
E. Hills, J. W. Harper, B. F. Prince, L. P. Schaus, H. A. Thompson,
W. C. Mills, G. F. Wright and E. O. Randall. The main business in
hand was the acceptance of the deeds from Colonel Hayes, completing
in prospect the transfer of the entire Spiegel Grove property, of some
twenty-five acres, to the State of Ohio, for the benefit and the cus-
todianship of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society.
One year ago Colonel Hayes made over ten acres of the property, em-
bracing the Harrison Trail. The two deeds now submitted and accepted
by the Society, transfer the additional ten acre strip facing on Hayes
and Wilson avenues, and a separate deed for the remaining five acres,
including the famous and magnificent Hayes residence, with its price-
less treasure of relics and books. Conditions of this princely and
patriotic gift are, that the State or the Historical Society shall properly
maintain the property and home, allowing the lineal descendants of the
late President Hayes to occupy the residence when they choose and
that the State or Society shall erect a fireproof library building to con-
tain the library, which in Americana is perhaps the richest private collec-
tion in this country.
Mr. Birchard A. Hayes of Toledo, Ohio, and Mrs. Fanny Hayes
Smith of Annapolis, Md., oldest son and only daughter respectively of
the late President Rutherford B. Hayes, were elected life members of
At the adjournment of the meeting, under the chaperonage of
Colonel Hayes, the party again resorted to automobiles, and accompanied
by several other guests including many of the Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution, who were in the party of the previous day, all proceeded
to Port Clinton, where dinner was served at the hotel. An inspection
was then made of the historic carrying-place, leading from the mouth
of the Portage River on Lake Erie across the projecting neck of land
to Sandusky Bay.
It is proposed to mark the northern portion of this old Sandusky-
Scioto land trail--leading from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, along the
west bank of the Sandusky-Scioto watercourse,-by erecting two simple
bowlder monuments on what is called the De Lery portage of 1754, ex-
tending from Lake Erie across the Marblehead peninsula to Sandusky
Bay, opposite the mouth of the Sandusky River. This portage is ap-
proximately represented by Fulton Street of the city of Port Clinton
with its extension north, an ordinary country road, from the city limits
south to Sandusky Bay.
Old Fort Sandusky, built in 1745, was near the southern end of this
portage and General Harrison's army embarked for the Canadian cam-
paign, terminating in the Battle of the Thames, from the northern end
of this portage, at which point his troops also were embarked on
Commodore Perry's ships soon after the battle of Lake Erie. The citi-
zens of Port Clinton propose to erect a split bowlder monument on
the shores of Sandusky Bay at the south end of the De Lery portage,
at the site of Old Fort Sandusky. And the Ohio Society of Colonial
Dames of America have secured a fund for the construction of an
historical tablet to be placed on one of the faces of the monument. It
is agreed that the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society
place on this monument a tablet of similar size, descriptive of the events
happening on this site, and also two small tablets, one containing the
roster of the officers of the French expedition of 1754 and the other
the roster of the first British expedition of 1760, when America was
taken over by Great Britain from France.
At the northern end of the portage a similar monument will be
erected by citizens of Port Clinton, on which the Ohio Society, Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution, will place a tablet for which a sum
has been provided, and it is decided that a tablet of similar size also
descriptive of the battle of Lake Erie, be erected by the Ohio State
Archaeological and Historical Society, and also two smaller tablets, one
containing a roster of the officers of Major General Harrison's army
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and the other the officers of the American fleet of Commodore Perry and
the British fleet of Captain Barclay.
The day's outing was delightfully closed by a steam-yacht trip from
Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay, where a short stop was made and a glimpse
taken of the proposed site of the monument to be erected in September,
1912, commemorative of Perry's encounter on Lake Erie.
EDWARD LIVINGSTON TAYLOR.
An innumerable host of admiring acquaintances heard with regret;
and a wide circle of intimate friends learned with sincere sorrow of
the sudden death of Edward Livingston Taylor, who unexpectedly
passed to the great beyond on the evening of Sunday, May 29th (1910.)
His was no ordinary character; his abilities were of an unusual
order; his qualities of sociability and friendship bound him in the closest
the frame house then constructed for their home, still stands, one of the
oldest landmarks of early settlement in the state, and it is still in the
possession and occupancy of the Taylor family. This Truro township
is historic, for it lies in the "Refugee Tract," a strip of land four and
one-half miles wide from north to south and about fifty miles from east
to west, extending from the east bank of the Scioto River to near the