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Jordan D Pickens is an educator and local historian. His is the co-author of a book on Meigs County history.
The earliest record of boatbuilding in Racine dates back to 1822. Larkin’s Pioneer History of Meigs County states, “Mr. Lucius Cross came from Marietta in 1822 to lands of his own, and started a tannery, built flat boats to...
Author Barbara Lieberman said, “One does not seek love . . . . It should find you all on its own.” That is most certainly the case for Carmi Alderman who found his way from Morgan County to a...
This year Harrisonville Masonic Lodge #411 celebrates 150 years of Freemasonry. This past February, the Grand Lodge of Ohio gathered in Harrisonville for a reconsecration, or re-dedication, ceremony for the lodge. The names of the original members of the...
When writing these articles, I typically have a topic or a person in mind, and then when I begin to write it, typically history takes me elsewhere. I have been compiling information on Marcus Bosworth for some time now,...
When someone thinks of well-known authors or famous journalists from Meigs County, usually two people come to mind: Ambrose Bierce and James Edwin Campbell. While both have incredible works in their own right as authors, W.G. Sibley of Racine...
Harness racing will once again return to The Meigs County Fair on Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17. The track at the fairgrounds bears the nickname “The Rock” paying homage to the sandstone cliffs jutting into the homestretch...
The month of August brings many familiar things to Meigs County. Soon, teachers and students alike will be returning to school; Friday night lights will oversee Meigs County’s Tornadoes, Marauders and Eagles duke it out on the gridiron. But...
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana. How, you may ask? A fine example today is the hepatitis A epidemic you see happening in the news at fast food restaurants all around...
Any use of racial profanities or language of that sort in this article is used in quotations from articles on the subject and do NOT reflect the author’s opinion or the opinion of the Meigs Independent Press. When I think...
The year was 1824. John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford, and Henry Clay are locked in a Presidential election where no major winner is declared, and it eventually goes to the House of Representatives for the deciding...
(This is a new weekly feature to the Meigs Independent Press. Each week a new topic of local history will be covered.) Whenever you look back at the early history of Meigs County, or, more aptly, the early history of...
  MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio - Memorial Day in Meigs County marks the official beginning of summer. Many people today will be grilling out with family, splashing in the pool, taking part in the weekend Memorial Day Run, or simply enjoying...

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