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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.
Joshua Gardner and the Fugitive Slave Case that went to the Supreme Court The Mason-Dixon Line was surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the...
James McHenry Jones February is recognized as Black History Month. In the book about early African American education in West Virginia by Carter G. Woodson, it states, “There came J. McHenry Jones, J....

Political climate of 1860

When running for the Illinois Senate against Steven Douglas, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous “A house divided cannot stand” speech. Lincoln went on to lose the Senate race, but his opinions put him...

The Cross Family Business

"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't." –President Martin Van Buren  These words could sum up the legacy the Cross Family businessesgave the people of Sutton...
free·dom (noun) - The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wantswithout hindrance or restraint; absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government; the state of not being imprisoned...

Meigs County’s railroads

“Railroad train, railroad train, hurry some more; put a little steam on just like never before. Hustle on, bustle on, I've got the blues, Yearning for my Swanee shore. Brother if you...
It’s an age old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” In Meigs County, which came first, Rutland Village or Rutland Township? To answer the Rutland question at least, the village of Rutland was laid out...
December 1933. The most publicized romance of its day officially came to an end as Mary Pickford filed for divorce from Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Prohibition ended in the United States, legalizing the consumption...

Steamboats and Meigs County

“Here’s to you all, our sentiments are real, may your days be as brightand your hearts be as light as the spray from an ol’ paddlewheel.” – Unknown. Something amazing happened earlier this week: it was announced DELTA QUEEN will once again sail...
I  wrote a letter for the Action Network letter campaign "Urge Legislators to Extend Alternative Graduation Pathways". With only a few weeks left in this legislative session, action is needed now to extend the alternative graduation pathways for the classes...
All aboard! Not an uncommon thing to hear before a train departs for its next destination. As I sat down to write this week’s article, I procrastinated and started to look around on Amazon and noticed that on “Cyber...
Rivalry: (noun) competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field. Today the most active rivalry in Meigs County would easily be the one between the Southern Tornadoes and the Eastern Eagles. The last football game...
“What I love most about rivers is you can’t step in the same river twice; the water’s always changing, always flowing...” – Judy Kuhn. While the quote is from Disney’s Pocahontas, the sentiment can be applied to life in...
In 1849, “California Fever” hit southeastern Ohio. Several people in Meigs County headed west to leave behind a depression and a cholera epidemic plaguing the nation, grabbed their picks, shovels, and sifters, and searched for gold. The California Gold...
This week in my American History class at Southern High School, I started a chapter on settling the west. Topics include things like The Homestead Act, where for $10, an individual could file for a tract of public land...

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