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INSCRIPTIONS DEDICATORY 



TO THE CHERISHED MEMORY OF 

SAMUEL W. STEVENS 

A STURDY PIONEER, AN HONORABLE CITIZEN OF 

WYANDOT COUNTY 

THIS FOUNTAIN IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED 

BY HIS DAUGHTER LAURA 

A. D. MCMVII. 



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SAMUEL WESLEY STEVENS 




AMUEL W. STEVENS was 

bom poor, — ^poor in so far as 
worldly goods are concerned, but 
with a wealth of energy, integrity 
and business acumen, which i»rop- 
erly directed could not result other- 
wise than in a successful business career. 

Bom at Hagerstown, Maryland, September 25th, 
1818, it is raated of him, that at the age of 
16, he struck westward, and reached the then vil- 
lage of Ti£En, Ohio, footsore from travel, in the 
year 1 834. Then his energies came into play. He 
chqqped wood; he cleared land; he clerked in a 
store; he bought dry goods; he managed a bianch 
store for his employer; he saved; he accumulated; 
he setded at Carey, Ohio, in 1 845, and was inter- 
ested in a store there on his own account; he 
invested his earnings in land; he became a farmer 
and stock raiser; — ^briefly stated, this was his busi- 
ness career. 

He married Susan Kinzer in 1852. She <uppl^ 
mented his energies, his integrity, his thrift Tnen 
two resolute hearts, two honest minds comluned 
to reach the conunon soal, — ^a competency for old 
age. They plaimed; mey toiled; inx>n their com- 
mon judgment they bought land, — they acquired a 



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c(»npetency, and during the process kept their 
good names. Their property was their own* be- 
cause it was honorably earned. None of it came 
from doubtful sources, and fortunes thus acquired 
rarely ever take wings and fly away. 

She bore him seven children. John, their first- 
bom, died in infancy. Then gloom entered their 
lives, never to depart Others came — Cassius, Eva, 
Susan, Frank, Altha — declined and perished — some 
in youth, some in young manhood and womanhood — 
leaving Miss Laura, alone, to survive. 

In the year 1 882 he came to the conclusion that 
his many years of toil had brought him ample means 
to support his declining years, and he then decided to 
relinquish the active ufe of the farmer. He rented 
his farms and during the absence of his good wife, 
who was caring for a daughter, stricken by disease, 
at a sanitarium in Wisconsin, he designed and built 
an imposing residence at Carey. This residence is 
distingiiished by the fact that all of its rooms, which 
are eleven in number, are front rooms, except two — 
an arrangement which does not detract from the 
appearance of the structure, and atfords an unob- 
structed view of the street. He provided a furnace 
to heat the house, and also ample chimneys, that 
stoves might be used for heating should the furnace 
fail. He built the fumace-room as an adjunct to the 
rear of the house, and installed the furnace there, 
fearing — ffood and prudent man that he was — that the 
heat of me furnace, if placed in the cellar, would 



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destroy the winter's store of vegetables, an obstacle 
which has been overcome in later years by providing 
a walled apartment for the purpose. 

Samuel W. Stevens was not a learned man, 
according to the standards set up by the schools. 
Education and learning, however, are not synony-* 
mous — one develops, the other stores. Education 
fits the mind for accurate reasoning; learning stores 
the mind with knowledge, useful or otherwise. 
Some glean an education from books, others acquire 
it in the conflict with the stem realities of life. 
Samuel W. Stevens, by the stress of circumstances, 
was forced to adopt the latter method. He was 
endowed by nature with a keen intellect, and all 
that he saw, heard, felt and did, in a long and active 
life, developed his faculties and rendered his mind 
capable of accurate reasoning,— which is the sum and 
substance of an education. 

Samuel W. Stevens was not a religious man, 
in the sense that he was a church-worshiper; neither 
could he be charged with unbelief, and he never 
made a false pretense to virtue. The church does 
. not make hypocrites, but they flourish well under 
its cloak. The h3rpocrite plays a part, like an actor 
on the stage; for ulterior purposes, ne puts on a fair 
outside show; he makes a false pretense to virtue; 
he tries to make his associates believe that he possesses 
character; he says, "I am honest,** when he knows 
that he is acting a lie. The man who is honest does 
not need to advertise the f act^ in the daily papers — 



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his associates are aware of it Samud W. Stevens 
despised the hypocrite and the man lacking in integrity. 
He never affiliated with the church, neither did he 
oppose its beneficent purposes. He occupied neutral 
ground. He separated the wheat from the chaff, 
the gold from the dross. He gave liberally to the 
church, and to all worthy benevolences. He lived 
according to the golden rule, and he left none to say 
that they had ever been over-reached by him in any 
transaction of fife. 

The members of some families are kindly affec^ 
tioned toward each other, others are not Most 
parents adore their children, yet in some the parental 
affection is so poorly developed that they abandon 
their offspring in the streets. When family ties are 
broken, grief binds closely those who remain. 
Then the affections are aroused. Then care is r^ 
doubled, that none need suffer from neglect. Another 
passes and another, and with each recurrent sorrow 
the heartstrings tighten. The father, bent with years, 
grieves silently, lest the mother be given added pain. 
The children who remain go about the house on tip- 
toe. They see the anxiety in the parent's face; 

they are sympathetic; they are kind. Without, 

the warm sun-rays bathe earth's verdure, the fields are 
as green, the vines cling to the house-walls, the 
flowers emit their perfume as before. Within — 
how changed I Ah I who can portray the heart- 
desolation me parent bears I 



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THE OLD HOME AT CAREY, OHIO 



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Samud W. Stevens adored his family. He 
ministered to their eveiy want He was tender, kind 
and true. His life's cup was filled with sorrow to 
the biim, yet he did not murmur and he did not 
repine. On March 31st. 1893, in a paroxysm (A 
grief, he died — died as he had lived — at peace with 
all mankind. 

His life exemplified one lesson that is as old as 
time; THAT HOr4EST. EARNEST. WELi^DlRECIED. TOIL 
■WILL BRING ITS JUST REWARD. 





JOHN H. LLOYD, OP THE LLDYD N 
C0.,0PT0LEDO,OHlO,DESIGNERSAND ] 
BUILDERS OP THE FOUNTAIN j 




|BOUT five yean ago Miss Stevens 
conceivecl it to be her filial duty 
to erect some permanent memorial 
in honor of her father. Being the 
last to survive of a numerous family, 
she realized that with her demise 
none would remain to perpetuate 
her family name. Permanency, therefore, became 
the leading factor in determining the form which the 
proposed memorial should take. A monument erected 
to his memory, which would at the same time 
minister to some cormnon want of the people, in 
whose midst his life had been passed, seemed most 
appropriate. Careful consideration of the subject 
led to the conclusion that a drinking fountain, em- 
Ixxfying, as it would, permanency, utility and orna- 
mentation, would most nearly meet the objects sou{^t 
Having in mind the cormnunity in which her father s 
life-struggle took place, the greatest good to the 
greatest number, fixed the location of the proposed 
memorial. 

Miss Stevens*s first plan was to make the memorial 
a testamentaiy gift to the people of Wyandot County. 
Deagns wete submitted to her, and the one subse- 
quendv used was sdected, and a contract entered into 
with uie Lloyd Brothers Company, of Toledo, Ohio, 
dated September 4th, 1902, for the erection of the 
memorial inunediately upon her demise. 

During the sununer of 1906, however, Miss 
Stevens decided upon having the fountain erected 



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during her lifetime^ and a new contract was thereupon 
entered into with the Lloyd Brothers G>mpany, dated 
November 1 7th» 1 906, and calling for the completion 
of the memorial during the summer of 1 907. 

The site selected for the memorial is at the curb 
directly in front of the main entrance of the County 
Court House, at Upper Sandusky, the county seat 
of Wyandot County, Ohio, and was dedicated in 
perpetuitv, for the purpose, by the Honorable Board 
of County Commissioners of Wyandot County, on the 
1 0th day of November, 1 906, and similar action was 
taken by the Council of the City of Upper Sandusky, 
upon the 1 2th day of November, 1 906. 

The design of the fountain is in the Doric order of 
architecture, and was made by skilled architects in the 
employ of the contractors, the Ooyd Brothers Company. 

The foundation upon which the structure rests is 
built of concrete, composed of imported Portland 
cement and crushed stone, resulting in a monolith 
five feet in depth and eleven by thirteen feet in surface 
measurement. 

The material used in the superstructure of the 
fountain is Barre, Vermont, granite, light-gray in 
color, entirely free from blemishes of any kind, and 
finished 1 2 cut to the inch. The plates and faucets 
used are of United States Government standard bronze. 

The dedicatory inscription on the tablet is in raised 
letters, cut from the granite, while the inscription "For 

the People,** on the reverse side of the entablature, 

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The cBmensioiis of the fountain are, base, deven 
by thirteen feet, height, sixteen feet three inches. 

The horse basin extends into the pavement and 
is three feet six inches by six feet in size, and is 
furnished with a contmuous flow of water. 

An icing chamber five by five by five feet is pro- 
vided for cooling the water in the heated months of 
summer. 

The fountain was comfJeted by the contractors 
September 1st, 1907, and was accepted by Miss 
Stevens on that day. A few days later it was 
tumed over to the use of the people, although not 
formally dedicated until October I Ith, 1907. 



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DEDICATION 

FRANK JONAS. Odniiin 

E. C BLASER. Seoelaiy 

REV. JOSEPH SITTLER. Upper Sandnky 

PAUL BRICHER, Kirby 

HARRY L. GOODBREAD. Nerada 

A. H. KEMERLEY, Orey 

RECEPTION 

MISSCORA HULL 

MISS MAE CARTER 

GEN. I. M. KIRBY 

HON. CURTIS B. HARE 



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Music ...... 

CITIZENS* BAND 

The 
Overture ... . *«*i^^^ 

BRAUNS* ORCHESTRA 

Tenor 3olo .... The Gift 

MR. HAROLD JARVIS. of Detroit 

Presentation Address ..... 

W. H. WOODBURY, of Detroii 

Selection ... 

BRAUNS* ORCHESTRA 

3olo .... Where is Heaven? 

MR. JARVIS 

Address of Acceptance on Behalf of the Gily 

of Upper iSandusky 

MAYOR JOHN T. CAREY 

3olo ..... My Ain Folk 

MR. JARVIS 

Address on Behalf of the People of Wyaivdot County 

GEN. I. M. KIRBY 

Solo ..... Tell Her 

MR. JARVIS 

Solo ..... Sing Me to Sleep 

MR. JARVIS 

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Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen: We 
pause today, to honor the memory and to call into woo^ 
notice the life and character of a sturdy pioneer, ItMiiMi 
an honorable citizen of Wyandot County. His career 
here was not imlike that of many another early to«^ 
settler; he toiled, he saved, he accumulated, he turned 
the forest into fruitful fields; he lived honorably, and 
departed, leaving this community better and richer, 
because of his sojourn here. 

Striking westward from the home of his birth in 
the State of Maryland, at the age of sixteen, without 
friends, penniless and on foot, he reached the neigh- 
boring city of Tiffin, in the year 1834. Seizing 
upon whatever his hands found to do, with resolute 
heart, he began the struggle first for existence, and 
then to acquire a competency for himself and for 
those who were destined to become dependent upon 
him. He early found employment in a village store 
at Tiffin; he became a clerk, was later entrusted with 
the responsible duty of buying goods, and in the year 
1843, came to tins place for his employer, as the 
manager of a branch store here. 

About sixty-two years ago he settled perma- 
nently at the ^age of Carey, in this county, and 
there for a time engaged in mercantile pursuits, 
meanwhile beginning to acquire well-located lands in 
that vicinity, and presently he disposed of his interest 
in the store, movoj to his farm, and thereafter gave 
his attention to farming and stock-raising. 



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He was endowed with a keen int^ect, with 
mature judgment, with native common sense. He 
was a financier of the old school; he knew nothing 
of present-day methods of finance; nothing of stocks 
and bonds and watered securities; nothing of paper 
transactions; nothing of the methods by which for- 
tunes are won and lost in a day. He believed and 
dealt in substantial things, in things that can be seen 
and felt. He knew that the soil is the original source 
of all riches; that from its surface and subterranean 
depths flows the wealth of the world, and to the soil 
he pinned his faith. And his method of acquiring 
property is worthy of emulation. He bought land in 
small parcels, 5, 20, 40 acres at a time, but whatever 
the amount, he never bargained for a piece of land 
until he had the funds in hand to pay for it in full, 
and the records of this county will not disclose that 
he ever gave a purchase-money mortgage or that he 
ever encumbered any of his property for any purpose, 
and, as a result he was never harassed by indebted- 
ness, the bane of so many farmers. 

In the year 1852 he married Susan, the fair 
daughter of John and Susan Kinzer, of Melmore, 
Ohio, and to this union was bom a large family, a 
family of seven children, all of whom, save one, whose 
presence honors this occasion, he saw succumb to the 
inroads of an incurable malady. In infancy and in 
young manhood and young womanhood, he saw them 
decline and perish, like autumn's withered leaves. 
As gold is tried by fire, so his heart was tried by pain. 



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In the depths of his despair he was often heard to 
say that he would dadW sunender all and begin life*s 
struggle anew could he but stay the hand of me great 
destroyer. Ah, who shall portray the heart-desola- 
tion he bore? And yet through pain and through 
sorrow, he struggled on. He was tender, just and true. 
"He did good and not evil, all the days of his life.** 

He strove here when the majority of us were 
yet unborn. He was a pioneer in the true sense, 
in the s^ise that he was among the first to acquire 
and develop land here. In his uninterrupted residence 
of more than half a century, he saw and participated 
in the beginning of things, and he saw this community 
when man*s labor had wrought the changes which 
now exist 

But, ah, the pioneer! They were the founders 
of the state! They laid its foundation broad and 
deep, upon which die superstructure has been builded 
by succeeding generations; they chopped; they 
Cleared; they uprooted; with Herculean strength and 
with unconquerable will, they reduced and subdued 
the stubbom soil. And, by their decree, the potent 
agencies of development came one by one. The im- 
proved implements of agriculture came, and seemed 
to say to the toilers in the fields, ''Give over your 
labor, you have but to direct our movements and we 
will lessen your toil, with no muscle to contract and 
no arm to grow weary**; and the railways girdled the 
state with bands of steel, and the markets came close 
to the farmer; and the school house appeared on 



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die hiDtop; and die chinch lifted its tpac toward 
die heayens, diat idnioD and leaninff muht go hand 
in lumd. thoudi Y^h^ml^^q^i^ 
pendent <^ each omer; and setdements leaped into 
villages and villages into cities, die (aiiest in die 
land; and there came die factoiy» miD and shop and 
the busy marts of trade; and legislatures were con- 
vened, and courts of justice established, and all were 
govemed bv law. 

And the women of those times, die wife, the 
mother, how nobly she performed her part With 
infinite patience and zeal she tortured die crude 
utensils of the home into a variety of uses; she 
spun; she knit; she wove; and with her hands die 
fashioned the clothing of her family. **She gave 
heed unto her household; she was a blessing unto 
her husband**; and from her loins sprang a race <^ 
men, if ever equaled, never excelled. In one grand, 
uninterrupted procession, there came the husband- 
man, experienced in the cultivation of the soil; thore 
came labor of every class; there came the artisan, skilled 
in every trade and craft; there came the scholar, 
learned in every science and in every art; diere came 
the soldier of enduring fame, who planned the campaigns 
and fought the battles, that the nation rnight live; imd 
there came the statesman, the wisest the nation has 
produced. And confidence tread upon die heds of 
doubt; and prosperity came; and wealth multiplied; 
and hap[nness reigned, and in all and through all, 
bdioldl the great, die glorious commonwealth of Ohia 



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To this noble conqpany of eaily setderSt of which 
I have qpoken, bd(»)ged die man whose memory we 
honor today. Unpretentiously, without ostentaticm 
and without show, he performed his part In the long 
night of weary watching by die bedside of pain; 
in all of the sacred rdations of husband, home and 
faunily; in every transaction with his fellowmen; in 
all of the varied duties of good citizenship, he meas- 
ured fully to the highest mark. 

In die evening of life, with his earthly labors done, 
with die amfJe rewards of a lifetime of toil in hand, 
he builded for himself a mansion, to which he retired 
with the remaimig remnant of his famihr. A mansion 

ide, 



''a boundless contiguity of shade,** fitted with 
every convenience for comfort and ease, he weloHned 
its restful shade, its homdike air and its peace, but 
designed as a haven of rest, it became *'a wearisome 
hospital of pain**; and there, in view of the broad 
acres which constituted his estate, the fertile fields, the 
amiJe forest, he passed his declining years. 

In die year 1895, at die mature age of 76^ 
touched and saddened by die untimdy taking-otf 
<^ die members of his farnily, survived only by the 
wife of his youth and the daughter of his heart, the 
"pallid mess»ger with the inverted torch beckoned 
mm to depart* And thus is briefly portrayed the 
Hfe and character of Samuel W. Stevens. 

True, it is, generally spcddnff, my friends, "dial 
die record of die lives and deeds of men is most 
safely deposited in the remembrance of mankind.** 



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With no shaft bearing his q)itaph, die name and fame 
<^ WilUam McKinlqr would never fade bom die 
memoiy of man; so too» Gaifidd, Hayes, Shennan 
and scores of others whom we ddi^t to honor, and 
yet, in all times and among all pe(^es, die custom has 
prevailed of erecting enduring monuments to mark the 
scenes of heroic action and to commemorate the lives of 
men. In that spirit this fountain is built, to commem- 
orate a worthy Ufa and to perpetuate an honored name. 
The architect has designed, the contractor has 
builded well; it is a beautiful fountain; its substance is 
quarried from the etemal hills of Vermont; it is as per- 
manent as the genius of man could devise. Grand, 
massive and splendid, let it forever stand a monument 
to the honor, integrity, personal worth and successful 
life of Samuel W. Stevens. Let it stimulate civic 
pride here. Let better architecture be employed, and 
more imposing structures rise, because of its presence. 
Let the children in the schools study its classic lines, 
and learn from it their first lesson in architecture 
and in art, and above all, let the youth of this com- 
munity gain from it, and from the life and character of 
the man it commemorates, an inspiration to live just 
and honorable lives; let them leam that however 
humble their station may be, and however remote 
die chances of success may appear, that honest, 
eamest, well-directed toil will bring success within the 
reach of all; and finally, if it shall be to you all a 
Uessmg and a joy, the giver will be glad in your glad- 
ness, and rich in your gain. 



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And now, Mr. Chairman, and to all of the good 
people of this county, I have a word of admoniticm. 
Cherish and protect this fountain. Let not the hand 
of vandal derace its stately beauty. Keep it in a san- 
itary condition and in constant operation, to the end 
that its beauty and its utility may not be abridged, 
and with these simple duties vouchsafed, without 
further condition or reservation, by the authority vested 
in me by Miss Laura Stevens, the donor, I declare 
this fountain to be the property of the people of 
Wyandot County, to hold, use and enjoy forever. 

"And the spirit and the bride, say come; 
and let him that heareth, say come; and let 
him that is athirst, come; and whosoever will 
let him take the waters of life freely.*' 



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theft 
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My Neighbors and Friends and Fellow-Citi- 
zens: In formally accepting, on behalf of this jSta?*' 
municipality* the beautiful structure which has just 
been presented to us, I wish to express, as well as 
I can, die sincere and heartfelt thanks and appre- StVSS^* 
ciation of our citizens. The noble monument which 
BOW stands in our midst thrills and will thrill with 
pride and gratitude the hearts of all those to whom 
Upper Sandusky is now and ever will be the dear- 
est place on earth; not only because of its magnifi- 
cence and beauty as a piece of architecture; not 
only because of its practical utility as a place to 
quench the thirst of man and beast; not only 
because it adds to our town and county an oma- 
ment such as cannot be equaled, so far as we 
know, in any city or village an)rwhere; but more 
especially because of the lessons it teaches in the 
building of the monuments of our characters and 
our lives. For we are all of us engaged in monu- 
ment building, and whether we build well or ill 
will depend upon the use we make of the lessons 
which it is the mission of this beautiful structure 
to impress upon our minds. 

I want to speak briefly, then, as to scnne of the 
lesscms we may learn from a study of this little 
gem of masonry. In the first place, we should 
leam from it that die foremost requisite in the 
building of our characters is to ccHistruct a founda- 
tion that will be sufficient upon which to erect die 
edifices of our future lives. How many lives are 

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dwarfed and stunted by the failure to appreciate 
this lesson, and to build broad and firm and sure 
the foundation upon which they must be con- 
structed. How many of us there are who realize 
after it is too late that not sufficient time and 
patience and energy and effort were expended in 
laying the foundation for the future. How many 
men and women there are who have drank the 
bitter cup of disappointment as they have seen 
brilliant opportunities for lives of usefulness pass 
by solely because the foundation which they had 
prepared was insufficient to support the increased 
weight of the larger opportunity. Let us make no 
mistake about this matter, and I speak now more 
especially for those young men and women who 
are still engaged in the construction of the founda- 
tion for their lives — let us make sure that we have 
neglected nothing that will strengthen the walls 
upon which these future edifices are to rest, so that 
the structure may not be wrecked in the building, 
or be left to totter and crumble away for want of 
safe and sure support. 

Be diligent, therefore, in your school and col- 
lege work. Take full advantage while you may of 
the wonderful opportunities afforded every youth 
in this country to secure such an education as will 
fit him well for his duties and staticHi in life. Mix 
well your cement with generous portions of hon- 
esty and energy and industry, and let it all rest 
firmly and securely on the solid rock of an absolute, 

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implicit and unwavering faith in the Providence of 
God, and you will have builded a foundation which 
no weight of future cares and responsibilities can 
crumble, and no storms or floods or trouble can ever 
afterward destroy. 

The next lesson we may learn from the building 
of this monument is that, after a foundation is secured 
which will stand the test of time, we cannot be too 
careful in the selection of the materials of which the 
structure is to be composed. We see, from an inspection 
and examination of these granite blocks and columns, 
that the greatest care and vigilence has been exercised, 
that no defect, not even the slightest, should be suffered 
to pass into the structure, which would mar the 
beauty and perfection of the whole. And so, for 
the same reason, in our work of character building, 
must we use constant and unremitting care, that no 
faulty or defective materials enter into its construction. 
Let us remember that eveiy act and thought and word 
is a little grain or particle or atom, from which the 
rocks of habit are eternally being fomied. And that 
these rocks of habit are the material which enter into 
and determine the purity and power of eveiy character 
and eveiy life. 

Another lesson which is forcibly impressed upon 
our minds in the contemplation of this work is that in 
the building of our individual monuments, as in the 
erection of this one, excellence and true merit can 
come only as a result of long, patient, untiring 
application to the tasks set before us. When we 



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stop for a moment and ty to leaHze die alow, tire- 
some, pninstalring drudffeiy and woik, hour after hour, 
day after day, week after wed^, of constant hammer- 
ing and cuttmg, with chisd and maUet, of this hard 
granite, we can truly appreciate that in mascxuy there 
is no excellence widiout great labor, and just as true 
is it in our own lives; it is the constant, faithful, unre- 
mitting attention to the little things, the drudgery of 
life, that finally brings form and beauty out of die 
crude rocks which we are given as the materials 
for our building. 

And lastly, we should learn from this monument 
the masons lesson, that as the workman endeavors to 
erect the structure according to the designs and plans 
laid down by the master architect, so should we, in 
erecting the edifices of our lives and characters, 
endeavor to follow the plans and designs laid down 
by the great Architect of the Universe, which are 
given us for our moral and spiritual guidance and 
direction. 

So that, as we are to formally dedicate this 
memorial fountain to its intended uses, let us at die 
same time here resolve that we will dedicate our lives 
to the noble principles which it teaches. The surest 
way to show our appreciation for this gift is to 
endeavor to mold our hves in accordance with these 
teachings, and to so cherish them in our manories, 
that, transmitted to future generations, diey will stand 
long after time shall have crumbled this granite 
to dust 



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This is a benefaction, not alone for our own 
time. Generations yet unborn will pause for a 
moment in the busy rush of life, to contanplate this 
monument of beauty, whose inscriptions on its two 
sides will t^ them the story of a (laughter's love for 
her father, and a woman's love for her f^ow-men. 

To the donor, who by this generous gift has 
placed in our midst this litde gan of beaulv» to bring 
a litde more of brightness and hairiness and cheer into 
the lives of each of us, on behalf of our citizens, of 
this and succeeding generations, I offer our heartfdt 
thanks and gratitude. 



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Almost within die memoiy of living men, this iitri— fcy 
part of our country, bounded on the east and south ■or^i «• 
Dv the Ohio River, was designated the Northwest tucj Nwyto^ 
Territory, almost an unknown land, a trackless forest, 
save as it was trod by the feet of wild animals and 
wilder men. Later it was subdivided. To the 
eastern division was given the name of the Ohio. 
'Ohiol** Ah, there is the name that gives usjpromise, 
for in that name is centered our heart*s affections. 
Wander where we will, our wandering footsteps ever 
r^um that we may look with loving gaze on our own 
beautiful Ohio. Go east, look with amazement and 
admiration on the work of architect and artisans, see 
the efforts of men to in^Nrove Nature*s landscapes, and 
call it beautiful Go west, traverse the desert wastes* 
be interested, by reason of contrast, and beyond see 
the majestic mountains towering above the clouds, 
their summits crowned with eternal snow glittering in 
the sunlight Uke molten sflver, their sides seamed and 
scarred by die evedasting erosion of wind and water; 
look into die almost as fathomless abyss of canyons, 
and while you look, fed the solemnity of die awfid 
silence that seems to come from their depdis, and ask 
why this great iq)heaval of rock and earai, why this 
terrible rending of die earth*s surface. Is it a mani- 
festation of Giod*s wrath? No, no! We can not 
bnng oursdves to diink of die all-loving Father pos- 
sessed of such a base attribute as anger. Rath^ is 
it a manifestation of His wondrous power; His pur- 
pose to store away that which in time will meet die 
needs of man and show forth the {^oiy of God. 



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Turn vour footstqx until, if nol in penonal 
pvesence^ men with nieinoiy*s eyes, see die peacefid 
liiDs and vaDqrs of Ohio. See me yaDey of me great 
Miami, y^ow with a harvest that would feed die 
hungry of a continent — die sloping hills that border 
it, white with the growing fleeces of coundess sheqp^ 
the bluegrass pastures, dotted with herds of fatteniiig 
catde. Dee, too, the valleys of the Scioto and MusldiH 
gum, as they lie under the dominion of King CoriL 

Then comes the plains of the Sandusky. See die 
acme of contentment and prosperity as it reigns in our 
peaceful homes. See the riclmess of farmsteads, see 
the glorious beauty of our woodland vistas, know that 
this is the fairest of the fair, our own Wyandot, and 
sav to yourselves, "'Surely, surely, God smiled when 
He made Ohio.** Give thanks to God for giving you 
such an heritage and let your hearts be mled with 

Satitude to the noble men and women, who, with 
mndess courage, braved dangers, hardships, privation 
and sickness and with bare hands reclaimed this then 
wilderness and made its acres to blossom as the rose. 
We should worship at the shrine of their memories. 
We love to recall their names, and as we give voice 
to the names of a few, we hold in veneration the 
names of all who wrought in the wildemess. The 
name of him in whose honor this monument is erected 
comes to mind. Noble man, a character diat 
attiacted attention and profound respect in his time, an 
old-school gendanan, cngnified, aff wle, gmde, stitoofl, 
known as mat ^ch is said to be the noblest won 



of GocI — ^an honest maiit may his name be carved on 
the tablets oi our memoiy deeper than it is in the 
marble. Time may cause the marble to crumble and 
the tooth of rust eat away the carven name, but the 
wodL of our pioneer fathers is inddible» and children 
oi future ages will rise up to si^, blessed be the names 
of Samuel W • Stevens, Isaac Wolgamuth, die Kears, 
Moses and Jonathan, John Care^, noble Roman that 
he was, whose name is worthy of place in the category 
of such names as Wm. Henry Harrison, AJlen 
Trimble, Duncan McArthur, Thomas Ewing, Tom 
Corwin and others — of Dr. George W. Sampson, Sr., 
whose untiring and heroic rides through pathless forests 
brought rdief to the strick^i families of the lowly log 
cabin. See him in the saddle, day and night, with 
Dothinff but his skill in woodcraft to guide his way 
duough the dark forest, crossing bridgeless streams, 
tieading his way through undrained swamps, often 
requiring a week to complete his circuit of ministrations 
and bring him home. There was but litde if any 
money in die purse of the early setder. What then 
was me compensation of the doctor? That of a brave 
man s work w^ done and the alleviation of the suf- 
ferings of his fellow-men. 

Oh I There were noble men and women in 
those days. They believed in the fatherhood of God 
and the brotherhood of men. Of Dr. Stephen Fowler, 
who, from the south line of our Indian country, was 
of no less service in the relief of suffering humanity and 
who served with Eldian Teny, worthy compatriot in 



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the first building of our country; the Haipers, Griffid^ 
George W. L^th and others all — ^all nt to build an 
empire. 

While the children are fittingly taught in our 
schools to know the deeds of the fathers of our nation* 
so, too, they should be taught to know the pioneers of 
our country and to emulate their virtues. 

And now let me say to the fair donor of this 
magnificent fountain: In the name of the people <^ 
Wyandot. G)unty, one and all, we come with out- 
stretched arms and hearts filled with grateful emotions 
to accept, and do accept, in the spirit with which it 
is tendered, this beautiful monument to the memory 
of your father and the memory of those who labored 
with him. It stands at the gateway of our temple of 
justice, in singular harmony with me architecture <^ 
this splendid building. There it is, giving forth the 
life-giving waters prepared by God for the comfort of 
His creatures, saying: "'Ho! ye that thirst, come 
drink,** and as you slake your thirst, invoke blessings 
on the head of this fair donor, whose filial love thus 
honors the name of her sainted father, and whose 
ffenerous impulse has given us '"a thing of beauty 
mat shall be a joy forever.** 




THE WYANDOT COUNTY COURT HOUSE. 
THE FOUNTAIN IS LOCATED DIRBCTLY IN 
FRONT OF ITS MAIN ENTHANCfi 



The beautiful $10,000 memorial fountain, a gift 
to the people of Wyandot County fn»n Miss Laura 
Stev^is, formerly of Carey and now a resident of 
Detroit, MicL, to the memory of her father, the late 
Samuel W. Stevens, was dedicated with imposmg 
services at the McCoimell Auditorium, Friday after- 
noon. The weather was threatening, but a large 
crowd was present, people being in attendance from 
all parts of the county. An excdlent program of 
speeches and music was carried out The program 
and dedication ceremonies were in charge of a com- 
mittee of Wyandot County citizens, and it is due to 
them that the exercises were such a success. The 
conunittee was composed of Frank Jonas, chairman; 
E. G. Blaser, secretary; Rev. Joseph Sitder, of Upper 
Sandusky; Paul Brioier, of Kirby; Harry L. Good- 
bread, of Nevada, and A. H. Kemerley, of Carey. 

The business portion of the city was prettily dec- 
orated in honor of me ceremonies, nearly every business 
front exhibiting the national colors in some maimer. 

The program reaUy began at 1 :30 o*clock Friday 
afternoon, ymea a half hour*s open-air band concert 
was given at the fountain by the Qtizens* Band, 
under the leadership of Capt Ansekn Martin. A very 
pleasing program was renclered and was enjoyed by a 
large crowd. Rain, however, interfered somewhat 
with this part of the program. 

The program at me auditorium was delayed 
somewhat by the late arrival of the noon Hocking 
Valley train, on which were the interested parties 



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from Detroit A wreck at Lx>vdl was the cause. 
They were met at the depot by Misses Cora Hull 
and Mae Carter, Goieral L M. Kirby and Curtis 
B. Hare. They were driven at once in Landlord 
J. F. Goodloves cab to the Hotel Reber, which 
will be their headquarters during their stay in this city. 
Miss Stevois is with the party. 

There were no decorations at the auditorium, the 
stage being prettily set off as a woodland. The 
public schools were closed Friday afternoon and many 
pupils attended the exercises. 

The program at the auditorium was opened with 
a selection by that splendid musical organization c^ 
tliis city, Braun*s Orchestra, which rendered several 
fine numbers during the afternoon. Miss Ida ESBh 
hardt, one of the city*s most talented young musicians, 
^resided at the fiano as accompanist to Mr. Jarvis* 
The piano was donated for the occasion by Foster 
Shumaker & Co. Elx-Mayor Frank Jonas, as chair** 
man of the program committee, presided, and vdth a 
few brief words introduced each speaker. 

One of the finest portions of the program was 
the singing by Prof. Harold Jarvis, of DetrcHt He is 
a noted singer, both throughout Michigan and die cities 
of Eastern Canada. , Prof. Jarvis is possessed of a 
very strong and beautiful baritone voice and his 
singing captivated his hearers. He responded to a 
number of enccwes and sang the following sdections: 
•Tell Her,- "Mv AinTaf •'Whciew Heaven?- 
The Childien*s Home,** *The Gift,** ''Dearie,** and 



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•*Sng Me to Sleep.** The words of most of the 
songs were singularly appropriate to the occasion. 

The speakers of the afternoon were Attorney 
W. H. Woodbury, of Detroit, Mich., who presented 
the monumoit, on behalf of Miss Laura Stevens, the 
donor; Mayor John T. Carey, who accepted the 
memorial, on behalf of the cidzois of Upper San- 
dusky, and General L M. Kirby, who spoke in behalf 
of the people of Wyandot County. 

The fountain presented a beautiful appearance 
Friday, having been polished by Ejigineer John 
Weaver, who will be caretaker of the memorial. 

— The Daily Qiief, Upper Sandusky, Ohio^ October 1 1, 1907. 



The Laura Stevens memorial fountain now belongs 
to the citizens of Wyandot County. The imposing 
ceremonies of the consecration of this beautiful structure 
are now but history. Anticipation matured into 
realization and now we have oiuy the monory of the 
latter, but in our thoughts will it ever ronain, to be 
recalled as we glance at the statdy fountain or imbibe 
its liouid offering. 

The children who witnessed the dedication will, 
when they have grown old and wandered for years, 
perhaps, over the face of the earth, come back and, 
seeing still the classic outlines of the fountain builded in 
their youth, pduit to it with pride and say: *'I saw that 
built; I saw it dedicated, and more, I saw the good 
woman who gave it to our county as a memorial of her 
father." 

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And, indeed, it is a grand gift, appropriate and 
lasting, a gift which every citizen should be proud 
of ami thank Miss Stevens for. She, an invalid, 
braved all the discomforts of a long, weary journey 
to attend the dedication of her father's memorial. 
Accompanied by her attorney, Hon. W. H. Wood- 
bury, and her favorite singer. Prof. Harold Jarvis, 
she left Detroit for this city Friday morning. Some 
god of ill-luck seemed to have deigned her joum^ to 
be a weary one, for all the trains were late and vfhai 
Miss Stevens arrived at Carey, her former home, ^e 
found that her train would have to be detoured by 
way of Forest on account of a freight wreck at Lovell. 
So the party arrived here at 3 p. m. instead of at 1 , 
the scheduled time. It was raining when the train 
pulled in, so after a brief greeting by the reception 
committee, composed of Misses Cora Hull and Mae 
Carter, C. B. Hare and Gen. I. M. Kirby, she was 
assisted into the Reber House cab and driven direcdy 
to the Auditorium. She bore the long journey well 
and although much fatigued she went inside at once 
and took her place with the ladies of the reception 
committee in the south lower box. The arrival of 
Miss Stevens and her party was greeted with much 
applause. Her first glance was out over die sea of 
faces before her, for the Auditorium was packed, 
then she turned and gazed at those upon die stage, 
the speakers, the dedication committee, die tecepboa 
committee, the commissioners and the coundhnoi. 
Then as die sweet strains of &aun*s Orchestra filled 



the air she directed her gaze upon the pit and listoied 
attentively throughout the piece. 

While her attorney was speaking, telling of her 
father's life, she sat aunost motionless, listening, and 
when the history was finished she dried with her 
handkerchief the tears that dimmed her eyes. 

Thai came Prof. Harold Jarvis, a member of one 
of the leading church choirs of Detroit, with his rich 
baritone voice, to whose singing Miss Ida Billhardt 
{Jayed excellent accompaniments, to entertain the 
audience and the fountain's donor, and certainly too 
much praise cannot be given this excellent singer. 

Seated before the gaze of hundreds of curious 
eyes. Miss Stevens gave her rapt attention to the 
speakers. 

Being, as she is, an invalid, she could not go upon 
the stage and speak for herself, but left all her part 
in the hands of her attorney. 

At the close of the aftemocm*s program she was 
introduced to many of our leadii^ citizens, who 
thanked her for her generous gift A banquet had 
been [banned for the evening for Miss Stevens, but 
she is not well oiough to participate in such affairs, 
so it was called off. 

After leaving the Auditorium Miss Stevens was 
driven to the fountain, which she viewed with much 
admiration, and sipped a few swallows of the crystal 
water that flows forth to quench the thirst of all. 

Then she was taken to the depot And, the 
4:46 o'clock train being late, she was able to leave on 
it for her Detroit home. 

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Thus came and departed the land donor of our 
city*s most beautiful memorial drinking fountain. 

EL C Uoyd, T. B. Anderson and C. B. Cook, of 
the Lloyd Bros. Company, of Toledo, attended the 
dedication. 

— ^Wyandot Union-Republican, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 
October 12. 1907. 



A SERMON IN STONE. 

One day last week, the village of Upper San** 
dusky, which is not so far to the east that we may 
not call her our neighbor, witnessed the imperishable 
embodiment of one of the most beautiful sentiments in 
the world — the undying reverence of a daughter for 
the memory of her father. 

Samu^ Wesley Stevens was one of the pioneers 
who, in Wyandot County, waged the long and arduous 
struggle for life, independence and position. He did 
his work well, and cned in the fullness of years and of 
the fruits of continuous toil. It is more than a decade 
since he passed to his final repose. Oviy his daughter* 
Miss Laura Stevens, remains. Some years ago she 
conceived it as her loving duty to erect, at the seat of 
the county in which her father had labored, a permanent 
memorial. That memorial has been finished, placed 
before the portal of the Wyandot county temf^e of 
justice, and dedicated with such eloquent words as 
fittingly characterized an occasion of rare occurrence. 

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The memorial is a drinking fountain of granite, in 
the purely classic style of art — ^a section of a portico 
of a Greek temple. The good taste and the appro- 
priateness which mark this expression of a fine thought 
are striking. The memorial is itself a thing of beauty 
as befits the symbol of a beautiful sentimoit; it is ex- 
ecuted in enduring materials that shall forever preserve 
the visible evidoice of that sentiment; it is a thing of 
usefulness, where man and beast may slake his thirst, 
aj^ropriately commemorating the practical qualities of 
a man who lived a life of toil; it is a fountain of pure 
water, symbolizing the fountain of Ufe which flows on 
perpetually from goieration to generation, a token of 
mmiortalil^. Long after all the present inhabitants of 
Upper Sandusky are in the church-yard gazmg fixedly 
at die serene stars, this gem of art anal thii^ of use 
will fill the eye with the refining sense of beauty and 
perform its part in refreshing the passer-by. 

The community is elevated which is the recipient 
of such gifts as this. It is reminded of the lovenness 
of filial affection; it is taught the lesson of a life of 
usefulness; it is adorned by a work of art, realizing 
die thought that "a thing of beauty is a joy forever**; 
its people receive a demonstration of die harmonious 
^>propriateness of a memorial which OHnlrines public 
spirit and civic adornment and ministers to a constant 
rad common need. This fountain is a lasting sermon 
in stone. 

—Lima Republican-Gazette, Lima* Ohio, October 15, 1907. 



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We present pictures and desouption of die beau- 
tifui puUk fountain recently erected in Upper San- 
duslgr* It is a notaUe ezanqple of piivate benevoloice 
and public spmL The donor is not a capitalist or a 
resident of a city who has accumulated a fortune 
through the efforts of others; the crowding of popula- 
tion which made rents higher and investments stiffen 
The donor is a woman and a non-resident The 
fountain is an example of pure Grecian art, and not 
the abortion of art mat is usually seen at county seats. 
Who will be the first Fostorian to give something to 
his city? Don t die in debt 

— ^Foatoria Times, Foatoria, Ohio, October 18, 1907. 



GAVE TOWN A FOUNTAIN. 

Miss Laura Stevens, of Detroit, was the central 
figure in an interesting ceremony which took place 
at Upper Sandusky Friday, the occasion being the 
dedication of a $ 1 0,000 memorial drinking fountain 
which Miss Stevens presented to the city in mem- 
ory of her father, Samuel W. Stevens. Mr. Stev- 
ens was a residoit of the district around Upper 
Sandusky for many years. Miss Stevens, who has 
been living in Detroit for some time, is the last 
member of the family. 

—Detroit Journal, October 12th, 1907. 



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Detroit, October 1 7. 1 907. 

E. G. Blaser, Secretary Dedication Committee, gj^^ 
Upper Sandusky, Ohio. 

My Dear iSr: I desire to express to you and 
to all of the members of the dedication and reception 
committees, and through your committee to all the 
people of Wyandot County my deep appreciation of 
the sploidid reception tendered me on Friday last 
It has made a deep and lasting impression upon my 
heart 

I desire also to publicly thank Mayor Carey and 
Goieral Kirby for me lands words they uttered on 
that occasion — ^words which, though rich with tender- 
ness, brought back to me with almost crushing force 
the particularly sad experiences through which I have 
passed. 

I desire to thank the gentlemen of the press for the 
admirable manner in whioi they have performed their 
part — a part which contributed greatly to the success 
of the dedication service. 

I shall ever cherish the monoiy of that daVt and I 
congratulate and thank all who contributed to its 
success. 

Veiy sincerely yours, 

LAURA STEVENS. 



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Mr. : Upper Sandusky, O.. Oct. 20. 1907. 

Miss Laura Stevens. 

Detroit. Mich. 

My Dear Madam : In behalf of the committee 
and people of Wyandot County. I thank you for 
your kind letter. I rarely wish any of my friends 
ill-fortune, but I was sorry when that train was 
announced 30 minutes late. We did so much want 
to have you with us for a little while, so as to give 
you an opportunity to learn directly how much 
we appreciate your gracious gift. And as you 
travel down life's pathway, rest assured that there 
will be this to comfort you: Upper Sandusky and 
her people do appreciate fully the spirit in which 
the Stevens Foimtain was given. With kindest 
regards for your welfare and in the hope of meet- 
ing you again sometime in the future. 

I am. yours truly. 

E. G. BLASER. 

Secretary Dedication Committee. 




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