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Cent ennial & Home Coming 


AUGUST 9, 1911 

"<%tid pleasure and palaces — 
'^ho' we may roam^ 

^e it ever so humble 

^here is no place lil^e home 

M. D. Higley 

H. J. Alford 

Frank B.rchard-Jagger 

F. S. Higley 



President H. J. ALFORD 

Vice-President M. D. HIGLEY 

Secretary F. B JAGGER 

Recording Secretary F. S. HIGLEY 

Treasurer E. A. CLARK 

Historian E. P. CLARK 

Executive Committee 

H. J. Alford, Chairman 

Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Higley Miss Winnibelle Woodworth 

Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Birchard Mr. and Mrs. O. N. Rudd 

Mrs. A. W. Messenger Mr. F. B. Jagger 

Mrs. D. M. Alford Mr. F. L. Higley 

Mrs. Lynn Waite Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Clark 

Mrs. Flora Harrison Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Clark 
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Bryant 


To outline the history of a Township as full of splendid 
materials as is this one of Windham requires much time and 
study and while this little volume may be incomplete in many 
ways it is hoped that much may be found herein that will 
delight and interest the reader. 

The chairman is indebted to many for valuable help 
and thanks them. Especially are we grateful for the splendid 
Township history by Mr. E. P. Claik. 


Windham, August 9, 1911 


Music Committee 

Chaffee Birchard 
F. B. Jagger Mrs. C. E. Smith Mrs. E. W. Haley May Wolfe 

Relic Committee 

A. W. Clark 

Mr. and Mrs. S. Yale Mr. and Mrs. Milton Snow 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stroup Mrs. A. W. Clark 

Miss Ella Pardee Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Angel 

Mr. Frank Pardee, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Resler 

Souvenir Committee 

Mrs. Herbert Alford 

Mrs. Taft Mrs. Alta Bryant W. A. Higley O. L. Earl 

Mrs. Norton 

Decorating Committee 

J. A. Fisher 
Mr. Eberwine C. M. Hunt 

Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Merriman M. E. King 

Mr. Freeman King Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hoopengarner 

Ed King Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pardee 

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Call 

Amusement Committee 

Mr. Edw. Wmklepleck 
E. W. Mallett Geo. Brewer Geo. Wright 

P. R. Higley D. J. Thomas 


Refreshment Committee 

Mrs. Lynn Waite 
Mr. E. A. Clark Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Messenger 

Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Donaldson Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Higley 

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Wilson 

Tent and Seatmg 

P. B. Higley 
Mr. and Mrs. P. Isler Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Jones 

Mr. Owen Pardee Mr. and Mrs. N. G. Poore 

Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Ritter Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Belden 

Mr. and Mrs. D. 1. Cutts 

Program Committee 

S. L. Bryant 

Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Donaldson Mrs. E. W. Mallett 

S. A. Higley Jason Angell 

Reception Committee 

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Bryant 
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Buck 
Mr. and Mrs. Frazier 
Mr. and Mrs. Colton 

Mr. and Mrs. Elton Mr. Charles Wadsworth 

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hill Mr. and Mrs. Shisler 

Mr. and Mrs. Judd Chapman Mr. and Mrs. C. Curtiss 

Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Shank Mr. H. Fox 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Crow Mr. and Mrs. Brooks 

Mr. and Mrs. E, Coates Mr. D. J. Waite 

Miss Sarah Noble Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Williams 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Birchard Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Higley 

Mrs. Edward Roberts Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Donaldson 
Mr. and Mrs. N. G. Poore 





and Mrs. Albert Jones 


and Mrs. D. B. Wagner 


Frank Walden 

Miss Delia Walden 


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Origmal Map Granted by Gov. Caleb Stronq to the Original Owners of rownshii 



Selection by the Western Reserve Band— Loyal and True Rosenkrans 

Hymn— Old Hundred 

Scripture Lesson Rev. A. C. Willey, Pastor M. E. Church 

Prayer Rev. H. A. Stick, Pastor Congregational Church 

Address of Welcome S. L. Bryant 

Response to Address of Welcome F. L. Barber, Pittsburg, Pa. 

Male Quartette— F. B. Jagger S. I. Cutts Austin Spohhnger C. W. Birchard 
F. A. Jagger W. E. Dobbs Edw. Winklepleck Frank Camber 

Historical Address E. P. Clark 

Hymn— America 

Centennial Poem Mrs. Lucretia Snow Norton 



Concert by the Western Reserve Band of Windham, Ohio. 

Litde Giant Moon 

Crown of Victory Ripley 

Selection From Martha Arranged by St. Clair 

Midland Overtue Southwell 

Our Director Bigelow 

Bohemian Girl Balfe 

Q. S. Goodbye My Lover Goodbye Southwell 

Overture —Sweet Brier Laurendeau 

Waltz from II Trovatore Verdi 

Q. S. Inter-Ocean Southwell 


Hymn — The Lord's My Shepherd 

Solo — Selected L. V. Snow 

Centennial Chorus— Flow Gently Sweet Afton 

Duett — Hope Beyond F. B. Jagger J. A. Jagger 

Reading-Selected Miss Mildred Higley 

Centennial Chorus— Merry Goes the Mill McFarren 

Solo-Selected Ida M. Freighly 

Trio — O Memory 

Centennial Chorus— Bells of St. Mary Rodney 

Reading— Selected Miss Mildred Higley 

Solo-Selected N. L. Glover 

Centennial Chorus— The Heavens Are Telling Hayden 

Speeches By Former Residents 

Old Time Quartette— Auld Lang Syne 

Centennial Chorus— Hallelujah Chorus Hayden 

Hymn-God Be With You Till We Meet Again 

Historical Sketch of Windham Township 

Friknus and Xeu;hi«)HS. — 

On this centennial day of the settlement of Windham il 
a few facts concerning the origin and the early days of this 

proper to state 
(1 of New Eng- 
iMiien of liecket, 

land, settled and christened by those brave and devout men an 
Massachusetts, in 1811. 

In the year 1810 sixteen ]jersons of Berkshire County organized themselves 
into what was called The Berkshire Company, for the purpose of securing for 
thcmsehes homes in Xew Connecticut, .\fter a careful examination they, on 
the tenth day of Xo\-ember, 1810, became owners by purchase from Caleb 
.Strong and others of township numl)er 4, in the fith range of townships in the 

This house was 
house in XX/indham. 
grandsons of Nathat 
late Ashlev L. Tatt. 

The residence of Mrs. Ashley L. Taft. 
:hard and 

erected in 1816. by Nathan Bir 
1 he house at the present tim 
Birchard. Alton King and Fr 

as the first frame 
)ngs to the great, great 
Ashley Taft, sons of the 

mtain 14, 84,^ acres, for which they paid 

Ijeforc leaving I'.ecket they organized 
f 11 members, and on their arrival in 

Western Reserve. It was estimated 
$1.76 per ticre. 

On the second dav of Mav Ijefo 
into a Congregational eh 
homes commenced at once to live and teach those princi]iles of truth 
eousness that stand for the betterment of mankind. 

In the list of original purchasers are the names of Messenger, See 
Jagger, Perkins, Clark, Alford, Streator. Higley, Conant, Birchard, Ki 
Bush, names familiar and almost sacred to all. Many here today can 
relationship back to one or more of these early pioneers. 

The first house in the township was built about March 16, 1811, 
bv h'Hiah and Oliver Alford, a short distance to the rear of the house 
pied by Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Alford. 

their new 
and right- 
ly. Lyman, 
ngsley and 
trace their 

on Lot 84, 
now occu- 

In tlu year 1813 the personal ])roperty in the township on which taxes were 
assessed consisted of eight horses and forty-five cattle. This same year Jacob 
Earl and Benjamin Yale raised the iirst frame building, a saw mill, one and one- 
lialf miles west and one-half mile south of the center. 

( )n the Ifith day of April. 1814, Xathan Hirchard raised the first frame barn. 
This barn is still standing and is a part of the large and commodious barn owned 
by Airs, .\ettie Taft. About two years later Mr. I'.irchard built the dwelling 
house. This house somewhat enlarged is the pleasant cottage home df Mrs. Taft 
and famil}-. 

In June 1817 Isaac Clark opened the first store in his log house on the State 
Riiad -10 rods westward of the place his great grandson, Edward A. Clark, now 
resides. I'revious to this the nearest stores were in Warren and Ravenna and 
the roads were blazed trees. 

In 1818 a post office was established and Dillinijhani Clark was appdintcl 
])ostmaster; the office was kept in his hdiue nn the State Koad. where !•" \ 
Clark now lives. In 1820 the first l)lacksniith >linp was n],ened near the spot the 
Isler li(inie now stands. 

Erie Station. Mahoning 

How these early pioneers cleared the forest away, built homes, laiil out roads, 
built churches and school houses, and of their varied industries, the intpiirer is 
referred to the semi-centennial report of the settlement of Windham. 

Windham in 1861 was one of the lii_i;hl\- fa\iired townships of the historic 
Western Reserve, a community of hap])\ and intelligent homes, an industri- 
iiu. and patriotic people, numbering 813 siiul>, with 179 homes. School houses 
dotted here and there at convenient intervals throughout the township, the 
acailemy and churches on the village green, all retaining to a great degree the 
New England type. Many of the homes of this peace-loving community were 
painted wliite. green blinds at the windows, the front yard surrounded by the 
proverbial white fence and a lane leading from the street to the back yard. 

The Cleveland and Mahoning Railroad, now a part of the great Erie system, 
established a station in the north part of town. The Scott and Stewart store at 
the center, with E. B. Higley's store of general merchandise on the opposite 
corner, and all the other industries that go for the convenience and betterment of 
a thriving town located near. This was Windham fifty years ago. All seemed 
prosperous but for the spirit of war that was brooding over the land, a cloud 
much larger than a man's hand was plainly seen in the horizon, and when that 





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tired on Fort Siinipter April 12, ISr.l, a thrill of sorrow pierced 
,n in the entire north while the whole nation was |)lunged into a 
,\as to drag itself through four long, cruel years. I'resident Lin- 
1\- called for troops and ten Windham boys volunteered and were 
way to the front. Other calls were quickly responded to. The 
hoys at school put away their hooks, never to be seen there again. The young 
man lett the plow ^Landing in the furrow, never to come back. The father said 
go()d-l)ye to liis family, never to see theni again. Enlistments reached the high 
tide in '04, when almost the entire male pojiulation of the township ca])able of 
bearing arms were engaged in the struggle. Hue hundred and seventeen enlist- 
ments out of a population of Nl,i. 

At home the older men and women carried forward w ith intense energy the 
problem of civil life. In addition to this the ladies prepared sanitary foods, made 
rolls of bandages, scraped boxes of lint and sent them forward to the hospitals 
at the front. Xo soldiers had more abundant and helpful support given them 
by the loyal ones than did the Windham boys, support that gave them courage 
and strength to meet tlie enemy at Stone River, Shiloh, Knoxville, Cumberland 
Gap, Atlanta, iM-anklin, Xashvillc, and in other hotly contested battlefields, 
both in the east and west. 

The longest day has an end. The long, dreary night of horror gives place 
to the bright sunlight of the morning. So it was on the ninth of April, 1865, Lee 
was forced to surrender and his whole army laid down their arms. Johnson's 
army of 30,000 men, which was opposing Sherman in North Carolina, surren- 
dered on the 2Cith of A|irii, and soon the remaining forces followed their example. 
The war was at an end. The lioys in 1)lue came home to take u]) civic life as 
best they could. 

In 1866 the citizens erected a soldiers' monument dedicated to the "De- 
fenders of Liberty," at a cost of nearly two thousand dollars. It is twenty feet 
high, two sand stone and one marble base, two inscription blocks and a shaft 
surmountevl by an eagle perched on two pieces of ordinance. It is wrought ivom 
the finest Italian marble, and the names of the Windham bovs wlio laid dcjwn 
their lives in defense of their country are inscribed thereon. 

In 1863 the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad was completed. This road 
now forms the main lint of the great Erie system and with the Mahoning Division 
on the north keeps the people in close touch with the outside \vorld and the 
many large cities adjacent, thus giving a good market for all kinds of produce. 
In busy times these roads carry an immense tonnage of freight and the full 
share of the passenger traffic. The passing of 65 or 70 trains daily on each 
division is no unusual occurrence. M. G. Donaldson is our veteran railroad man, 
having been eni]il(iyt(l continuously on the .\lalioning Division for more than 
forty years. 

The town hall was built in '08 on the s|)ot the old academv once occu|)ied. A 
score of years later it was remodeled and now serves as town hall and opera 

In ISSl a special school district was formed, taking the center as a nucleus 
and soon a large and commodious public school building was erected on the school 
grounds. Xo schools are better supplied with school fixtures, charts, maps, globes 
and those things which make for. good about a well conducted school. It has a 
large, useful library of over 600 volumes of firstclass works. The building is 
well equipped with fire escapes. The schools are divided into three departments, 
primary, grammar and high school : at present all pupils of the township assemble 
here. Those from the outside are brought in large school vans. Teachers for 
HnO-11, C. A. Helm, superintendent: Anna E. Gibson, principal: Z. W. White, 
A. grammar: Treasure Hart, B. grammar: Mae Wolfe, primary: F. B. Jagger, 
in>ti'uctor in music. >dore than one hundred graduates have gone from this 
school and we believe them well qualified to meet the jiroblems and battles of life. 

The Western Reserve Band of about twenty members, dates back in history 
to 1876. Although but one member, Mr. M. D. Higley has played continuously, 
the organization has been kept well up to date and has had an enjoyable reputa- 
tion abroad as well as at home, where they have given aid and support on all 
festal occasions, adding greatly tn the enjoyment of a music loving community. 
F. L!. Jagger, who stands next to Higley in point of time, is leader and a bright 
future is predicted. 

In 1884. the membership and friends of the Methodist Episcopal church 
moved back their old church building and erected in its place under the 
leadership of Rev. Henry Jackson, a beautiful and complete, modern structure for 
their place of worship. On the first floor a semi-circle of convenient Sunday 
school rooms, chapel, parlor, library and kitchen : second floor, a large, well- 
seated audience room, platform and gallery. This building is a credit to the 
town, and probably not surpassed in any rural community on the Western Re- 
serve. Rev. A. C. Willey is the present pastor. A welcnnie is extended to all 

Town Hall 

In the fdlldwing year. '8.t. the Congregati.nial edifice under the guidance of 
Rev. T. R. lones was thoroughlv remodeled within and without, an addition for 
Sunday school room, chapel and vestibules was built and connected with the 
audience room by folding doors. This room, newly furnished, well lighted aiid 
being on the first floor is easy of access. A welcome is given to all, both in 
church and Sunday school service. The people are ready to join hands with 
its sister church in ways for the betterment of humanity. Rev. H. A. Stick is the 
present pastor. 

The pretty village of Windliam. with its 300 inhabitants, two churches, 
graded public school, three stores, one hotel, with its other varied industries, was 
incorjMrated in 1893. F. O. Snow was the first mayor. C. M. Hunt now holds 
that honored position. A good sewerage system is near completion, more than 
two miles of fine cement sidewalk laid down, streets and public buildings 
lighted by electricity as are many of the dwellings. This, with the telephone 
privileges', railroad connections, makes this village a place where life is worth 
the living. 

The cemetery, three-quarters mile north, located on a sandy elevation, is 
well fenced and protected on the westward side by a stalwart row of well kept 
evergreens. The ground is covered by a heavy greensward kept closely cut. 

In summer there is a wonderful bloom of flowers in evidence, this with the' 
massive blocks of granite and the finest Italian marble gives it the appropriate 
name of "the beautiful white city" of our dead. 

A great change has been wrought in the system of agriculture within the last 
few decades, and in no department of rural industry has the change been more 
clearly defined than in the manufacture of maple syrup and sugar, both in C|uality 
and quantity. As a cash product this industry has forged to the front till now 
it stands second only to the dairy interest. 

How to conserve and how to increase the fertility of the soil are j)roblems 
that have been carefully considered. The old open barns have given place to 
the warm, well lighted, commodious and sanitary barn, where live stock are 
made comfortable and able to produce a profit during the winter months. The 
silo to store the large corn crop, the centrifugal cream separator have come 
to the aid of the farming community and as one of the results, the dairyman is 
doing business the year around. Large quantities of good milk and cream 
are shipped to the nearby cities, and many of these farm plants send out under 
the farm name, one, two or three special cash products, to a market where they 
are wanted, thus securing a fair profit. 

The rural delivery of daily mail, and the teleplione which is now installed 
in nearly every farm home adds greath- to the convenience and enjoyment 
of the farm people. 

One hundred years has done much for this community. I'rom the stand- 
point of educational, agricultural, arid industrial interest \\ indliam stands and 
deservedly so, at the front of Western Reserve towns, and her opportunities 
for the future are no less, but greater than fifty years ago, for the reason that 
there is no teacher like experience. There is no better proof of what can be 
done than to judge the future by the past. It was Patrick Henry who said, 
"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of 
experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past." So this 
community, rich in a past, rich in experience, will step forward into the new 
century with assurance guided by the lamp of experience, and the star of hope, 
a brighter, more satisfying, and a more useful future awaits them. 

E. P. Ci.AUK. 

of First House Built in Township 


The First Congregational Church of Windham, ()., was organized in Becket, 
Mass.. May 2nd, 1811, and was composed of 11 members who were dismissed 
from the church of Becket with the purpose of founding a church in their 
new home. On the 28th of July they met 42 in number at the house of Alpheus 
Streator. During the first year religious services were held there. 

In the winter of '12 and '13 a log school house was built at the corners 
near Mahoning station where public worship was held for a year. By some the 
feeling became strong that the services should be held at Center ; after some 
discussion it was arranged that for three years the services on two Sabbaths 
should be at Deacon Alford's and one at the North school house. 

In the spring of 1817 a log building 26 by 30 feet was erected at the 
center for a place of public worship and was used for this purpose for 12 years. 
In January 1827 steps were taken to build a house of worship on the site of the 
present one and was completed in 1829 at a cost of $2,469.13. In 1850 it was 
remodeled inside and painted at an expense of $800. In 1860 it was painted. 




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First Congregational Church 

papered ami other repairs for $350. February 12, 1852. an organ costing $500 
was presented to the church by Benjamin Higley, Dillingham Clark, Warren 
W. Hinman and Daniel Jagger,' Esq. For the first 50 years $16,400 was paid 
to those who nreached the gospel and for the church buildings and repairs, 
$4,200, a total "of $20,(^00. 

In 1885 the church building was almost entirely built new, an addition 
built on the east end, now used for the lecture room, new pews, bell, carpet and 
lamps purchased, the whole expense being $5,600. In 1879 a parsonage was built 
costing $1,500, a barn has also been erected. In November 1891, during a 
severe wind, the steeple was blown down. To repair the damage, cost $925. 
Within a few years the church building has been painted, frescoed, newly 
carpeted and electric lights put in. 

The ecclesiastical polity is Congregational: 1812 to 1816 it was under the 
Presbyterian form of government when the church returned to the Congrega- 
tional form of government but continued its connection with Presbytery till 
Sept. 20. 1885, when it withdrew and now stands independent. During the 

100 years of its existence 800 persons have belonged to its membership, many 
of whom are dead and others scattered far and wide with a present enrollment 
of 160. 

Five of its members have become pastors of other churches. Revs. John H. 
Scott, William Millikan, Cornelius Palmer, Joseph Angel and Arthur Seymour. 
Metcalf Shaw gave his life while young as a missionary to China. 

Until the reorganization of the church in February 1876, the deacons were 
chosen for life and those wlio had been elected were, Elijah Alford, Robert 
Earl. Isaac Clark, David B. Kingsley and Sheldon Palmer. 

Rev. Joseph Treat was the first pastor receiving a call on the 16th day of 
June, 1817 and remaining till Uct. 2nd, 1827. For three years Rev. Fenn, pastor 
of the Nelson church preached on alternate Sundays. In October 1831, Rev. 
Hanford became pastor and remained till September 1840. Dr. John Hough was 
installed as pastor June 24th, 1841, which relation was continued until April. 
1850. He was followed by Rev. Hiram Bingham, who was dismissed by the 
Presbytery April, 1855. Rev. Levi B. Wilson was the next pastor and resigned 
September, 1852. Rev. James Shaw was installed pastor Jan. 2nd, 1860 and 
September, 1859. Rev. James Shaw was installed pastor Jan. 2nd, 1860 and 
remained until March, 1876. E. A. Paddock was pastor the following year and 
Rev. A. S. Upton was pastor from September. 1876, to Tune 1878. From Sep- 
tember 1883 the pulpit was filled by Rev. H. P. Barnes. In February 1884 T. R. 
Jones came and remained until December, 1893. He was followed by Rev. D. D. 
bavies from April, 1894, to Jan. 5, 1897. Rev. C. E. Dickinson was pastor from 
April, 1897, resigned September, 1901. W. G. Lemmen was the next pastor from 
April, 1892 to September. 1904. Rev. R. J. McCall, 1905 to 1907. Rev. Stowell 
L. Bryant, 1907 to Jan. 1st. 1910, with no regular pastor since that time. Since 
the organization of "the church it has maintained public worship without any 


Pastor. — ^Rev. H. A. Stick 
Deacons.— O. L. Earl, E. P. Clark, M. G. Donaldson, M. D. Higley, C. E. Smith. 
Trustees.— D. B. Wagner, S. C. Curtiss, Jason Angell, F. B. Jagger, F. S. Walden. 

Stated Clerk.— O. L. Earle 


Superintendent Chas. E. Smith 

Assistant -. V. B. Jagger 

Secretary I- J- Steigall 

Assistant F. A. Jagger 

Treasurer Herbert Higley 

Chorister C. W. Birchard 

Librarian Ri'th Portz 

Pianist Myrtle Masters 

Assistant I'lnra Jagger 

Teachers.— Mrs. Lucy Birchard, Mrs. Irene Birchard. .Miss Flora Jagger, Rev. 
H. A. Stick, M. D. Higley, :Mrs. Abner Wilson, Mrs. C. E. Smith, F. B. 
Tagger, Mrs. F. li. Jagger, O. L. Earle, H. J. .\lford, Mr. C. F. Porter, Mrs. 
Jennie Brooks. 


Pastor Rev. H. A. Stick 

Organist Miss Flora Jagger 

Pianist IMiss Carrie Walden 

Musical Director Mr. F. B. Jagger 




Invocation Rev. btick 

Hymn Xo. 178 Ein Feste T.urg — Luther 

Responsive Reading Selection I — Lsalm \'III 


Scripture Lesson Rev. C. .\. W'illey 

Prayer Rev. S. L. P)ryant 

Choir Response 


Hymn Xo. 348 Selvin 

History of Sunday School Deacon ( ). L. Earle 

History of Church Mrs. V. P.. Jagger 

Response Rev. H. .\. Stick 

Solo Mrs. Elida Birchard Fall 

Centennial Chorus And the Glory of the Lord — Handel 

Centennial Sermon Rev. S. L. Bryant 

Centennial Chorus The Heavens are Telling — Handel 

Benediction Rev. H. A. Stick 



Hymn Xo. 45 Day is Dying in the West 

Invocation Rev. H. .\. Stick 

Centennial Chorus — Gloria F"armers Mass 

Scripture Reading Rev. Stick 

Prayer Rev. Wiliey 


Hymn Xo. 47 Lead Kindly Light 

Reading — The Swan Song, Brooks Miss Mildred Higley 

Miscellaneous Addresses 

Solo — The Unseen Kingdom, Lane Mr. F. B. Jagger 

Sermon Rev. Stick 

Centennial Chorus — The Radiant Morn Woodward 

Benediction Hymn Xo. 51 

Benediction Rev. Stick 


Director F. B. Jagger 

Organist Miss Flora May Jagger 

Pianist Miss Carrie Walden 


Mrs. E. W. Mallett Miss Donna Dobbs 

Mrs. C. E. Smith Miss Dorothy Pardee 

Mrs. John Hoey Miss Gertrude Ritter 

Mrs. Myrtle Randall Miss Zella McManus 

Mrs. E. W. Haley Miss Ethel Coates 

Mrs. Frank Gambier Miss Flossa Higley 

Mrs. D. B. Wagner Miss Myrtle Masters 

Mrs. Flora Harrison Miss Hazel Jones 

Miss Ruby Higley Miss Geniven Gambier 

Miss Mildred Isler Miss Mildred Higley 


Mrs. F. B. Jagger Miss Louise Harrison 

Mrs. S. L. Bryant Miss Lucile Donaldson 

Mrs. Marion Chapman Miss Abby Weed 

Mrs. D. J. Cutts Miss Edith Herner 

Miss Fanny McGuire 


F. B. Jagger W. E. Dobbs 

L. V. Snow Herbert Higley 

D. I. Cutts Jay A. Frazier 

F. A. Jagger Burdette Leuton 

Theadore Willey 


N. L. Glarer Furry Youngman 

C. W. Birchard Claude McManus 

Frank Pardee Austin Spaldinger 

Frank Gambier Homer Philips 

H. J. Miller Arthur Goodhardt 

E. J. Williams 


During- the month of l-'ebruarv. 1S43. at the reciuest of some of the people 
of Windham, Rev. John Robinson and Rev. Lorenzo Rogers came here and 
lield a ]3rotracted meeting. Many were converted and as a result a Methodist 
church of about one hundred members was organized. A temporary building 
called the tabernacle was erected in a single day. Steps were immediately taken 
looking toward a permanent place of worship. $2,255 was subscribed at once. 
Tiie churcli was erected the following summer and dedicated in January 1844. 
This edifice continued in use until the pastorate of H. S. Jackson, under whose 



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ministry in the winter of 1883-4 a very sucessful revival occurred which made 
a new church necessary. The new structure, built at a cost of about $9,000 was; 
dedicated February 8, 1885. In 1''10 the buililing was redecorated, altered some- 
what and made most comfortable and attractive. Pllectric lighting has been intro- 
duced this year. 

In September 1849 a parsonage was bought of R. 'SI. Higley on East Street. 
In 1902 this building was sold and the present parsonage on X. Main Street 
was bought of Mrs. W. V. Harrison. 

In these 68 years the church has had 57 pastors. In the earlier years the 
term was rarely more than one year. Of late the tendency is toward longer 
pastorate. Of recent years the pastorate of H. S. Jackson, T. C. Anderson 

and I'".. 1'. Wvckoff have been iiotablv successful. The present membership is 
200 and the pastor is Rev. A. C. Wil'ley. 

Aljout 1849 a Sunday school was organized which has grown to a member- 
ship of 212 under the efficient superintendence of C. W. Hunt. 

The Epworth League was organized in 1889; the Junior League in 1893. 
Women's Missionary Societies, both I'^oreign and Home, are doing good work. 

In October 1877, the Ladies' Aid Society was organized, and has continued 
in active and most helpful work ever since. Much of the success of the church, 
spiritual, social and financial, must be attributed to the unceasing labor and 
sacrifice of the loyal and enthusiastic women of the church. Our day has many 
problems — the country village no less than the great city. In the past the village 
church has been a potent factor in moulding the life of the nation. The need 
and the opportunity for the future are just as great. 

August 13, 1911 

Pastor Rev. A. C. Willey 

Organist Mrs. Flora Harrison 

Choister Edward Winklepleck 



Anthem Arise, Shine— IVilson 


Hymn How Firm a Foundation 

Apostles' Creed 

Scripture Reading 


Anthem Hark, Hark My Sou]— Shelley 


Solo Selected 

Sermon Rev. S. L. Bryant 

Hymn All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name 



l'"arly in the nidiilh of August, ISll, a scIumiI was (ipened in the home of 
Alphcns Sti-L-aior ami was tanyht liy the Misses l'"hza Streatdr and Rehecca Con- 

reHe\cil eacli other mice in two weeks, 
ter the arrival of the first colonists was 

he township was a school house. As 

II H il honses were built. 

huilt a few rods west of where the 

jorated by an act of the legislature in 

1835. In the spring of the same year a school was opened by John V. Hopkins. 

The school was continued during a ])ortion of each year for a number of years. 

The ])resent school building was built in the year 1884. In 1886 the first 

class graduated. Since then one hinidred and seventeen have graduated. 

Air. I'rank Jagger. one of the W indliani boys, has taught music in the 
school constantly for eighteen years. The advance which he has made was 
shown b\- the music rendered b\' the high school at the Junior commencement. 

ant who as their services were gratui 
( )ne of the first things acc(implisl 

to provide a school for the children. 
The' f rst public building erected 

the wants of the people required, otln 
In the year 1834 the Academy 

M. E. Church now stands. It was i 


From the time of the settlement the nearest trading points were Warren and 
Ravenna, the trails being marked by blazed trees. In 1817 Deacon Isaac Clark 
came through from Massacliusetts with a stock of goods valued at $500, with 
which he opened a store in a building located just west of E. A. Clark's present 
residence, which he ciinducted for several 3'ears. 

In about 1830 Zenas llierce had a store at the corner where A. W. Clark 
now resides. At the saiue time 1'". W. Savage had a store located on land owned 
by -M, C,. Donaldson. 

In about 1834 Wm. H. I'.erger succeeded Mr. Bierce. 

In 1834 John A. Skiff established the first store at Windham Center on the 
site of E. r>. McManus' store, which he operated until 184.^ when he was fol- 
lowed by Parsons & Root who continued until 1854. 

Wm. .\(Iams opened a store in 1834 on the northwest corner of .Main and 
Center Streets, which he con<lucted until almut 1844 when he sold to T. -V. .Mi>r- 

General Stc 

of E. B. McManus 

irs later he was joined by his brother E. 1'. .Morgan and the hrm 
I-'. 1'. & J. .\. Morgan. The}' erected the building which is now 
few years later E. P. Morgan sold to Monroe Palmeter and the 
(led under the name of Morgan and Palmeter. In 1856 Elmer 
n'chased I'alnieter's interest. Alorgan & Wadsworth retired from 

gan. two yt 
was known a 
standing. A 
bu-iness i)r(ic 
Wad^worlh p 
bu>iness in 185''. 

Scdtt Urns, started in the same building the same \ear. later becoming 
Scdtt. Stiw.-in ,K; In. In 1865 the Scotts sold to W. W. Stewart who remained 
but a sbnit time, celling tn Erary & .\ldrich. In 1867 they were followed by 
l-'.gbert cK: Mclnrkle. "in 1868 'john Blackburn bought McCorkle's interest. 
I'"gbert & I'llackburn were in business only a year or two when they closed out 
their stock and the building was vacant for a time. In 1872 John B. Harrison 
and John E. Miner began business there under the title of Harrison & Miner. 
-After a few years Miner withdrew, Mr. Harrison conducting the business in his 
own name. In 1882 he was joined by his brother, W. E. Harrison, trading under 
the name Harrison & Harrison. Mve years later \\'. E. was succeeded by his 
nephew George E. Harrison : the firm name being unchanged. They continued 

until 1890 and were followed by Lenhart & Stein, who operated until 1897 when 
they dissolved partnership. Again the building was vacant for a time. From 
1900 to 1905 J. B. Kitelinger had a Racket Store there and in the summer of 
1908 Ilarley Ramsdell ran a meat market in it. .\t present the north half is 
occupied by Miss Edith Keller with millinery and the smith half by J. A. I'.ro- 
kaw's barber shop. 

Tn 1851 Wm. Noble. E. 1). Higley and Benj. Adams opened a store in the 
building now occupied by H. Randall as a hotel. At the end of the first year 
Mr. Adams retired on account of ill health. Two years later Noble & Higley 
dissolved partnership. A little later E. B. Higley launched a store in the build- 
ing vacated by Parsons & Root, which he conducted there until 1858 when he 
erected a building near the Erie depot. 

Two years later he built the first cheese factory in this vicinity together 
with a curing house of large dimensions, south of the Erie railroad. Here 
butter and cheese were manufactured from milk bought from the farmers as well 
as being taken direct from the farmers in exchange for goods from his store, of 
which he had a large stock, which gave a great impetus to business and a great 
market for farm products became established. 

G. D. Seymour's General Store 

At that lime Windham was the busiest place in the county. ( ieauga county 
also considered it her market place, hauling cheese and butter here from a 
distance of twenty or twenty-five miles. 

In January 1870, he associated himself with his uncle, A. M. Higley, under 
the name of A. M. & E. B. Higley, continuing until March 1872, when they 
dissolved the partnership. Later in the same year Thomas Moses established a 
store in the same building which he continued until the building burned in No- 
vember 1872. He immediately rebuilt and proceeded until 1881 when he sold to 
Higley and Bosley, who continued until 1885, in which year death claimed both. 
Pounfl & Thomas opened a store in the same building in the spring of 1886 
which they sold to Sheldon & Reed in August 1888. This firm was succeeded 
by Sheldon & Seymour May 1, 1896, who continued until the death of Mr. 
Sheldon in the spring of 1910 when Mr. Seymour purchased the interest of his 
late partner and is now conducting the business of general merchant and jobber 
of maple syrup and country produce. 

In 1866 the building on the northeast corner of Main and Center Streets was 

Tn 1875 H. J. Xoble erected a store building on the same site, establishing 
therein a liariKvare and grocery store which he conchicted until 1.SX6, when he 
sold to H. A. \\'ads\vorth. 

v.. A. I.ehmann came to \\'indham in December \^77 and opened a shop for 
the manufacture and repair of harness, in a part of the hotel building. The 
following year he purchased the building where he is now located and has con- 
ducted a very successful business all through the years that followed. 

In .\ugust 1878 H. A. Wadsworth opened a tin shop in the building now 
used by G. D. Seymour as a syrup room, which he occupied for two years. In 
1880 he built a store at the corner of Main and School Streets, moved there 
and added hardware to his stock. In 1883 J. H. Furry put up a building on 
School Street and opened a furniture store which he ran for three years, selling 
the stock to H. A. XAadsworth. In 1886 Mr. Wadsworth bought out H. J. 
Noble's business and moved to that building where he was joined by his brother, 
F. r.. Wadsworth, doing business under the name of II. A. & F. P.. Wadsworth 
for one vcar when V. !'.. retired. 11. .\. Wadsworth cmtinued the business 

Store of E. W. Mallett 

for a numljer of years. In October 1898 E. W. Mallett purchased a part of his 
stock and opened a store in the building where he is now located. In the years 
that followed he has branched out into different lines until he has a large and 
prosperous business in hardware, stoves, furnaces, plumbing, roofing, etc. 

In 1880 Seward Shaw opened a drug store in the building now ocupied by 
D. J. Thomas as a dwelling, which he operated until 1886 when Frank Milli- 
kan bought the stock, added groceries and continued for two years, selling out 
to E. T. .'^mith who ran a drug store and repaired clocks and watches for ten 
years, closing out and removing to Cleveland in 1896. 

In 1897 D. J. Thomas opened a grocery in the same building which he 
operated there until 1905 when he became associated with C. S. Applegate, who 
had purchased the stock of hardware owned by H. A. Wadsworth and moved 
his stock of groceries to the Wadsworth building, where, under the name of 
Thomas & -Applegate they conducted a general store and hardware for about six 
months when Mr. Applegate retired; Mr. Thomas continuing the business until 
the spring of 1911 when he sold out to E. P>. McManus who has a prosperous 
general store, Mr. Thomas now being engaged in the sale of all kinds of farm- 

ing implements. From 1890 to 1892 Miss Amanda Mellinger conducted a 
millinery store in the building now owned by E. W. IMallett and Sam Shetler 
had a racket store in the same building from 1894 to 1896. 

In 1883 Pearl and Jay \^'aite leased land of Theron Wales, erected a build- 
ing and opened the first meat market in Windham, which they conducted until 
1886 when they sold to Osborn & Allen. Mr. Osborn retired the following 
year and John Allen continued until 1889. selling to Edwin Yale who, at the 
end of the year sold to C. W. Stroud who kept it but a few months. Again 
Ed. Yale took up the work assisted by Ernest Angel under the name of Yale & 
Angel: but in 1890 they sold to Jonas Snyder who kept it but a short time, selling 
to W. J. Ritter who was there a year, closing out to Wm. Funk. In a few 
months he traded it to Geo. E. Harrison. 

D. J. & L. JNI. Waite conducted it the year of 1893. selling to A. H. Masters. 
In a year he sold to C. ^^'. Stroud who continued but a short time selling, in 
1895 to James Shakespeare, who has conducted it since that time, adding a 
stock of groceries. 


Date of Appointment. 

Dillingham Clark April 18, 1818 

Will. i;. Washington Aug. 12, 1828 

Wni. 1 1, r.erger Oct. 10, 1834 

John A. Skiff April 2':^. 1836 

Win. C. .\(Iams Jan. 29, 1841 

J. A. Skiff May 31, 1841 

Wm. C. Adams Sept. 23. 1845 

George S. Parsons Feb. 16, 1852 

Milton Wadsworth June 16, 1854 

George S. Parsons July 24, 1855 

Moses A. Birchard July 27, 1858 

E. B. Higley Dec. 27. 1859 

C. G. Frary June 15, 1869 

F. B. Higley Aug. 4, 1869 

Thomas Moses Dec. 28, 1874 

B. A. Higley Oct. 12, 1881 

Jchn 1!. Harrison Oct. 2. 1885 

H. T. Sheldon Nov. 12, 1889 

H. A. Wadsworth Nov. 23. 1893 

Herbert T. Sheldon Dec. 11, 1897 

George D. Seymour April 6, 1910 

We can see at a glance that these early settlers craved social life and inter- 
course with friends and the outside world just as earnestly as do we of today, 
for since 1818 Uncle Sam seems to have had an established mail route into the 
center of Windham township as the list of postmasters indicates. 


Henry A. Canfiekl built the house where Mr. and Mrs. Fox now reside and 
kept a hotel here from 1832 to 1850. He built the jjresent hotel building 
for a cabinet shop, for Mr. Canfield made much s])lendi(l and substantial fur- 
niture and was famed as a cabinetmaker near and far. lie sold the house to 
Dr. Southey and the cabinet shop to Wm. Noble. 

W. C. Adams followed Mr. Canfield in the hotel business for a couple of 
years in the house now owned by jnhn I'.oslew A hi>tel was kept in the Joseph 
Birchard house by Eli Odel. 

In the early "eO's Mr. Ichabod Andrews bought the Canfield warehouse of 
Mr. Noble who had fitted it up for a dwelling and store, and rearranged it for 
a hotel. Mr. Reeve Hughes, a brother-in-law to Mr. Andrews, joined him in the 
enterprise and the hotel was continued until about 1880, when sold again to Mr. 
B. F. Lovett, wdio was in Windham until IS'^O. when Mr. V. J. Baab took 
charge. Mr. Frank Roberts was in business here for a couple of years when 
succeeded by iMr. Louis Williams, 1903. Mr. Ralph Edick, 1907-1909, when the 
entire business was sold to Mr. H. Randall our present hotel landlord. 

Traveling north from Windham Center we come to the residence of i\Ir. 
Al Clark, formerly known as the Heckwith home. There in the early days a 
tavern and hostelry was kept and here the stage coach changed horses on their 
long journeys. 

In 1811 a burial ground had been selected on the public green near the 
center, but was abandoned early in 1817 and the present beautiful location 
selected. On the 7th of February of that year the remains of six persons were 
removed and deposited in the new cemetery. 

At the time of purchasing only about one-qarter of land was bought that 
now comprises the cemetery. Since the beginning there have been but three 
sextons: Mr. Erastus Snow, Mr. Alanson Jagger and Mr. Jason Angel, who has 
been filling the position since 1880. L'p to this time nearly 1,500 burials have 
been held here. 

Dr. J. W. Shank 


The ])h3sician.s who have fnllowecl their profession in Windham began 
practice in the succession given : 

Ezra Chaffee. 1812, John S. Matson. 1824, Dr. White, Samuel Southey, F. C. 
Applegate, Dr. Eames, Dr. Ketchum. I'.yron Laughead, J. W. Shank, Wm. C. 
Partlee, Dr. Harris, Dr. Goulding, Dr. Crawfis, Mark Pardee, Drs. Mr. and 
Mrs. Bishop, J. W. Burnhani, J. R. Gleason, Dr. J. W. Shank, who has been a 
resident physician for a nimilier of years. 


On Cct. 21, 1876, there was organized in the Township of Windham, Ohio, 
a cornet band, with the following persons : 

Organizer James A. Snow, and leader for two or three years: after that 
M. E. Birchard was leader until his death more than 30 years ; Bb cornet, John 
Hoffman, Frank Walker: Eb alto, H. D. Higley. M. D. tligley : Bb tenor, Charley 
Bingham, Byron Laughead : Bb baritone, Mike Weed : Bb bass, Sylvester Well : 
Eb bass, \V. C. Birchard : bass drum, William Langdon : snare drum, Clinton 
Higley. Of this membership there remained with the band until the time of 
their death the following members : W. C. Birchard, who died on May 10. 1900 ; 
James A. Snow, who died on Oct. 7. 1905: M. E. Birchard, who died on Dec. 5, 
1910: leaving M. D. Higley the only charter member still connected with the 

James A. Snow 
First Leader of Western Re 

band. But there have been more than eighty members connected with it during 
its existence and for 35 years it has always been in playing order. 

Some of its important engagements are as follows : Playing for Agricultural 
Fairs in Ravenna, Warren and Garrettsville ; band concerts, political meetings 
and funerals in the early years, finally becoming quite a noted military band. 
We went with Portage Co. G. A. R' to Columbus on Sept. 10th. 1888, also 
the next year with Trumbull Co. G. A. R. to Pittsburg. On May 30, 1890, we 
went to Cleveland to take part in the dedication of Garfield ^lonument, playing 
for the Oriental Commandry Knights Templars, of which Garfield was a mem- 
ber. June 25, 1890, hired by them to accompany them to Canton to a conclave. 
Also on Aug. 19 to 25. to accompany them to Toledo to a conclave and return 
by way of Detroit. We also went with the Ohio National Guards to Chicago, 
to take part in the dedication of the World's Fair grounds, the commemoration 
of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America, 1492-1892. Also to 
Cleveland to the ]\IcKinley "Full Dinner Pail" parade and many others too 
niunerous to mention. 


The Grand Army Post of Windham was organized in 1885 from soldiers of 
this town. In 1863 about 70 young men organized as Home Guards and 
drilled. In May, 1864, they were called to Johnson Island to guard prisoners 
and were sworn into U. S. service at Sandusky May 28th, and were a part of 
the 171st O. V. I. sent to Kentucky June 9th to stop John Morgan from crossing 
the Ohio river. He was met on June 11th at Cynthiana, Ky. Here Mr. Edwin 
Earle, Mr Henry Millikan and Mr. Wm. Reed were killed. Severely wounded 
were First Lieut. Henry Earle, E. S. Woodworth and Nathan Birchard. We 
bear the name of Earle-Millikan Post No. 333, Grand Army of the Republic. 
There were 14 charter members and many others joined us later. 

I. M. Wilcox 
P. R. Higley 
W. W. Randall 
Charles Hoskins 
T. O. Angel 

O. L. Earle 
H. I. Walker 
H. B. Walden 
W. A. Higlev 
A. M. Higley 
E. F. Jagger 
Geo. Lawrence 
W. B. Phillips 
S. C. Potter 
N. A. Pinney 
H. C. Dice 
Fred Bristol 
D. M. Alford 


G. S. Pinney 
F. D. Snow 
Bert Merwin 
Wm. Darworth 


Elijah Alford 
TL M. Buck 
Silvester Webb 
Henrv Pound 
F. X.' Poor 
Amos Winklepleck 
F. C. Hudson 
Geo. Gordon 
T. O. Angel 
James Snow 
H. D. Wright 
J. J. Lenhart 
J. B. Mellingar 
R. T. Chapman 

F. C. Applegate 
Luther Kinney 
B. F. Lovett 
Henry Hartlerode 
E. S. Woodworth 

Wilson King 
Edward Roberts 
C. W. Stone 
C. W. Strou-d 
A. E. Brooks 
C. M. Hunt 
Emery Wheelock 
Stan Chapman 
Allen Silvers 
S. S. Williams 
P. ^V. Earl 
E. H. Millard 
David Bissell 


ICagle Council Xo. 1632 Royal Arcanum was organized July 13th, 1895, 
with 21 charter members and had a membership of 20 January 1st, 1911, and 
only two deaths since its organization, viz : George E. Harrison and Arthur S. 

The present officers are: Regent, F. H. Walden; Vice Regent, L. M. Wait; 
Past Regent, F. B. Jagger ; Orator, J. W. Shank ; Secretary, Jason Angell ; Col- 
lector, C. E. Smith ; Chaplain, D. B. Wagner ; Guide, S. O. Donaldson : Inner 
Guard, F. E. Jones ; Outer Guard, F. W. McKinsey. Representative to Grand 
Council, F. B. Jagger ; alternate, Jason Angell. Meetings held at K. of P. hall 
second and fourth Friday nights of each month. 

No. 1 597, P. of H. 

Windham Grange Xo. 1597 P. of H., was organized Dec. 22nd. 1903 with 
33 charter members and had a membersliip of 94 Jan. 1st. 1911. Members 
died: Hon. E. S. W'oochvorth, Mrs. E. S. Woodworth. A. L. Taft. Hattie Hig- 
ley, .\dah I'orter, .Arthur Higley. Mrs. J. W. Brobst. Lynn Brobst. ^l. E. Birch- 
ard. Present officers : Master, Erank S. Higley ; (Jverseer. Ered Jagger ; Lec- 
turer, Airs. S. L. Bryant: Steward, Gail Clark: Asst. Steward, Herbert Higley; 
Chaplain, Lucie C. Higley: Treasurer. M. D. Higley: Secretary, D. B. Wagner; 
Gatekeeper, Gerakl Rudd : Ceres, Anna \\'ilson, Pomona, Laura Higley, Flora. 
Nettie Jagger. Trustees. M. D. Higley, .\bner Wilson. C. E. Smith. Meetings 
held at Brick Chapel second and fourth Tuesday nights of each month. 

ry, E. W. Haley. Pn 


E. R. Higley built a factory for the manufacture of cheese and butter in 
1860 and conducted it until 1870 when he associated himself with his uncle, 
A. M. Higley, who continued until 1872 when they went out of business. The 
factory was vacant until 1874 when W. J. Mortf)n bought it and conducted it 
until 1881. .Again it wa.s vacant until 188.^. when Harrison and Reck used it 
In IQIO E. W. Haley purchased the creamery and is still conducting the business. 
This they followed until 188'J when thcv went out of business. Again the 
building stood vacant. 

In 1893 John Wilton started a cheese factory where both cheese and butter 
were manufactured. This he conducted until 1902 when he sold to J. F. Hudson. 
Mr. Hudson continued making cheese and butter until 1904, when the factory was 
converted into a creamery from which the products were shijiped to Pittsburg. 
In 1910 E. U. Haley purchased the creamery and is still conducting the business. 


Electric Light Plant 


The Windham Electric Co.'s new plant in the village of Windham, owned 
and operated by F. A. Eberwine & Sons, is without doubt second to none in the 
state of Ohio for a town of its size ; in fact, we doubt if another town of a 
population of 261 can boast of an electric light plant of any description. The 
equipment consists of a Fairbanks-AIorse 50 H. P. suction gas producer, a 43 
H. P. two-cylinder vertical gas engine of the same make; a 36 K. W. 2300 
volt, 60 cycle. 3 phase revolving field alternator, a Ij/ K. W. G. E. exciter, a 
Westinghouse switchboard and instruments. In addition to the lighting plant, 
they have and operate a modern ball bearing attrition feed mill, and do custom 
grinding most every night while they are running the electric lights. Enough 
cannot be said for the splendid system of street lighting. The system is known as 
the series Tungsten system, the number of street lamps being 40, being con- 
trolled from the switchboard at the plant and entirely independent from the 
house lighting current. The company expect to extend their lines into the 
country and this will give the farmers current for lights and power, which means 
a convenience on the farm that will place the old home on an equal with our 
city friends at all times. The plant and the service it has given since it was 
started last December, is well worth the patronage of every property owner 
within its limits. Mav success attend their venture. 


Was organized, chartered and installed by a company composed "of the 
citizens of W indham township in the summer of 1905, it being the intent of the 
company to so build the system that every citizen of the village and township 
could have firstclass, up-to-date telephone service to any part of the country 
reached by telephone communication ; and at a price fair and just to every patron. 
And we are pleased to say that practically all of our citizens have given the 
company their hearty and loyal support. It also shows that the progressive inde- 
pendent spirit of the founders of Windham township in 1811 is still with us, 
helping us to enjoy the many great advantages that we have been blessed with 
in this our centennial year of 1911. 


This lodge was instituted Xov. 17th, 1903, by O. A. Tuttle, County Dept. 
Grand Chancellor, and worked under a warrant until June 1906, when a charter 
was granted. The charter members were : Dr. J- ^^'. Shank, E. B. }iIcAIanus, 

E. C Earl, A. G. Aston, E. J. Williams. D. P.. Wagner. J. R. Chapman. F. H. 
Walden, H. J. Whitehead. A. G. Crowe. A. J. Ebert, G. D. Seymour, W. A. 
Horner, G. W. Fleming, G. H. Higley. Harry Atwood. P. C. Isler. C. S. Apple- 
gate. Elmer Stroup, J. ^^'. Hoskins. J. H. Summerlin, L. B. Pardee. L. R. Xewel, 

F. A. Kellar. D. J. Thomas. 1. A. Deitz. and O. L. Bancroft. 

Past chancellors by appointment were : E. B. ^^IcManus, D, B. Wagner, 
C. S. Applegate and J. W. Hoskins. 

The chancellor commanders have been elected in the following succession: 
Dr. J. \\-. Shank, D. B. ^^'agner. E. C. Earl. C. W. Birchard, B. A. Lewton, 
P. C. Isler, !•:. J. Williams, J. W. Waltz. F. H. Walden. E. G. Belden. E. A. 
Clark, and Elmer Stroup. Stated conventions of this lodge held on Wednesday 
evening of each week. 


This order was installed March 10, 1908, by Mrs. Elora Heidrich, P. G. C, 
of Canton The charter members were: Sisters May Thomas, Dora Shank, Alta 
Higley, Ida Day, Ella Pardee, Cora Brewer, Mildred Isler, :\Iildred Higley, 
Cora Belden, Perlie Smith, llattie (iriswool, Lucy Higley, Lizzie Higley, Nina 
McManus. l':ima Waltz, Annie Lewton, Mattie Williams, Emma Williams, 
Bertha Stniu]), Lillian Chatman, Grace Crowe, Minnie Hoskins. Bro. Knights: 
J. \\'. Shank, (i. S. Brewer, L. C. Williams. Chas. Smith, M. D. Higley, Chas. 
Higley, Owen Pardee, C. D. (iriswool, Elmer Stroup, Chester Day. B. A. Lewton, 
E. C. Earl, Ernest Haley, John Waltz honorary members. 

Ella I'ardee P. C, by appointment. The ^F. E. C. chair has been filled by 
May E.. Thomas, Ida Day, .\lta Higley, Dora Shank. Alildred Isler. Xina 
McManus. Meetings are held the first and third b'ridays of each month. 


The Quiet Stitchers date from Nov. 4. 1904, when Mrs. C. C. Colton 
in\ite(l several friends to her home to organize a fancy work club. They agreed 
to limit ihe membership to \?: to meet every two weeks and to use the dues for 
literature, flowers for the sick or the annual banquet. 

Soon music and readings were added to fancy work and light refreshments : 
then ]3rograms for X'alentine's day, Washington's birthday or other special occa- 
sions. Appointing leaders, calling the roll and studying progress of the world 
topics followed in 1906. 

Each vear "the men" — husljands. brothers ov friends of the members — are 
tntertaii-ei,. "The men" have shown their appreciation In- entertaining the club 
elaborately. OccasionalU' the mothers are guests of honor. They claim to be 
delighttu ;i;:J they have lieen known to shed tears of joy at the homage paid 

The club is a recreation needed Ijy busy women, an inspiration to friendship 
and sociability, a help to nnlJer living and better homemaking. Its crowning 
attractions are its informalities, its lack of gossip and the loyalty of its members 
to each otlier. 

Mrs. .'^. ( ). Donaldson is president and .Mrs. .\bner Wilson secretary and 



On ^larch fourteenth, nineteen 
representative ladies met with Mrs. 1- 
selves into a Study Chih, the nhject 
nieniliers in the thrcc-fnld sense lead 

That the developnient "f cmesel 
striving toward the betterment nt all 
is unity of purpose. 

.-\ clulj pin was ehosen. the ri 
relationship eaeh memher holds h> the 
been spent in a study of our I'nite 
We are at present on the seeond \eai 
seem only to have hegun. 

Social life is not forgotten, fur 
golden chain that links the world t( 
always to friends. Annual banquets 

The presidents have been : Mr 
Mrs. Ernest Haley, who is 
Seymour Kigley as secretary. 

hundred and six, a company of Windham's 
',. W. Mallett and resolved to organize them- 
of which should be the advancement cif its 

rd the very highest 
,liom we mav come 

best is only 
mtact. This 

iinide<l triangle, symbolic of the three-f(jld 

.' (itlier. .Since organization three years have 

1 Sta'es in connection with other countries. 

(if the state of Ohio, and can say we 

■ the club believing that "friendshi]) is the 
ii.gether," we have opened our home doors 
;, ])icnics and festival celebrations are liel<l. 
s. Herbert Alford, Mrs. Ashley Taft, ami 
the office for her second vear : with Airs. 


wixdha:\i as a farming commuxity. 

Windham has always been an ideal community for those who wished to 
follow agriculture as their principal occupation. 

The first settlers were wise in their plans, and even before starting from 
their Xew England home, established a church that they might make their new 
home a community attractive to all good people. 

Our forefathers were strong advocates of education, and so infused into their 
children a desire for knowledge, that today we have one of the best school 
systems to he found anywhere in the state. 

(Jur township is wonderfully blest by nature ; the surface being just rolling 
enough to afford excellent drainage. The soil, a sandy loam, is well adapted to 
farming, and the education and labor expended on it bring ample rewards. It 
is also blest in being situated in the sugar majjle l)elt, thus adding one crop that is 
of great profit to the farmer, that is not produced in a large part of the state. 

(.)ur shipping facilities are good, as Windham is situated on one of the 
great trunk lines that span the continent from ocean to ocean. Although we 
are not very near a large market center, our local merchants make a market for 
all farm products. 

The inhabitants of the township are an educated, enterprising people, who 
are alwavs looking for the best interests and beauty of the town, as our fine 
churches, excellent schools, good roads, fine kept lawns surrounding most of our 
homes, beautiful cemetery, electric lights, and fine cement walks all bear witness. 

All these advantages together with the good citizenship and good fellowship 
that exists in town and township make Windham one of the most desirable, if 
not the very best township in this grand state of Ohio in which to live. 


s. Sylvina St 

eator Crane was born in Windham, Portage County, 


October 21 

1820, the eldest child of Jason and Nancy Streator. 

She is 

still living a 

the age of 91 years at Garrettsville. 


Sell. Alr.\aiitirr Alfl1r^ 

fflilluim Alforti 

Elijali Alfurb. 3r 

JJItnmaa Alforii 

iBi-nfftirt AltiirJi 

Jinaiali Alforfi 

Joaiali Alfnrft. 3r 

iEUjali Alfurb 

Sarins iB. Alfurii 

IB. fflrpknatfr Alforft 


Mrs. M. D. HIgley 

"Elmhurst"-Home of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Higley 



Mr. M. D. Higley 

Mr. C. L. Brya 

C. L. Bryant 

"Pekin"— Home of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Brya 



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kn. ,^ 


• ' 

Residence o( Mr and Mrs. D I. Cults 


Rev. R. Norton 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Se 

"Home Crest" 

Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Donalds 

Residence of Mrs. Mary E. Goodrich 
Built by Her Father, Robert Higley, m 1836 

Mr. H. 1. Alford 

Mr. Frank A. Fobes, Barberton, O. 
Grandson of Lev. and Edna Alford and so 
f Louise Alford Fobes. His early life was sper 
t the well known Alford Homestead. 

"Glenalford"-Residence of Mr. and Mrs. H J. Alford. 
The Old Alford Homestead Built m 1836. 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs E J. Willie 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Birchard 

Mrs. Stowell L. Bryant 

Mr. Stowell L. Bryant 

Alta Dale"-Re9idence of Mr. and Mrs. Stowell L. Bryan 


Loren Higley, third son of Col. Benjamin and Sally (McCowen) Higley, 
was born in Becket, Mass., Feb. 2, 1810. He was brought, the following year, 
by his parents to Windham, their family being the third that arrived in the 

March 8, 1832 he married Rachael Elmina Frary who was born in Becket, 
Mass., 1811. In October 1829 she came with her mother and a large family to 
Windham, where she taught school until the time of her marriage. 

Their children are Sheldon Frary, Stephen Loren, William Adams, 
Sarah Ann and Seymour Augustus, twins. 

Rachael Elmina Higley died July 1. 1889. 

Loren Higley died Feb. 25, 1891. 

Sheldon F. Higley was born Nov. 24, 1833. May 6, 1856 he married 
C. E. Fitch. They have one daughter. He died, Dec. 25, 1910. 

Stephen Loren, born 1837, died 1887. 

Wm. A. Higley, born 1840. Married Elizabeth Scott in 1865. Have two 
children, a son and daughter. The wife died Aug. 31, 1908. 

Sarah Ann Higley married John L. Miner, Sept. 2, 1875. They have one 
son. She died Dec. 18, 1906. 

Seymour A. Higley married Emma Sheldon, 1880. They have two sons 
and a daughter. They own and occupy the same home into which his 
parents moved in the winter of 1834. 

Loren Higley Sheldon F. Higley 

1810-1891 1833-1910 

Sheldon F. Higley 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Higley 

Mrs. W. A. H.gley 

Mr. W. A. Higley 

Residence of W. A. I l.gley and 1 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Mallett and son Clarence H. 

Residence of P. R. Higley and Family 

R«iden« of Mr. and Mrs. F. Birchard Jagger and Pioneer Homestead of Ephraim F. Jag 

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. SirMth 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. C E. Smith formerly owned by Siras Johnson, in 1854. 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Donaldi 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee Bircfiard 

Mrs. Egbert Woodworth 

Hon. Egbert Woodworth 

Residence of the late Hon. and Mrs. Egbert Woodworth 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Clark 

Residence ot Mrs. Louisa Walden 

Mrs. H. T. Sheldon 

Mr. H. T. Sheldon 

H. T. Sheldon was born April 17. 1842. 
Sheriff of Portage County 1865-1689. 
A prominent merchant in Windham for 
Postmaster of Windham from 1889-1893 

tity-two years. 
. from 1897-1910. 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Sheldon 

Mrs. Jesse Lyman 

Mr. Jesse Lyman 

Mrs. E. J. Hil 

Mr. E. J. Hill 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. E J. H 

Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Higley and daughter Clara H. 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Higley. 

D,,v,d,s„n J. Wait 
In liis 81st year 

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Waite 

Mr. and Mrs. O. N. Rudd 

The Rudd Homestead 

_ Wagner 

Mary A. Hoopengarner 

Mary A. Hoopengarner. born March 24 
widow of Joseph Hoopengarner. 

Sarah C. Wagner, born Feb. 1 i. I860 in Tu 
of Joseph and Marv A. Hoopengarne 

Daniel B. Wagner, a pro 

Clate A. W; 


. son of Mr 

; citi 
nd M. 

Sarah C. Wagner 
Clate A, Wagner 

1832, in Tuscarawas County, Ohi 

as County, Ohio, daughte 




! late Thoma. 

5 O. Angel 


resident of Windham 

, Ohio. 


30 years 


e of Peace of Windha, 

n. For sever 

al years 


.r. Was , 

a member . 

3i the 




Mrs. Marilla Noble. 
Windham and lived here continuously 82 

The Beckwith Tavern and Homestead. 
Known in early times as the stopping place for stage coaches, changing of horses, etc. 

History of Early Settlement. 

At a meeting of a number of the inhabitants of liecket and Washington in 
the County of Berkshire and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at the house of 
Thatcher Conant in Becket, on the tenth day of September. 1810, the following 
agreement was entered into for the purpose of obtaining a township of land in 
the state of Ohio. 

We, the subscribers hereby promise to pay Thatcher Conant our equal 
proportion of the e.xpense of exploring and viewing a township of land in New 
Connecticut, now owne.l by the Hon. Caleb Strong of Xorthampton, to be paid 
over to the agents of the compan\- by order of the com]ian\-. Witness our hand. 
September 10, 1810: 

r>ille Messenger Xathan Birchard Enos Kingsley 

Elijah .\lfor(l Jeremiah Lyman Elisha Clark 

Ebenezer X. ^lessenger Dillingham Clark Isaac Clark 

John Seley lienjamin Higley Benjamin C. Perkins 

Thatcher Conant Aaron P. Jagger 

.■\lpheus Streator Cideon Bush 

Col. I'lille Messenger being chosen moderator of the aforesaid meeting and 
Elijah Alford. Clerk. Thatcher Conant being chosen Treasurer of said company. 
\oted, That Dillingham Clark Esq., and Jeremiah Lyman be agents to 
explore said township, being Township Xo. 4 in the 6th Range in the Connecti- 
cut Western Reserve, so called in the state of ( )hio, owned by the Hon. Caleb 
Strong aforesaid. 

At a meeting of the company founded for the purpose of purchasing Town- 
ship No. 4 in the 6th Range of the Connecticut Western Reserve, state of Ohio, 
holden at the house of Elijah Alford in Becket, on the 31st day of October, 
1810, for the purpose of hearing the reports of the agents of said company re- 
specting said township. 

Col. Bille Messenger chosen moderator, Elijah .\lford. clerk. 
A'oted that Dillingham Clark, Esq., apply to Caleb Strong, Esq., for the pur- 
pose of purchasing said township for the company. 

.\t the adjournment of the aforesaid meeting Xov. 8. 1810. voted to choose a 
committee to devise a plan for dividing the township if purchased and a com- 
mittee chosen for that purpose. At the adjournment of the aforesaid meeting 
Nov. 12, 1810, the committee appointed to devise a plan of division reported 
as follows: That the south half of lot No. 55 be taken for public land and the 
use of a minister ; then select 33 80 acre lots for a first division : and 
33 lots for a second division : and 33 lots for a third division : and 33 80 acre lots 
for a fourth division : and the north half of lot 55 to be disposed of as the pur- 
chasers shall think best. Signed — Dillingham Clark and other committee. 
\"oted to accept the report of the aforesaid committee. 

\'oted that Bille Messenger and Dillingham Clark Esq., be agents to apply 
to Caleb Strong and others and complete the bargain of purchasing said township. 
*Xote. — It was then sujDposed that the townshi]5 was laid out into lots of 
half-mile siiuare. 

.\t the adjournment of the aforesaid meeting held on Xovember l''th, 1810. 
Bille Messenger and Dillingham Clark reported, that they had ci:>mpleted the 
bargain for purchase of Township aforesaid with Caleb Strong and others. 

\'oted that Bille ]\Iessenger, Dillingham Clark and Alpheus Streator, be a 
committee to attend with Capt. .\bel Dewey and Capt. Samuel Knox, who were 
mutually chosen by the said Caleb Strong and others on their part and the agents 
of said Company on the other to appraise the farms and other real estate to be 
turneil in bv the comjjany to pay for the township of land which »>ur agents 

apponncl at a former part ,,f this nu-eting agreed fnr at the a.ljnnrnment „f 
tlie atoresaul meeting. Decemher 17. ISIO. 

Noted that DilHngham Clark, Esq., Alpheus Streator and I'liatcher ( onant 
he agents for the compan> — to exchange deeds with the iionorahle' ('aleh .Stnm-^ 
h.sq., and others for the township agreed for. " 


Whereas, Elijah .\lford, Jeremiah Lyman, Enos Kingslev, I'.iUe Messenger. 
Ehen. X. .Messenger. ISenj. Higley. Aaron P. Jagger, John Se'lev. Xathan I'.irch- 
arrl, Ehsha Clark, Benjamin C. Perkins, Alpheus Streator and Thatcher Conant 
all of Becket, and Dillingham Clark and Gideon Bush of V\'ashington. in the 
coimty of Berkshire and Commonwealth of Mass., have associated together for 
the purpose of purchasing a township of land of the Honoral^le Caleb Strong, 
benig in the Connecticut Reserve called Xo. 4, in the 6th Range of townshi]) in 
said Reserve and have agreed to convey by deeds of warrantv made by each of 
them, lands or other real estate to the amount of sum agreed for as the price of 
said township to the said Caleb Strong, and have chosen Alpheus Streator, Dilling- 
ham Clark and Thatcher Conant to receive the deeds of land that they shall so 
make out to the said Caleb Strong and deliver them to him, the said Caleb Strong 
and receive from him the said Caleb Strong, a deed of conveyance of the above 
named township and convey to their associates above named by good and sufficient 
deeds of conveyance, each one his part and proportion of said township accord- 
ing to the quantity that has been agreed upon or may be agreed upon by the said 
associates and accjuit to each other their respective proportion agreed upon as 
above, except one lot in said township, called lot 55, which is agreed upon by 
the associates as a common lot or reserve for public use, which lot is to be con- 
veyed to the whole of the associates for that purpose now, for the accoiu])lishment 
and fulfillment of all the above purposes. 

W'e the undernamed, Alpheus Streator, Dillingham Clark and Thatcher 
C(.nant. do by these presents bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administra- 
tors to them, the said Elijah Alford, Jeremiah Lyman, Enos Kiiigsley, Bille 
Messenger, Eben. X. Messenger, Benjamin Higley, Aaron P. Jagger, John Seley, 
Xathan Birchard, Elisha Clark, Gideon Bush and Benjamin C. Perkins, their 
heirs, executors and administrators or assigns in the full and just sum of 
fifty thousand dollars to be paid to them, the said Elijah Alford, Jeremiah Lyman, 
Enos Kingsley, Bille Messenger, Eben. X. Messenger, i.enjamin Higley, Aaron P. 
Jagger, John Seley, Xathan Birchard, Elisha Clark. Gideon Bush and Benjamin 
C. Perkins, their heirs, executors, administrators or assigns on the fifteenth day 
of March, next in witness whereof we have here unto set our hands and seals 
this first day of January, in the year of our Lord, ISIL 

The condition of this obligation is such that if the above bounden, Alpheus 
Streator, Dillingham Clark and Thatcher Conant do well and truly upon re- 
ceiving the deeds of conveyance of lands and the real estate made by the above 
named associates to the Honorable Caleb Strong and receive from him a good 
and sufficient deed of conveyance of the above named township Xo. 4 in the 
6tb Range of townships in the Connecticut Reserve so called and do give, 
make out and deliver to each of the above named associates. Elijah Alford, 
Jeremiah Lyman, Enos Kingsley. Bille Messenger, Eben. X. Messenger. Elisha 
Clark, Gideon Bush and Benjamin C. I'erkins. or so many of them as shall 
make out deeds of land or real estate to the said Cabel Strong, their heirs 
or assigns, good and sufficient deeds of conveyance of each one, his propor- 
tion of lands in said township, according as it is or may be agreed upon by the 
said associates, but be holden by them to run any greater risk than the as- 
sociates as a bodv concerning the strength or validity of the first or original deed 
by us taken, and ac(|uit each other, each one his proportion of land in said 
town-hip. agreed upon as above, and convey to said associates the above named 

lot Xo. 55, in said township for pnblic use as aforesaitl on or before the said 
15th day of March next, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to be and re- 
main in full force. 

The expense of performing the above business to be borne by the associates 
in proportion to the quantity of land received by each. 

Signed and sealed. Delivered in presence of George Conant, Justus B. King. 




Xames of purchasers, together with value of each nian"s deed, set against 
his name. 

Elijah Alford 82,054.74 

Jeremiah Lyman 1.596.76 

Enos Kingsley 516.00 

Bille Messenger 1,172.00 

Eben. X. Messenger 1,095 .44 

Benjamin Higley and Sally Higley 2,040.00 

Aaron P. Jagger '. ' 855.36 

John Seley 1,018.00 

"Xathan Birchard 1,1 15 .00 

Elisha Clark 400.00 

Benj. C. Perkins 304 . 4§ 

-Alpheus Streatur 1,727.44 

Thatcher Conant 1 .625 . 00 

Dillingham Clark 6.632.00 

Gideon P.ush 1,094. 56 

Isaac Clark 1,024.00 

CMiver Brewster 787 . 50 

Spencer Clark 800.80 

Dillingham Clark. Alpheus Streator, Thatcher Conant, 
deed to the proprietors of township Xo. 4, 6th 
range 1 30 . 25 

To all people to whom these presents shall come, greetings, and know ye 
that i. Cabel Strong of Xorthhampton. in the county of Hampshire and common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, 

I'^or and consideration of the sum of twenty-four thousand dollars current 
money of the commonwealth, aforesaid, to me in hand, paid before the ensealing 
hereof by Dillingham Clark, Esq., of Washington, Alpheus Streator, yeoman, 
Thatcher Conant, gentleman, both of Becket county of Berkshire. The receipt 
hereof, I do hereby acknowledge and myself fully satisfied, content and paid, 
have given, granted and bargained, sold, alined, released, conveyed and confirmed 
and by these presents do freely, clearly and absolutely given, granted, bargained, 
sell, aline, release, convey and confirmed, unto them, the said Dillingham Clark, 
Alpheus Streator, and Thatcher Conant, their heirs and assigns, forever, twelve 
thousand, three hundred and three dollars and twenty-three cents, original pur- 
chase in township, Xo. 4, the 6th Range in the land lately owned by Con- 
necticut, lying west of the west line of Pennsylvania, otherwise called The Con- 
necticut \Vestern Reserve. 

The whole of said township is supposed to contain fourteen thousand eight 
hundred and forty-five acres. Being 394 chs., 98 links on N. side ; 385 chs., 83 
links on the South side ; 376 chs., S3 links on the East side ; 384 chs., 30 Hnks on 
West side as was drew for, aparted and set oflF the said Cabel Strong, Eben. Hunt. 
Lemuel and Ashael Pomroy, in the following proportions, viz : 

T,i the said Caleb Stroiij^, twelve thousand dollars, to l';])en. Ilinii three 
hundred and three dollars and twenty-three cents, to Lemuel and Ashael I'ninrov 
SIX hundred dollars, original purchase and the part proportion of said township' 
wliicn IS liereby conveyed is that part which was set off as aforesaid to the sai.l 
Caleb Strong and the said Ehen. Hunt and is supposed to contain f,,urtcen 
thousand, one hundred and fifty-five acres. Be the same more or le-s. 

The part set off to the said Caleb Strong as aforesaid was ronvexed to liini 
by tho trustees, John Caldwell, John Morgan, and Jonathan llrass hv' their ^k-ed 
of September 27. 17W, and the part set off to the said Eben. Hunt was conveyed 
to the said Caleb Strong by the said Eben. Hunt, deed of May 13, 1X02. To have 
and to hold the before granted premises with appurtenances and jjrivileges there- 
to, belonging to them the said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Streator, Thatcher Con- 
ant, their heirs and assigns, to them and their own proper use, hereof and behoof 
forever more and 1, the said Caleb Strong for myself, my heirs, executors and 
administrators, do convey, promise and grant unto' and with the said Dillingham 
Llark Alpheus Streator and Thatcher Conant, their heirs and assigns forever, that 
before and until the ensealing hereof, 1 rm the true, sole, proi^er, and lawful 
owner and possessor of the before grante;! premises, with the ap])urtenances and 
have in my good right, full power and lawful authority to give, grant, bargain, 
sell, aline, release, convey and confirm the same as aforesaid and that free and 
clear, and freely and clearly executed, acc|uited and discharged of and from all 
former and other gifts, grants, bargains, sales, leases, mortgages, with entails, 
jointures, dowers, thirds, executions, and encumbrances, whatsoever, and further- 
more, I, the said Cabel Strong, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, 
do hereby covenant, promise and engage the before granted premises with the 
appurtenances, unto them the said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Streator and 
Thatcher Conant, their heirs and assigns, forever, to warrant, secure and defend, 
against the lawful claims and demands of any person or persons, whatsoever, 
in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-fourth day 
of January in the year of our Lord, One Thousand. Eighteen Hundred and 
Eleven, and L Sarah Strong, wife of said Caleb Strong, in testimony of my 
relinc|uishment of dower, have hereunto set my hand and seal, the dav and year 

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Lewis Strong. 

rScal] CALEB STK( )XC. 


[Seal] ELI Cr,ARK. 

Hampshire. Mass.. January 24. 1811. 

Then personally ajipeared Ijefore me, Caleb Strong, Esq., within iiained and 
acknowdedged the within instrument to be his free act and deed. 

DAXIEl. WKKiHT, Justice of the I'eace. 

To all people to whom these presents shall come, greeting; know ye, that 
we. Lemuel Pomroy, Esq.. of Southhampton, and Ashael Pomroy. Esq., of 
Northampton, both in the county of Hampshire, and commonwealth of Alass., and 
in consideration of the sum of twelve hundred dollars, current money of the com- 
monwealth, aforesaid to us in hand, ]3aid before the ensealing hereof, by Dil- 
lingham Clark, Es(|.. of Washington, .\lpheus Streator. veoman. and Thatcher 
Conant. gentleman, both of Becket and all in the county of Berkshire, the receipt 
thereof, we do hereby acknowledge and are fully satisfied, contented and paid, 
have given, granted, bargained, sold, alinetl. released, conveyed and confirmed 
and bv these presents do freely, clearly and absolutely give, grant, bargain, sell, 
aline, release and confirm unto them, the said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Streator. 
Thatcher Conant. their heirs and assigns, forever, six hundred dollars, original 
purchase in township No. 4. 6th Range in the land lately owned by Connecticut, 
lying west of the west line of Pennsylvania, otherwise called the Connecticut 

Western Reserve, the whole of said township is supix)se<l to contain fonrteen 
thousand, eight hundred and forty-five acres, and was drew for, aparted and set 
ofif to Caleb Strong, Esq., Eben. Hunt, Esq., and to Lenuiel and .Ashael I'onu-ov, 
in the following proportions, viz. : 

To said Caleb Strong, Esc|., twelve thousand dollars, to said Eben. Hunt, 
three hundred and three dollars, and twenty-three cents, and to said Lemuel and 
Ashael I'omroy, six hundred dollars, original purchase, and the part and propor- 
tions of said township hereby conveyed is that part set oil' as aforesaid to the said 
Lemuel and Ashael Pomroy, and is supposed to contain six hundred and ninetv 
acres, be the same more or less. 

To have and to hold the before granted premises, with the appurtenances and 
privileges thereto belonging to them. The said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Strea- 
tor and Thatcher Conant, their heirs and assigns to them and their own proper 
use, benefit and behoof forevermore, and we the said Lemuel and Ashael Pomroy 
for ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators to covenant, promise and 
grant unto and with said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Streator and Thatcher 
Conant, their heirs and assigns forever, that before and until the ensealing hereof, 
we are the true. sole, proper arid lawful owners and possessors of the before 
granted premises, with the appurtenances and have in us good right, full power 
and lawful authority to give, grant, bargain, sell, aline, release, convey and con- 
firm the same aforesaid, and that free and clear and that freely and clearly 
executed and discharged of and from all former and other gifts, grants, bar- 
gains, sales, leases, mortgages, will, entails, jointures, dowers, thirds, executions 
and encumbrances, whatsoever, and furthermore, we the said Lemuel and Ashael 
Pomroy for ourselves and heirs executors and administrators, do hereby covenant, 
promise and engage the before granted premises with the appurtenances unto 
them, the said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Streator and Thatcher Conant, their 
heirs and assigns forever to warrant, secure and defend against the lawful claims 
and demands of any person, or persons, whatsoever. In witness whereof we have 
hereunto set our hands and seal this twenty-fourth day of January, in the year of 
our T-ord. IHll. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Caleb Strong. 
Lewis Strong. 


[Seal I ASHAEL P(B1R()V. 

Commonwealth of :Mass.. Hampshire, Tw'p of Xorthhampton. Jan. 24th. 

There personally appeared Lemuel Ponu-oy. Esq.. Ashael Pomroy. Esq.. antl 
severally acknowledged the within instrument by them subscribed to be their free 
act and deed. 

P.efore Solomon Stoddard. Jr.. Justice of Peace. 

At a meeting of the associates for purchasing township Xo. 4. in the 6th 
Range. Connecticut Western Reserve, holden at the house of Deacon Enos Kings- 
ley in'liecket, Feb. 6, 1811, to hear the report of the agents appointed to ex- 
change deeds with Caleb Strong and others and to transact any other business 
for the benefit of the company, Bille Messenger being moderator and Elijah Al- 
ford. clerk. The agents having^ obtained deeds of said township, voted to choose 
a committee of five to devise and bring forward a plan for dividing said township 
among the associates and Elijah Alford. Dillingham Clark, Esq.. Jeremiah Lyman. 
Thatcher Conant and Alpheus Streator were chosen for that purpose. 

At the adjourned meeting Feb. 14, 1811. the committee appointed to bring 
forward a plan for dividing the aforesaid township among the associates, reported 
to the meeting in the following manner, and the meeting voted to accept the 
same as reported. , . . , , ^ ,. . ,. 

The committee appointed to devise and brmg forward a plan for dividmg 
township No. 4, in the 6th Range of the Connecticut Western Reserve into rights. 
or shares among the purchasers of said township ; viz : 

The South half of lot Xo. 56 be kept for public use then make thiit\-threc 
shares or rights according to the plan hereto annexed. Deed fidni the agents 
to the proprietors the land for public use. 

Know all men by these presents that we, Dillingham Clark, Esq., of Washing- 
ton, Alpheus Streator, yeoman, and Thatcher Conant, gentleman, both of Becket 
and all in the Berkshire Commonwealth of .Mass., for and in consideration of the 
sum of one hundred and thirty dollars and twenty-four cents, to us in hand paid 
before the insealing and delivering hereof by Elijah Alford, Jeremiah Lyman and 
Bille Messenger, Enos Kingsley, John Seley', Benjamin Higley, Elisha Clark. Isaac 
Clark, Aaron P. Jagger, Eben. N. Messenger, Benjamin C. Perkins, Nathan 
Birchard, Gideon Bush, Oliver Brewster, and Spencer Clark, proprietors and 
owners with us the said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Streator, and Thatcher Conant 
of a township of land called Township Xo. 4, in the 6th Range of townships in the 
Connecticut Western Reserve so called in the state of Ohio, lately purchased by 
the Honorable Caleb Strong and others to the value of twenty-six thousand and 
sixteen dollars, the receipt of which sum of one hundred and thirty flollars and 
twenty-four cents, we do hereby acknowledge in the general payment. 

Remise, released, sold and quit claimed and by these presents for ourselves 
and our heirs do remise, release, sell and forever quit claim unto the said Elijah 
Alford and all his associates above named and to them and to all that may here- 
after associate with him in owning the aforesaid township and their successors, 
one certain piece of land in said township known by being the south half of 
lot No. 56, and is divided by a line to be drawn from west to east through the 
center of said lot. Said south half to be for public use, for said town and main- 
tenance of minister and kept for that purpose only, according to several votes 
of the proprietors of aforesaid as will appear on their record. Reference being 
had to the records of the proprietors of the aforesaid township for the original 
survey of said released premises. 

To have and to hold the same for the purpose aforesaid together with all the 
privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging to them, the said T^lijah Alford 
and his associates above naiued and their future associates and successors for- 

In witness whereof, we, the said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Streator and 
Thatcher Conant, have hereunto set our hand and seals this fifteenth day of 
^larch in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eleven. 

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Dillingham Clark, seal. 

John Conant Alpheus Streator 


George Conant Thatcher Conant 

Berkshire Co., .Alarch 13, 1811, there personally appeared Dillingham Clark, 
Alpheus Streator, and Thatcher Conant, within named and acknowledged the 
within instrument by them signed and sealed to be their free act and deed before 
me, George Conant, Justice of the Peace. 

Know all men that Abigail Clark, wife of Dillingham Clark, Anna Streator, 
wife of Alpheus Streator, and Elizabeth Conant. wife of Thatcher Conant, within 
named in the testimony of our relinquishment of dower in the within conveyed 
premises, have hereunto set our hands and seal this nineteenth day of March, 

In the presence of George Conant, Harvey Conant. 




At the adjourned meeting, March 15, 1811, at the house of Nathan Birchard 
in Becket for the agents to bring forward the deeds to the proprietor,-, and the 
meeting opened, the deeds brought forward and committed to George Conant, 

Esq., and then a receipt given that is signed by the several persons taking deeds 
and discharging the agents from the force of the bond. 

We, the subscribers, hereby certify that we have received each of us a deed 
of our part of the lands belonging to us in the general purchase, agreed in the 
foregoing bond, and hereby discharge the said Dillingham Clark, Alpheus Streator 
and Thatcher Conant from the olMigation of said bond on our part. 

P.ecket, March 15, 1811. 
Jeremiah Lyman i )livcr I'.rcwster ( ieorgc Conant. Attorney 

John Seley l-^bcn. X. Messenger for Klisha Clark and 

Aaron P.' Jagger I'.L-nj. Higley .s. Clark 

Benj. C. Perkins S. Higley {■'.nos Kingsley 

Rec'd one deed for C.ideon Nathan I'.irchard I<:iija'n Alford 

lUrsh r.illr Messenger Uaac Clark 

At the adjourned meeting, April 17, 1811, at the house of Dr. ( )liver I'.rew- 
ster in I'.ecket. Aoted that Tliatcher Conant by proprietors, clerk for said com- 
pany, to t.-ike and to keep tlie ho. iks of record. Voted proprietors' clerk of town- 
slii]> .\(i. 4, in the 6th Kan^e nf the Connecticut Western Reserve upon the re- 
quest of five of the proprietors of rro]irietors' Township shall direct some person 
being a Proprietor of said township to warren a meeting of said Proprietors 
at such time and place as he shall think 1)est and for the purpose or purposes set 
forth in the request. 

I'.ILLE :\IESSEXGKR, Moderator. 

Strongsburg, Dct. 21. 1811. 

The Proprietors of Towii^liip \o. 4. in the 6th Range of the Connecticut 
Western Reserve, do re(|ue>t \(iu, Thatcher Conant, Proprietors' clerk, forthwith, 
to warren a meeting of the Proprietors for the purpose herein named. 

First, to choose a moderator for said meeting. 

Secondly, to choose a committee to erect corner posts of the lots in Pro- 
prietors' township. 

Thirdly, to petition the Commissioners to order a committee to lay out roads 
in said town. 
Jeremiah Lyman 
Alpheus Streator 
Elijah Alford 
Eben. N. Messenger 
Benj Higley 

To Jeremiah L_\nian : You are hereby required to warren the Pro])rietors of 
No. I, in the fith Range, etc., to meet at the house of Jeremiah Lyman on Thurs- 
da\-, the twenty- fourth, inst., at two o'clock in the afternoon, to act on the articles 
set forth in above request to me. 

Strongsburg. ( )ct. 2^. 1811. 

TH.ATCHKR COXAXT, Proprietors' Clerk. 

.\greeable to the within instrument. 1 have warrened the Proprietors to meet 
at the time and place and for the purpose within named, October 24, 181 L 


Slrong.sburg, Oct. 24, 1811. 

Tlie proprietors of township Xo. 4, in the (nh Range, met at the house of 
Jeremiah Lyman. The meeting opened and voted as follows: 

I'irst chose, Benj. Higley, moderator. 

Second chose, Jeremiah Lyman, Elijah Alford, Thatcher Conant as a com- 
mittee to erect the corner posts in Proprietors' town. 

Third, voted to choose a committee of two, to petition commissioners to order 
a committee to lay out roads in said township. Chose Benj. Higley, Alpheus 
Streator. committee. 

Signed. BEXJ.XMIX HICLLY, Moderator.