Jackson Township Historical Society

Jackson Township Historical Society The purpose of the Jackson Township Historical Society is to preserve the history of Jackson Township, Stark County, Ohio. The purpose of the Jackson Township Historical Society is to advance, encourage, and promote the collection and preservation of records, information and artifacts pertaining to the history of the settlement and the development of Jackson Township.
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Jackson Center School, home of the JTHS, is a living, breathing, monument to Jackson Township’s past. The schoolhouse is open to the public for tours throughout the year by appointment. Teachers and Scout leaders are invited to bring their classes and troops to visit Jackson Center School to learn about the history of Jackson Township. The schoolhouse holds the society’s collection of artifacts and documents. Photographs of Jackson Center School decorate the walls of the school, and other exhibits are displayed on a rotating basis. The society’s substantial collection of documents and photographs is made available to anyone who wants to conduct historical or genealogical research. JTHS hopes that local organizations and individuals will also rent the building as a meeting place and as a site for wedding and baby showers and birthday parties. Members of the society also make presentations to groups, telling the stories of Jackson Township’s past.

Mission: Statement of Purpose The Jackson Township Historical Society was founded in 1980. It is a nonprofit organization designated with the 501 (3C) tax-exempt status. The purpose of the JTHS is to advance, encourage, and promote the collection and preservation of records, information, and artifacts pertaining to the history of the settlement and development of Jackson Township, Stark County, Ohio.

Operating as usual

This photo is a bit of a mystery. The photo recently came into the possession of JTHS with no identification. The home's...
09/04/2020

This photo is a bit of a mystery. The photo recently came into the possession of JTHS with no identification. The home's address appears to be 8711, and the home looks to be one in the Young Brothers allotment (Easy Street, Colton Street, and others off the west side of Amherst in Jackson Township). Does anyone recognize the house or the car? No real reason for wanting to know, just curiosity.

Scenes of Jackson Township farming life. (Photos courtesy of Jane Getz.)
09/02/2020

Scenes of Jackson Township farming life. (Photos courtesy of Jane Getz.)

BOOK PLANNEDThe Jackson Township Historical Society is planning a book to highlight the history of one-room (and two-roo...
09/01/2020

BOOK PLANNED
The Jackson Township Historical Society is planning a book to highlight the history of one-room (and two-room) schools in the township. If you want to be involved in compiling the book, or if you have relevant photos and/or information, let us know.
The photo is of the two-room school in McDonaldsville.

POSTPONED BUT NOT FORGOTTENJTHS hasn't forgotten the plans we made -- for Kids Club programs and for the Memory Lane mon...
09/01/2020

POSTPONED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

JTHS hasn't forgotten the plans we made -- for Kids Club programs and for the Memory Lane monthly programs.

We will reschedule these programs, planning for a restart in January 2021.

Question: Is there a name for the phenomenon that explains how time can seem to go by so fast despite a pandemic? So, since time flies, see you soon at the schoolhouse.

One of the topics for Memory Lane will be the village of Crystal Springs. The photo shows the Crystal Springs tavern in 1941.

PANDEMICThe pandemic continues but JTHS will resume posting more regularly, starting with today's posts.  The class phot...
09/01/2020

PANDEMIC
The pandemic continues but JTHS will resume posting more regularly, starting with today's posts.

The class photo is of a Jackson Elementary fifth grade class in 1958. Mrs. Rogers was the teacher. I count 36 students, a rather large class.

From Ohio History.OrgMany of you asked about our recipe for “cold slaw” dressing, which came from the Original White Hou...
07/07/2020
Independence Day Virtual

From Ohio History.Org
Many of you asked about our recipe for “cold slaw” dressing, which came from the Original White House Cook Book! We’ve got it listed for you below. Try it yourself and impress the history buff in your family!

Dressing for "Cold" Slaw (Cabbage Salad)
• Beat up two eggs, with two tablespoonfuls of sugar
• Add a piece of butter the size of half an egg, a teaspoonful of mustard, a little pepper, and lastly a teacup (2/3 cup) of vinegar.
• Put all these ingredients into a dish over the fire, and cook like a soft custard. Some think it improved by adding half a cupful of thick sweet cream to this dressing; in that case use less vinegar. Either way is very fine.
Check out the rest of our picnic recipes on our website here
https://www.ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar/ohio-village/independence-day

And from OhioMagazine.com --
Try some drink recipes featuring Dayton's Buckeye Vodka

Enjoy old-fashioned family activities celebrating our nation’s independence.

Photos of the Faust family (from the photo collection of the Yost-Brumbaugh family).
07/07/2020

Photos of the Faust family (from the photo collection of the Yost-Brumbaugh family).

THEN -- From June 2017: HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF AT JACKSON HIGH SCHOOLThe Jackson High School Speech and Debate team won ...
06/12/2020

THEN -- From June 2017: HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF AT JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL

The Jackson High School Speech and Debate team won the state tournament this year, and the JHS baseball team followed suit when it added another state crown last week. These teams joined the JHS basketball team as winners of their respective state tournaments for the 2016-2017 school year.
(Congratulations also to the JHS girls lacrosse team, which went into the state final game undefeated, only to fall to Upper Arlington for the second year in a row.)
The Jackson High School debate team also brought home state championships in 2010 and 2012.
In 2014, the Jackson High School baseball team won the Ohio state championship. The basketball team won the Ohio high school championship in 2010.

NOW, June 2020 – Two MLB Draft Picks from Jackson

Two members of the Jackson High School state champion baseball team of 2017 were picked in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Although the late Thurman Munson remains as the only Stark County player ever to be picked in the first round of the baseball draft, Dillon Dingler (Ohio State), like Munson, a catcher, was the first player picked in the second round of the 2020 draft. Joining his high teammate as a second round pick was Kyle Nicolas, a right-handed pitcher for Ball State University. Dillinger was selected by the Detroit Tigers and Nicolas by the Miami Marlins.

SEE YOU SOONFor the past few months, we have self-quarantined, practiced social distancing, disinfected everything in si...
06/08/2020

SEE YOU SOON
For the past few months, we have self-quarantined, practiced social distancing, disinfected everything in sight, and covered our faces with scarves, bandanas, and masks. Like many other organizations' scheduled activities, the historical society’s events were put on hold. We hope that you all have stayed well and we look forward to resuming our schedule of activities soon. Watch this page for new dates for previously scheduled events. See you soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos.

05/27/2020

No Community Festival this year.

Congratulations to Ralph Boger, who has been recognized by the Jackson Township Board of Trustees for 37 years of servic...
05/27/2020

Congratulations to Ralph Boger, who has been recognized by the Jackson Township Board of Trustees for 37 years of service to the township. The highway and maintenance building has been named after Boger, who recently retired after serving variously over the years as director of highways, parks, and maintenance.

PHOTOS of Ralph Boger with members of Highway Department:
1984 (second from left)
1990 (kneeling, second from left)
1998 (second from left)

Speaking of roads – Does anyone know the origin of the street name “40 Corners”?

These photos were taken on May 10, 2020. Does anyone remember a later date that snow fell (and stuck) in Jackson Townshi...
05/10/2020

These photos were taken on May 10, 2020. Does anyone remember a later date that snow fell (and stuck) in Jackson Township?

*Souvenirs from Mt. Airy and Bridgeport schools. These were given to each student at the end of the school year. Some fa...
05/06/2020

*Souvenirs from Mt. Airy and Bridgeport schools. These were given to each student at the end of the school year. Some familiar Jackson Township names: Mohler, Frank, Scheetz, Haymaker, Malinowski, Sibila and Clay.

*Enjoy all that Jackson Township has to offer: Flowers at the Jackson Bog and a woodpecker in your own backyard.

*Use the clues in the photo (the cars, the buses, the students’ clothes) to make a guess as to the year this photo was taken.

Compliments of the Ohio History ConnectionHistoric cocktail recipesHave a drink with us!With more time at home, we know ...
04/20/2020

Compliments of the Ohio History Connection

Historic cocktail recipes
Have a drink with us!

With more time at home, we know that folks are trying their hand at lots of new recipes. We’ve pulled some historic cocktails recipes from the archives ---give ’em a try and let us know what you think!
This cocktail recipe is adapted from Drinks Á La Mode by Mrs. D. E. Salis, 1891. Known as Roman Punch, it was served at the 1897 inaugural ball of President William McKinley.

Roman Punch
Makes 6 cocktails

Ingredients:
• 2 cups lemonade
• Juice of 2 oranges
• 8 ounces champagne
• 8 ounces rum
• 2 large egg whites
• A few drops lemon juice
• 3 cups confectioners' sugar
Directions:
• Stir together the lemonade, orange juice, champagne and rum in a punch bowl. Chill.
• When ready to serve, make the meringue: whip the egg whites and lemon juice in a medium bowl until they hold soft peaks, then gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar. Pile into a serving bowl.
• Fill cups with ice, ladle over the punch and top each with a dollop of meringue.
See more of our historic cocktail recipes here and on our website!

Jackson Township Historical Society scanned a small family history book compiled by Ella Whipple Michener in 1922. The b...
04/19/2020

Jackson Township Historical Society scanned a small family history book compiled by Ella Whipple Michener in 1922. The booklet tells the story of how the Scott and Freeman families came to Jackson Township. We are working to create a family tree from the information. Are there any Scott-Freeman descendants still living here in the township? Does anyone recognize this barn and home?

Need a little fresh air? Try walking the path along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal in Jackson Township.See an old chimne...
04/13/2020

Need a little fresh air? Try walking the path along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal in Jackson Township.

See an old chimney, the remnant of a long forgotten homestead. Observe the many turtles basking in the sunshine – no, they are not practicing social distancing. Enjoy a pair of ducks swimming along. Notice a red squirrel, a rarity that this walker had never seen before.

Photo identification: Gross family children – Mabel, holding Mildred, Wilma, Iva, Ralph, Melvin.*Grade card and school s...
04/08/2020

Photo identification: Gross family children – Mabel, holding Mildred, Wilma, Iva, Ralph, Melvin.*
Grade card and school souvenir for Iva Gross.
Schoolhouse photos – of Jackson Center School?
*Thanks to descendant of Iva Gross for the family photo.

POSTCARDJTHS may have posted this photo previously, but this photo of the Jolly Boys Band of Crystal Springs was made in...
03/24/2020

POSTCARD
JTHS may have posted this photo previously, but this photo of the Jolly Boys Band of Crystal Springs was made into postcards. One such postcard was used to send a message from Massillon to Canal Fulton in 1912.
TEXT OF POSTCARD: Dear sister arrived home all O.K. Geo arm is all right. Have cherries all seeded will can after dinner. Will said you should bring cherries if you can get some picked and those for me your sister Dottie
Postmarked Massillon, Ohio, July 15, 4:30 p.m., 1912. Note the one cent stamp.
Addressed to Mrs. Etta Ries, Canal Fulton, Ohio R.F.D.
Etta (Lamberson) Ries was a schoolteacher, according to the JTHS member who donated this postcard and the Thrift Card.

THRIFT CARD
Thrift Cards were issued during World War I by the US government to help offset the cost of the war effort. Ordinary citizens could purchase 16 stamps at 25 cents each and then exchange it for a War Savings Certificate stamp, redeemable on January 1, 1923, for 5 dollars.

Excerpts from “A History of Willowdale Women’s Club, 1938-2004.”
03/21/2020

Excerpts from “A History of Willowdale Women’s Club, 1938-2004.”

REGIONAL MEETING OF OHIO LOCAL HISTORY ALLIANCETwo JTHS members attended one of the annual regional meetings of the OLHA...
03/10/2020

REGIONAL MEETING OF OHIO LOCAL HISTORY ALLIANCE
Two JTHS members attended one of the annual regional meetings of the OLHA (https://ohiolha.org/) on Saturday, March 7. The meeting was held at Roscoe Village in Coshocton. Roscoe Village still has many of its original buildings, built when Roscoe was a town along the Ohio and Erie Canal in the early 1800s. One of the JTHS Kids Club owls made the trip and thoroughly enjoyed visiting one of the buildings that has been set up as an 1850s-era school room. One of the features in the Visitors Center is a replica of a lock on the canal.
KIDS CLUB: HOW TO SCRAPBOOK
Learn how to build a scrapbook page at the next Kids Club program on Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Jackson Center School (that little schoolhouse next to Jackson High School). For details, contact the McGuffey’s Kids Club [email protected].

MEETING THE PRESIDENTS AND THEIR WIVESWhat a great idea! On Presidents’ Day, the Yours Truly Restaurant in Mentor invite...
02/19/2020

MEETING THE PRESIDENTS AND THEIR WIVES
What a great idea! On Presidents’ Day, the Yours Truly Restaurant in Mentor invited past presidents and their wives to visit the people who were dining there. George and Martha Washington greeted visitors. Eleanor Roosevelt visited diners at their tables, and Lucretia Garfield and her daughter Mary (called Mollie) also were on hand.

OWL BE WATCHING YOUThe first McGuffey Kids Club program of the Jackson Township Historical Society was held Sunday, Feb....
02/17/2020

OWL BE WATCHING YOU
The first McGuffey Kids Club program of the Jackson Township Historical Society was held Sunday, Feb. 16. Amanda of the Stark Parks Wildlife Conservation Center brought along two owl friends and also life-sized owl puppets of other types of owls. The Kids Club mascot, McGuffey the Owl, also paid a visit. GREAT FUN! https://starkparks.com/

NEXT KIDS CLUB PROGRAM
Sign up for the next Kids Club program, which will be held Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Jackson Center School (7756 Fulton NW, next to the high school). The program will be “History in the Making.” Learn the basics of scrapbooking by making your own scrapbooking page. For more information and/or to register, visit Facebook, McGuffey Kids Club-Jackson Township Historical Society-Stark County, Ohio. Or send an e-mail to [email protected] or [email protected]

Stark County Civil War Roundtable MeetingMeeting:Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 7:00pmLocation: United Methodist Church, ...
02/12/2020

Stark County Civil War Roundtable Meeting
Meeting:Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Location: United Methodist Church, 3088 State Street NW, Greentown, Ohio
Speaker: Sharon Snowden
Topic: “Ohio First Ladies"

Sharon Snowden has a BA and an MS from the University of Akron. She has taught for the University of Akron for over 25 years, Miller South School of Performing Arts, Mount Union College, and owned Sharon Rae Dance School for over 30 years. Sharon was named Ohio Dance Educator of the Year, Midwest Dance Educator, and awarded for Dance Promotion in the Community. She is also listed as original choreographer in the Samuel French Musical Theatre Library in New York City.
Sharon belongs to several lineage and historical societies. She is Honorary State President of Colonial Dames 17th Century, Heraldry Club, Colonial Dames of America, State Regent Daughters of American Colonists, Dames of the Court of Honor, Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and organizing Regent of Catherine Richards Chapter in Green of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Among other activities, she is a Certified Genealogy Consultant, a volunteer at the Canton VA Clinic, and a docent at the National First Ladies Historical Site.

Sharon will enlighten us on the lives of Ohio First Ladies.

Non-member meeting fee = $4. Annual Membership = $20 per member, or $25 for two or more at the same residence (Jan. - Dec.)

The Polar Bear Plunge, held Feb. 8, 2020, at Lake Cable. The temperature was 29 degrees.
02/12/2020

The Polar Bear Plunge, held Feb. 8, 2020, at Lake Cable. The temperature was 29 degrees.

Reminiscences of Hazel Mohler, longtime JTHS member who passed away last week at the age of 88:My grandfather John Bretz...
02/11/2020

Reminiscences of Hazel Mohler, longtime JTHS member who passed away last week at the age of 88:

My grandfather John Bretz and my Dad Harold Bretz, along with Alvin Fasnaught had the only thrash machines. My grandfather died in 1919. My dad took over the thrasher at age 17. Alvin and Dad later owned a thrasher together, but Dad decided to go into “custom farming” for other farmers, as he purchased a combine, a baler and corn picker and sold Alvin his share of the thrasher.
Dad did work for Blaumiser hardware store over on Amherst, where Amherst Elementary is now; T. K. Harris farm on Harris Street and some other properties he owned; and quite a few other farmers, along with our own 80 acres.
He hired some boys from Jackson school (in the) summer to help. Mom and I also went with equipment to help. Later more farmers became mechanized with tractors, etc. My Dad dies in 1963.
My grandfather Lentz (my Mom’s Dad) farmed with horses and all hard work. I used to sit inside the corn shocks with my grandmother and husk corn. (Cold? Oh, yeah!) Grandpa always built straw stacks for others, including Brunnerdale Seminary. That was his closest neighbor. I have fun memories of the nuns and brothers.

BOOKJackson Township resident and author Cliff Annis presented a program at the schoolhouse about Markko Winery, the sub...
02/04/2020

BOOK
Jackson Township resident and author Cliff Annis presented a program at the schoolhouse about Markko Winery, the subject of his book Magic in a Bottle. A reserve bottle of Markko chardonnay was raffled; the winner was JTHS member Joan LeBeau. Markko Winery, located in Conneaut, Ohio, is famous for growing Old World-style grapes to make its award-winning wines. To purchase a copy of Magic in a Bottle, contact the publisher, Outskirts Press (www.outskirtspress.com/magicinabottle).

KIDS CLUB CALENDAR
Sunday, February 16 “Owl Be Watching You”
Starting at 1 p.m. Visit with an Owl from Stark Parks
grades K-12
Come and join McGuffey at the Jackson Historical Society Schoolhouse for a fun afternoon of learning about owls from the Stark Parks and an owl craft.
Space is limited so pre-register by February 7, 2020

IN MARCH: “History in the Making” March 15
grades 3-12
Learn the basics of scrapbooking.
IN APRIL: “Stepping into History” April 19
grades K-12
Make stepping stones.

DISHES
Donated by the Brumbaugh family, these dishes have a logo for Jackson Township Schools. The dishes may have been used for serving at banquets and other school-related events.

It has been a while ago that Jackson Township Historical Society received thank you notes from the third grade students ...
01/21/2020

It has been a while ago that Jackson Township Historical Society received thank you notes from the third grade students at Sauder Elementary School for their visit to the schoolhouse. We cannot share them all, but here is a sampling of these wonderful, creative thank you notes. JTHS appreciates the thoughts expressed by all of our visitors.

A rare interior photo of Jackson School, 1901.
01/21/2020

A rare interior photo of Jackson School, 1901.

MAGIC IN A BOTTLEJackson Township resident and author Cliff Annis will present a program on his recently published book,...
01/06/2020

MAGIC IN A BOTTLE
Jackson Township resident and author Cliff Annis will present a program on his recently published book, Magic in a Bottle, on Sunday, January 26, at 2 p.m. at Jackson Center School.

After the program, the author will answer questions and sign books, copies of which will be available for sale.

Clifford (Cliff) Annis, Jr. is a Senior Consultant at PAREXEL Consulting and this is his first book. He grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, spending parts of his summers throughout middle and high school at the cottage of his great aunt on Keuka Lake. He travels all over the world for his work and tasting wines from different regions he visits is one of his passions and pleasures. He and his wife, Dana, have two grown children, Megan and Matthew, who are both starting to appreciate “the fruits of the vines.”

Annis captures the untold story of Arnie Esterer, the “father of vinifera in Ohio” and Markko Vineyard in Arnie Esterer’s own words.

Arnie Esterer and Tim Hubbard were taking a big gamble back in 1968 when they started their vineyard and winery. With guidance from Dr. Konstantin Frank (1899–1985), a viticulturist and winemaker in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Esterer and Hubbard built a winery that has led the way for the next generation of European-style vinifera growers and winemakers in Ohio.

Cliff Annis’ book tells the story of one remarkable man, Arnie Esterer, and his passion to produce only the best vinifera wines in the Conneaut Creek region of the Lake Erie appellation, where the critics said it could not be done.

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Massillon, OH
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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00

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(330) 830-8622

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And, yes, there are Freeman and Scott descendants living in the area. Two cousins live less than a mile from us.
The Philipena Schneider Albrecht home on Fulton Drive was razed last month. Another piece of history destroyed for a shopping center. Jackson Township needs more of those...
So, before Ike Ilg owned the property, in the 1930's a portion of the property was owned by the Massillon Boy Scouts and the surrounding farm was leased for a summer camp. It was called Camp Russell.
ATTN: All JACKSONITES! A RARE piece of Jackson Township Ohio history is now available. "MONTY'S" ORIGINAL SODA FOUNTAIN BAR is for sale! Please contact Tracee at 330-283-0131 for details.
Cambria County Arts an Heritage Festival September 15 & 16 Duman Park Route 271 Saturday 10 Am till Dusk Sunday 10 Am till 6 PM Featured Entertainment OPENING CEREMONY (A Salute to Cambria County Veterans ) Saturday 10 AM JOHN LYTHGOE/ SONGSTERS SEAN PATRICK REGAN -World Renowned - BAGPIPER JERRY CARNICELLA AND THE WHITE SHADOW BAND DEAD IRISH BLUES W/. GREG FAIERS Sunday 9-10 CHURCH SERVICE STEVE BLESSING Full Kilt MR AND MRS HAMLETT Le Dance Academy DAN STONEROOK LEE WORKMAN AND WANDA Strolling Acts BOB BEATTY-MAGICIAN BOB NICKERSON - International JUGGLER Speakers in the Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania Pavilion Stan Gordon "Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania" John Ventre Former MUFON Director AccuWeather Wild Pennsylvania Weather For more information call 814-288-7017 Bring Your Own Chair….
https://www.facebook.com/thewoodworkingtips/videos/1421302738003358/ Water driven mills like this created alot of lumber to build some of our early township homes. The wood used in the home of Samuel Beatty (@1820-1827, and built by his fathet) was cut this way.
Does anyone know of or havea copy of Jackson high school year books from 1932 to 1936?
Harvey Daily was my grandfather.
There was a video about Pittsburgh on here, it has a few mistakes in it. 1. The first banana split was made in Latrobe, NOT Pittsburgh. 2. The Big Mac is only a name of a sandwich. The first sandwich of it's kind was made at Bob's Big Boy, in 1937 ,which called it the BIG BOY.. Later to become part of the Eat n Park Family, who today still serves that sandwich. McDonalds wasn't even in business until 1955.
Thank you for publishing this record of our community's history. In the past, my children have used the old yearbooks at the Jackson Library as a reference for their third grade Jackson Township Social Studies Projects. This year was my daughter's turn to complete her project, but we have come to find out that the JHS yearbooks at the Jackson Branch (dating back to 1941) have been moved to the downtown library (no room).