No Community Festival this year.
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. 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.
No Community Festival this year.
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 Township?
*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 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.
Makes 6 cocktails
• 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
• 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 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 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 souvenir for Iva Gross.
Schoolhouse photos – of Jackson Center School?
*Thanks to descendant of Iva Gross for the family photo.
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 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.”
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 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 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 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.
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.
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
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
Learn the basics of scrapbooking.
IN APRIL: “Stepping into History” April 19
Make stepping stones.
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 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.
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.
Thank you to all JTHS members and friends who helped with the schoolhouse Christmas open house on December 7. All those cookies were delicious! Two members of the Jackson Township Historical Society also manned an informational table at the tree lighting festivities at North Park. McGuffey the Owl put in an appearance at both locations.
The schoolhouse will be closed in January except by appointment and a program, the date for which will be announced soon.
Activities will resume in February, including the first program for the JTHS Kids Club. The first program, “Owl Be Watching You,” will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jackson Center School. Stark Parks will present a program about owls. For more information about the program and how to join the Kids Club, e-mail [email protected] or visit the page https://www.facebook.com/McGuffeyJTHS.
Stop in at Jackson Center School for the holiday open house, Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Event is free (donations always gladly accepted).
**Enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate.
**Make an ornament to take home for your own Christmas tree.
**Help to decorate the schoolhouse Christmas tree.
**Meet McGuffey the Owl, the mascot for the new Kids Club.
**Learn more about the Jackson Township Historical Society and the Kids Club.
**Visit the historical society table at the tree lighting festivities at North Park, 5 to 7 p.m.
All third grade classes of Jackson Local Schools visited the historic one-room schoolhouse Jackson Center School last week.
Members of the Jackson Township Historical Society and other volunteers presented a window into how children would have learned and lived when they attended one-room schools that dotted the township from its earliest days until 1930, when a consolidated school was built.
The historical society thanks the Jackson Local Schools for making these annual visits by third graders possible by busing the students from Amherst, Lake Cable, Sauder, and Strausser elementary schools to the schoolhouse. JTHS also appreciates the work of the third grade teachers, who prepare the students for their visits. And last but not least, JTHS thanks the volunteers who tell the stories of life in 19th and early 20th century Jackson Township, its one-room schools, and how Jackson Center School was moved, restored, and preserved. This year, the volunteers were Greg Weekley, Lynn Weekley, Judi Malinowski, Cindy Woods, and Mary Aaby. Also observing last week, in preparation to volunteer for next year, were Kim Demor and Melinda Graham.
Last week Larry Gross, on a road trip with his son Gary and his granddaughter Alexandra, stopped in to tour Jackson Center School. Mr. Gross’s mother attended the one-room schoolhouse in the 1920s, and he has always wanted to return to see the school.
Mr. Gross, now of Nebraska, left Jackson Township after graduating from Jackson High School in 1954. He graduated from Michigan State University and pursued a career in forestry in Oregon. He credited Preston Lawrence, teacher (and later principal) at the high school, with encouraging him in his quest to go to college.
Mr. Gross is related to the Easterday family and the Kettering family, two names that may be familiar to Jackson Township residents. There is still the Easterday’s flower and gift shop on Hills and Dales Road (although no longer owned by the founding family) and the Kettering House is the large Victorian home just west of North Park.
Mr. Gross is doing research on his family and would welcome information about the Gross, Easterday, and Kettering families. (If you contact the Jackson Township Historical Society, we will pass your contact information on to Mr. Gross.)
The final installment of the Memory Lane discussion series featured a well-researched power point presentation, which highlighted the many homes in Jackson Township that are at least 100 years old.
For those residents who live in these homes and want to do more research, an article published in the most recent issue of The Preservationist, the newsletter of the Canton Preservation Society, offers some tips. (Jackson Township thanks the Canton Preservation Society for giving permission to reprint this article.)
7756 Fulton Dr NW
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