Perry High School - Clock Yearbook (Massillon, OH)

 - Class of 1964

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ferry E21 Wrzship - ,ilu arly flisfrfry nf a Qvrward-E00 ing Krfmmurzify BREAKING THE WILDERNESS "I hear the tread of pioneers Of nations yet to beg The first low wash. of waves Where soon shall roll a human sea! The elements of the empire here Are plastic yet, and warm, The chaos of a mighty world Is rounding into form! '4Little can the young people of the present day appreciate the toils, hardships, and pri- vations of the early pioneers of any country. At the day that these sturdy men settled here the country was a dense wilderness, inhabited by Indians and all manner of wild beasts. The log cabin ,... chinked with mud, with its puncheon floor, greased paper window, and mud and stick chimney, afforded the best habi- tation for these brave adventures. Their furni- ture was of the rudest kind, often manufactured with axe, saw, and auger. Their clothing was of the coarsest material, of homespun flax and wool, warm and durable, and at that day fashionable. But the times have changed. In place of the log hut we find the more im- posing frame, brick, or stone structure, ofttimes the palatial mansion, surrounded by trees, shrubs, and flowers. The dense forests have given place to orchards of delicious fruit and fields of golden grain. Cities and villages have sprung into being, and noisy crowds throng the marts of business, where once the wild beast roamed unmolested, or perchance the amphib- ious frog rendered the night air vocal with his croakings. In short, a howling wilderness has been transformed into a garden of civilization and beauty. uBut by what instrumentality has this change been wrought? The answer is found in the spirit of adventure and enterprise that characterized our early settlers. 4'What heroism, what perils, then! I-low true of heart and strong of hand, How earnest, resolute, these pioneer menln H. . . In their lives was illustrated the prin- ciple that the absolute needs of men are few. All honor to these brave adventurers the pioneer heroes! Let their exploits, their industry, their spirit of enterprise and self-denial, be recorded on the page of history, as an example worthy of emulation by the present and future genera- rations."1 IL. I-I. Everts, New Historical Atlas of Stark County Ohio Illustrated fPhiladelphiaf L. H. Everts and Company, 18751, 26.

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- Acknowledgments - Any professional historian will tell the reader that his task is a difficult one. Not only must he collect data from the various sources that are available K journalistic accounts, letters, personal interviews, books, documents, etc. j, they must be substantiated to the best of his ability. For above all, facts must be the pre- vailing consideration in any history. Most of what has been included in this his- tory, has been sifted from books which are available at the Canton Public Library. How- ever, Mrs. Pearl Needham, teacher at Richville school, and Mr. Clyde Cates, principal at Rich- ville school, have offered The Clock valuable information that is included herein. We wish to thankthem for their contributions. Mrs. Jean Mowbray has permitted us to use a .valuable book on the history of Stark County from her private collection. We wish to thank her. Acknowledgement must also be given to Ron Waltz and jim Bowling whose artwork en- hances the introduction to this publication. Ron also designed the cover. Both Ron and lim are graduating seniors at Perry High. Wuhan' Originally, plans included the use of photo- graphs in the introductory section of the book. Many were received from Elmer Fierstos, George Mauger and the Whipple family. But because we limited the history of Perry Town- ship to its early days, photographs were out of the question since the camera was not in use fcommerciallyj during the early part of the 19th Century, the focal point of our story. And finally, a word must be said of all the students who worked on the 1964 Q-git: A more enthusiastic, exhuberant, and creative group never graced a QQ1-Q staff. The editors, especially, were the individuals who are re- sponsible for this book. Untold, often thank- less, hours go into publications work. These students seldom hear the praise that they so rightly deserve. Their part in the school pro- gram is just as important as any extracurricular activity whether it be football, basketball, Key Club, GAA or Future Nurses. Naturally, we think that their role in the school program is most important. If we didnlt think that, we wouldn't be advisors of The Clock, the best year- book in Ohio.

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? f Perry Zvwnshhr - jllfl Surly History Years before Ohio became a state, Lake Sippo was a favorite area where Indians liked to fish and hunt. It was neutral ground where Indians would meet yearly to exchange prisoners. Lake Sippo, however, was not the size that it is todayg its boundaries fingered from the highlands of the northern section of the township to where Richville is today. Later, when the area became a part of the Western Reserve, the boundary of the United States, for a while, stopped at the Tuscarawas River in what today is known as Massillon. Be- yond the Tuscarawas was Indian territory. U Perry Township, although not yet named so, was the West to which the Easterner referred. As late as January 21, 1785, the Treaty of Fort Mclntosh, and August 3, 1775, the Treaty of Grenville, such was the case. A temporary gov- ernment was established for Ohio in 1787 with the passing of the Northwest Ordinance. The beginnings of Perry Township were now taking shape. Lands Ordered Surveyed In 1800 lands east of the Tuscarawas River were ordered surveyed and were thrown into the market for sale. Although Ohio became a state in 1803, the Indian title to this land was not canceled until 1809, but still the Indians clung to the land of their forefathers and traded furs for the white man's firewater. Two young unidentified men, in the spring of 1807, with a horse and covered wagon, loaded with provisions, blankets, and rifles, followed the old Indian trail fassumed to be Route 30j on the plains west of Canton to the Tuscarawas River. On numerous occasions they had to ford streams which were high in order to get to their ultimate destination which is now assumed to be the center of Massillon. At this timerthere still were no white men's cabins west of the Tuscarawas. Difficulties are Many Besides sometimes hostile Indians, the set- tlers in Perry Township had other problems. Wolves, foxes, and bears harassed the pioneers with regularity. Roads were simply nothing more than mere footpaths made by Indians. Streams became rivers that had to be forded. Carts broke down in mud that became quick- sand. But the settlers came. When settlers mooed into Perry Township, one of the first jobs accomplished was the har- nassing of the water so that saw mills and flour mills could be placed into operation.

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