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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
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-
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
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.
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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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.
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
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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