Creston High School - Annual Yearbook (Creston, OH)

 - Class of 1909

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, Page 16 Creston. Perhaps we often wonder if Creston has a history. Yes, she has, and, indeed a most interesting one. A Let us take a journey back to Creston in 1839. You didn't know she was so old, did you? This territory was then all densely wooded and very marshy, and pierced by only one highway-The Columbus dz Cleveland Turnpike, or " The Pike," as it was called--which was at that time pri- vately owned. The ' muck ' was then covered with a luxuriant growth of vegetation-chiefly alders, which was the abode of many kinds of wild animals and game, such as pigeons, rabbits, hogs and turkeys and also all kinds of snakes. Pigeons so infested this marshy ground that often when they return- ed at roosting time, their numbers were so great that they obscured the sunlight. Cranberries also grew in abundance. Indeed everything was so wild that hunters were often lost, night coming on unawares, and being unable to see over the tops of the bushes were forced to remain there over night. In winter, this marsh not having been yet drained, it afforded a fine skating park extending nearly to Sterling. The few log huts have gradually been superceeded by houses, until today our town has been made beautiful by more modern structures. The oldest houses today, only two in number, are the Benjamin house, now occupied by Dr. Van I. Allen, and the Stanford house, the residence of Henry Geyer. The first school house stood on the site now occupied by the residence of A. R. Hall and was taught by Betsey Stanford Wells. The small space of perhaps 200 square 'feet enclosed by a rail fence A was their 'playgroundj as Anthony Wells termed it. The second school house still re- mains intact and is occupied by J. O. Stayton. In 1880 the present school house was erected and dedicated. Ded- ications were as ceremonious then as they are today, and with " Ye Old Time Orchestra" the services were beauti- fully rendered with an old-fashioned dance. Even today scholars often 'dance' there, but to a different tune. The first church was erected in 1845 and is the Mrs. Hall property in South Creston. Being then owned by Isaac Wells, several denominations held services tlfere- the Free Will Baptists, the Methodists and nearly anything that happened this way. The second church was formerly the Mrs. Bott property, now in use as a barn. In 1882 the present M. E. church was erected, a few years later, the Presbyterian, and in 1890-1, the United Brethren which was later bought' by the voting precinct. We might well note that the first industry was a saw- mill owned by A. W. Wells and located on the site now oc- cupied by the residence of Leo Stuckey. But let us again return. " The Pike " in those early days was our present Main Street. The mode of travel then was by 'stage.' These stages were dark colored coaches drawn by four horses, and seating six -and nine passengers, and also having a ' boot' on the rear for baggage. Jackson, then called " Old Hickory," being a relay station for the stages, was larger than Creston. The only stage-driver yet living is John Willour, who resides not far from Creston. Another interesting sight was the tollgate. These were placed at regular intervals along the pike for the collection of toll which went toward the maintenance of the road. One of these gates stood near the C., C. Sz S. W. Traction Co.'s Y in South Creston until 1855, at which time the road, being no longer a paying investment, was donated to the State. When money was scarce hou ehold articles and trinkets were taken as toll, which was a shilling for a team, a sixpense for a single horse and cattle was charged by the score. About 1862-3 the N. Y. P. tk O.,-now the Erie rail- way-was built through Creston. Much grading was done by wheelbarrows as the land was almost impassible, the settlers having just begun the work of clearing and drain- ing the land. flu clearing, the underbrush was set aiire and the fire was communicated to the muck which burned down to the clay. Smoke filled our town the whole au- tumn until the snow extinguished the firel. The track sank not far west of the Erie street crossing. Thirty acres of timber was cut and thrown in, which consumed' two months time-working both day and night. From the time of the building of the Erie R. R. Creston began a steady growth and after the opening of the oil ,fields in Pennsyl- vania, was a noted grain center. In 1864-5 a few onions were grown, which industry has become the most extensive in Creston. , 8 , ' Perhaps you wonder how Creston got her name. Prev- ious to the completion of the Erie, " Sink Hole" was the popular appellation. Her first name, however, was Seville Station g the second, Pike Station, and the last, Creston. The former names were changed on account of similarly named towns in Ohio. Just after the first rail was laid on the W. dz L. E. R. R. in 1880, Capt. Bassetts, a clothier, named the town Creston. And here another interesting fact might be added. The construction of the W. dz L. E. R. R., the first locomotive, and the Hrst repair shops, all work, in fact, commenced here. Traces of the old W. dz L. E. Y may yet be seen north cf'the Handle Factory, on which site the shops were located but a little later were destroyed by fire. In 1888 the B. dz O. R. R. was built through Creston, and in 1903-4' the C. dz S. W. Traction Line. Much can be said in regard to the early buildings but space does, not permit us here to go into lengthy detail. Woodworking factories were plenty in Creston 3 there being a coffin factory and also furniture factory and cooper shop. But the scarcity of lumber has taken these away. Now we think we have a well organized town, having been indorporated in 1899. Warden B. Wheeler was the first Mayor. Creston has surely been growing since 1839, her population today numbering about 1200 and her tax- value S300,000. But only three of the original settlers remain-An- thony W. Wells, R. E. Kerr and N. M. Wells, Sr. Many thanks and especial acknowledgments are due the following persons with whose aid this history was made complete: ' C. A. Mellen, N. M. Wells, Sr., Anthony W. Wells, Warden B. Wheeler, Elmer St.John, J. L. Zaring, W. I. McGlenen, C. A. Tenney. E. H. MoD. AM .Y - 41- --J

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Emma Troutman Page 15 w l Zlgiglz Sclpml ztrnllmenk Seniors- 1909 Official Organization Ralph W. Jordan, President Paul E. Matteson, Vice Pres. Ruby M. Allen, Secretary Helen Cole, Treasurer Hazel Tuttle Miles H. Benjamin Helen E. Tuttle Edgar H. McDermott Q Juniors- 1909 Official Organization Ray Steiner, President Clifton Houts, Vice Pres. Bertha Smith, Secretary Earl Bechtell, Treasurer Scott J ohnson Earl Steiner Timothy F. Simmons William Wilkinson Oscar Fetzer Sophomores- 1909 Official Organization Carl M. Jordan, President Frank A. Troutman, Vice Pres. Gladys Stuckey, Secretary Susie Cole, Ass't. Secretary Paul Heichel, Treasurer Eloise Jordan Ada Williams Ivan Elliott Roy Burkholder, Melvin Smith Leafie Keeney Margaret Wells Ray Burkholder Daisy Tuttle Charles Schlegel Fred L. Aby Mary Zehner 5 Freshmen- 1909 Official Organization Harley Coffey, President Merle Tuttle, Vice President ' Helen Sulliger, Sec. and Treas. Dudley Zuver Eva Nye Norris Overly Harry Laremore Howard Knepp Lake Johnson Neal Schlegel Karl Wells Adrian Baum Ray Kelsey ClarenceWhonsetler Jennie Coulter Nettie Notestine Gladys Harris 4 1 5 1 W 1 4 1 ..J

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1 T.. .ei ,, . Page 17 Wills of Class '09 I, Ralph Jordan, being a weak character and of ,a frail physique, do this 3rd day of June set forth my last will and testament and hereby annul all former arrangements and engagements. 1. I hereby bequeath one finely engraved and highly polished quarter sawed hickory desk, complete with seat, to Paul Heichel and Susie Cole. Each of the aforesaid to have an individual one-half interest. I 2. I bequeath my Latin Texts or such fragments as may remain in said desk at the time of Amy departure, to Regions of the Unknown, to such a one, if there be any, as may see Gt to follow said course. 3. I hereby grant to Ray Steiner the use of my Ger- man Texts as long as he .may be in the servitude of the Creston High School, and at the time of his departure or expulsion may dispose of the same by either of the elements -Fire or Water. 4. I hereby appoint the Honorable Janitor Jameson as executor of the above will. ' Signed, R. W. JORDAN. Witness, Shorty Miller, Per X. I ' I, the undersigned, thisday, being in sound mind and in possession of' all my faculties, in the presence of a wit- ness, bequeath: 1. My Geometry to Bertha Smith who is the great Geometrician of the Junior Class, for by the looks of Bertha's Geometry at the present time, she will need several more before she finishes the study. 2. 'My Cicero, to Scott Johnson, so that he will be sup- plied and will have 'one at home and one at school. 3. The rest of my books, tablets, pencils and compass to Carl Jordan. Carl is never supplied and my few articles may help him out. Signed and Sealed this 27th day of April, 1909. ' Signed, HELEN E. 'l'U'r'rLE. Witness, Ruby M. Allen, 1, Emma Troutman, do - hereby will and bequeath to the members of the Junior Class of the Creston High School those things which belonged to me as a Senior of said school. 1. To Clifton Houts, my old Cicero, to use in place of his if he should leave his on a counter in the store for a. day or two. 2. My Classics, Texts to that classical young man, Timothy Simmons. 3. sTo Earl Steiner, my Literature, or that part of said book that still remains between the covers, providing he learns the dates and births of every person in it. 4. To Oscar Fetzer all my other books and necessary articles, including my old tablet with three sheets of paper and also a pencil about three inches long. A ' 5. As for my German, I will take that along with me. 6. To any of the members of the Junior Class, I be- queath all my test and examination grades providing they do not iight over them. Signed and Sealed this 28th day of May, 1909. Erma Tnom-nan. I 1 J I, Mr. E. H. McDermott, of Creston High School, in the city of Creston, County of Wayne, State of Ohio, being ina delirious state and a remarkable memory, and consider- ing the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do here- by make, publish, and declare this to be my last will and testament. 1. I order and direct that my fellow schoolmates shall pay all debts incurred by myself only 3 and that they shall suffer all my due punishment in accordance with Sec. 2, L. 5976, forbidding the defacing of desks. 2. That after all aforesaid expenses shall have been paid, I give, devise, and bequeath my last fond remnant to wit: One German, for a good cause, to Mr. Hon. William E. Heichel, executioner. - And my remains are to be sent to the Laboratory of Anatomical Research with the hope of Ending the " Missing Link." Lastly, I appoint Mr. W. E. Heichel as Executor of this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness thereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, 'the 42nd day of Septobemjune- sky, in the year of our Lord ten thousand, seven hundred and twenty-seven. No witness. E. H. MCDERMOTT. 1, Helen Cole, of the High School of Creston, County of Wayne, and State of Ohio, feeling weak in both mind and body as commencement draws near, and not wishing to have any unnecessary anxiety as to the disposition of my educational assets, do make this, my last will and testa- ment, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. i 1. I desire that all my just debts, rising from the said commencement be paid as soon as possible after my gradu- ation. 2. 1 give and bequeath to my schoolmate, Bertha Smith, of the Junior Class of 1909, all my German Text books and Geometry, which I think she will appreciate and make good use of in her coming Senior year. 3. I give and bequeath to Gladys Stuckey, my Alge- bra to aid her in solving life's problems. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of April in the year of our commence- ment, 1909. , HELEN Conn. I, Ruby Allen, of Creston High School, City of Creston, County of Wayne, State of Ohio, being very changeable in my notions, and considering how uncertain this life is, do make, publish, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. 1. I bequeath to the little Sophomore lassie, Miss Leaie Keeney, the right to take my place as Elocutionist in the school for the next two years, and hope that she will pass it on to some one else as deserving of it. 2. I bequeath all the rest of my earthly possessions to my schoolmates, and if there is not enough to go around, let them be divided. ' Lastly, I nominate and appoint Miss Maude A. Parme- lee the sole Executrix of this, my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and aliixed my Seal this 3rd day of June, 1909. ' . Signed, Run! M. Annan. 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