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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-
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
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
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
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
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-
able.property 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
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.
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Ralph W. Jordan, President
Paul E. Matteson, Vice Pres.
Ruby M. Allen, Secretary
Helen Cole, Treasurer
Miles H. Benjamin
Helen E. Tuttle
Edgar H. McDermott
Ray Steiner, President
Clifton Houts, Vice Pres.
Bertha Smith, Secretary
Earl Bechtell, Treasurer
Scott J ohnson
Timothy F. Simmons
Carl M. Jordan, President
Frank A. Troutman, Vice Pres.
Gladys Stuckey, Secretary
Susie Cole, Ass't. Secretary
Paul Heichel, Treasurer
Fred L. Aby
Harley Coffey, President
Merle Tuttle, Vice President
' Helen Sulliger, Sec. and Treas.
ClarenceWhonsetler Jennie Coulter
Nettie Notestine Gladys Harris
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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
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-
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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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