1 The Ross County 45 WEST FIFTH STREET CHILLICOTHE, OHIO (740) Web Site: Spring 2013 ISSUE Upcoming Events & Programs 2013 Annual Meeting Monday, April 22 The Ross County Historical Society s 117th annual meeting for Society members will be held at 7:00 p.m. Included will be the annual business meeting with reports from the president, treasurer & director; the election of members to the board of trustees; and the recognition of volunteers. In addition, the recipients of the Society s 2013 Nolan Scholarships will also be introduced, and the Society will present the 2013 First Capital Historical Awards in recognition of efforts to preserve Ross County s history. The featured speaker will be Andy Verhoff, head of the Ohio Historical Society s Local History Office. Refreshments will be served Spring Speakers Series Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 P.M., Lincoln, His Cabinet & Emancipation, featuring Gary Kersey, Lincoln historian & collector, Wilmington, Ohio. Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 P.M., John Parker: Former Slave, Underground Railroad Conductor, Inventor & Entrepreneur, featuring Anthony Gibbs, Living Historian & Manager of Community Sales, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus. Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 P.M., An Evening with the Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln Reflects on His Proclamation, featuring Gerald A. Payn, Lincoln historian & portrayer, Wooster, Ohio All three programs are open to the general public free of charge. Refreshments will be served. Please see page 3 for additional information. Celebrating Paint Street History Tour To help save the Mary Worthington Macomb Mill House Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 1-5 p.m. Sponsored by the Chillicothe Restoration Foundation (Includes the Franklin House Museum on Saturday only) Get tickets & info at Schlegel s, 80 N. Paint St., Chillicothe 2013 Museum Hours April December: Tuesday Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m McKell Library Hours Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., year round Closed major holidays Above: the current profile picture for Society s Facebook page. On March 7, 2013, the Ross County Historical Society launched its very own Facebook page an exciting new way for us to share information and interact with our members and the public about our organization, its museums, archives/ library, programs and events, as well as important dates in Ross County and Chillicothe history. To date we have posted pieces on our Statehood Day Open House, some recent acquisitions, photos of unknown Civil War soldiers in our archives, and the Great Flood of We encourage all of you to visit our Facebook page regularly and keep up-to-date on our latest news (between installments of this newsletter) and please feel free to actively participate in our conversations Society Acquires Civil War Drum At left is an original Civil War snare drum the Society recently acquired at a local auction. It was originally carried by Pvt. Leonidas Manlove, a field musician in Company H, 89th Ohio Volunteer Infantry who hailed from Bainbridge, Ross County, Ohio. The drum is now on exhibit in the Ross County Civil War gallery in the Museum. Learn more by visiting our new Facebook page (or better yet, by visiting the museum).
2 Spring 2013 PAGE 2 President s Report, by Bob Nelson The Society s 117 th Annual Meeting will be held on April 22 nd and it will give us the opportunity to review the accomplishments of the past year as well as look forward to the challenges of the New Year. Business and financial reports will be presented as well as special recognition of all volunteers. Once again we will proudly recognize the recipients of our First Capital Historical Awards as well as the two students who will receive Nolan Scholarships which will help them achieve their academic goals. Complete information regarding the meeting will soon be mailed to all members. I am really pleased to report that we have had excellent attendance at our numerous activities this past year, including the Speakers Series, the Christmas Open House, and the Statehood Day Open House. I am also pleased to report to you that our Artifact Preservation Facility building program is right on schedule. Fund raising has been difficult, but we are close to reaching our goal. Final building plans have been completed by the architect, and we are now waiting for bids from prospective contractors. Our goal is to have the new building completed this year. We will keep you posted. Welcome New Members The Society welcomes the following new members since the last issue of the Recorder (names are in alphabetical order): Jim & Charlotte Christopher James Climer Bret Garrison Michael Hill Mark Justice Mr. & Mrs. James Phillips, Jr. & family Donald & Patricia Pollock II Bob & Ruth Stultz Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Waltz Tim & Cathy Whalen & family Dr. & Mrs. Eric Wissler & family Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau New Life Members We welcome the following individuals who have recently become life members of the Ross County Historical Society: Campbell Kasper Gittrich Tanner Bailey Gittrich Eleanor Heishman Catherine Nicole Schilder Olivia Magdalena Schilder Memberships Make Nice Gifts Memberships to the Ross County Historical Society make thoughtful and inexpensive gifts. Buy them for the history buffs you know by returning the form on page 7. Benefits include free admission to each of our museums and the McKell Library plus discounts at the museum store. The Society s Wish List We thank Marvin Jones for donating computer equipment, and Bob & Darleen Nelson for a tablecloth & sheets. THE ROSS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECORDER Director s Report, by Tom Kuhn As you can see on page one of this newsletter, we have a busy schedule planned for this spring to which must be added the third grade class field trips by the city and county schools set for May. Please plan to join us at our Annual Meeting on Monday, April 22 when we will elect board members for new terms, recognize several individuals for outstanding contributions to preserving our local history, and introduce the recipients of our 2013 Nolan Scholarships. We will also welcome our old curator Andy Verhoff, now the head of the Ohio Historical Society Local History Office, for some insight on the state of local history in Ohio. Then please join us in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by attending our Spring Speakers Series programs for three outstanding speakers on the subject. Finally, you are invited to become a member of our new Facebook page and get all the latest information about what we are up to in a more timely basis than ever before. Artifact Preservation Facility Contribution Reply Form Ross County Historical Society 45 West Fifth Street Chillicothe, Ohio Yes, I/we will support the Ross County Historical Society s Artifact Preservation Facility Construction Project. Enclosed is my/our taxdeductible contribution for the following amount: $. Benefactor s Club Contribution Categories $100,000 and over Director s Club $50,000 $99,999 Curator s Club $10,000 $49,999 Conservator s Club $5,000 $9,999 Registrar s Club $1,000 $4,999 Preservationist s Club $500 $999 Collector s Club $100 $499 Curatorial Assistant s Club $10 $99 (Please make your check payable to the Ross County Historical Society. If you choose to donate appreciated stock, please contact our office. I/we also wish to pledge an additional gift of $ by the following date. Name Address City & State Zip I choose not to be publicly recognized for my gift. The Ross County Historical Society wishes to thank you for your contribution. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. A Friendly Reminder The use of articles, photographs, and other items in the Recorder is prohibited without the express written consent of the Board of Trustees of the Ross County Historical Society, 45 W. 5th St. Chillicothe, OH
3 THE ROSS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECORDER Spring PAGE 3 Spring Speakers Series 2013 Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Ross County Heritage Center 45 West Fifth St., Chillicothe Free & Open to the Public Lincoln, His Cabinet & Emancipation Featuring Gary Kersey, noted Lincoln historian, Wilmington, Ohio. Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. Abraham Lincoln, in all his greatness, could never have put forth his historic Emancipation Proclamation without the approval of his cabinet. The freeing of the slaves would have an immense impact on each and every cabinet member. They would have to come to grips with their own feelings and beliefs for the good of the country. Gary Kersey will highlight the personal stories of those directly involved in the first step toward the eventual passing of the 13th amendment. Cabinet members Smith, Stanton, Wells, Blair, Seward, Chase, and Bates would all contribute and create quite a story. Kersey s knowledge of Lincoln and the Civil War has led to speaking engagements across the country, including the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Please join us in welcoming him back for his third engagement here. THE PROMISED LAND: JOHN PARKER AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Featuring Anthony Gibbs, Living Historian & Manager of Community Sales, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus. Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. Travel back in time and experience the abolitionist movement and struggle for freedom within the Underground Railroad. Meet John Parker, ex-slave, inventor, entrepreneur, and conductor of the Underground Railroad. Learn all about the songs, signs, and dangers of escaping the wretched institution of slavery. John Parker will have everyone on the edges of their seats as he recalls his experiences helping hundreds of enslaved men, women, and children cross the Ohio River into a new life of freedom. After John Parker tells his story to convince the audience to help the abolitionist movement, he (Anthony Gibbs) will return back to the present and discuss the legacy of the Underground Railroad. An Evening with the Great Emancipator: Lincoln Reflects on His Proclamation Featuring Gerald A. Payn, Lincoln historian & portrayer, Wooster, Ohio Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m. By the second year of the Civil War it became obvious the South was not going to give up and rejoin the Union. Worse yet, there was the possibility that England and other European powers might ally themselves with the South. Mr. Lincoln felt the necessity to change the focus of the war. On September 22,1862, just five days after the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, he announced the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all persons held as slaves in any states then in rebellion against the federal government. Now with the war being waged to free slaves rather than just to restore the Union, what other nation would ally itself with the Confederacy? Lincoln presenter Gerald Payn will provide a captivating first person portrayal of Lincoln reflecting on his greatest (and most controversial) accomplishment as President and Commander-in-Chief.
4 THE ROSS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECORDER Spring 2013 PAGE 4 From the Library, by Pat Medert And the Rains Came On March 26, 1913, one hundred years ago, the state of Ohio experienced the most destructive flood in the state s history. Heavy rains fell for three days prior to that fateful day when torrential downpours fell on much of the state. Chillicothe was one of the cities hardest hit as raging waters from the Scioto River raced through the town. By the time the water had receded, eighteen people had lost their lives, others died later from exposure and other effects of the flooding, thousands were left homeless, and property damage was more than a million dollars.. There are copies of two letters in the archives written by Harold Howson to Jim, surname unknown, in which he describes events in Chillicothe at the time of the flood. (Howson lived on Church St. and owned a drugstore located at the southwest corner of Water and Walnut St., in the former Clinton House Block.) The following is abstracted from a letter begun on March 27, a day after the heaviest flooding. Marianne Franklin and I managed to get down to McElroy s [714 E. Main St.] in a grocery wagon and I saw a dead man in a tree and a boy who had died of exposure in a tree, having been out all night tied to another tree away out in the water. He died in a man s arms. Five of them were in a tree all night, as indeed were a hundred others. Hundreds died. Ed Wenis, Editor of the Gazette, says that between one and two hundred died. 1 George Goodchild and wife and two children and an English family named Wood were drowned, Sam Vanscoy and a family named Carnes, and scores and scores of others. Young Charley Henn broke a hole through the ceiling and then through the roof and got his mother out onto the roof, and Charley Mills rescued them. The water extended from Enderlin s grocery on Water Street [northeast corner at High St.] to Mount Logan. The river rushed down Park and Walnut Sts., something terrible to behold. It was cold then and is worse now, being in a heavy and cold snow. Our foundation in the Clinton House has a break about ten feet high and twenty long ripped out and everything is washed into Wamser s cellar, tons and tons. The debris from our five cellars is ten feet high in his cellar. Then there is a ten foot hole under the partition wall between Aid and the next room ten feet across and ten feet deep. I think the wall will hold though. There is a big hole washed out of the wall right by the furnace in our front cellar. Corpses have been going by all day. When Ralph [an employee] and I saw the water rising so rapidly and begin pouring into our cellar we worked like dogs and got most of the stock up on the counters. I have not had a meal since yesterday morning. Mother went to the Buchhammers today and Aunt Sally and Marian go to bed at five thirty to keep warm. We have two lamps in the house, but there is no oil in town, and I don t know when this letter will leave as all the bridges are out. I feel shaky, and tin cans are falling around in the cellar. I feel nervous about the walls and as we have only four little candles in the store and everything is so ghostly I will quit until tomorrow.the town is in total darkness, and everyone is carrying a lantern. Clinton House, 1907 Friday 28 th Our furnace in the cellar has tipped over and I find that is over an old cistern and all has caved in. I think our loss will be $500. It is said that Ed Bier and his family are all drowned. There was a man in the East End named Lee 2 who had a wife and two children. She had a broken ankle. He left in the early night to get a boat to get them out but got marooned on the roof of a a house and could not get back. His wife, suffering with her broken ankle, and two children stood on a narrow mantle piece all night and after tying an apron around the oldest boy, aged nine years, he worked over to a floating dresser and got her a hat pin and she pecked the plaster off and then the lath until she made a hole in the ceiling and then she stuck the children up through it, finally pulling herself up into the attic, and during the day they were rescued after nearly freezing during the night. Many were frozen besides those who were drowned. A transfer wagon load of corpses was upset and all swept away this morning. There are now 48 bodies down street, and more being gotten out each hour. I think the loss is bound to be about one or two hundred, for so many houses were washed away filled with people. There were 37 people in the Wagner house in the extreme East End and they brought a woman on a stretcher making 38, who were washed away. The river is now falling, and hundreds of country people are flocking into town. A relief train has just come from Greenfield and was able to go to the High St. Railroad bridge. The tracks (B. & O.) are washed out from the Kite Track [extreme north end of High St.] to several miles east of the city. There was a train load of people standing in the depot since Tuesday night. The water came into the cars and all the passengers were taken upstairs in the Depot. Mrs. Smith and Ruth were rescued in a boat from the second story of their house. Mrs. Hirn and Emma threw a clothes-line out of their second story window to George and he grabbed it, being pulled into the house. Charlie Limle (old) was drowned in the Ritter s yard. St. Paul s Church is filled with people, as we have a coal fire there and hot air, not depending on water, so are all right. All of the churches and halls are open. Mrs. George Warner has just come in (continued on page 5...)
5 Spring 2013 PAGE 5 THE ROSS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECORDER (continued from page 4) and bought a bottle of Peacock s Bromides for a number of women who are in the Elks Hall; they are having nervous chills. Hickory St. is 24 feet deep in front of Willard Story s, [15 S. Hickory St.] but his house is not hurt. Hickory Street, South of Main Street About 1000 or 1500 people are in here from Washington C.H. and Greenfield sightseers. Charley Franklin got a 9 year old girl out of a house dead, and Fritz Brewer and others just found and got two women (dead) out of the fence corner by Briel s [870 E. Main St.]. They are finding them right along. Six are just below me at Bonner s [funeral home] in caskets prepared for burial now. The river was 7 ft. deep on Park St., 4 ft. in the Amos Smith house, 2 ft. in the Story s, Sproats, Nyes, etc. [all on W. Second St., east of High St.] are all right. High, Church and Vine Sts. West Second Street, East of High Street On April 9, Harold wrote again to Jim explaining his movements just prior to and the day of the inundation. He had gone to Columbus on March 24th and returned to Chillicothe the next day, reaching Chillicothe at 7:30 a.m. He wrote:...after working in the store until 8 o clock I went to Mary Story s and played auction [bridge] with her and Marianne and Charlie Tomlinson. The river at home when I got there was only fifteen feet, and no one seemed particularly concerned, so after finishing playing bridge and going to the Elks for a little lunch I went home and to sleep. At five o clock next morning I heard the riot alarm but thought nothing of it except that probably the militia was being called out to help the German market gardeners in the East End out, as some few of those houses in the low land about three miles southeast of us have been flooded when nothing else was. Then when I had slept a little more I heard the riot alarm again, but still thought nothing of it. Soon, however, I heard someone in the street yell The water is waist deep in Schumacher s grocery. At that I jumped out of bed in a hurry, for water had never been on Park St. since white man had been in Chillicothe. After dressing I ran to the telephone and asked Ralph if there was any water down our way. He said that the water was very near the store and was approaching the cellar, being at that time over the cement pavement. I told him that I would be right down, and he said I would have to go down to Fourth St. hill and around that way. I flew down to the Fourth St. hill and up to Mrs. Madeira s corner. When I got to the corner of Second and Walnut I could not get near the store, as Walnut St. was a running river over a foot deep, so I took off my shoes and stockings and went into the water and up the square to the store. The water was pouring like mad into the grating-covered areas around our five rooms, and I saw the river pouring over the canal tow-path at every point and a boat could go over it anywhere. A little strip of ten feet was still out of water, and a rabbit from the City Park was on it running from one end of this narrow strip to the other, and the space kept getting smaller and smaller, and finally he had but a little spot to squat on; soon the water struck him and he gave one leap and was swept down Walnut St. The rabbit escaped to the hill just back of Miss Eva Pearson s (124 Bellview)....The town was hit terribly hard and we can t realize that comfortable and respectable Chillicothe is well nigh ruined to look at it, and our City Park which was so pretty is simply gone; I don t see how they can ever fix it up again. There are seven houses stranded in it now. The river simply swelled over its banks everywhere and didn t break at any point, but at that there are no levees left at all. As I told you before, the water extended from Enderlin s grocery on Water St. clear across the valley to Mt. Logan. The water extended in the other direction to Hopetown, and I could look across a stretch of over four miles. We cannot realize that the water really was as high as it was. It is rather hard to write a coherent story of this business, as so many things happened, and I ll write more later. 1 The early estimates of a high number of deaths proved to be wrong. 2 This actually was the family of Clem Search who lived at
6 Spring 2013 PAGE 6 THE ROSS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECORDER From the Photo Archives, by Lisa Uhrig Bonner Family Undertakers The Bonner undertaking establishment began in 1876, when Mathias Bonner and his partner, Louis Thomann, went into business on East Second Street. In January 1877, Bonner took controlling interesting and moved the business to 63 West Second Street. He moved the business again in 1882, to his home located at 223 South Walnut Street. Bonner began to include embalming as part of his services in Above, a horse-drawn hearse originally belonging to the Bonner Funeral Home appears in a photograph taken in Yoctangee Park (perhaps prior to, or following, the 1938 Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial parade through downtown Chillicothe). The hearse is now part of an exhibit of historical vehicles in the Ross County Heritage Center. The advertisement above appeared in Wiggins and McKillop s Scioto Valley Directory, In 1892, Mathias took his sons John, George, and Mathias, Jr. as partners and expanded the business by buying a white hearse to match the black hearse he already owned. His horses, harnesses, and drivers uniforms matched the respective hearses. Mathias Bonner died November 6, 1893, and his sons continued to operate the business. In 1895, the sons moved the business out of the family home and back to their previous location at 63 West Second Street. Also in 1895, the three sons took Thomas Murphy, Jr. as a partner and the establishment then became known as Bonner and Murphy. They later opened additional funeral homes in Frankfort and Kingston. When the business closed in the early 1930s, it was located at 82 West Main Street, Chillicothe. The motorized hearse bearing the Bonner name dates from about Multiple horse-drawn vehicles line up in front of Bonner Funeral Home s last location at 82 West Main Street. Perhaps they are part of a funeral procession. The Bonners owned other businesses in Chillicothe including the livery stable, above, located at 71 East Second Street.
7 THE ROSS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECORDER Spring 2013 PAGE 7 Recent Acquisitions of the Museum and Library (Listed in order received since the last issue of the Recorder) 87. Book CHE-LE-CO-THE- Glimpses of Yesterday, 1896, donated by Janice Avery. 88. Booklet The Gold Bar, Fourth Officers Training School, Camp Sherman, Ohio, 1918, RCHS Purchase. 89. Book Old Fields in Peace and War Rebecca Van Meter s Diary , edited by Sidney Williams Gooding, 2012; Map West Virginia Civil War Trails of Hampshire, Hardy & Grant Counties ; Map Hardy County, WV, donated by Eleanor Heishman. 90. Music Box from the Ater family, c. 1895, donated by Shirlee Ater. 91. Books (7) from Mead Central Research Library, donated by Glatfelter Corporation, via John Blind. 92. Christmas Lights with replacement bulbs mid 20 th century; Toy Machine Gun handmade, WWII, donated by Joe Betsch. 93. Christmas Candles & original boxes (2) electric, c. 1970; Tree Skirt white felt, c. 1970, donated by Gary Argabright. 94. Book History of the Johnstown Flood ; Valentines Card pop-up; Photograph Rev. Keaton family, no date, donated by Lyn Allen. 95. Snare Drum Civil War, belonged to Lee Manlove, 89 th O.V.I, RCHS Purchase. 96. CD with photograph of Hallsville General Store & Hotel, 1900; Booklet The Mead Corporation Annual Report, 1937, donated by Steven J. Patrick. 97. Photographs WWI, from an unidentified Chillicothe army officer, mounted on period photo album page, RCHS Purchase. (last accession of 2012) 01. Children s Books (3) various authors; Church Directory 2007 First Presbyterian Church Chillicothe, Ohio, donated by Jane Hilty. (first accession of 2013) 02. Greeting Cards, Postcards & Printed Material ; Book Buckeye Tile Co. Manufactures of Floor Tile; Toys, Dolls, Pencil case & other items c. 1920, donated by Pat Medert. 03. Photograph (framed) panoramic view of 11 th Dept. Encampment U.S.W.V., Chillicothe, O., June 22-24, 1914, RCHS Purchase. 04. Photographs & Documents (scanned copies) of local interests, collected & donated by, Mark Howell. 05. Clothing & Accessories (men s & women s), early 20 th century, donated by Slate Run Historical Farm. 06. Paintings (3) floral still lifes, c. 1940, by Richard F. Erdmann; Christmas Cards 2012, donated by Jane Hilty. 07. Bread Bag Wonder Bread, 2012, donated by Tom Kuhn. 08. Booklet The Civil War Token Journal, Fall 1988; Tokens (10) Civil War tokens from Chillicothe, 1863, donated by Mary A. Daniel. 09. Greeting Cards & envelopes (7) 1943 & 1944, donated by Gary Argabright. 10. Coverlet Chillicothe Catholic Community, images of local churches & schools, 2000, donated by Ronda Vickers. 11. Toy s wooden rolling pin & potato masher, c. 1880, donated by Helen Markley. 12. Ribbons (8) Unioto Institute, Premium ribbons, 1942; Ribbons (3) Ross County Picnic & Junior Fair, Premium Ribbons, 1944, donated by Pat Heierman. 13. Sheet Music (38) c. 1900, donated by Ann Salomone. 14. Photographs (2) b & w prints, of the 1946 Chillicothe Sesquicentennial Parade, donated by Keith A. May, Sr. 15. Printed Material information related to the Hopewell & Harness families, donated by Eleanor Heishman. 16. Greeting Cards (44) various dates, ; Newspapers (2) Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 7, 1941 & Bangor Daily News, August 15, 1945; Mobile advertising, Mead on The Move ; Photograph Mead Central Research Center, donated by Al & Pat Heierman. 17. Books (2) Life, & 1889; Nightgown (women s), white cotton, c. 1900, donated by Donna Stevens. The Ross County Historical Society Welcomes New Member Renewal Name Address City, State, Zip Phone Date Are you interested in volunteer work? Yes No I have enclosed a check made out to the Ross County Historical Society for $. ( ) My employer will match this gift. Employer s name: MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP Junior (12 & under)... $10.( ) Teacher ( ) Individual ( ) Family ( ) Contributing ( ) Group/Club or Business ( ) CONTINUING MEMBERSHIP Life (per person) ( ) Patron ( ) Benefactor... 1,000.( ) Your benefits as a member of the Ross County Historical Society include: Quarterly newsletter 10% discount in museum store Free admission for museum visits by member and out-oftown guests Free admission to many Society programs Reduced fees for workshops and special programs The Ross County Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution. Your gift may be tax deductible Please make checks payable to: THE ROSS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 45 West Fifth Street Chillicothe, Ohio (740)
8 Ross County Historical Society 45 West Fifth Street Chillicothe, Ohio Non-Profit Org., U.S. Postage PAID Chillicothe, Oh Permit No. 230 NEWSLETTER DATED MATERIAL OPEN AT ONCE Spring 2013 PAGE 8 Officers and Trustees of the Ross County Historical Society Bob Nelson... President Henry Herrnstein... 1st Vice President Erc Picciano... 2nd Vice President Tim Barada... Secretary Bob Casari... Treasurer Tom Kuhn... Executive Director Ron Bowen... Trustee Vic Cleary... Trustee Lewis Coppel... Trustee Alan Davis... Trustee Richard Enderlin... Trustee Chris Harrod... Trustee Robin McKell... Trustee Pat Medert... Trustee Laversa Motes... Trustee Julia Pierson... Trustee THE ROSS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECORDER The RCHS Welcomes Junior Member... Name Telephone # Address City State Zip Code Birthdate Grade in School Parent/Guardian s Name Parent/Guardian s Signature What are your hobbies? Are your parents members of the Historical Society? - Yes Is this a gift membership? - Yes - No - No From Whom? Address Please send $10 with this form to The Ross County Historical Society 45 W Fifth Street Chillicothe, OH