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Lightening Strikes Straw Ricks Dresden Paper Mill

Spectacular Blaze Threatens Large Section of City – Aid Sent From Here

DRESDEN, O. June 6 (1923) – Fire which threatened to entirely destroy the Dresden paper mill on South Main street, broke out about 9:30 o’clock Wednesday night when lightning struck the straw ricks near the main building of the plant during a severe electrical storm.

The straw, being very inflammable, was quickly a mass of fire. The flames spread rapidly and for a time it was feared the entire paper mill as well as several residences across the street might be destroyed. Two hose carts of the Dresden fire department were called into service and about half the residents of the city turned out to fight the flames.

An emergency call was sent to Zanesville for aid. The Abington avenue truck and crew, together with Fire Chief Hal Tanner, left this city about 10:30 for Dresden to aid in the efforts to extinguish the fire. Information at a late hour was to the effect that the flames were fairly under control.

It was estimated that the damage would amount to several thousands of dollars as many tons of straw were consumed by the fire. It is understood that loss is partly covered by insurance.

The residence of Thomas Stanley, near the paper mill, was also struck by lightning during the storm. It was ignited, but the flames were extinguished without much damage after a part of the floor had been torn up. So far as could be learned, no other buildings had been struck by lightning, although the storm damage will amount to considerable.

SOURCE: The Times Recorder, 7 Jun 1923

February 9, 2016 Posted by | Event | Leave a comment

The Creation of Cass Township

A People Divided

At a special election, held 1 Apr 1852, it was voted by the tax-payers of Jefferson Township, to issue to the Steubenville & Indiana Railway Company, township bonds to the amount of $100,000, to aid in the construction of this road. These bonds were to bear seven percent interest payable semi-annually, on the first day of January and July, and to mature 1 Jan 1862. This first issue of bonds was soon taken up and burned by the Township Trustees, because the County Auditor refused to register and officially sign them. On 22 Jul 1852 the Trustees re-issued these bonds, as set forth in the extract of the official record, given below:

“After due consideration, the Trustees took up, and destroyed by fire, the said $100,000 of bonds, and executed and delivered to said railway company, in lieu thereof, one hundred bonds of one thousand dollars ($1000) each, and numbered one to one thousand, consecutively, and dated them the same as the former issue, to-wit: April 1st 1852.”

Out of the issue of these bonds grew the trouble which, in October, 1853, resulted in the division of the township. Continue reading

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Col. Burch is Dead; Chiefs Mourn Loss

Newspaper photograph of Colonel Sylvester R. Burch

“The Washington Times”, 22 Aug. 1910, page 1

Wilson Looses Head of His Office Force

Kansan Served Through Civil War and Was Mayor of Olothe

Death claimed Col. Sylvester R. Burch, chief clerk of the Department of Agriculture today at his apartment in the Sherman.

He had been sick for about two weeks.  Last night his physicians saw every reason to hope for a speedy rally, but early this morning he began to sink.

Funeral services will probably be held at his late home Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock, after which, it is thought, the body will be taken to Olathe, Kan., a city of which he was twice mayor, for interment.

He is survived by a brother, who lives here; a brother, a son, and two daughters, who do not reside in this city.

Colonel Burch was born March 1, 1842, near Dresden, Ohio, but at an early age accompanied his parents to Linn County, Iowa.  He entered the Government service in Washington in 1891.  After holding various offices he was made chief clerk of the Bureau of Animal Industry on December 31, 1896 and chief clerk of the Department of Agriculture on September 1, 1903.

The bureau chiefs of the department met this morning, Acting Secretary Hays presiding, and resolutions were adopted extending sympathy to the family.

Colonel Burch enlisted as a private in the Twelfth Iowa Volunteer Infantry in October 1861.  After two years of service he was promoted steadily until he reached the office of adjutant.  He was in the principal battles of the armies of the Tennessee and Cumberland, and was taken prisoner at Shiloh.

After the war Colonel Burch returned to Linn county, Iowa, but later removed to Olathe, Kan., where he was engaged in the hotel business.  He was for seven years the postmaster of the town.

He served for four years as the colonel of the First Regiment, Kansas National Guard.


June 3, 2013 Posted by | Obituary | , , , , , | Leave a comment