One House’s Story: Dr. Israel J. Williams & Family

I thought I would, once again, take a look at a house that now serves as a place of business as opposed to a residence. You may be one of the many people who have visited this house in its modern role as a community pizza parlor, but it started out life as the homeContinue reading “One House’s Story: Dr. Israel J. Williams & Family”

One House’s Story: The Manley Family

Over the course of the growth and history of New Philadelphia many homes are built, torn down, replaced, or remodeled for their modern occupants. Some homes are never replaced and the lots on which they sat become parking lots or vacant land. Despite that, they still have stories to tell us that deserve telling. ThisContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Manley Family”

One House’s Story: The Eberhardt Family

There was a family of builders who, during the last half of the 19th century, may have accounted for many of the houses and buildings constructed throughout the city of New Philadelphia. It is only fitting that we look at a house that they not only lived in but may have even constructed. A noteContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Eberhardt Family”

One House’s Story: The Schlup Family

There is a house that now stands as the only remaining residential building on the north side of the 500 block of West High Street in New Philadelphia. Its story is tied to that of a successful New Philadelphia merchant who lived during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A note about addresses: HouseContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Schlup Family”

One House’s Story: Joseph Axx

There is a house on the west end of New Philadelphia that, every time I passed it, I was intrigued by how it got there and who may have lived in it. Perhaps you’ve driven past it as well and wondered the same. This is one story from that house’s history. When one drives westContinue reading “One House’s Story: Joseph Axx”

One House’s Story: Honorable Simpson Harmount

I thought I would continue my look into the stories behind some of the community’s historic houses by taking a look at another home located on Fair Avenue in New Philadelphia. This home’s current status belies its history and the significance to the community of its past owners. Robert Harmount (1775-1842) and his wife, ElizabethContinue reading “One House’s Story: Honorable Simpson Harmount”

One House’s Story: Dr. George Hiram Peck

The streets of my community are lined with historic homes, churches, and other buildings. While many of them are beautifully restored to their former glory, others show the of signs of time and neglect. All of them though have many stories to tell us; stories of families and businesses long past. On my regular walksContinue reading “One House’s Story: Dr. George Hiram Peck”

The Christmas Murder, Conclusion: The Verdict

The evidence and testimony had been presented and heard by the jury. Judge Pearce provided his instructions to the jury and Henry Wehrli’s fate was in their hands. It would not take them long to decide his guilt or innocence. It was at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 27, 1891 that the jury in HenryContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Conclusion: The Verdict”

The Christmas Murder, Part Ten: Henry Wehrli’s Side of the Story

Henry Wehrli’s trial began at the end of May 1891 and the testimony of the prosecution’s witnesses was the same as had been presented in the preliminary hearings shortly after the crime had occurred. What had not been heard was Henry’s version of events that were presented to jury during the trial itself. A note:Continue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Ten: Henry Wehrli’s Side of the Story”

The Christmas Murder, Part Nine: The Jury

I had initially planned to look at the trial itself in this post, but instead thought I would present a little bit of information on the twelve men from Tuscarawas County who were selected to sit on the jury that would hear the murder trial of Henry Wehrli. These men represented a cross-section of theContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Nine: The Jury”