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”

The Christmas Murder, Part Eight: For the Prosecution

The men tasked with prosecuting Henry Wehrli were led by a member of one of Tuscarawas County’s most prominent legal families, James Graham Patrick. However had it not been for the participation of one man in the assisting the effort, Abraham W. Patrick, I may never have stumbled upon the odd case of the ‘ChristmasContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Eight: For the Prosecution”

The Christmas Murder, Part Seven: For the Defense

The lawyers charged with defending Henry Wehrli were well-known local attorneys with roots and connections in Tuscarawas County. The task in front of them was to somehow defend a client who, according to preliminary testimony, had frequently spoken of, and threatened to, shoot the victim. Henry Wehrli’s defense team consisted of two attorneys, Philip S.Continue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Seven: For the Defense”

The Christmas Murder, Part Six: Final Testimony and Charges

Henry Wehrli’s preliminary hearing continued on Tuesday, January 6, 1891 with the testimony of a few more minor witnesses. When the hearing concluded, Henry would learn what charges he would face when the trial began. What follows is the testimony of the other witnesses based on contemporary press accounts. Four more witnesses, none of whomContinue reading “The Christmas Murder, Part Six: Final Testimony and Charges”