One House’s Story: The Hickman Family

As one travels along Interstate 77 north of Bolivar one can see, especially in the winter, an abandoned house sitting amongst overgrown trees and bushes along Sherman Church Road. This windowless and empty shell was once a family’s home, and that home has a story to tell. A note about addresses: House numbers and streetContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Hickman Family”

Fallen Heroes: Bugler Victor J. Mattevi

This fallen hero’s parents immigrated from Europe in order to provide a better life for their future children in America. Unfortunately, one of their sons would return to a Europe at war and make the ultimate sacrifice. Celeste Mattevi (1868-1940) was born in the southern part of the province of Tyrol in what was thenContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Bugler Victor J. Mattevi”

One House’s Story: The Glauser Family

Front Street in New Philadelphia is lined with working class houses from the beginning of the 20th century. Many are of similar style and size and, among them, is a house occupied for four decades by the family of a blacksmithing son of an immigrant. This is that house’s story. Note about addresses: House numbersContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Glauser Family”

Fallen Heroes: Private Oscar F. Nicewander

This fallen hero from the hamlet of Dundee had barely been in service three months when he made the ultimate sacrifice in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. The Nicewander family came to Ohio from Pennsylvania in the first half of the 19th century with the arrival of Peter Nicewander (1809-1882). The family originally settled inContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Private Oscar F. Nicewander”

Fallen Heroes: Private John T. Miller

This fallen soldier, who’s job was to provide comfort and aid to his fellow soldiers, was the first from his conflict to be returned home to his loved ones for burial. He was, of course, not the last. Nicholas Miller (1814-1900) and his wife Catherine (1809-1892) immigrated with their seven children, aged from newborn toContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Private John T. Miller”

One House’s Story: The Strine Family

There is house that sits unoccupied on a lonely corner of Ray Avenue NW in New Philadelphia, Ohio. The broken and boarded-up windows, damaged siding, and overgrown yard belies a history of ownership by a historic and prominent New Philadelphia family. A note about addresses: House numbers and street names often change over time. TheContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Strine Family”

Fallen Heroes: Seaman 1st Class Jack K. Kellogg

This fallen hero’s family had only resided in Tuscarawas County a short time when the Second World War began and their only son enlisted in the United States Navy. That son, like many sailors before him, met his fate on the seas and his ship serves as his tomb. The Kellogg family arrived in NewContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Seaman 1st Class Jack K. Kellogg”

One House’s Story: The Walton Family (no, not them)

When you drive down Fair Avenue in New Philadelphia, Ohio you see a variety of homes in differing architectural styles and in differing states of repair. One house on the 400 block of Fair Avenue NW is currently being worked on in preparation of once again becoming someone’s home. This is a story from thatContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Walton Family (no, not them)”

Fallen Heroes: Sergeant John H. Weedon

This fallen hero straddled the Tuscarawas and Guernsey County line during the first half of the 19th century. He left his wife and children in 1840, determined to continue a family tradition of military service. His campaigning took him to Florida and Mexico and, while he survived his military service, he never returned home toContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Sergeant John H. Weedon”

One House’s Story: Gershom & Mary Kilgore of Port Washington

I once again decided to try to tell a story from the history of a house depicted in the Tuscarawas County Atlas of 1875, hoping to be able to find something interesting worth telling. I was not disappointed by the story that can be told about a house recorded in the Atlas as the “Res.Continue reading “One House’s Story: Gershom & Mary Kilgore of Port Washington”