One House’s Story: The Tidrick Family

Don’t let the modern appearance of any home fool you. Every home, regardless of condition or modern use, has a story to tell. This is the story of a house that has seen better days but deserves to have its story told nonetheless. A note about addresses: House numbers and street names often change overContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Tidrick Family”

New Philadelphia Carriage Maker Charles Houpt

There was once a busy carriage making shop founded by a Pennsylvania-born blacksmith on what is today 2nd Street SW that manufactured and repaired carriages, buggies and wagons for over twenty-years. Today the site is occupied by a nondescript office building. Charles Houpt (1833-1921) was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1833 to farmer Philip HouptContinue reading “New Philadelphia Carriage Maker Charles Houpt”

Valentine: A Tuscarawas County Conductor on the Underground Railroad

If you read enough historical documents you inevitably come across some small item that gets your attention. This is one of those lose threads that I could not resist pulling. Recently, while reading late 19th century accounts of people who assisted with the Underground Railroad in Ohio, I came across a brief mention in theContinue reading “Valentine: A Tuscarawas County Conductor on the Underground Railroad”

The New Philadelphia Agricultural Works of English & Dixon

While the buildings that once housed the New Philadelphia Agricultural Works of English & Dixon no longer stand, the ongoing development of the site that once hosted it gives the opportunity to examine one of the city’s earliest industrial efforts. The location on South Broadway that once housed the Howden-Buffalo manufacturing plant has, for overContinue reading “The New Philadelphia Agricultural Works of English & Dixon”

One House’s Story: The Miller Family

I’ve wanted to write about this home on Ray Avenue for a while as it looked like an effort was being made to fix it up and make it a home again. It is nice to explore the origins of a house that will soon have a new life. A note about addresses: House numbersContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Miller Family”

One House’s Story: The McCullough Family

When this house was built by a prominent New Philadelphia attorney, it was considered by one newspaper writer to be one of the “prettiest cottage homes in the city.” A note about addresses: House numbers and street names often change over time. Relatively speaking, the McCullough family were recent arrivals to Tuscarawas County. Pennsylvania-born CharlesContinue reading “One House’s Story: The McCullough Family”

One House’s Story: The Gilgen Family

Historical records are great for telling us the who’s and when’s of a person’s life but, unfortunately, they often lack the why’s. This house’s story is about the successful family that built an impressive home on a prominent New Philadelphia street but chose to not live there after it was built. A note about addresses:Continue reading “One House’s Story: The Gilgen Family”

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 Espich Family

When Driving down South Broadway Street in New Philadelphia today you don’t see too many remaining residences; however, one that does survive is connected to a family with historic roots in Tuscarawas County. A note about addresses: House numbers and street names often change over time. Christian Espich (1766-1842) was born in Germany in 1766Continue reading “One House’s Story: The Espich Family”

One House’s Story: The Dick Family

Whenever I passed this modest home opposite the New Philadelphia High School I always wondered why, among all the wood frame houses on the street, there was this lone brick home. Had the third little pig lived there? No, but the family that did played an important part in the construction of countless Tuscarawas CountyContinue reading “One House’s Story: The Dick Family”