Tag Archive: Black Creek Township

Aug 19

Black Creek’s Black Gold

Pumpjack in Indiana about 4 miles from Chattanooga (2011)

Black gold, devil’s tar, earth oil, flowing gold, fossil oil, rock oil–these were all terms for what we now call petroleum or crude oil that were used in the early part of the 20th century.  Ohio led the nation in oil production for several years around the turn of the century and Mercer County helped make …

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Jul 15

Morrison Photography, Chattanooga, Ohio

Unidentified photo by Morrison, Chattanooga, Ohio

I am not sure how I acquired this photo nor do I know who the gentleman in the photo is. There is nothing written on the back of the photo to identify him. I do not know when the photo was taken either. Basically, I don’t know a whole lot about this photo. However, there …

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Jul 08

1920–Devastating Hurricane Visits Willshire Vicinity

The Willshire Herald, 2 April 1920

DEVASTATING HURRICANE VISITS WILLSHIRE VICINITY—That was the headline of the Friday, April 2, 1920 edition of The Willshire Herald. It was published less than a week after one of worst tornadoes swept through this part of the country. Why do I have an interest in tornadoes? A while back my mom gave me some old …

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Apr 01

1916 Mercer County Directory

1916-Mercer-County-Ohio

A few years ago I purchased a 1916 Farm Journal Illustrated Directory of Mercer County, Ohio, on Ebay. It was published by the Wilmer Atkinson Company, publishers of the Farm Journal, from Washington Square, Philadelphia. It contains 208 pages, an alphabetical list of the people living in Mercer County with some information about them, advertisements, …

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Mar 25

Working the Land

Carl Miller, Jacob’s son, planting corn

Most of my ancestors were farmers. They were among those who cleared and worked the land, a difficult but rewarding job that played an important part in the growth of our country. Johann “Jacob” Miller, my great grandfather, emigrated from Bavaria in 1871. On the ship’s passenger list Jacob stated that he was a farmer …

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