Second oldest Historical Society in Ohio, Since 1838

Second oldest Historical Society in Ohio, Since 1838

ACHS Annual Meeting

October 27, 2019

ACHS Annual Meeting

October 27, 2019

Was held this year at  the

Was held this year at  the

A way for our visitors to help ACHS

A way for our visitors to help ACHS

Since many of our pages here have been the same for many years we have decided to ask our visitors to help with any stories or other information about the history (NOT genealogy please) of Ashtabula County, Ohio. Please make sure that anything you wish to send us is about something more than 100 years old, particularly from the 1800's or before.

This has already happened, since a visitor living in Rome Township emailed me to say that his mother (or grandmother?) had written a book about the ownship she lives in and is s proud of. This was put into the Rome Township age as soon as it was ready. I'd be glad to get any other articles about YOUR township, village oor city to consideer!Please click HERE to email us any different information you have have. It may take some time for us to review it and place it in the right place on the website. We will be glad to notify contributors when their item(s) are published to the ACHS website, and which page it is on.

Thank you, 

Ted Quick  

ACHS Webmaster

Since many of our pages here have been the same for many years we have decided to ask our visitors to help with any stories or other information about the history (NOT genealogy please) of Ashtabula County, Ohio. Please make sure that anything you wish to send us is about something more than 100 years old, particularly from the 1800's or before.

This has already happened, since a visitor living in Rome Township emailed me to say that his mother (or grandmother?) had written a book about the ownship she lives in and is s proud of. This was put into the Rome Township age as soon as it was ready. I'd be glad to get any other articles about YOUR township, village oor city to consideer!Please click HERE to email us any different information you have have. It may take some time for us to review it and place it in the right place on the website. We will be glad to notify contributors when their item(s) are published to the ACHS website, and which page it is on.

Thank you, 

Ted Quick  

ACHS Webmaster

Ashtabula County History Book 

Ashtabula County History Book 

​We were given a PDF file of scans made of the book "History of Ashtabula County, Ohio, by Williams, W. W." (printed in 1878) by our friends at the Platt R Spencer Historical Society in Geneva. This has been redone so that it is possible to do word searches on your computer, phone or tablet. That will help people find just the exact thing they are looking for in Ashtabula County history between it's founding and 1878.Please understand that this is a HUGE PDF file, since it contains 415 pages, so downloading it will take a fairly long time. Please click HERE to download it.Most computers now have PDF readers on them, which may be built into your Chrome, Firefox or Edge browser. If not you can download a free Adobe Acrobat Reader program from

Once you have it there you can search for any word or phrase by holding down the CTRL key and hitting the F key to Find what you need. You may get any number of items which you can then scroll through until you find what you need. You can also use Ctrl C to copy them to use in an editor to collect all that you want. Once there use Ctrl V to place them where needed.

​We were given a PDF file of scans made of the book "History of Ashtabula County, Ohio, by Williams, W. W." (printed in 1878) by our friends at the Platt R Spencer Historical Society in Geneva. This has been redone so that it is possible to do word searches on your computer, phone or tablet. That will help people find just the exact thing they are looking for in Ashtabula County history between it's founding and 1878.Please understand that this is a HUGE PDF file, since it contains 415 pages, so downloading it will take a fairly long time. Please click HERE to download it.Most computers now have PDF readers on them, which may be built into your Chrome, Firefox or Edge browser. If not you can download a free Adobe Acrobat Reader program from

Once you have it there you can search for any word or phrase by holding down the CTRL key and hitting the F key to Find what you need. You may get any number of items which you can then scroll through until you find what you need. You can also use Ctrl C to copy them to use in an editor to collect all that you want. Once there use Ctrl V to place them where needed.

There was a very interesting presentation about the Bliss Railroad Disaster of 1876. Our speaker was Barbara Hamilton. She did extensive research for her chapter at the Walter Jack Library at the Jennie Munger Museum. She is a wonderful speaker and never at a loss for something interesting to say. Her long articles every week in the Gazette newspapers are wonderful reading. She has done amazing articles about Len Brown and the documentary film of the train disaster of 1876. She is still working on the subject to create a video.

A lot of work has gone into making a video about the train crash, which is expected to be completed next year. This is sponsored by WQLN, the Erie, PA PBS TV station. They will show the completed film next year in the fall, planned for Late September. After that it will be released to WVIZ in Cleveland.

Plans are being made to ask for volunteers to go to Strasburg, PA as extras who will act as passengers in the train before the crash. NO collision involved, that will be computer generated following the scenes with volunteers. There is no pay for this, but volunteers will be taken there is a free provided bus, have meals paid for and overnight lodging there. Depending on how it goes this should be completed in 1 or 2 days, but time will tell. There is a website where further details will appear as they become available.

There is a Youtube report about 

Engineering Tragedy:The Ashtabula Train Disaster​->

There is a Facebook group for the film making

Engineering Tragedy:The Ashtabula Train Disaster​ ->

There was a very interesting presentation about the Bliss Railroad Disaster of 1876. Our speaker was Barbara Hamilton. She did extensive research for her chapter at the Walter Jack Library at the Jennie Munger Museum. She is a wonderful speaker and never at a loss for something interesting to say. Her long articles every week in the Gazette newspapers are wonderful reading. She has done amazing articles about Len Brown and the documentary film of the train disaster of 1876. She is still working on the subject to create a video.

A lot of work has gone into making a video about the train crash, which is expected to be completed next year. This is sponsored by WQLN, the Erie, PA PBS TV station. They will show the completed film next year in the fall, planned for Late September. After that it will be released to WVIZ in Cleveland.

Plans are being made to ask for volunteers to go to Strasburg, PA as extras who will act as passengers in the train before the crash. NO collision involved, that will be computer generated following the scenes with volunteers. There is no pay for this, but volunteers will be taken there is a free provided bus, have meals paid for and overnight lodging there. Depending on how it goes this should be completed in 1 or 2 days, but time will tell. There is a website where further details will appear as they become available.

There is a Youtube report about 

Engineering Tragedy:The Ashtabula Train Disaster​->

There is a Facebook group for the film making

Engineering Tragedy:The Ashtabula Train Disaster​ ->

Become a member and support local history

Become a member and support local history

Join the society and become a member of the team of volunteers and history lovers who are helping us save the stories and historic properties of Ohio's largest county. Memberships start at just $18 a year for individuals. They make great gifts and members receive our newsletters. The form can be downloaded and mailed, along with payment, to: 

Ashtabula County Historical Society

P.O. Box 36 

Jefferson, Ohio 44047

Phone number: 440-466-7337

Join the society and become a member of the team of volunteers and history lovers who are helping us save the stories and historic properties of Ohio's largest county. Memberships start at just $18 a year for individuals. They make great gifts and members receive our newsletters. The form can be downloaded and mailed, along with payment, to: 

Ashtabula County Historical Society

P.O. Box 36 

Jefferson, Ohio 44047

Phone number: 440-466-7337

Bliss and Tragedy Books now available again

On a bitter cold night in late December, 1876, a passenger train fell into the Ashtabula River gulf, killing nearly 100 passengers and crew and injuring dozens more. It was the worst American rail disaster up to that time.

The second printing of the book "Bliss and Tragedy, The Ashtabula Railway Bridge Accident of 1876 and the Loss of P.P.Bliss" tells the story of this tragedy through a series of essays. The book is edited by the late Dr. Thomas Corts. Cost of this soft cover book (second edition) is $15.00 plus $5.00 shipping. 

Purchase in the gift shop of The Lodge and Conference Center at GOTL, pick up at the Jennie Munger Gregory Memorial Museum in GOTL or send a check to: ACHS 

P.O. box 36, 

Jefferson, OH 44047

Bliss and Tragedy Books now available again

On a bitter cold night in late December, 1876, a passenger train fell into the Ashtabula River gulf, killing nearly 100 passengers and crew and injuring dozens more. It was the worst American rail disaster up to that time.

The second printing of the book "Bliss and Tragedy, The Ashtabula Railway Bridge Accident of 1876 and the Loss of P.P.Bliss" tells the story of this tragedy through a series of essays. The book is edited by the late Dr. Thomas Corts. Cost of this soft cover book (second edition) is $15.00 plus $5.00 shipping. 

Purchase in the gift shop of The Lodge and Conference Center at GOTL, pick up at the Jennie Munger Gregory Memorial Museum in GOTL or send a check to: ACHS 

P.O. box 36, 

Jefferson, OH 44047

ACHS Collection Management

ACHS Collection Management

Norma Waters

Norma Waters

Barrie Bottorf

Barrie Bottorf

Judy Pallutch

Judy Pallutch

Giddings Law Office

Giddings Law Office

Norma Waters (Chairman)

Norma Waters (Chairman)

Kari Roberts

Kari Roberts

Blakeslee Log Cabin

Blakeslee Log Cabin

Barrie Bottorf (Chairman)

Barrie Bottorf (Chairman)

Dan Hill

Dan Hill

Susan Hill

Susan Hill

Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee

Judy Pallutch  (Chairman) ​

Judy Pallutch  (Chairman) ​

Barrie Bottorf

Barrie Bottorf

Historical Home Research

Historical Home Research

John Johnson

John Johnson

Membership

Membership

Judy Pallutch

Judy Pallutch

Kari Roberts

Kari Roberts

​Newsletter/Marketing​

​Newsletter/Marketing​

Cameron Hartly

Cameron Hartly

ACHS Headquarters 

ACHS Headquarters 

Judy Pallutch (Chairman/Research)

Judy Pallutch (Chairman/Research)

Cameron Hartly

Cameron Hartly

Dan Hill

Dan Hill

Susan Hill

Susan Hill

John Hnath​

John Hnath​

Margie Millikan

Margie Millikan

Jennie Munger Gregory and

Jennie Munger Gregory and

Officers for the Ashtabula County Historical Society for 2020:

Susan Hill, President

David Lepard, Past President

Judy Pallutch, Vice President, Historian

Courtney Johnson, Secretary

Norma Waters, Treasurer

        

Museum Chairpersons:

Giddings Law Office: Norma Waters

Blakeslee Log Cabin: Barrie Bottorf

Jennie Munger Museum: Judy Pallutch 

Committee Chairpersons:

Membership/ Library Helper: Susan Hill

Events/Facebook: Courtney and John Johnson

Blakeslee: Barrie Bottorf, Allen Slater, 

and Dan Hill

Jennie Munger: Judy Pallutch, Dan and 

Susan Hill

UELN Partnership: Bob and Bonnie Thompson

Long Range Planning/Financial Stabilization: John Johnson, Susan Hill, and Norma Waters

Trustees:

Barrie Bottorf         Courtney Johnson

​John Johnson                      Dan Hill

Susan Hill                      John Hnath

Dave Lepard                 Judy Pallutch

Allen Slater                Bob Thompson

Norma Waters                Keri Wetzel

 Bob Thompson

Trustees' meetings are now the third Tuesday of each month at

Jefferson Healthcare at 6pm.

Email: ashcohs@gmail.com

Website: http://www.ashtcohs.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashtcoh

Officers for the Ashtabula County Historical Society for 2020:

Susan Hill, President

David Lepard, Past President

Judy Pallutch, Vice President, Historian

Courtney Johnson, Secretary

Norma Waters, Treasurer

        

Museum Chairpersons:

Giddings Law Office: Norma Waters

Blakeslee Log Cabin: Barrie Bottorf

Jennie Munger Museum: Judy Pallutch 

Committee Chairpersons:

Membership/ Library Helper: Susan Hill

Events/Facebook: Courtney and John Johnson

Blakeslee: Barrie Bottorf, Allen Slater, 

and Dan Hill

Jennie Munger: Judy Pallutch, Dan and 

Susan Hill

UELN Partnership: Bob and Bonnie Thompson

Long Range Planning/Financial Stabilization: John Johnson, Susan Hill, and Norma Waters

Trustees:

Barrie Bottorf         Courtney Johnson

​John Johnson                      Dan Hill

Susan Hill                      John Hnath

Dave Lepard                 Judy Pallutch

Allen Slater                Bob Thompson

Norma Waters                Keri Wetzel

 Bob Thompson

Trustees' meetings are now the third Tuesday of each month at

Jefferson Healthcare at 6pm.

Email: ashcohs@gmail.com

Website: http://www.ashtcohs.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashtcoh

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