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Everyday Leadership 7/10/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by R. Glenn Ray, Ph.D   
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:07 AM


In 1978, I was a foreman at Y & O Coal Mine east of Beallsville.  One Sunday afternoon, I was relaxing with my family when the phone rang.  I heard an excited, scared voice on the other end of the line.  "Glenn," he said, “A rooming section is riding.  I'm trying to get anybody I can to set up the cribbing."

"I'll be there in a half an hour,” I said with fear sequentially rippling the hairs on the back of my neck.  A ride occurs when the pressure of the mine top supersedes the roof supports that had been installed.  A ride creates an effect similar to a string of falling dominoes.  You can hear a ride moving down an entry - bang, bang, bang, bang - as the top hits the bottom finally releasing the pressure.  It is life threatening to miners and can cover up hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment.

I headed to the mine with visual imagery of what awaited me.  When I arrived, I quickly dressed and headed for the elevator.  The doors opened and I grabbed the first trolley jeep I found and headed for the rooming section.  Once on the section I saw the direction of the activity.  One miner was operating a buggy filled with 5x7 timbers.  Other men were scampering toward the direction of the danger.  I got the attention of one of the miners and hollered, “How bad is it?”  “It looks pretty bad to me," he responded. " I don’t think we’re gonna save it.”

Last Updated on Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:09 AM
Highnotes and Brushstrokes 7/3/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:16 PM

Monroe County has a vibrant community of working artists who believe that the arts enrich lives and are a vital part of community life. The new “Creative Expressions” Gift Shop is now open at the Monroe Arts Center located at 118 S. Paul St.in Woodsfield. Many talented local artisans have items for sale at the shop open Thurs. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment.

The Bicentennial art contest sponsored by The Monroe Chamber of Commerce will be featured at the Center in July. The theme was a commemoration of Woodsfield’s 200th birthday and its founder, Archibald Woods. Juniors and seniors from River and Monroe Central High Schools provided 44 entries judged on artistic and historic elements. First prize was awarded to Rachel Westfall.

The Monroe Artists’ exhibit “Windows on Woodsfield” will be on display in July as part of the Bicentennial activities. This exhibit features views and vignettes in the village framed in unique window settings.

Exploring Your Heritage 7/3/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen Romick, Monroe Chapter OGS   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:15 PM

One of the most difficult tasks in genealogy is identifying the maiden name of your female ancestors.  If you are stuck in your efforts to identify your female ancestor, do some creative investigation and develop a theory.

The most obvious place to find the maiden name of your ancestor is the marriage record. The bad news is several states did not record marriage licenses until years after statehood. Although one of the original 13 states, Pennsylvania, did not record marriage information until 1883.  Although Ohio did require marriage licenses from the beginning of the state in 1803, some counties, such as our own, lost records through fires.

If you do find a marriage record for your ancestors, be cautious. Try to find the original record and read all of the information.  Look at her marital status. Is she a widow or single? Does she have the word Mrs. before her name? If so, the name on the marriage record is not her maiden name.  If you see the word "nee" in records before a woman's surname that indicates her maiden name.

There may be clues or vital information in the application itself. One example is the marriage application of David L. Henthorn to Mrs. Sarah M. Fankhauser in 1874. John Burgy applied for the license and was identified as the bride's father.

If your ancestor got married in a state before mandatory reporting or in a "burned" county, there are other ways to track down your ancestor's family surname.

Monroe County Veterans Services Information 6/26/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Lake, Veterans Service Officer   
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:09 PM

The past few years more than 1,300 veterans have enrolled from Monroe County into the VA Health Care System.  I know that the health care benefits have been a tremendous help to many county veterans.  With increased costs of private health care and changes in retiree benefits, every veteran should explore their eligibility to VA Health Care.  As of January 17, 2003, there were changes that affected those who had not enrolled into the VA Health Care System prior to that date.  Recent changes entitle certain veterans to health care benefits.  Those veterans who were a POW, received the Purple Heart medal or served “In County” during the Viet Nam War are able to enroll and receive VA Health Care.  I encourage all veteran’s that qualify to enroll and take advantage of their entitlements.

The VA established a system of 8 medical groups that veterans are categorized into for healthcare.  On January 17, 2003, the Secretary made the difficult decision to suspend new enrollments of veterans who are assigned to Priority Group 8.  This suspension allowed the Veterans Administration (VA) to protect quality care and reduce waiting times for other enrollees, including those who were disabled by their military service, have lower incomes, or have special medical needs.

The VA effective June 15, 2009, re-opened the Veterans Healthcare Enrollment with new income guidelines that would allow more category 8 veterans to possibly receive VA medical benefits..  Those veterans who applied for VA Healthcare before for medical conditions not service-connected and were denied because they had too much income can now re-apply since the VA established new income caps that is designed to allow more veterans to get into the medical system.  Those veterans who were denied can come into the Veterans Office and obtain a new application for medical benefits.

Veterans who are Priority Group 8 need to know that they are entitled the following even though they cannot presently qualify for the VA Health Care System.

Exploring Your Heritage 6/19/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Karen Romick, Monroe Chapter OGS   
Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:10 AM

The following history was shared with the Monroe County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society by Wilma Stine Davis in 2001. This is an example of how a simple story of one's life is a valuable piece of not only family history, but also of local history.

I am Sara D. Smith States.

Mariam Davis was born July 3, 1803 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and married Amos Smith 1822. They moved to Belmont County, Ohio in April 1838 and then to Monroe County, Ohio in 1841. They went on to Wayne County, Illinois in 1854. Amos Smith died in 1873 in Wayne County. Mariam then resided with a daughter, Cynthia Burroughs, in Wayne County.

I am the daughter of Amos and Mariam Davis Smith and I was born August 1, 1829 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. When I was seven years old, I moved with my parents to Belmont County, Ohio. Later when we moved to Monroe County, Ohio, I got what education there was available. It was in a log schoolhouse. The cracks were stopped with pieces of wood filled with clay dirt and water. A log was cut out of one side except just at the corners, and an 8 x 10 piece of window glass was fitted in. That was our window. The logs were cut out of one end nearly to the roof, to build a fireplace. The big boys would work in big logs endwise to burn. The floors were of split logs, what they called puncheons. The joists were of round logs, so low the teacher would bump his head on them. Our seats were of split logs with pegs put in them. Long pegs for large pupils and short pegs for smaller ones. Children would not go to such a school now, but there was none better in that day in Monroe County.