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Hinckley in Medina County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Judge Samuel Hinckley / John Brongers

                    1757–1840 / 1843–1932

 
 
Judge Samuel Hinckley side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
1. Judge Samuel Hinckley side of marker
Inscription.  
Judge Samuel Hinckley. As a member of the Connecticut Land Company, Judge Samuel Hinckley of North Hampton, Massachusetts purchased township 4N Range 13W of the Western Reserve in 1795 for a sum equivalent to 23 cents an acre. The township remained unsettled until Abraham Freeze was commissioned by Judge Hinckley in 1819 to survey the township into 100 plots of 160 acres each. In return for having the township, founded in 1825, named “Hinckley,” the judge gave land for two burying grounds and one-half acre for a public square. In 1919, upon the 101st anniversary of the “Great Hinckley Hunt,” where men from surrounding counties gathered on Christmas Eve to rid the township of wild animals, Judge Amos Webber spoke for the deceased Judge Hinckley: “When I last saw this country, it was a howling wilderness ... by industry and frugality you and your ancestors have made these ever lasting hills and pleasant valleys blossom as the rose.”

John Brongers. John Brongers came to Hinckley in 1867 with a peddler’s pack and sold his wares door-to-door until he decided to make Hinckley his permanent
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By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
2. John Brongers side of marker
home in 1870. His motto was, “he profits most who serves best.” John Brongers and William Behr ran a general store together until Behr withdrew and left Brongers the sole owner, operating the store for over sixty years. In his will, Brongers left his home and property to the Hinckley Township Trustees, stating that “in doing so, I may adequately recognize the friendship and good will which the people of Hinckley Township have extended to me during the many years I have lived among them.” The township built a park in Bronger’s name, a town hall, fire station, and police station on the deeded property.
 
Erected 2002 by the Hinckley Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-52.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 14.259′ N, 81° 44.707′ W. Marker is in Hinckley, Ohio, in Medina County. Marker is on Ridge Road (Ohio Route 94) just south of Center Road (Ohio Route 303), on the right when traveling south. It is at the Hinckley Township Hall at the entrance to Brongers Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1410 Ridge Rd, Hinckley OH 44233, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brecksville Township’s First Settler
Judge Samuel Hinckley / John Brongers Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
3. Judge Samuel Hinckley / John Brongers Marker
(approx. 4.2 miles away); Sikh Gurdwara (approx. 4˝ miles away); Weymouth School (approx. 4˝ miles away); Brunswick United Methodist Church (approx. 5 miles away); John Shepherd - An American Hero (approx. 5.3 miles away); Hampson Post No. 499 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Heritage Farm (approx. 5.6 miles away); Historic Underground Railroad Station (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Brongers Park image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
4. Brongers Park
Brongers Park shares the parking lot with the township offices and the police station.
Log Cabin at Brongers Park image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2019
5. Log Cabin at Brongers Park
Plaques on the two stones in the foreground read, left to right, “TIME CAPSULE . Eagle Scout project commemorating the 200th anniversary of The Great Hinckley Hunt, placed by Eagle Scout John Pesarchick from Boy Scout Troop 520 of Hinckley Ohio on August 4, 2018. To be opened in 2068.” and “1825–1975. A program of ceremonies and events were held July 3rd through July 6th 1975 on these township grounds commemorating the sesquicentennial of Hinckley Township. Sesquicentennial Corporation Officers: Donald F. Maatz, President; Diane R. Maatz, Co-President; Frances M. Babcock, Vice President and Secretary; Gary Weiss, Vice President; John F. Kirby, Treasurer.” The second tablet shows the seal of the Hinckley Township Ohio Sesquicentennial.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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