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1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches Marker image, Touch for more information
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 26, 2015
1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches Marker
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 8- 11 — 1950 National and Ohio Plowing MatchesAgricultural Events in Rural Champaign County
Side A Benson Road and the North Urbana Lisbon Road (SR 54) in Champaign County was the site of the 1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches and the National Associa- tion of Soil Conservation Districts Field Days. The three-day . . . — Map (db m86249) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 5-11 — Bailey and Barclay Halls / Johnny Appleseed
Side A: Bailey and Barclay Halls Urbana University was established by the Swedenborgian Church in 1850. Bailey Hall (1853), named after Francis Bailey (1735-1815), was designed by W. Russell West, architect of the Statehouse of Ohio. Bailey . . . — Map (db m13808) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 29- 11 — Billy "Single" Clifford /Clifford Theater
Billy "Single" Clifford Wm. C. Shyrigh, better known as Billy Clifford, was born in this house on January 24, 1869, to Levi and Sarah Shyrigh. Coming from a musical family, he developed an early interest in music and practiced with the . . . — Map (db m90489) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — Capt. Simon Kenton
The Grave of Capt. Simon Kenton 1755 - 1836 Revolutionary War Soldier Clark Illinois Regiment, Virginia State Troops Brigadier General of the Ohio Militia - 1812 Inscription on Gravestone: In Memory of Gen. Simon . . . — Map (db m38277) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 6- 11 — Cedar Bog Nature Preserve
In 1942 Cedar Bog became the first nature preserve in Ohio purchased with state funds. Efforts to set this wetland aside began in the 1920s through the efforts of Florence Murdock and her daughter. Efforts intensified in the mid 1930s with help . . . — Map (db m90503)
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — Champaign County Civil War Memorial
To the memory of those brave men of Champaign Co who died in the War to Save the Union, 1861-5. Dedicated Dec. 7. 1871 — Map (db m14507) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — Champaign County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of the men and women of Champaign County who served our country in war and peace. — Map (db m92405) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — Champaign County World War I Memorial
In honor of the men and women of Champaign County who served in the World War 1914- 1918 Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution 1925 — Map (db m106995) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — Col. William WardRevolutionary War Veteran — Founder of Urbana
(DAR logo) Col. William Ward Revolutionary Soldier associate of General Simon Kenton in the settlement of the Mad River Valley, the founder of Urbana, brother of John Ward, the White Indian, and grandfather of John Quincy Adams Ward, noted . . . — Map (db m81937) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 15-11 — Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway
[Marker Front]: The Dayton, Springfield, and Urbana Electric Railway (DS&U) was an “Interurban” rail system that ran between the cities of Urbana, Springfield and Dayton. Its beginning can be traced to the franchise given to . . . — Map (db m13811) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 14- 11 — General Robert Lawrence Eichelberger — Superintendent of West Point
Side A Robert L. Eichelberger was born in Urbana on March 9, 1886, the youngest of the five children of George Maley Eichelberger, an Urbana lawyer, and Emma (Ring) Eichelberger. After graduating from Urbana High School in 1903, he . . . — Map (db m90431) HM WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 1-11 — Harmony Lodge No. 8 Free and Accepted Masons
A group of Freemasons, inspired by the concepts of a new country, of Freedom with Responsibility, Brotherly Love, and Truth, formed Harmony Lodge near this site in 1809, the first Masonic lodge in western Ohio. Meetings were held in the log court . . . — Map (db m13820) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — C22 — Hull's Headquarters
Here, Gen. William Hull largely recruited his army for his campaign against the British at Detroit, in the War of 1812. — Map (db m13821) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 3-11 — In Memory of Simon Kenton
Simon Kenton who is buried here. During the Revolutionary War he frequently served as scout under George Rogers Clark and later praised Clark for his role in saving the Kentucky settlements. Kenton's Indian captivity of 1778-79 acquainted him with . . . — Map (db m34088) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 13-11 — John Anderson Ward Farmstead / John Quincy Adams Ward & Edgar Melville Ward
Side A: John Anderson Ward Farmstead John Anderson Ward had this Federal style house constructed from 1823-1825 on land inherited from his father, Urbana's founder Colonel William Ward. The Colonel's will stipulated that a local mason . . . — Map (db m13822) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — John Quincy Adams WardLocal Marker for a Nationally Known Artist — A Great Example of His Work
John Quincy Adams Ward sculptor born.Urbana.june 29, 1830. died.New York City.May 1, 1910. this replica of his first statue is a memorial gift to his fellow townsmen erected by his wife to mark his grave small plaque preserved with . . . — Map (db m81909) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 12- 11 — Kings Creek Baptist Church
Side A The founders of what would become the Kings Creek Baptist Church first met on June 29, 1805 in the log home of local residents James and Ann Turner. The Baptist congregation continued to meet in people's homes until 1816 when . . . — Map (db m84858) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 26-11 — Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad
The Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad Company was chartered by the State of Ohio in January 1832 to connect west central Ohio with northern Ohio and Lake Erie. It was the first company to be incorporated for railroad purposes in the state. . . . — Map (db m13824) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 27-11 — Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad
Champaign County residents James [sic-Joseph] Vance (1786-1852) and John H. James (1800-1881) were among the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad's first officers, serving as president and treasurer, respectively. Vance emerged as a leader in the War of . . . — Map (db m13825) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 30-11 — Pennsylvania Railroad Depot
(side A) Construction of the Columbus, Piqua, and Indiana Central Railroad started in 1850 and was finished in 1854. Later referred to as the "Panhandle Railroad," it ran from Columbus to Bradford. During the Civil War, the line carried . . . — Map (db m93853) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 31-11 — President Lincoln’s Funeral Train in Urbana
(Side A) The nine-car funeral train for President Abraham Lincoln departed Washington, D.C. on April 21, 1865. It arrived in Urbana on April 29 at 10:40p.m. Urbana’s citizens erected an arch of evergreens and flowers near the station . . . — Map (db m84960) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — C22X — Simon KentonOhio Revolutionary Memorial Trail
1755 - Simon Kenton - 1836 »»«« In Oakland Cemetery, one mile east,is the grave and monument of Simon Kenton, pioneer, soldier, Indian scout. Also, "The Indian Hunter," by J.Q.A.Ward, noted sculptor and native of . . . — Map (db m44106) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 21-11 — The Johnson Manufacturing Company
Side A: The Johnson Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1902 by brothers James B., J. Will, Isaac T., and Charles F. Johnson, all of Quaker heritage. The company manufactured tin and galvanized iron ware for railroad lines across the . . . — Map (db m13823) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 32-11 — The Underground Railroad in Champaign County / Lewis Adams
The Underground Railroad in Champaign County The inhumanity of slavery and the Fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850 motivated anti-slavery activists to operate a covert network, the "Underground Railroad," which helped fugitive slaves . . . — Map (db m78141) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — This tablet mark's the Site of Doolittle's Tavern
This tablet mark's the Site of Doolittle's Tavern, Headquarters of Gov. Meigs during the quartering of Gen. Hull's Army at Urbana in the War of 1812. — Map (db m19798) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 34- 11 — War Council of 1812Old Grave Yard
side A- War Council of 1812 To confirm that the Treaty of Greenville would be upheld, Ohio Governor Return J. Meigs called a council with Native Americans June 6-9, 1812. He sought approval to cross native land when marching to Canada and . . . — Map (db m81636) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 11-11 — Warren G. Grimes / Grimes Field
Warren G. Grimes Raised in an Ohio orphanage, Warren G. Grimes (1898-1975) ran away after finishing the ninth grade and at age 16 went to work for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. He later became a partner in an electrical business where he . . . — Map (db m13818) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — 17- 11 — William OwenFirst Settler in Mad River Township, Champaign County, Ohio
Virginia native William Owen, 1769-1821, is credited with being the first American to settle in Mad River Township, Champaign County sometime between 1797-1799. He and his family built a cabin in the northeast quarter of Section 15 directly west . . . — Map (db m86157) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Urbana — Xue, Bian, and Sun Memorial
These Urbana University MBA students lost their lives in an auto accident in Springfield, OH. Gone but not forgotten Xue, Bing (Jo) 12/31/1982-3/8/2007 Liaoning Province Bian, Jin (Jack) 10/13/1979-3/8/2007 Liaoning Province Sun, . . . — Map (db m13810) HM

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