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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 1, 2015
Lincoln Funeral Train Marker
Ohio (Champaign County), Cable — 28-11 — Lincoln Funeral Train
President Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, created a national tragedy, and the nationl mourned as his body was transported by rail from Washington, D.C. back to Springfield, Illinois, where he would be buried. As the nine-car . . . — Map (db m84946) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Christianburg — 2-11 — Marion A. RossIn Memory of
Born here October 9, 1832. Attended Antioch College. Member of Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge. Enlisted in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment and volunteered for the famous Andrews Raid. The raiders seized "The General" locomotive at Big Shanty, . . . — Map (db m76518) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Christiansburg — Christiansburg Veterans Memorial
Christiansburg Veterans Memorial for all who served and those who died for freedom site of Odd Fellows Hall 1849- 2006 — Map (db m97835) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Crayon — Richard StanhopeGeneral George Washington’s Valet
(bronze plaque) Richard Stanhope (Stanup) Free black man and landowner Settler in Madison County, Ohio on Virginia Military land resident of Concord Township Champaign County, Ohio Died September 1862 Buried in Concord . . . — Map (db m106683) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — 16-11 — Addison White
Side A: Congress passed Fugitive Slave Laws in 1793 and 1850, allowing federal marshals to arrest slaves that had escaped to the North and take them back to their southern owners. They could also arrest northerners suspected of aiding . . . — Map (db m13760) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — 23-11 — James Roy Hopkins
Side A: James R. Hopkins was born May 17, 1877, in Irwin and graduated from Mechanicsburg High School in 1895. As a child, he gained exposure to art through his mother, Nettie, an accomplished self-taught water colorist. Hopkins enrolled at . . . — Map (db m13729) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — 9-11 — Joseph E. Wing
Joseph E. Wing was one of the first persons to identify, promote, and grow alfalfa as a forage crop east of the Mississippi River. He developed his interest in alfalfa while in Utah, where he worked on a cattle ranch. When he returned, Wing began . . . — Map (db m13761) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — Maple Grove Civil War Memorial
(south side) Gettysburg (above) 1861- 1865 erected by the Ladies Memorial Association Mechanicsburg, in honor of the brave men whose valor saved the Union. (west side) (Shiloh above) Our country’s defenders may their . . . — Map (db m86320) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — Maple Grove Spanish American War Memorial
Memorial to Spanish American War Veterans Spain, Phillipine Islands, China Expedition 1898 - 1902 — Map (db m86327) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — Maple Grove World War Memorial
(south side) Dedicated to those who gave their lives in the World War by the Donald Cannon Post No. 238 of the American Legion (north side) Erected in memory of the Veterans of the World War 1917 . 1918 by the . . . — Map (db m86333) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — 25-11 — Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church
The Mechanicsburg United Methodist congregation was founded in the early nineteenth century and met first in open-air camp meetings before moving into a small log school building. In 1820 the congregation built a wood framed church on East Sandusky . . . — Map (db m13730) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — Mechanicsburg Veterans MemorialRural American Tradition and Recreation
(Side A) Presented to the Town Council of Mechanicsburg by Co. B 32 Regt. O.V.I. (Side B) Vicksburg July 4 1863 — Map (db m80515) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — 19-11 — Second Baptist Church
Side A: This site has long served the religious, education, and public interests of the residents of Mechanicsburg. A local Methodist congregation built its first church here in 1820, and the townspeople also used the structure as its . . . — Map (db m13731) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Mechanicsburg — W.W. I Veterans Memorial
first plaque- Center of Intersection Site of World War I Veterans Memorial 1919 - 1934 plaque placed by Donald Cannon Post 238 of the American Legion — Map (db m77271) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), North Lewisburg — 20- 11 — Friends Church / Friends Cemetery
Friends Church Among the earliest settlers to Rush Township were members of the Religious Society of Friends or Quakers, who emigrated from the eastern states, mostly Pennsylvania and North Carolina. At first religious services were held in . . . — Map (db m86266) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), North Lewisburg — North Lewisburg Fire Bell
Our village fire and curfew bell originally hung in the old town hall erected in 1870. The bell was cracked by two citizens ringing it in celebration of the end of World War II. — Map (db m86383) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), North Lewisburg — North Lewisburg, O. Service FlagNorth Lewisburg Veterans Memorial
North Lewisburg, O. Service Flag 63 names of soldiers 1 nurse 64 stars We have helped make the world safe for democracy U.S.A. entered war April 6, 1917 Armistice November 11, 1918 Peace June 28, 1919 May 27, 1918 (left . . . — Map (db m86388) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), North Lewisburg — North Lewisburg, Ohio Veterans MemorialMaple Grove Cemetery, Rush Township
In memory of those who served in the United States Armed Forces dedicated to Ralph Westfall Private U.S. Army WW I — Map (db m85106) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Rosewood — Asa B. BukrokerMonument to a Veteran School Administrator — Classic Artifacts in Rural Champaign County
in memory of Asa B. Buroker superintendent of Adams Township Schools 1907- 1920 the guilding influence throughout his life was service. He gave the rarest of gifts – himself — Map (db m80736) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Rosewood — Rosewood Veterans MemorialRural Monument at Village Crossroads
They stood were counted, served their country, and now march always in the ranks of honor — Map (db m83221) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), St. Paris — 22-11 — A. B. Graham
Albert B. “A. B.” Graham was born in Champaign County on March 13, 1868, the son of Joseph and Esther Graham. He was raised in a small rural home, but a fire destroyed the house in 1879, and the family moved to Lena where Graham attended . . . — Map (db m13789) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), St. Paris — Kiser LakeRemote Monument, in a Rural State Park
Kiser Lake named in honor of John w. Kiser and his mother Thyrza Kiser donors of this lake — Map (db m84965) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), St. Paris — 24-11 — Lincoln Funeral Train
President Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, created a national tragedy, and the nation mourned as his body was transported by rail from Washington D.C. back to Springfield, Illinois, where he would be buried. In Champaign County, . . . — Map (db m13790) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), St. Paris — Site of Walborn & Riker Co.
This company was known world wide for quality pony pleasure vehicles, 1881 - 1914 — Map (db m13803) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), St. Paris — St. Paris and Johnson Township World War I Memorial
In grateful remembrance of “Our Boys” who answered their Country's call in the World War Apr. 6. 1917-Nov. 11. 1918 Saint Paris Johnson Twp. Reverse When the service flag has faded, and the hands that it caressed have been . . . — Map (db m13807) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), St. Paris — St. Paris and Johnson Township World War II Memorial
In memory of those who died for us in World War II: Niece, Robert • Richeson, Herman • Rush, Ralph M. • Cretors, Robert K. • Leasure, Karl • Mott, Garner • Peacock, Eldon D. To the memory of those who served in World War II this . . . — Map (db m13806) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), St. Paris — St. Paris Korea and Vietnam Veterans Memorial
. . . — Map (db m13805) WM
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
Ohio (Champaign County), West Liberty — 10-11 — Mt. Tabor Church / Mt. Tabor Cemetery
Mt. Tabor Church Side A: The first Mt. Tabor Church, a log meetinghouse, was erected on this site in 1816. It stood on land originally selected by Griffith and Martha Evans for a graveyard at the death of their daughter circa 1812. Deeds show . . . — Map (db m13769) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), West Liberty — 7-11 — Ohio Caverns
In 1897, a farm boy investigating the disappearance of water into a sinkhole in a nearby field discovered this system of subterranean passageways. Digging down a few feet, he found an opening to a cave that had begun forming perhaps several thousand . . . — Map (db m13775) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Westville — 18-11 — Harvey Haddix
Baseball great Harvey Haddix was born on September 18, 1925, and grew up on a farm just south of Westville. He attended Westville School until March 1940 and played his first organized baseball at this site. Entering Major League Baseball in 1952, . . . — Map (db m13888) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Woodstock — Cushman Monument
Roll of Honor of Woodstock Precinct (147 names) recorded by Warren Cushman Sculptor- 1895. Uncle George Gifford was a soldier in the 134 O.V.I. 1864 Bro. Charles Cushman The first man that offered to go to war to the . . . — Map (db m85202) WM
Ohio (Champaign County), Woodstock — 24-11 — Lincoln Funeral Train
President Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, created a national tragedy, and the nation mourned as his body was transported by rail from Washington, D.C. back to Springfield, Illinois, where he would be buried. On its way the Funeral . . . — Map (db m84945) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Woodstock — 31- 11 — Universalist ChurchClassic Architecture and Art in Rural Ohio
Rev. George Messenger and his congregation built the first Universalist Church on this site. It was dedicated during a state convention of Universalists in Woodstock in June 1844. In 1893, Rev. John A. Carpenter was instrumental in erecting a . . . — Map (db m85116) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Woodstock — 33-11 — Warren Sibley Cushman1845-1926
(Side A) Warren Cushman was a respected painter, sculptor, photographer, musician, and inventor. He created the towering Cushman monument in Woodstock’s Rush Township cemetery and is believed to have shown his painting “Spanish . . . — Map (db m84931) HM
Ohio (Champaign County), Woodstock — Woodstock Veterans Memorial
Plaque #1 Woodstock Ohio Service Flag WW I 41 names w/ symbols

Nurse (cross) Served overseas (circled dot) Camp (triangle) Died in service (hollow star) Killed in action (star) Navy (N) We have helped make the . . . — Map (db m85181) WM


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