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Wayne Tp., Darke County, Ohio
Samuel Long
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and five children were well submerged in the water. A resident on the bank seeing the catastrophe, mounted his black steed, an excellent swimmer, came to the rescue, and by swimming around from side to side of the team kept them in line for the shore. Our informant says the heart-rending sighs of that mother is vivid and distinct yet in memory, and that in the short stop near the shallow shore, the father in the excitement, carried every member of the family ashore.

"Fiddling" Currency Money.

      Most all have heard of Bank Currency, others of Greenback, Silver Certificate, and U. S. Bank Bill as currency, but who knew that in Darke county's early days "fiddling," though a current matter and a matter of common occurrence, was money, but the following is proof. On Uncle Allen's return from paying his tax, he remarked to an old pioneer "fiddler" whose "fiddling" was his chief occupation, that the treasurer had said, for him to come over and "fiddle" out his tax. Accordingly the next morning, bright and early, the old fiddler wrapped up his fiddle in his old "bandanna" and over clay ridges, corduroy and hog-back bridges, he plodded his way to the county town. Entering the office of the finance official, he informed that officer that he was there to pay his tax as ordered. The tax-gatherer told him to proceed accordingly. The old fiddler discoursed such melodies as soothes a savage beast, sets the young man to jumping "Jim Crow," and even puts the fair maiden's toes in motion, till the official of finance said, "that will do," took up his pen, wrote out, signed, and delivered to the old fiddler his receipt for taxes due. The old fiddler then homeward plodded his way, and triumphantly exhibited his official paper. Did that old pioneer "play the devil" with his old fiddle that time, or did he "play it" on the devil?



The Pioneer Trail Resumed.

      James Hole, a brother of William and brother-in-law of Brandon, owned a homestead to the west of William's. It was a fine farm of second bottom land, eighty acres of which is now owned by his son, Stephen Hole. He too was a religious and well known citizen, as were the family. Of these there were Richard, Lewis, Stephen, Rolla, Xury, John, Phebe, and Lydia Ellen.
      Daniel Hole, of another family, owned a farm joined by Old Billy's both on the east and south. Old Uncle Dan, with his wife, Hannah, were among the last arrivals of the Old Pioneers and were the last survivors, dying in recent years at a ripe old age. The family was well known, of which were David, Jay, John, Huldah, Catharine, and Ellen.
      Jonathan Hole, a relative owned a homestead further up Indian Creek near Baker. He had no offspring but reared James Anderson and William Wilson, the latter became owner of the farm. These are all well remembered in the years of which we write.
      Charles Hole, a brother, owned a quarter section adjacent to Lewis Baker whose son-in-law he was, and adjoining the range line. It was a farm of second bottom lands through which flowed a branch abounding in springs. Of later years it has been owned by his son, Harve, and James Goodall. Of his family there were Jonathan, Adam, Lewis, Harve, Benjamin, Abner, and Ellen. They were well known citizens, but none are living at this writing, unless it is Benjamin and Abner who went to California.
      To the East of Hoel and west of Braudon on the same half of the section were Dunwoody and Elliot. James Dunwoody was married to Hannah Brandon, Absalem's daughter, and his residence was on the twenty acres. Of thls family there were Alexander, James, Sidney, Phebe, Lavina, and Elizabeth. They were well known in the past years and of the generation there was quite a number. George Elliot resided as aforesaid is well remembered as is his children, some of which are still prominent citizens. Of these there were



Barney, John, Alfred, Oliver, Asa, Martha, Hannah, Amanda, and Lucinda.
      Thomas Bayman owned a quarter section adjacent to Reed and James Hoel and was related to the latter. He and old Billy Hole were soldiers of the War of 1812, by which England learned the high seas were free and the Star Spangled Banner had better be courtesied to. Brave patriots! Honored be thy memories!
      Of Bayman's family there were Harve, Washington, Mansfield, Charley, Nancy, Hannah, Mariah, and Martha, and of them a goodly posterity well known.
      Aaron Greer owned half a quarter north of "Watty" Brandon, adjoining English to the east. He was a citizen well known and active in the church. Two of his sons were preachers and two were doctors, and another was the writer's early teacher and friend in his youth, though he and his good wife have "passed over," their kindness lives still in our memory. The family was well known, especially in earlier years. Of them were Joshua, James, John, Stephen, Abner, David, Ruth, Catharine, Jane, Maria, and Rachel.
      Henry Swisher owned a quarter section north of James Brandon and south of "Watty," He was the primitive blacksmith of the settlement and old Aunt Rhoda was a distinguished Grandma too. Of their children were Joseph, John, William, Benjamin, Abner, Sarah, Nellie, and Rhoda. They were well known up to the middle of the century, and Joseph as active in the church a quarter of a century after. On the south-west corner of this farm was the second school house of the upper part of the settlement, the first one was located on the hill a little distance east and south, across the deep hollow from the James Brandon homestead, and was constructed like, and cotemporary with, the one mentioned as that on the village site. But the second one, as above, was quite an academic affair. Its logs were hewn and it had two windows of nine panes of glass, 8 x 10, though it had the big fireplace, the cabin roof, and the puncheon floor. Here the youth and children of Swisher, and English, and Brandons, and Dunwoodys, and Ward, and Taylor, and Long and Greer, and Davidson, and Metzcar, and Pitsenbarger, and



Smith, went to school. Among the teachers were Samuel Dunwoody, Richard Brandon, Joseph Swisher, Greer and Miss Annie Moore. From the debris of the old fireplace has grown a tree of considerable dimensions, gazing at which my muse came and I wrote a poem I call,

"The Old School House."

I looked upon that sycamore
   Of Zacheus, I thought;
Within those walls the ancient youth
   By Uncle Joe was taught.

And Rev. Richard Brandon too
   Was also once their teacher,
Until another call he got,
   Then, went to be a preacher.

The boys upon the old Beech trees
   Did cut their sweethearts name;
Of her, no doubt,, they thought far more,
   Than e're they thought of Fame.

But where are now this ancient youth,
   Who on these school grounds played?
Some's old and gray, some's far away,
   Most in their graves are laid.

But upon high, in the by-and-by
   They'll meet again they say,
Youth's fountain nigh, will ne'er run dry
   In the land that's far away.

Of knowledge's well in that heavenly dell
   We'll drink again and again;
We'll sing our songs as we float along
   On the' Heavenly ocean, main.

In orchards there, there's fruit most rare,
   We'll pluck in the by-and-by;
At home up there, there's holy air
   And the people never die.
      Since resuming the Pioneer Trail, the Author has overlooked the mention of the successive lineage of the families named, from each of which there was a goodly number of descendants who became citizens here or went to other parts.
      To the west was Joel Brandon who married a Miss Goodall, a sister of James and Thomas herein mentioned,

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