[ser]vices of the community are held in a comfortable church in Webster village by the M. E. people. Of this family there was a son and daughter, Levi and a Mrs. Bayman. Levi was not so much of a rail-splitter as he was pedagogue, and peddler. He taught school, writing school, being quite skilled in that art, and peddled wind mills, lightning rods, clocks, or was stock merchant, and gained quite a good deal of wealth. Of the lineage there is a number in our citizenship some of whom hold considerable real estate.
Death's First Pioneer Advent
Was the decease of Mrs. Carlock's sister* and young daughter and were buried in the primitive grove on the Bald Hill of Stillwater's stream, for years a marked and sacred spot, but now perhaps unknown, as this interment was very near a century ago, and before the formation of any burial grounds.
Another Old Relict.
The school house of sixty-five years ago, where is now the village of Webster. Our informant says there wasn't a nail in it, and it had the ground for a floor, while the other parts of it were after the most primitive cabin type. The teacher was a Mr. Skinner. He says, following the line of its succession, he has seen five builded, and are about ready for the sixth. A good illustration of German thrift, and love of learning and literature. May it follow the lineage onward.
* [Transcriber's note] "Mrs Carlock" was Jacob Carlock's second wife Mary Whitman. Mary's sister was Tabitha Whitman who married George Ward in 1814 in Montgomery Co., OH. George remarried in 1818 after his first wife and child died and were buried on Bald Hill. Compare Norman Burn's treatment of events for the Old Stillwater Church.
The German Trail Resumed.
Mr. Seibts, the old Webster German Merchant is the pioneer
merchant of Webster and of the Gcrman pioneers. Webster was upon
and surrounded by lands primitively owned by CarIock and McDonald
of whom mention has been herein before made, on the left bank of
Stillwater, and hence had to be crossed in reaching Jacksonville.
Its chief industry in these early days was the grist mill with
saw mill attached, and of the time, was quite an enterprise. One
or two sons of his family are remembered as merchants, and there
is of this lineage in the community. These Germans were mainly
Lutherans and were a part of the Congregation whose church was
near Bloomers, Miami county, but in the onward years, built a
church near the Klipstine homestead, where in the modern years
they worshiped as does the lineage now. Adam Hile was adjoining
Rhoades on the west. He was a German immigrant. Of the family
there were Isaac and Elizabeth. John Hile, a brother, was
adjoining on the the west. Of the family there was our well known
citizen, Henry Hile, and sister, Lavina. Of this lineage there is
a younger growing generation.
The Old Trail Again.
Henry Boomershine of Dutch descent was on Indian creek
adjacent to Hole and Craig owning a quarter section. His family
consisting of a daughter and George and Henry, was well known and
the homestead founded was a valuable one. After the wreckage of
the famous flood of '47, it was said that the old gentlemen was
up stream looking for rails. Some passer-by asked if rails
would float up stream? To which he replied that in times of such
a flood as that, it was no telling which way the rails would
float. Doubtless in those days, there was about as much backing
up streams as floating downward. Of the family, Henry is well
remembered in later years, and of this descent there is here a
and was one of the first farmers of the community, a first class sale cryer, a veterinary, a clever citizen, and a prominent local politician, not only at Jacksonville, but of the Jacksonian type. The family is well remembered and the older of his children dearly, for they were estimable young ladies. Of Raymond's children are Leonard, the undertaker, and Allen, the drayman. Raymond's farm was purchased by an older brother, Ezra, of whose children are Perry and Isaac. These families were of the active good citizens. Eli was on the quarter section west of Daniel Hole of which he owned the west half while John T. Ward was owner of the east half. These both were among the old timber slashers, rail-splitters, and log rollers, and their families were well known at the close of the first half-century of 1900. They moved away about the time of the outbreak of the war of the Rebellion. Of the homestead that Martin Marker first owned, there is a special history. It seems to have been pretendedly owned by one Miller, who sold it to old Mr. Parmenter, (whose son was called "Old Frank" and was well known,) a French imigrant, for $900, the entire fortune Parmenter brought to this country. It turned out that the property was covered by mortgage, and his deed worthless, and "Old Riz" had skipped the country, and the family was left penniless in a strange land, the language of which they could neither, at that time, speak or understand. But Frank turned out a hustler. He had a fair education in French and soon learned to speak the English and know considerable of it as written in books, so that he became a valuable school teacher in the French communities, and a leader in political or state matters. He was the first man to bring the board of education, under the law of '53, to time, in the matter of an equal number of months in each sub-district, for it seems the board distributed the public funds according to the number of scholars in the district, and the special levy in the same way. They hadn't caught the idea, that the township was the district, every sub-part of which was entitled to an equal number of months of school. But old Frank woke his American friends up and made them turn over another leaf. While the old neighborhood mill dam suggested the ague and chills
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