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#WomanCrushWednesday Rose Leader Chislett was born on October 27, 1888 to Milton Harmon and Della Drucilla Leader of Vanlue. The family moved around all over the country, until returning to Findlay in 1904. Rose graduated from Findlay High School in 1905. She taught school for three years, then received a scholarship to the Pittsburgh Musical Institute around 1911 to study vocal music. She was a member of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and was a contralto soloist there for nearly 20 years. She had a career as a vocalist giving recitals and participating oratorios all over the eastern side of the country. She had excellent reviews. She also sang in the Findlay area. Rose married John Renshaw Chislett on April 17, 1917 and had two sons. She taught a few vocal students in Pittsburgh and directed the choir at their church. Upon the death of her husband in 1950, Rose returned to Findlay, living at 1521 South Main Street with her sister Edna. Rose died October 10, 1987, two weeks shy of her 99th birthday. She was buried with her husband in Pittsburgh. 
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January 20, 2021
#WomanCrushWednesday Rose Leader Chislett was born on October 27, 1888 to Milton Harmon and Della Drucilla Leader of Vanlue. The family moved around all over the country, until returning to Findlay in 1904. Rose graduated from Findlay High School in 1905. She taught school for three years, then received a scholarship to the Pittsburgh Musical Institute around 1911 to study vocal music. She was a member of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and was a contralto soloist there for nearly 20 years. She had a career as a vocalist giving recitals and participating oratorios all over the eastern side of the country. She had excellent reviews. She also sang in the Findlay area. Rose married John Renshaw Chislett on April 17, 1917 and had two sons. She taught a few vocal students in Pittsburgh and directed the choir at their church. Upon the death of her husband in 1950, Rose returned to Findlay, living at 1521 South Main Street with her sister Edna. Rose died October 10, 1987, two weeks shy of her 99th birthday. She was buried with her husband in Pittsburgh. #WCW #WomensHistory #History #Herstory #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Findlay #FindlayOh #FindlayOhio #DowntownFindlay #HistoryMakers #FindlayOh #DowntownFindlay #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #OhioStrong #Museum #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
#farmerfriday George was born in Trumbull County, Ohio on March 12, 1845 to Thomas and Mary Nelson. The Nelson family moved to a farm in Cass Township in 1847. George attended the local district school. He married Miss Sarah Stough on January 21, 1867. They had four children; John, Ballard, Porter, and Carlton. Sarah passed away on December 3, 1876, and on March 10, 1881, George married Miss Faith Fisher. Faith and George had four children; Mertie, Robert, Howard, and Clyde. George purchased his own farmland in 1878, and became part owner of his father’s land. He worked hard, and passed away on August 30, 1913. He was buried in Bechtel Cemetery. 

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January 15, 2021
#farmerfriday George was born in Trumbull County, Ohio on March 12, 1845 to Thomas and Mary Nelson. The Nelson family moved to a farm in Cass Township in 1847. George attended the local district school. He married Miss Sarah Stough on January 21, 1867. They had four children; John, Ballard, Porter, and Carlton. Sarah passed away on December 3, 1876, and on March 10, 1881, George married Miss Faith Fisher. Faith and George had four children; Mertie, Robert, Howard, and Clyde. George purchased his own farmland in 1878, and became part owner of his father’s land. He worked hard, and passed away on August 30, 1913. He was buried in Bechtel Cemetery. #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Discover419 #go419 #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
#WomanCrushWednesday Mary Bowman was born to Louis R. and Elizabeth Robinson Bowman on November 9, 1899. Mary married Grant Poland whom she divorced. She married a second time to David Carman on June 27, 1928. They lived at 1419 Western Avenue, but were living at 200 W Hardin Street by 1934. Mary filed for divorce and it was granted in August of 1939. Mary helped to establish the Findlay City mission and Rescue Home. She became an ordained Minister and was a member of the Association of Fundamental Ministers and Churches. She continued on mission work, providing temporary housing, food, clothing and household items to city residents in need. It also served as an early shelter for battered women. Mary never received federal, state, county or municipal funds, it ran on donations and volunteers. Ill health forced Mary to retire in 1973, and died in 1974. 
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January 13, 2021
#WomanCrushWednesday Mary Bowman was born to Louis R. and Elizabeth Robinson Bowman on November 9, 1899. Mary married Grant Poland whom she divorced. She married a second time to David Carman on June 27, 1928. They lived at 1419 Western Avenue, but were living at 200 W Hardin Street by 1934. Mary filed for divorce and it was granted in August of 1939. Mary helped to establish the Findlay City mission and Rescue Home. She became an ordained Minister and was a member of the Association of Fundamental Ministers and Churches. She continued on mission work, providing temporary housing, food, clothing and household items to city residents in need. It also served as an early shelter for battered women. Mary never received federal, state, county or municipal funds, it ran on donations and volunteers. Ill health forced Mary to retire in 1973, and died in 1974. #WCW #WomensHistory #History #Herstory #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Findlay #FindlayOh #FindlayOhio #DowntownFindlay #HistoryMakers #FindlayOh #DowntownFindlay #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #OhioStrong #Museum #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
Don't forget to stop at the Findlay Art League to see our exhibition of local Hancock County artists work from the Museum's collection! The Art League is open Tuesday to Friday 12-5:30, and Saturday 12-4. Stop by, and learn about the history of art in Hancock County! 
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January 12, 2021
Don't forget to stop at the Findlay Art League to see our exhibition of local Hancock County artists work from the Museum's collection! The Art League is open Tuesday to Friday 12-5:30, and Saturday 12-4. Stop by, and learn about the history of art in Hancock County! #DowntownFindlay #Findlay #findlayohio #discover419 #Go419 #explore419 #OhioFindItHere #HancockHistoricalMuseum #Art #History #LocalHistory
#FarmerFriday Allfree was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1821 to Daniel and Susanna (Allfree) Rial. He was raised on the family farm. In April of 1864, he became a resident of Hancock County, purchasing a farm in Cass Township. This farm has three producing oil wells, at one time emitting two hundred barrels of oil per day. On December 10, 1851, he married Mary Greer. They did not have any children of their own, but they did raise five orphans. Allfree passed away in February of 1904, and was buried in Arcadia Cemetery. 
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January 8, 2021
#FarmerFriday Allfree was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1821 to Daniel and Susanna (Allfree) Rial. He was raised on the family farm. In April of 1864, he became a resident of Hancock County, purchasing a farm in Cass Township. This farm has three producing oil wells, at one time emitting two hundred barrels of oil per day. On December 10, 1851, he married Mary Greer. They did not have any children of their own, but they did raise five orphans. Allfree passed away in February of 1904, and was buried in Arcadia Cemetery. #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Discover419 #go419 #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
#WomenCrushWednesday Florence Blackford was born in Findlay on September 25, 1869 to Jason and Millie Blackford. Florence lived at 206 East Sandusky most of her adult life with her sister Edith. She attended public school and graduated from the Old Central School on East Sandusky Street in 1882. Her father, Jason invested in the Findlay Natural Gas Company with Dr. Oesterlin based on her recommendation. She began teaching in 1886, first in Mt. Blanchard, then Findlay, Deshler and Glendale. Florence was connected with many organizations including the Symposium, Coterie, Thursday Conversational, William Shakespeare Club, Arlington Community Center Club and the Women’s Federation of Clubs. As one of the founding member of the Thursday Conversational Club in 4893, Florence made arrangements with the editor of the “Morning Republican“ and she began writing a column on the activities of the many recently formed women’s clubs. This was how she became the first society reporter in Findlay, and possibly anywhere. Florence worked at a few other papers in the area, but always returned back to Findlay. She also became quite the historian, writing about the earliest days of Findlay and Hancock County’s participation in the “Toledo War” border dispute between Ohio and Michigan. Florence retired from active newspaper work around 1930. She continued being involved in the community, leading classes and clubs, and taking motor trips to the East coast. Florence died on August 7, 1935 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. 
PIctured Thursday Conversational Club, Florence is first on the left in the back row. 
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January 6, 2021
#WomenCrushWednesday Florence Blackford was born in Findlay on September 25, 1869 to Jason and Millie Blackford. Florence lived at 206 East Sandusky most of her adult life with her sister Edith. She attended public school and graduated from the Old Central School on East Sandusky Street in 1882. Her father, Jason invested in the Findlay Natural Gas Company with Dr. Oesterlin based on her recommendation. She began teaching in 1886, first in Mt. Blanchard, then Findlay, Deshler and Glendale. Florence was connected with many organizations including the Symposium, Coterie, Thursday Conversational, William Shakespeare Club, Arlington Community Center Club and the Women’s Federation of Clubs. As one of the founding member of the Thursday Conversational Club in 4893, Florence made arrangements with the editor of the “Morning Republican“ and she began writing a column on the activities of the many recently formed women’s clubs. This was how she became the first society reporter in Findlay, and possibly anywhere. Florence worked at a few other papers in the area, but always returned back to Findlay. She also became quite the historian, writing about the earliest days of Findlay and Hancock County’s participation in the “Toledo War” border dispute between Ohio and Michigan. Florence retired from active newspaper work around 1930. She continued being involved in the community, leading classes and clubs, and taking motor trips to the East coast. Florence died on August 7, 1935 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. PIctured Thursday Conversational Club, Florence is first on the left in the back row. #WCW #WomensHistory #History #Herstory #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Findlay #FindlayOh #FindlayOhio #DowntownFindlay #HistoryMakers #FindlayOh #DowntownFindlay #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #OhioStrong #Museum #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
A new exhibit opens this Friday at the Findlay Art League. The show features local artists from the collection of the Hancock Historical Museum, with lots of subjects of historical interest to Findlay, like this painting by Gwen Harris entitled
January 6, 2021
A new exhibit opens this Friday at the Findlay Art League. The show features local artists from the collection of the Hancock Historical Museum, with lots of subjects of historical interest to Findlay, like this painting by Gwen Harris entitled "Sheriff's Residence and Jail". The free opening reception is Friday, January 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Social distancing restrictions will be in place, so attendees are encouraged to call 419-422-7847 to make a reservation time for attending the reception. https://buff.ly/3pU2y3a
#FarmerFriday Joseph was born in Wood County, Ohio, on November 30, 1843 to Joseph and Ann (Phillips) Redfern. He was educated in the local schools, finishing up his education at Fostoria High School. In 1862, he enlisted in Company B, 111th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Joseph served at many battles; Stone River, Lost Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Chatahoochie River, Atlanta, and many others. On June 17, 1865, he was honorably discharged at Jonesboro, North Carolina, when he returned home, he returned to farming, purchasing eighty acres in Cass Township in 1869. He married Miss Frances J. Callahan in 1868. They had five children; Luticia, Nellie, Jennie, Arthur, and an unnamed infant. She passed away in August of 1897. On April 12, 1899, Joseph married Mrs. Hallie Poe.  He served in various township offices, and was always interested in helping education grow in Cass Township. He continued farming, until his death in 1920. He was buried in Fountain Cemetery. 
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January 1, 2021
#FarmerFriday Joseph was born in Wood County, Ohio, on November 30, 1843 to Joseph and Ann (Phillips) Redfern. He was educated in the local schools, finishing up his education at Fostoria High School. In 1862, he enlisted in Company B, 111th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Joseph served at many battles; Stone River, Lost Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Chatahoochie River, Atlanta, and many others. On June 17, 1865, he was honorably discharged at Jonesboro, North Carolina, when he returned home, he returned to farming, purchasing eighty acres in Cass Township in 1869. He married Miss Frances J. Callahan in 1868. They had five children; Luticia, Nellie, Jennie, Arthur, and an unnamed infant. She passed away in August of 1897. On April 12, 1899, Joseph married Mrs. Hallie Poe. He served in various township offices, and was always interested in helping education grow in Cass Township. He continued farming, until his death in 1920. He was buried in Fountain Cemetery. #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Discover419 #go419 #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
We at the Hancock Historical Museum wish you a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!
January 1, 2021
We at the Hancock Historical Museum wish you a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!
#WomanCrushWednesday Bessie Mae Pringle Shreve owned and operated a dress shop in Findlay for 30 years. She was born in Akron, but spent most of her life in Findlay. She married Frank Shreve on December 29, 1917 and they moved to Findlay around 1926, where Frank became a foreman for the Cooper Tire Company. He also went on to become a salesman for Shell Oil and a deputy sheriff. Bess established a women's apparel shop in Findlay. The shop was located in her home at 715 East Street in 1936, but later moved downtown to 521 South Main Street. Bess was active in many community and charitable organizations in Findlay including the Associated Charities, the Women's Division of the Chamber, Zonta, the First (now St. Andrew's) Methodist Church, and chaired the Santa Claus House project. She died unexpectedly at Blanchard Valley Hospital at age 70 of a heart ailment in February of 1967.
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December 30, 2020
#WomanCrushWednesday Bessie Mae Pringle Shreve owned and operated a dress shop in Findlay for 30 years. She was born in Akron, but spent most of her life in Findlay. She married Frank Shreve on December 29, 1917 and they moved to Findlay around 1926, where Frank became a foreman for the Cooper Tire Company. He also went on to become a salesman for Shell Oil and a deputy sheriff. Bess established a women's apparel shop in Findlay. The shop was located in her home at 715 East Street in 1936, but later moved downtown to 521 South Main Street. Bess was active in many community and charitable organizations in Findlay including the Associated Charities, the Women's Division of the Chamber, Zonta, the First (now St. Andrew's) Methodist Church, and chaired the Santa Claus House project. She died unexpectedly at Blanchard Valley Hospital at age 70 of a heart ailment in February of 1967. #WCW #WomensHistory #History #Herstory #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Findlay #FindlayOh #FindlayOhio #DowntownFindlay #HistoryMakers #FindlayOh #DowntownFindlay #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #OhioStrong #Museum #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
#FarmerFriday Evan was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 18, 1835 to Abalard and Matilda (Lawrence) Stevenson. That same year, the family moved to Ohio, settling near Fredericktown in Knox county. Evan remained with his parents until he was 22, receiving his education in the schools of Fredericktown. He moved to Illinois, where he taught school for a short time. In 1859, he settled on one hundred and twenty acres of land in Jackson Township, Hancock County. The land was not cleared, and one of the first steps that Evan took, was to dig a ditch three-foot-deep and six-foot-wide to drain off a large amount of his farmland. This was the first ditch dug in the township, and was the beginning of systematic drainage in Hancock County. Around 1865, he laid the first tiling in the township, and bought the first kiln of tile burned by John Carst, west of Findlay. Eighty rods were laid and covered. Many of the Stevenson neighbors came to see the operation, but believed it would never work. The following fall, Evan sold his corn for twenty-five dollars per acre, proving the success of tiling farmland. He purchased forty more acres, and continued tiling and cultivating it. Not only was he a groundbreaking farmer, Evan also raised stock, being the first to introduce American Merino sheep to the county. 
On June 28, 1859, Evan married Sarah Cooper. They had five children; Henry, Lawrence, Clara, Evan, and Addie. Evan also served as township assessor and trustee. He died in 1922, and was buried in Mount Blanchard Cemetery. 
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December 25, 2020
#FarmerFriday Evan was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 18, 1835 to Abalard and Matilda (Lawrence) Stevenson. That same year, the family moved to Ohio, settling near Fredericktown in Knox county. Evan remained with his parents until he was 22, receiving his education in the schools of Fredericktown. He moved to Illinois, where he taught school for a short time. In 1859, he settled on one hundred and twenty acres of land in Jackson Township, Hancock County. The land was not cleared, and one of the first steps that Evan took, was to dig a ditch three-foot-deep and six-foot-wide to drain off a large amount of his farmland. This was the first ditch dug in the township, and was the beginning of systematic drainage in Hancock County. Around 1865, he laid the first tiling in the township, and bought the first kiln of tile burned by John Carst, west of Findlay. Eighty rods were laid and covered. Many of the Stevenson neighbors came to see the operation, but believed it would never work. The following fall, Evan sold his corn for twenty-five dollars per acre, proving the success of tiling farmland. He purchased forty more acres, and continued tiling and cultivating it. Not only was he a groundbreaking farmer, Evan also raised stock, being the first to introduce American Merino sheep to the county. On June 28, 1859, Evan married Sarah Cooper. They had five children; Henry, Lawrence, Clara, Evan, and Addie. Evan also served as township assessor and trustee. He died in 1922, and was buried in Mount Blanchard Cemetery. #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Discover419 #go419 #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
Thank you for supporting the Hancock Historical Museum in 2020. Through the many unexpected challenges this year has delivered, we are grateful for the encouragement of our members, donors, volunteers and visitors. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

This negative is from the Joe Thomas Collection, donated to the Museum in 2001 shows the Cooper Tire sleigh at the corner of South Main and West Hardin Streets in December of 1958.
December 25, 2020
Thank you for supporting the Hancock Historical Museum in 2020. Through the many unexpected challenges this year has delivered, we are grateful for the encouragement of our members, donors, volunteers and visitors. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! This negative is from the Joe Thomas Collection, donated to the Museum in 2001 shows the Cooper Tire sleigh at the corner of South Main and West Hardin Streets in December of 1958.
#WomanCrushWednesday Zola was born to Nimrod and Sara (Williams) Jacobs on October 21, 1890 in Hancock County. The family moved to Findlay in 1903. Her father was a teamster, laborer, foreman and hostler at the Glass Block. Zola graduated from Findlay High School in 1908. She attended Findlay College for two years, then transferred to Otterbein College at Westerville. She graduated in 1912 with an A.B. degree. She later earned a master's degree at Columbia University in 1923. Zola began her long career in education as a Latin and history teacher in North Baltimore, Ohio. She later taught Latin, English and modern history at Findlay High School. Zola went on to begin her administrative career as the principal at Washington School in 1916. She remained there for nine years, until she moved to Glenwood Junior High in 1925, and was principal for 28 years. She was appointed acting superintendent of Findlay City Schools in February of 1952. Zola was named superintendent by the school board, serving until August of 1957. In September of 1957, Miss Jacobs joined the faculty of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, as an associate professor and supervisor of student teachers. She retired in June 1963. An elementary school was named in her honor in 1957 as a tribute to her dedication to the betterment of the Findlay school system. Zola Jacobs was named Findlay's Woman of the Year in 1953. She was a member of many professional and civic organizations including the National Education Association, American Association of University Professors, American Association of University Women, National Organization of Administrative Women in Education, Findlay Altrusa, and Symposium. Zola died on July 17, 1975 at the Blanchard Valley Hospital at age 84. She was buried with her parents in Maple Grove Cemetery. 
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December 23, 2020
#WomanCrushWednesday Zola was born to Nimrod and Sara (Williams) Jacobs on October 21, 1890 in Hancock County. The family moved to Findlay in 1903. Her father was a teamster, laborer, foreman and hostler at the Glass Block. Zola graduated from Findlay High School in 1908. She attended Findlay College for two years, then transferred to Otterbein College at Westerville. She graduated in 1912 with an A.B. degree. She later earned a master's degree at Columbia University in 1923. Zola began her long career in education as a Latin and history teacher in North Baltimore, Ohio. She later taught Latin, English and modern history at Findlay High School. Zola went on to begin her administrative career as the principal at Washington School in 1916. She remained there for nine years, until she moved to Glenwood Junior High in 1925, and was principal for 28 years. She was appointed acting superintendent of Findlay City Schools in February of 1952. Zola was named superintendent by the school board, serving until August of 1957. In September of 1957, Miss Jacobs joined the faculty of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, as an associate professor and supervisor of student teachers. She retired in June 1963. An elementary school was named in her honor in 1957 as a tribute to her dedication to the betterment of the Findlay school system. Zola Jacobs was named Findlay's Woman of the Year in 1953. She was a member of many professional and civic organizations including the National Education Association, American Association of University Professors, American Association of University Women, National Organization of Administrative Women in Education, Findlay Altrusa, and Symposium. Zola died on July 17, 1975 at the Blanchard Valley Hospital at age 84. She was buried with her parents in Maple Grove Cemetery. #WCW #WomensHistory #History #Herstory #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Findlay #FindlayOh #FindlayOhio #DowntownFindlay #HistoryMakers #FindlayOh #DowntownFindlay #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #OhioStrong #Museum #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
In observance of the upcoming holidays, the Museum will be closed December 23rd through the 31st. Have a safe and happy holiday!

We will also be closed to the public the month of January, but our staff will be busy at work behind the scenes preparing for a great 2021! We will return to regular business hours on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

This negative is from the Joe Thomas Collection titled
December 23, 2020
In observance of the upcoming holidays, the Museum will be closed December 23rd through the 31st. Have a safe and happy holiday! We will also be closed to the public the month of January, but our staff will be busy at work behind the scenes preparing for a great 2021! We will return to regular business hours on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. This negative is from the Joe Thomas Collection titled "Bob Crawford Christmas Card", donated to the Museum in 2001.
Give the gift of history this holiday season! Visit our gift shop today until 4:00pm to browse our wide variety of Findlay Glass, local history books, pennants, Findlay Candle Co. candles, Findlay Glass jewelry, and lots of nostalgic stocking stuffers for the kids. Our set of ten vintage Christmas cards feature negatives taken by Joe Thomas in the 1950s and 60s. Each card showcases a nostalgic holiday scene from the Findlay area!
December 18, 2020
Give the gift of history this holiday season! Visit our gift shop today until 4:00pm to browse our wide variety of Findlay Glass, local history books, pennants, Findlay Candle Co. candles, Findlay Glass jewelry, and lots of nostalgic stocking stuffers for the kids. Our set of ten vintage Christmas cards feature negatives taken by Joe Thomas in the 1950s and 60s. Each card showcases a nostalgic holiday scene from the Findlay area!
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John was born June 11, 1836, in Stark County, Ohio to Andrew and Letitia (Bell) Moorhead. The Moorheads moved to Hancock County to a farm in Portage Township in 1836. The family lived in a hut of round logs, and the Wyandot natives would often visit, as their farm was located on the trail from Findlay to their hunting grounds. By 1851, the family was living in a large farmhouse. John attended the little district schools, and in 1858, began working construction for the railroad company, making 13 dollars a month! In 1861, John married Elizabeth Reed. They had seven children; Ada, Joseph, Lettie, Thomas, D.H., Merrill, and Otis. In May of 1864, he enlisted in Company I, 161st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served for four months before being honorably discharged. In 1866, he purchased 160 acres of land in Liberty Township where he raised stock, focusing on hogs and cattle. He increased his farm to three hundred and seventy acres. He was elected to County Commissioner for one term, served as justice of the peace two terms, and as real estate assessor for Liberty Township. In April of 1909, John passed away from stomach trouble. He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. 
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December 18, 2020
#farmerfriday John was born June 11, 1836, in Stark County, Ohio to Andrew and Letitia (Bell) Moorhead. The Moorheads moved to Hancock County to a farm in Portage Township in 1836. The family lived in a hut of round logs, and the Wyandot natives would often visit, as their farm was located on the trail from Findlay to their hunting grounds. By 1851, the family was living in a large farmhouse. John attended the little district schools, and in 1858, began working construction for the railroad company, making 13 dollars a month! In 1861, John married Elizabeth Reed. They had seven children; Ada, Joseph, Lettie, Thomas, D.H., Merrill, and Otis. In May of 1864, he enlisted in Company I, 161st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served for four months before being honorably discharged. In 1866, he purchased 160 acres of land in Liberty Township where he raised stock, focusing on hogs and cattle. He increased his farm to three hundred and seventy acres. He was elected to County Commissioner for one term, served as justice of the peace two terms, and as real estate assessor for Liberty Township. In April of 1909, John passed away from stomach trouble. He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Discover419 #go419 #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
As you plan your end-of-year giving, we ask you to consider making a special gift to the Hancock Historical Museum Association in honor of our 50th Anniversary! By becoming a Friend of the Founders and making a $50 minimum contribution by December 31st, you will receive a commemorative anniversary ornament, handmade by local artisan, Jason Wagner, of TimberFork Studio. 

For more information or to make a donation, visit our website at https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/friend-of-the-founders/
December 15, 2020
As you plan your end-of-year giving, we ask you to consider making a special gift to the Hancock Historical Museum Association in honor of our 50th Anniversary! By becoming a Friend of the Founders and making a $50 minimum contribution by December 31st, you will receive a commemorative anniversary ornament, handmade by local artisan, Jason Wagner, of TimberFork Studio. For more information or to make a donation, visit our website at https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/friend-of-the-founders/
#FarmerFriday Jonathan was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania on February 24, 1816 to James and Sarah (Iddings) Nelson. He attended local schools, and turned his attention to agriculture. He married Mary Pettigrew around 1838. In 1854, Jonathan moved his family to Hancock County, and purchased a farm in Cass township. The Nelson family had fourteen children, seven of whom lived to adulthood; William, Hosea, Frank, Jonathan, Caroline, Catherine, and Sarah. Jonathan was popular in his neighborhood, and filled many of the different township offices. He passed away on November 7, 1896, at age 81. He was buried in Bechtel Cemetery. 
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December 11, 2020
#FarmerFriday Jonathan was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania on February 24, 1816 to James and Sarah (Iddings) Nelson. He attended local schools, and turned his attention to agriculture. He married Mary Pettigrew around 1838. In 1854, Jonathan moved his family to Hancock County, and purchased a farm in Cass township. The Nelson family had fourteen children, seven of whom lived to adulthood; William, Hosea, Frank, Jonathan, Caroline, Catherine, and Sarah. Jonathan was popular in his neighborhood, and filled many of the different township offices. He passed away on November 7, 1896, at age 81. He was buried in Bechtel Cemetery. #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Discover419 #go419 #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
December 10, 2020
December 10, 2020
More Findlay Glass has been added to our Square Store just in time to complete your holiday shopping! Visit https://hancock-historical-museum.square.site/ to find that perfect gift! Looking for something special? We have additional inventory not listed online. You can visit the Museum's gift shop during regular business hours to browse our collection or call us 419-423-4433. Give the gift of local history this year with Findlay Glass!
December 10, 2020
More Findlay Glass has been added to our Square Store just in time to complete your holiday shopping! Visit https://hancock-historical-museum.square.site/ to find that perfect gift! Looking for something special? We have additional inventory not listed online. You can visit the Museum's gift shop during regular business hours to browse our collection or call us 419-423-4433. Give the gift of local history this year with Findlay Glass!