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#FarmerFriday William was born in Wittenberg, Germany on October 3, 1840, to John and Frederica (Staley) Fisher. They crossed the ocean to the new world in 1857. They settled in Cass Township, purchasing a farm of 80 acres. William was 17 when they came to America, and had gotten a good education in Germany. He served during the Civil War as a member of Company B, 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI)for three long years. His company was at many well known battles such as Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, and the Atlanta campaign. In the last, he was taken prisoner, and was held in Andersonville prison for three months. He was exchanged, and then discharged from the service in 1865. Upon his return home, he was married to Miss Matilda Camps. They had nine children; Henry, Philip, Kate, Ellen, William, Scott, Lizzie, Nora, and David. Soon after their marriage, William purchased his own farm, and worked very hard to work the land. His farm grew to one hundred and ninety-four acres. Matilda passed away in 1909, leaving William a widower. He married Anna Schwab in 1917, though she passed away in 1920. William passed away after a long illness on June 12, 1923. He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. 

Pictured: Unidentified Harvesting Photograph from the Museum's Collection
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September 17, 2021
#FarmerFriday William was born in Wittenberg, Germany on October 3, 1840, to John and Frederica (Staley) Fisher. They crossed the ocean to the new world in 1857. They settled in Cass Township, purchasing a farm of 80 acres. William was 17 when they came to America, and had gotten a good education in Germany. He served during the Civil War as a member of Company B, 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI)for three long years. His company was at many well known battles such as Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, and the Atlanta campaign. In the last, he was taken prisoner, and was held in Andersonville prison for three months. He was exchanged, and then discharged from the service in 1865. Upon his return home, he was married to Miss Matilda Camps. They had nine children; Henry, Philip, Kate, Ellen, William, Scott, Lizzie, Nora, and David. Soon after their marriage, William purchased his own farm, and worked very hard to work the land. His farm grew to one hundred and ninety-four acres. Matilda passed away in 1909, leaving William a widower. He married Anna Schwab in 1917, though she passed away in 1920. William passed away after a long illness on June 12, 1923. He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. Pictured: Unidentified Harvesting Photograph from the Museum's Collection . . . #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
#WomanCrushWednesday Margaret Child was born October 26, 1916 to James Leo and Kathleen (Moyer) Child, in Findlay, Ohio. She attended the Findlay City Schools, graduating in 1934. She attended Western College for Women and the Amy Sacker School of Design in Boston Massachusetts. After graduating from college she became a professional decorator in Toledo until 1941. Margaret also worked as a Red Cross nurse’s aide in East Orange, New Jersey during World War II. She married John C. Firmin in Oklahoma in 1941, and returned to Findlay. In the later 1940’s, Margaret helped organize a fund drive to combat polio and then jointly founded the Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary. She was also co-chairperson of the funding campaign for the construction of the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion at the University of Findlay. Margaret also worked to choreograph 50 musicals in the Kenton, Bluffton, Cory-Rawson, Van Buren, and Findlay schools between 1968 and 1993. She graduated from Findlay College in 1981, and was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Findlay in the performing arts in 1994. There is also A John and Margaret Firmin scholarship available through the University of Findlay. Margaret died in 2000, and was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery. 
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September 15, 2021
#WomanCrushWednesday Margaret Child was born October 26, 1916 to James Leo and Kathleen (Moyer) Child, in Findlay, Ohio. She attended the Findlay City Schools, graduating in 1934. She attended Western College for Women and the Amy Sacker School of Design in Boston Massachusetts. After graduating from college she became a professional decorator in Toledo until 1941. Margaret also worked as a Red Cross nurse’s aide in East Orange, New Jersey during World War II. She married John C. Firmin in Oklahoma in 1941, and returned to Findlay. In the later 1940’s, Margaret helped organize a fund drive to combat polio and then jointly founded the Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary. She was also co-chairperson of the funding campaign for the construction of the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion at the University of Findlay. Margaret also worked to choreograph 50 musicals in the Kenton, Bluffton, Cory-Rawson, Van Buren, and Findlay schools between 1968 and 1993. She graduated from Findlay College in 1981, and was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Findlay in the performing arts in 1994. There is also A John and Margaret Firmin scholarship available through the University of Findlay. Margaret died in 2000, and was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery. #WCW #WomensHistory #History #Herstory #LocalHistory #Storytelling #FindlayOh #FindlayOhio #DowntownFindlay #HistoryMakers #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #OhioStrong #Museum #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
It's Tuesday, and that means it's time to share our latest Blog Installment! Learn more about 1920s makeup from Joy Bennett, Archivist and Curator of the Hancock Historical Museum! 

https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/i-love-the-1920s/makeup-in-the-1920s/

To celebrate our newest exhibit
September 14, 2021
It's Tuesday, and that means it's time to share our latest Blog Installment! Learn more about 1920s makeup from Joy Bennett, Archivist and Curator of the Hancock Historical Museum! https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/i-love-the-1920s/makeup-in-the-1920s/ To celebrate our newest exhibit "Love Letters: A Jazz Age Romance" featuring love letters written by Findlay native Earl Kennedy in the 1920s to his fiancée in Cleveland, we will be releasing one new blog post every Tuesday! The posts will be done by guest bloggers from Bowling Green State University, the University of Findlay, local historians, and loads of other brilliant people! Each post has a different theme, but they're all about the 1920s! Check it out on our website, and feel free to explore the digital exhibit and come on down to see the in person featured exhibit as well! #ILovethe1920s #Blog #1920sBlog #DowntownFindlay #Findlay #FindlayOhio #History #LocalHistory #storytelling #discover419 #go419 #Museum #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
The answer has been posted in the comments below. Thank you all for playing along!
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#MysteryObjectMonday do you know what this object is? All guesses welcome, and watch out for the answer in the comments tomorrow! *Mechanical Pencil for Scale.
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September 13, 2021
The answer has been posted in the comments below. Thank you all for playing along! . . . . . . . . #MysteryObjectMonday do you know what this object is? All guesses welcome, and watch out for the answer in the comments tomorrow! *Mechanical Pencil for Scale. #whatIsIt #MuseumFromHome #museumQuiz #museum #FindlayOh #DowntownFindlay #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #wereinthistogether #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
#FarmerFriday Isaac was born May 13, 1837 to William and Margaret (Lafferty) Davis in Marion Township. He attended the local schools, and helped his parents on the farm. On December 6, 1860, he married Miss Caroline Gifford. They had seven children; Florence, Howard, William, David, Henry, Gertrude, and George. In 1861, Isaac enlisted in the Army. Upon his return, Isaac worked as a wool and seed business, located at 215 Park Place. He also had some farm ground in Marion Township, eventually adding up to over 600 acres, where he had several gas and oil wells. The family kept the farm house as their summer home, but lived at 214 Center Street in Findlay, according to the Twentieth Century History and Biography book written by Dr. Kimmell in 1910. Though we have found a drawing of a house that belonged to Isaac located at Sandusky and Fast Streets. (This may be a typo, and might mean “East” Street.) Along with farming, his wool and seed business and raising a family, Isaac also served as justice of peace. Isaac became ill in 1913, having several bouts of paralysis in his lower limbs. He passed away on December 8, 1913 at his home at age 76. His wife, Caroline lived two more years, and was buried next to Isaac in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Pictured: Isaac Davis
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September 10, 2021
#FarmerFriday Isaac was born May 13, 1837 to William and Margaret (Lafferty) Davis in Marion Township. He attended the local schools, and helped his parents on the farm. On December 6, 1860, he married Miss Caroline Gifford. They had seven children; Florence, Howard, William, David, Henry, Gertrude, and George. In 1861, Isaac enlisted in the Army. Upon his return, Isaac worked as a wool and seed business, located at 215 Park Place. He also had some farm ground in Marion Township, eventually adding up to over 600 acres, where he had several gas and oil wells. The family kept the farm house as their summer home, but lived at 214 Center Street in Findlay, according to the Twentieth Century History and Biography book written by Dr. Kimmell in 1910. Though we have found a drawing of a house that belonged to Isaac located at Sandusky and Fast Streets. (This may be a typo, and might mean “East” Street.) Along with farming, his wool and seed business and raising a family, Isaac also served as justice of peace. Isaac became ill in 1913, having several bouts of paralysis in his lower limbs. He passed away on December 8, 1913 at his home at age 76. His wife, Caroline lived two more years, and was buried next to Isaac in Maple Grove Cemetery. Pictured: Isaac Davis . . . #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
Grab your friends or make it a date night and join us for the Champagne & Candlelight Preview of the 2021 Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, October 9th from 7-10pm. The six houses will be open to a limited number of guests for this VIP tour with wine tastings, appetizers and desserts. Tickets are $50 for museum members, $60 for nonmembers and may be purchased at Museum. Limited number of tickets still available! For more information visit https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/events/champagne-candlelight-preview/
September 8, 2021
Grab your friends or make it a date night and join us for the Champagne & Candlelight Preview of the 2021 Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, October 9th from 7-10pm. The six houses will be open to a limited number of guests for this VIP tour with wine tastings, appetizers and desserts. Tickets are $50 for museum members, $60 for nonmembers and may be purchased at Museum. Limited number of tickets still available! For more information visit https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/events/champagne-candlelight-preview/
The answer has been posted in the comments below. Thank you!
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#MysteryObjectMonday do you know what this object is? All guesses welcome, and watch out for the answer in the comments tomorrow! *Mechanical Pencil for Scale.
#whatIsIt #MuseumFromHome #museumQuiz #museum #FindlayOh #DowntownFindlay #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #wereinthistogether #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
September 6, 2021
The answer has been posted in the comments below. Thank you! . . . . . . . . #MysteryObjectMonday do you know what this object is? All guesses welcome, and watch out for the answer in the comments tomorrow! *Mechanical Pencil for Scale. #whatIsIt #MuseumFromHome #museumQuiz #museum #FindlayOh #DowntownFindlay #Discover419 #go419 #Findlay #wereinthistogether #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
#FarmerFriday David was born in Eagle Township on May 23, 1857 to Peter and Henrietta (Cloud) Solt. David helped on the farm, driving cattle, and was employed in this way until he was 25 years of age. He was admitted to a partnership in his father’s stock dealing operations, which were called P. Solt & Company. David helped to run the business out of Rawson, while his father was based in the Findlay area. The business handled livestock on an extensive scale. David married Amy Radebaugh on April 8, 1880. It was upon his marriage, that David removed from his family’s homestead, and he purchased 80 acres of his own land. The couple had five daughters; Pearl, Elva, Jessie, Dora, and Eva. David worked hard to improve his farm, remodeling the house, building a barn, and integrating modern equipment and ideas. He also purchased two other farms in Eagle township, resulting in his owning 320 acres. He had eight producing oil wells on his farms as well. David continued working with stock and farming, and in addition, served as township trustee. He passed away on December 30, 1941, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. 

Pictured: Cows Grazing in Hancock County from the Museum's Collections
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September 3, 2021
#FarmerFriday David was born in Eagle Township on May 23, 1857 to Peter and Henrietta (Cloud) Solt. David helped on the farm, driving cattle, and was employed in this way until he was 25 years of age. He was admitted to a partnership in his father’s stock dealing operations, which were called P. Solt & Company. David helped to run the business out of Rawson, while his father was based in the Findlay area. The business handled livestock on an extensive scale. David married Amy Radebaugh on April 8, 1880. It was upon his marriage, that David removed from his family’s homestead, and he purchased 80 acres of his own land. The couple had five daughters; Pearl, Elva, Jessie, Dora, and Eva. David worked hard to improve his farm, remodeling the house, building a barn, and integrating modern equipment and ideas. He also purchased two other farms in Eagle township, resulting in his owning 320 acres. He had eight producing oil wells on his farms as well. David continued working with stock and farming, and in addition, served as township trustee. He passed away on December 30, 1941, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. Pictured: Cows Grazing in Hancock County from the Museum's Collections . . . #Farm #Farms #Farmer #Farmers #Farming #FarmLife #AgLife #Agriculture #Country #History #LocalHistory #Storytelling #Discover419 #Go419 #MuseumFromHome #FindlayOh #Trivia #Findlay #OhioStrong #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCountyOhio #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
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Join us for our Brown Bag Lecture, Thursday, September 2nd at noon! The lecture will be held in-person at the Hancock Historical Museum. Lifelong Hancock County resident, Don Steinman, will be presenting
August 31, 2021
Join us for our Brown Bag Lecture, Thursday, September 2nd at noon! The lecture will be held in-person at the Hancock Historical Museum. Lifelong Hancock County resident, Don Steinman, will be presenting "Unusual & Amazing Stories from Southern Hancock County's Past." Don has been a devoted member of the Eagle Creek Historical Organization since 1997 and written more than 56 newsletters concerning the history of the southern eight townships of Hancock County. The lecture is free for museum members, and $3 for nonmembers. Please call ahead to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Masks not required, but encouraged. For more information, please call the Hancock Historical Museum at (419)423-4433.
It's Tuesday, and that means it's time to share our latest Blog Installment! Learn more about 1920s era cocktails from Dr. from Dr. Adam Criblez, former Archivist of the Hancock Historical Museum, and current Professor of History at Southeast Missouri State University!

https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/i-love-the-1920s/1920s-cocktails/

To celebrate our newest exhibit
August 31, 2021
It's Tuesday, and that means it's time to share our latest Blog Installment! Learn more about 1920s era cocktails from Dr. from Dr. Adam Criblez, former Archivist of the Hancock Historical Museum, and current Professor of History at Southeast Missouri State University! https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/i-love-the-1920s/1920s-cocktails/ To celebrate our newest exhibit "Love Letters: A Jazz Age Romance" featuring love letters written by Findlay native Earl Kennedy in the 1920s to his fiancée in Cleveland, we will be releasing one new blog post every Tuesday! The posts will be done by guest bloggers from Bowling Green State University, the University of Findlay, local historians, and loads of other brilliant people! Each post has a different theme, but they're all about the 1920s! Check it out on our website, and feel free to explore the digital exhibit and come on down to see the in person featured exhibit as well! #ILovethe1920s #Blog #1920sBlog #DowntownFindlay #Findlay #FindlayOhio #History #LocalHistory #storytelling #discover419 #go419 #Museum #HancockHistoricalMuseum #HancockCounty #HancockCountyOhio #museums #Ohio #OhioHistory #NwOhio #Ohiofindithere #explore419 #igers_nwohio
Tickets to the 2021 Historic Homes Tour will go on sale Wednesday, September 1st! This Hancock County favorite will return to Findlay October 9th & 10th. The six beautiful homes on this year's tour date from the 1890s to the 1920s and encompass architectural styles from Colonial Revival to French Eclectic. Presale tickets will be available at the museum or on our website https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/events/2020-historic-homes-tour/
August 29, 2021
Tickets to the 2021 Historic Homes Tour will go on sale Wednesday, September 1st! This Hancock County favorite will return to Findlay October 9th & 10th. The six beautiful homes on this year's tour date from the 1890s to the 1920s and encompass architectural styles from Colonial Revival to French Eclectic. Presale tickets will be available at the museum or on our website https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/events/2020-historic-homes-tour/
Legend has it that concealing a snapdragon makes a person appear fascinating and cordial, and in the language of flowers, snapdragons are said to represent both deception (perhaps tied to the notion of concealment) and graciousness. 

There are only three spots left for the summertime centerpiece workshop hosted by Courtney Dutcher, owner of Dutcher Flower Farm and Design on Thursday, September 9th from 6-8pm! Spend an evening on our campus and create your own centerpiece using a variety of local, seasonal flowers and learn the history behind some of those flowers. 💐

Space is limited and reservations are required. Sign up today at https://hancock-historical-museum.square.site/
August 27, 2021
Legend has it that concealing a snapdragon makes a person appear fascinating and cordial, and in the language of flowers, snapdragons are said to represent both deception (perhaps tied to the notion of concealment) and graciousness. There are only three spots left for the summertime centerpiece workshop hosted by Courtney Dutcher, owner of Dutcher Flower Farm and Design on Thursday, September 9th from 6-8pm! Spend an evening on our campus and create your own centerpiece using a variety of local, seasonal flowers and learn the history behind some of those flowers. 💐 Space is limited and reservations are required. Sign up today at https://hancock-historical-museum.square.site/
After eight weeks, our History with a Twist Craft Cocktail Competition has come to a close. It is our pleasure to announce that the winner of this year’s competition, with Findlay’s favorite craft cocktail, is Vivir Modern Mexican with their “Two 'Wrights' Don't Make a Wrong.” We would also like to recognize our 2nd place winner, Hull's Trace Wine Cellar with “Hull's 1812 Sangria.”

The winner for Best Historical Inspiration is The Bourbon Affair, with their “City of Light.” 

All of our competitors this year did a wonderful job of creating a delicious craft cocktail, inspired by history! With more a sold out crowd for our in-person event and over 100 passports sold, we want to thank the community for supporting the Hancock Historical Museum and our local small businesses with this fun initiative.
August 25, 2021
After eight weeks, our History with a Twist Craft Cocktail Competition has come to a close. It is our pleasure to announce that the winner of this year’s competition, with Findlay’s favorite craft cocktail, is Vivir Modern Mexican with their “Two 'Wrights' Don't Make a Wrong.” We would also like to recognize our 2nd place winner, Hull's Trace Wine Cellar with “Hull's 1812 Sangria.” The winner for Best Historical Inspiration is The Bourbon Affair, with their “City of Light.” All of our competitors this year did a wonderful job of creating a delicious craft cocktail, inspired by history! With more a sold out crowd for our in-person event and over 100 passports sold, we want to thank the community for supporting the Hancock Historical Museum and our local small businesses with this fun initiative.