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The menu system utilized to access the books can be difficult to understand.  It could have been simpler in design, if only the various books themselves had fallen into one larger overriding category.  Such, however, is not the case.  This site will eventually house books covering those states for which there have been district histories and other more generalized books.

In the case of the various district histories there are many states that are split into three, or more, districts.  Pennsylvania has four districts: Eastern, Middle, Southern and Western.  And, each district may have more than one published history; such as the 1920 and 1955 histories for the Southern District of Ohio.  Thus there will be under the District menu link (when it is created) a link for Ohio > Southern District > 1920 as well as a 1955 menu item.  The menus will be logical in nature so that should be fairly easy to follow.

Such may not be the case for other Brethren historical works.  For instance, as of this writing there are two books online, The Minutes of the Annual Meetings of the Brethren — 1778 - 1917 and Some Who Led — Or — Fathers in the Church of the Brethren Who Have Passed Over.  One book is a biographical work while the other is non-biographical in nature.  Thus under the General menu link there will be a sub-menu item for each, Biographical and Non-biographical.

The only other envisioned menu item is one entitled "Congregational," or named something alike it, for the various and numerous congregations for which there are published histories.

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  • Ohio Archæological and Historical Society Publications, Volume XX [1911], page 240

    Ohio Archæological and Historical Society
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    Ohio Archæological and Historical Society Publications, Volume XX [1911], Page 240 [Click for larger image]Page 240

    RECOLLECTIONS OF NEWAR K. ISAAC SMUCKER. [Mr. Isaac Smucker was born in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in 1807 and became a citizen of Newark, Ohio, in 1825, as he relates in the article herewith published. He early became an in influential and distinguished personage in his community. In 1837-8 he was a member of the Ohio Legislature and might have held other offices of greater prominence but he preferred the less conspicuous life and the opportunity it gave to indulge in his literary and historical tastes. He wrote much in the lines just mentioned and his writings were accepted by the leading magazines of the country. He was especially interested in the archaeology and history of Ohio and for many years was a member of the Ohio State Archæological & Historical Society. In 1867 he was the main factor in the organization of the Licking County Pioneer, Historical and Antiquarian Society, before the meetings of which he read many papers and delivered many addresses of great interest and value. The paper herewith published for the first time was read by him be fore that Society in the year 1868. Mr. Smucker died January 31 , 1894. — Editor.] In 1825, which was forty-three years ago, the writer arrived at Newark, after a journey across the Alleghanies, of four hundred miles, performed on foot, which, at that time, was the usual mode of travel with men of very limited funds. Those of more means travelled on horseback, while those most liberally supplied with cash took to the family carriage, or to the public stage. The then very small village of Newark was reached at about nine o'clock at night. It was a very pleasant starlight or moonlight night,—just light enough to indicate to a weary traveler who had safely crossed the ricketty old bridge across the North Fork and reached the western termination of East Main Street, and there taken his position just between the "Cully and Green House" tavern, deliberately viewing the situation from this point of observation, that the "Public Square" was too extensively dotted with ponds of large and small proportions, to render it altogether a safe operation to venture forward without a guide.

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  • Ohio Archæological and Historical Society Publications, Volume XX [1911], page 64

    Ohio Archæological and Historical Society
    Publications, Volume XX

    Ohio Archæological and Historical Society Publications, Volume XX [1911], Page 64 [Click for larger image]Page 64

    TARHE — THE CRANE. [The Editor of The Ohio State Archæological and Historical Quarterly has often received inquiries as to sources of information concerning Tarhe, the famous Wyandot chief, and also the "Half King," Pomoacan. Mr. Basil Meek, the historical writer and a frequent contributor to the columns of the Quarterly, has had occasion to gather these sources and we herewith publish them for the benefit of any student desiring to avail himself of these valuable references. — Editor.] Please find a few facts, concerning Tarhe—the Crane, some of which may shed light upon his residence and also upon his life and character. The "Half King", Pomoacan, seems never to have been located at Lower Sandusky. Attention is called to Half King's various Indian cognomens, given below. TARHE, OR THE CRANE. In the Spring of 1782, according to Homer Everett in his History of Sandusky County, p. 43, citing for his authority "Heckewelder's Indian Nations," without giving page, claims that Crane rescued a young man-captive, at Lower Sandusky, after the captive had been sent by him to Half King at Upper Sandusky to be adopted, but having been rejected by Half King's wife, was returned to Lower Sandusky for burning. Thereupon Crane, he says, after an appeal to his vanity by the English traders, Robbins and Arundel located there, he rescued the captive. But I believe the chief, who rescued this captive was not Crane, but Abraham Kuhn, the War Chief, who commanded the Lower Sandusky Wyandots at Crawford's defeat. I have not seen Heckewelder, cited by Everett. See History of the Girtys, by Butterfield, pp. 149, 150, 151. In 1785 Tarhe's name does not appear to the treaty of Ft. McIntosh. It was signed for Wyandots of Lower Sandusky by Abraham Kuhn. Half King's name is not attached to same unless by the name, Daunghquat, which is probable.

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  • Claar Congregation, Preface: 2nd printing

    A Brief History of Claar Congregation

    Page Preface: 2nd printing — Claar Congregation [Click for larger image]Preface: 2nd printing

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