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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

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    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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  • Proceedings of the Dayton…, Preface page

    Proceedings of the Dayton Convention held by the Brethren Church,
    Music Hall, Dayton, Ohio on June 6th and 7th, 1883

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    PREFACE. The committee a ppointed by the Convention to revise its work preparatory to publication, have taken the liberty to expunge some irrelevant matter and condense a few speeches. Nothing pertaining to actual business has been purposely omitted, and in condensing several speeches it was done to give clearness of expression and force, rather than other wise. Some of the routine work, announcements made by the chair, and discussions that were out of regular order have been omitted for the sake of brevity. The reporter, Mr. L. B. Clifton , was very particular to take down the proceedings of the entire Convention, and with the above exceptions we present it to our readers, hoping that all will be pleased with the report and result of the Convention. J. W. BEER, O. A. COLER, J. A. RIDENOUR, J. H. WORST, Committee.

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 2 (Oct., 1904), page 141

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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    over night, pitching our tent near a little creek. The man, upon whose land we were, visited us and showed himself very friendly. He stayed for supper. He related that he had known Bro. Roseen and Nyberg very well, who had preached several times at his house. He was by birth a Swede. Bro. Gottlob conducted the evening worship. Then we lay down before our nice fire and Bro. Gottlob took to his hammock, which he had tied to two posts. On October 17, we continued our journey at five o'clock in the morning. We had two miles to reach the "Patomik," at which we arrived at daybreak. Bro. Jacob Loesch first rode through the river to discover the ford, which makes a considerable curve from one bank to the other. We all crossed safely, but the exit from the river was very difficult and it took much work to ascend the bank. This river is about again as broad as the "Lecha" [Lehigh] at Bethlehem, but in times of high water it overflows the high banks and runs swiftly southeast. Half a mile from the river is a plantation. four miles farther a tavertn, the way becoming very stony. Four miles still farther we found good water and a tavern. Four miles this side of the tavern we took our dinner at a little creek, near a mill, which is to the left. After three miles we found a good spring, and when we had traveled four miles farther we pitched our tent near a little creek. We cooked "Sapan,"15 which tasted well. Our dear Nathanael conducted the evening worship. On October 18, we rose early at 3 o'clock. After the morning worship Bro. Gottlob, Haberland and J. Loesch preceded us to Frederickstown [Winchester] to order several tnings. We followed soon afterwards with the wagon. We had but one mile to Robert Korniken's mill and eleven miles farther to Frederickstown, but no water for seven miles. We breakfasted at a little creek. Two miles farther we again had water. At noon we passed Frederickstown, which consists of about sixty houses, which are rather poorly built. A mile beyond Frederickstown we stopped at a mill and bought some bread and corn. Bro. Gottlob and Haberland again joined us. We continued and 15 An Indian dish. According to Neckemoelder's Indian Vocabulary (MS. in Pennsylvania Historical Society), it is mush.

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