Q.F. Atkins: Man of many talents, hardships
Quintus Flaminius Atkins.
An attack of Gold Fever
Don’t go to California, boys,Don’t go to Oregon,There’s wealth for you in the Buckeye State,And wealth that may be won,Aye, wealth that may be won, boys,By true hearts, strong and bold,Then don’t go to California,Stay at home and gather gold.Mrs. Frances Dana Gage (1852)
The youth who sketched Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln’s stop in Geneva was not on the agenda.
‘Too pretty to shoot’
The knock at the cabin door came late in the October evening 149 years ago. Elizabeth Stiles, cracked open the door, advanced her lantern into the darkness and surveyed the mass of Union soldiers in front of her.
‘The disabilities of womanhood’
She was an artist in an era when most female artists had a rich daddy or banker husband behind them to bankroll their pursuits upon the canvas.
Legends of Tinker’s Hollow
Of all the remote, spooky places in Ashtabula County that conjure up images of headless beings, macabre happenings and historical legend, none is as blessed with such nonsense as Tinker’s Hollow in Monroe Township.
The Peter H. Watson legend
The stranger walked into the Ashtabula shop of Willard, Wells & Co. and asked to see George Willard, one of the partners.
The John Brown affair
One hundred fifty-two years ago this evening, one of the most fascinating persons who walked on Ashtabula County soil led a raid on the United States Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
The lady abolitionist
The parlor of the Ticknor home on Route 45 in Austinburg is neither museum nor shrine to the late Betsey Mix Cowles. It is history sustained at the moment of death, the best effort of successive generations to fulfill a nebulous request in Betsey’s will that the “furnishings” of her childhood home be left “intact.” And so it is that the desk that was her father’s, the chair that came north with a fugitive slave and the one surviving china plate of the six that Betsey purchased with her school teacher earnings are preserved where they were when Betsey passed from this world of sorrow and toil in 1876.
Eight sides to this story
They had twice as many sides as the typical bungalow and four times the charm. Efficient in use of space and materials, they were “green” buildings more than a century before energy conservation was an issue in American home construction.
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