Saturday, August 23, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: June 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 6/6/2014

• Next Saturday promises a good lot of political activity in Ottawa, and it will be all centered under one roof when the county central committees of the Republican, Progressive and Democratic parties meet at the courthouse in the afternoon. With the prospects of three county tickets might be discouraging to Republican or Progressive aspirants, this condition might easily create a greater “office itch” among the militant democracy who do not often shrink when importuned to run for a good-paying job. The poor Progressive showing in the Pennsylvania and Iowa primaries is pointed out by local Republicans as an indication of the general political trend. After all is said and claimed by the three political parties, there is still the woman’s vote to be accounted for, and the women in Franklin County, for the first time next November, will have almost half the voting strength of the entire county — and maybe that’s why some men don’t want to run this year.

• The tearing down of the Stannard house at Fourth and Locusts streets recalls a history that is interesting to the older residents of the city and probably unknown to the younger generations. The four lots on which this house stood until today were used by the townsite company as part of some tracts that were given county officers in order to bring the country seat from Ohio City to Ottawa. The town company gave these lots, the lot where the Kaiser Pharmacy store is now and five acres in West Ottawa to H.P. Welsh who was then-county attorney. It also gave several tracts to Judge Sumstine and to Judge Valentine.

• Next Saturday promises a good lot of political activity in Ottawa, and it will be all centered under one roof when the county central committees of the Republican, Progressive and Democratic parties meet at the courthouse in the afternoon. With the prospects of three county tickets might be discouraging to Republican or Progressive aspirants, this condition might easily create a greater “office itch” among the militant democracy who do not often shrink when importuned to run for a good-paying job. The poor Progressive showing in the Pennsylvania and Iowa primaries is pointed out by local Republicans as an indication of the general political trend. After all is said and claimed by the three political parties, there is still the woman’s vote to be accounted for, and the women in Franklin County, for the first time next November, will have almost half the voting strength of the entire county — and maybe that’s why some men don’t want to run this year.

• The tearing down of the Stannard house at Fourth and Locusts streets recalls a history that is interesting to the older residents of the city and probably unknown to the younger generations. The four lots on which this house stood until today were used by the townsite company as part of some tracts that were given county officers in order to bring the country seat from Ohio City to Ottawa. The town company gave these lots, the lot where the Kaiser Pharmacy store is now and five acres in West Ottawa to H.P. Welsh who was then-county attorney. It also gave several tracts to Judge Sumstine and to Judge Valentine.

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