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J.S. Snow establishing a room in August, 1877 where by he was able to dish up ice cream by the 16th. Around the same time Sam Battenfield, known as Uncle Sam," was a salesman for Stockton & Cook. He later moved to Henry county. The previous week Dr. Gemmill was leaving the residence of Henry Webb in the company of his wife when a spindle on one of his wheels broke, scaring the horse, and ejecting them from their buggy. And that same week, Levi Young's hand was caught in a wheel cog crushing it.

There was once a Rev. W.M. Cramer living in Forest.

Stockton & Cook operated a store in the village but the type of merchandise sold in the store has not been determined. Henry Merchantell attended a Grain Dealers Convention of Allen Co. during the week of August 18, 1883. At the time Mr. Merchantell was serving on the Rules committee. Henry was married to Sabina Merchantell who may have been previously married as she was listed as his step-daughter on the 1900 census. Her name was, Francis Elberson and she was born in Ohio in March, 1859. Sabina was born in Germany in June, 1834. Henry was also born in Germany but his birthdate is unknown. He was listed on the 1900 census as a miller.

The Reverand Joseph D. Simms was the Methodist preacher for Forest in 1887. In 1886 he authored, Soul-Saving or Life and Labors of Henry M. Wills, Evangelist and Missionary, Emb... It was received at the Library of Congress in Washington at the time he was preaching in Forest. Earlier he was pastor of Hicksville's M.E. church in Defiance county. He officiated at the wedding of Charles R. Shepherd (Springfield, OH) and Carrie Timmons (Patterson, OH) in Patterson on Wednesday November 16, 1887. Shepherd was an advertising solicitor for the Daily Repuplic in Springfield at the time.

Samuel Lehman was a butcher living in or near Vanlue, Ohio in 1890. He came regularly to Forest to sell and take orders. Born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on August 29, 1832 he married Lydia Ann Dupler on January 29, 1856. Originally from Bainbridge, Canoy Twp., Pennsylvania Samuel had begun life as a farmer. The family were Pennsylvania Dutch who spoke high German, but by 1880 they were in Vanlue, Ohio where Samuel worked as a butcher. He died September 17, 1900 and was buried in Grove cemetery, Cary, Ohio.


In June, 1892 W.P. Bowman and Ed. Gilson put up new awnings on the fronts of their respective stores in Forest. A.N. Mick's grocery was paying 14 cents a dozen for eggs. He was located on the north side of West Lima street. During that year, C.A. Mettler, was selling buggy, surrey, and road wagons. Wagon smithing and blacksmithing at the time was almost identical with the methods used in the trade 300 years earlier.

Dr. W.J. Crampton, a dentist, maintained his office over the Pifer Bros store.

One of the gray ponies, of Lehman, the butcher, broke its leg.

The Moore & Co. of Forest sold Sunbeam washing machines. The washing machines were famous. Very little labor was required to do large loads giving the impression that it was the best machine on the market and it would make clothes white while making them clean. The claim was, using a Sunbeam "saved the user time and money" and getting a machine wouldn't be a problem as the Sunbeam was locally manufactured by the Moore & Co.

Caughey, McClurg & Co.

The Caughey, McClurg & Co. sold jewelry in Forest until 1890 when they left town for a short period. They had traded their retail stock of jewelry for a house and lot at Van Wert.

The Forest City Mills' corn-sheller is working nicely. No charge for a bushel of meal for a bushel of corn in the ear.

Born in Ohio in December, 1854, Lester H. Caughey, a druggist from Deshler, Henry county, Ohio purchased a jewelry merchandise firm from the Caughey, McClurg & Co. of Forest. He later expanded the stock to include furniture. In 1909 an advertisement indicates a goodly stock of furniture and household items. Lester was married to Miss Ruelma Dull, in 1878. Ruelma was born in October of 1854 in Ohio and had a brother named, Alvin G. Dull, who was a saw mill engineer. A sister, L. Dull, was a teacher in Henry county. Lester and Ruelma had a daughter, E. Vere Caughey, who was born in April, 1892.

The Forest City Mills had a "free use" corn sheller.

E.N. Howe

Edwin N. Howe operated a photography business. And he seemed to have a wit. Here is one advertisement he used in December. On the left is the ad as it originally ran and one the right turned 180` so it can be read. E.N. Howe had two U.S. Patents in his name for 1890

  • No. 427,766: "Means for Printing Backgrounds", May 13, 1890
  • No. 439,512: "Background for Photographs" October 28, 1890.

The invention for photographs

". . . relates to certain new and useful imporvements pertaining to photography; and it has for its object the production of an imporved photographic printing film for printing the backgrounds, the novelty residing in the peculiarities of construction and the combinations, arrangements and adaption of parts, all as more fully herinafter described, shown in the drawings, and then particularly pointed out in the appended claims. The other patent to which quot;invention relates to certain new and useful improvements pertaining to photography; and it has for its object to provide a changeable background for employment in taking photographs. The novelty resides in the peculiar construction or formation of a band, which is preferabley mounted upon rollers in a frame and so arranged as to be readily changed to alter the character of the background to conform to the wishes of the party whose picture is to be taken."

In 1910 the following had businesses in Forest

  • E.D. Fishburn
  • P.D. Lehman (grocery store)
  • M.A. Shoemaker
  • H.F. Shields
  • J.F. Studer
  • A.E. Snider
  • Chick Nye
  • J.H. Zimmerman
  • A.N. Mick
  • R.A. Liles
  • H.D. Shields (drug store)
  • C.S. Simpson
  • W.A. Mapletoft
  • S. Campbell
  • _ Hollenbed
  • J.W. Olm (sp?)
  • Harry Lehman (meat market)
  • Berton _
  • D.H. Dou_
  • Cartin A. _

In 1911 the following had businesses in Forest

  • J.S. Campbell (dry goods)
  • Berlien & Berlien (groceries)
  • Allyn & Hempy (hardware)
  • L.H. Caughey (furniture)
  • Crum Bros. (bakery)
  • H.D. Shields (drugs)
  • Arthur Hall (pianos)
  • Geo. Hafer (billiards & barber)
  • C.H. Coble (jeweler & optices)
  • Mick & Edwards (clothing)
  • O.B. Durfee (photography)
  • Harry Lehman (meats)

The Solver Bros. sold Davis Sewing Machines, organs, grinders, reapers and mowers, engines, etc. out of the Fitch building.

Eggs for Sale

Floyd F. Swimley or William A. Swimley, or both, may have operated a drug store in 1891. They were listed as physicians on the 1900 U.S. census. Wilson McKean operated a furniture store and was an undertaker. His wife was A. Mary McKean and his daughter, Bertie M. McKean.

Dull & Chase operated a grocery store. Hawk operated a poultry business. S.H. Wess sold eggs. Mrs. C.A. Mettler sold baby products. Frank Lansdown (b. Nov 1865, OH) was the town barber. His wife was Florna L. Lansdown and his children were; Max F., Fred H., and Forrest C.

J.L. McKean was a tailor who sold clothes. Morris Meyer, T.M. Young , and Dr. __ Crampton helped to organize a base ball club named the Winners. Dr. Crampton had earlier played in the Canadian League. The Dupee & Bowman company operated a hardware store. Stoddard ran a feed store.

B.F. Paul
The Jeweler
A.N. Mick

B.F. Paul was a jeweler. A.N. Mick ran a grocery and advertised for farmers' products.

Tinware, Stoves, Pumps
W.P. Mapletoft
C.R. Warwick

The Rhodes, Dickelman & Co. operated a manfacturing plant. Ed Detray worked for them. H. Merchantell was the proprietor of the Forest City Mills. Their product was feed, corn meal and flour. W.F. Pierce & Son operated a grocery. D.L. Harmon operated a restaurant by the Big Four railroad. When he had some trouble with burglary he worked with the marshal, B.F. McGinnis, to set a trap which led to a hearing with Mayor B.F. Paul and a stay in the Kenton jail for Elmer Thrush. Mr. C.R. Warwick, the merchant tailor, operated in the Hale & Burkey block. He would make pants for $3.50 and $4.00. He claimed to be the best pants maker in the county. The Scott House was the local hotel. It was located on the northeast corner of the crossing of the Mad River & Big Four railroads. It is believed that the crossing was the first of its kind in America. This has yet to be proven.

Henry Rothrock was the agent of the Adams Express Co. in 1891. By 1900 he was working in hardware. His wife was Ella L. Rothrock and his children; Elta G. Rothrock, Fern S. Rothrock, Florence E. Rothrock, Clifford Rothrock, Harry A. Rothrock, and Bertha M. Rothrock.

In 1880-81, D.O. Young was the manager of the Scott House, a local hotel. In May, 1881 he moved to the Pierson House in Upper Sandusky. Edward Gilson (b. Apr 1858, WI) and his wife, Cora H. Gilson (b. Nov 1862, OH), also cared for an orphan, Charles Taylor (b. Apr 1881, OH)." Edward D. Gilson, a shoe merchant operated in the Dixon Block. He had been in the flour and feed trade at one time. He exchanged with Mr. Gilbert for the business known as the St. Louis Bargain House which sold boots and shoes.

The following were also operating in Forest in 1891: Dupree & Bowman, Pifer Bros., Campbell & Wikoff, S.M. Lehman (butcher), C.R. Warwick, C.E. Phillips, D.R. Wise, Morris Meyer, J.W. Young (hardware merchant), T.M. Young (hardware merchant), W. McKean, Dull & Chase grocery, W.F. Pierce, Z.T. Gilbert, J.F. Nye, D.L. Rummell, R. Price, F. Lansdown, J. Crampton, M.E. Cellar, H.F. Schott, W.H. Stoddard, M.W. Gage, C.A. Mettler, J.L. McKean, Peter J. Spracklen, Hugh B. Caughey, Samuel W. Waltermire (merchant), Edward T. Sipes, W.P. Mapletoft (hardware merchant), B.J. Woodard, D.L. Harmon, J.C. Garver, Rhodes-Dickelman, H. Muchelnous, George W. Nelson, Mabbey Bros. S.H. Reilly, Dick Young, John C. Young, Joe Pearson, Eva Dyer, Floyd F. Swimley, and Denice Asire.


Hardin County Health Commissioner Continues Effort To Check Disease.
Special to the Star

KENTON, O., Aug 28` Health Commissioner, J.H. Holcomb of Hepburn today closed a bathing pool in Gormley park at Forest after receiving a report from the state department of health that an analysis of the water in the pool had disclosed it to be "unsatisfactory" for bathing. The water contained typhoid fever germs, Dr. Holcomb was quated as saying.
. . .
Lincoln Lodge Jaquith, 18, of Forest, the other victim, had bathed in the pool in Gormley park, Dr. Holcomb said.

Four Typhoid fever cases have been reported from Forest.

The high school had graduation ceremony at the Opera House for the class of 1892. The Pontius Quartet of Mansfield performed at the graduation ceremony for Class of 1904. There were only five graduates; Ray Hale, Tudie Crum, Lou Calvin, Stella Moore, and Nana Wiley.


KENTON, Aug. 29. Hardin county health authorities closed the Gormley park swimming pool at Forest, near here, in an effort to prevent a threatened typhoid fever epidemic which has caused two deaths. four cases of typhoid have been reported in Forest and four in Kenton.

In 1937 Ray O. Hempy sold, Fence ... Harness ... Wall Paper ... Radios and Supplies ... Farm Equipment ... Electric ... and Gas Refrigerators ... Stoves ... Ranges ... Floor Covering ... Welding and McCormick Deering Farm Equipment , and had been in business since 1912. And Leo T. Jones, owner & manager, of the Star Theatre in Forest, constructed a New Star Theatre in Upper Sandusky at a cost of $65,000, giving Wyandot County a New, Modern, Cooled and Air Conditioned Theatre which opened on March 6, 1937.

Hamilton Motor Sales operated at the west end of Lima street, west of the New York Central railroad, in Forest in 1940. Though the war in europe had begun Chevrolet sold over a million cars that year.

United Aircraft Map of Forest

United Aircraft produced a map of Forest in 1950. Listed on the map were

  • Mary's Place restaurant & bar
  • SaveMor Super Mkt.
  • The Village Inn
  • Wright Motor Service
  • Forest Plumbing & Heating
  • Shield`s funeral home
  • Hamel insurance agency
  • Don`s SOHIO
  • Forest Farm Service
  • Simpson insurance agency
  • The Lois Shoppe
  • Thompson Music Service, Inc.
  • Forest Implement Store
  • The First National bank
  • Forest Lumber Co.
  • Forest Grain & Supply Co.