These farmers, near Forest, are preparing corn for market. The date, specific location or individual is unknown. Moving left to right they are shown in the order as they appear in the photograph.
In the photograph
A derrick and drilling machinery was moved from the Higgins farm to John Kiblinger's farm, half way between the gas development and David Higgin's well. It was set up for work on a well to be put down for the Forest Gas & Oil Company. There was a "Campbelite" church located on the property. Nothing is known about the church. There is a closed, single-story, wooden church located on the south side of CR10 just west of CR183 that may be that church.
E.N. Howe took a photograph of the gas well on the Higgins farm in July, 1892. The photograph was a faithful representation of the scene, showing the derrick, machinery and surroundings, and the great column of water and debris raised high in the air by the force of the explosion. The photograph was 8"x10".
William Higgins plead guilty to a charge of assault and battery before Justice W.L. Spellman on October 7, 1927. He was fined $100 and costs. The affidavit was sworn out by William A. Mapletoft who had been on the Higgins farm trying to identify hogs that had disappeared from the Mapletoft farm. Higgins punched & kicked Mapletoft while he was there.
John Higgins was the son of William Higgins and Mary Ann (Tressel) Higgins. He was married to Nancy N. Higgins. John and Nancy had at least four children; Willis Higgins, Hattie Higgins, Ella Higgins, and Emma Higgins.
John died on his farm on May 20, 1928. His death was attributed to senility. The John Higgins' home was located 3.5 miles west of Forest on CR20 near CR175. The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis (Pennsylvania) railroad ran east and west a quarter of a mile or so south of the home. A cyclone also passed over the Higgins farm on the night of May 14, 1886 causing extensive damage.
Written on the back by Elmer L. Flowers in August, 1958, Old Oats farm before house Burnt down. Below are close-ups of the three buggies found in the