At one time Garret street, between Zimmerman and Huston streets, and on the north side of Huston street, between Fasig and Garret streets, and on the west side of Fasig street, and on the north side of Lima street, between Warner and Mary streets had wooden sidewalks which were constructed of 12' boards, 6" width and 1-1/2" thick.
A small portion of Forest's history has been written, yet it did not date as far back, as my memory goes hence the former writer will readily excuse all that an old resident wishes to say. It has been 22 years since our exit in Forest, there was but four private dwellings in the place at that time. Mr. L. Cregg then owned the Tuttle house, Mr. Howe the Cook house, Mr. Smith the Gemmill house, and Dr. Atwood one that has since been used in another building. We had three hotels, two dry goods stores, one grocery, one school room, and no church ediface. Rev. Holliday of the Presbyterian School, was the first minister in Forest. Rev. Deleal the first Methodist minister, of this place. These respective preeachers held forth in our school house, to larger audience than Forest can now boast of having. Simply because sectarianism was unknown, or uncared for at that time. Messrs. Sapp & Whitney were proprietors of the Scott House, better known as the Senate House, under their management. Dr. Atwood was the first dry good merchant, assisted by Mr. J. Campbell. Smith & Howe, came next in that line of business. Strange as it may seem ...
The following clipping was taken from the Editor News column of The Forest News. It is printed here in its entirety. The latter portion of the article is missing.
Change is the order of the day in our village. We hae a new editor, new postmaster, new preacher, new jeweler, new store, and in fact, much that pertains to Forest is rapidly becoming new. We appreciate the new believing they will follow the example of their presecessors in enhancing the interests of our town. We will all success in their future fields of labor, and their successors whole supplying the various places entrusted to their keeping. As citizen, we should try to make our much-abused Forest pleasant for the starngers who have already becom citizens.
And the following was taken from the Forest News in 1877.
The area of the Forest-Area Historical Society spans parts of three counties; Hardin, Hancock, and Wyandot which include or surround Forest. Hancock resides to the north and Wyandot to the east.