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ur Purpose.

The Society is currently collecting old photographs pertaining to the groups listed below. The Forest-Area Historical Society will keep any original photographs and/or original items received by us. Please submit your items to: Forest-Area Historical Society, attn: Historical Site Item, 102 W. Lima Street, Forest, Ohio 45843.

You may option to send scans of your material instead. You may do so by emailing your scanned or digitally photographed items to If your item is a photogrpah and there is data written on the reverse you might want to include a scan of the back of the photograph as well. Please scan or photograph at 300dpi or higher.

The Society hopes you will find these pages informative and that it kindles memories of your own past and how you are touched by those memories.

There is no order of the general groups:

hy This Site?

The material presented here is to help vitalize the past, link distant individuals & families, and give to others a feeling of what the earlier people and towns & villages of our community represented. People in all communities lived their entire lives touching those around them. Anyone familiar with Forest or its surrounding area knows of its current status...



A first look at the villages of Dunkirk, Patterson, Grant, Kirby, Wharton, or Mt. Blanchard leaves one to think of places depressed, struggling, or having little or no family or historical ties. Nothing could be further from the truth. Of the thousands of individuals and hundreds of families living in the Forest-Area; all have family and community ties to the others. History is ever present. It doesn't disappear, it isn't destroyed, it just fades from memory due to deaths, moves, and busy schedules!

eal of the State of Ohio.

Throughout the years the Seal of the state has had many evolutions. Incorporated into the Seal are three hills believed to be located near the location where Thomas Worthington lived. Then a U.S. Senator from Ohio, he discussed what would be needed for a Seal with William Creighton, then Secretary of State, and Edward Tiffin, the first Ohio governor. Espying the sunrise Creighton is credited with sketching the view of what was seen.

Govenor Tiffin

The first state legislature drafted a provision specifying a Great Seal of the State of Ohio on March 28, 1803 to be used officially by Govenor Tiffin. It was later determined that the Great Seal was too confining so February 19, 1805 a repeal was enacted authorizing the seal's use but with a design encircling it specific for its use. No law governed the seal until 1866 when a law was officially enacted to designate the Seal of the State of Ohio. The Seal has evolved over the years. Here are but a few of the changes and it should be expected there will be more.


and Grants for the State of Ohio.

The State of Ohio received land grants from the U.S. Congress for many specific purposes. The state disposed of these land grants through Acts of their Legislature. The following is a description of the school lands grants.

School Lands - Section 16.

The federal government's gift of land for educational purposes traces its origin to the Land Ordinance of May 20, 1785. Within the ordinance, the following language can be found. There shall be reserved the Lot No. 16, of every township, for the maintenance of public schools within said township. This then, began Congress' intent to encourage public schools. By 1920, 73,155,075 acres of the public domain had been given as school lands to the public land states.