Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH 44677 Phone:
330 669-9308 Last
updated 16 Apr 2014
The May 5 meeting of the
Smithville Community Historical Society will meet
at 7 P.M. at the Historic
Church of God.
Our speaker for the evening is
Mike Hocker of Galion, Ohio,
a founding member and Executive Director of the Ohio
Lincoln Highway Historic Byway,
an organization dedicated to
preserving the history and encouraging the economic development along the
He will tell of the building of the first coast to coast highway, which did not
use government funds.
If you would like additional information on this program go to
Refreshments will be served by
Lyn Miller and Pat Keirstead.
Welcome to the Smithville
Community Historical Society online.
See Our Buildings. Group Tours can be arranged. Group
Tour Fee information is available by request. Send
requests to the
email below. email@example.com
the group tours, the Mishler Weaving Mill is open to visitors
on Wednesday afternoons
1:30 to 4:00 year
round. No Fee. Please visit! 381 East Main St, Smithville,
Smithville Historical Society Special
House Fees The Mishler Mill is free but there
is a charge
for the Pioneer Village for non-members. Fees
are: $3 per adult $1 per child grades K to 12 $7
for a family of 2 adults and 2 or more children
Schedule 2014 Open Houses All
buildings will be open from 1:30 to 4 pm
June 21, Youth Day
July 20, Band Concert 3:30 pm and Ice
August 16, Antique Festival 9am to 3pm [Buildings
open 1:30 to 4pm] For information
on the Antique Market
Sep 21, Model T Day
Oct 18, Apple Butter Day
Watch for scheduling
of Old Time Baseball Games
Thanks to all the Volunteers who
make this possible!
the photos below to learn about the buildings.
Lydo Barn Exhibit
The Historic Church of God
and Train Station
took place at the Society buildings on 7 May 2013. See
The Weaver by Edgar A. Guest
The patter of rain on the roof,
The glint of the sun on the rose;
Of life, these the warp and the
The weaving that everyone knows.
Now grief with its consequent tear,
Now joy with its luminous smile;
The days are the threads of the
Is what I am weaving worth while?
What pattern have I on my loom?
Shall my bit of tapestry please?
Am I working with gray threads
Is there faith in the figures I
When my fingers are lifeless and
And the threads I no longer can
Shall there be there for men to
One sign of the things I believe?
God sends me the gray days and rare,
The threads from his bountiful
And many, as sunshine, are fair.
And some are as dark as the rain.
And I think as I toil to express
My life through the days slipping
Shall my tapestry prove a success?
What sort of a weaver am I?
Am I making the most of the red
And the bright strands of luminous
Or blotting them out with the thread
By which all men's failure is told?
Am I picturing life as despair,
As a thing men shall shudder to
Or weaving a bit that is fair
That shall stand as the record
Published in 1917 in the book of his poems called Just Folks
April 26, 2003 a Dedication
was held for The Ohio Bicentennial Historical Marker at
the John Mishler Weaving Mill in Smithville and the Grand
Opening of the Historical Society Reception Center at
391½ East Main Street [State Route 585] Smithville, Wayne
Society Programs on the Calendar Meetings begin
at 7 pm at the Church of God in Smithville unless
PROGRAMS FOR 2014
All programs are
presented at the historic Church of God unless otherwise noted and
begin at 7:00 P.M.
Gregory, collector of hand organs; Refreshments:
Pat Chambers, Ruth Ann Chambers
Ladrach, performing folk music on old-time instruments; Refreshments:
Margo Stafford, Nita Downey
7—Historical Tour of Zoar and Zoar Hotel, tour from 3-5 P.M., fee
of $7.00; supper following tour at nearby restaurant
The Smithville Community Historical will meet on Monday,April 7. Members are to travel to Zoar Village to tour the complex.
The tour will start from the Zoar Hotel parking lot. We are asked to start the tour at 3 P.M. and will be completed at 5 P.M.
There will be an admission fee of $7.00. The group will then travel to the Amish Door Restaurant at Wilmont for dinner.
For directions to Zoar Village visit their web site at www.historiczoarvillage.org .
Reservations are required, please call 330-669-3283
Check with reservation number for possible car pooling. Reservations must be called in no later than April 1.
Hocker, history of Lincoln Way Highway; Refreshments:
Lyn Miller, Pat Keirstead
June 2--KarenRamseyer, history of Ramseyer Farms; Refreshments:
Joanne Turner, Lila Smucker
July 7--Tour ofKeith and Ruth Ann Chambers' home; eat supper at nearby restaurant at
August--Tour of MAPPS Museum (military aviation museum) near Akron-Canton airport;
eat supper at nearby restaurant (time to be announced)
September--nomeeting due to Labor Day holiday
October--Annualpicnic at Rex and Diane Miller's farm at 5:30; bring a dish to share
and table service, beverages provided by officers; Recognition of our
25th year as a historical society!
November--MartyGitlin, author of The Great American Cereal
Book, a history of breakfast cereals in the
Patty McFadden, Nancy King
December--WayneCo. Choral Union presenting a Christmas musical program;
bring cookies and treats to share, officers provide beverages.
thanks to the committee: Nita Downey, Kathy Meitzler
and Harlene Steiner.
Other Special Events 2014
2014Christmas in the Village Saturday, 6 Dec,
6 to 8:30 pm Sunday, 7 Dec, 1:30 to 4 pm