Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH 44677 Phone:
330 669-9308 Last
updated 22 Oct 2014
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The general membership
meeting of the Smithville Community Historical Society will be held
on Monday evening, November 3 at 7 P.M. at the Historic Church of
God. A brief business meeting will be held. There will be
discussion on our upcoming “Christmas in the Village”, December 6
We will then welcome
author Marty Gitlin, co-author of “The Great American Cereal Book,”
How Breakfast food got its crunch. This all American creation
dating back over 100 year, starting with “hard as a rock” granola
to the sickly sweet cereal of today. The book covers over 800
cereals and over 350 pictures of boxes covering manufactures such as
General Mills, Kellogg’s, Post and many more. Marty Gitlin and co-author
Topher Ellis researched the topic of cereal for more than 10 years,
investigating the most popular brands to some of the obscure brands.
The book also discusses the various advertising gimmicks such as
“Tony the Tiger,” Toucan Sam and many other charters real and
The public is welcome to
come and enjoy learning the history of a day to day product.
Thinking ahead to the Holidays, stop by the Mishler Weaving
Mill and check out the items in our gift shop. The shop is open every Wednesday
1:30 to 4 P.M. and also during our Open House.
And check out these pottery pieces at the Village Pottery at the Pioneer Village for Halloween:
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]
Sep 21, Model T Day
Oct 18, Apple Butter Day
Other Special Events 2014
2014Christmas in the Village Saturday, 6 Dec, 6 to 8:30 pm Sunday, 7 Dec, 1:30 to 4 pm
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--Karen Ramseyer, history of Ramseyer Farms; Refreshments:
Joanne Turner, Lila Smucker
July 7--Tour of Keith and Ruth Ann Chambers' home; eat supper at nearby restaurant at
August 4--Tour of MAPPS Museum (military aviation museum) near Akron-Canton airport;
eat supper at nearby restaurant (time to be announced)
September--no meeting due to Labor Day holiday
October 6--Annual picnic 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 3--Marty Gitlin, author of The Great American Cereal
Book, a history of breakfast cereals in the
Patty McFadden, Nancy King
December 1--Wayne Co. 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