Thursday, 30 Jan 1868, Wooster Republican, pg 3
I see by the last REPUBLICAN that the railroad fever
is raging throughout the country. Wooster appears to be
in grand earnest for the Cleveland, Wooster & Zanesville
road and Dalton is agitated upon one to connect with Wheeling;
and it seems about time for Smithville to put in her claims.
Why not make our place a point on the C., W. & Z.
road? We are on a direct line south of Seville, and right
on the most favorable route for making a road from Seville to
Wooster, as the survey will show. Those interested will
please make a note of this. The inhabitants of Smithville
and vicinity are alive and liberal to all public improvements."
Thursday, 13 Feb 1868, Wooster Republican, pg 3
would like to have a show for the proposed Rail Road from Berea
to Wooster. We think we can show a route as short from
Seville to Wooster, and one of as easy construction as any other.
We are directly south of Seville ten miles, with a level
country between the two places, that would not require a grade
of more than ten feet to the mile. We also have a good
route from here to Wooster. It was surveyed by the Pittsburg,
Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad company, when that road was
built, and nowhere showed a grade of forty feet to the mile,
and we think our place would contribute as much and perhaps
a little more than any other small town between Cleveland and
Thursday, 25 June 1868, Wooster Republican, pg4
Smith, of Cleveland, Engineer of the proposed railroad, and
Mr. Bradley of Seville, paid us a visit last week and took a
view of the proposed route by our place, and considers it a
more feasable [sic] one than he anticipated, and if the
right spirit and generosity is shown, we may succeed in securing
it at this point. Now is the time to act."
Thursday, 1 Feb 1872, Wooster Republican, pg 2
have not yet heard the whistle of the Valley Railroad, but we
have heard what some are pleased to term 'Letting off steam.'
It takes all this and a little more before a railroad
Thursday, 11 Apr 1872, Wooster Republican, pg 3
Webner, the mail carrier between Wooster Summit, now called
Smithville Station, and Smithville, is about to have better
accommodations for passengers between the Station and town.
The preliminary survey for the Wheeling and Sandusky railroad
was made through this place on the 6th inst.[of April]. The
road, if built, is to pass through Orrville, and when near Smithville
will follow the bed of the creek around the west side of town,
thence in a northwesterly direction."
Thursday, 2 May 1872, Wooster Republican, pg 4
had a flying visit last Friday, from the Wheeling & Lake
Erie railroad officials, President Wood, Contractor Wilson,
of New York, and Messrs. Cochran and Baker, of Wheeling. They
held a meeting in Orrville on Friday night and made stirring
speeches, assuring us that the road would be commenced in June
if the subscriptions [investors were needed] were filled by that time. Mr. Wilson
wants the road finished and in running order from Sandusky to
Orrville in a year from now and says they have contracted to
furnish 20 locomotives and as many first-class passenger cars,
besides a large number of box and platform cars, but thinks
it will require as many more locomotives and passenger cars
when the road is finished."