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The Early Settlers

This page was submitted by Stephanie Eble, while she was County Corodinator of Summit.

I found this interesting information in a *fascinating book at the Summit County Library. The book was about the Mayflower Hotel. It was a commemmorative book published when the hotel opened in 1931. These historical tidbits were among the goodies I found.

*"Official Souvenir of Opening of the Mayflower Hotel; 1931"

Their homes were log cabins. The fireplaces often occupied a whole end of the cabin. (If you've ever lived through a Nothern Ohio winter you know why!!) The fireplaces were stone held in place by mortar or clay. Chimney's were the same or made of ironwood sticks. Logs from 6-10 feet were burned in these fireplaces. An iron kettle hung over the fireplace in which cooking was done.

Furs and quilts kept the settlers warm at night.

Light was from candles and candle dipping was a common household chore.

Hogs and sheep were precious in this area. It was only with great expense that they were brought to this area. Hog hides were prized as leather.

Wolves and snakes were a great fear of the women. Rocky sections were full of Rattlesnakes. In several areas clubs were formed for the killing of these snakes.

Schools were also log cabins. Two short terms of school were held; a summer term and a winter term. They walked at least 5 miles to get to school.

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