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History of Sugar Grove Given, From Pendleton Times, 16 Aug. 2001

The Pendleton County Historical Society held a public meeting Sunday, July 27 at the Francis Asbury United Methodist Church at Sugar Grove. Naomi Mitchell, a native of the Sugar Grove, presented a handwritten 19 page article she had written for the occasion on the history of the Sugar Grove area. Included was the early history, along with human interest happenings and pictures of the area down to the present time.

According to Mitchell, Shawnee Indian tribes occupied the bottom lands in Sugar Grove around 1725. Evidence of an Indian village was found near Benny Mitchell's home in Stoney Run and an Indian Mound lies in a field near on the former Philip Wilfong land. Early settlers to the area were George Michael Wilfong in 1766, George Puffenbarger III, around 1774, and the Pickele family in 1775. Later families were the Simmons, Smiths, Eckards, Varners and Moats. The Hoover family was the first to settle in Sugar Grove.

From Mitchell it was learned that Sugar Grove got its name because of a large grove of sugar maple trees in the field between the J.P. Kiser store and the Homan house. By 1900, Sugar Grove consisted of two stores, a church, post office, blacksmith, mill, resident doctor, and six houses. One hundred years later only four more houses have been added.

The Sugar Grove band originiated in the 1920s under the direction of Rev. Seiberg with around 20 members. Other directors were Sal B. Thompson and Elmer Snyder. A men's chorus was also organized in the late 40s. by W.P. Puffenbarger with 16 members. It lasted through the 50s.

Mitchell saidd that a fire which began Sunday evening, January 20, 1929, burned the center part of Sugar Grove.

Around nine/ten buildings burned before it was contained with buckets of water.

The oldest home in Sugar Grove was built by Daniel Kiser before 1870. It is now owned by Bill Bowers.

Two names unique to the Sugar Grove area are Piggley Wiggley, a nickname given the store begun by W.P. Puffenbarger around 1930, and Possom Trot--the road to the foot of Hoover Mountain, which Johnny Arvin Dahmer said got its name from a traveling salesman.

Linda Rexrode who helped Mitchell with the program, also provided the group of 28 with a cake, beautifully decorated with pictures of Sugar Grove. Punch and chips were also served.


Eye Leaves Legacy to Those who Trace Family Genealogy, From Pendleton Times, 11 Apr 2002, p. 13.

Walter Lahman Eye definitely left his mark and a great legacy to the many thousands who trace family genealogy. He was a compiler of many family histories--Eye, Mitchell, Crummett, Puffenbarger, Propst, to name a few. His love of family stems back to having grown up in the small Sinnett's Lane community with his parents, the late George Albert Eye and Hanna Catharine Shrader Eye, and nine siblings. He attended one-room school, graduating in 1942 from Franklin High School. Teaching was his profession, and at the time of his retirement, he served as a director of guidance. Walter was the sixth generation of pioneer Christopher S. Eye (1747-1797) who married Catherine (Katrina) Zorn. The original Eye homestead was on the Black Thorn. Christopher Eye had acquired three grants in 1768 on the Black Thorn for a total of 247 acres. The area was located between the Moyers and Dahmer neighborhood, in the area where the late Frank Rader, Lester Puffenbarger, Marshall Propst and Jacob Mitchell later lived. Being a member of the Lutheran Church, Walter lived and loved his doctrines, and in faithfulness he died in them. Funeral services were conducted on April 6 with the body laid to rest in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

My toils and cares are ended,
My troubles all have ceased,
For in Thy word, O Jesus,
My soul has found its peace.



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