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partly saved and partly insured. Again the large frame dwelling belonging to George Graham caught fire in the roof. It was in the day time but during a very high wind, which made it impossible for the citizens to stop its progress until it was burned totally, to ashes. Most of the furniture was saved. There was no insurance. Another fire consumed three buildings on the corner of the lot on which Nat Mason's large brick store now stands. The grocery store owned by Mr. Craner was completely destroyed, but was insured, the other two buildings were totally destroyed.
The subject of temperance received the early attention of the citizens of the village and surrounding territory. They strongly opposed the habit of using intoxicants as a common beverage, which . they manifested by totally abstaining from frequenting the taverns and saloons for the purpose of treating and being treated, and refused to use it at rollings and raisings, or in harvesting and haying time. Also by joining the Washingtonion Society and spending their money to get public lectures to teach the people on the subject of tetotalism. The Women's Temperance Crusade was kept' up for several months, but the earnest prayers sent up to the Throne of Grace by these Godly women prostrated on their knees on the hard pavement had no more effect on the hardened hearts of the retailers of liquid poison than their knees had on the cold brick pavement. The leading ladies who took an active part in the above movement should be remembered by recording their names in this historical sketch, viz. Mrs. Rev. Ewen, the Widow Powers, Miss Hattie Turner, Mrs. William Howard, Mrs. Wm. Baucher and some others.
The Town Council have been doing all the law empowers thm to do in order to prohibit the sale of liquor in the village. They have a lawyer hired to attend to the prosecution of the violators of the law. He has several cases pending in the court, taken there by appeal from the Mayor's docket, waiting their turn, or perhaps it might wait the pleasure of the court.
There have been several pretty serious accidents which took place in the Village of Reynoldsburg during its existence that might be interesting to the citizens in time to come, and perhaps it might not be out of place to insert them here.
One of these accidents occured in the blacksmith shop lately occupied as such by Mr. William Hunt, but now torn down and the lot is owned by Mr. William Johnson. One of the neighbors brought his rifle to the shop to have a bullet taken out of the barrell which had been put in before putting in powder, he having failed to get it out in any way he could devise. The Smith put the end of the barrel where the bullet was, into the fire, intending to melt the bullet out. In the meantime, the owner and others were standing near the forge watching the operation. As soon as the barrel got hot enough to set powder on fire, it went off (it was supposed there was enough powder sticking to the barrel to cause the explosion), the bullet went through the thigh of the owner, causing him to fail which frightened the Smith. and the bystanders
seriously. A doctor was in town, was called and the wound dressed. Finding no bones or large veins were touched by the ball the doctor pronounced it not necessarily fatal. The wounded man was about eighty years old, hence his relatives and friends were somewhat afraid that it might be fatal.. However, their fears were groundless for he survived for several years after the accident took place.
Another serious accident took place while workmen were engaged in raising the first Presbyterian Meeting House in the Village. They had the body of the frame up and had the timber for roof mostly up on the joists, about ready to raise the bents to support the rafters, when the boss was warned by an old man who had had some experience in the business) that his prop was too light, and drove some boys from under the timbers. In the meantime, the prop under the center beam broke and let the whole pile of timber, men and tools, down on the sleepers with a crash,-filling the bystanders with consternation and grief but rendering them more than ordinarily strong, they soon extricated their neighbors from their perilous situation; which being done it was found that four of them were dangerously if not fatally injured. Their names were Joseph McCray, Mr. Sincebaugh, Mark Evans, Dlyth Dixon and two or three others. Mr. McCray was hurt in the head so that he did not now that he had been at the raising. Mr. Sincebaugh was jarred all over his body. VD. Evans was hurt in the back and legs and Mr. Dixon was bruised on his head and face, leaving scars visible to this day, May 9th 1005.
(In a note to Mr. Walter G. Graham, 2/20/1962, Mr. Frank A. Livingston wrote that he had found the original of the history of Reynoldsburg written by David Graham in a tablet, among other papers turned over to him by Leonard Graham - for many years Treasurer of Muskingum College.
Walter Graham loaned the copy to Mrs. Margaret Lewis of Cincinnati March 21st, 1932 saying "Do you have a copy of Grandfathers history of Raynoldsburg ? Frank gave me a copy. 1 don't remember of ever seeing it. He has the original." Mrs. Lewis sent the copy to me and asked that if I made a copy to make an extra for her and, of course that is being done with the return of Walter Graham's. copy.
D. May (4/2/62)