UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Written by Christina Gabriel Johnson
July 1, 1976
Updated January, 1978
Thanks to the many Senior Citizens and records left by former Citizens of the Ostrander Area, and through much research, I have compiled records and pictures of our United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, Pioneer Days and Ostrander.
A special thanks to all who have assisted and to Mrs. Russell (Patricia) Conklin for her help in editing, typing of the stencils and running these pages off on the mimeograph.
CHRISTINA GABRIEL JOHNSON
Built Wesleyan Methodist Church, given to the Methodist Episcopal Church, lot sold to the United Brethren Church who merged with the Evangelical Church becoming the Evangelical United Brethren Church, merged with the Methodist Church to become the United Methodist Church.
For years we have been trying as a church to construct additional classrooms and restrooms. We have drawn up plans, received price estimates, taken votes, talked about construction, had meetings, ordered bonds and certificates, and taken offering after offering. We have accomplished nothing. We are tired, disgusted, and frustrated.
Yet one year ago some of the people received a vision once again. Despite what others have said, they are convinced that God is saying this is the time to move. They moved by faith and now we are beginning to cross our Jordan. We as a congregation can see the promised land, where our church is growing physically spiritually, and financially.
In Numbers the Thirteenth chapter, we read the story of the spies going into the promise land. They covered the land and returned wit their report. All was go. The land was flowing with milk and honey. Yet, one thing was in the way. The people who possess the land were giants. Ten of the twelve spies were convinced that the Giants were bigger than God. Two spies differed with the others.
Caleb and Joshua said "let us go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it". Yet the people accepted the report of the other ten, who had convinced them; the giants were undefeatable. The result; not one person over nineteen years of age at that time lived to enter the promise land. They saw the giants but not God as the source of their faith. Yet two of the adults did leave to enter the promise land. Yes, you guessed it; Caleb and Joshua crossed the Jordan and possessed the land. God was their source. They overcame their giants by God's power, by faith in His word, and by the confession of their mouth.
We're lke Israel today. Something we have sought for years is in sight. We can see across Jordan. Those who have inspected the land have reported that everything is ready and we must go in and possess it. We can believe their report and cross Jordan and enter our new Sunday School building or we can reject their report and listen to others and become a causality like those of past years. You have the decision resting in your hands as a congregation. With the words of an old hymn I'll close: We cam this far by faith leaning on the Lord, trusting in His Holy Word. He never failed us yet. Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
REV. HENRY MOONEY
The Wesleyan Methodist Connection or Church of America took its rise in the days of the abolition controversy which shook the whole nation. It was formed chiefly of those who could no longer conscientiously endure slavery. They accordingly withdrew and banded themselves together to form the new denomination.
Ohio became the storm center - men of Ohio were roused to take their stand by first hand contact with the results of slavery. Across its land lay the shortest route from slavery territory to the British dominions and their promise of freedom for the fleeing slave. Therefore we need not be surprised that Ohio became alive with that activity which came to be called "the underground railroad". The entire state was criss-crossed with its routes - some 19 major routes crossed the state.
All along these routes the fleeing slaves found pieces of refuge and of hiding prepared for him by friendly hands. And often the arm of the law reached out and intercepted the runaway sand took him back to the south. Wesleyan Churches were founded especially for these colored refugees.
One of the leading abolition speakers, Rev. Marius Robinson, was tarred and feathered at Berlin Center, Ohio in 1837.
(The above copied from material found in the Wesleyan Library at the Marion College, Marion, Indiana).
According to a Delaware County History book, our present United Methodist Church building, while located by Route 36, was used as a haven for the colored people as they fled north hoping for freedom from slavery. (No disrespect to our Black people - "colored" is the word used at that time in those history books).
LORD SEND ME
Lord, I am ready, speak the Word
Lord, I am willing now to bear
Dear Lord, of Thee I'm not ashamed
Oh, precious Lord, do not know
I'm ready, willing, unashamed
ARTHUR J. STEIRS
In 1946 the Evangelical Church and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ merged to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged with the Methodist Church forming the United Methodist Church.
THE UNITED BRETHREN CHURCH
From 1774 until his death in 1813, he performed his greatest work as pastor to an important congregation in Baltimore, Maryland. The spiritual movement which gave birth to the United Brethren denomination is greatly attributed to this Baltimore congregation and it is regarded as the "Mother Church". This "Otterbein Church" still stands in Baltimore.
Philip Otterbein was very impressed by the reaching of a Mennonite minister, Martin Boehm, born in this country in 1725 of Swiss parents. After hearing Boehm's sermon on "repentance and faith" Otterbein exclaimed "We are Brethren". Remembering these words had much to do later in naming the church "United Brethren".
Later Philip Otterbein and Martin Boehm were elected Bishops to supervise and guide. The first General Conference was held at Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania in 1815. Ministerial delegates came from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio.
In 1816 the name of Allbrights was dropped and they became known as the Evangelical organization. The denomination spread far and wide. Soon missions were founded in many foreign countries. In 1891 a minority became dissatisfied, withdrew and formed a new denomination, the United Evangelical Church. Definite steps were taken in 1910 to bring about a reconciliation between the Evangelical Association and the United Evangelical Church. In 1922 the two factions joined under a new name, the Evangelical Church. In 1946 the Evangelical Church and the United Brethren Church merged to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
THE METHODIST CHURCH
John Wesley and his younger brother, Charles, men of remarkable ability, born in 1703 and 1707 respectively, were the founders of Methodism. John, preacher, writer, organizer, and overseer, not yielding to fatigue, preached some 40,000 times, often to outdoor crowds of 10,000 or more persons. He covered 250,000 miles to spread the Gospel of Christ.
Charles was the poet and musician, writing over 6,000 hymns, including "Christ the Lord is Risen Today", and "Hark; the Herald Angels Sing."
The Methodist movement began in 1729 at Oxford University where John and Charles were scholars and evangelists. Because of regularity in study, prayer and service, the Wesleys and their "Holy Club" were called by scoffing students "the Methodists".
Even though they were ordained as priests in the Church of England, and were masters of theological studies, John failed to have the joy of the Christian life he had read about.
The brothers came to Georgia in 1736 as missionaries. After less than two years they felt they were a dismal failure. John said, "I who went to America to convert others, was never myself converted to God." He returned to England, disheartened, in 1738. On May 24 of that year, he "experienced a great change i his heart. He felt the forgiveness of his sins and the assurance he was saved from the law of sin and death."
Even though the Bishops of the Church of England forbade him to have a pastorate, the common (and some of the aristocracy) people heard him gladly, and gave their support of the growing number of "people called Methodists".
The Church of England refused to accept Methodism. John was confronted with new problems, not being accepted as participants in the life of the Church, and who would minister to them with Sacraments and preaching? Wesley decided he would ordain minister himself and send them to America. The break from the Church of England was final. Methodism ceased to be a movement and became a new ecclesiastical body. Wesley's one-man rule in the movement gave way at his death in 1791 to the Methodist Conference in Great Britain, which continues to the present.
In 1766, an Irish immigrant named Philip Embury organized a "Wesleyan Society" in New York City. In 1771 an Englishman named Francis Asbury, became the chief leader of the American Methodists. He went on horseback preaching and organizing the converts. Eighty-two ministers served the nearly 14,000 Methodists in America after the Revolutionary War. Political ties with England were broken and an independent church formed.
The Christmas Conference of 1784 adopted the "Discipline" as a guide to the ordering of the Church's life and behavior of its members. Although much revised, the "Discipline" is a sort of Canon law for the Methodist Church.
During this century of westward expansion, it was the "Discipline's" clearly described patterns of Church order which prevented the Methodists from becoming a disorganized, sectarian movement. Local congregations joined together in circuits, and each circuit was served by a traveling minister. Several circuits made up a district,. Over the district was the Annual Conference, to which preachers belonged and layman were delegated, and over which the Bishop presided. Every four years delegates chosen from the Annual Conference convened for the General Conference of the who Methodist Church.
In 1939, there was a unification of three branches of Methodism - the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and the Methodist Protestant Church.
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Wesleyan Methodist originated from a series of union meetings held with members of the Presbyterian Church at Edinburg/Fairview (both names were used for the village laid out with 27 lots in the vicinity of Fairview Corners, Route 36 and Ostrander North Road. This village died out when Ostrander was built beside a Big Four Railway laid through the community in 1852) and, though few in numbers, they built a substantial frame church about one mile west of Ostrander, which was dedicated with imposing ceremonies in 1869. Soon after the War of 1861-65 zeal began to decline, and by the year of 1870 the Wesleyan Methodist organization had become a thing of the past. In the meantime the Methodist Episcopal society, although young, continued to grow and finally absorbed into its membership the remnant of the Wesley Church.
After the Wesleyan society had ceased to exist, it became necessary for them to dispose of thie church building and, in as much as the Methodist Episcopals had treated them with such kindness, and a large number of the former had become members of the latter organization, it seemed fitting that they would should donate their edifice to them. They did this in 1870, upon the following conditions: First, that the Methodist Episcopal people would bind themselves to move th3e building to a suitable location in the town of Ostrander, and hold their meetings there, which proposition was agreed to, and in compliance with which it was taking from its position west of Ostrander and moved about halfway toward the town, when for want of funds with which to defray the expenses, it was deposited in a field, where it remained for two years. About the year 1874, Mr. Welch, of Delaware, took the matter in hand, and caused it to be moved to its present location on North Street in Ostrander, Ohio. The church was dedicated the same year, and the first pastor was Rev. Boyer. The preceding facts were taken from 1880 and 1906 Delaware County Histories.
Now, a few facts I've located. On the 1849 Scioto township map we see W. Ch., meaning Wesley Chapel, at the corner of Route 36 and Stover Road. In the 1866 Beers, Ellis and Soule Atlas - Delaware County, we see M.E.C., meaning Methodist Episcopal Church, at the corner of Route 36 and Stover Road. In an 1869 Delaware Gazette under Ostrander Letter, we read: "There is but one church here - Presbyterian - Rev. O.H. Newton of Delaware, pastor. A short distance south is a Baptist Church, with Rev. B.J. George, pastor. About a half-mile out of town there is also a Methodist Church, with a Rev. Webster as pastor." Delaware J. Herald, Dec. 14. 1871, we read: "The old church here is undergoing repairs and promises to be much improved." Delaware Gazette, May 23, 1872 we read "Two good churches and a find brick school house, in which Miss Mercer Teaches the young ideas how to shoot, are a necessary appendage to the village." (This school still stands, 1976, on Houston Street in Ostrander, Ohio.)
Considering this preceding paragraph we could assume the 1854 meeting mentioned could have been 1845.
The church could have been dedicated in 1849 instead of 1859, because it is shown on the 1849 map. The 1859 dedication could have been another occasion. The Wesleyan Methodists could have given their church building to the Methodist Episcopal people during the war, perhaps in the early part of 1866 because the same spot on the map is not marked M.E.Ch. The church was moved from its former site by 1869, according to the July 2, 1869 Delaware Gazette. It is now in Ostrander in 1871 according to Dec. 14, 1871 Delaware Journal Herald.
Perhaps we could correctly say: The series of union meetings held with members of the Presbyterian Church at Edinburg was held in 1845, the church was built and dedicated by the year of 1849. The building was given to the Methodist Episcopal people sometime in 1866. They moved it part way toward Ostrander in 1869, and finally placed it at its present location before Dec. 14, 1871. After some sort of repairs, it could have been dedicated in 1874 as stated in the Delaware County History.
Delaware Gazette Nov. 14, 1878: "The new Methodist Church in Ostrander now sports a new spire." Feb. 6, 1879: "The Methodist Episcopal Church in Ostrander, which has been in a state of repairs, is at last completed.". Delaware Herald, Feb. 1879: "- - - It is quite an imposing edifice, and a decided improvement on the old one. Rev. Dannon has charge of the church. It will be dedicated soon, when a protracted effort will be commenced." Feb. 20, 1879: "Rev. Dannon is conducting a protracted meeting at the New Methodist Church in Ostrander." Undoubtedly the dedication of the repair work took place at the beginning of this revival. Delaware Gazette May 15, 1879: "Rev. Dannon delivered a lecture at the Methodist Episcopal Church - - - . The proceeds were applied on the church indebtedness."
What were the repairs made on the church building to warrant the use of the words "imposing edifice" in the newspaper tiem? We don't really know, but here is our idea: When the church was moved into Ostrander it was a 46 x 36 foot building with a 26 foot gable roof. Sometime before Feb. 6, 1879, the people of the church literally "raised the roof". Because of the words: "imposing edifice", as mentioned in the news item, we are assuming this is when they removed the old roof (leaving the supporting rafters, as you can see, if you look in the church attic) and built a new 35 foot gable roof over the building. They placed the "new spire" on this roof. Undoubtedly they put the stone foundation under the church at the same time. This story has been handed down: "the church had no permanent foundation placed underneath for several years, just big stones and timbers."
May 31, 1976, someone loaned me an old picture of the church as it looked when it was brought to Ostrander, It is not in good enough shape to be copied. I would put it in this booklet if it was. It shows the shorter roof, a chimney about midway back on the west side and the belfry sitting on top of the front of this 46 foot building. There was no basement, the church was heated by a stove in each side. There was a chimney on the east side too, only it doesn't show in the picture. If you look in the attic you will see where a chimney has come up through the ceiling on each side of the church. Candles and coal-oil lamps were used for lighting purposes.
Delaware County History and Delaware Co. Court House May 18, 1889: The United Brethren trustees, W.W. Loveless, W.H.Carr, J.R. Crain, G. Maugans and H. Hutton, purchased lot #102 from the Methodist Episcopal trustees, L.B. White, N.W. Hodges, W.A. Schuler, Thomas M. Beck and W.N. Sprague -- for $200. Conference Minutes 1889: "The class of Ostrander is hard at work, fitting up a new church home." Delaware newspaper Dec. 8, 1889 "- - - United Brethren dedicated church - - after $1400 repairs, Bishop Weber preached." 1889: Rev. T.E. Biddle, Pastor. "A local minister - had 3 appointments which had 3 organized churches. The membership at the beginning of the year was 180 (Ostrander church). Pastor's salary, $352.50 yearly. Parsonage rental $249.40. Total Missionary for the year $25.29.
We do not know what repairs were made for this $1400 mentioned above. We will suggest this may be the time they built the center section onto the front, topping it with a very tall spire. In 1889 this amount of money would have been enough to build this front like you can see in the two pictures under which you will find the caption: United Brethren - Before 1910. Building is now 57 foot with the front addition.
In the Ostrander Magnet, printed Jan.22, 1898: United Brethren Services each alternate Sunday morning and evening, Sunday School at 10:00am, Young People's Christian Union every Sunday night, Prayer meeting every Wednesday night, Rev. H.A. Zuspan, Pastor. We do not know how long the situation of every other Sunday lasted.
In 1902 new stone steps were placed in front of the church at the cost of $19.00.
Copies from Page 24 of the 1906-07 Annual Conference Minutes: "Clark Demuth given license to preach by Ostrander Quarterly Conference".
August 8, 1949 the new Athletic Field south of Ostrander was dedicated.
February 18, 1950 the Evangelical United Brethren Trustees purchased lot#54 for $510. Ads were run in both the Delaware Gazette and the Marysville newspapers to get bids on the house on lot# 54 so we could erect a parsonage.
During those years we held Union Christian Endeavor Services, alternating in the three churches, with attendance reaching as high as 45 children on Sunday evenings.
This was a $11,000 project. The note burning ceremoney was held before the 1954 Conference.
Local Conference Minutes, June 8, 1952: Motion to use some method of changing years of service so that not all trustees be newly elected at the same time. Motion passed. Union services were dropped June 7, 1953.
A pastor's study was made by partitioning off a part of the parsonage basement, later shelves were installed. New floor and fixtures were put in the bathroom and a new furnace was installed. The attic was insulated, a new roof with ventilators put on and the exterior of the parsonage was painted.
In 1970 our church was changed from "Southeast Ohio Conference" to the "West Ohio Conference." This (1970) is our first year to go to Lakeside, Ohio for the Annual Conference.
New eaves and downspouts were installed on the church and the church was painted. New fluorescent lights were put in the church basement and the basement was painted. The cistern at the parsonage was drained because we now have city water.
The church lot was surveyed. We purchased the George Ufferman property for $7500. Ads were run in both Delaware and the Marysville papers, offering to sell the house and garage to the highest bidder. No one purchased them so we sold items from the house to bidders, sold the garage, then burned the remainder of the house.
A septic system was installed across from the back of the our church lots. We plan to erect a Fellowship Hall which will include a fellowship room, doubling as class rooms, a nursery, a Pastor's study, a store room, shelves for a library, a kitchenette, etc.
In compiling this, I realize I have omitted items you may think of which I haven't. Of course there is always that possibility of errors in gathering the material from the dozens of pages of notes I have assembled chronologically. Some day I hope to make at least one copy of all my material and place it in the church lock box. My gift to the succeeding generations. I apologize for any errors in this booklet. God Bless!
Our budge for 1976 is $18,675.30. As of July 1, 1976 all bills pertaining to this budget are paid in full. The Ufferman property and the septic system re completely paid off. Compare this with our budget for 1962, which was $6020. Volunteer members repainted the exterior of our church June 25 and 26, 1976.
The long range planning committee (Bonita Spriggs, James Morgan, JoAnne Lowe, Christina Johnson, Kathy Engle, Sam Henry, Ray Wells, with Rev. Henry Mooney as advisor) presented their project booklet at the Local Church Conference June 27, 1976. This contained recommendations for a nursery, pastor's study, classrooms, and rest rooms. We voted to accept the proposal and elected a building committee (Ray Wells, Alvin Gay, James Morgan, Bonita Spriggs, and Christina Johnson). An additional Church Conference will be held in the future.
The following pages are a continuation from Page 28 in the section of the history book called "Our Church" to bring us up to date on our progress. Many changes have taken place since July 1, 1976 when this booklet was offered to the public. On Dec. 26, 1976 Rev. Henry Mooney announced he was being moved to eastern Ohio where he would serve two churches which had been without a pastor for about six months. On Jan. 9, 1977 he delivered his last sermon in our church as pastor.
Rev. William Zeyer came to us as our pastor Feb. 6, 1977. "Bill", as he likes to be called, and wife Sandra have three children: Wesley aged 8, Jason, aged 6 and Kira, age 2. Rev. Zeyer graduated from Ohio State University with a BS Degree. He was a social worker for Franklin County Welfare for one year. For nine months he was a counselor at the Marion Correctional Institution and for 6 years he was Personnel Supervisor for Flyd G. Browne and Assoc. Lmtd., Marion, Ohio. Currently he is a second year student at the Methodist Theological Seminary, Delaware, Ohio. After graduation in 1979 he intends to continue as a parish minister.
June 4, 1977 two of our former ministers, Richard Smyers and Henry Mooney, graduated from the Methodist Theological School. Our new minister Rev. Zeyer, sang in the chorus. I wonder how many Methodist churches had three ministers taking part in the graduation. Excerpt from one of the speaker's talks: "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it."
As stated on Page 28 our Charge Conference members voted to accept the proposed plan to erect an Educational Unit. During the Sunday School class session on November 15, 1976, members of the Sunshine Hour class expressed much concern that no one had planned a "ground breaking" ceremony for our new unit. Our teacher, Marietta Bell, said "there is no better time than right now., if we put it off we'll never do it." So we quickly conferred with Rev. Mooney and other key persons. After a trip to a couple of homes we produced the needed shovels and an impromptu, but beautiful and meaningful, ground breaking service was held. We stood over the area which was designated to become the pastor's study. It was a very cold day, but most of the congregation stayed for the service which was held immediately after the morning worship services.
The trench for the foundation was made Nov. 29. By Dec. 4 the poles were set and by Dec. 14 the roof was put on and by Dec. 22 the windows were installed. During the cold winter days (and nights) the men continued to work at whatever could be done. March 22, 1977 the cement floor was poured. Within two or three days this was set enough for the first 2x4 to be nailed to the floor. The two glass doors were hung March 24. By May 13 the lights were being placed in the ceiling. Sunday School classes were being held in our new Unit. In July, Daily Vacation Bible School was held (youth from all three Ostrander churches). In August seeding of the lawn began. Sept. 21 our cement sidewalk ramp was poured and the guard rails were placed along both sides of this on Sept. 30. This new building includes a pastor's study, classrooms, a nursery, rest rooms, a custodian's supply room - a a future kitchenette.
Consecration services for our new building were held Oct. 2, 1977 with the Rev. Hughey Jones, District Superintendent, as the speaker. During his talk he admonished us not to be so busy trying to get our new building paid for that we forget why it has been built.
At the time of this writing several items are needed to complete he project such as bulletin board, two mirrors, coat rack, pastor's coat rack, commercial sweeper, two towel dispensers, set of steel shelving, class dismissal bell system, floor covering (restrooms, kitchenette, and custodian's closet) and carpeting by the square yard. We also plan to have folding partitions to separate the classrooms etc.
The unit is being used to the glory of God even though we still need the above mentioned items.
Our church program for 1977 has been very effective and may special days were observed; special Easter services, Mother and Daughter banquet, Senior Citizen's Day, children's and youth day, Father and Son banquet, Men's Day, Gideon Sunday, the Christmas program, etc. We have a very active Methodist Women's Society.
Thoughts from a talk given by one of our women on Ladies Day: The key verse was - "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord" Psalms 122:1 She spoke of the temple built for the Lord by Solomon, the dimensions, the stone, cedar, gold etc used to make it "the best" fro God. Completion time - seven years.
She said: "We do not have a building of stone overlaid with cedar then overlaid with gold. --- After much prayer we began this project, we firmly believe it is God's will for us to have this. I also feel sure God has great plans for us which we do not know. This house of God ca be filled to overflowing if we get on our spiritual knees and work for God with love for people in our hearts. - - - Unlike Solomon's temple, it will not be decorated with gold and precious gems etc. It is very plain compared to the Temple. We have come this far, we will complete it, we will pay for it and with the help of our Heavenly Father above - we will fill it.- - - I firmly believe that, my faith has never wavered once! God has wonderful days ahead of us if we will just believe His promises. I was glad, are you glad, can you hardly wait from Sunday to Sunday to come see what god has in store for you?
"Right here is Ostrander, right here in our own community, the very fact that the car which is driven past your home by people who are going to church is a call to come to church, come to God. The very fact that a church is on this lot and the bell rings on Sunday morning, the clapper which goes back and forth gives for a call 'come to church, come to God'. It's all from God saying come to church, come love me, come worship me and I don't think there is anyone around Ostrander and this community can say they have never been invited to church, may not not verbally, but if you see that car go by, if you see that person walking to God's house, if you see this church here, if you ear that bell ring - these are all calls from God - 'Come and worship Me'."
An interesting sidelight: Aug. 6, 1977 I learned a very interesting fact. A senior citizen informed me that Benjamin Kellar and Carl Gabriel (my father) were the head carpenters who extended the front of our church to it's present width about 1910. See picture showing the front of the building as it looked prior to 1910.
That we are is God's Gift to us, what we become is our gift to God.
And following this 1978 amendment is the following
additional text printed on a sticker and added to the book:
There has been at lest one revival each year (sometimes more). Lay Witness Mission meetings have brought spiritual growth. Sinspirations and group singers have brought us the gospel in song and music. There have been missionary speakers, good youth programs, visitation programs have been conducted and chalk artists have inspired us with their beautiful pictures.
A few years ago we conducted an "all community" canvas along with the Baptist Church members. Many people were reached and brought to a saving knowledge of Christ in their lives. In 1964 some of our members were privilege to sing in the 2500 voice choir at the Billy Graham Crusade in the Columbus Jet Stadium.
October is the month for "Homecoming". A fellowship dinner at noon on a chosen Sunday, and a guest speaker in the afternoon are part of the activities. Generally the speaker is a former pastor. It is a time of gathering together of friends, old and new, and remembering what our God has done for each of us.
Charles Demuth, recommended for license to preach by our Ostrander Quarterly Conference in 1909.
Charles Ashley, former minister, missionary to China. Has been in Hong Kong for many years as a missionary and a teacher.
Glen Howard, former minister, has been a Chaplain at the Sailor's and Soldier's Orphanage in Xenia, Ohio several years; his second assignment to this position.
Stanley Forkner, former minister, ranked in position next to being a Bishop in the Michigan Conference until the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and the Methodist Church. Is currently serving as pastor of a church by Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Charles Lobdell, spent his childhood and youth in our church. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. While there, he conducted prayer services with the youth of the college. He had further schooling in the state of New York. Graduated from Chicago Seminary. Has a Doctorate degree. Currently is head of Chemistry at Trinity University in Chicago. Occasionally is guest speaker at various churches.
Melvin Welch, native of Ostrander and a former attendant of our church, is a minister.
George Jacobs, native of Ostrander, spent his childhood and youth in our church. Was a minister before enlisting in the armed forces as a Chaplain Currently he pastors a church in Georgesville, Kentucky.
The only tragedy I can recall relating to any of our church delegates traveling to or from our Annual Conference, involved George, his father Lewis, and Miss Esther Pounds. This was in the early 1930's. There was a traffic accident and Lewis was killed. The elder Mr. Jacobs was a class leader and a great believer in prayer. Probably one of the most difficult tasks George ever performed was to sing at his father's funeral in our church.
Sharon Parrott, native of Ostrander, spent her childhood and youth in our church. Graduated from Marion College, Marion, Indiana. Currently she is a first grade teacher at an Indian Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona.
Randy Lavender, member of our church, graduated from Ohio University. While with the Armed services in California he received his Master's degree in Education. He also sang and preached at every opportunity and now is back in Ohio and has applied for Associate Professorship at Ohio University/Ohio State University. He will work ion his Doctorate Degree. His grandmother, Mrs. Herman Stevenson, about 1944, started and led Junior Church for the children of our church. (This children's service3 continued until a few years ago.)
There are undoubtedly many more persons deserving mention. These are the ones which came to mind in this lst page of writing.
Forgive me if I sound a bit sentimental about our church, perhaps I am. It has bee my home church since about 1912. There have been many physical changes in location, size, etc. of the building. It has been five different denominations, gone through valleys of stress, experienced mountains of blessings, ministers have come and gone, people and members have come and gone but the church still stands as a lighthouse in our community. God makes the path and provides the guide. God also deals the cards of our life; we just play them.
The first detailed Missionary report from the Methodist Episcopal Church of Ostrander, Ohio, now United Methodist, can be found in the 1881-82 Annual Conference Minutes. Rev. Tayor I Jagger was Pastor. We were in the Central Ohio Conference, Delaware District, Dover Circuit, with Isaac Newton as the Presiding Elder. Detailed annual missionary reports sent to conference gave the names of people who contributed to the missionary cause. I do not know what year this procedure was stopped.
A random sample of a report sent to conference: 1893, the finance report: gave $60 to the Presiding Elder, $93 for General Mission Fund, $18 for Church erection, $ for Sunday School General Fund, Elder's Beneficiary Fund $8.00, United Seminar $10, Otterbein University $13, Preacher's Aid $9.00, Bishop Collection $8.00, Total $225. In 1897-98, the pastor's salary was only $325.50 per year.
From the "Church Work Society" secretary book 1897-1904 we find the Missionary Society worked very closely with the C.W.S. because the same ladies belonged to both societies. They visited the sick in the community, helped financially wherever they could. Money was very scarce in those days.
Although the Ladies Aid Society (formerly the Church Work Society) still continued their meetings and dinners, the missionary spirit of the church almost died out. Under the able leadership of Rev. and Mrs. C.B. Burns (1944-45) the society was re-organized and re-vitalized. They were called the Women's Society of World Service (WSWS). There was a membership of 30 with an average attendance of 15.
Their meetings were held monthly. They sponsored a men's group known as the Men's Brotherhood, and a girl's group known as the Oterbein Build. WSWS supported such placed as Red Bird Mission, Otterbein Home and the Bible Meditation League.
The words "Red Bird Mission" bring back memories to the senior citizens of our church. In August 1950, twenty-six years ago, twelve members of the Ostrander United Brethren Church spent 19 hours on the road (including getting lost) to arrive at midnight at the Red Bird Mission, int the southeast corner of Kentucky where only 1% of the land is level. The Mission is situated on a mountainside. They drove 9 miles over a mountain, forded a creek, drove another creek bed as a road (there were no good roads into this place at that time), then they walked around a mountain and crossed a swing bridge to get to the hospital and other buildings.
The mission was started by a United Brethren minister. At the time of this visit, there was a hospital, a church and other buildings used for housing the adult workers and the children. The boys and girls came in August to live on the grounds, went back home to help with the fall harvest, then came back to the Mission for a winter term of schooling. There were animals for the boys to care for, also shops for the boys, to teach them trades and show them different ways to make a living for themselves and eventually become heads of households. There was a small country store which was also the Post Office. Food was sufficient and nourishing.
This Mission was so attractive, some of our people would have liked to go back and work there. They were very impressed with the spiritual teaching the children received from dedicated teachers. Of course thy have somewhat kept up with the times, their buildings are modern and the roads leading there are fine roads. Rev. Krumm showed our congregation slides of this trip. Very interesting!
Those who made that unforgettable trip to the Red Bird Mission were: Rev. and Mrs. D.R. Krumm, Mr. and Mrs Ray Russell, Mr. and Mrs K. Green and son, Mr. and Mrs. Marlin McIntire, Mabel Benjamin, Jane Conklin and Olive Stone.
Care packages were sent to Japan, Korea, Africa, Ybor City, Sierra Leon and the Philippines. Some of the missionaries they supported were Lillian Lange, India; J.K. Ferguson and Max Bayler, West Africa; and Charles Ashley, Hong Kong.
Each year they sponsored the World Service Day in church and the Mother and Daughters and sisters. They also took part in the community World Day of Prayer. Every February they would collect an offering of Lincoln Pennies and once a year they would hold an all day meeting for a study book. The promoted the reading program, the Thank Offering Boxers and sent representatives to the convention.
In 1969 the name was changed to the Women's Society of Christian Service (WSCS). In 1974 they became known as the United Methodist Women. Some of the programs they still promote are: reading books, study books, World Day of Prayer, the Mother and Daughter Banquet, and the Thank Offering Boxes. Recently they have contributed help to the Viet Nam Orphanage, Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home, the Marysville Reformatory through the Woman to Woman program and the American Red Cross. They also fix food for the needy of the community, send fruit baskets at Christmas time to the shut-ins of the church, play cassette tape recordings of the sermons to the shut-ins and make bed pads for the Otterbein Home and other places. They also sent representatives to the District Annual Meeting and the District Leadership Training. Our church continues to have a very strong missionary society which has been kept alive by many dedicated leaders.
THE SECRET PLACE
There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes
According to a secretary book dated from June 18, 1897 through 1904, the ladies of the United Brethren Church met at the home of Rev. and Mrs. H.A. Zuspin to organize a work society. July 8, 1897, htey met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Loveless. Presented a written constitution to which they unanimously agreed.
Name: The name of this society shall be the
"Church Work Society."
This group continued to function under the name of "Church Work Society" until 1907 when they became known as the Ladies Aid Society. It is interesting to note the fee of five cents per month was still in force when the ladies of the United Methodist Church, who were members of the Ladies Aid Society, decided to disband the society in December, 1974.
As stated before this was organized as a work society. In the early days the ladies aid did whatever they could to help with the finances of the church. Besides the monthly dues, they held bazaars, sewed carpet rags, held socials serving meals (clearing $3.00 to 10.00 yearly during those first years), had box socials, served oyster suppers, and made wool comforts for families (comforts made from discarded wool dresses, etc). Those who were able paid the society $1.35 for a comfort. Later the price went up to $5.00. Burlap feed and grain sacks were patched for farmers. This was very hard on the hands, sometimes making the fingers bleed from handling the rough burlap.
In the minutes of November, 1898, we read: received from the gramophone entertainment 71 cents". They also made quilts for which the received $2.50 each, later raising the price to $5.50. They served Election dinners. customer sewing was done for folk in the community; four to sew from 1pm till 5pm for 50 cents or the society to take their lunch and sew all day at the home or other places designated for $1.00 or the society to go and sew the greater part of the day for 75 centers, the hostess furnishing the dinner. The ladies worked hard but money was not easy to obtain. According to their Church Work Society records for the year of 1900 their receipts were only $177.73 and their expenses were $175.00. A new 'sick' committee was appointed each month. The sick of the community were visited and a report given each month.
March 13, 1898, Church Work Society minutes: "Motion that any lady in good moral standing can unite with our Church Work Society, be she a church member or otherwise. Motion passed." $4.31 received for box social. Other socials netted amounts of $3.88, $7.12, $9.20, etc. A comfort was made and sold for $1.50. Once they paid $4.00 for a freezer (would that have been some sort of an ice cream freezer?) Even though money was very scarce they always helped with the bills of the church when they could. They helped pay back money borrowed for different repairs and the like on the church. Nov. 17, 1901 a bill for $10.70 for lumber and various expenses was presented. $1.80 for repapering the hall, $2.21 for drapery, $12.50 on pastor's salary, $19.00 for stone steps, $1.00 for oil on street in front of church, $5.75 for paint, $10.49 repairs on church, etc. These are just a few of the bills the Church Work Society paid back in those days.
Delaware Herald March 2, 1910: "The Farmer's Institute will be helped at Ostrander the third of March, and the United Brethren Aid Society will serve dinner and supper at S.B. Myer's court room." Same paper, Nov 3, 1910: "The members and the Aids Society of the United Brethren Church had an oyster supper for the benefit of their Sunday School at the home of Spencer Roush. About 60 ate supper and all have a good time. They had music on the violin and piano."
Ladies Aid Treas. book, October, 1928: "A new sidewalk was made in front of the church." There was no basement of any sort until 1925, only a hold put there in 1901 for a floor furnace. The women held their meetings in different member's homes. I remember rushing from the school building to their monthly dinner. Children could have all they eat for 10 cents and at first adults could buy their dinner for 25 cents. This soon changed from 25 cents to 40 cents.
As the years rolled by we grew both numerically and financially. All business meetings were opened with devotions and prayer. The ladies continued to sew rags for rugs, serve Alumni Banquets, the annual Farmer's Exchange dinners, the Business Men's Association dinners, hold bazaars each year before Easter and Christmas - and many other things. One of the enjoyments was our monthly chicken and noodle dinner served to the public, family-style - just sit down and fill your plate! Not only townspeople came. There were those from Delaware, Watkins, Marysville, Marion, Columbus, etc. Bus loads of Senior Citizens came at least twice per year from Delaware and Columbus to enjoy a good meal and fellowship with those present. The money was used wherever needed. Regularly we paid the pastor's phone bill, his Delaware Gazette newspaper, fuel and electricity for the church, paid what they could when the basement was built under the entire church, also helped on the expense of building the parsonage. When a new furnace was needed or the church or parsonage needed painting they gave what they could. At times money was given to help pay the pastor's salary. These regular monthly meetings were terminated at the end of 1974. One thing we ladies do miss is the fellowship we had with each other and those folks who came from here and there. Even some of those people miss that fellowship. When they see any one of us their first questions is: "When are you going to have those dinners again, we miss coming?" After 77 successful years, it was with mixed emotions we drew the curtain - at lest for the time being!
God admires the lines of simplicity,
We may need the spikes of affliction
God cultivates, plucks and arranges,
Names and dates of ministers compiled by using an almost complete set of Annual Conference Minute Books collected by one of our former pastors, Rev. K.E. Wrightsel; the help of Mrs. Dorothy Kebker of the Ohio Wesleyan University Library Archives; Miss Esther George of the E.E.B. Division of the Archives at the United Seminary at Dayton, Ohio and Mrs. Ray Pounds' records. Even though we went to the Wesleyan Library at Marion College, Marion, Ind., I was not able to locate the names of the ministers (Wesleyan Methodist) before 1869. It is difficult because there have been so many different Conferences and Districts to which Ostrander belonged through the years.
We are reminded today of the special tribute we owe to all our veterans who have served and died for the ultimate cause of peace. We remain free and strong today because of each and every veteran and service man or woman who responded to, defended, and protected the principles of American democracy. Also, our special prayers go to those who bear the scars of past battles. Let's remember for a moment that America is Lesington and the short heard around the world, the Alamo, the Maine, the Lusitanian, Pearl Harbor, and Iwo Jima. Whenever freedom called, Americans answered and stayed until it was over, over there.
Heroic dead have been left in the Argonne Forest, Planders Field, on the rock of Corregidor, on the slopes of Korea, and in the rice paddies of Viet Nam. Ponder a moment on the top of the Unknown Soldier. All during the day and night, back and forth paces an armed Sentry in honor of those men who are known "But to God". IT is these persons who we honor today.
However, nt all Americans can commit themselves in exactly the same way our Armed Forced people do. But this nation would not have thrived for 200 years if most Americans did not share in large measure the commitments of all veterans. We were also drawn together in the concern for the POW's and MIA's.
It was the freedom of America, the respect for individuals, the honor paid to law, that made this Nation the greatest in the world history. The strength and future of our country depends upon patriotism. May we always keep our flag flying with dignity and love for all mankind. May we also uphold the freedom that we hold most dear, and show by word of mouth, or helping hand, that This Nation, under God, shall survive for years to come!
America was born in pain and almost died in adolescence! But it rallied to survive the ills of panic, depressions, and many conflicts to grow to adulthood. We are always on alert to keep our precious American Heritage. We remain free and strong today because we respond to, defend, and protect the principles of American democracy. Since the revolution of 1776, millions have stood for, fought for, and died for freedom. Through courage and cussedness, patriotism and persistence, we have been given the gift of freedom and the heritage of liberty.
We should let everyone know how we feel about God and County. Loyalty is desperately needed in our country today; old fashioned loyalty! W need more people who are not afraid to stand up and be counted, to speak out for the American way of life, in good times and bad.
I am an American who thanks a merciful Lord that I was lucky to be born an American citizen - God Bless America! This is my Country!
Written and delivered at the Decoration Day Services May 31, 1976 at Ostrander, Ohio by Bonita Spriggs, native of the village)
In the year 1814 or 1815, three Presbyterian families, William Cratty, John Lawrence, and Andrew Dodds, settled in the neighborhood of Little Mill Creek, and at first worshipped with the church at Delaware, which was prospering under the ministry of Rev. Joseph Hughs. The journey to Delaware in those days was quite an undertaking, as they were compelled to ford the Scioto River, which at certain times was dangerous or impossible. When these pioneers could not reach Delaware, the next most available place of worship was a log meeting house on Big Darby, in Union County. The only route to this place was a trail through the dense woods. About the year 1816, several other Presbyterian families were added to the Little Mill Creek settlement, and a number located on the Scioto River. With these acquisitions, it was deemed to organize in a separate church. A meeting was held and the proper authorities petitioned for the privilege which was granted, but with the provision that they should join with the families of Radnor township and that the church be known as the Presbyterian Church of Radnor. This was acceded to and the organization consummated in the year of 1816. (Preceding copied from Delaware County History).
The first church in Scioto township was built in the vicinity of Fairview by settlers in the Ostrander area (Ostrander not yet built). The Little Mill Creek (now called Blue's Creek) Presbyterian Church was established, following construction by the Presbytery in Columbus, on Nov. 9, 1834. Built of hewn logs by 25 church members who had formerly attended churches in Radnor, Delaware, and Marysville, it was situated on the bank of Little Mill Creek about three-fourth mile north of what is not the village of Ostrander. Seats from their wagons and chairs from their homes were used as pews by those pioneers. In 1863 a new frame building, costing $800 was erected at its present site in Ostrander and the name changed to the Ostrander Presbyterian Church. The members abandoned the log cabin to worship in their new sanctuary. Services have been continuous except for a period from October 8, to November 25, 1882 during a smallpox epidemic in Ostrander. A manse was built in 1870.
In 1912 a partial basement was placed under the church. In 1923 the church was again remodeled, a basement put under the entire building, and an addition put on the rear. At the time of this remodeling, stained glass windows were installed. These were paid for by families or classes in memory of loved ones or classes or founders of the church. Those remembered: Doris Thompson Maugans, born 1904, died 1922: Anna Winget Bovey; Florence Elms Gabriel, By Joseph L. Gabriel; Esther A. Anderson: Elizabeth Miller: In memory of the Founders of this Church by S.G. Class: Jennie E. Anderson, Philathes Class and William C. Bovey.
In 1952 an organ was purchased from the Elizabeth Miller Memorial Fund. More recently a contribution of $1000 was given by Mrs. Willis (Pansy Gabriel) Liggett, to be used as needed. A contribution was also sent by Mrs. Enid Anderson Coleman in memory of her mother, Mrs. Cleland (Esther) Anderson - used to purchase the Outdoor Church Bulletin Board.
Rev. Arthur Holt is the present minister.
Then God moves
The Baptist trace their history in the Ostrander area back to 1826 when Rev. Jacob Drake began to hold meetings in the settler's cabins. In 1828, Rev. Drake, along with members of the Radnor Baptist Church, organized the Millcreek Baptist Church. These Radnor church members lived in Scioto Township and many times could not ford the Scioto River to get to the services in the Radnor Church. They needed a church in their own vicinity. The first meeting house was a cabin made of logs and was located along the north bank of Little Mill Creek where the Millcreek Baptist Cemetery is now located. The building had one door, slab benches and four windows made of oiled paper. In 1835 or 1836 a more permanent organization was formed with 18 members. Worship continued in this church until 1853, when a brick church replaced the cabin n the same site, at the cost of $1000. The approximate location was just north of the south gate of the present Millcreek Cemetery. (Incident related to the writer by a former resident of Ostrander. His father presented this new Baptist Church with an organ. As he, and a helper were taking it into the building, men from the church picked up both the men and the organ and threw them out onto the ground. Members of this church did not believe in having any sort of musical instrument in their meeting house.)
The brick church building was used on 26 years when it was torn down in favor of the erection of a frame building which is still in use in Ostrander. A news item from the Delaware Journal Herald, Feb. 5, 1874: "There is strong talk of removing the Baptist Church from its present stie, on Millcreek three-fourths of a mile from Ostrander, into Ostrander. Had it been built in the village in the first place it would have saved time, money, and much confusion.
About 500 people were present, May 5, 1889, as Elder Batchelder of Delaware dedicated the new church in Ostrander to the services of the Lord. The finance Committee reported the $2500 debt was paid in full in a very short time.
Millcreek Baptist Church is a missionary church; granting assistance to new churches at Buck Run, New Dover, and Springdale. After 108 years, 1868 to 1976, Springdale is still strong and active.
The following members from this church have gone into the ministry: Wm. Porter, Elisha Turner, Alexander Wright, W.H. Whitney, H.W. Delaney, F.D. Perkins, Kenneth Miller, John Nye, Robert (Bob) Lowe and Roger Mackan.
Millcreek has been connected with Baptist Associations as follows: Columbus, Mad River, and Marion Associations.
Our Millcreek Baptist Church has stood as a faithful witness for 147 ears. A light continues to shine out into the world from this modest window. Only the Lord knows what spiritual labors have been performed, and the multitudes of people who have been influenced because of the humble servants in this His church. Rev. Michael Batchelder is the present minister.
The pioneer of today, speeding here and there by automobile, airplane, helicopter, rockets (even to the moon) etc., building his houses, churches and places of business with lumber, brick, cement, pre-fab of either wood or cement blocks, etc, brought to him by railroad or truck from a company which grants extended time for payment, know nothing of the obstacles which were met and overcome by the early settler of a wooded country n the beginning of the 1800's.
Difficulties of transportation was among the innumerable hardships, dangers and privations which beset the pioneers. The feet of man and beast provided the only motive power at their disposal. Trails were often discernable only by gashes chopped on the trunks of the trees. Many places there was only an Indian trail which previously had been worn down by animals. There were no bridges, you swam or forded the streams.
The early settlers found the Indians in full possession of the soil. Roaming about in the pursuit of game or n the war-path, they found the best lands, and there established their villages. The Indian title to the soil of the Northwest Territory was soon extinguished and the United States became proprietor to the vast domain. Ohio being admitted as an independent state in 1803, it was stipulated all lands not then granted or sold should belong to the nation. Various grants were subsequently made to individuals, companies, and political bodies. The lands of Delaware County lying west of the Scioto River were known as Virginia Military Lands, and were surveyed by Nathaniel Massie. These lands were guaranteed by Congress to Virginia, as an offset to the claims relinquished by that state to Northwest Lands. Virginia appropriated these lands to payment of her troops who served, during the revolution, in the Continental Army. Many pioneers who settled in Delaware County were given their land by the President of the United States for their services in the war because there was no money with which to pay them.
On foot and on horseback, those searching for a home, traversed the Indian trail, or trod a pathless forest until he reached an eligible site near a brook or a river. Since this land was predominately covered with forests, our forefathers had to clear away the trees before they could build any kind of dwelling place. Generally a cabin of poles was built, chinked and plastered; doorways were sawed, log steps made, the back of a chimney raised, and a funnel of sticks and clay built up. This was the pioneer's home It was not until 1818 the first stone mason came into this township. He showed people how they could build houses of stone with stone chimneys, thus disposing of the old, and sometimes dangerous, stick chimney.
Dress was not so nice in those days. If the boy, and sometimes the big boys, had shirts and pants of home-made linen, and a buckeye hat, he was dressed for church and Sabbath School. Shoes for boys were sometimes out of the question. In the summer season the larger girls would have shoes, but they were very careful with them. They would carry them until they got near the church, then sit down on a log and put them on until after church was out, then pull them off and walk home barefooted. If they had a good calico dress they were satisfied.
Of all the wearing apparel, shoes were the most difficult to procure. There were no ready-made shoes kept for sale anywhere, and shoe shops were as scarce as money. The father would take raw hide to the tannery and have it tanned on the shares, or trade it for leather. Then they sawed some soft maple blocks for shoe pegs and lay them up over the grate fire - place to dry. The mothers would spin the shoe thread from flax they raised, and then wait for the traveling shoemaker with his kit of tools, which consisted of half a dozen lasts, a shoe hammer and a few awls. Sometimes he wouldn't get around until after the holidays. He would take his position in one corner near the big fireplace and never leave until the who family was shod. It was called whipping the cat. Why it was called that is not known, unless it was that when he took his place in one corner near the fireplace he was a monarch of all he surveyed, resigned supreme for the time being, and the cats and dogs, and children too, had to sit or stand back. It was not uncommon in those days to be without descent shoes. A man could work n the hay field for twenty-five cents a day and get an order from a store for one dollar and 50 cents, and get a pair of split leather shoes.
The summer clothing consisted chiefly of linen, manufactured at home also. The mothers would pick the wool, card it on a pair of hand cards, spin it on the old-fashioned big wheel, color the yarn and weave the cloth. This was all done at home and by the family. There were no 'fulling' mills in the country at that time. So to procure a heavier article for men and boy's wear, they adopted a novel way of 'fulling' their linsey. (Linsey, or woolsey, is a cloth of mixed linen and wool.) They would make what the Yankees called a fulling fee, that is, invite in the neighbors, boys and sometimes the girls, and place around in a circle on the floor on low stools or blocks of wood. The web was then placed in the center and warm soap suds poured on, and then, kicking from all sides, he was the best fellow who could kick the hardest. This was continued until the web was beat up sufficient. Sometimes the homemade blankets were served in the same way.
The preceding paragraphs copied from: "Recollections of Pioneer Life in Delaware County" written in 1888 by W.P. Crawford.
Scioto township was established in 1814. At that time it embraced all the territory then belonging to Delaware County west of the Scioto River. Fairview/Edinburg, the oldest village in the township, was laid out about 1816, having 27 lots, located in the vicinity of Fairview Corners, just north of the present site of Ostrander, Ohio.
The first home was built in 1852. The first store opened for business in 1853 even though there were only six homes at that time. This store and several of the homes in Fairview were moved into Ostrander after the railroad was laid. Since Ostrander was located on the "Big Four" railroad, it was soon to become the largest and most prosperous village in the township. Sores of almost all sorts were established and businessmen were successful. It's first development was south of the railroad and Jack Shoppert platted the part east of Little Mill Creek. This plat is till known as Jacktown. Little Mill Creek is now called Blues Creek.
According to newspaper reports, Ostrander once ranked third in the state in the shipment of livestock. The stockyards, located where the elevator store room stands now, had man holding pens and a good loading ramp where the livestock were loaded into stock railroad cars to be shipped to various destinations.
Delaware Gazette, July 2, 1869, 'Ostrander Letter' --- a correct "Business Directory" of Ostrander: W.W. Hutchison, dealer in dry goods, groceries, queensware, etc.; W.C. Winget and J.V. Roberts, dealers in dry goods, groceries, boots and shoes, queensware and medicine; F. Shout, dealer in dry goods, groceries, liquors etc.; B. Turney, dealer in stoves, tinware, iron, nails and hardware generally; R.E. Case, manufacturing of harness, saddles, etc; Dolbeer, Ryan and Wood, dealers in grain, produce generally; Messrs. Hutchison and Cratty, wool buyers; Messrs. Crain, Long and Car, stone masons and plasterers; Messrs. Peck, Fiekds and Fay, physicians; Samuel Maugans, Blacksmith; Samuel Stricklin, boot and shoemaker,; Joseph Maugans, manufacturer of washing machines; Martin Maugans, birckmaker, Messrs. Hutchison, Brown, and McKirgin, carpenters; Mrs. Glick and Mrs. Peek, milliners; James Larence, dealer in butter and eggs; Leroy Decker, jewelry; Messrs. Stricklin and Peek, painters; W.C. Winget, postmaster; James Liggett, telegraph operator.
Delaware J.H. Jan.15, 1874, "Elijah Brown has entered into a general undertakers business in Ostrander. He is ready to furnish a good style of coffins very cheaply." -- "Elijah Brown and McKirgin have a cabinet making business in Ostrander." In that same month corn was 50 cent per bu. and hogs $5.00 per hundred, gross, for heavy hogs, butter 22 cent per lb. and eggs 20 cent per doz. Feb. 12. 1874, "Shipments from Ostrander for Dec. and Jan. last past: lumber 4 car loads; stock 20 car loads; grain 10 car loads." May 7, 1874, "The whiskey war is raging in this place -- mass meetings re held every Friday evening in the Methodist Church." These meetings were attended by those who were fighting the saloon and the selling and drinking of liquor. Sept. 24, 1874, "The bridge crossing Little Mill Creek, between the flourishing village of Ostrander and Fairview, has been completed and the union is stronger than ever." "Brown and Meyers are largely engaged in sawing and shipping lumber from Ostrander." "Canaan and Brown, at their Ostrander mills, manufacture a superior article of flour." Jan. 1875 (same newspaper) "The new sawmill of Meyers and Co. in Ostrander is running six saws." Feb 1875, "Andy Liggett has recently purchased a new wood sawing machine." "The school in the Bean district closed the 6th of this month. The last day exercises were of an interesting character." "Fred Akerman, Delaware -- instructing the string band in Ostrander." May 1875, "W.C. Winget has been succeeded in the Ostrander Post Office by Abner Said." "It will be known in a few days as to whether a railroad switch will be put in near the crossing of the Scioto River by the Short Line, or not." May 1875, "On the night of May 6th, a spelling match took place in Ostrander. An admittance fee of 10 cent was charged at the door, the proceeds to be applied to Missionary purposes. A $5.00 Bible was the prize awarded to the champion speller ---". Aug. 1875, "Wm. Bovey has opened a Bakery and Ice Cream saloon which is drawing a good crowd." "the mill --- is so superbly managed -- that good flour can be manufactured even from the inferior article of wheat raised in some sections of the county. This is quite an item to those who love good bread." Del. Gazette, May, 1879, "The Haydock House in Ostrander is large, convenient, in good hands, airy, handy to the railway, and should be largely patronized>" Delaware J.F. June, 1879 "The building of the gravel road running through Ostrander was sold last Saturday, the north part to M. Maugans for $395; the south part to H.H. Hatch for $300." Jan. 1880, "Ostrander -- to have a printing office - young man from Maryland intends to set up a job press in a few days." In 1891 the saloon was voted out -- prohibitory ordinance passed. Delaware Semi-Weekly Gazette.
By the early 1900's, before there were many automobiles, the train called the Jerk, made two round trips each day from Delaware trough Ostrander, to Springfield and back to Delaware. Later we rode the "Toonerville Trolly" on the railroad tracks to and from Delaware, Ostrander and Springfield. This rail services ceased when automobiles became more plentiful. Due to deteriorating rail tracks and lack of business the railroad ceased operations in 1971.
In 1925 a fire started in a small restaurant on Main Street in the main square of the town. The fire spread through the who block and completely destroyed it. The only building left standing was the livery stable on the southwest corner. The block was rebuilt in the following year or two and looked much as it does now. The livery stable as torn down and a frozen food locker erected in its place.
Some of our senior citizens remember the 9:00pm curfew (in my 1943 Webster's dictionary 'curfew' means: a bell originally rung at 8pm an intimation that fires and lights were to be extinguished). There was a bell hanging in the 'Jail House' tower, which rang each evening. When the children heard this bell they ran for home, unless they were accompanies by parents or another adult. The evenings became very quiet - like rolling up the side walk, and all youthful noise and activity stopped immediately.
A great celebration in the village of Ostrander on May 18, 1975 marked one hundred years to the day when the Delaware County Commissioners presented Ostrander witha a charter. Under the direction of the Centennial planners, Robert Ball, betty Owen, Kay Ball, Claude Hutchisson, Debbie Hutchison and Don Wilson, the celebration of the 100th year birthday began with an old-fashioned ice cream social which was attended by over 700 persons. Streets were scrubbed and cleaned, windows were decorated in a pioneer fashion and the Millcreek Garden Club had splashes of red, white, and blue flowers planted in the downtown are. People form all over Ohio and as far away as New Castle, Pa., and L.A., Calif., attended the affair.
July2, there was a Centennial Pageant, 'Memories' presented by home talent. There were 23 scenes in all, broken by and intermission in which Dick Grandell auctioned off Ostrander Centennial coins to the highest bidders. The pageant concluded with a gala tribute to our American heritage and the singing of 'God Bless America'.
July 4 was the BIG day. The parade was one of the best, with beautiful Centennial floats, bands, horses, the five fire trucks, including Concord and Marysville. It terminated at the school grounds, where there were all sorts of activities all day long. An estimated 7000 persons attended. The Senior Citizen's float, the Centennial was judged the best. The great 100th birthday party ended July 5 with a flea market attended by over 300 people.
The Centennial group sponsored an old fashioned street dance and ordered and placed on sale Ostrander Centennial plates and coins. May 21, 1975 Ostrander was designated a Bicentennial Community by the National American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. July 4, 1976 marks the celebration of the 200th birthday of our country, the United States of America.
Throughout the years there have been many and varied business places to attract newcomers to the town. For a while the growth has been at a semi-stand still, but we feel this will change and Ostrander will again be a prosperous, flourishing and inviting town.