History of Putnam County, Ohio
All life and achievement is evolution; present wisdom conies from past experience, and present commercial prosperity has come only from past exertion and suffering. The deeds and motives of the men who have gone before have been instrumental in shaping the destinies of later communities and state. The development of a new country was at nine a task and a privilege. It required great courage, sacrifice and privation. Compare the present conditions of the people of Putnam county, Ohio, with what they were one hundred years ago. From a trackless wilderness and virgin land, it has come to be a center of prosperity and civilization, with millions of wealth, systems of railways, grand educational institutions, splendid industries and immense agricultural and mineral productions. Can any thinking person he insensible to the fascination of the study which discloses the aspirations and efforts of the early pioneers who so strongly laid the foundation upon which has been reared the magnificent prosperity of later days? To perpetuate the story of these people and to trace and record the social, political and industrial progress of the community from its first inception is the function of the local historian. A sincere purpose to preserve facts and personal memoirs that are deserving of perpetuation, and which unite the present to the past, is the motive for the present publication. A specially valuable and interesting department is that one devoted to the sketches of representative citizens of this count v whose records deserve preservation because of their worth, effort and accomplishment. The publishers desire to extend their thanks to the gentlemen who have so faithfully labored to this end. Thanks are also due to the citizens of Putnam county for the uniform kindness with which they have regarded this undertaking, and for their many services rendered in the gaining of necessary information.
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In writing the history of a county, the local historian is confined to a relatively small unit and is not expected to go outside of the limits of the county only in so far as to make explanatory the relation of the county to contiguous counties or to the state at large. The historian is also handicapped I'v all the tradition which is handed down through succeeding generations, traditions with little or no historical background and bordering on the romantic. While tradition is often connected with history, it does not often carry with it the substratum of fact which should characterize real historical narrative. Personal feelings and quixotic whims find expression in the tales of our forbears and are repeated so often that they are finally accepted as the truth. The purpose of the author of this history is to separate fiction from fact; to present in a simple and succinct manner those facts which will show the place of Putnam county among its sister counties in the state; to preserve for future generations the story of the privations and hardships which confronted our good forefathers four score years ago.