Jackson Township Historical Society

History Bits

When Arthur D. Uhrich was 14 years old (in 1879) he went hunting by himself. He placed his rifle against a split rail fence in order to climb over it. As he climbed over the fence, he accidentally hit the rifle and it discharged, sending many pellets into his left arm. He managed to get himself back home, and his father hitched up the horse and buggy and took Arthur to the doctor's office. In 1879 there was very little the doctor could do for such an injury with the many pellets in the arm. Arthur was given a shot, and was given a quart of whiskey “to dull the pain.” The doctor told his father to “sit on him, to hold him down.” The doctor then proceeded to cut off Arthur’s left arm below the elbow. With only one hand, his father knew that Arthur could never successfully farm the land and convinced Arthur to attend a “normal school” for teachers. Today this would be called a teachers’ college. Arthur taught himself to become self-sufficient and learned to dress himself and to harness his horse and buggy to get to the school where he was teaching. He did not like to have any pictures taken of him that showed he only had one arm, and he would carefully position himself so that you could not see the missing arm. His father had obtained a false arm for Arthur, but in those days these were very awkward and clumsy and he rarely used it. He not only taught school but married and had four children and had a successful life as a teacher and father. (Information was provided by his grandson Richard F. Uhrich.)

What's In A Name?

Housing developments, office complexes, schools, and shopping centers built in recent years in Jackson Township are beautiful and impressive. All is well except for one of the major ways that history is recorded – through the use of family names. Developers no longer leave their names behind when they build new neighborhoods, office buildings, and shopping centers. Where are the streets named after wives, husbands, children, or even famous people (such as Jackson Township from General Andrew Jackson)? As farm paths became roads, the names were taken from the family of the nearest or biggest farm (e.g., the streets named Beatty, Braucher, Stuhldreher, and Wales). Sauder Junior High School (now an elementary) was named for a longtime Jackson School District educator and superintendent. Other, unofficial, names were the product of residents’ nicknaming for streets and places. The hill on Fulton Road north of Wales Avenue was called Tilton’s Hill.   Can you think of other street/place names in the township named for people?

 The Great Flood of 1913

This monster flood killed more than 1,000 people, lasting over five days, and bringing the final, devastating chapter to the canal era. The flood affected 14 states, making it “the country’s most widespread natural disaster” (History Channel website, “The Superstorm That Flooded America,” March 25, 2013 by Christopher Klein). To alleviate the flooding of the overflowing river banks, the locks of the Ohio and Erie Canal were dynamited. Whatever remnants of the canal’s purpose that remained -- as a means of transportation for people and materials -- were destroyed. Also see Ohioanderiecanalway.com/mainpages/thegreatflood

The Great Flood of 1913 devastated parts of Jackson Township.

Teacher Arthur Uhrich.