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History of Norwalk, (Huron County) Ohio
Norwalk Birds-Eye View 1870
Local History Notes:
Norwalk's tree-lined streets, majestic maples predominating, give to Huron County's capital, many years ago, the name of Maple City. Forest monarchs, more umbrageous with the passing decades, are still much in evidence, especially on West Main Street, historic thoroughfare along a ridge once an Indian trail. Norwalk is a city of beautiful homes, some of its historic mansions more than a century old, still beautiful, for they were built to endure.
Biography of William Arnon Henry
William Arnon Henry, educator, was born at Norwalk, Ohio, June 16, 1850; son of William and Martha (Condict) Henry. He spent his youth on a farm and attended the public schools at Defiance, Ohio, and Holbrook normal school, earning his tuition by teaching school. He was a student at Ohio Wesleyan university, 1869-70; principal of the high school at New Haven, Ind., 1871-73; principal of the high school at Boulder, Col., 1873-76; and a student in agriculture at Cornell university, New York, 1876-80, where be was graduated B. Agr. in 1880. He was an assistant to Prof. C. V. Riley of the U.S. entomological commission at Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1879, and instructor in botany at Cornell university, 1879-80. He was appointed professor of botany and agriculture at the University of Wisconsin in 1880, began work in September, 1880, and in 1883 was relieved of the botanical work and elected professor of agriculture. He was appointed director of the experimental station of the University of Wisconsin in 1887, and in 1891 was appointed dean of the College of Agriculture and professor of agriculture. The institution rapidly grew in importance and the number of students in 1900 was 380, representing eigbteen states and Canada, and the teaching force was over twenty in number. He conducted experiments in the manufacture of sugar from amber cane, and the ensiling of fodders, by direction of the Wisconsin legislature, 1881-83; and established the first short course in agriculture, and also the first dairy school in America, which was enlarged by an appropriation from the legislature of Wisconsin. He became a staff correspondent of the Breeders' Gazette, Chicago, Ill., in 1887, and is the author of Experiments in Amber Cane, and the Ensilage of Fodder (2 vols., published by the state, 1882-83); A Hand-Book of Northern Wisconsin, describing the agricultural and horticultural features of northern Wisconsin, prepared by direction of the state legislature and of which the state printed 50,000 copies (1896); Feeds and Feeding, a Hand-Book for the Student and Stockman (1898); and the, chapter on "Cattle Feeding" in the special report on Diseases of Cattle and Cattle Feeding, published by the agricultural department, Washington, D.C., in 1892. From the experiment station under his direction, in 1900 there had been issued sixteen annual reports, covering over 4400 pages, and eighty bulletins, covering over 1600 pages.
George Kennan - A Biography
George Kennan, author, was born at Norwalk, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1845; sen of John and Mary Ann (Morse) Kennan; of Scotch-Irish ancestry. He attended the public schools of his native town and at the age of twelve found employment in a telegraph office. He attended the high school at Columbus, Ohio, in 1869, and worked at night as a telegraph operator, becoming first assistant, then chief operator and manager of the telegraph office in Cincinnati, 1863-64. He went to northeast Siberia as an explorer and telegraph engineer in 1865, and was superintendent of the construction of the middle division of the Russian. American Telegraph company, 1866-68. He explored the mountains of the Eastern Caucasus and Daghestan, 1870-71, and on returning to the United States became a newspaper writer and lecturer, and was night manager of the Associated Press at Washington, 1877-85. In 1885-86, in company with George A. Frost, an artist, he made a journey of 15,000 miles through Russia and Siberia, visiting all the convict prisons and mines for the purpose of investigating the Russian exile system, and in 1889-90 embodied his observations and conclusions in a series of articles published in the Century Magazine. From 1886 his time was occupied in lecturing in the United States and Great Britain on his Siberian experiences. He went to Cuba in May, 1898, with the American National Red Cross society and was a special commissioner for the Outlook magazine. He is the author of: Tent Life in Siberia (1870); Siberia and the Exile System (2 vols., 1891); Campaigning in Cuba (1899), and contributions to the leading magazines.
Lawyer, was born in Norwalk, Ohio, February 5th, 1822, and is the son of Hon. Timothy Baker, a native of Massachusetts, and a prominent citizen of Huron county, Ohio. In 1841 he graduated at Dennison University, and in 1844 at the Law School of Harvard University, Massachusetts. In November of the latter year he commenced the practice of his profession in Toledo, Ohio, where he has since been actively engaged in a general practice, and more especially in commercial and real estate law and chancery. While attending sedulously to the fulfilment of his professional duties, he has also been for many years intimately identified with the growth and prosperity of the city, and has actively supported all railroad and manufacturing enterprises, with many of which, including the Wabash Railroad, the Toledo & Cleveland Railroad, the Milburn Wagon Works, etc., he has sustained important personal relations. He has acted also as the trusted adviser and attorney of many of the corporations and leading business men of Toledo, who recognize in him a trustworthy and skilful practitioner. To all movements promising the promotion of the moral and educational welfare of the city also he has uniformly given his cordial and active sympathy and support. With the exception of local and minor offices, he has never evinced a predilection or desire for position of a partisan or political nature, and has, accordingly, persistently refrained from entering into the arena of contested place and patronage. But all trusts, professional or personal, committed to him, have been discharged invariably with unassailable fidelity, and admirable ability. He was married, August 28th, 1849, to Frances C. Latimer, of Norwalk, Ohio, by whom he has had five children--four sons and one daughter.
Moses Randolph Brailey
Lawyer and Brigadier-General United States Volunteers, was born, November 2d, 1816, at Canandaigua, New York, of American parents, and of English and Irish descent. He received an elementary education in the common schools of Buffalo, New York, which he supplemented afterwards by close study in leisure hours. After leaving school he was engaged in sailing vessels on Lake Erie, in which he continued for five years, when, on account of the superior abilities he displayed, he was, in the autumn of 1835, made mate of the steamer "Sheldon Thompson," which post he filled for two seasons. After leaving the steamer he removed to Ohio, in 1837, where he embarked in the lumber business, and also in farming at Norwalk, which he continued for five years, during which time he was elected Justice of the Peace for Norwalk, and served as such for a term of six years. While he occupied this position he read law with Hon. E. M. Stone, and was admitted to the bar in 1846, and remained in Norwalk, practising his profession, until 1857. In the fall of 1852 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney for Huron county, Ohio, and re-elected in 1854, his term expiring in 1856. He removed to Fulton county in 1857, where he continued his law practice until the autumn of 1858, when he was elected Prosecuting Attorney for that county, and was re-elected in 1860. He filled this position until 1861, when the civil war broke out, and he enlisted in the three months' service, and on August 21st of the same year was named Captain of Company I of the 38th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three years' service. He was wounded in a skirmish near Mill Springs, Kentucky, and discharged from the service on that account in March, 1862. In the following month of May he was made Captain of Company G of the 85th Regiment Ohio Infantry, and on August 28th was transferred to the 111th Ohio, and promoted to the rank of Major, and went to the field in command of that regiment. He participated in the battles of Frankfort and Perryville, Kentucky, and in January, 1863, advanced to the grade of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was in the battles of Rochester and Lenoir, Tennessee, in the autumn of 1863, and was brevetted a Colonel in the regular army and Brigadier-General of Volunteers for gallantry on the field, and for services rendered. He was shortly afterwards attacked with hemorrhage of the lungs, and discharged from the army on account of the same during the winter of 1863-64. On his return to Ohio he was appointed by Governor Brough, in February, 1864, Pay Agent, and served in that capacity until the close of the war. He was elected in 1865 Comptroller of the State Treasury of Ohio, re-elected in 1868, and served until 1871, meanwhile being elected a member of the Board of Soldiers' Claims for Ohio. He is at present engaged in farming and also in the practice of his profession in Swanton, Fulton county, having the largest and best clientelage of any lawyer in that county. During his life he has been a consistent Whig, and since the dissolution of that party, an unwavering Republican. He was married, April 21st, 1837, to Sarah Jane Maxom, of Buffalo, New York.
Huron County Facts:Seat: Norwalk
Formed from: Portage and Cuyahoga
Additional Local History Notes:
The 1854 Gazetteer of the United States by Thomas Baldwin shows:
NORWALK, a post-township in the N. part of Huron co., Ohio. Population, 2613.
Norwalk is situated 219 meters above sea level.