Two to get historical markers

Two northern Trumbull County communities will be recognized this weekend with Ohio Historical Society markers noting significance of two historic buildings.

At 11:30 a.m., a marker dedication will take place in Southington for the historic Chalker building, 4432 state Route 305. At 2 p.m., there will be a second marker dedication for the historic Carnegie-style Bristol Public Library, 1855 Greenville Road.

Local officials in both communities and representatives from the Ohio Historical Society are scheduled to attend.

Made of cast aluminum, the markers provide a tangible record of Ohio’s history and are an important educational tool, informing residents and visitors about significant aspects of our shared past. Information is included on both sides of the markers indicating the significance of the location or building.

Southington’s site will be the first of the day’s dedications.

Susie Tietz is with the Southington Community Trust, the trust group that will host the unveiling of the historic marker commemorating the Chalker High School site which also includes a war memorial and the 1905 school building.

Tietz said the property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2012; historically significant for its association with the development of Southington.

The building represents a local response to a statewide trend in which one-room schoolhouses scattered throughout townships were replaced by a single centralized school. The transition was encouraged on a state-wide level and was accomplished typically by townships in Trumbull County late in the 19th and early 20th century.

The Chalker building showcases historic items of the history of the township with many local school children visiting.

Before the opening of the new school complex, the Chalker building was used for school administrative offices and some school classrooms.

Tietz said the historic marker was sponsored by the Southington Community Trust which submitted a proposal to the Ohio Historical Society which administers the marker program.

She said the museum will be open for viewing and refreshments.

Tietz said the marker dedication was planned in conjunction with the annual Chalker High School Alumni Banquet to take place at Roby Lee’s restaurant in Newton Falls later that day.

In Bristol, members of the Bristol Public Library, Friends of the Library and Bristol Historical Society will be hosting a special program on front lawn of the library where the marker will be placed next to the library sign and flagpole.

Cheryl French, adult services librarian, said the library marked 100 years in 2013. The original part of the library in the front which is a Carnegie style building is more than 100 years old and is what is being recognized by the Ohio Historical Society.

”We are honored and excited to be historic enough to receive this marker … We look forward to share this special experience with the public,” French said.

She said an addition was added in 1990 to the back part of the library building.

The Ohio Historical Society has recognized the Bristol Public Library as a significant part of Ohio history with the library building an important and educational part of local history.

French said the Bristol Library is near many historic buildings, including the town hall and local churches which were recognized when the township marked its bicentennial. She said she sought assistance in applying for the designation from Donna Holko and Wendell Lauth of the Bristol Historical Society when the township was marking its bicentennial. Lauth responded by putting together a library history and wrote the language that will appear on the marker.

French said the small-town library is the center of the community opening earlier than most libraries at 8 a.m. to allow local school children to come to the building.

The library is next to the school complex.

”We get many people at our little library,” French said.

In addition to Bristol residents, the library brings in patrons from Farmington, Mecca, Champion, Southington and Warren.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to receive a maker. It is hard to believe the library has been here for 100 years,” said Lori Perticone, library circulation technician.