Society plans for markers

WEATHERSFIELD — The Mineral Ridge Historical Society will place two Ohio Historical markers in the township this summer.

Linda Ference, a society member, said the two markers, administered by the Ohio Historical Society, arrived last year and are set for installation and dedication.

The Ohio Historical Markers program, which began in the 1950s, encompasses more than 1,500 unique markers that tell the state’s history as written by its communities.

Markers are erected by local community sponsors in partnership with the Ohio History Connection and describe the people, places, things and events of Ohio’s past. Between 20 and 30 new markers are completed each year.

One marker for Salt Springs and the Western Reserve will be placed in Kerr Cemetery off Salt Springs Road, and the other on black band ore found in sections of Mineral Ridge will be placed near the gazebo at the former middle school site off state Route 46, where three flags also will be installed.

A dedication will take place for the one marker, she said, possibly during the Firefighters Flag Day Festival in June.

Marcy Buchanan, a society member, said once the two markers are installed, plans are to seek additional markers for the future to be placed at other locations in the township.

Members have attended dedication ceremonies for markers in other communities, she said, such as Niles and Warren Township.

Buchanan said the historical society is being offered the former middle school ticket booth, which was used at the high school and middle school.

”The ticket booth is very special. It used to be located outside the auditorium,” she said.

She said society members suggested it be displayed at the school by the auditorium.

A bell from the middle school is located on the Route 46 property.

Also, Buchanan said, the society has received drawings from Jane Clemson Skelton, who formerly lived in Mineral Ridge and drew several different images depicting scenes of Mineral Ridge, which members said could be use on society notecards or a calendar.

”Many people can easily get pictures off the Internet. These drawings are unique,” Buchanan said.

The drawings could be used in a calendar with historical information provided on each page.

It was suggested the calendars be sold as a fundraiser along with more events, such as informational talks,and demonstrations as a way to get more members and generate awareness and interest. Topics could include Meander Creek Reservoir and Mineral Ridge Dam as well as the coal mines.

The historical society meets 7 p.m the third Tuesday of the month in April, May, September and October in the Seaborn Elementary School media center.

The society also showcases many historical items at the historic Moss Ancestral Home, 1499 Burnett St., which offers open houses throughout the year.