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Here are some articles from a recent quarterly newsletter, "Meigs Historian".   Newsletters are mailed quarterly to members of the Meigs County Historical Society as a benefit of membership.                  

From the Winter 2014 newsletter


The Meigs County Commissioners recently presented us with the Bridge Plate from the Pomeroy/Mason bridge built by the Mt Vernon Bridge Company, Mt Vernon, Ohio in 1928.

At the Annual Meeting of the Society in October we honored the following:

We honored four people who have made outstanding contributions to preserving Meigs County History. Charlene Hoeflich, who worked for the Daily Sentinel for 47 years, and through newspaper reports of events and historical stories (always well researched), has provided a tremendous amount of searchable information for future generations. Charlene served several years ago as a trustee of the historical society and was named an honorary trustee when she left the board. Jim Smith has spent years restoring the Mulberry Pond at the entrance to Beech Grove Cemetery. Through grants and donations of money, material and labor he has made the pond a welcoming place for people to visit, whether to fish, picnic or just enjoy the peacefulness of the area. The Mulberry Pond was a place Jim enjoyed visiting regularly with his father as a young boy growing up in Pomeroy. When he retired about ten years ago from the Ohio Historical Society, he returned to Pomeroy and began his quest to restore this place that held a lot of memories for many growing up in Pomeroy. Joyce Davis has been a society trustee for 27 years. She was honored for being a faithful volunteer and preserver of Meigs County history by assisting at the museum with tours, research, compiling publications and day to day duties of the museum. Robyn Parker has been an employee of the museum for 15 years and was honored for her service and commitment to patrons of the museum, whether assisting with research or giving tours. Recently named Curator, she has been doing a magnificent job in getting artifact and archive records up to date and keeping them updated. Robyn, also, oversees the duties of volunteer, Molly Arms.

Agricultural Museum on the Meigs County Fairgrounds

We’re moving ahead with plans for the Agricultural "Museum" at the fairgrounds, hoping to have it completed in time for the 2015 fair in August. It almost seems like a pipe dream as we begin our fund-raising campaign, but as interested businesses and individuals learn about it, we find there is growing support and that it is attainable. We are accepting pledges toward the building and WE THANK THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY MADE A PLEDGE.  If you wish more information, please phone the museum at 740-992-3810 and ask to talk to Margaret Parker. If she is not available to speak with you, she will return your call.  Or you can email her at meigscohistorical@frontier.com

And the following newspaper articles..........................

James Edward Campbell and Mary Champ Campbell

Recently, interest has been revived concerning the black poet, James Edwin Campbell, who was born and died in Pomeroy. His obituary was shared in an earlier Meigs Historian. We have here an article from the June 14, 1929 Athens Messenger about Prof. John R. Jefferson, in which reference is also made to James Edwin Campbell. Following is also an article about Mary Champ Campbell, the wife of James Edwin Campbell. She married, in 1904, Charles William Campbell, the brother of James.

Jefferson Gives Talk at Jubliee, Head of Parkersburg Colored Schools Thrills Kerrs Run Audience with Oratory.

Coming back to his home town occasionally after 30 or more years out in the world reaping laurels, Prof. John R. Jefferson, one of the most talented negroes that the town ever produced, never fails to thrill his audiences by his remarkable oratory. Such was the case at a Silver Jubilee meeting of the colored folks at Kerrs Run a few days ago. Mr. Jefferson has been at the head of the Parkersburg colored schools for the last 30 years, and has just now returned to that city after an extensive speaking tour. Last week he delivered the commencement address at the negro high school at Keyser, W.Va.; spoke at the commencement exercises at West Virginia State College, at Charleston; at the alumni banquet of the Bluefield Institute and at the public gathering here.

Mr. Jefferson is a graduate of the Pomeroy High School and frequently comes back here to alumni gatherings. Miles Jefferson, a son, is librarian in the State College at Charleston, and Harry Jefferson, another son, is athletic coach and teacher of French in the Bluefield institute. Harry Jefferson is a former star athlete at Ohio University, Athens.

Other notable colored folks who have gone out of the Kerrs Run sector and won high places in the world are the Jones and Campbell boys.

 James Edwin Campbell was on the way to win laurels in the newspaper world when he was cut down by pneumonia when a young man. At the time of his death he was employed on the Chicago Inter Ocean as a columnist and verse writer.

Mary Champ Campbell, October 8, 1891, The Southern Argus, Baxter Springs, Missouri.       Larph’s Letter, On Matters of Interest to All Afro-Americans

In the distinctive field of literature, the race has no exceptionally conspicuous figures at present. No playwrites, no poets, or novelists of note. However, there is a consolation in the assurance that the next decade will produce writers in the realm of fiction and poetry that will achieve fame and honor. The race is too young to have a literature, that is, the period between its transition from bondage to freedom has been too short to expect monuments in the literary field, in our men and women. There are a number at present who are just stepping into the arena of life, that in all probability will leave behind a rich legacy to add luster to the pages of literature, of fiction, of poetry. Among the likely claimants for future hone in the field of literature is Mrs. Mary Champ Campbell. This lady but a short time since budded into womanhood, however within her are the germs of the poet. It has been said that nine out of every ten are born poets. She is one of the nine. She is a native of Parkersburg, W.Va., and the only daughter of the late Prof. Champ, a former principal of the colored schools of Parkersburg. She attended school at Harmar, Ohio, graduating from the high school at that place after which she entered Oberlin college and graduated from this famous institution of learning. She was recently married to Mr. James E. Campbell, a young man of Pomeroy, O., whose mind is also of a literary turn.

It is a well matched pair, since both are true lovers of literature, and both have written some very meritorious verses. Mrs. Campbells’s style is soft and entrancing, a style that always pleases. I dare say the race has no fair representative who possesses more of the poetical fire, more of the Muse’s inspiration than Mrs. Mary Champ Campbell. In conservation with a gentleman not long since, referring to Miss Champ, now Mrs. Campbell, he said: "I predict in her the race a Felicia Hamans."