How Young Is Too Young to be Interested in History?






Jason Lombardi, President of the Malvern Historical Society and Judy Cloud Pocock, Library Volunteer, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

One never knows when working with children who have a special interest in history where it might lead.

Recently Jason Lombardi, President of the Malvern Historical Society, stopped by the library to donate some photographs.  In our conversation he shared that he had been interested in the history of his hometown since he was an elementary school student.

Next to his childhood home was a small cemetery which became his special project.  He made notes and kept records of the graves there.  He worked to physically maintain the cemetery.  This was not a summer project—he did it for years.

He spoke of his father driving him to Canton so that he could spend time doing historical research at the library on subjects which interested him.  His dad would patiently wait for hours for him to have the time he needed.

Today Jason still has an active interest in history although he did not pursue it as a career.  He contributes to Find-A-Grave and helps educate others through the Malvern Historical Society.

If you know a child who has an active interest like Jason—take the time to allow him or her to explore and do historical research.   One never knows where this time spent will lead—a rewarding career or perhaps a life-time of helping others learn about the past.

  • Judy Cloud Pocock – Guest Blogger, Volunteer McKinley Presidential Library & Museum


Brute Strength…


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McKinley Memorial the Most Beautiful One in the World

Lavish Scenic Outlay Surrounds the Mausoleum

Where Lamented President Will Rest – Architectural Triumph Rises…

…The headlines read on page 2 of the April 23, 1907 edition of the Stark County Democrat.


The Architectural Triumph Rising is credited to Harold Van Buren Magonigle who designed the McKinley National Memorial.  We hold the original plans drawn by Mr. Magonigle, and his associates in the Ramsayer Research Library.

The article above in the Stark County Democrat speaks of David Robertson, Foreman of the Stonecutters constructing the monument to our 25th President.  While David worked on the monument he lived here in Canton with his family at 119 Brown Avenue NW, very near the monument construction site.

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David Hay Davey Robertson, Joe’s grandfather


Margaret Walsh Robertson, Joe’s grandmother

Below is a copy of a letter to Davey from Harold Van Buren Magonigle.  Thank you Joe & Marsha for sharing this with us!


Davey was of course present for the laying of the cornerstone of the McKinley National Memorial.  Below is a photograph of the laying of the cornerstone on November 16, 1905. Davey is the gentleman on the far right of the photograph with his right hand on the front of the cornerstone.


Joe Robertson and his wife Marsha visited the Library this past October.  Joe had been here some thirty years ago.  At that time he found the McKinley Museum closed on a Saturday.  Evidently Joe contacted the right person because they came to the museum and opened it for him! Joe returned last year to the McKinley National Memorial to show his wife the result of his grandfather’s long and hard work.

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Thank you Joe & Marsha for the wonderful visit!

Joe, your grandfather was a leader who used brute strength to accomplish amazing things in his lifetime!

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Linked to Research…

We help people find their happiness.  Call, Write, or Come into our archive to ask how we bring many people happiness and satisfaction.

Our archive website Ramsayer Research Library has two new features.  First, we have added a Search Engine to enable the researcher to search anything on our archive website!


Plus, our website has a new page called Quicklinks.  This new page contains six links to pages helpful to researchers, and we will be adding more…  We have added a line or two to each link to let you know why you want to go to these pages.  Stay tuned for videos on our McKinley Museum’s Youtube, and Facebook pages explaining in detail how to use the pages we have linked.


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New Found Home…

Simon Essig, Plain Township Pioneer, born December 27, 1754  was married to Julian Marg’ Schnarin.  They had twelve children together and settled in Plain Township, Ohio.

The Essig family had many reunions as documented in an invitation to a reunion, Thursday June 14, 1900 and by the Roller Monthly publication of Canton.



Invitation to Essig Family Reunion 1900

Edna Schea was inspired to paint Simon Essig’s home in Plain Township.  The location of the home is described in the 1900 reunion invitation as being located on the Middle Branch of the Nimishillen Creek, near Canton, Ohio.


Edna Schea’s rendering of Simon Essig’s home in 1908.

The donor who lives in Maine knew the artist briefly.  The artist painted this landscape in 1968 in Meriden, Connecticut.  Edna died December 23, 1986 and is buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, in Meriden, Connecticut.

Why Edna painted this landscape is a mystery.  Volunteer, Judy Pocock, and I have begun to put the pieces back together.  I had a nice talk with the donor of the painting, and she is very happy the painting has landed in a safe home.  Judy Pocock has found no direct link between Edna Schea, and the Essig family.

We will continue to investigate.

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Bundles for Baker…








Welcome back to 70 Artifacts for 70 years! Look for our logo in platinum honoring the 70th anniversary of the Stark County Historical Society.


If you ask most longtime residents of Stark County whether they remember listening to John Baker on WHBC their reaction is always the same.  First, a big smile crosses their face, and they give you an excited “yes!”

Today we add another oral history to our vast collection.  John Baker helped us learn more and add more to our collection on early radio and television in Stark County.


John is a gentle and humble man who is a veteran, a radio announcer, “actor,” television anchorman, advertising agent, and Plain Township trustee.

More dear to him than any of the former are his accomplishments as a family man and husband to Nancy.  Speaking about his wife, “Meeting, and marrying my wife Nancy was the best decision of my life!”


John and Nancy Baker viewing their “Bundles for Baker!”


John and Nancy Baker viewing John during his interview

Thank you to John & Nancy Baker for helping us learn more about our citizens of Stark County.  Thank you to Volunteer, Tom Haas who worked countless hours on this project, and saw it to completion.


John and Nancy listening to John’s broadcast on WHBC May 14, 1951

To view or listen to John Baker’s oral history, or any of the oral histories we have in our collection, please call 330-455-7043 to make an appointment.

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Picnic at the Lake…




Welcome back to 70 Artifacts for 70 years! Look for our logo in platinum honoring the 70th anniversary of the Stark County Historical Society.

Petunia gardens, Roller Coasters, Skiing, Smooth Rich Custard, Monkey Island, Company Picnics for 10 thousand!

Only one place where you could find all of these amazing things!

Meyer’s Lake Amusement Park!

In the late 19th century and most of the 20th Century, in Canton, Ohio this was thee place to be!

Today we feature Jeffrey D. Brown and Raymond D. Fete’s fourth book on Meyer’s Lake: The Last Dance.

The Last Dance

Volunteer, Tom Haas, and I had a really great time on Tuesday morning, sitting down with Jeff Brown who along with Ray Fete created four books on Meyer’s Lake from the mid 1980’s to the early 21st century.  We thank you Jeff for your contributions to Stark County, and your donation to our historical society!


Now it’s your turn.  This blog is posted on our Museum Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages and we look forward to your favorite stories of Meyer’s Lake!

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Memory Honored…





Welcome back to 70 Artifacts for 70 years! Look for our logo in platinum honoring the 70th anniversary of the Stark County Historical Society.

Today we feature a book published in 2007 by Arcadia Publishing, Written by our Museum Curator, Kimberly Kenney! This book can be purchased in the Museum Shoppe, and is available for reference research in the Ramsayer Research Library.

Canton’s Pioneers In Flight is a 154 page book that focuses on the citizens of Canton, Ohio that “took to the air” after Wilbur and Orville made that triumphant flight December 17, 1903.

Canton's Pioneer In Flight

The focus of this blog post is Raymond “Bud” Sherrick, and his daughter Joan (Jo Anne) Sherrick.  Bud’s story can be found in chapter 6 of Kim’s book titled, Any Sane Person Took a Train, Canton’s Early Airfields.

Last week Joan Sherrick visited the library along with her daughter, and grandson.  She told the story of her father Raymond performing stunts in an airshow at Milton Dam near Milton, Ohio.  She said her mother being six months pregnant with her, watched her husband’s plane fall to the ground. Raymond Sherrick just twenty-eight years old, was killed.  Raymond served during The Great War as a Naval Aviator.  He resided at 1937 Tuscarawas Street West in Canton.  He graduated from Central High School, in 1915, and later from The University of Michigan in 1923. Raymond Sherrick Canton Central High School 1915

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Courtesy of the Stark County District Library’s Genealogy Department


Courtesy of the Stark County District Library’s Genealogy Department


Courtesy of Find-A-Grave


Courtesy of Find-A-Grave

It was an honor to meet this family who holds an important link to our Stark County history.  Thank you for sharing your story!

Raymond Sherrick’s memorial can be found following this link to Find-A-Grave.

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Canton, Ohio 1922…






Welcome back to 70 Artifacts for 70 years! Look for our logo in platinum honoring the 70th anniversary of the Stark County Historical Society.

Today we feature a book, Canton, Ohio 1922.

This is a wonderfully simple book that illustrates Canton in the early 1920’s.

It is an excellent resource to find people, service clubs, school buildings, churches, public buildings, and services that made Canton a wonderful place to live in 1922.

It was compiled and published by Canton Mayor, Herman R. Witter.

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Canton, Ohio 1922 Signature

One of our copies includes Mayor Witter’s signature!

Canton, Ohio 1922 Herman R. Witter, Mayor

Herman R. Witter, Mayor Canton, Ohio

Canton, Ohio 1922 Birdseye Views

Birdseye Views of Canton, Ohio in 1922

Canton, Ohio 1922 First National Bank

One of the Landmarks of Canton, The First National Bank. (Now Chase Tower)

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Class In Session…







We help our visitors find inspiration in the citizens who went before us in Stark County. William McKinley became one of those citizens in 1867, and weaved himself into the fabric of Stark County history for some thirty-four years.

We at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum gather information and artifacts from our collection to help people find their happiness.  What does this mean?  People come to us with many many questions about William McKinley, Stark County, the Presidency in general, and what we have to offer as a museum.  They ask these questions because they have a desire to satisfy a curiosity, or have a need to get to the bottom of a question.  What ever their reason for asking they seem relieved and happy to get their question answered, and get the information they wanted.

One way we answer questions about President William McKinley is to have schoolhouse presentations to immerse school aged students into his life.  Today I taught a group of students from Sugarcreek, Ohio.  They were very interested in where William McKinley lived, and how he worked on his many “jobs!”  IMG_0871 IMG_0872 IMG_0873

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