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17 Aug 1916 Chillicothe News-Advertiser Bainbridge

In the news 14 March 1916: Several representatives from Chillicothe went to Columbus to meet with the Public Utilities Commission about a traction line that would run from Hillsboro, through Cynthiana and Bainbridge, and on to Chillicothe. Plans call for a $1.7 million bond issue, and the issuing of $500,000 in stock. Chillicothe News-Advertiser

1860 map of Bainbridge

The Seymour two-lane covered bridge on U.S. Rt. 50 over Paint Creek in Paxton Twp. in western Ross Co. being disassembled in 1933 as a crowd watches. The Wernwag truss is visible since the sideboards have been removed and the DT&I metal truss railroad bridge can be seen at the far left. At about 200 feet in length with 20 panels, it was long for a single-span bridge; after serving over 90 years, a failed abutment necessitated its replacement.

Bainbridge Methodist Episcopal Church about 1910

"The year was 1867. The rural community of Bainbridge, Ohio was in need of a bank to assist the town’s citizens and its thriving merchant population. Therefore, four area men, Elijah Rockhold, William Cook, Aaron Ferneau and Joseph P. Brown, pooled their accumulated sums of money and organized the Rockhold, Cook & Company Bankers. Mr. Rockhold served as president and Mr. Cook toll the position as the first cashier. The first ever recorded banking entry bears the date of August 9th 1867.

The Bank was located in the Rockhold Block on West Main Street between the Rockhold’s General Store and the Stone Tavern. Prior to their merger, Rockhold and Brown each operated dry goods and general stores and Ferneau was engaged in farming. In 1892 after Mr. Ferneau retired, his interest was assumed by Elijah C. Rockhold, the son of one of the organizers of the Bank, and the Bank’s name was changed to Rockhold, Brown & Company, Bankers1.

In 1915, the firm moved into newly erected banking quarters on the southeast corner of Main and Quarry Streets and has remained at that location ever since.


Another banking firm was started on July 1st, 1878 by J.B. Spargur, John Hulitt, B.C. Hulitt, William Clayburn and Asa Spargur. It was located beside the alley on the north side of Main Street between Maple and Quarry Streets. Known as Spargur, Hullit & Co., it was hard hit by the depression in the early 1930s. In July 1932, Rockhold, Brown & Company bought out the Spargur, Hullit & Co. bank.

In December of 1943 the bank was given a charter by the State of Ohio and on January 1, 1944 it started operating as an incorporated bank, becoming the town’s only financial institution23."

https://www.rockholdbank.com/history.htm

Public School Bainbridge, OH about 1909 

A parade in Bainbridge, Ohio in front of the old Paxton Township Hall. The Kenny Furniture Co. is seen across Maple Street.

Mark Howell collection

1860 map of Bourneville

Main Street Bainbridge, Ohio

Bainbridge Swisshelm's Sohio station in the 1940s-1950s

The Bourneville Cemetery off of an unpaved U.S. Rt. 50 as it appeared in 1919

Mark Howell collection

Jones Levee covered bridge 1.5 miles SSW of Bourneville on CR 149 (Jones Levee Road) over Paint Creek in Twin Twp. was built in 1864 and stood until 1937, it is seen here with one original wooden span.

     Clyde Beatty, famous lion tamer was born in Bainbridge June 10 , 1903 and died July 19, 1965 from cancer.  As a youth I remember listening to his radio show and later got to see him in action at a Circus in Cleveland, Ohio.

     Young Clyde took every part-time job in town he could find to help his single mother and siblings. He graduated from Chillicothe High School, but had already succumbed to the world of the circus. On August 16, 1921, at dawn, he and Howard Smith clambered into a boxcar on the DT&I Railroad, bound for Washington Court House, OH, and joined the Howes Great London and Van Amburgh's Wild Animal Circus.

Melissa Davis Medeline Tong was Clyde Beatty's sister

Bourneville Mills

Paint Creek Falls

Entrance to Dry Cave

Bainbridge School

Bainbridge Methodist Episcopal Church about 1915

Birds Eye View of Bainbridge

Philip Caldwell born in Bourneville January 27, 1920 was the first person to run the Ford Motor Company who was not a member of the Ford family, orchestrated one of the most dramatically successful turnarounds in business history. He died July 10, 2013.

Bourneville Elementary school 1958-59

Bourneville, Ohio Zip code 45617

Bourneville stoneworks

It was surveyed by Ephraim George Squier and Edwin Hamilton Davis and was featured in Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley their book, which was published in 1848.

Route 50 covered bridge over Paint Creek, built in 1840 and had a clear span of 195'.  The bridge was removed in 1933 

D T & I RR bridge on left and Route 50 covered bridge over Paint Creek on right.

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Old Shotts covered bridge near Bainbridge

Paint Creek Valley about 1909

from Jim Henry collection

June 24, 1878

D T & I Passenger Train at Bainbridge

Depot at Bainbridge Ohio at SR. 41.  Showing is a north bound D T & I train.  This depot has been bought by a farmer for $500 and moved in three sections to his farm.from Jim Henry collection

Bainbridge Presbyterian Church

Bainbridge School about 1907

Bainbridge Methodist Episcopal Church 1930's
photo from Barbara Toppins collection

   "The Methodist Episcopal denomination was the pioneer religious organization in Paxton township. As early as 1800, itinerant ministers of that sect held religious services in the settlers' cabins, and invaded the schoolhouses for the same purpose, as soon as they were established. In 1818, John Mick and John Collins, two of the early ministers in the community, established a church organization in Bainbridge. A class was organized under the leadership of James Gaskle, consisting of himself and wife, and four others. Gaskle's house was a regular preaching place for some years. He finally donated a site, and assisted in building the first church in Bainbridge; and about 1820 a small frame church was erected. The congregation occupied this humble home until 1834, when a more pretentious structure was erected, which was sold in 1868, to the colored Methodist. church. On that date a new location was chosen, and the congregation, still numerically weak, began the construction of a building which cost about ten thousand dollars. On April 2, 1876, this building took fire, and the roof and interior woodwork was destroyed, but the damage was soon repaired.
     In the early days, the church at Bainbridge was one of twenty-three appointments on a territory of thirty square miles, embraced within the Hillsboro circuit. The minister was required to make the rounds in twenty days, and preach twenty-nine times. Fortunately he did not have to prepare a sermon for each appointment, but could if he would--use the same sermon, an advantage which the stationed preacher does not enjoy. The church at Bainbridge has been honored with the presence of many eminent divines during its years of existence, not the least among these being the pioneers of  Ohio Methodism, Robert and James B. Finley.
     The Protestant Methodist church in Bainbridge dates its existence from March 26, 1848, when, by reason of a disagreement on matters of discipline, a number of members withdrew from the Methodist Episcopal church. The church was organized with a membership of fifty persons under charge of Rev. Simon P. Keyota. A church building was erected in 1849, and dedicated on July 20th of that year. Subsequently a country church was established under the supervision of the presiding pastor in Bainbridge, and maintained for a number of years, but this was abandoned many years ago, and the membership principally absorbed by the mother church in Bainbridge."
From Ross County History 1902

Bainbridge, Ohio June 1911

Main Street Bainbridge, Ohio

Bainbridge Main Street March 1909

     Bainbridge, located in Paxton Township, was original plotted and established by General Nathaniel Massie in 1798.  Nathaniel Massie was born Goochland County Virginia, December 28, 1763. In 1800 he married Sarah Everard Mead. Nathaniel died November 13, 1813.  Note the writer of the check found below, John Mead in 1878.
    The town was named after William Bainbridge, naval commander during the Tripolitan War and the War of 1812.  Eneas Foulk was the first merchant in this town, Elijah Kelley, the first blacksmith, justice and postmaster, and Austin Southard, the first shoemaker. They and their families were the sole inhabitants of Bainbridge for two years or more.
     The town  had a precarious existence for the first years of its life, gradually assumed the proportions of a thrifty town. It was scarcely a business center, with but three families living in it, though there were successful business enterprises located near by. Massie's mills, distillery, and furnace were located two miles to the westward; Reeves's tannery two miles east, and Benner's extensive interests, a half mile to the north. But with the establishment of the post office, and a few primitive enterprises, the town began to take on new life, and by 1807 it was incorporated by act of the General Assembly, and aspired to became a county seat in 1846. 
     During the war of 1812, three companies were enlisted in Bainbridge and were led to the front by Captains Yocum, Joseph Rockhold and John Grey. Charles Robbins was the first druggist  going into business there in 1847. J. H. Huling established the first hardware store, in 1860.
     Bainbridge is supported by a rich agricultural district, remote from formidable rival towns, and in the past was an extensive shipping point on the Ohio Southern railroad (D T & I).  The census of 1900, the population was nine hundred and fifty-four. In 1900 the town now had well built residences and business blocks and a handsome church building.
     Famous was National House in Bainbridge. It was built around 1811 for use as a tavern-hotel by a man named Turner, for Joseph Rockhold. National House's chief claim to fame was the fact that many famous people stayed there, including Henry Clay, Lewis Cass, and Robert Lewis. The big event of the 19th century in Bainbridge was when Jenny Lind sang in the Grand Ballroom of National House. For awhile National House was used as a rest home, but today it is a private residence. 
     Bainbridge is also home of the first dental school in the United States. John Harris was a doctor in  Bainbridge, who specialized in dentistry. He moved from Cincinnati to Bainbridge during the mid 1820s, and in 1827, Harris began to teach students the basics of medicine to prepare them for medical school. He emphasized dentistry in his lessons, a topic that most medical schools failed to cover in any detail. Modern dentists view Harris as the father of dental education in the United States.  Today, John Harris's home in  Bainbridge is a dental museum.  Bainbridge Historical Society is located at 209 E Main St Bainbridge (740) 634-2228
    Pike Lake State Park is located near Bainbridge. 

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