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The Significance

Oftentimes it is difficult to understand the value behind local history. On a micro-level of analysis, how can larger conclusions be made? However the truth is local history is rich in value because of the micro-level representation, which can be expanded upon when put within larger historical contexts. This is what elevates the value behind the 1879 murder at the Old Wayne County Fairgrounds.

Throughout my research, what was uncovered from this 1879 murder is the limited publication about one of the most influential cases in Wooster’s public history. The significance behind this case is even more present because of the lacking historical discussion surrounding it.

It is incredible to see a case that has multiple revolving parts: not just the murder, trial, and subsequent public execution, but all of these components in conjunction with the historical era of the Gilded Age.