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The Creston Milling Company was established in 1882. The mill was five stories high and was located on the south side of West Erie Street, extending to the Erie Railroad. The company manufactured roller-process flour and had a capacity of 175 barrels…


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Posed 1898’s photo of farm children, most likely children of employees at the Ohio Agriculture Experiment Station, where this photo was taken.

Table from the Ohio Senate Journal’s examination of the controversial election after Cox questioned the close results. It shows vote tallies for Cox, Willford, and Taggart in each of the twenty townships in the senatorial district.

Ohio’s controversial motto “With God All Things Are Possible,” a quote from the New Testament, was established in 1959 and survived a federal constitutional challenge in 2001. It remains a symbol of the Christian Church’s influence on the…

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Excerpt from the Ohio Constitution, Article VIII, Section 3, providing for religious freedom in Ohio, but insinuating that all Ohioans should have religion and should worship the “Almighty God.”

The Confederate flag sold at the 2016 fair and the booth peacefully protesting the sale.

An advertisement for the 1923 Wayne County Fair. We are able to see that while livestock is still the most prevalent attraction, cars are becoming popular. (It should be noted that before World War II, cars were an extravagance, so an auto show was…

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Ohio Agriculture Experiment Station's first campus in Columbus, OH in 1887.

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The first staff photo for the Ohio Agriculture Experiment Station's leading men and women, taken in 1895. The man in the middle of the front row is the first director of the OAES, Charles Thorne.

A crowd gathers around Charles Thorne while he discusses Wheat Field Day in 1918.

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An advertisement for the one hundredth Wayne County Fair, which includes a brief history of the fair, as well as a schedule of events. The WCF was designed to be a family affair, as evidence by children having days off from school. Additionally, the…

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The relocation of the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station, later renamed the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Station, from Columbus, OH to Wooster, OH.

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l to r: Hope Nelson, Brandon Bell, Jacob Hailperin-Lausch, and Colleen Gilfether

Lepold On the 146th Regiment.mp4
Interview with Charles Lepold, military specialist for the Wayne County Historical Society, in which he discusses the role of the 146th Infantry in WWI

Stinebring Memories of Rubbermaid.mp4
Interview with former Rubbermaid employee Rozella Stinebring, in which she discusses

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WWI poster for the United States Food Administration, featuring the slogan, "Food is Ammunition - Don't Waste It"

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A 1917 Committee on Public Information propaganda poster depicting a German soldier as a monstrous ape featuring the words, "Destroy this Mad Brute."

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This 1918 Wooster Daily Republican article states that an elderly Wooster woman was arrested for "pro-German talk," and later released with a warning.

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This Wooster Daily Republican article describes an incident that occurred in Rittman , when a "harmless hobo" was mistaken for a German spy.

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This 1917 Wooster Daily Republican article describes an incident in which several College of Wooster students broke into a German classroom and removed the head from a portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm.

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This Anti-German propaganda image was printed in the Wooster Daily News in October 1917

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A 1917 Committee on Public Information poster featuring an inhuman looking German soldier and the words, "Beat back the Hun with Liberty Bonds!"

This photograph shows Thomas Eckert, who worked as Wooster's postmaster and telegraph operator in the 1850s.


This article from the Wooster Daily News describes how the vote to make Wayne a dry county resulted in the closure of the saloons in the cities surrounding Wooster.

Michael Nachtrieb was a well-known portrait painter in Wooster, who painted depictions of many of the city's important citizens. He also painted portraits of national celebrities, including Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee.

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An advertisement for Liberty Bonds, sponsored by Freedlander's Department Store, which appeared in the Wooster Daily Republican in 1917
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