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Wooster Digital History Project

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  • Tags: Early Nineteenth Century Expansion

Although newspapers allowed Wooster’s citizens to remain informed about legal, local, national, and agricultural news, they also provided much needed entertainment through the inclusion of poems or excerpts from literature.

Many members of the public, including businesses, used the newspaper as a way of selling their goods from law books and dictionaries to livestock and farm equipment.

Wooster’s lawyers and doctors would take out advertisements in the local papers such as the Wayne County Democrat to announce their services and location to hopefully attract more business.

A Bob Evans Restaurant replaced the historic old mill that once stood near the Oak Hill Cemetery signalling the symbolic end of mills in Wooster, which were once a major feature of the local economy.

This map shows the growing number of families who settled in Wooster by 1826 and includes some familiar names of early wealthy landowners such as Larwill, Bever, and Quinby.

This advertisement for a local mill showcases the common services that mills such as the Stibbs Mill in Wooster would have offered, such as providing families with flour to make bread.

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The wealthiest residents of Wooster often built magnificent two-story brick houses, although most citizens would have lived in much more modest homes.

Most of Wooster’s residents in the early nineteenth century lived in small log cabins similar to the one pictured with two rooms and a fireplace for heat and cooking.
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