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Wooster Digital History Project

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  • Tags: Early Nineteenth Century Expansion

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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