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tables were elegantly spread with substantials and luxuries by the Weisgerbers and the guests politely served. After the feast the guests returned to the hall.

AFTERNOON SESSION.

The assemblage at Music Hall was called to order by President Rice at two o'clock P. M. In addition to members of the association a large number of citizens were in attendance, the public having been cordially invited to witness the exercises. Hon. Lester Taylor of Geauga county, a venerable gentleman of eighty-eight years, and an honorary member of the association, was then introduced as an early pioneer who had been prominent in his day, both as a citizen and as a statesman.

He arose upon the platform and addressed the audience in a very clear, rounded voice, and in an interesting way. He spoke for ten or fifteen minutes, and in substance as follows:

REMARKS.

He said that he had lived on a single farm in Chardon, Geauga county, for fifty-seven years. There was an old saying that an early settler must be naturalized either by eating a rattlesnake or by having the chills and fever. He never ate the snake, but he had enjoyed his share of chills and fever. Mr. Taylor told of the interest he had taken to perpetuate the names of the pioneers. He knew something of their trials and hardships. People talked of the heroes of the war, but they had pride and ambition to spur them on. He believed there were no greater heroes than the old pioneers who cut away the forests and endured privations. He also had a kind word for the women, who had stood side by side with their husbands in the eaalier days of the Reserve. “The mothers in Israel are worthy of being remembered,” said he fervently.

At the conclusion of his very sensible remarks he was loudly applauded by the audience.

Dr. John C. Reeve of Dayton, another honorary member of the association, was then introduced as a Cleveland boy in his early days and as

one who had made his way in the world by his own efforts. He had studied medicine and acquired high honors in the medical profession, had been for years president of the Ohio State Medical society, and occupies a high rank as a surgeon and medical writer, was now in the enjoyment of a lucrative practice at Dayton. In substance he remarked as follows:

REMARKS.

He said his grandfather was buried at Avon, in Lorain county. He came to Cleveland in 1832 and put up at Abbey's coffee house, at the corner of Ontario and Michigan streets. Afterwards he lived on Sawtell avenue. He had heard the wild beasts howl in many places which were now thickly settled. One night he heard a wild beast go down the ravine back of Sawtell avenue. Later he lived on Michigan street. The only churches in the city were Trinity church, at the corner of St. Clair and Ontario street, and the Bethel, under the hill. Dr. Reeve said he went to school on Academy lane to John Stair. Among his schoolmates were several Jones boys. One was present, another was a United States senator, the third was a common pleas judge. Another schoolmate was Governor Fairchild. In these days Dr. Reeve said the boys used to snowball the other boys who attended free schools. He recalled some of the severe punishments of early days, and said, "All honor to the noble men and women who have done away with all that sort of thing, and have discovered in spite of the old proverb a royal road to knowledge.” He related an incident of his school days when his ears were boxed for calling in question the statement that he found in the book. Dr. Reeve said he worked in the old Advertiser office and afterwards in the Herald office. Mr. Edwin Cowles and himself then delivered Her. alds to the subscribers. Mr. Cowles delivered papers on Bank street and the speaker all east of that street. The speaker imagined that it would take a very lively boy to deliver the daily papers of Cleveland now over all the territory east of Bank street. The speaker said that when Mr. J. A. Harris was editor of the Herald he was a member of his family, and he returned thanks to both Mr. and Mrs. Harris for their many kindnesses.

RESOLUTION.

The following resolution expressive of the sympathy and respect felt for Hon. R. P. Spalding was now introduced by Samuel E. Adams, Esq., and unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, The Hon. R. P. Spalding, an esteemed and worthy member of this association, is by reason of ill health deprived the privilege of being with us on this occasion; therefore,

Resolved, By this association that we hereby extend to our beloved and honored associate, the Hon. R. P. Spalding, our unfeigned sympathy for him in his affliction, and regretting his absence at this annual meeting, sincerely hope that he may be spared to meet with us another year.

TEN MINUTES TALK.

BY CAPTAIN GEORGE E. PAINE OF PAINESVILLE.

Captain Paine said he lived in Cleveland in 1850-51; was a subscriber for Smead & Cowles' city directory that year, and would read an extract from the late Judge John Barr's History of Cleveland,' published in that directory, page 24 :

“On the eighteenth of October (1796), the surveyors quitted Cleveland on their return route, leaving Suiles and his family, and Captain Paine, since of Cleveland, to weather out the winter in the solitude of the new city.”

The speaker said that Captain Paine never lived in Cleveland, that he spent part of that winter with Stiles, but most of it with the Indian chief "Old Seneca,” on the banks of Grand river, where Painesville is now situated, where a sister, a daughter and a son still live. To avoid misleading, he would say he himself was not that son, but that he settled in Chardon in 1827, that his father, Eleazer Paine, jr., landed at New Market, on Grand river (one mile from Painesville Lake Shore depot) twenty four years before, and that his grandfather, Eleazer Paine, sr., first came to Painesville in 1800, with General Edward Paine and Judge John Halworth. Owing to sickness of his wife, Colonel Eleazer Paine did not move his family “west” until 1803, but made the journey

from East Windsor, Connecticut, to Ohio and return on horseback, each year, making one trip in thirteen and a half days, which was noticed in the Connecticut papers as a remarkably quick trip.

In 1801 Colonel Eleazer Paine and Captain A. Skinner purchased what is now known as tract four in Painesville township. General Ed. ward Paine called his place “Elysian Point,” Judge Walworth named his “ Blooming Grove."

The speaker read from a letter dated “Blooming Grove,” February 28, 1802,” from “Lucy” to Mary,” (remarking that the letter was written in mid-winter when the "blooms" seemed to have fallen from the “grove.") “No welcome friend arrives to cheer our wintry solitude, no change of scenery, and yet I do wrong to say we are very wretched, for we are not, only we are expecting friends and they do not appear, which makes everything wear an aspect of melancholy. But these clouds of gloom will soon be dispelled by the arrival of Mrs. Walworth.”

On the next day, “ March 1, Sunday morning, ten o'clock," “ Lucy” adds another page to her letter. Her girlish nature seems to have returned to her, for she says, “I have heard that Mr. S. S. Breeze has renewed his address to Helen Burrows," and "you have said nothing of Uncle Ledyard's newly made bride."

The speaker more than half suspected that “Lucy's" loneliness at “Blooming Grove” was chiefly owing to the far away absence of one particular fellow. Mr. Paine said a namesake had immortalized his name by singing of the sweetness of Home.On the other hand, that his grandfather undertook to induce his neighbors to leave their New England homes in 1803, by publishing the following verses in the Hartford county papers of Connecticut just before he moved his family west :

Ye swains who are virtuous, healthy and wise,
Who are possessed of activity and enterprise;
Who from truth and sobriety will never swerve,
Come emigrate with me to the Western Reserve.

Near the banks of proud Erie, my friends, we will go,
To lands that with milk and with honey * o'er flow;
Near the mouth of Grand river you will clearly observe
A beautiful country called · Western Reserve.'

There were wild honey bees in the woods.

There the Elk and the Stag in proud majesty stride,
While the Geese and the Ducks on those waters do glide;
And the fish for to comfort us will amply serve,
While we cultivate the soil of the Western Reserve.

There nature's profuse, and her beauties display,
On hill and in dale with sweet blossoms so gay;
Dame Nature alone could so curiously carve
A land so delightful as the Western Resarve.
At “Elysian Point" Gen. Paine made his stand,
And Walworth at “ Blooming Grove," quite near at hand ;
For encouraging migration many thanks they deserve.
From every proprietor of the Western Reserve.

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In December, 1803, Colonel Eleazer Paine and Captain Skinner laid out the town of New Market, the original map, field notes and advertisement were exhibited ; also a map of Champion village made by A. Tappen in 1805. Henry Champion, proprietor of the original village now called Painesville, was one of the largest owners of the Connecticut Land company, owning over $93,000 of the $1,200,000 purchase. His acquaintance with A. Tappen in 1805 led to a contract by him, as commissioner of the land company, with A. Tappen of Madison and Anson Sessions of Painesville for the survey, in 1806, of that part of the Western Reserve of the Cuyahoga river, the Indian claim to which was not settled till 1806.

Colonel Eleazer Paine died February 4, 1804, and Captain Skinner moved to Painesville in 1805. In 1804 the Fourth of July was celebrated at New Market, and the original toasts drank on that occasion were exhibited by Mr. Paine.

For the accommodation of the different settlements near Grand river, a postoffice was established in a hollow tree at the cross roads, half a mile from New Market.

In 1806 the first court of Geauga county was held at New Market, in what is now Mr. H. H. Hine's barn-and Captain Skinner built a jail and rented it to the county at fifteen dollars a year.

About this time, Governor Huntington, then of Cleveland or Newburgh, exchanged places with Judge Walworth and carne to "Blooming Grove,” which place was held by his son Julian until his death in 1885, and is now owned by his four grandchildren.

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