St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Priory photographSave
Description: This photograph shows an exterior image of St. Joseph's Church and Priory, Somerset, Ohio, ca. 1935-1943. St. Joseph's Church, a log cabin erected in 1818, was the first Catholic church built in Ohio. This Gothic structure, which dates from 1843, is the third St. Joseph's Church erected on the site. The attached priority was dedicated in 1882. The church and priority are situated at the top of a gradual incline, behind an expanse of lawn and trees.
Father Edward Fenwick (1768-1832), a member of the Order of Friars Preachers (commonly known as the Dominicans), traveled from Kentucky to Ohio as a missionary in 1808. A year later Jacob and Catharine Dittoe deeded 320 acres of land to Father Fenwick for the site of a church. The first church was a small log cabin dedicated on December 6, 1818, by Father Fenwick and his nephew, Father Nicholas Dominic Young. It had a dirt floor and measured only 18 feet by 22 feet. In 1821 Father Fenwick became the first Bishop of Cincinnati, a new diocese.
Membership in St. Joseph's Church continued to grow, as did the number of priestly vocations. In 1828 a brick church replaced the log cabin, and a priory for resident friars was completed in 1837. A college for the education of future priests was completed in 1854. In 1843 the current Gothic structure was dedicated, four years after its construction began.
In 1864 fire destroyed the priority and left only the church's brick shell. The church was rebuilt three years later, and the college was demolished to make way for the 1882 priory.
St. Joseph's Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL06172 Subjects: Church buildings--Ohio; Perry County (Ohio); Fenwick, Edward D. (Edward Dominic), 1768-1832; Dominicans; Somerset (Ohio); Cultural Ohio--Education; National Register of Historic Places Places: Somerset (Ohio); Perry County (Ohio)
Description: Two students sitting on the north bank of Mirror Lake on the Ohio State University campus.
Mirror Lake was purchased by OSU along with a piece of land from William Neil. Originally it was spring-fed but it dried up in 1891 and the water was subsequently provided by municipal water supply.
Since 1990 there has been a tradition of students jumping into the lake around midnight on the Thursday night prior to the annual football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines.
It is said that the the lake is haunted by multiple ghosts of students who lost their lives in unfortunate accidents in or near the lake. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07741 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Education; History of the Ohio State University; Ohio State University--Football; Parks: Lakes & ponds; Recreation Places: Columbus (Ohio)
Description: Monument to Harvey Rice, educator, historian, and legislator, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, County, ca. 1940-1949. In 1900, Harvey S. Firestone established the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. Firestone relied on other companies to manufacture the rubber. His firm simply fastened the rubber to steel carriage wheels. In its first year of operation the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company grossed more than $100,000 in profit. In 1903 the company began to manufacture rubber, and in 1904 the firm proceeded to develop pneumatic tires for automobiles. In 1905, Henry Ford placed his first order for tires from Firestone. Firestone immediately hired additional workers, raising the number of employees from one dozen to 130. The following year, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company produced more than twenty-eight thousand tires and sold more than one million dollars worth of tires. By 1910, the company manufactured more than one million tires. Firestone's innovations in tire design allowed automobiles to travel faster and more safely. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL00330 Subjects: Monuments; Cultural Ohio--Education Places: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)
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