The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


  • matthewturner.jpg Success born of grief

    Grief is a stalker. It lurks in every idle moment, in every familiar corner, always ready to pierce  the heart bruised by loss.

    December 10, 2011 2 Photos

  • atkins.jpg Q.F. Atkins: Man of many talents, hardships

    Quintus Flaminius Atkins.


    December 3, 2011 1 Photo

  • tinker.jpg An attack of Gold Fever


    Don’t go to California, boys,
    Don’t go to Oregon,
    There’s wealth for you in the Buckeye State,
    And wealth that may be won,
    Aye, wealth that may be won, boys,
    By true hearts, strong and bold,
    Then don’t go to California,
    Stay at home and gather gold.
    Mrs. Frances Dana Gage (1852)

    November 27, 2011 2 Photos

  • abe lincoln The youth who sketched Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln’s stop in Geneva was not on the agenda.

    November 20, 2011 2 Photos

  • union spy ‘Too pretty to shoot’

    The knock at the cabin door came late in the October evening 149 years ago. Elizabeth Stiles, cracked open the door, advanced her lantern into the darkness and surveyed the mass of Union soldiers in front of her.

    November 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • ‘The disabilities of womanhood’

    She was an artist in an era when most female artists had a rich daddy or banker husband behind them to bankroll their  pursuits upon the canvas.

    November 6, 2011

  • tinker foundry Legends of Tinker’s Hollow

    Tinker’s Hollow.
    Of all the remote, spooky places in Ashtabula County that conjure up images of headless beings, macabre happenings and historical legend, none is as blessed with such nonsense as Tinker’s Hollow in Monroe Township.

    October 30, 2011 2 Photos

  • historichouse The Peter H. Watson legend

    The stranger walked into the Ashtabula shop of Willard, Wells & Co. and asked to see George Willard, one of the partners.

    October 25, 2011 2 Photos

  • barn.jpg The John Brown affair
    One hundred fifty-two years ago this evening, one of the most fascinating persons who walked on Ashtabula County soil led a raid on the United States Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. 

    October 15, 2011 1 Photo

  • cowles.jpg The lady abolitionist

    The parlor of the Ticknor home on Route 45 in Austinburg is neither museum nor shrine to the late Betsey Mix Cowles. It is history sustained at the moment of death, the best effort of successive generations to fulfill a nebulous request in Betsey’s will that the “furnishings” of her childhood home be left “intact.” And so it is that the desk that was her father’s, the chair that came north with a fugitive slave and the one surviving china plate of the six that Betsey purchased with her school teacher earnings are preserved where they were when Betsey passed from this world of sorrow and toil in 1876.

    October 8, 2011 2 Photos

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