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A History of the County; its Cities, Towns, etc.; General and Local
States, Miscellaneous Matters, etc., etc.
ILLUSTRA TE D.
W. H. BEERS & CO.
IN presenting this volume to the residents of Darke County, we have reason to believe
that it will be in the hands of our friends. A friendly disposition was manifested toward our representatives during its compilation, and we trust the result of our labors may be in no sense a disappointment.
In this history, we have endeavored to record only facts, gleaned from the most authentic sources, and have been aided by efficient historians and those associated with the earlier rise and progress of the county to the present time. We have labored to introduce the reader to the wigwam of the red man, seat him by the hearthstone of the pioneers, to trace a history of the county's organization, and to faithfully represent the present condition of Darke County while entering the last decade but one of the nineteenth century. Ten years more would have made the record of many facts and incidents, which we present herewith, an impossibility. Memory is one of the faculties that first shows signs of decay, and, even among those of the "old guard” still living, another decade would have found many a link rusted out from their chain of recollections.
The general history of the county was compiled by Prof. W. H. McIntosh, assisted by H. FREEMAN. The introductory chapter on “The History of Darke County” is from the
pen of John WHARRY, of Greenville, now the oldest resident of the town in which he has lived more than half a century—who was cotemporary, as elsewhere stated, not only with the settlement of that town and township, but with actors in events that preceded by many years the settlement of the town and county. When Mr. WHARRY was first requested to contribute a chapter to this work, his intention was to deal with the town and township of Greenville from its first settlement to the year 1840. But he has gleaned from earlier times, and advanced to a later period in his delineation of events and persons, all of which will be found interesting and valuable to our readers.
We are indebted, for reliable data of war times to Capt. CHARLES G. MATCHETT, who had practical experience in many events of those stormy days; to Drs. John E. and WILLIAM H. MATCHETT for important assistance rendered in the preparation of the history of the Medical Societies and other prominent points; to Prof. J. T. MARTZ for a carefully prepared article on Educational History; to Messrs. T. H. McCune and W. H. BIRELEY, who furnished valuable early church and religious data; to JOSEPH COLE for facts furnished for the history of Washington Township; to the officials of the county, the city officials, township officers and the citizens of Darke County generally.
We thus publicly take the liberty to express an appreciation of the kindness and unselfish interest that has been shown us in the preparation of a volume which we trust will meet the approval of our readers and add to their libraries a book of valuable reference.