HISTORY OF PERRY COUNTY
OLD SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION.
A Pioneer Association has been one of the things long talked of in Perry county, but, for various reasons, never inaugurated until quite a recent date. A few weeks previous to the annual County Fair of 1882, a notice was published in the county papers, requesting the Old Settlers of the county to assemble at the fair ground, on the second day of the fair, for the purpose of organizing an Old Settlers' Association. A fair degree of interest was at once manifested in relation to the matter, and the simple announcement referred to brought together at the appointed place and time a respectable number of persons, men and women, from various sections of the county. It is presumable that meetings will be held annually or oftener hereafter. The annexed account of the Old Settlers' meeting, and the organization of the society, is from the New Lexington Tribune: Agreeable to a call through the press, quite a number of the old settlers met at the Perry County Fair, at two o'clock p. m., Thursday, September 28th, 1882, and organized an "Old Settlers' Association," by appointing D. C. Fowler as temporary Chairman, and E. Teal, Esq., temporary Secretary. On motion, a committee of five was appointed to draft a plan of organization, consisting of the following gentlemen: R. E. Huston, E. S. Colborn, Wm. Story, Robert Bennett and J. K. Milligan. After due deliberation the committee reported the following, and recommended its adoption; ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT.---This Association shall be known as the Old Settlers' Association of Perry county, Ohio. Its object to be for mutual enjoyment, socialities, and the collection and preservation of historical incidents, etc. It shall hold its meetings at least once a year, or as often as the society shall direct. Any person, male or female, having resided in the county fifty years or more, may become a member of this society by subscribing their names hereunto. The officers of this society shall consist of a President, and one Vice President from each township within the county, and one Secretary, together with what assistance he may choose. Also an Executive Committee of five. The officers shall be elected viva voce, annually, at a regular meeting of the society. The duties of the President shall be the usual duties of Presidents of deliberative bodies. The oldest Vice President present at a meeting, in the absence of the President, shall preside. The duties of the Secretary shall be to keep a record of the names, date, and place of birth and death, together with such incidents in the lives of the members as he
may be directed by the President and Executive Committee from time to time. The Executive Committee, together with the President and Vice Presidents, and Secretary, shall constitute a Board, with power to make all needful rules and regulations for the government of the Association, subject to the approval of the society. On motion the report of the committee was unanimously adopted. On motion a committee was appointed to report permanent officers for the Association for the ensuing year. The committee reported as follows: President, Peter Overmyer. Vice Presidents---Pike, R. E. Huston; Clayton, Eph. Teal; Reading, Martin Scott; Thorn, John Good; Hopewell, Bernard Mechling; Madison, Alex Melick; Harrison. Harvey Allen; Bearfield, John K. Milligan; Pleasant, James Fowler; Monroe, Benjamin Sanders; Monday Creek, Alex McLean; Coal, Harrison Hazelton; Salt Lick, Henry Hazelton; Jackson, Daniel O'Harra. Secretary, J. J. Johnson. Executive Committee---Robert Bennett, Ephraim Teal, D. C. Fowler, Jehu Jones, Brice J. Welch. On motion the report was adopted. The temporary Chairman then introduced the Permanent President, who, after thanking the organization for the honor conferred, gave a clear, straightforward, historical statement of the early history of the county, connecting therewith a short synopsis of the war of 1812, at the conclusion of which the society extended a vote of thanks for his very satisfactory inaugural address. By general consent, the subscription for membership was presented, and the following membership obtained: Peter Overmyer, born in Northumberland county. Pa., August 24, 1799; came to Perry county in 1802. Robert E. Huston, born in Somerset, Perry county, O., March 16, 1815. Wesley Iliff, Jos. Snider, Mrs. N. B. Colborn, Andrew Moore, James Fowler, Henry Wilson, Susana King, Mary Ann Wilson, David Brookhart, Mary A. Brookhart, Rual Sayres, John McBroom, Thomas Selby, James Martin. Solomon Longstreth, James Longstreth, Israel Watt, Jos. Stoneburner, Thomas S. Mains, Peter Cochran, Jane Vansickle, Daniel O'Harra, William Rose, William Story, William J. King, Robert Bennett, Benjamin Sanders, S. H. Milligan, George W. Moore, Lucinda Aid, Lydia Feigley, Isaac Brown, John Jonas, Matthew Clayton, E. S. Colborn, James dark, James Taylor, Charles Vanatta, Josiah Grimes, Ephraim Teal, J. K. Milligan, Alexander McLean, D. C. Fowler, William Bennett. The Association then adjourned, to meet at the call of the President and Executive Committee.