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During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model E Electra , Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance continues to this day. Amelia was the second child of the marriage, after an infant was stillborn in August Alfred Otis had not initially favored the marriage and was not satisfied with Edwin's progress as a lawyer.

A spirit of adventure seemed to abide in the Earhart children, with the pair setting off daily to explore their neighborhood. In , with the help of her uncle, she cobbled together a home-made ramp fashioned after a roller coaster she had seen on a trip to St.

Louis and secured the ramp to the roof of the family toolshed. Earhart's well-documented first flight ended dramatically. She emerged from the broken wooden box that had served as a sled with a bruised lip, torn dress and a "sensation of exhilaration".

She exclaimed, "Oh, Pidge, it's just like flying! Although there had been some missteps in Edwin Earhart's career up to that point, in his job as a claims officer for the Rock Island Railroad led to a transfer to Des Moines , Iowa. One look at the rickety "flivver" was enough for Earhart, who promptly asked if they could go back to the merry-go-round.

The two sisters, Amelia and Muriel she went by her middle name from her teens on , remained with their grandparents in Atchison, while their parents moved into new, smaller quarters in Des Moines. During this period, Earhart received a form of home-schooling together with her sister, from her mother and a governess. She later recounted that she was "exceedingly fond of reading" [24] and spent countless hours in the large family library.

In , when the family was finally reunited in Des Moines, the Earhart children were enrolled in public school for the first time with Amelia Earhart entering the seventh grade at the age of 12 years.

While the family's finances seemingly improved with the acquisition of a new house and even the hiring of two servants, it soon became apparent that Edwin was an alcoholic.

Five years later in , he was forced to retire and although he attempted to rehabilitate himself through treatment, he was never reinstated at the Rock Island Railroad. At about this time, Earhart's grandmother Amelia Otis died suddenly, leaving a substantial estate that placed her daughter's share in a trust, fearing that Edwin's drinking would drain the funds.

The Otis house was auctioned along with all of its contents; Earhart was heartbroken and later described it as the end of her childhood. In , after a long search, Earhart's father found work as a clerk at the Great Northern Railway in St.

Edwin applied for a transfer to Springfield , Missouri, in but the current claims officer reconsidered his retirement and demanded his job back, leaving the elder Earhart with nowhere to go. Facing another calamitous move, Amy Earhart took her children to Chicago, where they lived with friends.

Earhart made an unusual condition in the choice of her next schooling; she canvassed nearby high schools in Chicago to find the best science program. She rejected the high school nearest her home when she complained that the chemistry lab was "just like a kitchen sink". During Christmas vacation in , Earhart visited her sister in Toronto. World War I had been raging and Earhart saw the returning wounded soldiers.

Her duties included preparing food in the kitchen for patients with special diets and handing out prescribed medication in the hospital's dispensary. When the Spanish flu pandemic reached Toronto, Earhart was engaged in arduous nursing duties that included night shifts at the Spadina Military Hospital.

Her convalescence lasted nearly a year, which she spent at her sister's home in Northampton , Massachusetts. At about that time, Earhart and a young woman friend visited an air fair held in conjunction with the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

One of the highlights of the day was a flying exhibition put on by a World War I ace. Earhart stood her ground as the aircraft came close. By Earhart prepared to enter Smith College but changed her mind and enrolled at Columbia University , in a course in medical studies among other programs.

In Long Beach , on December 28, , Earhart and her father visited an airfield where Frank Hawks who later gained fame as an air racer gave her a ride that would forever change Earhart's life. Earhart arrived with her father and a singular request: Will you teach me? Earhart's commitment to flying required her to accept the frequent hard work and rudimentary conditions that accompanied early aviation training.

She chose a leather jacket, but aware that other aviators would be judging her, she slept in it for three nights to give the jacket a "worn" look. To complete her image transformation, she also cropped her hair short in the style of other female flyers. Throughout the early s, following a disastrous investment in a failed gypsum mine, Earhart's inheritance from her grandmother, which was now administered by her mother, steadily diminished until it was exhausted.

Consequently, with no immediate prospects for recouping her investment in flying, Earhart sold the "Canary" as well as a second Kinner and bought a yellow Kissel "Speedster" two-passenger automobile, which she named the "Yellow Peril". Simultaneously, Earhart experienced an exacerbation of her old sinus problem as her pain worsened and in early she was hospitalized for another sinus operation, which was again unsuccessful.

After trying her hand at a number of unusual ventures that included setting up a photography company, Earhart set out in a new direction.

Following her parents' divorce in , she drove her mother in the "Yellow Peril" on a transcontinental trip from California with stops throughout the West and even a jaunt up to Banff, Alberta. The meandering tour eventually brought the pair to Boston , Massachusetts , where Earhart underwent another sinus operation which was more successful.

After recuperation, she returned to Columbia University for several months but was forced to abandon her studies and any further plans for enrolling at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , because her mother could no longer afford the tuition fees and associated costs. Soon after, she found employment first as a teacher, then as a social worker in at Denison House , a Boston settlement house.

When Earhart lived in Medford, she maintained her interest in aviation, becoming a member of the American Aeronautical Society's Boston chapter and was eventually elected its vice president. After Charles Lindbergh 's solo flight across the Atlantic in , Amy Guest — expressed interest in being the first woman to fly or be flown across the Atlantic Ocean. After deciding that the trip was too perilous for her to undertake, she offered to sponsor the project, suggesting that they find "another girl with the right image".

While at work one afternoon in April , Earhart got a phone call from Capt. Railey, who asked her, "Would you like to fly the Atlantic? The project coordinators including book publisher and publicist George P. When interviewed after landing, she said, "Stultz did all the flying—had to. I was just baggage, like a sack of potatoes. Earhart reportedly received a rousing welcome on June 19, , when she landed at Woolston in Southampton , England.

When the Stultz, Gordon and Earhart flight crew returned to the United States, they were greeted with a ticker-tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan, followed by a reception with President Calvin Coolidge at the White House.

Trading on her physical resemblance to Lindbergh , [58] whom the press had dubbed "Lucky Lindy", some newspapers and magazines began referring to Earhart as "Lady Lindy". Meanwhile, Putnam had undertaken to heavily promote her in a campaign that included publishing a book she authored, a series of new lecture tours and using pictures of her in mass market endorsements for products including luggage, Lucky Strike cigarettes this caused image problems for her, with McCall's magazine retracting an offer [61] and women's clothing and sportswear.

The marketing campaign by both Earhart and Putnam was successful in establishing the Earhart mystique in the public psyche. For a number of years she had sewn her own clothes, but the "active living" lines that were sold in 50 stores such as Macy's in metropolitan areas were an expression of a new Earhart image. Celebrity endorsements helped Earhart finance her flying. She was a Vice President of National Airways, which conducted the flying operations of the Boston-Maine Airways and several other airlines in the northeast.

Although Earhart had gained fame for her transatlantic flight, she endeavored to set an "untarnished" record of her own. By making the trip in August , Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the North American continent and back.

General Leigh Wade flew with Earhart in During the race, she settled into fourth place in the "heavy planes" division. At the second last stop at Columbus, her friend Ruth Nichols , who was coming third, had an accident while on a test flight before the race recommenced.

Nichols' aircraft hit a tractor at the start of the runway and flipped over, forcing her out of the race. During this period, Earhart became involved with The Ninety-Nines , an organization of female pilots providing moral support and advancing the cause of women in aviation.

She had called a meeting of female pilots in following the Women's Air Derby. She suggested the name based on the number of the charter members; she later became the organization's first president in Earhart was engaged to Samuel Chapman, a chemical engineer from Boston; she broke off the engagement on November 23, Putnam had spent a great deal of time together.

Putnam, who was known as GP, was divorced in and sought out Earhart, proposing to her six times before she finally agreed to marry him. Earhart referred to her marriage as a "partnership" with "dual control". In a letter written to Putnam and hand delivered to him on the day of the wedding, she wrote, "I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any midaevil [ sic ] code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly. Earhart's ideas on marriage were liberal for the time as she believed in equal responsibilities for both breadwinners and pointedly kept her own name rather than being referred to as "Mrs.

Putnam, she laughed it off. Putnam also learned that he would be called "Mr. George had contracted polio shortly after his parents' separation and was unable to visit as often. On the morning of May 20, , year-old Earhart set off from Harbour Grace , Newfoundland , with a copy of the Telegraph-Journal , given to her by journalist Stuart Trueman , [90] intended to confirm the date of the flight.

He also played the role of "decoy" for the press as he was ostensibly preparing Earhart's Vega for his own Arctic flight. The landing was witnessed by Cecil King and T. When a farm hand asked, "Have you flown far? As her fame grew, she developed friendships with many people in high offices, most notably First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Roosevelt shared many of Earhart's interests and passions, especially women's causes. After flying with Earhart, Roosevelt obtained a student permit but did not further pursue her plans to learn to fly. The two friends communicated frequently throughout their lives. In her final hours, she even relaxed and listened to "the broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera from New York".

The next record attempt was a nonstop flight from Mexico City to New York. Setting off on May 8, her flight was uneventful although the large crowds that greeted her at Newark , New Jersey were a concern, [] because she had to be careful not to taxi into the throng.

Between and , Earhart had set seven women's speed and distance aviation records in a variety of aircraft including the Kinner Airster, Lockheed Vega, and Pitcairn Autogiro. By , recognizing the limitations of her "lovely red Vega" in long, transoceanic flights, Earhart contemplated, in her own words, a new "prize While Earhart was away on a speaking tour in late November , a fire broke out at the Putnam residence in Rye, destroying many family treasures and Earhart's personal mementos.

Following the fire, the couple decided to move to the West Coast, where Putnam took up his new position as head of the editorial board of Paramount Pictures in North Hollywood. At Earhart's urging, Putnam purchased a small house in June adjacent to the clubhouse of the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake , a San Fernando Valley celebrity enclave community nestled between the Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures studio complexes where they had earlier rented a temporary residence.

This delayed the occupation of their new home for several months.

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Feminism was just a tool the government used to play women against men and to dupe women into working jobs and competing against their own husbands. Germany for instance has a negative native German birthrate today. This means that more native Germans are dying than being born to replace them.

Well, instead of encouraging native female Germans to go home and marry and have sex and get pregnant and save their nation and race, the German government is in-fluxing foreigners from the middle east to replace the native population instead.

They simply REFUSE to end feminism because it makes them the German government and businesses tons of money to have women working and competing against the men in society. What are your thoughts on Jesus loving on the woman at the well? Or Mary and Martha? Jesus was not so concerned about Martha not getting help in the kitchen but rather speaking with Mary.

I believe Jesus is more concerned with the hearts of people and not so much about tattoos and college debt and the necessity to be pure and sinless —- yes he wants that but He died so that we can rest in his grace and not be continually judged and damned.

We are all sinners that fall short. A more biblical viewpoint would be that no matter your history Jesus loves you and that you worth is not defined by being a baby making homemaker but we are defined by the love of Christ. They are protection for us and for our good! Jesus loved the prostitutes and tax collectors, so are you going down the former path because of a Joel Osteen-like warm and fuzzy church feeling?

Let no one despise you. I am the LORD. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. For ye are bought with a price: This article in no way questioned your salvation or ability to be saved if you have debt, get tattoos, commit sexual immorality, or partake in any other behavior the Bible calls a sin. This article also does not say that you will not be able to find a good Christian husband and have a fulfilling Christian life if you participate in any of these or other sins during your youth.

This is both because Christian men have a God-given desire for Biblical qualities in their wives, and also because God blesses those who follow His word and will. Yes Jesus forgives us of our sin. But He also calls us to turn from our sin. And if young ladies can live their life following Biblical truth and not fall into the trap of sin be it in the form of needless debt, disrespecting their bodies, or any other sin , they will be much happier and, yes, much more attractive as an option for a wife.

The very first Bible passage I quoted, Titus 2: She died alone with her line extincted, childless, age 67, body undiscovered for some days, partially eaten by her collection of cats. I grew up Christian and I went to a Christian university. I understand your post and your perspective. Must it be interpreted by man? Fathers are responsible for raising their children in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord and when a wife has a question about the sermon, she is to ask her husband at home, but yes, certainly she needs to daily read and study the Bible on her own but God definitely set up a hierarchy for the Church and family.

He makes it abundantly clear in His Word. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. This is just common sense. I discovered your blog quite by accident and from what I have read so far it is very interesting. From some of the comments you have made I assume you are not real popular with the rabid feminists?

Women will be begging to be married and have babies to take away their reproach. I have a lot to say about this. I married last year. My husband and I met…in college. So, between the two of us, who do you think brought more debt to this marriage?

Between college and credit cards, he was the one with the most financial burden, and as my husband he was putting that on me. We even had to take out a loan to help pay credit cards off more easily in my name only because I had the better credit score—and a pretty good one.

My mom, who raised me single, taught me well when it came to finances. Times are hard, those are the cards we have to play, and I choose to work with my husband in all things.

I personally want a family some day. I want to raise children in the Lord and love them and teach them. And with God, I know both are possible, and these are the very things he provides to make it possible. It is a double edged sword of the society we are currently living in. Yes — what a beautiful picture of grace and love. I hope that he helps her bear her burdens even financial — and she him.

And I hope that they build each other up and are known by their love. They all think the same thing and make the same comments. Take comfort in Philippians 1: I know you own a Bible. Educating women is of great benefit to society. I homeschool my children. All 6 of them. My 18 year old daughter is attending college on a full scholarship.

We highly encouraged her to pursue higher education because her beautiful mind is a gift from the Lord, and we do not squander Gods gifts. I am dismayed at how you put all men into a very small minded box. My husband, a pastor, married me, a single mother of 19, with a tattoo and college debt. He thinks I am a priceless treasure, despite having to pay off my college debt incurred for the career I never worked at.

He loves my intelligent mind and the ability to have thoughtful reasoned conversations. My college education prepared me for home schooling my kids in such a way that they are clever, love to learn, logical and wise. They also can cook, clean, care for children, and do other wonderful things that prepare them for life as well.

They want women who love the Lord, who serve him faithfully in whatever calling he has placed upon their hearts, who love others, who are kind and loyal, and who are wise enough to know that no woman should attempt to become the woman some man wants…. But rather strive to please the Lord with the gifts He has bestowed upon them.

He is the only man that matters! A wise woman knows that. Especially if you are not going into a career. Like so many you want to read your experience into the post instead of reading it from a perspective of what God admonishes and desires. Will you raise your daughters to stay pure for their marriage bed, avoid debt and especially large and ugly tattoos that will scar their God given bodies?

You bet you will, yet you will object to a post that tries to teach thees principles to young Christian women who do not have parents like you. You are correct in much of what you write about what men want in a wife, but so wrong that women are not significantly focused on getting the best catch they can in a godly husband.

You overlook the many Christian young women who need to be told to think twice before falling headlong into societies hedonistic ways. Are we not to be different from the world? May the Lord bless you and protect you from the arrows being aimed at you by those who do not seek the truth.

I want to be pleasing in the eyes of the Lord, not marriageable men. God gave me a mind, a heart, a body, and a soul to work for Him, not to simply for a husband or to propagate the species. A few are called to be single so that they can devote their whole focus to ministry. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. Heaven loves it, though, so that might be something of a consolation to you.

I read your article after my friend posted it on Facebook. I really enjoyed how you included an email, and how your articulated your points with examples. I am so grateful I had a stay-at-home mother, who dedicated her life to me and my siblings, and teaching us how to live our lives in the name of others. She and my father instilled in me at a young age that I was to live for others, to become the best version of myself so I can take care of those who need it most.

I have interpreted that to mean that I can help more lives if I work in healthcare, specifically pet care. I do want to have children, and be a good mother. But I can help more lives if I do pursue this career. Jesus Christ dedicated his life to helping others, and I could not see myself doing anything but helping those that need it most. I hope this might help you understand why some people follow their careers. I really enjoyed your article, and your point of view.

I never have written that women should not attend college but they must count the cost, literally and figuratively. As someone who finished college debt-free, loves the Bible and is still a virgin without tattoos — I find this collection of quotes ridiculous. My first and hopefully final serious relationship began at the age of Had I skipped college and later postgraduate studies, learned to cook and waited around for a man to show up, I would have forfeited 20 years of serving others through work and ministry.

The Bible teaches quite clearly that all of our work is an act of worship, so both my time in the secular media and working for Christian ministries were opportunities to serve others and be an ambassador for Christ. With thousands of posts, why not read many of the others that emphasize other key truths. I am not sure I understand why a father or husband is the only way a woman can understand scripture. I understand and disagree with most of this article, but I am confused where you get this particular viewpoint….

The Bible tells fathers that they are to raise their children in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord and the Apostle Paul tells us that if a wife has a question about the sermon, she should ask her husband at home so these are biblical, however, all godly wives should be in the Word daily and allowing it to dwell richly within them.

I read a whole bunch of angry comments about this article you wrote. So much so, I needed to read for myself to see what could cause this outrage.

Thank God we have people still saying what you have! I think the anger is more about personal guilt from what they see in themselves than any fingers pointed at you. We value our phones more than our children.

And then they bemoan their own single status. And tattoos… meh, women used to think they were edgy. And who wants to look at the 60yr old version of that tramp stamp that you thought was cool in college. Feminism has infected the church to the degree that men are simply avoiding women who display it. So they come out to write blogs and be angry about it. Anyway, great article here. And if you take anything as Gospel truth because you read it on the internet — newsflash: I am blown away.

I have been teaching the young men in my church to guard their hearts against the harlot Proverbs 7. Even amongst my fellow Christian men there is a fear of women that is in lockstep with American culture. Thank you so much. Debt, violence, addiction, suicide, divorce and overall unhappiness. Young men at this stage, especially the increasing number raised in fatherless households will appreciate and respect the perspective these words offer and it is only by reaching them, will you be able to reach the women.

This is an article by a Christian to Christians. That God provides that refuge is the good news, the Gospel. The heart must be changed, it needs to be born again, to be a new creature. No woman or man with an unchanged heart will read this article and think to themselves, hey, this seems like a great idea. The hope is, however, that young Christian women will read it, and perhaps see that the narrow-path puts to shame the wide-path-preaching being drummed into the heads of every Christian from all quadrants day and night, even from Christendom itself.

This is a messege I feel greatly many young people are missing in these last days. I hope the Lord Jesus takes me home before I have to see much moore of this suffering and travailing in labor this old Earth is doing.

I for one am so glad my dauhgters have growned up to love Jesus. They know that the man comes first, and have learned to serve and be good obedient women in the home. She is a precious ruby in the sihgt of God. My little ones will never learn the evil ways of this world, teaching them they can learn or read by themselves, without the men to help them understand. And of course my hubby reads to us at night from Holy Scipture.

It saddens my heart her and so many other young girls like her are taught they have to fill their head with nonsense like math, or that evil evolution stuff the Lord teaches us we do not come from babboons!! Tattoos are ugly, and so are pirceings! Why would beutiful women want to ruin their faces, or color their hair crazy colors, or listen to that rowdy rock and roll?

Be godly, dont read books without men there to explain them to you, love that you get to make babies one day, and you will be happier!!!! Did your husband read this to you too? So yeah, we women get to do those incredible things like raising kids and managing the home. But also we get to read and learn and feel and think and experience him in the way only WE can understand. Otherwise I fear that the woman may leave her family for another man.

What type of school are they attending?!?! I make six figures. If she wants to stay home, I want her there.

But this is moot, because nobody has family value anymore. I love this article But you missed a few things: Thank you for sharing your opinion. I think it is timely and helpful. Now if young people would read with an open mind and with a heart of understanding.

As a guy who is also a debt-free virgin with no tatoos, I understand the self-sacrifice involved in each of those decisions. Thank you for acknowledging the value of these traits. While your comments may make some people uncomfortable, they also encourage me to live for Christ and not myself. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I very much like the format in which you wrote this. Makes it seem like a dialogue instead of a pronouncement of right and wrong. How wonderfully refreshing to hear a true Christian woman whose heart is turned towards God.

These same problems have been discussed many times in my circles of the hospital. Keep the armor of God close. Common sense in a world gone mad. Thank you for this. The reaction this piece has gotten from modern xtians is appalling, and prima facie evidence of just how out of touch the modern church is with its roots and the law of God. Some of this will be very bluntly worded, but none of it is to attack anyone.

The husband, of course. Men and women are not equal. They are not the same. Whether you like hearing it or not, men and women age very differently! You keep writing, Lori! I am so glad Lori wrote this post as feminism is truly harmful to everyone involved.

At 17 I was very mature, quiet and shy and ready to settle down. I wanted to get married, stay home and have children. I needed to go to work to support myself, study and have fun just to fit in. Very long story short I ended up going down a very bad path that I deeply regret. I only got out of the destruction through meeting Christ and accepting Him as my Lord and Savior. At 25 I met my now husband and read the bible only to find that there was indeed nothing wrong with the original me who naturally wanted to be at home, serve my family and have a gentle quiet spirit.

Women fight for all these rights that they think they want, however the proof is in the pudding so to speak. The Christian friends and family I know who have a feminist worldly mindset are absolutely miserable! I would never want my daughter to live the life I did before getting saved and following the Word. I see young couples in Church who are ready to commit and be married only to be told to wait another few years etc which usually means giving into temptation and living in sin which seems to be perfectly acceptable.

Seriously why would women want to be used up by passers by instead of having the love and security of a good husband? Women have abortions so that they can further their careers then later go through expensive fertility treatments because they left it too late. Seriously where is the wisdom in all of this!? Also, as Annette pointed out in her comment the points against college seem narrow-minded. They do, but where can one find such a woman?

I live near Boston and every woman seems to dedicate her life here to be abything but what you describe. I write with no comment on your article—I write merely to inform you that today another blogger, Grayson Gilbert, has posted an article which criticizes some of the negative reactions to it.

It is mostly a defense of your article. At present it is accessible here: Thank you for posting Mr. His article was a great response and i hope those who read this will also read that. Lori, Thank you for having the courage to speak the truth in this wicked and perverse generation. Reading this blog entry made my day. Thank you, better, I thank Jesus for you. Our culture has become so pathological for a variety of reasons; extreme feminism just one awful example.

I spoken to my 18 year old son about a range of issues and have cautioned him regarding the quality of young ladies nowadays. Fortunately he loves and respects me and has taken my words to heart. I fear for his future as he wants to marry and have a daughter some day, but he knows adventuring into the marriage mine field is quite a roll of the dice.

I am always shocked at people who live happy lives because they followed the above advice, who then mock and adimadvert those who give it. The vast majority of women are not super special snowflakes of exceptional oddity.

Life is made of opportunity costs. Well done for writing it: Men, throughout history, and all around the globe, have preferred to marry virgins. It is the way they are created. Had women realised that such behaviour jeopardises their chances of having a husband and children then they might have been disposed to reject feminism. Western males have become fools; duped, willing cuckolds who marry promiscuous women, with predictably disastrous results. No sane man wants to marry that sadly, men these days are ungodly, and thus foolish creatures.

Most women these days have had way more than 8 partners. They usually cross that number either before or in their first year of college. I would like to say: God forgives all who turn to him in repentance and we are called to be like Christ; so any man who immediately rules out a woman as worthless because she made mistakes in the past is not someone I would like to know. Yes, and the post does not say that either Abigail. Our God is a redeeming God, but He first warns us as a loving Father to walk the right path.

Do you believe God no longer wants His admonitions known within the church? There is far too much risk associated with a loose woman and far too little reward.

This is very sound advice and unfortunately hurts some. I count my blessings every day when I remember the day 32 years ago that I asked a young lady to marry me. She was a virgin, she was debt-free and she had no tattoos. After that time, we have raised three sons together, so she is no longer a virgin but still has no tattoos. I count my blessings every day when I remember that day. Would that there were more like her today! You are so blessed! Yes Rudy, and this blog is written for Christian women.

The men can teach what you are saying to the Christian men. And if you truly think you have that authority then your page is bust for me. Be virgins and pure as the new-driven snow on their wedding nights; 3. But unfortunately both parents in many homes are too busy at a job outside the home to properly train their sons and daughters in the ways of the Lord. I am a single Christian man and I absolutely refuse to court a woman who has marked her body with disgusting pagan tattoos! Also, it used to be the norm that a woman would be a virgin upon marriage, but now that is the smallest of a minority!

Feminism teaches women to be as promiscuous as they can be. You spoke the truth and it hurt people. I have tattoos but they are very meaningful to me my dads signature- he went to heaven 4 years ago and I remained a debt free virgin until I met a debt free virgin.

Most of the detractors have no ground to stand on, so why pay them any attention short of showing examples for good Christian men to avoid? Very interesting blog post. Unless it means he is divorced, has been financially zeroed out with alimony and child support payments. Women care most about his fidelity in the here and now for all of its indications and implications to her own security, protection, resources and provisioning to her and her offspring.

This is normal and common. Why is it ok for men to be sluts, but not women!? Because men know that premarital sexual congress affects women differently, and that a woman with a roster of past sexual partners will likely struggle to have and hold a devoted and loyal relationship to him as her husband, no matter what he does or how he performs.

And men understand what such a woman represents to him in terms of legal and financial risk in modern day western society. And because human males want assurances of paternity and their own genetic success. Two thirds of this is held by women. Men tend to have more consumer credit card debt than women however. These two levels of debt do not balance out fairly, but it represents a significant barrier that both men and women more seriously consider for any future together.

Marriage rates are way down for a number of understandable reasons. And yet men are still marrying highly-educated, highly leveraged women. The propensity of such women to look down on such potential male suitors and husbands is truly astounding. If only we would consider the immense legal and financial risks of marriage which are strictly reserved for men. One would think given the current field of play in intersexual relationships in modern times, women would come to the conclusion that a little more gratitude might be in order for such men.

Men can become just as damaged by premarital sex, and furthermore, if you think it is fine for young Christian men to engage in sexual exploits then you must also be encouraging young Christian women to do so as well, as less you are promoting sodomy! I expect more from a devout Christian such as yourself.

Probably another one of those dang liberals trying to infiltrate the church and spread your pagan ideals onto the youth. I am a wife and mother to 3 with another on the way and your article is the true. Before marriage I was a promiscuous, tattoo bearing, indebted college athlete. By the grace of God, He sent me a kind, forgiving and Godly man years after I had repented. But it cost me dearly. We decided before marriage that I would stay home, the children would be homeschooled and we would help our children down a better path.

Is it easy living on one income, being a SAHM? I only wish I was better prepared. Listen to this article and choose a better path! Thank you for willingly sharing your testimony so, hopefully, others will avoid the same mistakes. Marrying such a woman is playing Russian Roulette with 4 of the 6 chambers loaded. Top animal breeders often will never again use a female for breeding, if even once a male unintended for her mounts her.

Apparently, this traditional wisdom has been borne out by modern science, like so many things. July 24, at 2: Every day that a person bears a tattoo, they are in a state of unrepentant sin. As a Man of God in a misandrist satanic society i can affirm this that real men only want Godly women. Even biology proves women must be a virgin to please a man. Any woman who is against this hates god and is a child of satan. All men say the same. Thank you for standing up for women by telling them the truth.

Good article, very biblical and a must read for every young maiden. One of my girls wants to get a music degree in piano at BJU so she can give lessons from home when God gives her children and a husband of course. But she has to pay it off as she goes along. We made sure there is a good church to connect with. I think the perfect way is for them is to stay home until marriage, it does protect them.

And of course stay pure until marriage and no tattoos is also a biblical concept. I do believe that the deceiver has deceived many in the church, and we have embraced worldliness in every aspect, from home to church and reaping the consequences, just the way Christians respond to this makes it obvious.

Pastor John Mc Arthur in the had a sermon on the woman role and it said the same and much more on this topic and today they would snarl at him. We give in little by little to the lies and deceit and justify everything we want. An excellent article will share it with my kids. If you had written that men prefer fit, healthy chicks, no one would have batted an eye, even though there are a lot of unfit, unhealthy ladies out there, who, apparently, would now feel worthless because someone dared to point out the obvious.

Charles Danforth, Robert Schuyler, killed. John Schuyler, Henry Schuyler, wounded. John Mason, substitute for Joshua Burnett. Thomas Sanders, substitute for M. Roberts, drafted, was under pay one day and discharged. I have endeavored to give as full and correct a list of the brave soldiers that went from Russell to crush out the great Rebellion, as I could gather under the circumstances, after a lapse of more than twelve years since the close of the war, and no record kept of them at the time.

Originally it was divided into three tracts, the lines of which run from the east to the west lines of the township. Tract one consists of all the north part of the township, and contains six thousand and three acres of land, and was purchased of the Connecticut Land company, November 3, , by Samuel Lord.

The south line of tract one is the north line of land now owned by Pierce Whipple. Tract two is the central part of the township, and contains four thousand and forty-three acres, and was purchased of the Connecticut Land company, in , by Judson Canfield, David Waterman, James Johnson, Nathaniel Church, Elijah Wadsworth and Frederick Wolcott, in common.

In a deed or partition was executed, giving to each of the above named purchasers their proportion of the tract, viz: The south line of tract two is the south line of the land now owned by Rufus Pettibone, and was purchased of the Connecticut Land company, September 10, , by Nathaniel Gorham and Warren Parks, and, December 19, , was sold by Gorham and Parks to Benjamin Gorham.

March 7, , Simon Perkins purchased of Benjamin Gorham the west part of tract three, containing 4, acres. Soon after Calvin Austin purchased the balance, and for a time township No. Each of the tracts one, two, and three, were subdivided into lots. Tract one has forty-eight lots, numbering from south to north across the tract. Tract two has twenty-eight lots, of unequal size, numbering from west to east.

Tract three has thirty-two lots, of nearly equal size, commencing to number at the northeast corner of the tract, thence south and north across the tract. All of lots fifteen, thirty-four, thirty-seven to forty-eight inclusive, containing one thousand and nine hundred and fifty-eight acres, in tract three, was sold to Asa Foot, December 26, , for the sum of forty-seven dollars and thirty-seven cents, being the tax due for and It was subsequently redeemed by Samuel Lord, for one hundred dollars.

The Chillicothe is the oldest road, having been surveyed under the direction of the State, by Edward Paine, in The line of the road is north and south, a little east of the center of the township.

There are two other roads running north and south, between the Chillicothe and the east line of the township, which extend across it. West of the Chillicothe there are none extending across the township, north and south, and only one leading east and west across the township, and that the center road, leading from Auburn, on the east, to Solon, Cuyahoga county, on the west.

There are two railroads running through the township. The Atlantic and Great Western railway crosses the southwest corner, making nearly two miles of road in the township, with a small station, known as Geauga Lake.

The Canton, Bridgeport and Painesville railway crosses the northwestern corner, with about one mile of road in the township. This road is completed only from Solon to Chagrin Falls. The main branch of the Chagrin river enters the town from the south a short distance west of the center line, its source being the Harmon pond in Aurora. It continues its course northerly, and leaves the town on the west line north of the center line, continuing to run northerly to Lake Erie.

A tributary of the Chagrin runs through the south part of Auburn and Bainbridge, leaving the latter at Centerville Mills, about one hundred rods from its confluence with the main branch in Aurora. Another tributary known as the Plumb Bottom creek it derived its name from the great number of wild plumb trees which formerly grew along its margin , rises at a spring a few rods west of the west line of Auburn, near the road leading from Auburn to Bainbridge, thence running westerly to its confluence with the main branch at a point directly west of where it rises.

Nearly all the streams and the tributaries in the township are the outflow of pure springs which issue from the fissures of the drift rock, which underlies the town.

So numerous are the springs that few farms lack a supply of pure spring water. Geauga lake formerly known as Giles pond , is situated in the southwest corner of the town in lot twenty-eight, tract three, and is the head water of Tinker's creek which empties into Cuyahoga river. The waters of this lake are very pure and of great depth. On the south of it is a beautiful gravel beach. Its location, geologically, is an anomaly, being in a basin-like depression within less than one-half a mile of the deep ravine, through which the Chagrin river passes, with its drainage in the opposite direction from the river.

The timber consists largely of beech and maple, with an abundance of white ash and a limited supply of oak and chestnut. Whitewood, cucumber, basswood and cherry are quite abundant, and along the streams some black walnut is found. The soil is a deep sandy or clay loam, bordering in many places on sand very rich and productive. Stone is abundant for building purposes. The principal quarries are found on land owned by J.

Osborn, and William Hutchins. At a meeting of the county commissioners held at Chardon on the first Monday of March, , township number six, in the ninth range, was given the name of Bainbridge, which included what was subsequently called Auburn.

When the separation from Auburn took place is not positively known. The chattel tax duplicate of contains names of tax payers who then resided in Bainbridge, which included the territory which is now Auburn, and in those names were separated, and are in Auburn and Bainbridge townships. Hence I conclude the separation took place in the summer of Who the first township officers were, or when or where the first election took place it is impossible to determine, as the records are lost.

The citizens of the township have always manifested a due appreciation of educational advantages and have taken much interest in their common schools.

There are ten school districts now in the township, four of which are union districts, composed of the territory from Solon on the west, and Aurora on the south, annexed to Bainbridge for school purposes.

There has always been a good supply of resident teachers. Among the most efficient and experienced of the present time, are: Bliss, Sylvia Pettibone, Fanny McCollum, Mary Whipple, and others of less experience who bid fair to become teachers of the first rank.

In addition to the common schools, select schools have been taught at different times in the township. One is now in session which is being taught by J. The total amount of money expended for tuition, and other school purposes, during the last six years was nine thousand seven hundred and forty-one dollars and ninety-eight cents. The first school in the township was taught in a small log house, near George Smith's, by a young man from Windham, named Skiff, in The pioneers of Bainbridge were men of early christian training, and had much of the puritanic regard for the rights and influences of religious society, and at a very early day religious meetings were held in the township, and on the ninth of June, , the Congregational church was organized by John Leslie, a traveling missionary.

The following persons were its first members, viz: Soon after Lydia Childs' and Hannah North's names were added, making twelve members. Jonas Childs was chosen moderator, and Asahel North, clerk. For many years it was a very prosperous and flourishing society, and early in its history, and , erected a very commodious church building on land leased for that purpose from Joseph North. In and there was quite an extensive revival of religion, and the church received many accessions, but soon dissensions arose and some withdrew from the society, and very few were added to its numbers for many years.

In Oliver O. Brown, a man of little moral worth, purchased the farm from which the site for the church was leased, claiming that he had bought the site and made an effort to prevent religious services being held in the church. Becoming exasperated by some denials of his right to the property, he entered the church, October 13, , tore out the pulpit and its adornings and burnt them in front of the church.

The society soon took the necessary legal measures and defeated his purpose to hold the property. By death and removal the society's numbers gradually decreased, and about nine years since the church building was sold for secular purposes. Among the pastors of this church were: Clark, Bridgman, Parmelee, Childs, and Ward. The last scheduled pastor was Rev. The Methodist Episcopal church was organized in the spring of , by Rev.

Plimpton, with thirty members. Harvey Baldwin was appointed class-leader. The principal members were: Joseph Ely and wife, Phillip Haskins and wife, P.

McConoughey and wife, Asahel North, Jr. Services were held in private houses first, and later, in the log house built for a town hall. In the old church was sold to the township, for a town hall, and a new one erected in the summer of , on the site of the old hotel kept by Stewart and others , at a cost of about six thousand dollars. We have the names of all the ministers who have labored for the society since its organization in , but the list is lengthy and we name only those who were among the first, viz: William Sawyze was the first presiding elder; B.

Plimpton the first minister sent here by the Erie conference. Then followed Ira Eddy, William H. Collins, Orrin Gilmore, P. Stedman, and many others.

The name of the present pastor is T. There is now a flourishing Sabbath-school connected with the church, of which C. In a Universalist society was organized by Rev. Services are held in the town hall every alternate Sabbath. A Sabbath-school has also been organized, with Miss Lizzie Shaw as superintendent.

In commencing the biographical history of the settlement of Bainbridge, we append a sketch of the McConoughey family, the first who settled in the township, the principle part of which was obtained from notes, written by Rev. McConoughey, the youngest of the family, and the first child born in the township. David McConoughey was the first settler in what is now the township of Bainbridge, having moved within its limits on Thanksgiving day, He was of Scotch-Irish descent.

His grandfather also named David emigrated to America from the north of Ireland, soon after his marriage, about the year He first settled in what was then Watertown, near Boston, Massachusetts.

There his son David was born, in February, In , the family removed into what is now Blandford, Hampden county, Massachusetts. There the grandfather, and father of David third died; the latter, in , aged seventy-four years.

He was a soldier in the patriot army of the Revolution. He served with credit, and received an honorable discharge and a land warrant for his services. He had a fine education, and was the clerk of the township of Blandford about twenty years.

His son, David McConoughey third , was born in Blandford, Massachusetts, August 6, , and died in Bainbridge, September 25, ; aged eighty-two years. His wife was Mary Carter.

She was of Scotch, English, and Welsh ancestry. Her father was Scotch, her mother English and Welsh. Her great-grandfather was a Scottish nobleman, tracing his descent from a sister of Robert Bruce. The name was originally McCarter, but one of his progenitors, for his gallantry in battle, received the honor of knighthood, with a change of name to Cartter.

The progenitor of the family in America came over about the year , and settled in Virginia. His plantation was destroyed by an incursion of the Indians, upon which event he removed to Massachusetts, and settled in Boston.

His only son, James Bruce Carrter, was educated at Harvard college, for a minister of the gospel, but preferred the sea to the pulpit; was owner and captain of an East Indiaman, and for many years was a successful trader. After a time fickle fortune deserted him. His vessel, with its cargo, were lost at sea; he narrowly escaped with his life.

In reduced circumstances, he took up his abode in Westfield, Massachusetts, and engaged in teaching Greek and Latin, in which he was an accomplished scholar. He taught the first school ever taught in Blandford, where, for a time, he resided. His son, Nehemiah, was born in Westfield.

After having shared life's toils, its joys; and sorrows for more than fifty-seven years, this venerable couple repose side by side at the summit of a beautiful eminence, in the northeastern part of the township, and very near the home of their later years. There, also, rest the remains of many of their descendants. The family left Blandford, Massachusetts, November 9, The family consisted of father, mother, and six children, three of each sex. The eldest, a son, nearly nineteen years of age; the youngest, a son, about three years old.

The journey at that season of the year was extremely tedious and dreary. The distance of nearly six hundred miles, through mud and snow, with one yoke of oxen, and one horse, was traversed in fifty-three days. Of what occurred during the journey we have no account, save of the last night, which was spent in the woods in Bedford, the second town west of Bainbridge, where they encamped for the night, and were serenaded through the weary hours by bands of hungry wolves, who seemed chanting their own death song, as well they might at the coming of this family, who aided very much in their extermination.

On the first day of January, , they arrived at the cabin of Samuel McConoughey, a younger brother of David, who had settled in the northwestern part of Aurora, in Here the family remained till the following November.

In the early part of the year , Mr. McConoughey purchased one hundred acres of land of Benjamin Gorham, in the southeast corner of Bainbridge, in lot three, tract three , now owned by Lucas Hurd. Upon this land the father and sons commenced clearing away a portion of the forest, and building a cabin, which was ready for occupancy, and to which the family moved on Thanksgiving day, It was a rudely constructed cabin, eighteen by twenty feet, of round logs, a huge fire-place, a puncheon floor made of logs split, and the flat surface upwards, a stick chimney, plastered inside with clay mortar to prevent it taking fire a precaution not always successful , without chamber floor, a cover of long split shingles, held in place by heavy poles, one door opening north, and not a pane of glass in the apertures which served as windows.

The scanty supply of furniture was brought from the old home, with the exception of a few articles manufactured by the family. For a short time there were no other inhabitants in the tract of wilderness now known as Bainbridge. To the east of them, lay what is now Auburn township, in which there was no human habitation, their nearest neighbor being the brother in Aurora. Between the two cabins lay nearly six miles of unbroken forest, infested with bears and wolves, intersected by streams of water, and dotted with black ash swamps, which must be traversed in visiting the nearest neighbor and friend.

We fancy there were many sad, lonely hours, in which the friends of their early life and dear old home were tearfully remembered. But they were people of much practical sense; and the wife and mother had a purpose in coming to that wilderness home, which, if accomplished, would repay her for all the toil and privation of the undertaking.

She was striving to save her family from the blighting curse of intemperance, which threatened the destruction of all she held most dear. The result proved the wisdom of her attempt, and rewarded her sacrifices and sufferings. She had a great deal joy of seeing her husband become a christian and total abstainer from all intoxicating drinks, and to see her children grow up intelligent, respectable people, utterly abhorring rum and rum-sellers. McConoughey was a quiet, unambitious man, of clear perception and unquestionable integrity.

He was never wealthy, and never aspired to be. When about fifty years of age he became a christian, and a year or two later united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he remained a worthy member till his death. His wife was also a member of the same church. McConoughey was far more aspiring and ambitious than her husband, and was more energetic and enterprising.

She possessed a very superior intellect, and retained her faculties unimpaired till the last hour of life. She was a kind and devoted mother, and a true christian. The sons of the family were all bred to farming, which occupation they all engaged in through life, with the exception of the younger one, Austin N.

During a few last years of David, Jr. The daughters all married farmers, and were all estimable women. The eldest son, Colonel P. McConoughey, was one of the famous hunters of this section, killing deer, bears, elk, and wolves, in great numbers. It is said he was known to have killed as many as five bears in a single day.

On one occasion, while hunting in company with Josiah Nettleton, he killed four full-grown deer, and Nettleton, five, in little more than half a day -- Nettleton lending his rifle to McConoughey, with which he killed his fourth. The father was also a hunter of some note, killing scores of bears and wolves. A bear story is related of the two hunters and a famous bear dog, which may be of interest. A very large hollow tree had been felled for bears.

Porter, and his cousin Jarvis McConoughey, had fired through a small opening at a bear inside of the tree, when the dog rushed into the large hollow, attacked the bear, which was but slightly wounded. The howls and growls which were heard by the hunters indicated that a furious battle was raging, in which bruin would be the victor. The father instantly threw off his coat, and went down the hollow to the rescue of the dog. It was twenty feet from the entrance to the scene of action.

Here he seized the dog by the hinder legs and slowly worked himself back until Porter could reach his feet, and by his assistance all were drawn out together, the dog and bear locked in a mutual grip by teeth and claws. The bear, which was a very large one, weighing over four hundred pounds, was instantly run through the heart with a lance, called the bear-spear, in the hands of the senior.

On examination the tree was found to contain two more bears, each of more than half the size of the mother. As before stated, there were six children of the McConoughey family, who came with the parents to Bainbridge, of whom Col.

He was twice married; first to Miss Margaret Nettleton, in Eight children were born of this union, seven of whom survived the father, and five are still living. The mother died in Five children were born of this marriage, four of whom are living. His widow is still living, and resides in Oberlin, Ohio.

First, to Zebina Kennedy, of Aurora, February 22, This was the first marriage in the township of Bainbridge. The ceremony was performed by Esquire Blackman, of Aurora. Kennedy lived but a short time after his marriage, having some connection with the soldiers near Lake Erie, where he visited and contracted a disease from which he died, very soon after his return, and in less than three months after her marriage, the young bride was called to exchange bridal robes for widow's weeds.

She was married the second time in August, , to Julius Riley, of Aurora the ceremony at each marriage was performed by Esquire Blackman, of Aurora. She died in Aurora, April, Her husband is still living. The second daughter of the Conoughey's, Selina M. She was married March 20, , to Horace Crosby, of Bainbridge.

The fruits of this marriage was one daughter. Crosby died in Oberlin, February 26, Crosby is now living in Oberlin, where she has resided over forty-three years. She is nearly eighty-two years old, still retains a great degree of mental and physical vigor, has walked to church, a distance of a mile, within the past year, but for a number of months has been feeble, with little prospect of recovery.

Sally, born at Blandford, March 17, , died in , and sleeps in Blandford. The youngest daughter, Portia Ann, was born in Blandford, May 21, She was married to Asahel North, Jr. Seven children were born of this marriage. She died April 4, , at Clyde, Ohio. Her husband still survives her. He was twice married -- first, to Eliza Howard, of Mantua, in To them nine children were born. His wife died in Minnesota in His second marriage was with Mrs.

McWhorter, in , by whom he had one son. He died January 15, , at Milan, Ohio. His widow is still living. Eli Hector was born January 1, , in Blandford. He was also twice married -- first, to Miss Amanda Snow, of Mantua, by whom he had four children. She died in Illinois in He married again in , Mrs. Samantha Wooster, by whom he had two children. He died in Cornwall, Illinois, April 5, Nettleton, April 1, , in Bainbridge.

There were five children born of their marriage, four of whom are living, as are also the parents. Very soon after the settlement of the McConoughey family in Bainbridge, came Jasper Lacey and family, and settled on lot seven, tract three, now owned by Leverett Gorham. They remained but two or three years, and removed to Aurora, Portage county. In a son was born to them, which was the second birth in the township.

The third family that settled in the township was that of Gamaliel H. Kent, who emigrated from Suffield, Connecticut, in , and stopped in Warren, Ohio, one year, when they removed to Aurora, Portage county, where they remained five years, whence they removed to Bainbridge in , and took up lots six and nineteen in tract three , upon which the elder sons, Elihu L.

In the autumn of they built a log cabin and sowed a small piece to wheat, which was the first sowen in the township. Kent's family, at the time of their arrival in Bainbridge, consisted of wife and five children, three sons and two daughters, all of whom eventually married and settled in the neighborhood of the homestead.

The eldest son, L. Elihu, married Clarissa Blish, of Mentor, and resided on the homestead till his death, which occurred September 14, , at which time he was thirty-seven years old. She is remembered by those who formed her acquaintance in her earlier life, as a woman whose mental endowments were far above the ordinary. She is now nearly eighty-five years of age, and retains her mental and physical vigor to a remarkable degree.

She resides with a niece in Solon. In the winter of Mr. Kent's house, with nearly all its contents, was burned. In the excitement an empty cupboard was carried carefully out and saved, while one which stood near it, filled with valuable articles, was left for the fire to consume.

After the destruction of their house, the family went to Aurora, where they remained until a new one could be constructed. The work was immediately commenced by men who came from Aurora, through the woods, bringing their lunch which was frequently frozen before noon , and returning home at night.

The family moved to their new cabin in February, which was without chimney, door or windows, and in that condition they spent the remainder of the winter, which was a very severe one. Kent and son, Elihu, purchased the first dry goods and groceries offered for sale in the township.

The stock of good was very limited in quantity and variety, consisting of such articles as were considered indispensable. Some were sold on credit, and the accounts were written with chalk upon the side of the house. Paper was not easily obtained at that period. The business was very soon abandoned. Kent, like most of the pioneers of the Western Reserve, was of New England birth and education. He was an intelligent, honorable man, and much esteemed by the community in which he resided.

His family were among the most intelligent and cultured of that period, as are also many of their descendants of the present time. Kent was her husband's superior in some respects. She possessed a clearer intellect and more will power. She was a woman well fitted to share the toils and privations of pioneer life, one who was ever ready to bear her full share of its burdens.

In , while yet neighbors were few, and they widely separated with roads nearly impassable lying between, Mrs. Kent felt that it would be for the public good to improve the roads and thereby their condition , to that end she appointed a day and place of meeting, and requested every man, woman, and child, who was able to assist in any way, to be ready at the time, and place appointed, to work on the road.

Nearly all complied with the request, and by her direction the men felled the trees, the larger boys trimmed off their branches and cut undergrowth, while the women and children carried and piled the brush. By night they had cleared a road broad enough for a wagon to pass, from the cabin of Mr. Kent to that of George Smith, which was situated more than half a mile eastward.

When the work was completed, Mrs. Kent provided supper for the company. In the summer of , Mr. Kent built the first frame house in the township, which is still in a good condition, having been recovered in Kent was engaged in farming all his life, and he occupied the farm which he purchased in Bainbridge in until his death, which occurred April 30, , at which time he was sixty-six years of age. Two sons were born of their marriage.

After a few years the parents separated, and both after a time, left the place, and after a few years had passed, each married again. Baldwin married a Mr.

Fobes, from whom she separated, and is now living with her third husband in the vicinity of Cleveland. Baldwin first purchased a lot which is a part of the farm now owned by Delos Root, and the house, a log one, stood on the east side of the road, a few rods north of the residence of Mr. The eldest daughter, Delia, married Russell G. He purchased the farm, of which Mrs.

Amarilla Root now owns a part. McCartey resided upon the farm until the spring of , when he sold his farm to Lyman Fowler, and removed to Dover, where he died about two years later. McCartey were born seven children, six of whom, three sons and three daughters, lived to adult age. Subsequently, two daughters and a younger son died of the same malady. The father was also a victim of consumption.

McCartney is still living, and resides with her son in Iowa. The surviving daughter resides in Wisconsin. Kent, second son of Gamaliel and Deborah Huntington Kent, was born in Suffield, Hartford county, Connecticut, and came with his father to Bainbridge in the winter of and He assisted his father and other pioneers in clearing the heavy forests from their farms until his marriage, which occurred in May, , when he was united in marriage with Ann Eliza Granger.

In the winter of they settled on a farm of fifty acres, of which Nichols and son now owns a part. He had previously cleared a few acres, and erected a log house near the large spring now used by Nichols' cheese factory. He remained on the farm about eight years, built the barn which is still standing, planted an orchard of apple trees, many of which are in good bearing condition, and left standing the young maples which form what has been known as Andrews' grove, where various public gatherings, picnics, celebrations and religious meetings are held.

Kent were parents of eight children, four of whom were born in this their first home, viz; Ann Eliza, Hortense, Oliver G. In the spring of , Mr. Kent sold his farm of fifty acres to Alfred Thompson, and purchased two hundred acres of unimproved land in the west part of the town. He removed from the first home in April, and himself and family boarded with the family of J. Carver, in Solon, while he was preparing a home on the new farm. He cleared a small piece of ground, and built a log house, to which he removed his family in May, at which time there was neither door, chimney, nor windows, and only a loose rough floor in the cabin.

For a few days the cooking was done out of doors, and two crooked sticks were driven in the ground with a pole and log-chain to hold the kettles over the fire, while a covered, flat iron kettle did duty as an oven.

During the summer he cleared twenty-one acres, and sowed it to wheat in the fall. Here the remainder of his life was spent in improving and beautifying his home. He was a man honored and respected as a citizen, and much esteemed in all the relations of life. He held many offices of the township in its early history, and in was elected to the State legislature.

He died May 28, , having been a resident of the township sixty years. Four children were born in the home where the father died -- Gameliel H. The family married and reside within a few miles of the homestead. The eldest daughter, Ann E. Sturtevant resides in Cleveland. Kent died, October 13, Augusta was married to L. Joy, of Kansas, and resides in Cleveland. Coleman, and resides at Chagrin Falls. Robins, of Warren, and lived on the homestead till his death, which occurred about two years later.

The north and west part of the township was settled much later than the south part, Mr. Kent being the first who moved to that part of Bainbridge. Very soon several families were added to the neighborhood, among whom were the Haydens, Holbrooks and Nieces.

Alexander Edson, youngest son of Gamaliel and Deborah H. Kent, was born in Suffield, Hartford county, Connecticut, April 20, When he was about three years old his father emigrated to Ohio, where his children all accompanied him and shared the labors and privations of pioneer life. Many changes have occurred in the years intervening, which Mr. Kent has noted with mingled feelings of pleasure and pain. The forests which covered the whole face of the country for miles around have steadily receded, and in their stead are seen cultivated fields and tasteful, attractive homes.

Other changes have also occurred. Friendly, familiar faces have passed away in rapid succession till nearly a generation of strong, brave men, and earnest self-reliant women have laid down the burdens of life and are hidden forever from our sight. Sad changes have come to the household of this pioneer.

The parents and brothers are gone, five children and the gentle, loving companion of his early manhood and one of his later years have been called away, and he, having nearly reached four score years, is waiting "Only waiting till the shadows are a little longer grown," and all too soon, the few remaining links which connect the present with the past generation will be severed.

Kent has occupied the farm to which his father moved, when he was but nine years old, until the present; a period of nearly sixty-seven years. He was married November 8, , to Miss Lucy M. Bull, of Lebanon, New York. From this union seven children were born, viz: Eggleston, October 7, ; she died, in , and he was again married to Mrs.

Anna Leonard, who survives her husband, who died May 16, He was a young man of genial temperament, intelligent, and highly esteemed by all his associates. Ely; she died September 24, Mason; her death occurred April 12, Kent died September 14, , and in October, , Mr.

Kent was again married to Hannah Morford, of Solon. From this marriage four children were born: Cassandra married Lucas Hurd, and resides in Bainbridge. In the latter part of the same winter in which Mr. Kent settled in Bainbridge, Alexander Osborn, sr. Osborn emigrated from Blandford, Massachusetts, where he left his family, consisting of wife and six children Russell, Maria, Alexander, Jr. The remaining children were placed with relatives, where they remained until their father returned to the old home, in the winter of He came back to Bainbridge in the latter part of the same winter, bringing his oldest son, who was about fourteen years old, with him.

The younger ones remained with their friends, being too young to endure the fatigue of so long a journey and the privations of pioneer life, without the patient, loving care of a mother. Osborn started on his return with a span of horses and sleigh, with which he traveled three days, when the snow went off, and he was obliged to trade his sleigh for a wagon, with which he pursued his journey for a week, when he found it necessary to exchange his wagon for a sleigh, with which he nearly completed the journey; stopping a few miles north of Warren, where he was delayed three days by a heavy rain storm, which made the streams impassable.

After several accidents and delays the father and son reached their lonely cabin, where they lived alone till Alexander, Jr. In the fall of , Russell made a second trip to Massachusetts, and on his return in the following winter, his eldest sister, Maria, came with him. Soon after her arrival, their cabin, with all its contents, was burned.

Among other articles of value was a fine new rifle, and a quantity of books, which were particularly prized, as new ones could scarcely be obtained at any price. A new cabin was soon erected, in which the family commenced housekeeping with a scanty supply of furniture, mostly of their own manufacture. The younger son, David, came later with Jonathan Osborn, an uncle, who settled in Ashtabula county.

David remained several years in Bainbridge, but after his marriage lived several years in Munson, from whence he removed to Illinois. The younger sister remained in Massachusetts, where she married, and died, leaving five children, who now reside in Connecticut.

The elder sons aided in clearing and improving the farm, a few years, when each purchased land adjacent to the homestead. Russell planted the first apple trees in the town, on his father's farm, having brought the seeds from Massachusetts.

Seven years from the time of planting many of the trees bore fruit. Several orchards now in bearing were taken from the nursery which he planted. There are trees yet standing thickly together on the old nursery ground. Russell first took up fifty acres of land where Henry Haskins now lives, upon which he chopped a few acres, and built an ashery, where he made potash, which he took to Pittsburgh with an ox team, where he could always get cash for that article, with which he purchased a few dry goods and groceries for the convenience of his neighbors and his own profit.

He married Ruby McConoughey, of Aurora, built a log house on land now owned by William McCollum, a few rods south of the old cemetery, on the east side of the road. In he sold to Stephen Goodman, and purchased the farm now occupied by Joseph Eggleston, where he resided till , when he sold to Jeremiah Root, and removed to Mantua, where he was engaged several years in the mercantile business.

He now resides in Cleveland, is seventy-nine years old, and quite vigorous. He has two sons and one daughter. The eldest son, R. Osborn, resides in Bainbridge; Alexander, Jr. Creager, of New York, and settled on the farm now occupied by Evan Richard, in lots five and twelve, tract three, where he resided until his death, which occurred April 25, , at which time he was sixty years and six months old.

He was a member of the Methodist church about twenty-three years; a man just and true in all the relations of life. His wife survives him and resides in Bainbridge. They were the parents of ten children -- Lorinda A. Azel Hanks, and resides in Iowa; Lorette M. Hood, and died November, , aged twenty-six years; Addie E.

Phillips, and resides at Chagrin Falls; Watson C. After the arrival of Alexander Osborn in the winter of , there seem to have been no accessions to the settlement, previous to the arrival of George Smith and family, consisting of wife and five children -- three sons and two daughters. One child, a boy of seven years, died on the way.

The children were George, Jr. The eldest son had attained to manhood, the youngest was nearly fourteen, and the daughters were young ladies, making an important addition to the population of the little settlement, which came to be Bainbridge, where they arrived in the latter part of February, The family emigrated from Washington, Berkshire county, Massachusetts.

They came with a sleigh, two yoke of oxen and one horse, the sleighing being fine until the last day of the journey which occupied four weeks. They were detained three days at Leroy, New York, by the death and burial of one of their number, a boy, seven years old, who died of whooping cough, with which he was attacked previous to their departure from their old home.

With sad hearts they resumed their dreary journey, rendered far more dreary by the recollection, which must haunt them through the succeeding years of the death of their darling, far from home with none but stranger hands to close the sightless eyes, robe the little form for the last time, and perform the sad burial rites.

When, within one day's journey of their destination, the snow was thin, and the roads so rough, the family were obliged to walk most of the distance.

Smith settled on the farm, from which Jasper Lacy, sr. Lacy had cleared a few acres, and built a log house on the land, which he had occupied. The house was without doors or windows when Mr. Smith moved his family into it, but spring was near at hand, and they suffered less from exposure than many who came earlier in the season. They brought very little furniture with them for a few weeks, and they had no other table than a large chest. Rough benches made of split logs, served as a substitute for chairs, while a saucer of lard in which was placed a narrow strip of cloth, did duty as a lamp.

Smith sold most of the land which he purchased, detaining one hundred and fifteen acres, where he resided until his death.

His house was the first in the township, where religious services were held. It was used several years as a place of public worship, by the Methodist and Presbyterian denominations. Plimpton, it is claimed, preached the first sermon in the township at the house of Mr. John Seward, of Aurora, frequently preached at the same place. Here, also, the first religious awakening commenced as the fruit of their united labors.

Smith was a large, muscular man, well fitted to endure the fatigue and hardships of pioneer life, but one whom phrenologists might say had not properly cultivated the organ of locality.

Consequently, he was more easily bewildered in the dense forests which surrounded his home, than were most of his neighbors. This defect was occasionally the source of serious inconvenience to himself and anxiety to his friends. To illustrate this, we will relate an incident which occurred in his experience. About two years after his arrival in the township, it became apparent that the services of a physician would be required in the family, and Mr.

Smith started for Aurora a distance of five miles through the woods , to secure the attendance of Dr. Owen, who had established himself at that place. About sunset, in company with the doctor, he set out to return, when within a mile and a half of Smith's cabin they were overtaken by a thunder storm, making it very dark. The doctor, being wholly unacquainted in the locality, and Smith, very uncertain as to their whereabouts, they hitched their horses and decided to remain in the woods until morning.

After partaking of breakfast, which Mrs. McConoughey prepared for them, and securing McConoughey for a guide, they again started for the cabin, where they arrived, weary, wet, and the doctor very blue, having on a new suit of the old style of blue drilling, which cold water would fade. It had rained all night, and his nether garments and his person, were nearly as blue as his outer ones, and as wet as rain could make them, and in sorry plight with which to enter a sick room.

Here was a dilemma -- something must be did, and did quickly. The daughter born that day now Mrs. Maria Gorham to Mr. Smith, very considerately deferred putting in an appearance until arrangements were completed for her proper reception, thereby securing, very early in life, a reputation for patience and kindly regard for the wishes of others, which she still retains.

Gorham was the first female child born in the township, and the eldest of three, added to the family of Mr. Smith during his residence here. Smith joined the Congregational church at its organization, and remained members until their death. Smith was much esteemed as a neighbor and citizen, and had the kindly regard of all through his life, which terminated July 25, , when he was ninety-three years and six months old. His wife, Susannah, died August 6, , aged eighty-two years.

Their eldest son, George, Jr. Smith; remained there a few years, and removed to Illinois, where he died many years ago, leaving one son and one daughter. William, the second son, married Nancy Bowler, and resided with his father on the farm in Bainbridge several years, when he removed to the center and engaged in the mercantile business, where he remained but a few years and sold his store, removed to Cleveland and engaged in buying cattle.

While engaged in that business he took passage on a railway train for Buffalo, where the train on which he was a passenger had arrived when it collided with a freight, and he was so badly scalded that he lived but a few hours.

He left one son and one daughter. Both are living in Shalersville, Portage county. McIntosh is nearly eighty years old, and retains her faculties remarkably for one so advanced in years. She is the only one living of the family who came into the township with her father in Laura, the second daughter, became the wife of Lyman Fowler, and resided in Bainbridge till or , and then removed to Newburgh, where she died.

Maria, the third daughter, married Leverett Gorham. She has resided all her life on the homestead where she was born sixty-two years ago. She is the mother of three daughters and one son. In the fall of Robert Smith came from Washington, Massachusetts, and purchased five hundred acres of land of Benjamin Gorham, in tract three, for which he paid one dollar and fifty cents per acre. The family of Mr. Smith, then consisting of wife and six children, three of each sex four sons were added to the number in Bainbridge , found a temporary home with the family of George Smith, a brother of Robert, until a small piece of ground could be cleared and a cabin built, which was accomplished in five or six weeks, and the family removed to the log house, which served as home eight years.

This was replaced, in the summer of , by a very fine and commodious framed house, the first framed house built in the township. It is still standing and occupied, though in a very dilapidated condition. Smith came from Massachusetts with a span of horses and wagon. The roads were muddy and very rough, making it necessary to travel slowly.

They were six weeks making the journey, which can now be made in twenty hours. For many years Mr. Smith was quite extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits, in which he was very successful for a time, but towards the latter part of his life became somewhat involved [sic], and sold his farm to his son, John K.

Smith, who still retains possession of it. Smith died April 11, , aged seventy-seven years. His wife, Sarah, died October 15, , aged eighty-five years.

Nearly all their children settled in Bainbridge. Thomas married Emeline Eggleston, and resided on the farm now occupied by Mr. Abbott, in the southeast corner of Bainbridge, until his death, which occurred February 22, , when he was fifty-three years old. After his death his heirs sold the farm and removed to Allegan county, Michigan, where several of them still remain.

Smith was the mother of ten children, nine of whom survived her. She died in Michigan, of injuries received at the burning of her house. He removed to Farmington, remained ten years, and returned to Bainbridge. In he removed to Illinois. Soon after he joined a company bound for California, the Eldorado of the world. He had just arrived there when he died from the effects of poison administered by a young man of the company for the purpose, as was supposed, of obtaining a few hundred dollars in cash which he had on his person.

Rachel, second daughter of the Smith family, married George Wilber, and settled in Auburn, where they resided for some time , when they removed to Aurora, Illinois, where they now reside.

They are the parents of nine children, six of whom are living. The eldest daughter of Mr. David Shipherd, December 25, They resided till their death in Bainbridge. The youngest daughter married Orlando Giles, and is now a resident of Bainbridge, and the only one of the family left in the township.

Giles have four sons and a daughter, all of whom are married. Albert, the third son, died unmarried, in , at the age of twenty-five. Bainbridge, the fourth son, married Miss Dodge and settled in Illinois, where he engaged in the legal profession.

The fifth son, John K. In he married Mrs. Clarinda Loveland, of Parkman. He resided in Bainbridge till the spring of , when he removed to Akron. The youngest son, Edwin, married Emeline Bidwell, and removed to Iowa some years since. In the month of April, , Enos D. Kingsley, of Becket, Massachusets who had a short time previous married Miss Sally Harris , arrived and purchased land in lot two, tract three, being a part of the farm now owned by Nathan Kingsley. Here he built a log house and commenced life in the woods, in earnest.

In the following November a daughter was born to Mr. This was the second female, and the fourth child, born in the township. On the ninth day after the birth of the daughter the mother died, leaving her helpless infant to the care of strangers. What her young heart must have suffered, in view of the prospects, none but a mother can realize -- far from the home of her childhood, with no mother or sister near to counsel and sympathize with her in her sorrow, or to whose care she might commit her little one.

Kingsley was a very intelligent, refined and amiable woman, much beloved by her acquaintances. Hers was the first death which occurred in the settlement, and was regarded as a great affliction to the community. The ground was very muddy, and the men frequently lost their shoes in the mud and mire.

Some of the most able bodied men in the procession pronounced it the hardest day's work they ever performed. The husband was so much overcome by this sudden bereavement that it was feared his reason might be permanently affected. He was therefore advised to return to his friends in New England -- which he did -- remaining a short time, and again returning to Ohio.

Kingsley's second courtship, though brief, was somewhat romantic. Being called to Mentor on business, while passing through Kirtland on his way thither, he came to the Chagrin river, which was very high from recent rains, and running very rapidly.

There was no bridge across the stream, and he, being on horseback, started to ford it. When about half way across he discovered a lady trying to cross on two trees which had fallen, one from either bank, and meeting midway of the stream. On reaching the bank he hitched his horse and went to the assistance of the fair one, who proved to be Miss Mary Mann, and who was teaching school in that vicinity. Her intrepidety won his admiration, and on reaching terra firma he introduced himself and stated to her his circumstances.

They spent some time in conversation, and, when they separated, their vows were plighted to take passage on the ship "Matrimony," and cross the ocean of life together. A few weeks later they were united in marriage, and removed to the farm formerly occupied by Mr.

Four children -- two sons and two daughters -- were the fruits of this marriage. Two or three years subsequent to his marriage, Mr. Kingsley had an attack of rheumatism which rendered him unable to labor for many months. Added to this misfortune was that of the loss of all their stock of cattle by murrain, and but for the persevering efforts of Mrs.

Kingsley, and the assistance of neighbors, the family must have suffered for want of the necessary comforts of life. During the disability of her husband, Mrs. Kingsley performed the labor of her household, spun and wove for their neighbors, chopped, piled and burnt brush, and helped to prepare a piece of land for cultivation.

To her habits of untiring industry, strict economy and skilful management may be attributed a great measure of the success which ultimately crowned their labors. Kingsley was universally respected as a citizen, held several offices of trust in the township, and was a member of the Congregational church for many years. He died October 21, , at the age of seventy-nine years. Fitch, settled in Windham, Portage county, and remained several years, when they removed to Bainbridge, where they now reside.

They have one son and one daughter, both residents of Bainbridge. They have two daughters. The third daughter, Jane, married Warren S. They reside in Bainbridge. They reside on the homestead. Mary, second wife of Enos Kingsley, died June 6, ; aged seventy-nine years. John Fowler, with his wife, two sons, and Lucinda Howard, a niece of Mrs.

Fowler's, came from Washington, Massachusetts, in the spring of the year above mentioned, and moved into the house of Enos Kingsley then vacant , and remained there until a log house could be built on land purchased by Mr. Kent, situate in tract thirty-three, lots nine and ten; amount, one hundred and eighty-three acres.

The house was soon completed, and the family removed to it. In , an additional purchase of fifty-four acres was made of Alexander Osborn, sr. Fowler was born in Sommers, Connecticut, from whence he removed to Washington, Massachusetts, where he worked at the saddlers' trade. After his settlement in Ohio his principal business was farming, in which his youngest son, Lyman, was engaged with him.

In , Lyman purchased the farm of Asahel North, Jr. In , he sold the North farm to R. Osborn, and removed to Newburgh, where John Fowler died. He was a very estimable man, and was the first justice of the peace elected in the township. He died at Newburgh, March 14, , at the age of eighty-six.

Jerusha, his wife, died February 21, , aged sixty-one. Horatio, eldest son of John Fowler, married Jemima Russell, of Russell township, May 31, , and purchased land in tract one and lot twelve, now owned by heirs of Otis B. He resided upon this purchase till the spring of , when he sold to William Phillips, and purchased land in tract two, a part of lots fifteen, sixteen and seventeen, now owned by Justin Fowler.

He removed to this farm, and continued to occupy it till his death, in August, Lyman married Laura Smith, and resided with his father till the death of the latter. After his removal to Newburgh, he engaged, to some extent, in real estate speculations, which proved quite successful. He was a very enterprising, intelligent and influential man, and held in high esteem by all.

He died in Newburgh, in , aged seventy-five years. His wife died two or three years previous. They were parents of three children. The daughter, Jerusha, married Harvey Hollister; she died in The sons, John and Edwin, both reside in Newburgh; the latter is a very skilful physician.

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