Cambridge History from News Articles - Part III

by Charles Upton
Issue No. 156 - April 1986

The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio.
Friday, November 16, 1900

The directors of the Cambridge Improvement Company authorize the publication of the names of those who have subscribed and paid the first call of ten per cent. Below are the names with the amount subscribed followed by amount paid.

J.W. Campbell $2,000, $200; J.C. Morton $1,700, $170; Fred L. Rosemond $1,500, $150; J.C. Beckett $1,500, 150; W.H. McFarland $1,200, $120; H.P. Woodworth $1,000, $100; Mary E. Campbell $800, $80; Charles S. McMahon $800, $80; S.A. Craig $500, $50; J.L. Looke $500, $50; T.W. Scott $500, $50; A.R. Murray $500, $50; W.B. Green $400, $40; R.D. Hood $300, $30; P.C. Patterson $300, $30.

The following have subscribed $200 each and paid $20 each: J.B. Siegfried, Andy Sarchet, 0.M. Hoge, Dr. T.C. White, Turner G. Brown, M.L. Hartley, M.R. Potter, C.C. Cosgrove, Ed McCollum, E.W. Mathews, S.W. Price, J.G. Bair, T.M. McFarland, F.R. Smith, J.C. Patterson, E.A. Patterson, Carpenter's Union, R.T. Scott, Stewart & Trenner, Teamster's Union, and Local Labor Union No. 7320.

The following have subscribed $100 and paid $10: Wm. Wharton, Dr. A. Cooper, C.E. Warne, T.M. McBride, W.A. Hunt, Frank Prindle, Turnbaugh Bros., T.M. Bond, J.L. Roller, George Fultz, Hugh Williams W.S. McCartney, A.B. Clark, Joseph M. Wood, Mason's Union, C.W. Erven, G.T. Jones, T.G. Kerr, W. Forney, Mrs. R.H. Atkins, J.K. Casey, Trenner & Stewart, F. Zink, C.L. Casey, J.R. Barr, B. F. McDonald, F.B. Gardner, W.C. Suitt, H.R. Hawthorne, C.F. Gallup, R.W. McWiUiams, Charles F. Duffey, R.A. Coleman, Alex Fulton, R.D. Barber, W.D. Baker, George Urban, Henry Coffman, T.J. Norris, Churchman and McCollum, South Side Hose Co., Will Scott, A.F. Hubert, Scott Plumbing Co., W.L. Boden, Branthoover & Johnson, R.M. Logan, C.L. Urban, J.H. Logan, M.H. Seins, W.C. Smith, George W. Smith, Morton C. Campbell, T.F. Marling.

The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio.
Saturday, November 17, 1900

Let everybody attend the mass meeting tonight to appoint rallying committees and take other necessary steps for the election tomorrow. This will be the last effort to secure the glass plant. It is feared that we are already too late. There are rumors that they will not come here but go to a nearby town. Let everyone put his shoulder to the wheel for one effort.


During the past week, we have admitted all sides of the discussion concerning the proposed glass plant to a full hearing in these columns. The question has been quite fully discussed. The willing citizens have subscribed to the capital stock of the Improvement Co. to the extent of their ability as they think and according to the best judgement of those who have most carefully investigated, the sum is not ample.

The City council has proposed a plan to raise the balance and the proposition will be voted upon tomorrow. If the vote is against the proposed plan the improvement fails. If it is carried the improvement will be pushed as rapidly as possible.

This is, in our opinion, a severe test to our city. It will be a calamity to let this proposition fail. If it fails we greatly fear nothing in the way of improvement will soon again be acted upon or secured and Cambridge win begin to retrograde.

We regard the statement published in yesterday's Daily by the trustees of the Improvement Company as a very strong, fair statement and to our mind conclusive.

We do not like the idea of voting a tax upon unwilling property owners, but can see no other way of it if we secure the improvement and therefore urge upon all voters to cast their votes in its favor. If any citizen feels sufficiently aggrieved to attempt to stop the improvement, he has the undoubted right to do so to the extent of his legal rights. We favor the improvement with all our heart.


The following places for voting on Saturday November 17th are given out by the trustees:

  • First Ward - Hose House, Steubenvifle Avenue.
  • Second Ward - Berwick Hotel
  • Third Ward - Noel Hotel
  • Fourth Ward - Lofland House
  • Fifth Ward - Rainey's Wool room

The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio.
Monday, November 19, 1900

The mass meeting at the courthouse last evening was well attended. Judge E.W. Mathews was called on and spoke of the increase in value of property as a result of securing the C. & N. Railroad, rolling mill and other factories. As an illustration he used the property on the corner of Wheeling Avenue and 7th Street, which he said sold for $44 per front foot in 1871, while today its worth $208 per front foot, and that property all over the city had also increased in value. He said if we fail to secure the glass plant it will certainly be a calamity.

Rev. Dr. McFarland followed with a few remarks and J. D. Beckett said he was afraid that we would loose the industry because of the delay. He regretted that the matter had to go to council, but there was no other way to get the plant. Remarks were then made by J.H. Morgan, L.G. Haines and Charles S. Turnbaugh. Mr. Turnbaugh said that what was necessary was to organize and appoint committees from each ward to get out the vote.

On motion of Mr. Turnbaugh the citizens from each ward met in different parts of the room and organized ward committees to get out the vote and work at the polls. Adjourned to meet Tuesday evening at 7:30.


The vote of Cambridge for Bonds 16 to 1, Yes.

The special election for the issue of bonds, by the city of Cambridge held on Saturday Nov. 17th resulted as follows:

  • 1st Ward for 335, against 14
  • 2nd Ward for 229, against 19
  • 3rd Ward for 294, against 28
  • 4th Ward for 236, against 13
  • 5th Ward for 229, against 11
  • Total for 1,323, against 85.

There were 18 tickets not counted, being either improperly marked or not marked at all. This overwhelming vote shows the feeling of the citizens in regard to the proposed improvement and now all await the action of the management with much anxiety, hoping it will materially develop Greater Cambridge.