SCHS Header
Link to Homepage
Link to About Us page
Link to Staff & Board page
Link to Ross Center page
Link to Exhibits page
Link to Events Calendar page
Link to Archives page
Link to Online Store
Link to Membership page
Link to Volunteer page
Link to Contact Us page
Historical photo show 100 years ago header

100 Years Ago

Black History
Civil War
Gold Rush
Law and Order


About the same time, John Kennard, William Cardingley, Thomas McClish and William Bush came to the Turtle Creek region, with the first two choosing a location to the northwest, and the latter two near the site of Hardin.

Other pioneers included the Lenox family whose father, John Lenox, lived in Virginia after emigrating from Scotland. After his death, Lenox’s widow first settled near Marietta, Ohio, and then moved to Shelby County, Ohio. Born in Virginia, their son, James Lenox, was 18 years old when he made his home with his widowed mother near Hardin in 1811.

James joined the American Army to fight the Indians in the War of 1812, returning back to Shelby County to marry Sally, the daughter of John Wilson. At the relatively young age of 27, he became a community leader, serving as a Justice of the Peace, the county’s first treasurer, and later holding many township offices. He and Sally would have 12 children. James died in 1865.

The sixth child, H.C. Lenox, became a wealthy and somewhat eccentric bachelor who at the time of his death, lived alone in the Wilson house (the first brick home built in the county). His mother and sister had died before him.  Some cows had gotten into the Lenox corn and H.C. went to drive them out. Mr. Lenox had been in ill health, and after this physical exertion, apparently suffered from heart failure. When he was found by two girls on their way to go fishing, H.C. was dressed in his Sunday clothes and still had the mail in his pocket. V.C. and Hiram Lenox returned from Chicago and Indiana to attend their brother’s funeral. H.C. Lenox was buried in Hardin.

'Pioneer' segment written in October, 1997 by Sherrie Casad-Lodge


[ Back to Pioneer Index ]


Article Footer
SCHS footer Link to Home page Link to About Us Information Link to the Ross Center Information Link to our Events Calendar Information Link to our Archives Information Link to our Online Store / Products Information Link to our Membership Information Link to our Volunteering Information Link to our Contact Information Link to Staff & Board Information Link to our Current & Upcoming Exhibits Information Link to our Donation Information