James M. Compston, 1837-1888, "Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. At age 25 he enlisted in the Union Army, and was mustered in as a Private in Company D, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry on August 14, 1862. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in action during August to November 1864 in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Virginia. His citation reads "“The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private James M. Cumpston, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism from August to November, 1864, while serving with Company D, 91st Ohio Infantry, in action in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Virginia, for capture of flag.” He served through the end of the war, and he was honorably mustered out on June 24, 1865 at Cumberland, Maryland. His Medal was issued to him under the name of "James Cumpston", and he is still officially listed that way." (bio by: Don Morfe)

James A Rhodes Birthplace 12 July 2012 

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Samuel Lewellyn
Five feet 6 inches tall, 175 pounds, dark complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes; 20 years, 5 months, 17 days of age on day of the Raid. Coal miner, but wrote in September, 1904 that he was “not very busy at it.” Two-term member of House of Representatives, Ohio General Assembly, from Jackson County, Ohio, 1890-1893.

Born October 25, 1841, Pittsburgh, PA, to natives of Monmouthshire, England.

Died August 14, 1915, Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home, Sandusky, Ohio.

Buried City Cemetery of Coalton, Ohio, near entrance. No Medal of Honor marker on grave.

Enrolled as Private Co. F 10th Ohio Infantry Regiment, April 19, 1861, Pomeroy, Ohio, three months. Enlisted Co. L 33rd Ohio Infantry Regiment, September 10, 1861, three years. Mustered October 11, 1861, Portsmouth, Ohio; promoted Corporal October 11, 1861; Sergeant May 20, 1862. Discharged October 17, 1864, Villenou, GA.

Saw action at Battle of Perryville, KY; in Andrews Raid; enlisted in Confederate unit at Jasper, TN, then escaped to Union lines near Bridgeport, AL, April 29, 1862; at Battle of Chickamauga, GA, September 20, 1863; wounded in chin; captured; paroled May 1, 1864.

Pension $15 per month effective October 27, 1911, per act of February 6, 1907; $25 per month effective May 20, 1912, No. 1107-477

This about Andrews's Raiders and why Samuel enlisted in the confederate army.

There were 24 men involved in this event. Two of them were civilians: James J. Andrews, the leader, and William Campbell. The rest were soldiers, all volunteers from General Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel's Division of Ohio troops. Five men came from the 2nd Ohio Infantry Regiment, nine from the 21st Ohio Infantry Regiment, and eight from the 33rd Ohio Infantry Regiment. It is not easy to determine from their files just what each man did as a member of his unit.

Of the 24 men, only 22 reached Georgia for the Raid. James Smith and Samuel Llewellyn dropped out at Jasper, TN, when they enlisted in a Confederate unit to avoid suspicion. This fact is often confusing because James Smith was awarded the Medal of Honor for his participation in the Raid. Of the remaining 22 men, two of them missed the train at Marietta on the morning of April 12, 1862. They were John Reed Porter and Martin Jones Hawkins. These two men did attempt to enlist in the Confederate Army later that day at Camp McDonald near Big Shanty (Kennesaw). They were soon identified as members of the raiding party and so treated thereafter. Thus, only 20 men actually participated in the Great Locomotive Chase-two civilians and 18 soldiers.

Coalton High School, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen, February 2, 1928 (Some of the people in the top row look older, so they may have been teachers). I don't have the names, only know Haydn Brohard (born Sep 1911); he is 3rd from right, 2nd row from bottom.

Coalton Hocking Valley Depot at the SE corner of Church and Second Streets. This was also a stop on the Wellston Jackson Belt Railway  

Coalton C H & D (later B & O) depot
This station was on the west side of Brodaway Street north of Main Street. The station sat between the main line and a siding. The Coalton depot closed Sept. 1st, 1932.  G.E. Christman worked there for 48-1/2 years.  He was married to Caroline Scott. Her father was Alfred M. Scott "who was educated in the public schools at Coalton, also attended school at Washington Court House, and in 1894 was graduated from the high school at Coalton.  For about eight years he was associated with the dry goods and clothing business at Coalton, after which he went on the road as a traveling salesman for a wholesale grocery house at Marion.  He was on the road a year and then took up the contracting business, and is one of the widely experienced men in concrete road construction. He built the first concrete road in Jackson County. He is still a concrete contractor, devoting most of the summer months to that business, while the rest of the season he uses his teams for farm work. He operates four farms in Jackson County.  Mr. Scott was elected county treasurer in the fall of 1922, his two year term beginning in September, 1923. He is one of the very substantial citizens of this section. He is a Presbyterian, a Knight Templar Mason, a member of the Knights of Pythias, and is affiliated with the Jacksonian Club, the Country Club and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce." Volume IV, page 443-444 The Education and the Press, Toledo University

Note Hocking Valley RR Depot on left located at the SE corner of Church and Second Streets

Coalton Hocking Valley Depot at the SE corner of Church and Second Streets. 

My name is Chris Essman and my Grandfather had this old photo of the Coalton, Ohio train station. My Grandfather's oldest brother Frank Essman worked for the Railroad; Grandpa said Frank did the run from Coalton to Dayton. Frank married Helen L Mahle on June 21 1917, where they then resided in Dayton, Ohio. Frank was 17 years older then my Grandfather Bob Essman and he always looked up to him. 

Robert "Bob" Patrick Essman 1910-1991

Brother of Frank Essman 1893-1963

picture curtesy of Chris Essman

Here is the 2012 Coalton Royalty! They are BEAUTIFUL and represented Coalton so well. They are all so beautiful, not only on the outside, but also on the inside. They donated time to the Village Events - and made sure they were in all the parades to represent our village. Thank you Coalton Royalty!!! Cynthia A. Ward's photo

Birds eye view of Coalton  about 1919

Coalton, Ohio (Eurekeville) (zip code 45621)

According to Greg Shook the picture is taken from a slate dump along road leading to Coalton Cemetery on the hill. Road pictured is Main Street as it rounds the corner to become County Road 28 "Sour Run Road". The row of houses was Miners Row located in today's ball field. Rail spur served Superior Mine, a four track rail yard, and a couple of other mines along Church Street. The barn was the stables for the mules that housed mine mules.

Evan George Brohard was appointed Postmaster of Coalton, Jackson County, in 1924. The Post Office was inside his general store.

 Maria Collins collection

 The Old Gym is what is left of the school pictured above

photo by Tyrone Hemry January 2009

Coalton Coal Twp. High Schoolclosed at the end of the 1963-1964 School year. Their mascot name was the Vikings and the school colors were Blue and Yellow.

There basketball team prior to closing the school, I think, were members of the SVAC for a few years, with Hannan-Trace, North Gallia, Kyger Creek, Southwestern, Racine Southern-Meigs, Reedsville Eastern-Meigs and I think former Union Furnace High School in Hocking County.

(The above was found on the internet written by Amy )
From Pam Smith concerning the Coalton school colors. Coalton colors were NOT blue and yellow. They initially were gray and scarlet and later just red and white. They did not become blue and yellow until after the Wellston school district took over the district. Since the Coalton Alumni Association meets every year on the Saturday before Memorial Day - I'm sure any of those people could tell you that lines from their Alma Mater say "to the gray and scarlet, always be true......Yea Coalton High School we salute to you!"

Coalton former UB Church

photo by Tyrone Hemry 12 July 2012 

Coalton Methodist Episcopal Church  

A cartload of Coalton, Jackson County, schoolchildren and their teachers, about 1918.

Maria Collins collection

Early 20th century with pictures of the Brohard family of Coalton

Iria Collins collection

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Coalton Patterson Marker

photo by Tyrone Hemry 12 July 2012 

Coalton original school built in 1883, closed in 1917.

Coalton 1st Baptist Church

photo by Tyrone Hemry July 3, 2012 

Ray Residence-c1908 

Steve Eisnaugle reports that it was used by Dr Ray as a hospital/doctor office/their home. Mary Carpenter Ray, was my cousin.
Peggy Rowe Lanier repots that Earl and Mary Ray along with their children Joe and Jeanette lived in the home.
The home has been torn down and a car wash sets there now

Coalton Main Street looking east  


Coalton, Ohio-October 30, 1900 Klondike Mine-Entrance No. 5 (Dr. Raymond Boothe Collection).

October 30, 1900 Superior Mine No. 5. Greg Shook says the mine was located along Church Street in Coalton. The church pictured is Emmanuel United Methodist which was torn down several years ago to provide lots for some Habitat for Humanity homes

 (Dr. Raymond Boothe Collection).

Gentil's bar in Coalton 

Gentil / Bragg Family photo collection

                                                         Coalton Bridge project

                                       Famous people born in Coalton

James Allen Rhodes, former Governor of Ohio who served four four year terms, was born in Coalton September 13, 1909, to James and Susan Howe Rhodes, who were of Welsh descent. When Rhodes was nine his father died and the family moved to north Springfield where Rhodes graduated from Springfield High School where he played on the football team. 


Coalton Freewill Baptist Church at 24 Second Street 

photo by Tyrone Hemry July 2012

Stanley Hannon (22 Jun 1921- 11 November 2015), picture from his book Twixt 6 & 20

He was from Garfield Hollar just outside Coalton City limits.  He was WWII fighter pilot and author. 

photo by Tyrone Hemry May 22, 2015

 Coalton Miner's Supply Company store in 1880

On the National Register of Historic Places and once the Miners' Supply store that also carried groceries, the structure is along OH 93 in Coalton, Ohio. The now-vacant structure is historic because it was the first business to use a cash register. "The National Cash Register Company was founded by John H. Patterson in Dayton, Ohio. Patterson (1844-1922), hoping the machines could save him money by reducing accounting errors in his supply business, purchased the patent rights to the cash register from James Ritty in 1884. Within six months, he reduced his debt and showed a profit. Patterson built the first National Cash Register factory on his family's farm in Dayton in 1888. By the turn of the century, the company had become one of the largest employers in Dayton. Known for his strict training program for salespeople and health and education programs for employees, Patterson was closely involved in the daily lives of many of his workers." Creator Ohio Federal Writers' Project picture date January 30, 2012

Coalton's last school 

Coalton United Brethren Church 

Coalton, Ohio-October 30, 1900: View of Coalton from the Superior Mine Property. The large building to the lower right still exists in a different form.The dirt road in front of it is today SR 93. The railroad track crossing the dirt road (today 93) is the old CH&D railroad that crossed 93 but was torn up in the 1960's. The B&O Railroad (today the City of Jackson Railroad) is seen in the distance skirting Coalton.

First Cash Register was used in Coalton, Ohio by store proprietor, John Patterson.

Klondike Mine Tipple-Coalton, Ohio-October 30, 1900: The tipple was located on a switch off the main line of the CH&D Railroad. Coal cars were rolled from the mine (by donkey) to the tipple where the coal was sorted and loaded into railroad cars. The CH&D Railroad had many problems but was eventually taken over by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The lack of traffic, closing of the mines and duplication of lines finally caused the B&O tear up the CH&D in Coalton in the 1960's.  I think I recall seeing some of the track left in the 1970's.

First Baptist Church Coalton Ohio, circa 1933 or 1934

Cassie Rawings collection

 Isham Joneswas born January 31, 1894 in Coalton, to a musical and mining family, and grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, where he started his first band. In 1911 one of Jones' earliest compositions "On The Alamo" was published by Tell Taylor Inc. (Taylor had just formed a publishing company the year before when his song "Down By The Old Mill Stream" became a big hit.)  The Isham Jones band made a series of popular gramophone records for Brunswick throughout the 1920s 

Friendship Baptist Church Coalton
74 Broadway Street

Friendship Baptist Church in Coalton, Ohio began on January 1, 1978 as a mission of Faith Baptist Church of Wellston, Ohio. The first meeting place was at the Coalton Elementary School. Randy Wood served as the first mission pastor.  Teachers for the Sunday School were Charles and Linda Stansberry from Faith Baptist Church of Wellston, Ohio and Romana and Paul Ingram from Emmanuel Baptist Church of Jackson, Ohio.  On October 11, 1981 Friendship Baptist Church constituted with 70 charter members. The pastor at this time was John Wood. In 1982, the present day property was purchased.  In 1985 the church voted to sponsor a new work in a neighboring community, Jackson Ohio. Fellowship Baptist Church became this new mission.  The building debt was paid in the full amount in 1987. New chairs were purchased for the sanctuary in 2000.  The outside of the building took on a new look in 2002 with new siding and windows. A lighted sign was placed on the building in 2004 enabling the community to better identify the building. Friendship Baptist Church is strategically located on the corner of State Route 93 and Broadway. This church continues to be a lighthouse in this community.

Coalton Methodist Episcopal Church and parsonage Stood at the corner of Church and Wells Street.

Church was torn down about 2002 to make room for 3 Habitat for Humanity Homes.

The intersection of Darling and Second Street looking toward downtown Coalton, Ohio around 1915.

Mark Howell collection

Click for registered voters in Coalton and Zip Code 45621

Louis Baird "Pat" Duncan (October 6, 1893 in Coalton died July 17, 1960 in Columbus, Ohio.) Louis made his major league baseball debut July 16,1915. He played outfielder from 1915 -1924 for the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburg Pirates. Duncan was 5'9" tall weighing 170 lb. and batted right and threw right. He died at the age of 66 and is buried in Fairmount cemetery, Jackson County, Ohio. 

Coalton Miner's supply store as it looked on July 12, 2012

photo by Tyrone Hemry

When the post office came to what is now Coalton in December, 1876, it was known as Eureka, but there was another Eureka in Gallia County. So the Eureka in Jackson County became Eurekaville. On July 1, 1879, the name of the post office was changed to Coalton "because the only producing agency in Eurekaville was Coal and Coal was mined by the TON.  At one time Coalton had 26 bars.

Post Master in 1885 was John Brady a Democrat.