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.

Columbia Bits Inc.   Chely Williams collection

Coalton Hippel Tipple

A wagon in front of the Superior Mine company store at Coalton, Ohio in Jackson Co. in 1900. 

Mark Howell collection

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.

Wellston Sentry, Tuesday Oct. 5th. 1971 Coalton fire chief Harry Gentil

Coalton's last school 

 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 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)

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.

Coalton High School Class of 1939. Home of the Vikings 

Angie Compston MEd collection

Front entrance of the home of John Henry Patterson located in Dayton, Ohio former resident of Coalton and founder of the National Cash Register Company. He was responsible for the first cash register being used at the Mining Store in Coalton.

Post Office at Coalton, when Allen M. Rowe (seated at left) was postmaster between 1917-1921. Mabel Durker, Assistant, is standing at the right.

Mark Howell collection

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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 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 1st Baptist Church

photo by Tyrone Hemry July 3, 2012 

Coalton United Brethren Church 

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.

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

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

Coalton Village Council and Board of Public Affairs. All present except Councilman Evert Tipton.  First row  John T. Milliken, President of Council, George Skeans, and Julis Cook. Members of the Board of Public Affairs. Second Row Donald Dixon Sr. Clerk Treasurer, Larry Quick, and Frank Schwanger. Third Row Harry Gentil, Councilman, Mayor W.B. Darling, Councilman, Robert Phillips and Jerry Downey member of the Board of Public Affairs.

Coalton Tom Corwin Farm Ad 1924

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).

The Coalton Bakery Eli Hunley, Left and Art Hill on the right

Chely Williams collection

A turn of the 20th century home in Coalton, Ohio. At the time Coalton was a boom town due to the many coal mines in the area. A lot of money was made there at that time. This was an upper-middle-class home.

First Baptist Church Coalton Ohio, circa 1933 or 1934

Cassie Rawings collection

1947 Coalton Faculty Row 1 L. J. Starr-Mathematics, Clark Cummings-Social Science, Merrill O. Payne-Superintendent-Coach, Harold Shafer-Principal. Row 2 Anna Houser-History-English,  Edith Christman-Home Economics, Chemistry, Helen Payne-Language, Science, inset- Mary Lucas- English

  Chely Williams collection

View of Coalton 13 April 2018

photo by Tyrone Hemry

                                        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 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 original school built in 1883, closed in 1917.

Coalton Freewill Baptist Church at 24 Second Street 

photo by Tyrone Hemry July 2012

Former United Brethren Church now Fellowship United Methodist Church built in 1903 and withstood a tornado that shifted it on its foundation years ago.

photo by Tyrone Hemry 12 July 2012 

Coalton Methodist Episcopal Church  

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

Coalton Main Street looking east  

Coalton Bridge project

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

Coalton 1900 Main Street road to left leading to Sour Run Rd. Rail Spur leading to the Patterson Mine

 Chely Williams collection

Court of Honor, from the History of Coalton and Coal Township Sesquicentennial Edition, 1953

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

Mark Howell collection

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.

Cheerleaders Coalton 1950 left to right Nancy Rowe, Jean Tolbert, Jeanne Renshaw, June Patterson, Mary McGhee  Chely

Chely Williams collection

Coalton Hotel very popular during the ''Boom Days''.  Later became The Coalton Gift Shop owned by David Stewart. Per Greg Shook, "before Charlie Oiler owned his pottery flower shop in the old hotel building, it was C&J furniture store."  The Columbia Bit Company operated by Dwaine Alexander is next door.  Per Greg Shook concerning the Columbia Bit Plant, "all I ever known about it was originally a Phillips 66 garage that had an Oliver tractor dealership owned by Ray Meacham." Later Gayle Edwards had his garage there.  Where Culligan's office is located was the drill bit company that later housed a concrete block plant owned by George Bonds. 

Chely Williams collection

Gentil / Bragg Family photo collection

​Gentil's Bar at Coalton, A big double-sided neon sign overhead, a Burger beer neon sign in the window, and a Red Man Tobacco kick plate on the screen door. Chely Williams collection

Joseph McGhee was born at Coalton on October 6, 1872. Jackson County, Ohio, where he attended the public schools. He graduated from National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio in 1895. He taught school, and studied law with Judge James Tripp at Jackson, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar at Columbus in 1898. He then practiced at Jackson. In 1902 he was married to Margaret Becker of Logan, Ohio.

In 1911, fellow Jackson County Democratic attorney Timothy S. Hogan became Ohio Attorney General, and McGhee was appointed his first assistant. He held that position until October, 1913, when Hogan appointed him Advisory Counsel to the State Utilities Commission, where he served until January 11, 1915. 

photo by Tyrone Hemry May 22, 2015

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)

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

photo by Tyrone Hemry

Coalton Fire Departments famed, Mid Ship Fire Pumper. Delivered to the Village in 1927. The fire truck is a 1926 Chevrolet, it was used as  fighting equipment as late as the 1950's.  After being retired used for Parade purposes only. 

Chely Williams collection and infromation

Klondike Tipple. Coalton, Ohio. Picture taken, October 2, 1900 

Bob Lewis collection

Martha Croner McKinniss, niece of Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat, torpedo, and the very first successful submarine is buried in the cemetery at Coalton. She was born in 1778, she came to Coalton as the wife of Charles McKinniss.  She died in 1864 and was buried in the Coalton Cemetery.  Many of her relatives of the McKinniss family still reside in Wellston.  Her lifetime spanned between the Revolutionary and the Civil wars.

  Chely Williams information and collection

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 Patterson Marker​

photo by Tyrone Hemry 12 July 2012 

Vallery Ford....Sunrush Water....Union Stables....AM 660....

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. 

The Coalton Fist Baptist Church was founded in the early 1880's. The oldest church records show that a business meeting was held on August 29, 1898 with Rev. K.F. Bond serving as Moderator and Anna Thomas acting as the church clerk. The congregation first met in a school house, known as, "White School House", with some early ministers being Rev. S.S. Denny, Rev. Gordon Bond and Rev. T.F. Cerry.

Rev. Cerry was Pastor in 1902 when the present building was built. The Building Committee consisted of Abraham Dixon, Frank Dowis, Ed Edwards, George Craig, J.W. McCormick, W.A. Dixon, and Ephriam Luster. Stone for the foundation was obtained from the farm of Zebedee Shook. Carpenter work for the building was supervised by Frank Dowis.

The church bell came from the Academy located near Roads, (Berlin Crossroads), and was transported to the church by horse and wagon driven by Ephriam Luster.

Building materials were purchased from the Arthur Leach Planning Mill at Wellston. Since the original building there have been extensive remodeling and additions, however the front has been left as it was designed since the beginning.

The original lot was sold to William Rickabaugh for $100.00 in 1901, with the present site being bought in 1902 from B.F. Scott for $125.00 and the building built by W.F. Dowis for $1,260.00- $240.00 of which was borrowed from the Ohio Baptist Convention.

The first service in the edifice was December 10, 1902. The dedication Sermon was given by O.F. Jackson. Rev. Cerry was hired in 1900 after the resignation of Rev. H.G. Bond in 1899 to take a church in Hubbard. In 1899 Rev. S.S. Denny took the church for one year, before Rev. Cerry took over.

Rev. A.S. Fitts was employed in 1906, Abe Dixon, Jeb Shook, and Ed Edwards serving as trustees, Ebenezer Thomas, W. A. Dixon and J.W. McCormick acted as Deacons. $120.00 was borrowed from Hillburn Dixon by the church in August, 1903 to purchase an organ. The loan was reported repaid on March 1, 1904.

Some early names active in the church included; Shook, Luster, May, McCormick, Dixon, Edwards, Brohard, Thomas, Whitlatch and Cummings. In 1973 Sunday School Officers included; Supt. Jessie Dixon, Assistant, Heber L. Armstrong, Secretary, Nancy Meyers, Assistant, Fannie Meyers, Song Leader, James Hively Organist, Ruth Armstrong, Pianist, Ronald Kennedy and Ushers; Steve Meyers and Andy Rawlins. I could go on as you can see, this church has deep roots in Coalton and will continue to have. 

History from Chely Williams

Greg Shook, "The car was Great Grandpa George's brand new Essex. He never owned another car after the fire. The little boy was my dad, Eldon Shook."

Greg Shook, "Barn was a stable that housed the mules for the coal mines. Rail spur goes to the  Klondike, Shook, Patterson and Superior Mines." The mine tipple was the Patterson Mine that was once owned by cash register pioneer John Patterson.  Noted Big Band Era musician Isham Jones was born in one of the Klondike company homes that was on the hill behind the mine.  Picture was taken October 30, 1900 from the spoils dump pile for the Patterson Mine looking east toward where the school was.

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

 Maria Collins collection

The  business of John Rowe and Company, in Coalton

Raymond Boothe  "This is a photograph of the first Big Bear Supermarket located on West Lane Avenue near The Ohio State University. Wayne E. Brown of Coalton brought the concept of the supermarket to Columbus (And to the Midwest) in 1933 and officially opened the store on February 15, 1934. The store was built in an old roller rink building. Big Bear was one of the most innovative store chains in America. They were the first grocery store to have multiple departments, the first to have their own bakery, the first to have largely localized warehouses and in the 1950's the first to use an IBM305 RAMAC Computer to assist in the stocking, inventory and product flow. They were also one of the first chains to expand into other markets with their own brand name of products. After a number of financial problems in the late 1980's caused Big Bear to be taken over by the Penn Traffic Corporation. However, Penn Traffic could not the company's final downfall, and Big Beat Stores closed in 2004."

Anderson's Funeral Home of Coalton was founded by Francis Smith (Frank) Anderson. He was formerly a farmer and as a Cabinet maker would make caskets for the undertaking business; later going into that business about ten years before it was necessary for an embalmer to have a license in the State of Ohio.

His earlier practices were in Ratcliffburg and Ray, Ohio before coming to Coalton in 1928 where Mr. Anderson practiced until his death on April 27.1937.

Mrs. Grace Anderson continued their practice with the help of E.R. (Ed) Walburn as manager for the next 15 years; they were married November 23, 1952. Mr. Walburn devoted his full time to the establishment Their place of business was on the corner of Broadway and Church Streets in Coalton.

Fellowship Evangelical United Brethren Church in Coalton Men Sunday School Class from the 1920's.  Greg Shook collection

Louis Baird "Pat" Duncan (October 6, 1893 in Coalton died July 17, 1960 in Columbus, Ohio  at the age of 66 and is buried in Fairmount cemetery, Jackson County, Ohio.) Duncan was 5'9" tall weighing 170 lb. and batted right and threw right.  Louis made his major league baseball debut July 16,1915 with the Pittsburgh Pirates playing outfielder.   He was with the Reds when they played in the World Series against The Chicago White Sox, which turned black due to the scandal of throwing the series. One time after the season, Pat brought some of the players to Coalton to play the Coalton Boys. He gave advice to the Jackson High baseball players and coaches. For several years he was the Chairman of the Civil Service Committee.

James A Rhodes Birthplace 12 July 2012 

photo by Tyrone Hemry

 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