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)
photo by Tyrone Hemry
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.
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
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
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
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!"
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, 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.
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, 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
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
Post Master in 1885 was John Brady a Democrat.