HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Highland County, Ohio: A Pictorial History Celebrating 200 Years
Author: Alena L. Richards, Graphic Designer
Cover Photographer: Lester Wallace
Publisher: M. T. Publishing Company, 2004
Related website: http://mtpublishing.com/ (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
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Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Richards, Alena L, Graphic Designer. Highland County, Ohio: A Pictorial History Celebrating 200 Years (Published in 2004 by M. T. Publishing Company Inc., P. O. Box 6802, Evansville, IN 47719). I enjoy history. I especially enjoy local history. And I most especially enjoy the local history of the area in which I was born and raised. Ohio became a state in 1803. Highland County, located in the southwest portion of the state was formed in 1805. Its county seat is Hillsboro, which I call my hometown, but the first county seat was New Market, the little village near which we lived and in which I went to elementary school. The seat was moved to Hillsboro in 1807. The county was named for the topography which is hilly and divides the watersheds of the Little Miami and Scioto Rivers. I was actually born at Wilmington in nearby Clinton County, but my parents lived in Highland County at the time, both of them having been born there themselves, and I was officially a resident of Highland County until after I turned twenty.
Copyrighted in 2004 by the Highland County Historical Society, this book, consisting of articles and photographs written and submitted by various individuals, organizations, and businesses, has fifteen chapters dealing with all sorts of aspects related to Highland County, including a general introduction; cities, towns, and villages; public service; famous families; historic businesses; present day businesses; buildings of interest; clubs and organizations; military heritage; churches; schools; sports; celebrations; transportation; and agriculture. The Foreword says that a limited edition of 1,550 copies was printed. My copy was a gift to me from my aunt and uncle who still live in Highland County. The book would probably not be of much interest to anyone except those devoted to studying local history and those who are associated in some way with Highland County. I may live in Illinois, and I may just die in Illinois, but I will always call Highland County, OH, my home.