HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Time Travels: 200 Years of Highland County (Ohio) History
Author: Charlotte Pack
Publisher: Chatfield Publishing Company, 2007
Language level: 1 (I did note that the “d” word was used one time in a quotation)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Pack, Charlotte. Time Travels: 200 Years of Highland County (Ohio) History (published in 2007 by Chatfield Publishing Company, 3298 State Route 131, Fayetteville, OH 45118). Ohio became a state in 1803. Highland County was established in 1805 with its seat at New Market, which had been platted in 1798. In 1807 Hillsboro was founded, and the seat was moved there in that year. I was raised in Highland County. Actually, I was born at Wilmington in nearby Clinton County, but this was only because my mother’s doctor practiced at the hospital there. During most of my growing up years, we lived near the town of New Market, where I went to elementary school, but the post office for our mailing address, the junior-senior high school, the store where my mother worked, and the church we where we attended were all in the city of Hillsboro. In spite of having moved away at age twenty, I still consider Highland County as “home.” And I have always been fascinated by Highland County history.
I first read about this book on the websites of local Hillsboro newspapers, the Times-Gazette and the Highland County Press. Author Charlotte Crone Pack, a local historian and journalist, produced the book in 2005, drawing information from articles that she had written for the Highland County Press and its predecessor the Highland Sun. Chatfield Publishing Company released the book in 2007. The last printing of the book had been in 2013. It was out of print for three years but was recently made available again. I picked up a copy at the Highland House Museum on a visit to Hillsboro late last year. I suppose need to give this disclosure. Although I do not know the author personally, I am somewhat acquainted with her family. The Crones farmed 137 acres about two to three miles “around the corner and down the road” from our home. The kids rode the same bus to school as we did. Charlotte’s older sister Cathy was in my class at high school, and we graduated the same year.
The subtitle of the book is “told through diaries, letters, stories and photos.” Pack includes 100 photographs along with the history of Highland County, including the status of each township during 2005. She wanted the book not only to be a record of the distant past but also to record current history for future generations. It is not simply a chronological history of the county but focuses on interviews, letters, personal stories, and remembrances of a variety of people, rather than on dry facts alone, providing a human connection to history. Time Travels taps many unknown or overlooked sources for the stories, including previously untold tales of county lore. It would be of most interest to people like me who have a special connection to Highland County but would also have general appeal to anyone who enjoys reading about everyday lives in pioneer times. The book deserves to take its place beside Folklore of Highland County (1946) by Violet Morgan, Hills of Highland (1971) by Elsie Johnson Ayres, and Highland County, Ohio: A Pictorial History (2004) by the Highland County Historical Society.