HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: New Market Memories: Ohio Bicentennial Edition, 2003
Editors: Willa B. Stanforth, Caroline B. Surber, and Gretchen Huffman
Illustrator: Mary Harmon Braun
Publisher: The New Market Historic Preservation Committee, 2003
Language level: 1
(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: Suitable for anyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Stanforth, Willa B.; Surber, Caroline B.; and Huffman, Gretchen. New Market Memories: Ohio Bicentennial Edition, 2003 (published in 2003 by The New Market Historic Preservation Committee). I normally say that my hometown is Hillsboro, OH, the seat of Highland County, because that is where we went to church, where our Post Office was, where we did our shopping, where our telephone exchange was, where we found restaurants for the few times we ate out, and where I graduated from high school. However, we did not live in town. We lived out in the country near the small town of New Market, the first county seat, where I went to elementary school. Several years ago, probably around 2003, we were visiting back in the area, and as a present my aunt handed me a $50.00 bill and told me to go into Hillsboro to a certain place where I was to ask for “the New Market book.” I did and received a book. Unfortunately, I later learned that what I had purchased was not “the New Market book” but “the Highland County book.”
On a subsequent visit, either at my aunt’s home or at the Highland County District Library, I saw a copy of “the New Market book” and upon returning home tried to find a copy online. No luck! Fast forward. We recently were back in Hillsboro for my fiftieth high school graduation class reunion. We stopped at the library to kill some time, and I saw “the New Market book” again. So, when we came home, I decided to try once again to locate a copy online. And voila! Lo and behold, I found one on Amazon. So I bought it (actually two were listed for sale). On the title page, it says “A Pictorial and Historical collection of Information Regarding New Market, Ohio, Founded in 1798.” Also, I had the good fortune that it was signed by two of the editors. Many of the “Memories” reach back before my time, but there are still a lot of “Memories” for me.
There are pictures of John P. Walker, my father’s uncle who was school janitor for many years but had passed on before I started school, and Elsie Muhlbach, my piano teacher. Information may be found about storekeepers Bert and Verdie Walker, distant relatives whom I never knew, and their son-in-law and daughter who followed them, Elmer and Mary Bloom, whom I did know. It tells of Delmer and Jewell Walker, also distant relatives who were my school bus drivers, and their son Jim. Biographies of my first grade teacher, Mae Fenner, and my sixth grade teacher, Elizabeth Saum, are included. References occur to the McConnaughey family, relatives of my Grandmother Bertha McConnaughey Walker, whose ancestors also settled in New Market Township. And there is a complete list of all students at New Market Elementary School for the 1962-1963 school year, with my name in the third grade and my brother Renn’s name in the first grade. This book would have almost no meaning or value to anyone who has no connection to the little town of New Market in Highland County, OH. But it is precious to me. I’m so glad that I found New Market Memories.