Vienna Township Timeline

This timeline is based on James Bradley, comp., “Vienna Time Line,” in Vienna, Ohio, “Where We Live and Let Live: Town 4, Range 2, of the Connecticut Western Reserve [Washington, PA: Closson Press, 1999). Amended and corrected by Shirley T. Wajda, 2009-Present.  Additions and corrections are welcome. 



Township Events


President George Washington

September 25

State of Connecticut sells three million acres of land in the Western Reserve to the Connecticut Land Company.  Prosperous lawyer Ephraim Root (1762-1825), one of 57 investors in the Company, serves as the Company’s secretary and agent.   Root held interest in 100,000 acres, including Vienna.   Range 8, Township 2 (Portage County) is named Rootstown.




Town 4, Range 2 is surveyed along with the rest of the Western Reserve.


President John Adams







The initial proprietors of Town 4, Range 2 are Timothy Burr, A. Hitchcock, Uriah [Uriel] Holmes, Jr., and Ephraim Root.  Through subsequent transfers, Root would soon become owner of nearly all the land in the Township.



The families of Isaac Flower and Dennis Clark Palmer (born 1775) are Vienna’s first Anglo-American settlers.

November 17

Lavinia Flower, the daughter of Isaac Flower, is the first Anglo-American born in Vienna.



Dennis Clark Palmer’s cabin burns.


Ephraim Root makes his first visit to Vienna and Trumbull County.  He contracts with William Titus Brockway (1763-1840) to be his land agent.

July 18

William Titus Brockway begins an account book for land sales for Ephraim Root.

November 15

Reverend Joseph Badger (1757-1847) leaves Connecticut for his first mission to the Western Reserve, under the direction of the Connecticut Missionary Society.

December 28

Reverend Joseph Badger reaches the Western Reserve on the “last Sabbath of 1800,” preaches in Youngstown, and then rides to Vienna where he notes that there is one family. The Reverend noted:

        On Monday I rode to Vienna, where was one family; thence to Hartford, in which were three families.



President Thomas Jefferson


Darius Woodford walks from Hartford, Connecticut, with Timothy Alderman for the purpose of viewing and purchasing land in Vienna.

According to the History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties (1882), the residents of Vienna in 1801 were “Isaac Flower, Isaac Flower, Jr., Levi Foote, James W. Foster, Samuel Hutchins, Daniel Humison [Humason], Dennis C. Palmer, Epenitus Rogers, Darius Woodford, Simon Wheeler, and Isaac Woodford.”


Reverend Joseph Badger visits and nurses a very ill Dennis Clark Palmer back to health at his cabin. He wrote:

January, 1801.  The frequent snows and rains rendered it difficult passing from one settlement to another.  This was the last opening toward the lake.  Here I tarried two weeks; in which time Mr. Palmer of Vienna, was taken sick.  I was requested to go and see him.  There was no doctor in the country.  I found him very sick, and stayed and nursed him about eight days, when he got better.

Reverend Badger's memoir also includes this remembrance of the event:

In Vienna there was one family. The man some time in February 1801 was taken sick with a fever; no physician in the country. I was informed of his situation and requested to visit him. I found the family, consisting of the sick man, his wife, and one child, in a pitiable condition, situated six or seven miles from any other family, in a cold log cabin, wood enough, when cut, for the fire; but with a scanty supply of bread. Here I tarried, as nurse and doctor, nearly two weeks, when he began to convalesce, and I returned to Vernon, where I had left my horse.


Salt of the Salt Springs is sold for $3 or $4 per bushel.

November 1

William Titus Brockway makes an entry in his account book, using the name Vienna for the first time.



June 15

Dennis Clark Palmer buys an “old ax” from Titus Brockway for $1.


Ephraim Root begins to serve in the Ohio State Legislature.

William Titus Brockway sells Vienna land to Samuel Woodford, Darius Woodford, Isaac Woodford, Darius Humason, Isaac Humason, William Laferty, Samuel Lowry, Isaac Scott, and Seth Bartholomew.    

P.W. Curtis is paid $1.75 for surveying Lot #3 in Vienna. 



Ohio admitted as the 17th State in the Union.


Revolutionary War veteran Ebenezer N. Comes (d. 1812) and family move from Connecticut to Vienna.

Brothers Timothy and Jonathan Alderman bring their families from Avon, Connecticut.

Vienna’s first marriage takes place when Freelove Flower weds survey Samuel Hutchins.


Simeon Wheeler and family come to Vienna from Vermont.  The trip took 6 weeks.

May 3

Ebenezer N. Comes buys 121 ½ acres from the east of Lot #4 (known later as Paynes Corners).

June 11        
  From Reverend Joseph Badger's Memoir:

Saturday, rode to Vienna.  Preached on the Sabbath to about sixty.  I proposed to them to meet on the Sabbath in the future, for religious worship; to which they agreed by a vote on the subject.  This settlement is flourishing.

October 1

Thomas Hanna buys Vienna’s Lot #1 for $1,334.50. 

November 30

Ebenezer N. Comes pays $49.75 on his note (land purchase). 

William Titus Brockway views ground for “a road thro’ the west part of Vienna Twp.”

December 18

Seth Bartholomew buys Lot #18 for $268. 

1804 or 1805


Samuel Munson and wife Susannah Tyler come from Waterbury, Connecticut.


January 30-31

Thomas Robbins (1777-1856), a Congregational minister, sent to the Western Reserve by the Connecticut Missionary Society, notes of Vienna in his diary:

Rode to Vienna.  Preached from Acts viii:  8.  This is a new settlement, but appears pretty flourishing.  Yesterday took some cold.  Have some rheumatic pains in my back.  Houses very smoky.

 31.  Very good riding and sledding.  Rode to Smithfield.  Almost worn out with fatigue.  At evening attended a conference.

February 29

On this Leap Year day, Reverend Thomas Robbins reports:

Rode to Vienna.  Preached from 2 Tim. iv:  7, 8.  Baptized a child of parents formerly members of a church in Pennsylvania.  The first time I ever administered the ordinance.


April 6-8

Reverend Thomas Robbins details in his diary:

Procured a horse to ride, mine being unfit for use.  Rode to Vienna.  Keeping for horses very scarce.  Rainy.

7.  Worked with the people at their public ground in the center of the town.  Visited.

8.  Preached from Matt. xviii: 3 and Luke xv:  17.  People here appear stupid and unfeeling.  Much troubled with stomach sickness.    


April 19

Eph. Roberts buys 66 acres in Lot #44 at $2.65 per acre.

May 2

Reverend Thomas Robbins continues to note Vienna’s progress in his diary.

Visited.  Rode to Vienna.  Attended the raising of a house.  The first frame erected in the town.  Warm.

May 7

Ebenezer Newell Comes is elected to Ensign of the 4th Division of the Ohio Militia.

May 12

Samuel Munson buys 154 acres from the east end of Lot #5 for $438.90.


James J. Truesdel [Truesdale] buys Lots #34 and #45 for $1,170.

October 10        

 Reverend Joseph Badger writes: 

Wednesday, rode to Vienna, and preached in the evening.

October 20

Reverend Joseph Badger preaches at Vienna, noting:

20th,--Saturday, rode to the south-west part of Hartford:  Sabbath morning, rode to Vienna, and preached to a very respectable assembly of about one hundred souls.  Three years ago there were but ten residents in this place:  now there are sixteen families. 

October 24-29 

Reverend Thomas Robbins writes of Vienna in his diary:

Visited.  Rode to Vienna.  Bad riding.  Wet and cold.  Traded.  2.20.

25.  Ten New England families have moved into this town this year.  Rode out.  My strength gains.

26.  Read.  Wrote.  Visited.  At evening preached a lecture from Matt. ix:  9, a clause.  Quite cold.

27.  Wrote to Mr.  Flint, of Hartford.

28.  Pretty full meeting.  Preached from Gen. vi:  3 and Luke xvi:  5.  At evening walked out.  Received a letter from Dr. Wilcox, of Hartland.

29.  Worked a little all day raising a log-house.  At evening the people here met and conversed some on the subject of building a meeting-house.


Abiel and Mary Bartholomew move with their family to Vienna.

December 6

Reverend Thomas Robbins notes in his diary:

Rode to Vienna.  The people here appointed this day for a day of Thanksgiving.  I preached from Isa. I:  2, 3.




Abiel Bartholomew is killed while felling a tree.

Andrew Mackey and his wife, Mary Murray, come to Vienna from Chester County, Pennsylvania.

James Truesdale reaches Vienna.  He later will serve as the Township’s Justice of the Peace for 18 years.

Vienna’s first blacksmith is Seldon Scovill.

January 4

Isaac Scott is paid $3.00 for “cutting 1 mile of road in the s.w. part of Vienna.”

March 4

Daniel Humason is paid $8 for “cutting & clearing 2 ½ miles of road in the n.w. quarter of Vienna.”

March 9

Joel Humason is paid $4.50 for cutting & chaining 1 ½ miles of rd. in the S.E. quarter of Vienna.”

March 15

Reverend Thomas Robbins records in his diary that on this day he

Rode to Vienna.  Worked some with the people on the road.  At evening preached from Matt. ix:  9.  The Methodists appear to be wishing to get an influence here, but I think they will not succeed.  Read Winchester’s Dialogues.

March 18-19

Reverend Thomas Robbins returns to Vienna.  From his diary:

Visited families in Brookfield.  Assisted in raising a large log-house.  Returned to Vienna. 

19.  Quite uncomfortably warm.  Preached from Jer. l:  34.  The mud dries very fast.  The people here are calculating to build a good framed school-house to be used for meetings.  They have signed eighty dollars to hire preaching.  Visited a school.

March 23

Reverend Thomas Robbins requests a minister for Vienna.  From his diary:

Wrote to Mr. Strong, of Hartford [Connecticut], requesting the Missionary Society to send out a preacher to be employed in Smithfield, Hartford, and Vienna.  Am feeble, but better than I was yesterday.  Rode to Hartford.

May 4

Rainy spring, according to Reverend Thomas Robbins, who recorded in his diary:

Had some clothing made.  Rainy.  Rode to Vienna, and preached to a few people from John xiv:  6.  Caught a considerable addition to my cold. 

Miss Tamar Bartholomew teaches the first school located in a hog-pen about one mile south of Vienna Center.

May 31

Joseph Clark purchases 97 acres in Lot #3 for $237.50.

July 20-22

Reverend Thomas Robbins records in his diary:

Rode to Vienna.  Visited a sick woman.  Quite steady warm weather.  Wrote to my parents.                     

21.  Preached to a full meeting from Heb. xii:  17 and Isa. ii: 17.  The Methodists appear solicitous to get an influence here, but I hope they will not succeed.  Quite feeble.  Baptized a child. 

22.  Visited a sick man hurt by going into the water when hot.   Rode to Hartford.  Considerably unwell.  At night much troubled with nervous affections.       

August 23

Reverend Thomas Robbins notes in his diary late summer conditions:

Rode to Vienna.  Flies very severe.  Some people here quite sick.


Mr. Horace Flowers keeps district school.

The deed to the Vienna Township Green is issued.

September 20

Ebenezer Pitman purchases 157 ½ acres in Lot #5 for $471.

September 20-22

Reverend Thomas Robbins preaches in Vienna.  From his diary:

Visited several families.  Rode to Vienna.  Afternoon after preaching from 1 John iv:  11, conversed with several persons who presented letters and certificates of good standing in different Christian churches, on the subject of forming a Christian church. Concluded to proceed on the subject tomorrow.

21.  Wrote.  Afternoon preached from Matt. xvi:  18.  After which proceeded in the examination of those who wished to be organized into a church.  Having obtained satisfaction, concluded to constitute them publicly tomorrow.  Mr. Matthews, committee to the church in Smithfield, was present and assisted.

22.  Preached from Matt. xvii:  5 and Gen v: 24.  After sermon in the afternoon publicly organized thirteen persons—seven men and six women—as a church of Christ, charged them to keep covenant with God and one another, and endeavored to commit them to the care and grace of the great Head of the Church.  Several people attended from the neighboring towns.  Rainy.

Thus Reverend Robbins established the Presbyterian Church in Vienna.

The first members of the Presbyterian Church of Vienna were Isaac Flowers, Rosanna Williams, Samuel Clinton, Ann Wheeler, Joseph and Sylvia Bartholomew, John and Levi Clark, Robert Hughs and Margaret Hughs, James Montgomery, Jane Montgomery, and Isaac Woodford.


October 11-14

Reverend Thomas Robbins returns to Vienna, detailing in his diary the following:

Visited.  Rode to Vienna.  My horse quite lame.  Had appointed to preach a sacramental lecture, but the lameness of my horse hindered me so that I did not arrive in time.  Quite warm.  Wrote to Col. Perry, of Pittsburgh.

12.  Wrote records for the church here.  Afternoon the church chose me for their standing moderator, and chose a committee and clerk.   Preached preparatory to the sacrament from Rev. xv:  15.  Some people from Pennsylvania came to attend the sacrament.

13.  Preached from Matt. x:  32 and Esther iv: 16.  Administered the sacrament.  The first time in this place.  A very agreeable and solemn season.  A full meeting, appeared solemn and attentive.

14.  Preached in the forenoon from Rev. xx:  15.   Rode to Smithfield.  A man has lately died of the prevailing fever in Gustavus.  Received a letter from my cousin, S. P. Robbins.


November 5

Hugh Mackey purchases 187+ acres in Lot  #29 for $496.61.



March 12           

Vienna Township (including until 1811 Brookfield) is organized and recognized by the Trumbull County Commissioners.

April 7 
The Township's first government is elected at a meeting at Simeon Wheeler's house located at what is now Payne's Corners.

Trustees:  Isaac Woodford, Isaac Flowers, Jr., and William Clinton

Treasurer:  Robert Hughs

Constable:  Isaac Humason

Township Clerk:  Dennis C. Palmer

Fence Viewers:  Samuel Hutchins and Robert Hughs

Overseers of the Poor:  Joseph Bartholomew and Slevin Higby

Lister:  Isaac Lloyd

Appraiser:  Isaac Lowrey

Supervisors:  Joel Humason and Jacob Middleswath

[Editor's note:  Isaac must have been a popular name.]

June 16

An eclipse of the sun takes place.  Reverend Joseph Badger notes that there was total darkness for 8 minutes.

16th--Monday, sun eclipsed; total darkness, eight minutes; this was a matter of great surprise to the Indians.

Rev. Badger was in Sandusky at this time.


The first permanent school is in session at Vienna Center.  The school meets in a one-room framed building measuring 20 by 26 feet.

November 5

Hugh McKey [Mackey] pays $25 toward his land contract. 

December 4

Andrew Bushnell surveys land in Vienna for $4.50. 

Ebenezer N. Comes buys an old broad axe for $2.50. 

Seth Bartholomew buys a bush scythe for $1.50.


Nathan B. Derrow arrives to become the minister of Vienna's Presbyterian Church.  During the next nine years in the Western     Reserve, he would travel 11,868 miles, preach 786 times, baptize 120 persons, administer communion 30 times, and organize 7 churches.


President James Madison


 July 7           

Sheldon Scofield becomes justice of the peace.






Reverend Nathan B. Darrow is installed as the first minister of Vienna Presbyterian Church.  He serves until 1815.  In that time thirty-three more members join the congregation.

The wife of Dennis Clark Palmer, Phebe Edward Palmer, dies.  This is recorded in Vienna Presbyterian Church records.

The deed to the Vienna Township Green is filed in the Trumbull County Recorder’s Office.




Earthquake!  Beginning December 16, Vienna experiences a violent earthquake, the epicenter of which is in New Madrid (along the Mississippi River in modern-day Missouri).  Reportedly the quake was felt as far west as California and as far east as Boston, where church bells rang as the ground rocked.  The major shock was so great that the Mississippi River carved new banks and flowed backwards. 



War of 1812 begins.


The Trump of Fame, the Western Reserve’s first newspaper, begins publication in Warren, Ohio.   (The newspaper is now called the Warren Tribune-Chronicle.)


Due to the War, Eastern goods become very expensive for Vienna’s residents.


Joseph Rogers comes to Vienna from Long Island, New York.




John R. Greenwood and family arrive from Rehoboth, Massachusetts, to Tyrrell.



War of 1812 ends.





President James Monroe




June 25

What is now Scovill-North Road is a dedicated highway 50’ in width.

Dennis Clark Palmer sells his Vienna property.



Elmina Stone arrives from Connecticut.  She is eighteen years old and will later become Vienna’s herb doctor.



The Federal Census counts 526 residents of Vienna.

Isaac Powers opens Vienna Center’s first store.


August 7
From the New England Farmer
Quick Work.—The barn of Mr. S. Hutchins, a respectable farmer in Vienna, (Ohio,) was struck with lightning on the 28th July, and most of the hay and all the grains raised on his farm the present season were consumed. On the 7th of August, his neighbors assembled and erected a barn for him 36 feet by 26. They cut the timber, hewed, framed, raised, boarded, shingled, made and hung the doors, and a large load of hay presented to him,was unloaded in it before sunset of the same day.
Samuel Hutchins was a member of the 1798 surveying party, returning to settle in Vienna in 1800 and marrying Freelove Flower in 1803 (see above).  John Hutchins, their fourth child, recalled the event years later. 



Dr. Ransom Johnson builds a new brick house (still standing) on what is now Scovill-North Road.



President John Quincy Adams


The present Township Hall building is erected on the Green.  Township meetings and religious services are held there.


President Andrew Jackson




Vienna's population, according the Federal Census:  910


November 17
Chester Birge is installed pastor of the Congregational and Presbyterian churches in Vienna.  Ill health would force his dismissal in 1835, and he would teach a school in his house--the beginnings of the Vienna Academy.  Reverend Birge will move to Hudson, Ohio, in 1852, and die in 1861. 


The United States experiences a wave of religious revival now known as the Second Great Awakening.


Reverend Joseph Badger holds revival meetings in Vienna for four days.  He writes about the meetings in a letter to his children.

Gustavus  August 16th 1831

My Dear Children:

Yours bearing date 18th of July was received the 8th instant.  I began to feel considerable anxiety about what could be the reason of so long a delay—should have written again last week, but was under the necessity of some delay, on account of attending the four days’ meeting at Vienna, which began on Wednesday, the 10th instant, and became exceedingly interesting.  On Thursday it was thought best to invite those who were anxious to retire to a school house near by, to be conversed with, while the congregation, including professors, should spend an hour in prayer. There were about thirty took the anxious seats.  On Friday the number increased to between ninety and a hundred; the house could not hold them and the number was not known.  All who got into the house were conversed with by five ministers and two laymen.  I never witnessed a more interesting scene:  the struggle with many was great, while others less affected suppressed the heaving sigh, while tears showed they were not without feeling.  Numbers were found to entertain a trembling hope, but how many was not known when I left the meeting, about three o’clock in the afternoon.  There were fourteen young people from Gustavus; five of them were among the anxious, and one married woman.  All returned home by about sunsetting; I was a little later.

This is his last mention of visiting Vienna.


March 2    
The Thomsonian Recorder, the newspaper of followers of Dr. Samuel Thomson's popular ideas about botanic (herbal) medicine, publishes a letter from "the friendly botanic society of Vienna" dated November 15, 1832:

The members of this meeting would wish to state to the general convention that there is a large increase in numbers in this section of the country of those who are friendly to botanic medicine being convinced that there can be no necessity of an appeal to the mineral kingdom to heal diseases, that to poison a man to death or attempt a cure by the use of poisons under the name of medicine, is a preposterous mode of attempting to heal him. We hail the day when men shall cease to be blind to their best interests, and open their minds to rational conviction on a subject so important, indeed, we may confidently say, the most important of all earthly considerations the possession of bodily health.



John R. Greenwood builds a frame house (still standing) at the southeast corner of Tyrrell Hill.


President Martin Van Buren.

Panic of 1837 leads to nationwide economic depression lasting until 1843.


The first Presbyterian Church building is constructed on the Township Green.  Lumber for its construction is provided from the George Alderman farm.  James D. Thompson I is the main carpenter.




Vienna's population, according to the Federal Census:  969.

Vernon’s (Vienna’s) first land agent and Justice of the Peace, William Titus Brockway, dies.

Vienna's women create a chapter of the American Female Moral Reform Society.  Mrs. S. H. Read is the chapter's secretary.


President Harrison dies one month after inauguration. 

President William Henry Harrison

 President John Tyler



Vienna Academy is founded.  Classes are conducted in the present-day Township Hall building then located on the Green.

Mrs. S. H. Read reports the Vienna Female Moral Reform Society's activities in the Advocate of Moral Reform, October 15, 1841:

Our meetings have been held once in about three months, but as the members are widely scattered, they have been but thinly attended.  In February we were favored with an interesting and appropriate address by a lady from this county, which did honor to the cause.  There was a full attendance, and we were happy to see many who never before listened to the claims of moral reform.  Our annual meeting was held in June. 


President James K. Polk




Mexican American War





President Zachary Taylor




President Taylor dies.


President Millard Fillmore


The Federal Census counts 1,007 residents in the Township.

Nathaniel Crawford Greenwood is operating a gun shop at Tyrrell Hill.

At the annual fair of the Trumbull County Agricultural Society, the following residents of Vienna distinguished themselves:

Full-Blooded Cattle:  Andrew Andrews, third best Durham bull one year old, awarded a subscription to the Albany Cultivator

Full-Blooded Cattle:  Andrew Andrews, second best heifer calf, awarded one dollar

Domestic Manufactures:  Mrs. Solomon Wartman, second best coverlet, awarded 75 cents

Horticulture:  U.K. Booth, best 3 pumpkins, awarded 50 cents

Swine:  Andrew Mackey Sec., for the best boar, three dollars

Plowing:  Lyman Leonard, best plowing, awarded five dollars



Coal is discovered in Vienna by drillers searching for oil.



A Memoir of Reverend Joseph Badger is posthumously published in Hudson, Ohio.



President Franklin Pierce

January 18

The original Presbyterian Church building burns to the ground.  This fire damages the Vienna Academy building (present-day Township Hall building).

W. W. Reilly & Co.’s Ohio State Business Directory for 1853-54 (Cincinnati, 1853) lists the following businesses in Vienna: 

Carpenters & Builders:  Williams, Calvin; Williams, Ransom; Holcomb, C J; Hull, Lucius

Druggists, Wholesale and Resale:  Moore, M .M.; Moore, A.

Dry Goods, Groceries, and Variety Stores:  Booth, U.K.; Scovill, Smith

Tanners and Curriers:  Wortman [Wartman], Solomon

 [Editor's note:  The fact that this directory was published in Cincinnati may have played a role in the fewer entries for counties and townships in Northern Ohio.]



May 3  

The present Presbyterian Church sanctuary is dedicated.



The N. B. Tyler Rifle Works is actively producing firearms at Vienna Center.  Nathan Bailey Derrow Tyler was born in 1828 and died in 1915.

N. B. Tyler's mother Sylvia Lewis Tyler (1785-1851) kept a diary that is now held in the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, DC.  Read about research on this diary here.



President James Buchanan


Vienna's Justices of the Peace are Homer M. Leet and Harvey Truesdale.



The original Block School Building #4 burns.


The number of people living in Vienna, according to the Federal Census, is 950.


President Abraham Lincoln


April 1

Vienna’s voters choose to buy the Vienna Academy building to use it as a Township Hall.


Civil War

Abraham Lincoln assassinated.

President Andrew Johnson





Vienna’s first coal mine, the Shoo-Fly, is opened.

March 13

The first female attorney in Trumbull County, Lulie Mackey, is born in Vienna.



Vienna resident Ichabod B. Payne is elected to the post of Trumbull County Commissioner.



The Liberty-Vienna Railroad is built to remove coal from Vienna’s Shoo-Fly Mine.



President Ulysses S. Grant




Federal Census takers count 1,132 people in the Township.


At the request of Governor Rutherford B. Hayes and the Ohio legislature, a study of mining in Ohio is undertaken.  The investigators inspects the Vienna Shaft, owned by the Vienna Coal Company.  Their report, dated November 14th:

Their shaft is one hundred and twenty feet in perpendicular depth.  It has very excellent and capable machinery for hoisting coal and pumping water, which is well and substantially constructed.  This mine has been in operation for about two years, and has but one outlet.  The shaft is divided into upcast and downcast compartments, for the purpose of ventilation, by a wooden partition.  There was no furnace or other ventilating force at work to create a circulation of air.  The ventilation had wholly stagnated, and the workmen were plunged into a highly deleterious atmosphere.  The lights burned with a dull, heavy flame, and became extinguished upon the least motion.  Many of the miners had their lamps hung on posts or on the pillar-sides, and slanting downward, that being the only position in which a light could be maintained.  When the air became so vitiated that the lights would no longer burn, a stream of water was turned down the shaft, which displaced the foul air.  As this water all had to be pumped up again, it was let on very sparingly.  Were a fire to break out among the wooden buildings which cover and surround the mouth of the only opening to this mine, the consequence to the poor imprisoned subterranean men can easily be foretold.  There would be simply a repetition of the Avondale and Pittston horrors, which so recently occurred in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania.  The air of the mine, already almost too foul to support life, would at once be withdrawn by the rarification produced by the fire, and the miners, cut off from all means of escape, would speedily and inevitably perish.  The owners of the mine have in contemplation the construction of an air-shaft, which will also serve as a means of escape in case of such accident.  The sanitary condition of the mine, not less than the danger to the lives of the miners, however, only proves that such openings can not be too soon provided.    



A new two-store school building (now Copper Penny Lodge) is erected between the two churches on Township Green.

The Mahoning Coal Railroad (V-line) and the High Grade are constructed.

The Tyrrell Railroad Station is constructed.

May 15

A new slope mine is opened on the Wheeler Farm.



The Atlas of Trumbull County is published.


Evidence reveals that there was an Historical Society of Vienna Township  in this year. 

January 4    

Ichabod B. Payne, of Payne's Corners, reports to a meeting of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society:

There is at the present time eleven school-houses in the township, with schools in all, and are very will filled with pupils.  Four stores, one drug-store, one book-store, post-office.  Two hotels, and, I am very sorry to say, we have twenty places where whisky and other drinks are sold.  Five coal banks in running order, and two others will soon be open.  



President Rutherford B. Hayes


Two men die from accidents in Vienna’s mines.


The Ohio Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, due to no other opportunities, Vienna miners' sons under the age of sixteen are working in the mines.  The miners are advanced wages against the coal to be excavated, 10 cents per ton.  Provisions are advanced 20 percent. Flour costs from $6.00 to $8.00, sugar from 8 to 12 cents per pound.  The mining companies report that "we would have been a great deal better of if prices for mining had not advanced, provided provisions had not advanced."  Employment was steady.  Vienna mines #1 and #2 could produce 500 tons of coal a day.

February 25

Sixty-five miners at Blackberry shaft, Vienna, strike for an advance of 15 cents per ton for mining.  The strike would end March 1, the demand being compromised at 5 cents advance.

September 10

Lavinia (Flower Spencer) Steele dies in Painesville, Ohio.


Vienna’s petroleum pipe lines are installed.

Samuel Strain and Mary Woodford build their new house (now the Kleese home) at Woodford Corners.


Vienna residents counted in the Federal Census total 1,994.


President Garfield assassinated.

President James A. Garfield/President Chester Alan Arthur





H. Z. Williams publishes History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties.



May 16

A fierce blaze consumes nearly half the business center of Vienna.  A Western Reserve Chronicle (now Warren Tribune-Chronicle) article on this date describes the disastrous fire at Vienna Center that destroyed nine buildings.  The damage was estimated at $14,500.  The fire originated in a building owned by M. A. Quilty.

September 13

“Reunion of Bartholomews at Vienna, Ohio”

Some one hundred and thirty Bartholomews of the “Reserve” gathered by invitation at the residence of Rilman Bartholomew, in Vienna, Sept. 13, 1883.

The day was fine, the grounds pleasant and the table and other arrangements ample.

The older members, especially Abiel and Levi Bartholomew of Vienna, entertained those assembled with reminiscences of the early Ohio members and the hardships they endured.  Acquaintance and sociability were most heartily cultivated  and it was resolved to meet again in the same place.

(From George Wells Bartholomew, comp.,  Record of the Bartholomew Family:  Historical, Genealogical and Biographical [Austin, Texas:  By the compiler, 1885], 689.)




State Geologist Edward Orton issues a report on Ohio’s natural resources, noting of the “Coal Mines of Trumbull County.”

The coal field of Trumbull county is mainly confined to the five southeastern townships, viz., Hubbard, Brookfield, Liberty, Vienna, and Weathersfield.  They constitute the most important, and in every way characteristic of the block coal fields of the State.  For many years they produced more coal and better, not only than any other equal area in Ohio, but they placed Trumbull far in the lead of the coal-producing counties, but the output is rapidly declining, both relatively and absolutely, and a large part of the territory is already exhausted.  Almost every farm has been tested by borings, but so irregular are the deposits of the coal, and so abrupt are their boundaries, that it is not safe to say that they are not workable beds under any given territory, unless very careful and generally quite expensive investigation has been carried on.  The method referred to is unsatisfactory at best.  A farm is often drilled over two or three times, by as many different lease-holders, before the coal basins are found.  The work of testing is still going forward, but with constantly diminishing force, inasmuch as the chances of any considerable deposits being struck are lessened year by year.  Small basins are, however, still being discovered and developed, but a few years at most will terminate the production of coal in Trumbull county on the large scale. 



President Grover Cleveland


Austin Chadwick gains a contract to haul 45 ½ tons of coal to Vienna’s ten school buildings for 45 cents per ton.



March 8

Ohio General Assembly passes an act to raise monies for the Soldiers’ Monument on Vienna Township Green.


[House Bill No. 361).

To authorize the trustees of Vienna township, Trumbull county, Ohio, to levy a tax for the erection of a soldiers' monument.


Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of 'he State of Ohio, That the trustees of Vienna township, Trumbull county, Ohio, are hereby authorized to levy a tax on all the taxable property of said township, not exceeding in amount the sum of one thousand dollars (81,(XX)), for the Purpose of erecting in said township a monument to the memory of the deceased soldiers of said township ; provided, that the question of levying said tax shall first be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors of said township of Vienna, at the regular spring election of 1888, of which notice shall be given by said trustees at least ten days before said election, by written or printed notices posted up in not less than ten places in different parts of said township ; and at such election the ballots shall have written or printed thereon, "Monument tax—Yes"; or ''Monument tax—No"; and if a majority of those voting on the proposition vote " Yes," then it shall be the duty of the said township trustees to make return of said levy to the auditor of said county, to be by him placed on the duplicate of said township and collected as other taxes.


Section 2. Said monument shall be erected by and under the supervision of the trustees of said township of Vienna, as soon as practicable after the amount of money raised by said levy has become available.


Section 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.


(From Acts of the State of Ohio, 1888, p. 399.)



President Benjamin Harrison





The population of Vienna stands at 1,298, according to the Federal Census.

The old Tyrrell school building is sold to Elias Steward for $47. 75.  Steward moves the building and attaches it to the back of his house.  The structure stands one mile west of Tyrrell Corners on the Vienna side of King-Groves (now King-Graves) Road.

Lucius Andrews is appointed as Vienna’s truant officer.

January 10
The Harrison Shaft in Vienna, owned by the Harrison Coal Company, is abandoned.

December 24

Miner Joseph Pantot dies in a mine owned by the Garfield Coal Company. Ohio's Chief Inspector of Mines Robert M. Haseltine published this report in 1891:

I was called to this mine on December 26, 1890, to investigate the cause of the death of Joseph Pantot, who had been killed on the evening of December 24, by a fall of stone in the room where he was working.  After examining the room and being unable to discover any thing unusual, I went to the unfortunate’s home where I met his son, a boy about eighteen years of age, who said that his father had tried to take down the stone, it not coming easily.  He then tried to load the car before the driver would stop hauling for the day, intended them to set a prop under it.  While bearing in under a small piece of coal, a piece of roof fell, killing him instantly.  The coroner held on December 25.


President Grover Cleveland 


Vienna's two justices of the peace are W. D Griffis (term expires November 26 )and J. B. Hanson (term expires April 15), both Republicans. 


President William McKinley





Vienna resident George E. Woodside serves in the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War.



George E. Woodside helps construct the first Packard automobile in Warren, Ohio. 


At the turn of the twentieth century, Vienna's population is 942.


President McKinley assassinated.

President Theodore Roosevelt




President William Howard Taft


Township Trustees are Democrats S. E. Scoville and A. C. Munson and Republican F.S. Hood.   Their terms will end in 1910.

Republican A. B. Mannax is Township Treasurer.

A. W. Stranahan (Republican) is Vienna's Town Clerk.

Harriet Tayler Upton publishes A Twentieth Century History of Trumbul County.  

The Federal Census finds 949 persons in the Township.

Township Trustees are Democrat A. C. Munson, and Republicans A C. Vinton and S. P. VanHouter.  Their terms will end in 1912. 

The Assessor of Real Property is Republican C. A. Pierson. 

Republican Geo L. Pound is the Township Treasurer.
Vienna's Centralized School (now Mathews High School) replaces he one-room schools in the Township.



President Woodrow Wilson




World War I.  The United States enters to War in 1917.






The Township's population is found to be 961.

Medley’s Restaurant opens for business.








Aubrey C. Hayes’ (1903-1989) barber shop is in operation.



Land is purchased from the Shook family for Squaw Creek Country Club.

Vienna’s last virgin timber is logged.


President Calvin Coolidge


July 10

The New York Central Railroad Company grants permission to the Vienna Board of Education for school vans to take the shortcut across the New York Central Right of Way (the Private Drive) between the two public roads at the Tyrrell, Ohio, station.



The Viets family begins their car dealership.  They first sell Ford automobiles and later Chevrolets.



The Tyrrell Railroad Station is moved to Brookfield Crossing.

Crown Hill Burial Park is founded.



President Herbert Hoover


Stock Market Crash.



The Webb family begins marketing its ice cream in Vienna.


According to the Federal Census, 1,293 people live in Vienna.


March 30

Harvey J. Groves, for whom King-Groves (now King-Graves) Road was originally named, dies. 


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt





The Butler family moves to its present farm (Youngstown-Kingsville Road) in Vienna.



Ohio Edison purchases a portion of the Mahoning Coal Railroad property south of Tyrrell.


December 15

Viets’ Garage is damaged by fire that destroys Trail’s End.


Vienna's population, according to the Federal Census, stands at 1,656.



United States declares war on Japan; enters World War II.




1941-1945 United States forces fight in World War II.





June 7  

Four people die in Vienna when an F4 tornado, with winds in excess of 206 miles per hour, hits. Forty persons in the region are injured.  The storm destroyed or damaged 150 buildings in the region.


Vienna's head count is 2,122, according to the Federal Census.



President Dwight D. Eisenhower





Vienna's population, according to the Federal Census, is 3,357.

The rails and ties are removed from the High Grade railroad.



President John F. Kennedy





Squaw Creek Country Clubhouse burns.


President Kennedy assassinated.


President Lyndon Baines Johnson





The Hull House is razed.

April 16

The Farm Bureau is purposely burned. 



President Richard M. Nixon





Five-mile-square Vienna contains 4,191 persons, according to the Federal Census.


President Nixon resigns.


President Gerald R. Ford





President James Carter




The Township's population is 4,344.



President Ronald Reagan





The Penn Central Railroad buys the High Grade and remaining portions of the Mahoning Coal Railroad properties.



President George H. W. Bush




Census enumerators find 4,810 individuals in the Township.



President William Clinton


Vienna’s 5” fiber optic cable from Cleveland, Ohio, to New York City is installed next to the old pipeline.




The Penn Central Railroad liquidates its remaining properties in Vienna Township.

The Township's Millennial population count is 4,021.

Vienna's population is 3,997.


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