In our day-to-day lives, it's easy to ignore the origins and stories of the places we call home. There's work, school, children, friends, family gatherings, and more, that fill up our day. When we've met those obligations, often the only thing left to do is sleep, and so you can be excused if you're not up to date on the treasure trove of interesting historical nuggets that make up southern Columbiana County's past.
But, if you can find a moment, you really should learn more about the place you call home. The early histories of many places in the area feature Native American attacks, nationally known historical figures and incredibly heroic actions.
According to "The Early History of Columbiana County," by W.S. Potts, "The early settlers found this county to be a difficult section to clear out. It was one vast wilderness, covered with heavy timber and thick underbrush None but the hardiest and bravest dare attempt to settle in this region, where nature seemed to defy the progress of civilization."
These early settlers can be looked at as sources of local pride. As Potts writes, "These early settlers were men to be admired. They were men and women of great industry; they possessed great energy, were endowed with wonderful perseverance, and their endurance scarcely knew a limit. Great and good, brave and noble, the pioneers of this county were be revered throughout time."
Maybe you've heard that George Washington once spent some time near East Liverpool, or that an early settler named Carpenter almost caused an Indian uprising after killing a chief (the chief's widow was paid $300 by three wealthy landowners to avoid further trouble), but there's a lot more to the county's history.
In the same way that we're proud of the neighborhood we grew up in, the school district we attended and the things we've been involved in, we can also find pride in the origins of our home areas. The individuals who founded this county left us a legacy of hard work, bravery and tenacity, which are qualities that continue to define us.
Some places to learn more about the county's history include your local library, the county's official Web site, columbianacounty.org, and the townships' Web sites.
(Matthew White is a reporter at The Review. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org)