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Celize F. Blackledge


   A romance novel in verse form was the special literary creation of Celize Foote Blackledge. Celize was born on a farm near Fredericktown, Knox County, Ohio, in 1857. Her father, James B. Foote, and her mother were among the early settlers of the area, moving from Connecticut to Knox County. The area near Fredericktown where they lived became known as the Foote settlement. The family later moved to the village, where James B. became owner of the foundry, known by his name.

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I.W. Bell


   One of the interesting turn-of-the-century Knox County, Ohio, residents who was affected by the poetic muse was Isaac Warren Bell. The Bells were early settlers in Knox County. Isaac was born near Martinsburg in 1865. His father was Robison Bell. In 1889 Isaac married Eunice Ann Blackledge, and the couple settled on the family farm in Morgan Township. They had five children.

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George Smythe


   As a writer, George Franklin Smythe is remembered as the historian of the early years of Kenyon College. He was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1852, the son of Anson and Caroline Augusta (Fitch) Smythe. In 1874 Franklin received an A.B. degree and in 1877, an M.A., both from Western Reserve University. He was married to Anna C. Hall of Hudson, Ohio, in 1878.
   Smythe taught high school for two years in Cleveland, Ohio, and for two more years at Greylock Institute in Massachusetts. In 1885 he was ordained a deacon and the next year, a priest, in the Protestant Episcopal Church.

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Ralph Sockman



   Ralph Sockman, of Knox County, Ohio, was well-known throughout the United States during the early and middle twentieth century. In fact, his was almost a household name, at least among many radio listeners. During the 1920’s through the 1950’s, Sockman conducted the National Radio Pulpit, a Sunday morning radio program sponsored by NBC.

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Fr. Lawrence Mulhane



   A person, according to biographer Elliott, of “eloquence and humor” was Father Lawrence Mulhane. He was born in 1856 in Massachusetts. He came to Ohio as a young priest and was pastor of Saint Vincent de Paul from 1885 until his death in 1925. He was an active writer of articles published in periodicals.



The History of Saint Vincent de Paul. 1895

Leprosy and the Charity of the Church. 1896

A Memorial of Major-General William Stark Rosencrans. 1898


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