WHS Journal

Welcome to our free online publication WHS Journal – please choose from our list of articles below.


Afternoon of the Living Dead. On September 22, 2018, five residents of Benjamin Graveyard – one of Worthington’s most beautiful and secluded cemeteries – departed from ghost protocol to tell their stories in broad daylight.


Postcards from Worthington Center. Evan Spring annotates the best postcards of Worthington Center from the WHS collection.



Moses Sash: Black Worthingtonian of Shays’ Rebellion. Everything we know about this African American resident of Worthington who fought in both the Revolutionary War and an anti-government insurrection in 1787.


Arthur Capen and the Worthington Library. A discussion and exhibit on Worthington’s beloved longtime librarian and vital citizen Arthur Capen (1881-1981).



Ben Albert and Potato Farming in Worthington. In 2016 Worthingtonians gathered at the WHS building to recount our town’s potato farming heyday, and its potato kingpin, Ben Albert.



Night of the Living Dead III at Ringville Cemetery.  On September 16, 2016, the resident wraiths of Ringville Cemetery in southern Worthington greeted visitors in a chatty humor.



Dramatis Personae at the Kinne Brook Cemetery  George Bresnick explores a dramatic letter recounting a graveyard confrontation in Chester in 1866.



Worthington’s 1968 Bicentennial Celebrations.  Evan Spring recounts the grandest party of Worthington’s history: the eight-day bicentennial celebrations of 1968.



Florence Berry Bates and the Worthington Health Center.  An in-depth exhibit on Worthington’s beloved town nurse and the history of our health center.



Worthington and the Civil War.  An extensive exhibit on Worthington’s role in the Civil War, by Diane Brenner with help from Pat Kennedy and Mark Clinton. Includes complete lists of Worthingtonians who served, and some of their letters home.



Night of the Living Dead II at North Cemetery.  On August 29, 2015, the residents of Worthington’s North Cemetery woke from their eternal slumber, and their memorable words are chronicled here.



The Ruins of Ringville.  Dave and Cath Whitcomb led a walk through the industrial ruins of Ringville, a Worthington hamlet at two intersecting streams.



Night of the Living Dead at Center Cemetery.  On August 9, 2014, under the full moon, the residents of Center Cemetery on Sam Hill Road rose from the dead to tell their stories.



The Brown Family Bottles.  Diane Brenner catalogs Ben Brown’s collection of old bottles excavated from Worthington soil, with photographs by Kate Ewald.



Shays’ Rebellion: Trouble in the Hills.  Richard Mansfield explores the armed rebellion led by Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays in 1786 and 1787.



Postcards from South Worthington.  Evan Spring annotates the best postcards of South Worthington from the WHS collection.



Postcards from the Corners.  Evan Spring annotates the best postcards of Worthington Corners from the WHS collection.



Lyder Frederickson, Hilltown Artist.  Jim Dodge pays tribute to Lyder Frederickson (1905-1990), an accomplished artist with a house and studio by the Middle Branch of the Westfield River.



18th-century Virginia Court Documents Found in Worthington Attic: Stolen by Union Troops in 1862?  George Bresnick investigates a remarkable find.


Recollections of Emerson Davis.  Emerson (“Emmy”) Jewett Davis was an eccentric and beloved figure who served as caretaker for Town Hall and presided over the dump – ahem, disposal area – among other important town functions.



Bandana Dan (1965–2013) Remembered.  Daniel Steer, better known as “Bandana Dan,” died tragically young in 2013.



The Kitty O’Shea Stone.  Sean Barry investigates the provenance of a stone found on his property, inscribed “Oct 6 1891” – the death date of Irish nationalist Charles Parnell.



The Chair at the Corners.  Diane Brenner tells the background story of Jacob’s Ladder, the chair-like metal sculpture on the WHS lawn. Created by Peter McLean and Christopher Horton, the sculpture memorializes victims of the Salem Witch Trials.

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