Written by Laura Wilson McCallum about her family and homes. "Mother" and "Dad" refer to Mary Emma (Grimes) Wilson and John Wilson. (sent to Fern Wilson-White by Sara McCallum Wilson (2001) and converted to web pages (with some editing) by Hugh Wilson in 2007.


Union Avenue History

          A little of the history of the brick house on Union Ave. that was our home for so long.

          Taken from the History of Stark County - "Amos Brosius-Farmer-Mount Union. Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania February 3, 1814. Son of Henery and Mary (Roberts).  Henery died when the subject of this sketch was about 3 years old. When about 22 years old, removed to Columbiana County and in 3 years was married to Esther C. Morton October 10, 1839, daughter of Israel and Hannah (Conn?) Morton. Shortly afterward, they moved to Wayne County, Indiana. Residing there some 12 months. They then returned to Columbiana County, continuing there about 3 years until they finally settled in Washington Township, Stark County, purchasing some 60 acres of land from William Hoppes and other parties. He lived upon this property some 23 years, then moved to his present property, buying 18 acres from Enos Rilles and erecting his brick residence. He has resided some 11 years during which period he has been engaged in the small fruit business to some extent. Mr. Brosius has for 2 years cast the only ballot in Washington Township for the Prohibition ticket. He is a member of the Independent Church of Alliance. His wife is a member of the Friends Church. They are parents of 6 children. Three of these are living. Adeline is Mrs. Jessie Teeters of Lexington Township. Hannah has been a teacher at Mount Union schools for years. Alice is a teacher at Fairmount Children's Home."  Dad bought these 18 acres in 1893.

          Mother and Dad moved three times before they bought the home on Union Avenue. First home near the Mahoning River close to the old Ramyser place. The buildings were old and have long since tumbled down. About the only things I remember telling about this place. Mother sometimes went down to the river and caught fish for their supper. She sewed and cut enough carpet rags for a piece of carpet. Done them on the shares. Aunt Lavinia Shaffer furnishing the worn out garments. Dad worked at his trade and by the day for farmers. Next we find them living with Mother's mother just west of the Beech church where Aukers live now who bought and remodeled the house. I was born there. Don't know where Dan was born but his birth was recorded by the Justice of Peace ______Reese) at Freeburg. Dad worked at his trade. He came home one Saturday night from building a barn wall and the next day grandmother found out the baby had lice. Remembered all these years. It was considered such a disgrace and they were so difficult to get rid of, real pests. This home was mother' s girlhood home and like most children at that time, helped plant the crops. Corn planted by hand. Mother could drop for two to cover.

          Next we find Dad and Mother on the Barnaby Farm, owner old and things in a pretty run down condition. Have heard mother say there was not one pump in any of the cisterns or wells that you could pump with. Her kitchen was so cold she wore artic overshoes all day long to do her work. Their maple syrup brought 75 cents to a dollar. Dad farmed some, (keeping a big boy) and worked at his trade summers. One winter he worked at the steel mill in Alliance, walked, earned a dollar a day. A silver one not a folding one.


          Dan and I started to Fairmount school from this place. I was only 5 but it was so far for Dan to go alone. Probably Maude was born here.

          Dad bought this farm later in his life and planted cherry (sweet), peach and apple orchards. Had one of the best sweet cherry orchards in Stark County .Their next move was a buy of 7 acres at the corner of the Beech, Freeburg and Maximo road. About April 1, 1885. The neighbors helped them move in sleds. A late snow almost gone the next day.

          He did butchering and finally he and Calvin Aultman worked together and did quite a business in dressed beeves, calves, sheep and a few hogs. Several years. This I remember. Mud way deep on the road. A carload of Western steers that they had bought broke out and came tearing down the road veering off taking the Maximo road. Dad home sick. In a very few minutes in the saddle on Kit (the horse) and after them on the run. Kit turned them back on the first bridge and they came tearing back a little tired for the mud was deep. By this time the whole neighborhood was out and they had to go into the barn where they were really penned up.

          Chicago meat began to take place of home dressed. Alliance had begun to grow and there was more demand for his trade. He began to take small contracts for cellars and chimneys and before long had several more working for him. All the while keeping his truck farm producing. Mother took it to town when he could not. We all went to school winters but not always summers. Guess we were no different than other families, maybe poorer than most. We had a horse (our beloved Kit), cow, coupla pigs, chickens and mostly a small flock of sheep pastured away.

          Dan made a real pet of his sheep. It would jump on the feed box when he asked it to. The barn chores were his to do. Mother had wretched health while we lived here and Dad sold in order to live on higher ground. It was all swamp with some water standing and mother was troubled with Malaria. The little story and half house has been torn down and a new one built by Leslie Hilton (first cousin of Mother) and Clemmy (?) who bought it from Mother and Dad.