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Plymouth, Ohio: How Much Do You Know?

It’s almost time for the 45th Annual Plymouth Fireman’s Festival and Chicken Barbeque, running August 6 and 7, with food, live music, a beer garden, a 5K, and a mud volleyball tournament. For more information about the festivities, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/538949873791591/. Running concurrently is the Plymouth Silver King Festival, with the Lion’s Club serving its famous Swiss steak sandwich and corn on the cob, other food vendors, and inflatable for all ages. While you’re celebrating, be sure to stop by Plymouth Library for some outdoor children’s fun —  including a story walk and corn hole —  from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, leading up to a community parade beginning at 7 p.m.

Also, because we’re talking about Plymouth, how much do you know about the community’s rich history? The quiz below to tests your knowledge. The information for the quiz came from “History of Plymouth, Ohio, Area,” published by Plymouth Area Historical Society in 1989. There is a copy of this book available for borrowing at the Library.

  1.   The first permanent resident of Plymouth was Abraham Trucks (page 11).
  2.   The cost to build the new Union School in 1875 was $20,000 (page 25).
  3.   Rhea Stambaugh donated the money to build the present-day Plymouth Library (page 29).
  4.   The first fire engine purchased by the Plymouth Fire Department was a Model A fire pumper (page 31).
  5.   The Silver King tractor was initially called Plymouth (page 33).

How did you do? Here are the answers.

  1.   True. Trucks arrived in the spring of 1815, building a double cabin on a branch of the Huron River.
  2.   False. The new Union School, which replaced the old Union School, cost $25,000. It contained seven rooms and a gymnasium.
  3.   True. Stambaugh donated $800,000 for the building, and the Robert McIntire family donated the property.
  4.   False. The first fire engine was a hook and ladder wagon, which the firefighters pulled, and which was purchased in the late 1800s. A Model A fire pumper was purchased in 1929; it was built in Prospect, Ohio.
  5.   True. Chrysler Corporation purchased the trade name Plymouth from Fate-Root-Heath, which renamed the tractor Silver King.

If you’d like more information about the history of Plymouth, you’re invited to read “History of Plymouth, Ohio, 1815 to 1930,” by May Fleming, and prepared and presented by Nathaniel Spear, Jr. It’s located in the Sherman Room at Main in Mansfield.

Here at Plymouth Library, we have many yearbooks—dating back to the early 1900s—that you’re welcome to peruse in the Library.

Finally, visit the Plymouth Area Historical Society at 7 E. Main St. in Plymouth. Call ahead for hours: 419-687-5400.

This post was written by Ellen Kollie, Plymouth Branch Manager, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library.

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