The History of Hancock County

The History of Hancock County is the history of Ohio.  There is some debate, I imagine that’s just the way life is, there is always going to be debate, on the date of Ohio’s entry into the Union.  Regardless of any historical documents, or lack thereof in this case, the “official” process for Ohio’s entry into the Union was never completed, Ohio was a state in 1803 because John Smith and Thomas Worthington represented the state at the 8th Congress, which convened from 4 March 1803 to 4 March 1805.

This is the Gate of Death at Auschwitz in Poland, site of unspeakable horro

This is the Gate of Death at Auschwitz in Poland, site of unspeakable horror

Starting a website is amazing.  It’s also very difficult and challenging.  There are so many things to be considered, for example, this image.  I took this picture, on a film camera, who does that anymore, take pictures with film?, at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland during my 3 month EuroTrip in the summer of 2012.  Who has the rights to this photograph?

I took this picture myself, it is my image on my website.  If I take a picture from somewhere else on the internet and put it on my site, I have to let people know where I got the image, and maybe even pay for it.  It’s called source.  Or Reference.

Do you remember bibliography?  You had to type your bibliography when you wrote your paper and it was a pain?  I wrote some historical information about the state of Ohio and my source on the information is the internet.  You can go on the internet and read all about the 8th Congress and verify the information I gave you above, including the names given, and verify what I have told you is true.  I believe, in a couple of millenia, the internet will go down as the greatest invention in the history of humanity.  It’s never the invention itself, it’s the inventions accessibility to the people.  Common people.  Workers.  Soldiers.  Farmers.  Students.  Teachers.  Who invented electricity?

Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931), American  inventor of the carbon telephone transmitter (1877), phonograph (1878), and incandescent lamp with carbon filament (1879).   (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931), American inventor of the carbon telephone transmitter (1877), phonograph (1878), and incandescent lamp with carbon filament (1879). (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Thomas Edison was instrumental in the commercialization of electricity.  Electricity is a physical phenomenon, existing long before Thomas Edison, and the capability to utilize it safely in our everyday lives made the world at less dark.  It’s how we as people of the late 20th and early 21st century are taught in school, how we are presented things in the media, that becomes truth.  Walk down the street and ask 10 people, “Who invented electricity?”

Here’s to hoping you were entertained.  Here’s to hoping you became informed about something you didn’t know before.  Here’s to using the internet to become Learned. More knowledgeable people.

And ask any Ohioan when Ohio became a state, they might remember it was 1803.  And, regardless of any historical documents, or lack thereof, 2 United States Senators represented Ohio in Washington, D.C and that’s when you became a legitimate real state, when your representatives went to Washington for the first time and championed the causes of your state.  And in the beginning of Ohio, it was about opportunity, expansion, wealth, and freedom.  The kind of freedom, only 25 years old in 1803 when Ohio joined the newly formed United States of America, the world had never before experienced.  Things are always most difficult for the pioneers.  The first white settlers of Hancock County, who arrived in 1815.  George Washington, the first President.  Jason Collins, the first openly gay male athlete in major American sports.  The United States of America, the greatest country in the history of the humanity.

Cheers,

John H.

 

 

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