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armed with the woodman's ax, in rude chariots suited to their noble warfare drawn by the stately ox. Before the sturdy arms of these brave men tall trees of the forests bowed their stately heads, and in their stead church spires now point to the clouds, school houses have supplanted wigwams, the sweet voice of the country girl usurps the yell of the savage, and the chimes of Sabbath bells are heard in the place of the howlings of wild beasts. What is now Wayne county proper was at that time Killbuck township. In 1812, and sometime after the adoption of the Constitution of Ohio framed at Chillicothe, Wayne county was organized by an act of the Legislature, and in a few months thereafter, was divided into four townships, Sugarcreek, Wooster, Mohican and Prairie. From that time until now, the county has shown almost unexampled prosperity, standing at the present time the 3d, if not the 32d, in point of agriculture in the State. Seventy four years ago the first white man of whom we have
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