New Book Depicts Meigs County History

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WOUB Contributing Writer

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Updated Fri, Mar 7, 2014 9:38 am
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In the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, the history of Meigs County comes to life through more than 200 vintage images.

The authors of Meigs County are both connected to the University of Rio Grande where Ivan M. Tribe has been teaching since 1976 and Jordan D. Pickens is completing his bachelor’s degree.

This student-teacher author team was inspired by their mutual appreciation of local history to compile this pictorial history book on Meigs County together.

Meigs County begins by featuring a historical overview of the five incorporated villages within the county. The authors then delve into the many topics that are unique to Meigs, including economic pursuits, pillars of the community, transportation, and natural disasters.

The tragic floods that have devastated the county since the 19th century are documented within the last chapter of the book.

The front cover of Meigs County showcases a rare historic image from the flood of 1913 featuring the Pomeroy courthouse in the background.

"My hope is that through this book residents will realize the history that Meigs County has to offer," expressed Pickens, a Meigs County native.

Tribe’s mother came from Meigs and he spent a number of years teaching high school in the area. With deep roots in Meigs, both authors are excited to share their knowledge of local history with fellow Meigs Countians and dedicate this book "to everyone that has ever called Meigs County home."

The authors will be signing thier books Sunday, March 16 from 2-4 p.m at the Meigs County Historical Society, 144 Butternut Avenue in Pomeroy.

Slideshow: Meigs County Historical Pictures

Pictures from Meigs County by John D. Perkins and Ivan M. Tribe.

Arcadia Publishing, 2014

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