And The Bucyrus Centennial
Throughout the fall of 1921, Bucyrus celebrated its 100th birthday with great fanfare. One of the keynote guest speakers was Mrs. Maud Hooker Alfred, the great-granddaughter of Samuel and Mary Norton (the founding family of Bucyrus).
In her centennial speech, Mrs. Alfred described her great-grandparents’ arrival in and eventual settling of Bucyrus. Mrs. Alfred also spoke of the Native American inhabitants who were already living there, the adventures and daily routines of other pioneer families who also eventually settled in the area, and several notable visitors who were simply passing through Bucyrus as they travelled throughout Ohio.
Mrs. Alfred even referenced a particularly memorable and eccentric character, Johnny Appleseed. Prior to the Nortons’ arrival and their official founding of the city of Bucyrus, Johnny had already established some of his signature “roots” in the area.
The October 4, 1921, edition of the News-Forum, celebrating the Bucyrus Centennial.
Click on these newspaper images to see close-up references to Johnny Appleseed and his historical connection to Bucyrus.