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Worthington Story is a motion picture. It is 25 minutes and 23 seconds long.
It was created in 1966.
This narrated documentary covers Worthington, Ohio’s history beginning in 1803. It offers information on Worthington’s founders, including James Kilbourne, as well as on pioneer life in the village. The film describes aspects of early Worthington life such as cooking; log cabins; occasions such as Muster Day; the Squirrel Tax of 1808, which required each property owner to destroy a certain number of squirrels; Worthington’s petition to the Ohio legislature to become the state capital, a bid that it lost by one vote; and the scarcity of money after the War of 1812, when Worthington businesses issued scrip money.
The film also covers historical information on Worthington schools, businesses, celebrations, churches and historic sites. Buildings described include the Bird Song house, the Kilbourne commercial building, the Episcopal rectory and the Park Federal building. The houses mentioned are identified by their builders or early residents, including the Ansel Mattoon house (which was a station on the Underground Railroad), the Sidney Brown house, the Sanderson house, the McElvane house, the J.R. Topping house, the Travis Scott house, the Harris Wright house, the Charles Cooper house, the John Snow house, the Roswell Ripley house, the Wiley house, the Elias Lewis house, the Captain Skeels house, the Greer house, the Ashbury house, and the Smokerise house.
The film was a personal project of filmmaker William Boyd Owens, who had a chiropractic office in Worthington. Actors in the film include Owens' granddaughters Kathy and Karmel Owens, who played the girls spinning by the fireplace at 3 minutes 24 seconds. Also featured are Mike and Carol Haddad, who played the boy and girl appearing in vignettes throughout the first half of the film.
It covers the topics school buildings, Griswold Inn, Kilbourn Commercial Building, Park Federal Building, Bird Song house, early settlers, historic sites, Worthington history, historic districts, buildings and church buildings.
It features the people Col. James Kilbourne, 1770-1850, Orange Johnson, 1790-1876, Philander Chase, 1775-1852, Thomas Worthington, 1773-1827, Ansel Mattoon, Sidney Brown, ?-1881, James R. Topping, 1842-1922, Travis Scott, Harris Wright, Charles R. Cooper, 1890-1953, John Snow, 1780-1852, Brig. Gen. Roswell Sabine Ripley, 1823-1887, Elias Lewis, Sr., 1786-1884 and Capt. J. Skeels.
It features the organizations Worthington Seventh Day Adventist Church, Western Intelligencer, Worthington Inn, Worthington Manufacturing Company, Home Market, New England Lodge No. 4 F & AM, Worthington Post Office, Worthington Libraries, Worthington Savings Bank, Walnut Grove Cemetery, Worthington Academy, Worthington Medical College, Pontifical College Josephinum, Worthington Female Seminary, St. John's Episcopal Church, Worthington Presbyterian Church, Worthington United Methodist Church and St. John African Methodist Episcopal (A. M. E.) Church.
It covers the city Worthington.
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This metadata record was human prepared by Worthington Libraries on March 17, 2016. It was last updated September 28, 2017.