Malta, Ohio Area


June 2007


Terry really did not expect to find much new material on Dr. James Ball Naylor, but she did!  What a successful month we have had in Ohio.  Thanks to Sara at the Morgan County Herald, whom we met last time, we found a four-site campground in McConnelsville, across the river from Malta, the hometown of Naylor.  We drove a few miles south to Stockport and had dinner at the now remodeled Stockport Mill Inn where we saw a wonderful book on Stockport's early history.  The owner called later to tell us where we could buy one - from Hank, the 97-year-old uncle of the author.  Later, in the course of our research, we met one of their daughters who just happens to be the county recorder!  A few days later a friend from Columbus who is from this area and a collector of Naylor books came to see us.  We took him out to meet Hank and Mary and discovered that he knew Jim's father.  What a treat to listen.  The highlight of our stay was an invitation to visit Elmhurst, the old Victorian home that Naylor owned a century ago.  Greg and Ellen, the current owners, have done a fantastic job of restoring the place, yet making it livable.  Greg also had come into possession of scrapbooks from a Naylor family friend that he let us copy.  What a find! 
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