Bass Island as a Resort
Bass Island, under the joint management of the Tuscarawas Railway company and Mr. Harry Darst, promises to be a most popular summer resort for the people of this vicinity. Bass Island is located in the Tuscarawas River about one mile below a point opposite the Royal fire clay works. Its area is about thirty-three acres, well wooded and shady at one end and cleared at the other. There is a good restaurant on the island and ample shelter for a large gathering of people in case of rain, also opportunity for a wide variety of sports. There is an excellent beach for wading and bathing, good boating, fishing, picnic grounds- in fact almost everything that is necessary for a day’s outing. Bass Island is reached by the N.P.U. electric cars and a line of steamers which take passengers at the railroad bridge crossing at Stillwater, just below Midvale. Three steamers under the direction of Admiral Darst play between this point and the island, making the round trip in twenty minutes. The larger vessel, Twilight will carry 150 passengers; the Falcon 90 and the Genevieve 10. The fare to Bass Island from New Philadelphia and Uhrichsville and return will be fifteen cents.
A party of New Philadelphia people were given an opportunity to inspect the Bass Island last Sunday by Supt. Akins. They were Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Alberson, Mr and Mrs. Eugene Kaderly, the Misses Kate Welty, Florence Myers, Jennie Mitchener, Carrie Niles and Messrs. Geo. Marsh, F.K. Pratt, Theodore and John Kaderly, I. E. Korns, J. I. Kennedy, H.O. Riker, also Messrs. Davey, Herrick and Westhafer, of Uhrichsville. The party boarded the Twilight and were given a pleasant ride on the river and were shown over the island which was pronounced to be well fitted for the purpose intended. Bass Island will be formally opened June 2.
During the War of 1812, the Goshen Indians were prohibited by the whites from going outside the bounds of their village under penalty of being held and treated as an enemy. An occasional stealthy infraction of this prohibition by a young Indian resulted sometimes in frightening a child or woman who was unfortunate enough to meet him.
Rev. Abraham Luckenbach was the missionary at Goshen in the fall of 1823, when the mission was broken up and the Indians removed to Canada.
The Indians were extremely loath to leave the wildwood haunts of the valley, which had become endeared to them by a long and pleasant residence. Slowly and sadly they left their homes, and traveled up the west banks of the river, accompanied by their pastor.
At New Philadelphia they crossed the Tuscarawas and continued the journey by way of Sandyville to Cleveland, where they embarked on a vessel for their new home in Canada.
Tom Lyons is said to have been the only Indian who refused to go. He lingered about for many years, the terror of children and dread of women, for he boasted of having in his possession the tongues of ninety-nine white women, and wanted another to make an even number!