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New Straitsville
Perry County, Ohio


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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Ohio state capital is Columbus.
The population of New Straitsville is approximately 808 (2005).
The approximate number of families is 357 (2000).
The amount of land area in New Straitsville is 3.4 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in New Straitsville is 1.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from New Straitsville to Washington DC is 299 miles.
The distance to the Ohio state capital is 51 miles. (as the crow flies)
New Straitsville is positioned 39.57 degrees north of the equator and 82.23 degrees west of the prime meridian.
New Straitsville elevation is 862 feet above sea level.
New Straitsville per capita income is $ 15,333 (2000).
New Straitsville median income is $ 27,700 (2005).
The New Straitsville median home price is $ 39,500 (2005).


in south-eastern Ohio about 59 miles from Columbus. Other nearby communities include Shawnee, Hemlock, Murray City, Nelsonville, Buchtel, New Lexington, Corning and Rendville.
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History & History Related Items

The New Straitsville Mining Company founded the town in 1870 and it grew rapidly as the coal mining florished at that time. By 1880 there were over 4000 residents. In 1884, during a labor dispute at the mine, some miners set fire to a coal car and sent it into the mine. This caused an underground fire so great that the water from local wells couild be drawn hot enough to make coffee. The fire is still burning today. Needless to say, the coal mine days in New Straitsville ended that day in 1884.

Check this page for some great historical pictures of New Straitsville.
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New Straitsville Historical Events

The Supreme Court decision was handed down that there was to be an equitable and fair system of public schools in the state irrespective of property taxes and affluent neighborhoods. This decision was in response to a suit Dale DeRolph filed on behalf of his son, Nathan, who graduated from Perry County schools. See an article on the New Straitsville School with pictures.
Lorle Porter Speech, celebrating New Straitsville's 125 Anniversary.
This speech gives a brief history of the village and nearby areas and how the community has evolved over the years.
The New Straitsville Social and Athletic Club
The club burned on 21 January 1992. This article is an excerpt from one printed in 1907. Here are a few small excerpts from that article.
The idea embodied in the organization known as the Straitsville Social and Athletic Club has been in the mind of Mr. E. S. Martin for may years, but it was not until October 22, 1904, that he was able to start it on fulfillment. On that date he called a meeting of citizens and laid before them his ideas and plans in this connection, requesting their co-operation and assistance. The idea met with an enthusiastic reception, and assistance and co-operation was pledged.
A committee of ten prominent citizens was appointed to work out the details. This committee visited Lancaster and inspected the fine club building of the Lancaster Athletic Club, and gained much information there pertaining to the general subject. They later formulated the Constitution and By-Laws for the New Straitsville Club and had it incorporated under the laws of Ohio, giving it the name of The Straitsville Social and Athletic Club. Its articles of Incorporation bear the date of November 5th, 1904.....The Club is really the center of social activity in the village, and many and various entertainments&emdash;to suit the different ideas and tastes of different members&emdash;have been successfully given by it. There has been socials, balls, card parties, pool contests, bowling alley tournaments and fairs, and at the moment of writing this the Ladies Reading Circle is being held.
1902, April 11
Stories from the New Straitsville Record
"For a few years back the city has had a beautiful Clark and Main Sts.; but owing to conditions brought about by the incapciousness of pipes, put in by some former administration, I know not which one, but at considerable cost to the town for the putting in, it required the almost constant attraction of a man daily to keep the water flowing....
...And should the gutters be on both sides of the street and a good flow of water in them, it would only be play for each one to sprinkle the street in front of his business place or dwelling as it may be; and if we should have to employ any one for street sprinkler it would be more in the suberbs. -Matt Knarf
for the entire article, see this page. 1884
A fire broke out in the mine when a group set fire to lumber in a coal car and sent it into the mine in response to a labor dispute with the New Straitsville Mining Company. The fire spread rapidly and was not able to be extinguished. Thus the mine was closed. The fire is still burning. See a news item about the fire.
1902, April 11
Election Results
Election day passed off very quietly her Monday, nothing occuring to mar the quietness of the day....See this page for the full story and election results.
1870 - 1950
A summary of the history of New Straitsville with information on the famous fire, the oil boom in the early 1900s, the moonshine industry during prohibition and beyond as well as life during the 1950s.

New Straitsville Libraries

New STraitsville Library
102 East Main Street
PO Box 8
New Straitsville, OH 43766
Phone: (740) 394-2717 New Straitsville


The population of New Straitsville was:
1990 - 865
2000 - 774
2005 - 808
Median house value:
2000 - $ 36,500
2005 - $ 39,500

Median household income:
2000 - $ 27,557
2005 - $ 27,700

Median age:
2000 - 36.6 years

Genealogy resources for New STraitsville.

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