Christiansburg, Ohio was once known as Addison. It was the home of one of America’s first heroes of the Civil War, Sergeant Major Marion Ross.
Marion Ross was a well known member of the community: a teacher, musician and member of Mt. Olivet Lodge of Freemasons. Ross earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his part in the Union Army raid into Georgia to disrupt Confederate logistic lines and railroads. You may know this as the Great Railroad Race.
See Marion Ross’ Medal of Honor and learn more about the other 9 Champaign County men who have been awarded the nation’s highest military decoration at the CCHS Museum, 809 E. Lawn Ave., Urbana. Admission is free. The museum is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-4, and Sundays from 1-4.
Circa 1910 photo of the Bright and Son Grain Elevator with Cory and Mary Bright standing with dog Flash. The railroad grain cars labeled ‘CH&D’ were from the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad. Note the horse drawn wagon next to the track presumably bring grain to the elevator. Adam Bright local businessman and farmer, learning of the pending construction of a railroad traction line through Addison (established as Christiansburg in 1817 changed to Addison in 1842 and returned to Christiansburg in 1915) realized it would be a more efficient means to get grain to outside markets. He initiated construction of a grain elevator in 1905. It was dedicated in July of that year. Cory Bright, Adam’s son, began working as a grain dealer. Adam Bright died in 1911. George Shepard, an employee, purchased the elevator in 1912. The elevator became known as the Shepard Grain Co. When the Springfield, Troy & Piqua railroad traction line was discontinued in 1918, Shepard hauled grain by truck. In 1923 he purchased the elevator in Thackery which had railroad access.
The Champaign County Historical Society thanks Candy Gilliam for sharing this photo and other photos of locations in Christiansburg.
The Champaign County Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for profit organization that preserves, protects, archives and displays the artifacts that tell the Champaign County story. The society depends upon donations and dues to provide a free public museum, which is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
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