10 Jun , 2021
In our “Literary Mansfield” series, we look at the lives and works of Mansfielders who have contributed to the world of words. Authors, poets, playwrights, lyricists, and other wordsmiths are featured.
Today’s subject was a resident of Mansfield for some, but not all, of his long life.
The saga of Salathiel Coffinberry began in Lancaster, Ohio in 1809; he was the son of that city’s first newspaper editor. After a stint in Chilicothe, the family moved to Mansfield, where Salathiel began the practice of law and married for a second time to the equally wonderfully-named Artemisia Cook. He left Mansfield in 1843, and spent the rest of his life in Michigan. Salathiel and Artemisia had six children with names such as Hermia Salathiella, Herman Napoleon, and Estophanta. More…
25 Dec , 2020
NOTE: First published during our first Christmas in 2016, this look at Louis Bromfield and Christmas has become an annual tradition. We’ll be running this story through Christmas Day. A very Merry Christmas to you from 1812Blockhouse!
There is no question that Pulitzer Prize-winner and Mansfielder Louis Bromfield was a fan of the holidays.
During the period of time that Bromfield lived there, Malabar Farm was an active place during the Christmas season. More…
14 Dec , 2020
Today we look at a work of non-fiction by a leading political figure of the 19th century.
Mansfield has been able to boast of several statesmen and stateswomen in its history, two of which rose to the level of United States Senator from Ohio. One of the two holders of that title, Sherrod Brown, is a graduate of Mansfield Senior; 150 years ago, another Mansfielder had that distinction.
Much has been written of John Sherman’s career, though no thorough biography of the man has been written to date. That is unfortunate, as Sherman had a unique career in public service that took place over extraordinary years in American history. He also was an integral part of the civic and cultural life of Mansfield from its days as a quiet county seat town to the booming industrial center of the late 19th century. More…
14 Nov , 2019
Steve Goble will be at Main Street Books in Mansfield on November 15 at 6:00 PM to discuss the third book in his Spider John pirate mystery series, A Bottle of Rum.
The book, which was listed on CrimeReads.com’s Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019, centers on an eighteenth-century pirate who is regularly wrapped up in mysteries and crimes. More…
19 Nov , 2018
Posted during the early days of 1812Blockhouse, we are updating and re-sharing our “Literary Mansfield” series to our expanded readership.
1812Blockhouse continues our series about individuals with Mansfield connections who participated in the literary world. To date, we have looked at the 19th century poet Salathiel Coffinberry, the Putlizer Prize winning James Lapine, current novelist Christopher Moore, and statesman John Sherman and his autobiography. More…
21 May , 2018
Is appreciation for author Louis Bromfield set for a renaissance?
That was a question posed this past week by Kevin Kelley, a columnist for the Gallipolis Daily Tribune. As Kelley shared in his column, “All but forgotten since his death in 1956, Bromfield’s works may not speak to succeeding generations, but as a century nears since his first novels were published, a rediscovery of his literary skills is not entirely out of order.” More…
22 Jan , 2018
Over the last year and a half, we have shared eight installments of our Literary Mansfield series. And while we ready some new installments, we thought we’d take a moment to share those we have posted to date.
With a bit of variation, we have been looking at authors, poets, and other literary figures with a north central Ohio connection through birth and/or residence. We have spent time with a poet, a stateman, a sociologist – even a Pulitzer Prize winner. More…
9 Aug , 2017
1812Blockhouse continues our look at authors, poets, and other literary figures with a north central Ohio connection through birth and/or residence.
From 2005 to 2009, Mansfield had a part-time resident with a keen eye focused on its demographics and people. The primary goal for Alison Goebel was to conduct research on small city race and class relations from the perspective of a small Ohio city. Beginning with publications in scholarly journals, and soon to be incorporated into a book, she has made that research available. More…