Jasper, Ohio pictures and information updated November 27, 2013
Zip code 45642

Jasper gets its name from Sergeant William Jasper, the famed Revolutionary hero, who was mortally wounded on October 9, 1779, in the ill-fated attack of the American and French forces on the British defenses around Savannah, GA. Three episodes in Sergeant Jasper's Revolutionary career made him famous: are at the ramparts of Fort Sullivan near Charleston where He, under heavy fire, bravely replaced the flag; the liberation of Patriot prisoners by Jasper and a companion at what is now called Jasper Spring near Savannah; and the dying hero’s last moments after the attack of October 9, 1779.

Jasper was laid out by Robert Lucas, a resident of Pike County and speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and a future governor, about 3 years after the opening of the canal on lands he owned.

During Civil War Morgan's raiders came through Jasper July 16, 1863

The rebels burned a steam mill owned by Charles Miller located between the canal and the Scioto River including all the Mill tools and the stacked lumber; stole his corn and provisions, burnt his canal boat and tried to burn the bridge he had built over the canal. A group of raiders entered Andrew Kilgore's store and took or destroyed $5,400 worth of goods. William F. Truesdell's store took a hit for a loss of $3,300 inside; plus his stable and out buildings were burned. Samuel Cutler operator of the third store in town lost $200 in clothes and provisions and the barn he rented was burned, destroying his buggy. Jonathan Gray had a new canal boat still sitting on its stocks. He had outfitted it with tools and provisions and was preparing to put it in service. It was quickly engulfed in flames. C. W. Marquis and Co. suffered damage to two steam engines and other machinery when the shed covering them was burned. Other residents had horses and valuables taken including Mrs. Joseph McDougal, now a widow, had her horse taken. All this took place in about an hour.

At 3 p.m. on the 16th, the rebel horde crossed the Scioto River bridge and then burned it, to delay anyone who may want to follow them. The column of smoke at Jasper gave folks the grim warning that Morgan was back in the Ohio Valley.

Jasper old stone house
Old stone Samuel Cutler house at Jasper Oct 2011 He made his fortune on buying and selling and shipping on the canal.
photo by Tyrone Hemry
National Register of Historic Places (#76001509) (from April 26, 1976)
Jasper Mrs. Cutler's house

Scioto River Bridge at Jasper about 1900

Scioto River Bridge at Jasper about 1900 looking East. Bridge was washed away by the 1913 flood.

Jasper canal at Jasper

Canal at Jasper

Jasper A 1916 picture of Joseph New

Canal Boat at wharf at Cutler's Store Jasper, Ohio about 1900
Jasper store after 1913 flood
This store sat along the canal at Jasper. Originally Cutler's then Truesdells and Dewey's at time of the March 1913 Flood. Pictured they are taking things out of the store to dry off after the flood.

Answers Final Summons

George R. Cutler, Well Known Jasper Citizen, Died at His Home Yesterday

Death, Wednesday morning at nine o’clock, claimed one of Pike County’s well known and respected citizens when the final summons came to George R. Cutler, at his home in Jasper. Mr. Cutler, who was 67 years of age, had been ailing for several years with lung trouble. He had been seriously ill about four weeks, his illness keeping him confined to his home and bed about this length of time.

Mr. Cutler was associated in business with his father, S. N. Cutler, as S. N. Cutler and Son, a general store business being conducted at Jasper for some years. In 1908, the business was sold to the Dewey interests, the business being purchased from the Cutler heirs. Since the transfer of the business to the Deweys, Mr. Cutler has followed the life of a retired citizen.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Lillian Cutler, and the following children: Newell Cutler of Jasper; Mrs. Dow Vulgamore,of Riverdale; Miss Nora Cutler, at home Mrs. Lester N. Shy, of Portsmouth; Mrs. Lloyd Brown, of Jasper; Mrs. Stacy Brown, of Toledo, and Harry Cutler, at home. The wife was not at home at the of the final summons, as she has been in Toledo, where she is caring for a grandchild.

Mrs. Mabel Willson, of Jasper; Mrs. Bert chestnut and Misses Grace  and Phila Cutler, of Columbus, are half-sisters of Mr. Cutler

Funeral services will be held Friday with burial in Mound Cemetery at Piketon.

January 10, 1924 Republican Herald


Woman Is Postmaster

Rescinding the previous appointment of N. W. Cutler, as postmaster at Jasper, Pike County, Ohio, the post office department has appointed Mrs. Grace Cutler to the post. On recommendation of Congress Mell W. Underwood of New Lexington. A Hulse Hayes has been appointed postmaster at Circleville and Fred C. Smith as postmaster at Bainbridge.

November 16, 1933 Republican Herald
Jasper stores after 1913 flood
After the Scioto river receded the Jasper store keeps emptied their wares into the streets to dry out. Note the post office turned over on its side.
Jasper 1913 flood
After the waters had gone down some, these three people navigated their way through Jasper.
Jasper Charles Dewey obit

Jasper Charles Dewey obit

A 1916 picture of Joseph Newton and

A 1916 picture of Joseph Newton and his mules, Jim and Jack. They were familiar sights to Jasper residents as they made daily trips between the village of Piketon and Jasper for Dewey's store. Ties from the Dewey Enterprises were delivered to the N&W Railroad yard in Piketon and goods from the Piketon Depot were brought back to the Jasper store.

The picture is taken on the Ohio and Erie canal towpath across from the original Dewey store that burned in 1921. Joseph worked for 31 years for the Dewey's using the mules and wagon until 1919 when he switched to driving a Model T Ford truck for the trips.


Jasper 1937 flood

Snow covered the roofs and flood waters of the Scioto River were everywhere when this picture was taken 25 January 1937 at Jasper, Ohio. The big two story building was Dewey's Store. Picture was taken by the late Bill Blazer, an employee of Dewey's.

Picture from the Jim Henry collection
Jasper-Canal Bed looking north
Canal bed in Jasper looking north November 2010
photo by Tyrone Hemry
Jasper-canal bed looking south
Canal bed in Jasper looking south November 2010
photo by Tyrone Hemry
Jasper UMC church
Jasper United Methodist Church no longer in use
photo by Tyrone Hemry
Jasper School first grade class 1923
Jasper School First Grade class taken 16 October 1923.

The teacher is Mrs. Nora Vulgamore, affectingly called "Miss Dimp" throughout her long career of teaching at Jasper. Students left to right are: Scott Bay, Sarah Slagle, Frances Cutler, Janet Brown, Ercil Baker, and Floyd Newton.

Jasper School on Longfork Road

Jasper School on Long Fork Road in the 1970's it was Kenny Hales Feed and Grain and you could take your walnuts there to sell them. Building is now gone.

Photo owned by Lucasville Historical Society

Joseph McDougal was born 7 Dec 1832 in Vinton Co., OH, and died by Morgan's Raiders 16 Jul 1863 in Pike Co., OH. He was the son of  Richard McDougal and Mary Atherton. He was married to Elizabeth and had five children.

Grave site of Joseph McDougal at Jasper United Methodist Church Cemetery. Joseph was an active community leader, a devoted Christian, Sunday School Superintendent, and deacon of the Methodist Church and a schoolmaster.

Joseph McDougal daughter 1860s

Harriet Parrott  Joseph McDougal's daughter


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