Long Run

Submitted by Phyllis Slater.

About one half mile from the mouth of Fish Creek near Woodlands is the tributary of Long Run. During the 1800's a thriving community was located there. When you get about a mile up the run, you come to the last working farm, owned by Lionell Persinger. This farm was the original homestead of the Stiger family. Across the stream and up 50 yards, you can see the chimney and foundation of the homestead of Job and Jane Smith.

The community was made up of many tradesmen, several of German descent. There was a basketmaker, a wheelwright, carpenter, etc.

A big event once was when Stiger ordered himself a mail order bride from Germany. When he went to pick her up, the whole community was waiting. She became his wife and they lived out their lives together.

Other families in the community were the Petzolds, Gouldys, Dotys, Orrs, Seidlers, Hornbrooks, Hendersons, Mayhalls, Biddles, Rines and Burtons.

In the early part of this century a flash flood wiped out many homes along Long Run Creek. Gas lines were put through the community and some of the residents worked for the company. Jake Yoho drove a team of horses working for the company.

Today there is no evidence of the community that once was Long Run. The land has grown over and the creek is clear. Bits of pottery can be found in the creek, remnants of a lost community.

Copied from History of Marshall County, 1984; submitted by James H. Myers.

Note from Mark Myers, 6/22/2007: In a follow-up to the stories of the Long Run 1892 flood and it's victims, we visited with a number of senior residents on Burch Ridge. In 2005 Mrs. Mary Gatts said that she thought the flood victims might have been taken up to the ridge and buried above Long Run where they perished. Jim and I located the site of the rumored cemetery, and confirmed that burials there were probable although there are no grave markers or field stones. The site is on the farm of Joseph Kramer, who has lived on the ridge with his wife for 29 years and confirmed that he has always known the site as a cemetery. We then visited Mr. Jesse Rine, who lived on the farm as a boy. Jesse confirmed that as a young man his father kept him and his brother busy, and one of their tasks was to clean and farm around the cemetery. When Jesse lived on the farm the cemetery was fenced and always known to be a cemetery, but even then had no stones or markers. Even today, the Kramars farm around the cemetery, which is now an unfenced small grove of trees. The cemetery is located on Burch Ridge private property and should not be visited without the permission of the land owner. The GPS coordinate location is N39 46.8020', W80 46.6690'.

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