At one time there was a store and post office located on the riverbank, near where the shoe light now stands. The post office was discontinued years ago. When the store closed for the day the building was used as a community building. Here were held meetings of lodges, councils and was also used as a polling place.
When the building was dismantled the polling place was moved to the Stout home. Here poll watchers on the porch could easily pass signals from inside to outside; a typical election day transaction.
The residents of big houses in Gallipolis Ferry, Ben Lomond and Hogsett held square dances during the winter for many years. The last dance of the winter was usually held in the Mohr Barn on Crab Creek, when the hay was fed out. The barn could accommodate eight squares with the band in the center. Each square had its own caller and dancers went from square to square as each caller had his own repertoire.
During the depression of 1930 and before the Gallipolis lock and dam was built, there was an excellent sandy beach on the river, back of the community building where many people went to swim. -- Benjamin Stout
Last Update: May 26, 2011