Nellie Gillen

Lewis White, who Home is in This City, Must Serve Time in an Ohio Prison

Springfield , O., Jan. 21-Pretty Nellie Gillen, a clerk in a store at Ironton, O., is a heroine in the eyes of the people of her city. It was due to her shrewdness and prompt action that Lewis White, a mysterious counterfeiter, was captured. The man has had his preliminary trial and was bound over to the Grand Jury. In default of $300 bail, he was sent to the Troy jail, where he will remain until the spring, when he will be brought to this city for trail. Secret Service Agent Michael Bolan returned from Ironton today after having arranged the preliminary work in the case.

White’s home is in San Francisco , Cal. , His gang was making bogus dollars on its shanty boat. They were using plaster of paris molds and had quite a stock when the Government got after them. The others escaped.

San Francisco Call newspaper, Feb. 1, 1901, page 1

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About Lawrence County, Ohio

Lawrence County, Ohio borders the Ohio River at the Southernmost part of the state. Six architecturally interesting bridges span the Ohio River, connecting Lawrence County with various locations in both Kentucky and West Virginia. Because of these bridges, metropolitan Ashland, KY and Huntington, WV are just minutes away from virtually anywhere in the county.

Lawrence County Ohio was organized December 20, 1816, the first Court of Common Pleas was organized March 4, 1817. In 2016, Lawrence County celebrated its Bicentennial… click here to view photos of the Grand Finale event.

The first election was held April 7, 1817, with Joseph Davidson, Joel Bowen, and David Spurlock elected county commissioners. Their first meeting was held Monday afternoon, April 21, 1817, at the home of Joseph Davidson in Burlington.

Lawrence County, Ohio was named after Capt. James Lawrence, a native of Burlington, NJ and a gallant naval officer of the War of 1812.

Lawrence County was home to 23 blast furnaces and was once the world leader in pig iron production.

The county seat is Ironton, where you will find our government offices, restaurants, museum, library, splash park, civic organizations, and is home of the famous Memorial Day Parade.

Check out what’s new in Lawrence County, with the Lawrence County Guide Book. 

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