Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells when was my bell made CS Bell 24 Hillsburo O.

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      Murphy
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      I have tried to narrow down the year but can’t seem to get it any closer than 5 years, somewhere between 1898 and 1902 and I’m not sure even that is correct. The only markings on the bell itself is the number 24 on top. The yoke says “CS Bell & Co. 24 Hillsboro . O. My Grandmother founded a church and took up a collection to buy the bell before the church was completed.Alas I was very young when she told me the story and dont remember when she said it was. about 30 years ago a fire damaged the church and all records were lost. About 20 years ago the church was torn down and I retrived the bell from the steeple before demolition was started. Any help would be great…The pictures I took are above the resolution this site will accept.I can e-mail them to you if that will help, just let me know your address..

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      jackbell
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      Murphy: Go to “search” (above right), type in CS Bell and read the many posts about the company. Check inside the bell with a flashlight. During certain periods in it’s operation the company cast the month, sometimes the exact day, and last 2 digits of the year in larger bells but many more bells were undated than dated. Try Googling the name of the church because someone else might be researching it on the internet. If your grandmother purchased the land there would be a record of it in the county recorder’s office. Check local newspapers of the period (usually on microfilm in the library). An article might have appeared when the new church was completed or dedicated.

    • #14876
      Murphy
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      Thanks Jackbell, but “been there done that”. There is nothing else on the bell but what I stated, looked inside and all around. Google was a bust also; the land was donated to the church for as long as needed but kept in the family who donated it. They still own it but nobody still alive can tell me anything. Still checking library and newspaper, haven’t gotten that far back yet; still OLD print (very fragile) no microfilm. Thanks again though good ideas…

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