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Market Street, 1908 Aberdeen Shell Service
a.k.a. The Aberdeen Truck Stop


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Chloe's Delux Motel, Aberdeen Fenner's Motel, Aberdeen


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Frisch's, Aberdeen, c. 1965 Jerry's, Aberdeen, c. 1960


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Fenner's Motel,
Aberdeen, Ohio
 Brown's Motel,
Aberdeen, Ohio
 Brown's Motel,
Aberdeen, Ohio



Clyde Barbour's Grand Opening, September, 1962
From a Facebook post by Ron Bailey



From a Facebook post by Brown County Ohio History

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Aberdeen Service Center
John Browing is the man second from the left.
from a Facebook post by Kelley Faris
Aberdeen Flood, March 12, 1964



Susan Hamilton Tilley writes on Facebook: “When I was a kid, once of twice a year, several of the local pilots would give 19 minute flights for a penny a pound, $1.00 or less for just about any child.” Photo from a Facebook post by Mark Savage


Aberdeen end of the Simon Kenton Bridge Construction Aberdeen School, 1913


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Bisotti's America's Gretna Green Riverside Drive-In
from a Facebook post by Ron Bailey


The Aberdeen Methodist dedicates a new building.  
Cockfighting on the river in Aberdeen broken up. Aberdeen in the 1907 flood.
Toll roads were despised by most citizens, and by 1900 or so, many communities were in open revolt against them, as was Aberdeen, as shown in this newspaper clipping.


The Gretna Green reference above is about a town in Scotland famous as a destination for couples eloping to get married. Read more about the original Gretna Green, in Scotland, at Wikipedia.

Aberdeen was known as the Gretna Green of America in the 1800's because of two “marrying” squires: John Shelton and Massie Beasley.  The squires performed marriages for couples that didn't have a license.  Shelton was elected Justice in 1816 and is credited with marrying more than 4,000 couples: he died in 1869. His successor, Beasley, shown in the image above, held the position until his death in 1892; he is credited with marrying 7,228 couples between 1870 and 1892. 

Massie Beasley, “the most celebrated matrimonialist of this age,” from 1886.

Which is why news stories like this are fairly common: “The Maysville Republican records the marriage at Aberdeen in the past two weeks of four couples from Fleming, two from Mason, an one each from Lewis, Nicholas, Fayette and Bracken.” Courier-Journal, January 1, 1877

Mason Line

Marla Toncray wrote a nice history of Aberdeen, originally from
the Maysville Ledger-Independent, here.

Mason Line