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History of the Hamner Room

Photo of Phyllis HamnerIn 1954, Phyllis Hamner obtained her Masters in
Library Science and in 1957, she moved to Ironton, Ohio.
While an employee of the Briggs Lawrence County Public
Library, Mrs. Hamner became interested in the rich
history of Lawrence County. Saddened by the thought of
the loss of the history, she became determined to find
and record as much of that history as she could. In her



  • Birth indexes from 1868 to 2000
  • Probate Court birth index 1868 to 1938 
  • Birth Registrations and Corrections volumes 1 through 16.

Census Records

  • Census Indexes from 1820 to 1930
  • Census from 1820 to 1930 on microfilm
  • Index only for 1860 to 1880 Census
  • Census (in print) 1820 to 1850, 1870, 1900 and 1920
  • Scioto and Gallia County, Ohio census records from 1820 to 1930 are available, too.


Caleb Briggs Library Trust

   Dr. Briggs left assets to be used by the Trust for the acquisition of books and materials for a reading room in Ironton. His desire was that Ironton would have a public library for the benefit of its residents.  In 1893, in Memorial Hall, the library was opened to the public as Briggs Library Institute. The Trust diminished greatly by the 1930s depression, but in the 1970s local patrons replenished the Trust so that capital gains from investments could be set aside for Library materials and building upkeep.


Title of Position: Public Services Clerk
Normal Schedule of work: 35 hours per week. M-Th 3:00-8:00, Sat 10:00-3:00. Closed Fridays
coordinating schedules with the Branch Manager.
Rate of pay: 11 dollars or more per hour depending on qualifications and experience. This position will
earn vacation, sick leave, personal leave, and holidays.
Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED; AND four (4) years of public library operations experience; OR

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Proctorville Book Discussion
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